First two months with my puppy
If you don’t like puppies, I feel sorry for you and you can stop reading here and wait for my next post. My blog editorial calendar has that scheduled for June 25th (kidding… but not completely).
Puppy ownership can be expensive, or it can be… moderately expensive. Adopting an older dog would save on vet/vaccination costs, but the bulk of our money has been spent on training, socialization, and basic supplies (crate, toys, etc.).
We’re doing puppy training classes, so mostly DIY training with advice/guidance from a pro each week. Training has been worthwhile for us, but if one was experienced with dogs and knew several other dogs/puppies for the pup to meet, one could get by without it.
We’ve been using a small and well run doggy day care once a week so he can be around some well mannered adult dogs regularly (and to give us all a little break). The other days we get by without dog walkers since we are both very close to work with some flexibility in our schedules. I come home for lunch daily, and when he was tiny we alternated coming home often / going in late / working from home to manage.
We’ve taken him to many “puppy socials” for controlled puppy playtime in a safe (from diseases, compared to a dog park) indoor environment. He’s a naturally friendly & social puppy, but he is a little over enthusiastic and needs to learn how to adapt his play for smaller or more low-key pups. It is really fun to watch his antics as he plays with the other pups – he’s hilarious. Now he is fully vaccinated and can meet up with pups in any public place.
With that out of the way, here are some puppy photos!
Just over 8 weeks old, a little peanut. I used to let him play with my foam roller until he started chewing a lot more.
A little older (9 weeks? 10?), hanging out under the chair. It was a favorite hang out for a while. Now he still tries to stand under it, but he can’t sit down.
And the most recent shots, last weekend’s camping trip at Lake Tahoe. He had so much fun!