10 Reactions to Your Dog’s Quirks

Whether you’ve had your dog for three weeks or three years, some of these reactions and statements will have you laughing and saying “Deb, that is so true”. Dogs are hysterical, adorable creatures, even when they’re being mildly irritating.


  • Your first day with your dog:

  • When you have had rough day and you come home to your dog’s unconditional love:


  • When your dog feels ill:


  • The entire potty training process:


  • When your dog gets mad about your steak dinner:


  • When your neighbors don’t like your dog:


  • When you buy your dog an expensive toy, and he chews The cord off of something:


  • That one rare day your dog doesn’t care that you’ve been gone for eight hours:


  • Even though you expect a new puppy to have an accident, you still react like this when he or she has an accident:


  • Talking to your dog like he understands, and feeling like this when he doesn’t:


Did I miss one? Share your thoughts in the comments section!



Deb Alling | Pet Nanny of Joliet, Plainfield, and Shorewood, Illinois


(I’d like to thank reactiongifs.com for providing the wonderful reactions to the silly things dogs do!)


Everything You Need to Know About Getting a New Dog [Part 1 of 4]

The decision to get a dog is a simple one for most people, you either love dogs and want one in your family, or you don’t. The tricky part is selecting dog breed and getting everyone in the household to agree on what they want from their new companion.

So, this inspired a four-post series on getting a new dog and everything you need to know to get started. Today’s post will cover how to determine if you’re ready to get a dog. Next week’s posts will cover choosing the right breed for YOU, and part three will cover how to compromise on a breed with others. Part four is a big, fat surprise!

Before getting a dog you need to be sure that you’re ready for the responsibility that comes along with it. Think of the end of the movie Aladdin, when Jafar wants to become a Genie for the power.

At first, he’s like “Great Idea!”

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And then, the responsibilities catch up with him, and it ends up a disaster.

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Yeah, getting a dog is kind of like that.

So, how can you be sure you’re ready? You have to ask yourself a few questions first, and the answers will tell you whether you’re ready for a new pup or not.

Can you afford a dog?

Not simply, can you purchase the dog… but can you afford to give him a good life?  A dog is an awful lot like a child, and medical expenses can come out of nowhere. Make sure you have enough savings, and a steady income that will always provide your pooch with what he needs.

Do you have “itty bitty living space” like Jafar’s lamp?

Make sure you have enough room inside the home and in the yard. A tiny apartment might be okay for a Teacup Poodle, but certainly not a Golden Retriever or Rottweiler.

Is Your Abode Safe and Dog Appropriate?

In addition to size, you need to be careful of things dogs can get into. They’re not like cats, they won’t avoid something that is dangerous for them; dogs eat things. I repeat: Dogs. Eat. Things.

Be sure everything is out of the way, use bitter apple spray on cords, and look into the materials used to build your home or apartment. For example, ask someone to inspect the paint on your walls. If you have an older house that still has lead paint, you’ll either need to correct that or watch your dog like a hawk. You never want your dog to scratch paint or lead paint off walls, and risk ingesting it.

What are your limitations?

Do you dislike the idea of walking daily, or, do you find that you get irritated easily? When your pooch needs something, and you don’t want to do it, you can’t take it out on the dog. Be sure you’re ready to handle the care and maintenance of a dog. Your reward? Unconditional love.

If you feel that you’re ready for a dog after this post, then I warmly welcome you to the world of being a discerning pet owner. Congratulations on your decision to give and receive the uninterrupted bliss that is loving a canine.

Check back on Monday for more help, as the next part will help you select your dog breed!


Deb Alling | Pet Nanny of Joliet, Plainfield, and Shorewood, Illinois



[Jafar Gif Courtesy of http://andthenthingsgotfunny.tumblr.com/]

What to Expect With Your New Puppy – Part 1 of 2

After talking to a few friends, I realized that there is a lot of hearsay about dogs, specifically about what you can expect with their ages. It inspired me to put together a brief, yet informative collection of what to expect with your new canine pal. The first post in our two-post session, covers what to expect with a new puppy. Check back tomorrow for the final post in this session, covering what to expect as your dog heads into his old age.

When you first make the decision to get a puppy, you’re distracted by the fact that you’re getting a new furry companion. Then, as you start to think about your new pup, you’re distracted by decisions, like where to get the pooch, and which breed suits you best. Then the supplies you need, cute outfits, and adorable toys distract you. Then when you get the puppy, that unconditionally loving face and big endearing eyes distract you. The point is, in the midst of all of the excitement and love going around there is little time for preparation, including thorough research on what to expect. Understanding what to expect at each age will make your life a lot easier, and  it won’t take hours of reading or watching videos to accomplish. Simply, follow the chart below to learn what you can expect from your puppy, from the time you bring him home until adulthood.

Why Start at Eight Weeks?

Most breeders keep newborn pups until about eight or nine weeks. Chances are, unless you breed dogs, you won’t get a puppy younger than seven or eight weeks old. Any care prior to eight weeks, you cannot learn in a small blog post, the puppy needs professional care at this stage.

8-12 Weeks – Cute Baby Stage

Your puppy is developing his motor skills. This is when he begins to understand human emotions, and he begins to react to commands and reprimands. This is the best time to train them, because this is the age where they learn what behaviors you will and will not tolerate.

This is also when the puppy learns his place, and the ideal time for you to show that you are the alpha. This will make training easier. The puppy should watch you eat, and learn that you only feed him after you’ve eaten. The same idea holds true for walks, make sure the puppy learns that he does not walk ahead of you. These principals will make training much easier in the future.

The wonderful part is that this is when your puppy realizes that you are his family. Your new companion will warm up to you and want a lot of attention during this stage. This is the best time to introduce the puppy to people he will see often.

13-16 WeeksTerrible Twos

This is your puppy’s defiant phase. YAY!

Be prepared for a lot of this –

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However, the things that occur during this time are equally adorable as they are annoying, making this an endearing time for you and your puppy. Even though he knows what behavior is okay and what isn’t, he’ll push the limits. You have to be a bit more strict during the training process, because that is what he’s testing, your reaction. If you let him get away with it the first time, you bought yourself a whole life of headaches. Don’t get lenient or lazy with ridiculous behavior, if that picture up there is any sign of things to come, you’ll never eat cabbage again.

Moreover, during this time…. your dog will need you, as he’ll be teething. Distract your pooch with plenty of love and tough dental toys, as this will become his first, full-blown chewing phase. Luckily, most dogs go ballistic over a few of the treats listed below, so this phase doesn’t have to be a destructive one.

Beyond 4 Months of Age – A Dog!

At this age, your puppy will start to seem more like a dog, in terms of hunting behavior and mating instincts. Even if your puppy behaved well on a leash, he might not behave every time as an older dog. Until neutered, dogs may run after a mate, or another dog. This is also their exploration time, so a retractable leash is ideal; dogs need the freedom to explore, but also protection.



*gif courtesy of buzzfeed.com
Deb Alling | Pet Nanny of Joliet, IL