What happens when you don’t train a puppy…

My family brought me home, cradled in their arms,
They cuddled me and smiled at me, said I was full of charm.
They played with me and laughed with me, they showered me with toys,
I sure do love my family, especially the girls and boys.

The children loved to feed me, they gave me special treats,
They even let me sleep with them, all snuggled in their sheets.
I used to go for many walks, often several times a day,
They even fought to hold the leash, I’m very proud to say.

They used to laugh and praise me, when I played with that old shoe,
But I didn’t know the difference between the old ones and the new.
The kids and I would grab a rag, and for hours we would tug,
So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug.

They said I was out of control and would have to live outside,
This I did not understand, although I tried and tried.
The walks stopped, one by one; they said they hadn’t time,
I wish that I could change things, I wish I knew my crime.

My life became so lonely in the backyard on a chain.
I barked and barked all day long to keep from going insane.
So they brought me to a shelter, but were embarrassed to say why,
They said I caused an allergy, and then kissed me good-bye.

If I’d only had some classes when I was just a pup,
I wouldn’t have been so hard to handle, when I was all grown up.
“You only have one day left,” I heard a worker say.
Does this mean a second chance? Do I go home today?

5 thoughts on “What happens when you don’t train a puppy…

  1. So true, so very true. The number one dog turned into the shelter is between the age of 10m-2yrs and is at that adolescent age and usually has had zero training and some level of inappropriate behavior that the person surrendering the dog deems a "deal breaker."

  2. It really brings home why you need to be consistent! Especially with the likes of a guide dog! That was the one thought when reading that.It makes it sound really terrible though, and reminds you of the old saying "a puppy isn't just for christmas….".All it would take would be some classes which are probably free, and gets a dog socialised, so if it does need to be rehomed, it's easier to find a home, rather than the inevitable…Take care, xx.

  3. If people would think properly before getting a dog, then actually choose their breed properly, there'd be less dogs like this one.Labradors seem to be a popular victum because they look like the cutest pups ever and people can't resist getting one. They don't always stay that small!I should have linked to the site that came from but have no idea where I found it now.

  4. I know this comment is delayed, but I am just now catching up on blogs after a semester of college. What a heartbreaking poem that is sadly the story of life for too many puppies. Even though my guide dog was obviously trained as a puppy, and is a wonderful dog, this poem is an excellent reminder about the importance of maintaining his training and not letting bad behavior slide.

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