Mistakes I Made Before Getting a Dog 

I was the child who begged for a dog nonstop when I was a kid. 

I would always prioritize getting "a puppy" whenever there was a gift-giving season, holiday, or birthday.  

The learning curve was severe for me when I brought home my first dog, 

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an Australian Shepherd puppy named Murphy, in 2020, all bushy-tailed and full of energy but with no prior experience.  

Although it's an exciting and memorable time, puppyhood is also a very difficult period for dog parents.  

Adopting a fully-trained adult, senior, or teenage dog won't guarantee that you won't go through some growing pains as a couple.  

The grief I felt when my puppy lost his littermates and adjusted to his new home in those first few days will be with me forever. 

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