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Old 06-23-2015, 07:44 AM
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I adopted an 8 week old labradoodle over the weekend and expected to be in love instantly since I've visited her 4 times since she was 2 weeks old. I had everything ready to begin our lives together. One problem - I brought her home and no longer wanted her. She's loving, well behaved, 98% potty trained and so affectionate -- what's wrong with me?!?!?

I love my sisters boxer, I love all the other dogs in my family (there are lots!) but the anxiety caused from being an owner is overwhelming. The work - I can handle, it's the emotional side that I'm struggling with - in a serious way.

I am beside myself sick to my stomach haven't slept barely eaten in 3 days upset.
How could this be? How could I not love this adorable perfect puppy? I don't understand what is happening and all the posts say it will get better - but will it? Please let me know if you're going through / have gone through anything similar and have any advice.
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Old 06-23-2015, 09:12 AM
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Im on the same boat! I have an 8 week old corgi pup that I got a few days ago. This was taken with careful planning but nothing really prepares you for this. I wouldn't 100% say that I have puppy ppd. But I am overwhlemed!

Like you, he is almost perfect. Other than the occasional puppy antics that frustrates me (puppy nipping and sneaking deep into the bush to chew and eat and dig whatever is down there and eating bird poopy) but I am patient with him nonetheless.

I think it's the work that comes with it. Other than I have to wake up at midnight and 3am, I have to train him to associate new things with positivity, take him to walks (which he hates so that's more work), and train him obedience. Heck, I have a 12 hour youtube video that plays different kinds of dogs barking while I work to get him used to it while I used to play my relaxing music as I worked back then. It's the change that comes with it I think.

He is a lot of work. People have told me the more time I put into him while he's young, the more it'll pay off in the future. My husband helps but I still do about 90% of everything. So it's extremely tiring. I work, and go to school (all online) and do puppy stuff and the occasional house stuff.

I tell my husband that I wish our puppy was old already so I can teach him more stuff. But he says when he is old, Id miss the cute puppy days. I dunno.
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Thanks for your reply Devie - I think if I had someone to share some of the burden with - things wouldn't be so bad. But I don't so they're incredibly hard. I found a link that pretty much defines what I'm going through:
http://puppydepression.com/
Overall, I just feel so guilty for not being over the moon for this well deserving girl - am giving it until this Saturday, if nothing has changed I'm going to reach out to the breeder - this isn't fair for either of us.
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I felt that way for our first 2 nights together. As a first time dog owner and even though I did a ton of research before I brought him home, I wasn't 100% prepared and it was frustrating and scary. I kept thinking to myself, what did I get myself into?

But ever since we got him on a sleep schedule we have night time covered but during the day, some days he is an angel and other days a complete terror, but it's all normal and we are doing our best to train him and discipline him correctly. Sometimes I just stare at him and I tear up because the thought of him not being with us is devastating.

I hope you find a way to develop a bond with your pup. Overtime it may become a bit less overwhelming and you will be happy you kept her
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