Post # 1
Our gorgeous pup joined our family back in June and whoa, for a week there I was really depressed and really regretting our decision to get a dog. I think I just didn’t realise how much work a puppy was and how much of an adjustment it would be.
I also didn’t realise how noisy a pup could be and was SO worried we would get in trouble from our landlord!! Honestly, we were actually going to give him back to the breeder I was that worried about what we had done…
Anyway, after about a week and a half those feelings of regret, worry and anxiety were gone and I fell in LOVE with my doggy. Now, I can’t imagine our lives without him, he’s such a smart, adorable, cuddily little fellow.
I was just wondering if any other dog owners had “post-puppy depression” when they brought their first pup home?? (Or am I just weird…?)
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Post # 3
You’re not weird, we went through the same thing when we adopted Toby three years ago. He had accidents in the house, woke us up every 3-4 hours to go to the bathroom, didn’t have much interest in anything but sleeping, etc. He just wasn’t what we were expecting. But with patience and lots of kisses, he is an amazing dog and I wouldn’t trade him for anything!
Post # 4
We just got a puppy about 3 weeks ago so I’m still experiencing some post puppy depression, lol. We already have a dog so I underestimated how much work it’ll be. I think we are gonna start crating him, which I feel bad separating them. My older dog is perfectly behaved all the time and never needed a crate. We are dealing with potty accidents, chewing everything, last night he knocked a pizza box off the counter and ate the whole thing! But he’s so freaking cute and we love him. Patience. Hoping it’ll get better soon.
Post # 5
I call it post puppy mania! You go through that stage where you are like: WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!?
The puppy consumes you life and worry almost to the level of an infant and stretches you and tests you in ways you never imagined would happen. Then you get into a good groove, and pup grows and grows into family….it all works out! Gotta stick with it and keep your sanity 🙂
Post # 6
My dog as the WORST dog to train. He would chug water (like it was going out of style) and then pee. I would let him out every 10 minutes and he would pee in between ALL over the floor! I had to lock him in the tiled kitchen because I could not keep up. I’d bring him out…he would pee. Bring him in, he would pee. Bring him out again and pee. It was never ending He was chewing up everything. It was bad. I wanted to give him back to the pet store and for a long time..I wanted to give him to the humane society. I called my Fiance EVERYDAY while he was at work to tell him how much I hated the dog! hahahah He’s 3 years old now and SUCH a good dog. He’s well trained and very loving and I couldn’t imagine not being with him.
Post # 7
Thanks for sharing your experiences! I’ve always wanted a dog, and will eventually get one. If I go through the same feelings, hopefully I will remember this discussion 🙂
Post # 8
SO glad I wasn’t the only one!!! 😀
Post # 9
Yea! I did, I called it the puppy blues.
We adopted our Sophie the day after Easter. (Our dog.) We also have three cats. When we first brought Sophie home our cats would stay in hiding. 🙁 & It was just really different from having a cat. Now all 4 of our fur babies get along & the puppy blues are way gone.
With my cats I loved them the minute I got them. With Sophie it took a week or so of bonding. It was just really different. Now I can’t imagine our little family without her! 😛
Post # 10
I definately had this. My border collie Bella was so needy I had to stay up for hours with her, just so she wouldnt wimper or cry out. I dont blame her tho, her momma died when she was just a few weeks old :/
Post # 11
Raises hand. We got our little guy a week before Thanksgiving last year after I had already decided at one point a second dog wouldn’t be a good idea at the time. However Darling Husband texted me one last time bc he was the only one left and I fell in love. Well it was rough. Our older lab was over 2 years old and out of the puppy phase and we had already forgotten how hard it was. There were many times, especially since we were in our new home and he still has to this day separation anxiety; where I went “crap, WTF did I do” but it was so worth it in the end. He actually helped our older lab lose his anxiety around people and kids. It’s still a struggle bc he’s so damn stubborn a year later, but I’m absolutely in love with him!
Post # 12
I would love a puppy but we just aren’t set up for it. My kitten on the other hand was the best decision we ever made. She is the light of our lives 🙂 She can be hard work occasionally but I know a dog would be harder – I remember having dogs when I was younger still living with my parents. None of that was really relevant but just wanted to boast about my fur baby too 🙂
Post # 13
I think its normal. I used to cry when my dog was a puppy because he was so much work. Now we take him everywhere and he’s so well behaved!
My sister’s best friend hated her dog. Within a couple of months she was one of those crazy dog ladies. They just take some getting used to. Glad to see your puppy is settling in nicely!
Post # 14
I think the first night we brought home our lil lady we thought “uh-oh, have we made a HUGE mistake”
She cried, and cried and cried. She weed and pooped herself, and lay in it, hence more crying. Yeah, it took about a couple of weeks to get her to settle in and actually start loving her.
Wouldn’t change a thing now, she’s like our best friend and the house is not a home without her!
Post # 15
@MissGreen: He is too cute!
Post # 16
We got our pup about two weeks and and I dunno if I would call it post puppy depression but it was definitely something. It’s getting really cold here (I cant stand the cold) and I’d been trying to get in to work much earlier than normal (I’m not a morning person at all) on top of constantly watching the puppy and making sure he gets out every hour or two to pee, and the non stop crying at night… I was ready to lose it. Well, I actually did a few time screaming at my husband that I was gonna kick the thing out. But of course I have a soft spot for him already and could never do that… just cant wait until the potty training phase is over. We started out trying to leave him downstairs to sleep, but after a week we brought him into the same room and he definitely whines less.