The unconditional love we get from our pets is an absolute blessing in life. Just like our human relationships, the early days can still provide some uncertainty, and often a few challenges. But with perseverance, some discipline, and a good sense of humour you will experience the joy of having a dog in your life.
I am in the midst of puppy turmoil right now, and yes it is just like having another child! After having two beautiful Labradors in our family for 14 years, and going through the heartbreak of saying goodbye, we were ready to welcome a new family member. It’s essential to do some research, and make sure you understand the demands of the breed you choose to join your family. A commitment to training is essential, as a bad mannered dog is a recipe for disaster, regardless of size. I love big dogs, and having a good understanding of their natural behaviours will help you ensure they become a happy and loving family member.
The new love of my life is Tango, an adorable German Shepherd puppy who has joined our family. All puppies are gorgeous, and their everyday antics are enough to make you smile, despite the odd tinge of frustration when they inevitably get into mischief.
In the first few months it was just like having a toddler in the house. Trying to make dinner with a puppy attached to my ankles, and those needle puppy teeth, caused more than a few headaches. A teething puppy will chew on everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, so you need to have your wits about you and never turn your back. They also know how to get your attention if you ignore them, Tango’s game of choice is leaping onto the couch to grab a cushion, knowing full well that it will trigger a reaction and a game of chase.
Now at just over 5 months he is bigger than your average dog, but with loads of puppy enthusiasm and a fraction more maturity. He needs lots of exercise and training, with German Shepherds being very active and intelligent dogs. When you have a busy life like mine time can be an issue, but it has been a great way to force me to interrupt my work schedule to get Tango time. Sometimes we allow ourselves to work at a pace that is not sustainable, with a never ending list of tasks. Having a dog in your life helps you overcome this, and time in the outdoors with your four legged friend is a great way to relax and unwind.
We still have a long way to go with our training schedule, but Tango is bringing enormous joy to our family. I am also lucky enough to take Tango to work with me, and our clients love seeing him. It has been great for his social skills and he is already a respectful dog who is calm and patient.
Having a dog in your life is a big commitment. Time and patience are essential. But the rewards are also enormous, with a dog being a loyal and trusted companion. They give unconditional love and will always be there to lift your spirits on a challenging day. They will make you laugh, and sometimes make you cry, but they are a trusted best friend for life.
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