My monster is almost 10 months and is becoming the best behaved dog. What the heck do I do. Hi Maureen, Also, make sure there is a blanket and toys in the cage for comfort. I don't know if you had any responsibilities for anyone other than yourself before you got your pup, but I sure as hell didn't and it took a while to acclimate and it was not enjoyable to make that switch. With that being said, there is no shame in returning the pup if you decide that you’re not ready. Do not turn to local Facebook groups, newspaper classifieds ads, Kijiji or Craigslist. Good luck! Ask us about our professional dog services in Toronto and North York. A lot of them wrote me a note back thanking me for the letter saying how much they appreciated the effort. Some people buy cheap puppies to use in inhumane backyard breeding businesses, use puppies as bait for illegal dog fighting or to flip puppies for a profit. It gets SO much easier. It's actually common to regret adopting a puppy, so hang in there! We shared experiences. What helped me was to set aside an hour each evening for alone time without my pup. These ads are notorious for attracting all sorts of shady buyers. Bring balance back to your life. This is a common thing to go through. They use rewards to modify your puppy’s behaviour and actually help you learn to better communicate with your puppy. Probably. Give yourself time to establish new routines, and know this is the most time intensive part of having a puppy, but the work is incredibly rewarding. And maybe a few weeks later you notice they’ve gotten really good at waiting patiently in their crate. I think the not subjecting your entire schedule to the dog is some of the best advice. Hey ! We adopted a 10 month old Siberian and she was tough to train (stubborn), but actually not that much of a shock to our system overall. I am looking for professional dog services. It’s normal to go through a episode/s of “puppy blues” after getting a puppy and the realization of responsibly smacks you across the face for the first time. a million) I do not brain running him in any climate, so long as it's secure to take action. It was pure hell. As much as a puppy is amazing and wonderful if you don't take care of you then you cannot take care of them. . On my phone so I can't link it easily right now. !”, Hang in there, brother. No matter how many puppy books you read, nothing beats having customised, in-person help from a professional dog trainer. All Rights Reserved, So many puppy issues are temporary. We live in Toronto and have a 12 week old golden. By the time your puppy is a year old, they’ll likely be housetrained, they’ll no longer be destructive and you probably won’t be able to imagine life without them. It can take a long time for the chaos to die down. This process can take time and 30 days may not be enough for your older dog to adapt to a young, energetic puppy. Experiencing doubt or even full-blown regret in the months after adopting a new pet is incredibly common. It’s okay to think about whether your puppy is a good fit for your household, or if you may actually need to return or rehome them. My puppy slept through the night once I did that. Why did you want a puppy? I was also a single "dog dad," if you decide to keep your pup around, I'd highly recommend finding a good trainer and having regular 1:1 sessions with them (2x a week to start). Most reputable breeders are more than happy to take a pup back, and it’s usually part of their contract. Modern dog trainers use behavioural science to pick up on the communication issues and natural processes that are causing your puppy’s unwanted  behaviours. A dog? He needs a new good home ASAP. The puppy needs that time to rest and humans need that time to regroup and take a break from the landshark. RE: I regret getting a puppy and I don't know what to do. I love having her. It gets easier! The worst thing you can do is make choices out of anger or frustration. The anxiety I felt after first getting my pup was close to crippling, and I was so regretful of the commitment I had locked myself into. I'm fairly young and there are also times I feel really restricted. There's even an official name for it: The Puppy Blues. Can you tell me where you are located? I went on a walk. You are human, and you are taking care of an infant animal. Healthy Houndz offers modern, reward-based dog training programs, board-and-train and daycare-and-train programs to set your puppy up for success. But it is possible for your puppy to kill your cat, or for your older dog to kill your puppy. I just returned from giving back the pup and I feel like a horrible person. Don't actually answer but think about this. I'm 26 and raising this puppy on my own and work from 8-4pm. ASAP because I may need to tell my parents I need to return him. This can happen to anyone – and it’s not your fault. I will say though that this is not my first puppy and that it does get better. The strongest relationships are forged in fire. What I did was I slept next to the cage on the floor the first night. I know he’ll settle down eventually (he hasn’t been fixed yet, but we’re on the schedule) but I’m honestly not getting much enjoyment out of him right now. Find a good schedule (this is so important). YES. Some problems are temporary, such as training them to ‘go potty’ and needing to get up to take them outside during the night. She’s pleasant and loving, and even an easy walker. By myself! You’re not a bad person! Your email address will not be published. But if that’s what is best for the pup, why not? I was a dog training assistant and liked to read up on positive reinforcement, breed genetics, and dog psychology. So this isn’t relevant to OP’s post, but I had similar issues with the barking and neighbor complaints when I first got my pup. Everyone goes through this my man. He’s 5 months old and I just got him a few days ago. It’s normal to go through a episode/s of “puppy blues” after getting a puppy and the realization of responsibly smacks you across the face for the first time. So when she turned 4 (and was officially a good citizen) we got her a bully mutt sister (5 months old) thinking “oh yah, we’ve got this!” and HOLY shit, that 5 months makes a WORLD of difference. but what if it doesn't? You should seriously consider rehoming your puppy if: If you acquired your puppy from a shelter or breeder, you may have signed a contract that will tell you what you should do if you have to rehome your puppy. Forums > General Discussion > I Got A Dog - Now I Regret It!! I know it’s only been one day but I’m already exhausted. It is normal for your cat, older dog and other animals to have trouble adjusting at first. I was totally prepared and felt so ready to bring home my puppy but they are SO much work! Hey just got my puppy today and she has peed, pooped, cry. Read on to learn all about it! Why Does My Dog Refuse To Walk On A Leash? It’s okay to think about whether your puppy is a good fit for your household, or if you may actually need to return or rehome them. Do NOT subject yourself to being with the dog 24/7. Sorry everyone I'm just really stressed and having a really bad break down. I learned there’s a reason nature made them cute and it’s so you don’t punt them off a cliff when they’re at their worst. Why Is My Dog Clingy? I regretted my puppy when he was at that really horrible age but I persevered and he is the most precious thing now. Sometimes, a young, energetic puppy. a pandemic when I could n't for... 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