I’ve always “liked” other people’s fur babies to a point. I didn’t want dog hair all over my clothes, my crotch sniffed or to get a string of drool on me but dogs, in general, are sweet and cute.
I didn’t understand the level of love people felt for their dogs- I mean they’re JUST dogs, right?? That is until our little man joined our family. And he’s is JUST that… FAMILY!
I am now THAT dog mom…and proud of it. I love our little shitzhu-poodle mix (shihpoo) as much as my two daughters. I would run into a fire to save him. We put the golf channel on for him when we leave so he doesn’t feel lonely, he sleeps in bed with us, snuggled up as the “little spoon”, and has his own Instagram and Facebook accounts. My heart is filled with such a love I didn’t know I could have for a sweet, little dog.
Our little man, Bevo-ugh-I know it’s a weird name, but the hubby had the privilege of naming him and he is a huge Texas Longhorn fan- is the smartest and sweetest little snuggle bug a family could ask for. His loyalty runs very deep and he loves his “pack”. He also has so many fur friends throughout the neighborhood that his summers are fun when we sit out front. He gets to greet so many of them throughout the day.
Even while on vacation, I saw Little Man in the clouds
Getting a puppy isn’t easy- it’s like having a newborn baby- so here are some tips:
House-training: I recommend the Puddle and Pile app. Time passes quickly and before you know it, puppy has an accident. This app alerts you so you can stay on top of your house-training efforts. The more successes and rewards (a special treat), the quicker puppy learns that what he is doing is the right thing.
Tricks and treats: A trained dog is easy to love. Some tricks are fun and just show off how smart your fur baby is, others are necessary for their own safety. Zak George has this whole training thing figured out and his YouTube videos are FREE! Check him out. Bevo knows close to twenty tricks thanks to Zak’s expert advice.
Chewing: Be sure to have bully sticks and other “teething” type items on hand. Speaking of hand… don’t let your hand be a chew toy for puppy. Always say “No” firmly and replace your hand with something that puppy is allowed t0 chew on.
Exercise: Exercise your baby, a lot. This will wear them out and prevent them from looking for mischief on their own. When they wake up, take them out for potty (log the success in the app) and then exercise them again. Once worn out, they will lie down and chew on a bully stick, greenie or nylabone.
Food: If you’re going to feed your furbaby dog food, be sure to sign up at Dog Food Advisor for dog food recalls and to see the top rated dog food brands. Many people cook for their dogs as dog food lately seems to contain formaldehyde or high levels of vitamin D (which is toxic), even the expensive brands. Dog food is not regulated like our hamburger and chicken are so be careful when deciding what to feed your puppy. Here is my vet-approved recipe with feedback from Shihpoo Nation on Facebook that even the most finnicky eaters gobble this up! Talk to your vet about what is best for your furry companion or before making any changes to your baby’s diet to ensure it is nutritionally balanced for their specific needs.
Health Insurance: This does exist and in my opinion… it’s totally worth it. I purchased insurance immediately for Little Man. I didn’t want the cost of some major medical issue to prevent treatment or force me to make a decision between the treatment cost and his life, quite honestly. There is a 30-day waiting period from when you sign up. Do it immediately, as pre-existing conditions will be excluded. I was with Healthy Paws but switched to FIGO. There are A LOT to choose from so check them out and see what company best fits your desired coverage.
Do you have tips for new dog owners? Leave them in the Comment section below!