What part of a dog's existence is the worst is different depending on the person, save of course the part at the very end when you need to make the toughest decision.
Some people find house-training, puppy basic, puppy biting the worst. Others find the adolescent stage, where the dog seems to go from well-adjusted halfway decent pup to holy terror.
I only half joke that with continual patience and training, your dog will be perfect in another nine years.
Others say that puppies are so darn cute because if they were not we would kill them.
And every dog is different. Sometimes you click with a pup right away and you never look back. Sometimes it sneaks up on you. My sister says that it happens when we realize how totally dependent they are on us, like when they have been seriously ill, and we need to really put forth to pull them through.
Who was it that said a good childhood is hardly worth the bother? But it is true, it just seems that the dogs that give us the most challenge seem to adhere themselves to our heartstrings with super-glue. One day we wake up and realize that we have come a looooooong way and we wouldn't trade this critter for the world.
A lot of people like to by-pass the puppy stages altogether. My real problem with that, is that once I have gone through puppy and adolescent, and young adult, and now have a dog I can rely on to give a great example, I don't want to part with them. And this is why I stress training as much as I do. I think that if people would successfully complete 2 or 3 sets of classes with a dog, they will be at such a different place than when they started and dogs would just not be dumped as much.
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC