Puppy blues

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CleverQuacks Wed 03-Jul-19 15:00:31

I have mental health problems and, having had puppy’s before, I know that the first few weeks of puppyhood are hard work. I got my puppy two weeks ago and things are actually going ok. I am getting her outside to toilet regularly so she has had very few accidents and she slept all last night in her crate next to my bed without a wimpier.

However I can’t shake the horrible anxious, overwhelmed feeling. I was prepared for this so just trying to take it in my stride.

What are your top tips for beating the puppy blues?

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missbattenburg Wed 03-Jul-19 15:23:29

One day at a time...

Remember, the puppy months are an investment in a lifelong friend. Have faith the good stuff will come later when the dog is an adult and look on now as the hard work to get there.

If you can lighten up (I mean that objectively, not specifically to you, OP) and laugh at the puppy antics, even better.

BiteyShark Wed 03-Jul-19 15:27:51

My tips are having lots of wineand cake to get you through it grin.

On a serious note just take each day at a time and try not to worry about every behaviour.

Whathappenedtooursummer Wed 03-Jul-19 15:28:21

Yabu to deny your dpuppy this photo opportunity op....

Mouldiwarp1 Wed 03-Jul-19 15:37:23

Gin seems to work for me! I do get the overwhelming feeling though - it just seems so relentless, I’ve had my pup nearly 3 weeks now and I’m just starting to feel somewhat in control again. House training seems to be improving (slightly) and he seems to be calming down a bit. I guess I’m getting used to it. (Housework has still gone to pot though - I’m blaming him!)

Mouldiwarp1 Wed 03-Jul-19 15:37:57

Oh yes, pic please! smile

Wolfiefan Wed 03-Jul-19 15:38:51

Listen to Bitey!


CleverQuacks Wed 03-Jul-19 15:47:17

Here she is. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. And you are all right, one day at a time.

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missbattenburg Wed 03-Jul-19 15:49:34

I take it back. She looks like a wrong 'un. Best you hand her over to me and save yourself all that bother.


BiteyShark Wed 03-Jul-19 15:51:45

Waves at Wolfie. Do you have puppy number 2 yet?

Wolfiefan Wed 03-Jul-19 16:18:53

Waves back @BiteyShark!
Not yet!!

Wolfiefan Wed 03-Jul-19 16:24:47

Wolfie pup says hi to Bitey. And send us the pup. She will keep it out of mischief!!! grin

Nettleskeins Wed 03-Jul-19 17:58:56

I got it through it by abandoning most of my duties elsewhere grin Housework went awol, social life went awol. I spent a lot of time reading books glued to the spot and staring lovingly at crated puppy who stared back lovingly and went to sleep...unless I moved....

By 18 weeks things were defninitely easier, once toilet training clicked.

Nettleskeins Wed 03-Jul-19 18:02:45

Also, sunshine and Vitamin D supplements for depression/anxiety in general. I'll stake my life on them getting me through. Alcohol not so much, just made mornings horrible...


And also all the beautiful places I visited with puppy and just breathe in the open air

CleverQuacks Wed 03-Jul-19 19:44:27

Thanks all. My puppy is currently asleep next to me on the sofa and I daren't move because then she will wake up and the “taking out to the garden every twenty minutes” cycle will start again.

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PutOnYourDamnSocks Sun 07-Jul-19 20:13:05

Time and faith. You know it will get better quickly. In no time at all the puppy will be house trained and sleep beautifully.

Keep the faith, hang on in there.

When we got SockDog it took me straight back into PND, horrific. Worst time ever. But now SockDog is ace and the reason I get up every morning.

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