Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


3 Bad Habits that I Use with My Puppy.

December 4th, 2015

Episode 178 of 540 episodes

As I’ve mentioned, we got a new puppy — he’s an adorable five-month-old black cockapoo named Barnaby. He’s sleeping at my feet right now. He has a special dark corner under my desk where he likes to hang out. It took me a lot of hard thinking to decide whether or not to get a dog — you can listen to me talk about it with my sister here — and I’m so happy we did get a dog. Beforehand, though, I was adamant that we would spend a lot of time and effort to make sure that he had very, very good doggy manners. Better for him, better for us. But I must confess, as much as I love habits, and as much as I’ve studied how to form habits — after all, I wrote a whole book, Better Than Before, about the twenty-one strategies we can use to master our habits — I’ve fallen into three bad puppy habits. (I say “I” but these apply to my whole family, actually.) 1. I let him jump on the furniture. Before we got him, I swore this would be an ironclad rule. But the thing about dogs and habits — you need ...

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