Thank you for this, I am having a very trying time with my puppy and feel like weeping when I see all of the “perfect puppy” postsI think just about everyone on PF loves puppies - we love to share the excitement of the search for the perfect puppy, the wait for it to be old enough to come home, photos of babies with their Mum and in their new place, tales of ups and downs, puppy love and puppy naughtiness. But I wonder - especially in the light of recent posts by new owners finding the experience rather overwhelming - if we sometimes help to reinforce the myth of the Perfect Puppy: the one who sleeps happily in a crate all night from the start, is housetrained in a week of easy lessons, never chews anything except puppy toys, loves everyone, plays nicely with the cat and the children, trots beside you on a lead after just a couple of lessons...
I suspect most of us tend to forget just how much work raising a puppy can be (I know there are a number of members who have not forgotten, and only adopt adult dogs as a result!). Sleepless nights, piles of washing, children sobbing over nipped fingers or chewed up cherished toys, precious rugs soaked in urine, favourite plants dug up and scattered... and the unremitting demands of in and out for housetraining in all weathers, walking the tightrope of lots of finding lots of good socialising experiences while avoiding the risks of disease and other dangers, no social life worth talking about, and not even going to the loo alone. There are massive compensations, of course - happiness is a warm puppy, and a happy pup is a joy forever - but sometimes those compensations can seem a long time coming.
Were there times you thought "OMG, what have I done?!" And what helped you make it through?