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Cockapoos and Children – The Reality of Life with a Puppy & a Toddler

27th September 2017
cockapoos and children

We must be crazy, last week we bought a dog, a cockapoo puppy to be precise. We read up on them, they require an average amount of exercise, they are intelligent and supposedly easy to train, they are good with kids and good with cats. They seemed like the perfect dog for us, how hard could it be?

Very is the answer to that! I’m quite sure that the puppy stage is approximately one million times harder than the newborn stage. Especially if the majority of your family come down with illnesses one week after you introduce said pup to your home. I feel like my main purpose in life at the moment is to clean up poop. Kids poo and dogs poo. Just call me the poo lady. At this point I’m sure I’ve earned that title.

cockapoos and children

Dobby follows me everywhere, as does Aria. I can’t go to the toilet without a pup and a toddler in tow. I can’t go into the kitchen without a pup and a toddler in tow. He follows me up the stairs and then cries because he can’t get back down the stairs. If I don’t have a pup and a toddler in tow I worry about where said pup and toddler are, and more to the point, what mischief they are causing.

As for being child friendly, if you count terrorising her and bringing her to tears approximately 50 times a day as child friendly then we’re bang on track!

cockapoos and children

Sometimes Aria loves Dobby, she sits down and chats with him and she especially loves lying next to him when he falls asleep (probably because he won’t jump over her when he’s sleeping, or at least she hopes that is the case), other times Aria hates Dobby.

Sometimes Dobby follows Aria around chewing on her nappy (apparently it’s because it’s a similar scent to puppy training pads), jumps up at her and chews her hair, making her cry, not because he hurts her, but because she is fed up of him.

children and cockapoos

I’m sure that we will eventually be a big happy family, and even the cats will come to love Dobby, but for now I’m you’ll find me researching puppy training classes and googling how the hell do I stop my puppy harassing my toddler, and me.

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  • Reply Helen 28th September 2017 at 7:55 am

    Whoever said cockerpoos require average exercise must be giggling to themselves. I know 3 cockerpoos very well in the family and they are all exercise machines! (Underestimation) They can happily go for a 3 hour walk, get home and expect a walk half hour later haha. Good luck!
    My sister is getting a dog soon from the Dogs Trust to make sure it will be suitable for her child and cats. I think this is a great thing to do as you can really see if the dog fits in with the family.
    Beware of puddles. Cockerpoos LOVE puddles so expect lots of dog baths and wet towels. It can be the dryest day and somehow ours will find a nice muddy puddle to lay in.
    Enjoy your new family member 🙂

  • Reply Lisa 28th September 2017 at 11:42 am

    Aww how gorgeous. I have a labradoodle so a bigger version of a cockapoo and he’s amazing. Our dog has a lot of cockapoo friends and they are such lovely dogs. Both breeds are a little bit nutty, but I think that’s what makes them so good with children. I’m sure it’s just the settling in stage at the moment and they will be best of friends soon x

  • Reply Abi Street 30th September 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Your dog is so cute I can’t cope!! Also absolutely loving your hair in the first photo

    Abi | abistreetx

  • Reply Rebekah Hannah 9th October 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Dobby is gorgeous! Cockapoo’s are so sweet, everything will settle down and you’ll get there in the end! My nine year old Springer Spaniel still follows me like a shadow everywhere. I love your blog.

    Rebekah-Hannah x

  • Reply Kelly Allen 21st October 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Aw such cute photos! I remember when we first brought home our labraddodle, he was 18 months old so fully trained, albeit a bit chew-tastic. He has a massive butt and I remember him knocking the then toddler Molly over quite a lot with his ass! Back then Molly would tug his ears and tail but now, he’s nearly 6, and they are the best of friends. I’ve never had to puppy trian, but with dogs and kids, it does and will get better 🙂 you’re doing a fab job xxx

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