You're a Better Pup Parent Than You Think - Here's Why | Pupford
May 17th, 2022
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You’re a better pup parent than you think.
And in this article, I’ll tell you exactly why I believe that to be true.
We’ll also talk about dealing with self-doubt as a pup parent and staying positive with your efforts with your pup!
Let’s get right to it ⬇️
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SELF-DOUBT AS A PUP PARENT
Raising a pup can be hard work. In the sense of time, effort, and even mentally.
There can be a LOT of ups and downs, frustrating moments, and moments of self-doubt.
A good friend of mine recently got a puppy and we’ve had many chats about the challenges of puppyhood. One comment he made was to the effect of “is what I’m doing even working or making a difference”.
Like many things in life, we can often find ourselves doubting our efforts. We often wonder if what we are doing is good enough, correct, or even worth our efforts.
Those feelings are very real, and can be very tough to deal with!
Moments of self-doubt about your abilities as a pup parent are common.
While self-doubt can be common, I believe that most times you are doing better than you think you are! Let’s talk about how to combat those negative thoughts and find ways to look at yourself as a pup parent in a positive way!
YOU'RE DOING BETTER THAN YOU THINK
Like I mentioned before, I think you’re a better pup parent than you may feel you are! And we all need to be reminded of that from time to time!
One small note. It is vital you give your dog proper exercise and attention and that you meet their physical needs. That includes vet check-ups, proper nutrition, and using science-based training methods. Most pup parents are doing those things and the rest of this article applies to that group.
CARING IS HALF THE BATTLE
If you’re reading this article, that in itself is evidence that you care about your pup and are likely doing a great job. And caring about your pup’s well-being is half the battle!
Our dogs are animals with emotions, and I believe they can know when we are making an effort. And you making an effort is evidence that you’re a great pup parent!
Reading articles, watching videos about training techniques, and learning more about your dog’s behavior, health, and wellness is a sign you truly care about your dog.
IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT “BEHAVIOR”
While we focus often on behavior improvement, it’s not the only thing that matters. Your relationship with your pup is a huge part of what makes you a good pup parent.
Some behaviors can limit your ability to have a quality relationship with your pup, but generally speaking, you can forge a strong bond with your pup regardless of their behavioral shortcomings.
So, try to not let yourself get too hung up on your dog’s problem behaviors. Remember that being a good pup parent is much more than having a “perfect” dog (those don’t exist by the way).
DOGS ARE FORGIVING
Dogs are very forgiving creatures. I believe that’s part of why humans have developed such strong bonds with the species over history.
So even if you make mistakes (which we all do), your dog will still love you. To me, it’s comforting knowing that my pup will still be there no matter what.
Of course, we shouldn’t take advantage of that forgiveness.
BUT, knowing that your dog is forgiving should give you peace of mind as you work toward being the best pup parent you can be!
FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES
While I personally despise the rhetoric that positivity is the “catch-all solution” to life’s problems (I do believe positivity is helpful), I think trying to look at the positive efforts you’re making is extremely helpful when you feel down as a pup parent.
If you’re trying to learn more about how to train better, that’s a positive!
If you’re giving your dog plenty of physical and mental exercise each day, that’s a positive!
If you’re taking time each day to play with your dog, that’s a positive!
If you’re putting time into training sessions, that’s a positive!
If you’re giving your dog healthy food, treats, and chews, that’s a positive!
And the same goes for your dog’s actions too. It can be extremely beneficial to look at the improvements your dog has made over time.
Surely if you compare your dog’s behavior now to what it was 6 months ago there have been improvements. And that’s a positive!
It can be helpful to write down some of the positive things you and your dog are doing each day. I’d bet you’ll be surprised at how long that list can be!
RECAP OF WHY YOU'RE A BETTER PUP PARENT THAN YOU THINK
While raising a pup can be challenging, try to give yourself the benefit of the doubt. Stay positive and try to remember the good things you’re doing for your pup!
Our dogs are loving and forgiving creatures, and they can handle a lot of the mistakes we make along the way.
Stay patient with your dog’s behavior, focus on the fundamentals, and keep working toward becoming the best pup parent you can be!
How do you stay positive when moments of self-doubt arrive as a pup parent? Tell me in the comments below!