(Closed) Post-Puppy Depression?

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Add me to this list as well! Before we got our beagle, we had one dog and she was the sweetest, most well-trained dog I’ve ever had. We adopted her and got VERY lucky. Her home before us had a couple of other dogs so she was used to having friends in the house so we decided to get her a friend. We adopted Squeeks from the Humane Society in Christmas of last year and I immediately got the puppy blues. She was such a handful for me to potty train – and we still have issues even a year later. But now I couldn’t imagine her not being in our house – she fulfills our family

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Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

This is SO common!  “buyers remorse”!!!  I have been involved in animal rescue for 10+ years and MANY adopters want to return their dog/puppy almost immediately.  Some people we KNEW were good fits we’d ask them to please give it 2 weeks. Typically in 2 weeks the bonding has cemented and the corner is turned.

 

I’ll never forget one woman. She adopted a dog that was VERY special and I would have adopted had I a house at the time. She was a very lonely lady. She’d had dogs but no more. She lived alone and we knew the companionship would do her good. She had been actively looking for a dog. We knew Daisy was a great little dog. Within hours she called wanting to return her saying it was too much and she knew it wouldn’t work. We asked her to pleave give it 2 weeks. She called a few more times saying no… this just won’t work.

 

Well at the end of those 2 weeks, she said Daisy changed her life. Gave her a reason to live. She updated us constantly with photos and stories of their life together.

 

We had the same remorse with Riley because he came packed full of issues. Now he’s part of our family and honestly my best friend. I humanize him entirely way too much but I recall FH wanting time away from him. Now when we do a long weekend somewhere and board him, FH can’t stop saying how much he misses him!

 

This is us at a camping trip:)

 

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh God yes… We got our little puppy who just turned 1 on such a whim… I swear to God in that first week I must have contemplating giving her back about 5 times.  Now, she’s like my child.  So weird to even think back about it.

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yes yes yes! We definitely had this. The first few weeks/months were very frustrating. Our pup was very hard to housetrain and he liked to detroy things. I cried a lot and wondered what I was thinking, but now he’s almost 2 and things are SO much better. I can’t imagine not having him!

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

we got our moka in august 2007.  the next day i went to work and rather than excitedly telling people i was telling them like i had made a big mistake.  at first the responsibility is overwhelming but choosing my love and my dog are the two smartest and best decisions i have ever made.  they make my life worth living!

i mean c’mon look at that face!

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

omg sorry so big!

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Yes! I remember wanting to give our puppy back to the breeder several times. There were so many sleepless nights, so many accidents (thank GOD for the little spotbot cleaner), and my husband and I felt like our lives were revolving around our puppy. Our pup is about to be one on Thanksgiving and I feel like we’ve come such a long way from him being just 6 weeks old. (It’s safe to say we will never have a puppy again! We plan on rescuing an older dog next time!)

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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@MrsStrz:Look at those PAWS!!!! LOOOOOVE!  My cousins always had dobies…. such great dogs!

I never wanted a puppy either.. but my next dog I want to have a therapy or search n rescue or cadaver dog and training is so much easier if you start them as pups. Plus my FH wants to get a motorcycle with a side car and WANTS Riley to ride in it (with doggles)… but I don’t think he will do well with it so I already told him when we get Riley a sister, I’ll ride in it with her from the start and she can be his riding companion:)

 

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@mojitolove: Do. So. Very. LOVE!  Riley is 1/2 boxer and I’ve never met a dog like him….. I don’t know if I’ll ever NOT have a boxer or boxer mix. It’s SO hard not to humanize them.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I absolutely did!  My family has gone through a lot this past year and I knew we all LOVE animals and how dogs can heal.  So, last christmas I adopted Bella.  The first night I cried because I was worried I had made a mistake.  But now, she goes EVERYWHERE with my father, who has since lost 15 lbs and lower his blood pressure which was dangerously high, my mom, a recent cancer survivor lays in the dog bed with her.  My grandfather looks forward to seeing her on weekly visits and my she makes my grandmother, who is currently fighting bone cancer, smile when she licks her face.  Bella is hyper and barks at things all the time and is stubborn but she’s still a puppy, everyone loves her and she brough a joy home we hadn’t had in a long time.  I really think she changed lives.

Her going home:

Her now:

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I totally went through that too, I don’t regret anything now but the first week we had Siyah (as an 8 week old puppy) was exhausting and I definitely had no idea how much work it would be. But we figured it out and within a couple of weeks things got better once we got in our groove and started to get more sleep (we did the whole up every 2 hours, then 2.15, 2.30, etc). This is a picture of Siyah the first day she was home (the first thing she did was steal the cat’s sleeping pad):

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I went through the same with my sibe puppy freya. we got her about a year ago, house training was perfect, boredom was another thing. If I’d left her in the house for more than 30minutes on her own she would destroy everything, she completely demolished my OH golf shoes, pillows, cushions, doors you name it she ruined it. But when were with her she’s fine, she’s now been moved to her pen outside when we leave the house. But we love her so much and would never give her back (now, the first few weeks yes!!) She’s part of our every extending family…(17 rabbits, 4cats, 3dogs) lol

 

5mins with her new bed!

 

Post # 28
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Its a relief to read all of the posts. I am not a dog crazy person(I only like dogs) but my husband loves dogs and he was from a long time waiting to get a dog which he was not allowed to while growing up. We brought a beagle puppy 5 days back and she is the cutest. She already knows where she is supposed to poop and pee. I feed her, take her out to the balcony but I dont play with her much. She does not trouble much but I have had 2 panic attacks already in the 5 days, thinking how did I take this decision and shes going to be around forever. And I feel I am only capable of loving humans and not animals. I just guess I need to wait around for some more days/weeks may be to develop the loving feeling. I hope I do get there or else we will have to return the dog and I will have to break my husbands heart 🙁 

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Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We lucked out with our pup, because we were actually just fostering her and her brother for a few weeks when we met her. So while the puppies were overwhelming, they were also super cute and we knew we weren’t keeping them more than a few weeks. I imagine it’s knowing that this is a forever commitment, plus the insane amount of attention puppies demand, that is so scary!

Anyway, of course we fell in love with one of them and decided to keep her. But by then we already knew her personality and made a conscious decision to keep THIS dog–not just a dog we thought was cute but barely knew! In fact, if we had just gone by the cute factor without having awhile to get to know their personalities, we would have definitely chosen her brother (or even her sister, who we fostered after her brother found his forever home). So we got a chance to fall in love BEFORE we committed, which was wonderful and way less scary and overwhelming, because we already knew she was a good fit for our family.

I definitely think that when we’re ready for another dog that we’ll start fostering again. Then we can do something good for shelter dogs while giving ourselves time to find the right dog for our family. It was definitely a great way to meet dogs and also maybe give a few dogs a chance that you might otherwise dismiss in a shelter environment. Some dogs just don’t really blossom until they’re in a home environment, and other dogs might seem great in a shelter but have aggressive tendencies in a home. It’s definitely hard to meet a dog for like an hour and then make a lifelong commitment to them!!

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Nazareth Hall

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miss_blondie86:  We totally had post-puppy depression! To the point where we wanted to take him back, but we couldn’t find it in our hearts to do so. But now we are a month into adopting our second fur baby and our first babe, Beau, is a year and a half and I literally could not imagine our lives without either of them. We take them to a whole bunch of dog friendly events and to the park and everything, they even run errands with us on weekends sometimes. We are overprotective puppy parents, and proud! Haha. 

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