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Hello everybody! I'm new to dog forum, but I wanted to start a thread asking about puppy blues A.K.A PPD (Post Puppy Depression). I had been preparing to get a dog for almost 2 years! Looking at different breeds, and tips for training and researching EVERYTHING. I first wanted a Welsh Terrier and then a Eurasier and THEN a Rough Collie until I finally decided I wanted a German Shepherd. I prepared everything, buying supplies, making room, puppy-proofing. Then the day came that I went to pick her up I was so scared and excited. I had second last pick between Lola and her sister. After choosing her I was driving home petting her (she fell asleep) :p then I got this overwhelming sadness I kept thinkin "why didn't I pick her sister?" and "I picked the wrong puppy didn't I?" *facepalm* etc. then the first day with her home I realized how all of those 2 years of research were NOTHING compared to the real thing and for no reason at all I burst into tears cleaning her pee and the first couple nights were AWFUL Me and my mom were up all night playing with her so she would go to sleep. And for the first 2-3 weeks I was so depressed thinking how much better life was without her then the feeling started to wane and then she started to grow on me but every now and then I feel depressed again. Don't get me wrong, I really love her but I still feel this way and I can't help it and I feel guilty about it. If anyone has any advice or If anyone ever feels the same please reply!
 

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Puppies are cute and everything I much prefer adult dogs. Just remember the work you put in now pays off in a few years when you have the most amazing smart, well behaved and loyal best friend ever.

And if the going gets tough well... In the immortal words of Mr. Jagger.

Kids are different today, I hear ev'ry mother say
Mother needs something today to calm her down
And though she's not really ill, there's a little yellow pill
She goes running for the shelter of a mother's little helper
And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day

 

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Stop worrying and enjoy your puppy. I think too many people become obsessed with the idea that they need to be obsessed with their puppy.


Take a puppy socialization class!
 

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Puppies are sort of like human babies. They are cute as can be, and will have your heart immediately. But, as you are finding out, it isn't all blue sky and sunshine.
Puppies, or kittens for that matter, and babies need a lot of loving attention. And if not given loving attention, they will do things to get your attention. Things that aren't so wonderful.
They all need to be house broken. :D
It isn't surprising that you found this overwhelming at first. I'd be interested in an update, to see how you are doing now.
I am new here, and this is my first response, so if you have posted how you are doing elsewhere, please forgive me.
 

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Well I must admit, I can't relate to this as much. Occasionally there is the question in my head that says what if this is a waste of time but then I look at my pup and all those thoughts fade.

When I was picking out my pup I kept thinking but maybe I want this one.. or this one.. But when I finally took one home I was just too excited to rethink about the other puppies. I do not regret picking Chester.

Once you get really attached you won't be thinking about the pups sister. You probably will be thinking about how much you love your pup and want to take good care of it. Just spend lots of time with the puppy (as puppies need lots) and you will most likely find yourself very happy with the pup.
 
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