Caring for a New Puppy in College

Andrew Noll

Andrew Noll,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 26 October 2018

Over the summer while working at Toyota in Buffalo WV, I came across a puppy that wasn’t being taken care of very well. I had the opportunity to take him from that environment and make him my right hand man. It has been a lot of work, but he is now about 6 months old and not causing much trouble.

Late summer and early fall was great for a puppy. I got to take him hiking at Strouds Run State Park, he learned how to swim in the lake, and got to chase the ball or Frisbee on the beach. Strouds run is also a great place to rent a boat, kayak, or paddle board and also not a bad spot to fish.

As the weather has gotten cooler, I have been taking my dog to the dog park on West State Street just past the driving range. Every time I have gone, there have been plenty of other dogs there, and afterward I spend 30 minutes practicing my swing at the range.

If you haven’t played the OU golf course I highly recommend it! It’s a nice little 9 hole course with a variety of obstacles. When I am not golfing in my free time, I am usually training my dog. I wake up very early each morning (so there are no distractions) and I have been training to walk him off the leash, with the help of a remote collar and training treats.

Overall, for someone wanting a puppy in college, its doable, but it’s A LOT of work. Most all my free time goes toward him and researching how to care for him. If you are going to neglect care of your pet, don’t get one. However, if you do get one, you won’t be disappointed in the joy that it will bring you.

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