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Last week, after much humming and hawing and debating, my wife and I (and my daughter, of course) got a puppy. Eight weeks old and small-for-now-but-will-get-giant, the only thing he is trained for is to be unpredictable.

We already have an eight year old dog that we also got when he was eight weeks old. He is calm and predictable – a known evil if you will. 

Here are three things I've learned so far about getting a puppy. It's remarkably like deciding to sell your home and find a new one.

  1. Each puppy experience is different.

    Assuming your new puppy is going to act, learn, and be like your current dog is crazy. My last dog was calm, docile, and timid.  My new puppy jumps off the patio into the flower pots, does a commando roll then flies across the grass in a matter of seconds. Assuming the sale of your current home will proceed in the same way the sale of your last home did falls along these same lines.  

    Your last home sold in two days with five offers, each of which was a larger amount over your asking price. This sale will most likely be very different.  Sales cycles differ. Market conditions differ.  The process, documentation, and approach will have changed. 
  2. Professional trainers are worth their weight in gold.

    We took my old dog to training classes when he was a puppy. I'd argue that's why he's turned out to be the way he is: in a good way.  We decided to take our current puppy to the same training classes.  Same company.  Same trainers. Same set of classes. The last time we worked with them, things worked out well.  They were professional.  They offered good advice. They were knowledgeable, and had our best interests in mind.

    Your real estate professional is worth their weight in gold, much like the puppy trainers. True, we still had to do some of the work with our puppy, but the trainers provided information, guidance and expertise. They had the knowledge to handle a lot of the unknowns for us and aligned our actions with the end goal which helped us an incredible amount along the way. 
  3. You’ve forgotten how much work a puppy is at the beginning.

    They're a lot of work.  An incredible amount of preparation, planning, supervision, and mindfulness.  It's been awhile since your last move? You most likely forgot that preparing your home for sale, having showings, dealing with offers and questions takes a great deal of time, effort, and focus. It's worth it in the end, but sometimes it's hard to keep the end result in sight.




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