What I Wish I Had Known Before Getting a Family Dog
We chose a cockapoo puppy for 2 reasons. Firstly we have 2 allergy-prone family members and we needed a dog that wouldn’t cause too many allergy problems. Secondly, cockapoos are a good mix of cleverness plus sociability, and a close relative had a cockapoo so we could see first hand what the breed was like.
Scout is a male puppy – we had the choice between a female or male and we fell in love with him. Having grown up with dogs, both my husband and I thought we knew the score but guess what, we didn’t!
#1. It’s like having a baby again
Our kids are 11 and 14 so we had completely forgotten baby-time but when you have a new puppy you have to remember it’s a baby and it needs extra attention.
The first few nights you have the puppy, it will howl and bark during the night and the best thing to do is to leave it so it gets used to being by itself at night.
My tip: You can try leaving some music or the radio on, but it is literally the first few nights of pain that you need to get through and it does stop.
#2. Your kids want the nice bits
Despite promises they make that they will absolutely help with the dog and take care of it, your children will want all the cuddles and pats but they won’t want to do poop patrol!
You will end up doing the bulk of the caring for the pet, so be prepared for that.