Puppies are so adorable and bring us so much joy, but raising and training a puppy can be hard work. It’s a learning and growing experience for both you and your dog. If you’re a first-time puppy parent, or expecting one soon, here is what to expect when you’re expecting a puppy:

They Will Destroy Anything They Can Get Their Teeth On

Just like us humans, teething is painful and uncomfortable for dogs. They usually take to chewing on whatever they can get their paws on, including your new shoes! Some pups like to chew on things because it’s fun for them.

Whatever the case, it’s best to keep chew toys available to your dog at all times to avoid having your things ruined. Freezing their toys is a good way to help ease teething pain. Also try swapping out their toys periodically so they don’t get bored.

Say Good-Bye To Personal Space

Get ready for naps on your lap while you’re trying to work, a paw in your face while you’re sleeping, and guests on your bathroom breaks. There’s really nothing you can do about this, but to accept their sweet clinginess.

They’re Going To Pee On Your Furniture

This is inevitable. Accidents happen, even to potty trained dogs. If you catch them in the act scold them, but don’t overdo it. Puppies are still learning the house rules so a little grace is required. Purchase a pet stain and odor remover from your local pet store, or online. We recommend Nature’s Miracle New Formula Stain & Odor Remover Spray.

A Lifetime Of Happiness

Raising a puppy can be tough, but the happy memories and joy they bring us make it all worth it. There’s nothing better than coming home to a dog who is so happy to see you they can’t contain themselves. If you’ve got the time, money and patience, there are so many animals, young and old, waiting for their forever home.