Raising kids and puppies together can be like mixing oil and vinegar. I do not usually recommend that mothers of children (under 8 years old) try to take on raising kids and puppies at the same time. But, many brave female warriors are not deterred by my warnings.
Getting Off On the Right Food When Raising Kids and Puppies
If you are determined to join the force of moms raising kids and puppies together then know about the task you are taking on. Get educated not frustrated. Read up on how to raise a puppy. Talk to other moms that are successful at this monumental task. Calculate the amount of time and expense to attend to your puppy in addition to your family. The most successful moms raising kids and puppies will have support. Enlist the help of puppy experienced family members or budget for a good dog trainer to assist you from the start. Dog training should start the day you bring your puppy home.
Tools for Raising Kids and Puppies
In addition to the usual puppy raising stuff there are a couple essentials for raising kids and puppies together. Within the first month of adding a puppy to your family you will discover you need as many hands as an octopus when raising kids and puppies together. Invest in several squirt bottles. Get one for every room. With a squirt bottle you can reach across the room with one hand. A frequent event when raising kids and puppies is holding onto a baby with one hand and trying to stop your adorable puppy from eating the couch across the room. Grab the squirt bottle and fire. No mercy! With practice your aim will improve.
Another indispensable tool for raising kids and puppies is portable fencing; usually referred to as exercise pen fencing or X-pens. Durable and portable, these fences can be used to separate the kids and puppies from each other, block door ways and stair entries. Even super moms have to relax sometime. Both kids and puppies need to have play time without corrections. The only solution is to separate them.
Making Your Job Easier When Raising Kids and Puppies
You will occasionally need a break. Having a dog sitter will be as important as having a baby sitter! The support of dog loving friends will be your key to success when raising kids and puppies. Send your puppy to a neighbor’s house for a back yard play date while you do the shopping. Hire neighborhood teenagers to walk your puppy or baby sit the kids while you walk the puppy. Ask for help. Hire a dog trainer to come to your house and coach you on how to organize and manage things before they get unbearable.
What to Do If Raising Kids and Puppies Doesn’t Work
It is hard to think that you made a mistake but there is a way out. If your heartfelt attempts to raise kids and puppies together did not work take the right steps to correct the situation. Find your puppy a new home while it is young. Do not banish him to the back yard until his behaviors are such that no one would want to adopt him. Do not abandon your puppy to a shelter. Take the time to find a new forever home for your puppy.