12-16-2012, 02:39 PM
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Therapy? Personally, I think this is more a serious phobia problem than a dog problem. If you are having serious physical problems and anxieties now, I don't think "giving the dog a chance" is going to fix it. Talking to someone about the problem to try to resolve it might though, and a professional would be able to help you decide whether or not it is healthy for you to keep the dog at this point. Your husband should be supportive of helping you work through this problem. Imagine you were deathly afraid of snakes and they wanted a snake. I don't think you need to worry about disappointing anyone. What I might suggest is asking if the neighbor is willing to take the dog on a trial (for you) basis and would be willing to return it in a few months as you work through the problem. Likewise you could work through the problem and also keep the dog, but it might be more of a struggle. JMHO.
ETA: Collies and GSDs are NOT first time dog owner dogs. Considering your condition, it might be a better idea to give the dog to the neighbor and try this with an easier breed later. Of course, mixes are always a toss up so you could end up with a laid back guy. Is there a possibility of returning the puppy since you only got him yesterday? FWIW, dogs/puppies are usually one of the worst impulse buys for people to get.
Last edited by seebrown; 12-16-2012 at 02:47 PM.