Lifestyle Pets Shawn Mendes Says He and Camila Cabello Are 'Overachievers' as Puppy Parents to New Dog Tarzan "He's the sweetest boy," Shawn Mendes says of his new golden retriever pup By Jeff Nelson Jeff Nelson Instagram Twitter Jeff Nelson is the Senior News Editor, Entertainment at PEOPLE. For nearly a decade, he has worked across the brand's entertainment verticals, reporting on breaking news and writing and editing across platforms, as well as securing A-list cover exclusives, including Barry Manilow's coming out and an at-home interview with Madonna. Jeff has appeared as an expert on Good Morning America, Extra, HLN and SiriusXM, as well as at RuPaul's DragCon as a moderator. He studied magazine journalism at Drake University, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication. People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 17, 2020 11:23 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes, Tarzan. Photo: Shawn Mendes/Instagram; Kevin Mazur/AMA2019/Getty Shawn Mendes is opening up about being a dog daddy. The "Monster" singer, 22, recently adopted a golden retriever named Tarzan, and he and girlfriend Camila Cabello, 23, are enjoying being puppy parents together. "I think we’re actually overachievers because we spoke to [Dog Whisperer star] Cesar Millan, and we got a dog trainer," Mendes tells PEOPLE. "We’re very strict on all the things we have to do. Then when he nips at people we’re like, 'We’re the worst dog parents in the whole world!'" For more on Shawn Mendes, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands everywhere Friday. Tarzan has quickly become a part of the family. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Introduce Adorable New Puppy Tarzan "He’s the sweetest boy," Mendes adds. "Honestly, it really does feel like you have a little boy, a little baby, because they so quickly have such a personality. Dogs give so much." Mendes — whose new LP, Wonder, became his fourth album to top the Billboard 200 chart — recently returned to his hometown in Ontario for the holidays with Cabello and Tarzan in tow. "I’m going back to my home in Pickering," Mendes told PEOPLE before he left for Canada. "Camila’s coming with me, and we’re going to be quarantining in my parents’ house — so back in my childhood bedroom. And we’ll be with my immediate family." "I haven’t looked forward to something so much in so long — it’s really like counting down the minutes," he added.