Summer Mom Trains a Puppy!

IMG_9950Meet Milo! He joined us last Wednesday. He’s keeping me pretty busy but he has been a wonderful addition to our house. A part of me forgot what puppy training is like. He and I are both exhausted by about 10:00 p.m.

Our days are filled with playing, training and running in and out of the house to learn about where to go to the bathroom. He’s doing an amazing job, or at least he has me trained. He hasn’t had an accident in the house yet but I’m waiting for it.

I think his dog mom trained him to use the bathroom outside because it hasn’t been much of a struggle to get him to do this. His sister Zoe learned to go on paper in the house and it was a long 6 months of house breaking that caused me to hesitate about getting a puppy. The day we brought her home appeared to be the first day her paws ever touched grass. On the other hand, Thing 2, his girlfriend and I met Milo running around his yard happily with his mom, dad and two brothers.

Puppy rearing is much like having a toddler. My day is now scheduled around Milo’s sleep/wake cycles. Thankfully he’s taking after Thing 1 and he’s been sleeping through the night since his second day at his forever home. We spend time chasing balls and gnawing on rope bones so he doesn’t gnaw on me with his sharp puppy teeth.


Full of cuteness and energy.

I’m working on being the Alpha Dog but sometimes his cuteness is hard to resist, but I must. The problem with having a toddler at my age is that’s it’s not as comfortable to sit on the floor anymore and the getting up off the floor is not a graceful act.

My summer plans are pretty well set now. I’ll work on the projects I have planned in short snippets while he naps. I schedule my outings in 3 hour increments for now so he gets used to being in the house alone. So far so good there.

We’ll go out and explore the world together so he gets socialized. We’ve met several adults so far but we need to spend time with the neighborhood children and other dogs as soon as it’s safe for him to be around other dogs.


What is happening to me?!

Every experience is new for him. Some are exciting and some are scary. Our car trip yesterday to his dad’s office was a little scary. Well need to work on that one. I just hope he’s ready when it’s time for Summer Mom to go back to school in 2 months.IMG_9949



His dad set up an Instagram page for him. You can follow Milo if you like. It’s all about social media these days!

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12 thoughts on “Summer Mom Trains a Puppy!

  1. He’s adorable!! I am so much more a kitten person than a puppy person…. I love puppies–but only when they belong to someone else who gets to do all the work! I just don’t know if I have the energy or patience for it, because it requires a ton of both. My son is wanting to get a puppy, and he insists that he will do ALL the work, but I have my doubts about that…. Enjoy your summer with Milo! It sounds like he is making amazing progress.

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  2. I knew you’d get a puppy. 🙂 Milo is so cute! I’m going to need more than just Milo to find him on Instagram, there are a lot of Milos out there.


  3. Your puppy is so cute! I am a dog mom also and it is a lot of work but so worth the love! I too have trouble being stern when my dog Luna looks at me with a cute face or a lick to say I love you! Enjoy your time this summer with Milo! It will go so fast!

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  4. Deanna Clayton says:

    OMG – Milo is adorable! What a great way to spend your summer! I am sure all of the hard work is worth it just to see that adorable face each day. I can still remember when my Lily girl was a young pup and we got to experience all of her firsts!

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  5. I cannot even stand how cute he is! I’m so happy for you! Made the mistake of showing my kids the pictures, and now they are all begging (again) for a second dog. LOL. NO!


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