We've all been there. You're minding your own business, going about your day, when suddenly... puppies! It's a puppy ambush! Maybe you're at the park and a family with a litter of golden retriever puppies walks by. Or you're out for a run and a neighbor's Labradoodle comes bounding up to you, tongue lolling happily. Whatever the case may be, you find yourself surrounded by adorably wagging tails and soulful brown eyes, and you're not sure how to handle it. Fear not! We're here to help you survive your next puppy ambush.
Step One: Remain Calm
This one is crucial. Puppies are adept at sensing fear, and if they sense that you're afraid of them, they may become agitated or even aggressive. In order to keep the situation under control, it's important to stay calm and act like everything is normal. If you can't keep the fear out of your voice, try pretending to talk to someone on the phone. This will help disguise the fact that you're terrified out of your mind.
Step Two: Do Not Run Away
Again, this one is important. Running away from a pack of puppies will trigger their instinct to chase prey, which means they will more than likely come after you. And let's be honest, being chased by a bunch of puppies sounds like a living nightmare. So whatever you do, don't run! Just stand still and wait for them to lose interest.
Step Three: Ignore Their Cries for Help
Puppies are experts at making pitiful whining noises designed to tug at your heartstrings (not to mention making those cute little puppy dog eyes). But resist the urge to give in! If you pick up even one puppy, the rest will follow suit, and soon you'll be buried alive under a wriggling mound of furry cuteness. So just ignore their cries and hope for the best. They'll eventually tire themselves out and go away.
Puppy ambushes are a fact of life, but that doesn't mean they have to be stressful or dangerous. By following these simple steps, you can survive your next encounter with flying colors—and maybe even come out the other side with a new furry friend or two. Good luck!
If you do end up with a new furry friend, you'll need some toys, and perhaps you'd like to teach them to talk. Click the links below to discover new ways to play and communicate with your new best friend.