A sleeping puppy is a thing of beauty.
You will quickly adjust to the need to keep either an eye or an ear on the puppy at all times.
Two seconds is all it takes for the puppy to get itself in trouble if you're not paying attention.
Don't let the puppy walk to the door right after it first wakes up from its nap. Carry it.
Your schedule revolves around the puppy's schedule -- 20 minutes of play, 30 minutes of nap, 5 minutes of park, repeat.
When the puppy is awake and moving around, it has to go out approximately every ten minutes if you want to avoid accidents in the house.
Bringing a puppy home in January when you live in Michigan... maybe not the best choice.
It is amazing how something this little is able to produce sounds of that volume when displeased.
Even at seven weeks, they have their individual likes and dislikes. (Just because this puppy's name is Alaska, does not mean she is a fan of the cold or the ice.)
You can have dozens of different approved puppy toys, but none of them are nearly as appealing as Frieda's tail, the drawer handles, the ONE electrical cord that can't be completely tucked away, and the trim on the dog bed.
"Playing" with the puppy is essentially an endless loop of redirecting the needle-sharp teeth from inappropriate to appropriate things.
You are allowed to put the puppy in the crate once in a while if you need a break. Be good to yourself!
95% of household chores (or more) can be done while holding the puppy. The 5% that can't have to be hurriedly accomplished while the puppy sleeps.
It is a wonderful, wonderful thing that little puppies sleep so much.
She's only 7 weeks old, but she is a Lab -- she knows where the food bin is.
Puppies are learning sponges, and you see little glimmers of understanding several times a day. (She turned her head when I said her name! She understands that when I set her down on the grass she has to pee before she can run back into the warm house!)
Some of your pre-existing pets will think the new addition is wonderful; others are just going to pout for a while.
Cats do not believe in using positive reinforcement techniques to teach the puppy that they will be treated with respect.
It really helps to have well-behaved older dogs to show the puppy the ropes.
Only about one out of every twenty puppies sleeps through the first night without waking you up, and this ain't the one.
Professional dog trainers do not have any magical secrets to make puppy raising less work.
That initial feeling of panic when you enter your house with a brand-new puppy and realize exactly how much your comfortable lifestyle is going to be altered by the addition of the puppy? It goes away quickly; don't worry.
Things get a tiny bit easier every day.