Puppy preschool and peeing on everything: 6 things all new dog parents know to be true.

My name is Keryn and I’m a new mum.

I now spend my days cleaning up wee and poo and telling a small cavoodle named Darcy he’s a very good boy if he pees on what is basically a giant sanitary pad on the floor.

I’ve spent hundreds of dollars in the Kmart dog toy section.

I’ve spent countless hours playing fetch and pretending to hide under a blanket only to emerge again and say “gotcha!”

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I’ve had to initiate many conversations about “time outs” and “learning the consequences of your actions”.

Here are 6 things every dog owner knows to be true.

1. Pretty much everything you own will be destroyed.

Puppies like to explore the world with their mouths and also their… butts.

That means they’ll put a hole in your brand new dress, chew the paint right off your wall, and pee all over your bed seconds before you were about to get in it for a much-needed night’s sleep.

It’s not their fault.

It’s also entirely their fault. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

2. Graduating puppy preschool is as stressful as getting your children through their Year 12 exams.

Puppy preschool is lots of fun for the puppies.

They get chew sticks and treats and they get to sniff each other’s butts.

There’s also a woman who they definitely refer to as the “chicken lady” who gives them shredded chicken if they do tricks.

It’s a whole different experience for the parents.

We have to teach them the tricks and then we have to hold our breath while we wait for them to perform the tricks in front of all the other dog parents.


And then at the end of the four weeks they get the certificate.

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Darcy pls. You did... nothing.

3. Zoomies are essential.

Sometimes when you're a puppy the only way you can express your emotions is by zooming around the room like there's a shark chasing you and you're very excited about it.

There's morning zoomies, afternoon zoomies and even the occasional 11pm zoomies.

It's lot of fun for all involved.

4. They'll always try to steal your food.

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No matter how hard you try to keep your puppy on a strict ~ very expensive ~ dry food diet they'll eventually get their hands on some of your food and then spend the rest of their days trying to get... more.

They'll soon figure out if they just stare at your boobs for long enough, a stray chip will appear and they'll be able to grab it before you even notice it's there.

5. Everything is a game.

Absolutely everything is a game to them and there is never a clear winner.

They'll run away with your bra when you're trying to get dressed and steal your toilet paper and roll it out all over the house.

And having any kind of reaction just makes the game even more fun.

6. A full night's sleep is a distant memory.

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Morning! It's time to play a million games.

Sleep-ins are a distant memory.

You see, puppies like to rise with the sun so they can do their morning poop and also do their morning bark at... nothing.

It's very fun.

You can follow Darcy's zoomie adventures here.

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