If One Can Be Fun - Two Will Be Better!

It is a rather gloomy and chilly afternoon and Gram and I are huddled out on the patio trying to decide what should be the topic for our next article.

You have to realize that sometimes it is hard for the two of us to come up with something that is entertaining and informative. We consider each topic as a form of entertainment for ourselves and some of the things we think about are not fit for publication. However, we decided since it is almost spring and many people start thinking about the birds, bees and little kittens and puppies, we might chat about is two more fun than one.

It is a huge temptation to get two puppies, when they are so adorable and funny. Many people do and even though the first few weeks might be filled with many Kodak moments, as time goes on problems arise.

Puppies like children get very wrapped up in fun and games and really pay little attention to training and rules. Why should they? They have each other and can run and play all day long.

So what is a pet parent to do? Gram says it is very important to spend “alone time” with each pup. There has to be a limit to togetherness. If you want to have control, you have to start to train them by themselves. Together they will not pay attention too much to anything you say or do (much like children.)

The important thing according to my Gram is that the time you spend with each puppy should not be “all work,” you also need to spend some time playing, going for walks and taking a puppy training class together.

By spending time with each one, you get the opportunity to do some special things that each dog may like to do and the other one has no interest.

Every dog has its own personality and each one should be allowed to let its own light shine. They do not have to like doing the same things. Think about your own family and how different you all are from each other, with different likes and dislikes. Dogs are like that, too.

The more you do with each dog the stronger the bond will become between you.

Okay, you say, “I got these two dogs for my children.” I want them to learn responsibility. My Gram has to laugh over that one. Gram has raised six children and has lived in a house always filled with cats, dogs, fish, birds and other critters, too numerous to mention.

Gram says, yes, children and pets do go together, but do not expect your child/children to be the ultimate pet caregiver. Unless your child is considering sainthood, even with the best of intentions, children need supervision, nagging and training themselves to handle a dog.

My Gram says if you want something to be easy, “do it yourself.” It takes guidance and patience for you, the parent, not only to teach your child/children proper care of their pet, but also to make certain they do it correctly.

Gram has seen children trying to teach a dog to sit or stay and they keep yelling and screaming at the dog and of course, the dog is confused and does not do what it is supposed to do. That is not training a dog that is creating stress, which could lead to a dog bite, if the dog gets too upset or confused.

If you are thinking of getting a pet(s) for your child/children, the first thing you have to do is ask yourself are you committed to this endeavor? It is you and/or your spouse that will actually have the full responsibility of raising the two dogs.

My Gram has this last bit of advice to give you and I have to agree with her paws down.

If you have adopted two puppies and you have tried everything in your power to make it work. If the household and the puppies are getting stressed and in your heart you know that one dog would really fill the niche in your home ever so nicely.

It is time to consider, returning the puppy to the breeder, finding a home for the puppy on your own, or placing the puppy with a rescue center.

It is not a decision to be made lightly or without a great deal of consideration, but in most cases it can lead to a happy ending for all concerned.

My Gram and I both say, when thinking of adopting a puppy and/or a kitten, don’t just think once about it, think two or three times. Weigh all the options, think about the time you have to give to a puppy, think of the children’s schedules, will the puppy be home alone a lot, and do you really have the patience not only to teach the puppy, but the children too?

If you answer these questions and the answers prove to you that you can handle it all with ease and no stress, by all means get a puppy or two and enjoy!

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