Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Post-puppy depression

I overheard a conversation between two mums at school yesterday. Both were carrying their new pups wrapped in blankets, they were in confessional tone.
"Twenty per cent of the time I wish he wasn't here," said one.
The other was agreeing. "My house looked like an Andrex commercial last night."
Both had caved in to pester power but they were the ones at home all day with the dogs while their kids were at school.
Both dogs were mouthing. The new Rhodesian Ridgeback owner passed on a tip to put your hand over the dog's nose to stop them breathing... eek! I'm going to give them both a copy of our Perfect Pup book today - with Post It notes on the pages that show you how to stop mouthing.
Oh dear. Will these pups last till New Year in these homes?


Julie Hill said...

Sounds like they have more money than sense. When my daughter was at a private school there were similar cases. Do put them straight otherwise it's the dogs that suffer.
One family we knew got rid of their year old Weimaraner as it had grown "too big". Another family got rid of their Springer Spaniel as it jumped too much, rather than put it right with training. Another dog was returned to the rescue shelter after one night because "he cried all night". Sad but all true.

In the pink said...

Mmmm. Interesting. I don't think there is anyone who does not have the thought 'what have I done?' after taking on a new puppy and, in a way, that is a responsible thought as those involved are realising what a big commitment they have made. As you say, the real worry is what happens next - the turning point between giving in to those overwhelming feelings or sensibly getting to grips with play, training and family harmony. They are lucky to have you hovering in the wings to help.