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  • Puppy Blues

    Hi All,

    Thank you for your feedback and advice, in advance.

    I'm a School Teacher, 31 and a massive dog lover. For as long as I remember I've wanted a dog. I've researched breeds to death, walked and cared for family dogs and been the number one advocate of dog ownership. However, this last weekend I picked up the puppy... and the regret and concerns have driven me into a spiral of instant depression and crazy (physical) anxiety.

    Before I get too into it. I fully understood the sleepless nights, the training and the puppy phase. I was actually excited for this part and all of the training.

    However, what I didn't fully grasp was that I LOVE my own space, my flexibility, being able to work late, trying for a promotion at work by being her at 6am and leaving at 6pm. I was also unprepared for a lack of excitement or connection. I've always been excited to see dogs, visit our family pet at mum and dads etc.. However, when I picked up the puppy, I felt nothing but fear, worry and instant concern. He's perfect! 100% Perfect. I'm just not sure I am.

    Please can you lend me your thoughts about a single male school teacher owning a puppy as I know that if I've done the wrong thing I could find him a home within the day. He's a perfect pedigree labradoodle... they don't say single long.

    I appreciate your kind and productive feedback.

    Regards

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    I am very sorry that it has taken so long for someone on here reply to your post. In our defence, this forum is not very busy at all anymore !

    Never mind – hopefully I can help you !

    Bringing home a very young pup can be a very daunting experience. You may love the interaction you have had with pups in the past – but to be solely responsible for one on your property can be really scary. Particularly, if you have never had one before.

    Don’t worry, I think all of us on here go through this sort of worry with a new pup. I know I did when I got my latest girl ! I met her and the rest of the litter when they were ~ 4 days old. I then annoyed/visited the breeder once a week until I could bring her home. There was also no excitement for me at her pickup – because I was more worried about how my boy pup would handle her !

    I needn’t have worried. Other than her first scream, when I didn’t let her do something she wanted to do – and it looked like my boy wanted to leave home - everything is all good. Thankfully he has stayed. They both get on very well now – though this little girl keeps both of us on our toes.

    The breed of my 2 pups is GSP – which are hunting pups. I love and adore this breed of pup. I am now onto numbers 5 & 6.

    Even though you think the pup you have at your place is a pedigreed pup – sorry – but this pup is a cross breed. Though, both Labradors and Poodles are also hunting pups.

    These breeds of pups are very people orientated pups. As far as personal space – that is not in their DNA. I get escorted everywhere by my 2 and I love it !

    I think it is really time for you to learn to ‘smell the roses’ and work out what is really important in your life. Do you really need to be working the hours you are doing ? Surely - If you are a good/great teacher – you don’t need to spend those sort of hours where you work ?

    However :

    ‘However, what I didn't fully grasp was that I LOVE my own space, my flexibility, being able to work late, trying for a promotion at work by being her at 6am and leaving at 6pm.’

    If this is your mindset – then it would probably be best you find this pup a new home !

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    • #3
      Originally posted by smithkt1987 View Post
      Hi All,

      Thank you for your feedback and advice, in advance.

      I'm a School Teacher, 31 and a massive dog lover. For as long as I remember I've wanted a dog. I've researched breeds to death, walked and cared for family dogs and been the number one advocate of dog ownership. However, this last weekend I picked up the puppy... and the regret and concerns have driven me into a spiral of instant depression and crazy (physical) anxiety.

      Before I get too into it. I fully understood the sleepless nights, the training and the puppy phase. I was actually excited for this part and all of the training.

      However, what I didn't fully grasp was that I LOVE my own space, my flexibility, being able to work late, trying for a promotion at work by being her at 6am and leaving at 6pm. I was also unprepared for a lack of excitement or connection. I've always been excited to see dogs, visit our family pet at mum and dads etc.. However, when I picked up the puppy, I felt nothing but fear, worry and instant concern. He's perfect! 100% Perfect. I'm just not sure I am.

      Please can you lend me your thoughts about a single male school teacher owning a puppy as I know that if I've done the wrong thing I could find him a home within the day. He's a perfect pedigree labradoodle... they don't say single long.

      I appreciate your kind and productive feedback.

      Regards
      As you have figured a dog is a massive commitment. It is possible to work full time and own a dog but you have to commit a lot of your spare time and all your space to your puppy. Anything less is probably not fair. I was up walking my dog at 5am on many occasions and no matter the weather if I got home late I was walking my dog in the dark. Weekends meant including my dog in my activities where possible.

      So you have choices to make! All dogs are a major commitment but they return that commitment in spades. So either you figure it out or find him a loving home. At least you are thinking about that now and have the right intentions in trying to work out what is best for the puppy!

      A labradoodle is not a pedigree dog, it is a crossbred. Hopefully he came with certificates clearing him of genetic issues like PRA and parents screened for hip dysplasia etc. which a good breeder should do before breeding. Did your breeder not go through the requirements of these breeds with you?

      Anyway my mother once had a labradoodle given to her and she was incredibly energetic and needed proper grooming as their coat can become unruly. The dog was very intelligent with a wonderful nature but she needed a lot of love and training and was a great companion.

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