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Just got a rescue and I’m having major buyers remorse, please tell me this is common and that it gets better

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The first few days / weeks / months are hard!! But rooting for you and your pup! You can do it. Make sure you have a support system (aka for when you just need a break, daycare does wonders even if once a week).

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Yeah the key is wearing him out! Take him on lots of long walks or to daycare! A tired dog is a good dog!

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Highlyyyyyyyy recommend getting a sitter or boarding him for a night once every other week or so to give yourself a break. It’s so hard at first but it gets better!

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I second AD1 - we had a break for a few days leaving the pup back at our breeders: and this was very helpful to catch a break and bring back pup again. If you can get a sitter for day or two - do it.

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Make sure to get training lined up - not sure what issues you are running into.

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Awww yes I went through that too. Training helped me bond with her.

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It will be amazing in the end!! The first snuggle or tail wag will be worth it. Remember you are this dogs whole world now and they need you!

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Very normal. First month after adopting my pup I wanted to give her back. It was very hard. But by month 2, everything clicked, the training was going well, and we got our routine down. Stick it out because it’ll be worth it

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Hang in there! You did an amazing thing by bringing him/her home. Unfortunately a lot of these dogs have a sad history of abuse and neglect and it takes a little bit to get them to feel comfortable and to trust you. The trainer will definitely help. Continue to be patient and sooner than you think you’ll have built that amazing bond.

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It gets so much better!! I got a rescue last year and there were a few moments that made me question what I was thinking. But my dog saved my life as much as I saved hers, it’s so worth it. These tough moments will be distant memories before you know it.

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It’s common. It’s a big lifestyle change!

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Common, you and the dog are both adapting to a major life change.

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My pup is 6 months old and went through the same thing when I first got him. Felt like it was too much work / wasn’t ready to own a puppy at this stage of my life. It’s a lot of work at first and at times seems like too much - but it gets a whole lot better. Just stay committed and after about 2 months it is a breeze - you will all of a sudden never understand why you felt the way you are now

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What’s happening that’s so bad? Definitely recommend crate training if you’re not already doing that.

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Very normal!! It’s also ok that dogs bark. Don’t take on responsibility of trying to fully prevent it. They are protecting their home…and you! To prevent separation anxiety start training now so they get used to you leaving from time to time or everyday!

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The best advice I can give is to try to be positive, loving & supportive to your new pup. They are amazing at reading our emotions and will mirror your acceptance and/or reservations. Ditto to the other advice you’ve received - a great trainer & reliable sitter will make life easier. Enjoy!!

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Currently going through this myself. Rescued a sound reactive dog that is too scared to leave the apartment, and it’s been pretty difficult this first month. Hoping things get easier in the next couple months. Hang in there

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Mine was also a rescue from a rural area and when I brought her to the city she wasn’t ready for the noise. I would open the window a few times a day to let her get used to the noise, and give her plenty of treats and rubs until she wasn’t scared anymore. Now she ignores the sounds but she will look at me with a big grin expecting treats every time there’s a siren lol

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Yay! You rescued a pup who will ultimately rescue you. It’s worth it. They are so unconditionally loving and loyal. Find your allies - neighbors and friends who love you and your dog and can help walk or sit your pup. Just don’t abandon him/her and send back to a shelter - it’ll make things worse for them (depression, separation anxiety, overcrowding that can drive increased behavioral problems and/or early euthanasia etc)

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