10 Lessons About Puppies I Couldn't Learn From Pinterest

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

 I can't believe we have had Enzo for almost a week already. It felt like forever in the three weeks we had to wait for him to be old enough to come home. Neither of us had taken care of a puppy before so we had no idea of what to expect. Being part-Poodle, he is so smart and is learning so quickly. He settled in better than we imagined, so it's happy days!

Before getting Enzo, I spent A LOT of time on Pinterest reading blogs and getting the best advice for puppies that I could. I already loved this little fella so much and didn't want to do anything wrong. It was always going to be a learning experience, but it's reassuring to get some tips before you dive in.

And BTW, you'll be seeing a lot of his little face around here. 

They will alternate between playing and sleeping every half hour or so. Be ready for bursts of energy at any time. 

Have toys at the ready in case they start chewing something they're not supposed to. Enzo seems to have a fondness for climbing on my back when I'm lying down and chewing my hair and ears. They're easily distracted, so teach them what's okay right from the start. 

They're like toddlers; be ready to not get anything done when they're awake because you'll have to watch their every move. I'm still terrified of Enzo choking or getting stuck somewhere, so I learned on the first night to get things done while he was napping. 

This is why they make the perfect practice if you are thinking about having kids. You'll learn about sacrificing your own time and having a big responsibility on your hands. I'm learning a lot about how Steve and I would operate as parents. So far it's giving me a lot of confidence. 

Every puppy is different and you can't predict how they will be once they arrive home. It's good to do your research and have some knowledge behind you, but take it all with a fresh mind and see what your puppy needs. 

Get your loved ones involved, because help is always needed. Steve had to be a his friend's wrestling match the night we got Enzo and that's when I learned I wouldn't be getting much done. Having someone there so you can shower with the peace of knowing your pup is safe, especially in the first week while you gain confidence, can be a big comfort. 

Have a plan, but go with the flow.

No matter how much you puppy-proof the house, they will ALWAYS find anything that you missed. 

Not all puppy myths are true. He hasn't peed everywhere or destroyed his bed. Chewing everything yes, but he catches on quick when we say no. Obviously it will differ depending on what breed you choose, but not all puppies will be nightmares.

Learn what habits your breeder/previous owner had with them. Night routine, potty training methods, what toys they loved, and any bad habits they have picked up. Consistency is everyone's friend when puppies come home. 

I hope this was helpful to any other pet owners out there, or to anything thinking of getting a puppy. It's definitely been life-changing so far, but in the best ways.

What was the best pet advice you ever received?
Steph x. 


  1. These are some great tips, I worked with dogs for 5 years and left last year to pursue my illustration work but in that time I raised so many puppies as a dog handler and learnt so many valuable skills that I can continue to use with my own two dogs at home and any others I have throughout my life. Puppies are awesome aren't they?! Hard work but such great companions and best of friends :) x x
    Ellis // http://www.elliswoolley.co.uk

    1. That's so cool! It would have been amazing to work with dogs. Puppies so make great best friends, so in love with my little Enzo! As you say, they teach you so much.
      Steph x.

  2. I am 100% behind ALL OF THE PHOTOS of Enzo, he's adorable!

    Lis / last year's girl x

    1. Haha I wil post more don't worry! He will be a big feature on my blog :)
      Steph x.

  3. Oh Enzo is so gorgeous! I can't wait to see more of him as he grows up! These points are so true as well haha, especially the one about no matter how well you puppy-proof everything, they will still somehow find something to chew! x