As a multipotentialite, I’ve spent my fair share of my time being a beginner. It’s just something that happens when you switch interests frequently. It doesn’t usually bother me. In fact, I typically find that I’m able to build off of past skills, so I’m rarely ever truly at square one.
Well, with this one I feel like I’m at square one:
Reading the books and talking to other dog owners helped a little. But nothing was really able to prepare me for this.
I’m doing a decent job and trying really hard. Grendel’s an incredibly smart, sweet puppy. But I have to say, raising a puppy feels very different from anything I’ve ever done before. I honestly feel a little clumsy and useless a lot of the time.
It’s things like learning to say “lets go,” when she’s stalling on a walk, instead of “come,” because that means “come to me,” which is pointless when you want her to move forward. Also, distracting her before she has a chance to bark, and then rewarding silence. And what do you do when she refuses to go potty outdoors and bed time is approaching? Do you stay up and keep trying again and again in the rain? Or do you go to bed and accept that you will be waking up in a few hours, praying that nothing happens in the interim.
Not to mention finding ways to squeeze in a bit of work here and there, which has been the biggest challenge of all! Though I managed to make it to the Puttytribe’s weekly Puttyparty last night by doing this:
So we’re learning… I’m learning.
I think this one’s especially tricky because there’s another “person” involved. I really don’t want to screw this up. It’s something that I’m guessing every parent everywhere can relate to.
How do you deal with being a total beginner? Do you just plow through the awkwardness?