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The realities of being a dog mum

This Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating all the weird and wonderful things that come with being a dog mum. Let’s take a closer look…

1. Dealing with diva dog behaviour

Picture this: you’re getting cosy on the sofa, just about to start another Netflix-binge when your dog demands your immediate attention. Or, decides to sit directly in the way. If this sounds like you, you’ve probably got a mini-Mariah Carey on your hands.

And don’t even think about going on your laptop or trying to fit in a sneaky nap. From day one your dog will command attention. All. The. Time. And you’ll have no choice but to get used to it!

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2. The dreaded dog mum guilt

Usually associated with parents and children, separation anxiety is also a behaviour seen in dogs. Although ‘puppy dog eyes’ are heart-breaking for owners, the signs of separation anxiety can sometimes be a lot more alarming – think accidents in the house, excessive whining and destructive behaviours. And it’s not easy for pet parents either. Nobody wants to leave their furry friend at home when they’re stuck in the office. Cue the inevitable dog mum guilt, it’s inescapable.

Worried your dog is anxious when left alone? Take a look at our in-depth article on separation anxiety in dogs to find out what causes it, the signs, and how you can help.

3. Your dog thinking they’re human

Whether they’re claiming a chair around the dining table, unwrapping Christmas presents that don’t belong to them, or taking a bite of your ice cream without permission, your dog just might think they’re human sometimes. Indulge this as you will. It does go both ways, though. We’re all guilty of talking to our pets like they’re people… “Back in just a minute boy, promise. Be good!”

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4. It can get competitive

When it comes to your pet, they can do no wrong. And us dog mums can get a little competitive. You know what we’re getting at don’t you? Sizing up other dogs of a similar breed. Or smugly walking past with your well-behaved angel as two other pooches get into a noisy scuffle.

And don’t get us started on puppy playgroups. If yours is in the naughty corner, you better be prepared for some raised eyebrows and holier-than-thou smirks.

5. Not getting anything done at home

Vacuuming? You’ll have a constant companion chasing your Dyson around the floor. Washing up? Watch out for the hairy tripping hazard darting in and out of your legs. Got a 9am Zoom call? It’s time for an hour-long barking session, didn’t you know?

6. Hair. Everywhere.

Enough said.

7. It’s a love like no other

Quite frankly, we wouldn’t change any of it for the world. Yes, our dogs have their quirks, but they make every day a joy and we couldn’t be more thankful for them.

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How many in this list is your pooch guilty of? Let us know on Facebook and Instagram. And don’t forget to tag us in your Mother’s Day snaps!

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