I don't know if I care enough

  1. The weird thing is I anticipated it would be hard. None of what it's been like has been a huge surprise to me. That said, I'm struggling, and I don't know if I have the resiliency to keep going.

  2. puppies are canines, not humans. Not only do you not need to want to treat them like a human, but you shouldn't because they aren't human and are not supposed to see and act in the world the way that we do, which ca be a major part of the disconnect we feel. He'll never be human. He can be taught - after a lot of time and effort - how to live within your life, but he'll always be a dog with dog tendencies that do take work to try to understand.

  3. You do care, otherwise you wouldn't be on here. You'd have made your decision and been done with it.

  4. Bonds take time. I think we are led to believe that we will have an immediate connection or that that right puppy will just know and choose us. I’m sure that’s true for some folks, but I’m guessing it’s not for a lot of people. So if you don’t have the immediate connection like you think you should it feels like you’re doing something wrong. You’re not, you probably just haven’t found your groove yet. My puppy is coming into the older side of puppyhood. I feel a lot more love for him than I did for him 4 months ago. At that point I was just trying to keep him alive because he was a suicide machine.

  5. Puppies are very, very hard. My cousin got a high energy breed as a puppy and then years later had a baby. She said she’d have human babies over and over again as opposed to puppies even once more. He is a great dog now but the first year was rough.

  6. I have him booked into training in a few weeks time. At the moment we're at home/in the garden all the time because he's waiting for vaccines next week. Once he can go out I hope things will start improving. I also have a 1:1 booked with a trainer.

  7. I happen to believe that dog ownership is not equivalent to bringing a human child into your home. At the end of the day, if you are not “tracking” with the dog or you believe that this isn’t for you, there is absolutely nothing to feel bad about. Talk to your network about rehoming if that’s what you think is best for you. That is more humane than resentfully owning a dog who can internalize that disposition.

  8. The puppy isn't your baby, so don't worry about that one. It's a dog. We love them, but we didn't give birth to them.

  9. He’s only 10-11 weeks old. If you are already questioning it, just rehome him now before he gets attached. it’s going to get worse before it gets better if you already dislike him get him a new fam more ready for a puppy.

  10. Your puppy is like 10 weeks old. It’s still adjusting to its new home/life, which takes 3 weeks up to 3 months.

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