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Old 04-15-2014, 04:08 AM
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Should I rehouse my puppy?

When I got my puppy, I was so happy. I had always wanted a dog, and my grandparents finally said yes. This was about two months ago.

My pup is literally THE cutest thing I have ever seen. I love him to bits, but I think he might be too much. He bites, like all puppies, but doesn't STOP when he's told no or given something else to chew on. He much prefers our skin, no matter how much we try to stop him.

Another thing is that I'm not taking good care of him. I'm a lazy teenager--I don't walk him like I should. I love him, but I don't think I'm best for him. I think cats are more my style at this point in my life. My first dog should have never been a puppy. But now I'm attached and I don't know what to do... What do you think?
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:36 AM
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Honestly, I think you've taken on this responsibility and it would be a real shame for the dog and for you if you got rid of him. Think about how many homeless dogs there are out there... Do you really want to add to those statistics?

There are resources out there on the web, and even here on the forum, which will help you deal with his puppy behaviour. It's a tough stage, but if you're consistent and work hard you can bring him through it and have a happy relationship with him as an adult dog.

If you do keep him, you must make the effort to exercise and train him properly. Being a lazy teenager isn't an excuse.. You wanted him, he's your dog, and you have to step up to the consequences of your decision.
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:19 AM
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Sounds like a normal puppy to me. Naturally, there are two options.

1) Taking on a puppy as a teenager is a huge commitment IMO. Between now and young adulthood, your life will probably change a lot. Your schedule will be all over the place; you'll be going between jobs and school and back to jobs again and if you go to school you could be moving as often as twice a year. This is really something to consider. Also, as far as large expenses such as yearly vet bills-- will you always be able to foot them? Just a bi-yearly checkup and a deworming will run you about $200 a pop... then there's also tooth-cleaning and the big kicker, emergency expenses. Who has got these covered?

2) Despite all of these big commitments for a student, there actually are a fair number of teen and student dog owners who pull it off... I know that if you asked a lot of them they would tell you that it involved a lot of sacrifices and lifestyle changes, but that they wouldn't take it back if they could. A dog won't break up with you after a month because that girl/guy from last year started talking to them again, or ditch you at a party. They won't judge you for your physical fitness, they'll go out and exercise with you! They won't drag you out for drinks on that night when you really, really should be studying for that midterm; they will be happy for an hour of play when you need a study break. And so forth.

It's up to you; there is no right or wrong answer. For all their expenses I think that a dog can keep one out of a lot of trouble during an otherwise easy-to-get sidetracked time. You'll have to remain organized, plan well, and prioritize. I think the question you have to ask yourself is whether you're willing to make some big (but overall positive) changes in your life for the sake of this pup.
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:41 AM
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I think you should redefine yourself. Owning a pet, whether it's a cat or a dog can be a chore at times. I don't know of any other chore that returns so much love in return for so little.

Look around the training and behavior section for advice on training your pup not to bite.
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My blunt answer: Step up and start giving this puppy your all. You'll be richly rewarded with a companion who loves you unconditionally for the rest of its life. A puppy isn't something you can get to say you have one and then get rid of once the novelty has worn off.

All of the stages your puppy goes through as it grows are really just one dot on a lifeline that lasts ten years or longer. In the long term, puppyhood is really just a matter of survival and managenent. My puppy is 5 months old and he still prefers my skin to toys.

Here's the thing: If you know yourself well enough to know that you aren't invested in taking care of this puppy whole heartedly, then yes rehome him. But if you can picture yourself in a few months' time with this dog as an adult, I would ask you to reconsider rehoming it.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:23 AM
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Puppy blues are normal! And yes, sometimes taking care of any animal, no matter what age, can be a chore. There are some teenaged dog owners on this forum who may be able to give you some advice or support regarding caring for an animal, and going through adolescence. Hopefully one of them will respond to this thread.

Here's the thing: I am a grown woman, and I have struggled with owning a puppy. It's really, really hard work sometimes. And many people on this forum have witnessed my frustration and lack of patience and my overall general mourning of the change in my life. Any big change can result in that same feeling, whether it's getting a puppy, going to college, getting a job, losing a job, etc. etc. However, when we step outside of our comfort zone, we start living. This could actually be a really great opportunity for you to adapt to increased responsibility, giving you an advantage into the future world of adulthood. It also gives you a great opportunity to learn about caring for another living thing.

I can't really speak to the rehoming...I think that this a personal choice and it should be done carefully, and that's about as far as I can go.

Before rehoming, just remember: puppies bite. Repetition is key. Give the puppy a preferred chew toy. Still not getting it? Remove yourself from the puppy's play area for 30 seconds-2 minutes. Come back. Still biting? Remove yourself again. And again. And again. Still biting? Might be time for a puppy "time out" in his crate or designated safe area so they can calm down. It takes some puppies a long time to understand that biting=no more playing, but it does click eventually. Be patient! Yet another valuable skill to learn as you move toward adulthood

There are a lot of great exercise things you can do inside with your dog as well. Fetch, nosework, find it games, training, etc. Those things will tire out the puppy as much as a walk, if not more.
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Without getting all lecture-y, you took on the responsibility of a puppy without thinking about the RESPONSIBILITY. Puppies and babies are adorable as a defense mechanism-because otherwise we wouldn't put up with the crap they put us through. Potty training, biting, constant whining, keeping us awake, you name it. They're a LOT of work.

That being said. Puppyhood goes quickly, but it is stressful and a lot of work. If you can't handle it, I would rehome your pup now while he's still tiny and totally malleable to a new family-before he hyperbonds to you. If you have him until 9 months or so and then make this decision it will only be harder on both of you. If you decided to do this, use a no kill shelter or rescue to ease your mind.

Another thought: If you're a teen, this is going to be a big responsibility for the next 10-15 years of your life. Adult dogs are less work than pups but you still have to take care of them. You can't just hop town on spring break in college-you have to arrange care. If you get too hungover, the dog doesn't care-he needs to be walked, potty and eat. You get my point. Think seriously about where your life is going and what you want. I'm 25 and just decided now that I can handle Sammy on my own even though I haven't lived with my parents since I was 17 and I graduated college at 21.

Good luck either way-there are plenty of resources for you here. But for what it's worth-there's nothing wrong with him. He's a totally normal puppy.
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:37 PM
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As for the "do you really want to add to those statistics", if I decide that I don't want him anymore, I will find him a home myself. Family, friends, friends of family, whatever. I will personally see to it that he has a home if I give him away. So there's no concern about finding a no-kill shelter or contributing to "statistics".

And for the expenses thing, my grandparents have covered most of it, other than the adoption fee, which I payed. I'm sure they will continue to do that. However, I cannot afford a bigger crate for him, and he's growing at the speed of light. His crate is too small, and my grandpa has said that he isn't going to buy him a new one, which isn't fair to the dog.

I know that him being a puppy is just a stage, but also I'm simply tired of taking care of him, too. Which, I can just feel some of you ready to pounce on me, but I'm being honest. I'm tired of the responsibility. I did research on the responsibility before I got the dog, and I thought I was ready, but no amount of research can prepare you for the real deal.

Also, I do know myself enough that, even if I promise I'll step up to the plate and start walking him regularly and whatnot, that I will end up not doing that. Or doing it for two days and then not doing it anymore. I know myself enough to know that that's exactly what I will do.
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I think that you know yourself best...so whether or not you rehome your pup should be a choice that only you can make. My only advice on that issue is that you do your absolute best to find him a great and loving home if rehoming him is what you decide is best. For the puppy biting, if you do a search or read through the stickies I'm sure that you will find lots of great advice...Good luck
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:53 PM
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What I actually find really disappointing is that your grandparents trusted that you would step up and take care of the dog and you aren't willing to do it.

Just so you know lazieness is not a great attribute in a person on the whole.

Rehome the dog and don't get another animal. The dog doesn't deserve to be punished because you don't want to do something. Rehome sooner than later.
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