Need Help From Someone With Dog Experience
By Filler2001 07-29-2011 09:09 PM
NOTE: Regarding my podcast blogpost, that's going to be impossible for obvious reasons stated below.
Hi, everyone! I just got a new puppy a few days ago, a German Shepherd to be exact. His name is Zeus and he is close to four months old. Since I've been home with him, I have been spending 8 hours a day feeding, walking, and playing with him. Since we crate train him downstairs, he's been whining all night. That said, I love him to pieces, but I've been totally overwhelmed (even with my brother helping with the overnight stuff and my dad helping when he can). To put it into perspective, the first night I had him I cried twice, alone, in the bathroom. I'm awful at training, and I've only been keeping him alive and slightly closer to potty trained. I have no understanding of trick teaching, and I'm afraid that my next year will be totally consumed by this lovely yet stress inducing puppy. Don't get me wrong, he's friendly. He means no harm. However, Ive been having really extreme anxiety during my nights with him (even sleep walking to help him when he didnt need help -- shows how much Ive been worrying). I think it comes down to two things:
1) My dad is only off 3 days a week, and my brother is only home sometimes during the summer (he basically has the night shift with him -- and is going back to college soon, so he will be out of the picture). Not only that, but I will be away from home for an entire week (next Tuesday - Tuesday the week after...8 days in all), and my dad is only off for four of those days, my brother two of the others. That leaves two days where no one can take care of him (just today I watched him from 6am until 8pm -- 14 hours. The two days before were worse. He pooped about 3 time and peed 4...could have been more. My yard has no fence, so we cant just leave him be for the day with a full bowl of food. Not only that, but I go to school at 6:20 am-3pm starting early September, now with no brother (keeping me awake at night, not allowing me) and a dad, once again, off from work 3 days a week (only two during school nights/days). If its anything like this in a month, at the bare minimum I totally lose my social life and ability to do homework for this puppy.
My fears of not being able to take care of him during this week long trip to Florida (from MA to go on birthday vacation with aunt/cousin -- plane tickets purchased) and the start of the school year have inspired the aforementioned anxiety and crying most, knowing how unintentional neglect would be being incredibly unfair for the dog if I have to give him away to another family (not to mention the bond I've already built with him). I just feel overwhelmed and trapped. The worst part is, the dog being picked is totally my fault. It was my decision to get him, and I totally ignored the "it will be a lot of work" warnings. I will not neglect the dog, and I will do everything in my power to make sure he is treated the way he deserves, but I have no idea if that will be enough.
2) The other big fear is a really absurd one about the dog eating something its not supposed to and dying. He almost ate a rat poisoned rat the other day but I lodged a stick behind his teeth and got it out before it got into pieces. Other than that, he's tried to eat ants, sticks, grass, flowers, weeds, mulch, and coins. I know I should avoid the last one, but should I be pushing the dog away from all of the other things? I know he's a predator, but I'm really worried about his well being. His diet isn't even secure yet...he still has loose poops.
If I could get a bit more time away from the dog (to not need 14 hour days with me and him), train him to sleep through the night, and be totally secure in knowledge of his safety while not neglecting him, I would be set. Thanks for any help you give guys, I desperately need it.
PS: When I look up anything relating to anxiety and puppies, there is absolutely ZERO things to help owners with anxiety and tons of articles for the puppy.
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