Post # 1
This puppy is much wanted by SO and I, we have been waiting a LONG time! Now that it’s getting closer, I’m getting scared! I’m scared that he’ll get stressed out going in the plane, and that he’ll miss his mum and siblings and be sad. I guess I’m also a little bit scared as to how much our lives will change. I know that’s silly, as with SO working weekends at night, and me working during the week, it’s not like we do much else on weekends (and I am totally fine with this, I’m very much a homebody!), and we are in a great position to offer our puppy a great home with lots of companionship. I know that he will take a while to settle in, and that sleep will be totally interrupted (we’re crate training, so will need to set the alarm frequently through the night to let him out). I’m also scared of losing him…and we haven’t even gotten him yet! Is it normal to feel this way? For the last 6 years since SO’s much loved dog had to get put to sleep, we’ve just had to worry about ourselves. Now we’re adding a furry baby to the mix, and it’s exciting but terrifying at the same time.
Post # 2
Deejayelle: I think it is perfectly normal to feel this way, but I bet everything will be great! I remember having very similar feelings before we got our dog, and the first week I was convinced that she was unhappy, but within another week or so she had settled in and is now super happy.
Post # 3
You might be putting a bit too much in emotinally. It is a dog afterall.
Otherwise I’d suggest you go by the term ‘let sleeping dogs lie’ while many modern crate trainers are all about a clock schedule if the crate is in earshot the dog will let you know when he needs to go potty.
Post # 4
Deejayelle: Being nervous is OK.. our dog is definitely like our child and we treat him as part of our family, not just a pet.
I don’t think you’ll need to set an alarm… whether he needs to go out or not, you’ll hear him while he’s in his crate for the first few days until he gets used to it.
Post # 5
I agree with PPs that it is totally normal to feel anxious. There’s no better training than diving right in. Sleep will be hard to come by for a while, put out of reach all (portable) precious things that you don’t want chewed, cleaning up messes will be routine but just spend lots of time bonding and training your pup and you guys will be great.
Post # 6
Deejayelle: I had the SAME exact thing happen to me. DH and I wanted a puppy for SO long. When we actually paid the deposit, I got totally freaked out. I was panicking on the way to go get home…I freaked out when we got him a “what have a done” feeling. A week into it, I was in love. Couldn’t imagine life without our puppy baby!
Post # 7
We are getting a puppy this month and I feel exactly the same way. Glad to know I’m not alone! Everything will be ok. =)
Post # 8
We just got our new puppy on Tuesday after 6 mos on a waiting list. I can work out of my house, so it’s an ideal situation.
I’ve had a lot of dog experience, so I knew things would be a bit topsy turvy for awhile. This pup is everything I’d hoped for & more.
I agree about no alarm clock. He’ll tell you when he needs to potty.
Kellyha99 is right; everything will be fine.
Post # 9
A good way to settle in a new puppy and make it easier to against to not sleeping with mum and siblings is to put a hot water bottle under their bed (to make it warm like multiple puppy bodies around) and put a ticking clock next to them (sounds like mum’s heartbeat).