I've heard many people say that they didn't think they were ready for kids so they were going to get a dog first to practice with. I used to think this was a little crazy. How could getting a dog possibly prepare you for having children? Then I got a puppy. And now I know.
So, I would recommend this to anyone thinking of getting a puppy: Have children first to help you get the experience you need to raise a puppy. You will learn these valuable lessons:
If you don't want them to eat it, keep it out of reach because they put everything in their mouths.
Be prepared for little sleep as they wake up several times in the night to go to the bathroom.
It takes a lot of time, patience and loads of laundry before they are potty trained.
Buy a state of the art camera and video recorder as you will want to document every milestone, no matter how teeny tiny.
Save your money on expensive toys and treats - they will just want to play with the packaging.
When they do something wrong, they will quickly learn how to give you "The Look" and they will be much too cute for you to discipline.
When they are napping, you will do everything in your power not to disturb them including putting signs on your doors to avoid visitors and silencing your telephones.
Although you will not want to disturb them when they are sleeping, you will find that they are never so cute and cuddly as when they are tired.
You will think that they are the smartest one in the class and most likely intelligent on a genius level.
You will wonder how you ever survived this long without them.
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