Puppies And Young Children


a new puppyA new puppy is a lot like a young child.  


They both:

  • grow fast
  • get out of sorts.
  • develop  “growing pains”

It took me a few days of total chaos around here to figure out that the puppy was growing so fast her body became unfamiliar to her.   She ran around yipping, biting, and basically being obnoxious!   She didn't know  

  • if she was hungry
  • if she was tired
  • if she wanted to play
  • if she wanted to sleep

  So after missing the obvious for a bit I figured it out….

Puppies are a lot like young children!!

I remembered that when my son was young he often acted in similar ways.

He would want to eat but then not eat.

He would act like he was tired and wanted to take a nap but then jumped up quickly to go play with something…

So what I did with puppy was what I used do with my son: Massages!


It works! She relaxes and then sleeps.









Comments? Thank you!!







About the author 

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.

  • Awww this is so sweet. We have been an empty nester for several years and I have been begging my husband for a puppy. We lost our family dog of 17 years right before the kids left home.

    Your article makes me want one. Maybe if I hold up one of those Facebook signs that says “If I get 1,000 likes my husband will let me get a puppy,” he might give in. 🙂

    • Thank you for the comment Susie. My old woof died 2 years ago and it took me a while to think of getting another dog. There are advantages to not having one, but I am one who just needs dogs and cats around…in spite of the time/energy commitment of a puppy.. and it had over 20 years since I had a puppy as my last dog was about 3 when I adopted him.

      Get a puppy 🙂


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