Part of the reason puppies are so cute is that they are adorably lacking in life experience.
They haven’t earned all that “on the job” knowledge that your average, full-grown canine companion has, which is why older dogs can get a bit grumpy in the presence of an over-excited and playful pup.
Grumpiness aside, you can’t help but laugh when a puppy just doesn’t get it. Here are a few things that puppies don’t understand with hilarious results.
For all a puppy knows, they’re looking at a completely different puppy on their turf when they see themselves in a mirror. No self-respecting puppy is going to put up with some furry freeloader trying to steal their treats.
A puppy’s reflection becomes their greatest nemesis, somehow copying their every move, like they’re ahead of the game. “How did that guy know exactly what I was going to do?” a puppy might wonder.
I’m not sure puppies ever understand mirrors as they grow into adult dogs. Maybe they just get used to the fact that they have an identical twin living inside the closet.
2. Glass Doors
You can’t blame puppies for charging headlong into closed glass doors. YouTube is full of humans doing it on a regular basis. But, after they smack into that glass a few times, they usually become a bit more cautious when going through door frames.
In fact, lots of adult dogs will wait outside, even if the glass in the door is open, to avoid bonking their heads. Puppyhood crashes have taught them well.
3. Limes & Citrus
If all you’ve ever eaten is dog food, something sour or spicy may just blow your mind. Imagine a flavor you’ve never had before, one that hits a completely new set of taste buds that you’ve never used.
You might start to think that this brand new food is messing with you, just waiting to attack your mouth the moment you let your guard down. Better keep a close eye on this little green feller.
Puppies don’t understand what this clear, cold, wet stuff is. All they know is that it’s delightful on a hot day.
They know they have water in their bowls, and they might see snow once in a while. But the fact that these two things can come together in one little cube is totally beyond them.
It can lead to quite a bit of confusion.
Puppies don’t know why things are moving in the magic window that you keep in your living room, and often times they aren’t happy about it. They’ll jump, bark, and even run behind the TV just to see if anything escaped out the back and into the real world.
The worst offender is the doorbell sound effect in so many pizza delivery commercials. Your dog can’t tell the difference between a sound effect and a real doorbell because, honestly, a doorbell is a sound effect to begin with.
Those weird, springy, metal thingies keep bouncing back for more and make the most satisfying noise. No matter how much a puppy attacks, the doorstop snaps back, defying all rational puppy logic.
Puppies may not understand what’s going on with these things, but they are ideal playmates with just as much energy to keep going as any puppy.
7. Your Shenanigans
So you’re the type of person who ties carrots to a ceiling fan just for fun? Puppies don’t get your humor, but they’ll play along.
Humans are weird, but somehow puppies still find it in their hearts to deal with our silly ways and give us lots of love, regardless. Especially if there’s a delicious carrot in it for them.
What’s something that your pup just doesn’t seem to understand? Do you have any cute or funny videos of your pup exploring? Let us know in the comments below!
Do you have a puppy that’s just been introduced to the whole world? Puppy breeds are very intelligent and they learn quickly what you teach them. Just think about it, if you go to the dog park and you’re trying to train your dog then wouldn’t it be easier if you taught them first, before you throw them on the ground and have to do all the hard work? Of course it would, and puppies are very smart animals.
Most puppy breeders or pet store puppy sales will often sell the puppy right to the first new owner. These puppy owners are often unaware of what they are doing or the consequences of their actions once the puppy has left the puppy mill or puppy shelter. The puppy usually has absolutely no idea what they are doing with their new found owner and that is when puppy breeders prey on these new puppy owners. They take all the best things that puppy breeds have and use them against the new puppy owners. Most puppy owners who do not know the puppy breed history are completely unaware that this kind of behavior is normal for puppies, that they should not be punished for it.
The good news is that it doesn’t take long after the puppy is brought home and socialized to the new people that it will learn proper manners and socialization techniques to develop the kind of self-esteem and confidence in themselves that older dogs have. Most puppy owners think of socialization and obedience training as separate things, but they are actually very much one and the same. And just like children, puppies also need both obedience training and socialization in order to grow up to be healthy, happy and well adjusted dogs.