Before we had pets, I was convinced that having them around would make it much harder in the mornings by having to deal with them while also getting ready for work. Actually, they have made it easier to get up in the mornings. While the older two were still potty training, we got up every hour or two to take them out. We discovered later that they could hold it for longer than that and that we could go a little longer between potty breaks. Then we would get up again when the alarm went off. Instead of dragging our feet and putting off getting up for as long as possible, we now have a reason to actually get up. After all, the dogs can't take themselves out or feed themselves. Plus, how could you be sluggish and in a bad mood waking up to this:
We've decided they are not morning dogs. If it were up to them, they would probably sleep in until like 8 am.
Of course, if you are going to let the dogs up on your bed from time to time, they have to be clean. This is one of the areas where we really notice that the littles have personalities that are quite a bit different that the big puppies. When I turn on the bath water to run them a bath, the big puppies take off running and hide to avoid the bath water. When the littles hear the water running, they run to the tub and jump in. We usually have to bathe them first to keep them from jumping in with the big puppies.
First time pitbull owners who found two pitbull puppies abandoned on the side of the road and decided to adopt them...And then loved them so much, they decided to get two wonderful mastiffs.