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Old 08-28-2016, 09:57 AM
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Having anxiety with 2 newly adopted dogs. Help!

Hi all, I am new to this and using a forum, but I am in search of help, suggestions, advice, and if anybody else has felt the way I do. My fiance and I adopted two wonderful dogs yesterday, one a Maltese and the other a Mini Pinscher, and they are the most adorable little dogs. I love dogs, grew up with dgos, and have always imagined myself owning a dog. This is the first time I have a dog for myself in my own home, it's been great, but I continue to have more anxiety than I thought I would, I already suffer from anxiety, and I thought having dogs of my own would help with this and be an added benefit to my life, but I am in day 2 and very uptight. I worry about them (in a good way) since I got them. I know I am still getting to know them, so this may be a stressful process, but I shouldn't be crying for no reason, almost as if I am worrying I will fail these pups and what if it doesn't work? As I sit and type this, I watch as they sleep so soundly and I can't imagine not having them. Did anyone else feel this way or have any advice for me? My fiance is The calm one and tells me I will get over these feelings, but any help or suggestions would be much appreciated!
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@Jmenard9 - How old are the dogs? Both breeds are wonderful although minpins can be a little less forgiving depending on temperament.

Stop worrying, get out and have some fun with them.
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@Jmenard9 - How old are the dogs? Both breeds are wonderful although minpins can be a little less forgiving depending on temperament.

Stop worrying, get out and have some fun with them.
The Maltese is 1 and a half and the mini pin is 2 and a half, the mini pin is actually low maintenance so far and listens, it's the Maltese that is feisty!
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The Maltese is 1 and a half and the mini pin is 2 and a half, the mini pin is actually low maintenance so far and listens, it's the Maltese that is feisty!
I would have expected reverse, it's the pins that are usually a little more feisty - pins are my favorite small dogs.

Relax, let them be dogs. Your feelings and emotions can impact the dogs. The most important thing is that you and your husband become a team, be on the same page. Dogs learn divide and conquer just like kids do.
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I already suffer from anxiety
It isn't really the dogs then. I think some counseling might help you cope with your feelings of anxiety so you can enjoy life more.
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Thank you!
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It isn't really the dogs then. I think some counseling might help you cope with your feelings of anxiety so you can enjoy life more.
I see a counselor for my anxiety and have before we got the dogs. I will have to chat about this at my next session. Thanks!
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I hope you get help from your counselor for your anxiety.

I find that freshly adopted dogs take a little while to a long while to adapt to a new home.

Just try to relax with the dogs. Go on a walk with them frequently to keep your mind on relaxation and enjoying the present moment.
Walking is physically/mentally healthy for both dog and human.
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A new dog (or two) though wonderful, also upset the routine and make you feel out of control. For a person with anxiety, an upset in the routine is huge. What you are feeling is normal for someone already dealing with anxiety. Definitely talk with your counselor about it. Remember to breathe, be kind to yourself, and also remember that you will soon get into a new routine with the dogs and things will feel much more settled. For me, after I got my new puppy, I was a MESS for about 6 weeks (I too suffer from anxiety), crying, not eating or sleeping, constantly feeling like I had made a mistake. Then we settled into a routine and things felt WAY better. I had a recurrence of my anxiety with the dog early in the Summer but that settled again once we got into a new routine. My point is, once you figure each other out and get into a routine I bet you will be feeling a lot better.
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