Is There Such a Thing as Post Puppy Blues?
Getting a new puppy is an exciting time for lots of families. But with it brings many different emotions from wonder to worry. In some ways, puppies can be more challenging than children, but is there really such a thing as post puppy blues? Holidays4Dogs finds out.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with your new puppy, or dog – you’re not alone. Many new pet parents experience the post puppy blues and it’s not unusual to feel a range of emotions which may include sadness, or even regret.
Understanding new puppy owner emotions.
Many new owners worry about the welfare of the dog, especially if it is a very young puppy. It is common to feel anxious about new responsibilities that caring for an animal brings. For people who already have a dog, or dogs in the family, this in itself can present challenges while settling a new dog into an existing pack.
If new owners are also juggling jobs and domestic chores into the bargain, things can seem pretty daunting with a demanding puppy in the mix.
First-time dog owners can sometimes find the situation just too much. It’s not uncommon for people to feel so overburdened they decide to re-home the puppy.
Some people may have had different ideas about what it would be like to have a dog, compared to reality. Many people can feel disappointed if they do not feel they ‘connect’ quickly with their new pet.
How long will the puppy blues last?
For anyone having feelings of puppy blues, it is comforting to know that they will pass. It can last anything from a few days, to several weeks. Feelings may also come and go, depending on the developmental stage of the puppy. If you have a rescued older dog, feelings may last longer. Owners may need more time to bond with an adult dog.
Sleepless nights, cleaning up poop and piddle from the carpet will quickly become a distant memory. If you feel you are getting nowhere with training and wondering if the four legged whirlwind will ever become a calm family pet – don’t despair – he, or she, will!
Puppy classes are a great way to meet other new dog owners who might be feeling the same way. Learning how to train and engage with your dog, will set you well on the road to a fantastic partnership. After a few short weeks, you will wonder why on earth you ever felt so worried, or how you would manage, without your wonderful family companion.
Once you fall head over heels with one dog, you may well be thinking about having another. Most likely, you will go through the whole thing all over again!
However, the extra work, temporary lack of freedom and the frustrations of training are all worth it. It is but a small sacrifice to make, in return for many years of loyal companionship from probably one of the best friends you are ever likely to have.