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Little dog teaching CBS News 8's Dominic Garcia some big lessons

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Dogs are often referred to as "man's best friend," but a new addition to CBS News 8's Dominic Garcia's family is also proving to be a great teacher.

A little over a year ago I married Meghan, the love of my life. A few months later we settled in sunny San Diego so she could do her medical residency at UCSD.

Kids are definitely in our future, but in the meantime, things around our house have been pretty quiet. And then came Vail, a fuzzy mini golden doodle we named after the mountain town where we got married.

"It's been a long time coming for us to get a puppy and we've been wanting to do it for a few years now but but really recognized there's a lot of time and commitment and goes into it," Meghan said.

One of the biggest changes I noticed was sleep -- or lack thereof. We decided to crate train Vail, and for the first few nights she did not like her new home. The first night was the longest.

Another thing I learned: you can never let your guard down.

"We would be talking about something and then we look down and she's gone. And she's behind the couch, and chewing on a shoe or paper," Meghan said.

And then there's the biting and bathroom breaks -- sometimes in our house.

"We can spend 20 minutes outside sniffing and she's trying to eat grass and rocks and she doesn't do anything and it's like OK well maybe she doesn't have to go, and we bring her back inside and five minutes later she's trying to go in a place she shouldn't," Meghan said.

No sleep, always on alert, hands chewed up, constantly cleaning, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Because with every challenge we've found, not only is she learning, but so are we. And the small changes we're making, going to bed earlier, getting outside more, that's the way it should be.

"Definitely a change in your lifestyle. It should be, and it was a change we were really excited to make," Meghan said.

This dog has been good for our health, and me as a husband.

"This is another thing we've kind of had to have a new level of communication, just talking about who's going to do what, making sure one of us has time to take her out," Meghan said.

They say dogs are man's best friend.

"She's been such a joy in our lives and such a wonderful addition to our family," Meghan said.

They also say a properly trained man can be dog's best friend. So far I think she's a good teacher.

Some of the footage used in the above video story was shot using a GoPro camera.

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