|10-10-2013 12:18 PM|
|Blanketback||I really enjoy the energy of a GSD puppy, so I never felt burnt out. But I also have a very set routine going with mine, so he knows what happens when. He knows that he gets his fun time to blow off steam, and then he has his relaxing time when he comes back in. Part of the fun of having a puppy (to me) is all the excitement, lol. Another thing is that I probably have more fun than he does - maybe if you find things that you enjoy just as much/or more than your puppy does, then it will be easier for you. I really really get a kick out of the flirt pole, and the frisbee, and taking him swimming. It depends on what kind of space you have available too, because I think just walks don't cut it as far as tiring them out goes, and that's very important. They can't settle down if they're bursting with energy, but they really need a nice long nap when they're tired out. Good luck finding what works for you|
|10-10-2013 12:13 PM|
What comes to mind for me is the short video I have seen on here of the mal puppy in the ex pen. Just watching that video left me tired.
Imagine that kind of puppy in a pet home with a person who was not prepared.
|10-10-2013 11:58 AM|
Sometimes you just don't have anything left to give. You've reached as deep as you can and you still come up empty. Everyday life keeps happening, everyone / everything is pulling you in all directions and you STILL have to find the strength and energy to continue on...every, single day. Every, single, minute.
How I made (make - I have a crack pup at this moment) it through? Crate. His crate is my heaven. When I'm empty, he gets a time out. I get it back together and try again.
My GSD is 4 now. Easy as pie. He's my touch stone, my easy dog. When I'm empty, he's quiet. When I'm ready to go, so is he.
Ride through the storm...calm waters are just ahead.
|10-10-2013 11:24 AM|
If your dog is to much for you to handle, it's good that you recognize this. It could be a simple fix of finding a good trainer and good dog outlets or the more difficult choice of rehoming with someone looking for this exact dog.
Soul searching time.
|10-10-2013 11:15 AM|
I don't get burnt out on doing things with my dog. I enjoy animal care and would do it full-time if I could. But it is similar to having a kid in that you have to be always "on" in case they need something. If you are not used to the feeling it can be draining, but you will get used to it soon and start to enjoy life again. Hang in there! If you truly need a break, consider doggy daycare once a week.
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|10-10-2013 10:53 AM|
My guy was driving me crazy, I threatened to send him back more than once. He was hyper, stressy/anxious, no house manners and over a year old. But we have been working hard and we had started to find a routine that worked for us. With exercise, training and crate time things improved dramatically when we found a happy medium for us both.
Recently he has come up lame and he has been on crate rest for the last week and will be for a while longer still. I've shed many tears the last week that my poor boy is in pain and cant do anything. I miss our walks and training and I'm angry that I cant just slap a leash on him and take him to a park to run off leash.
If you do truly love your dog I expect that your post is more venting in a moment of frustration than anything else. The time you invest now will be so worth it later when your dog is middle aged laying calmly at your feet.
|10-10-2013 10:43 AM|
It hurts so much to lose them ... I would give anything to get to spend even one more second with Abbey, Andy, Bo, Echo, Honey JR, Kelly, Mac, Niki, Ringer, Tasha, Tex, Too, and Yukon ... they're here for such a short time as it is, looking back it seems like the blink of an eye.
|10-10-2013 10:31 AM|
I do get burned out. Dogs, livestock, kids, husband, work.... yeah, I get tired, I get to the point that I want to run away for a couple days.... but it's all a part of life.
It's not unusual or mean you're a bad dog owner. It means you're human.
Life is stressful, and as much as we love our dogs, sometimes they can add to the stress. It's all a part of owning a dog. It's a commitment, it's hard work... but it's all worth it. They love us unconditionally, and every single thing we do for them, they appreaciate. Your hard work is rewarded the only way a dog can... a lick, a tail wag, a snuggle. It's worth it.
|10-10-2013 10:26 AM|
Puppy weary...yes, sometimes
I never get burned out on my boys but I do, on some days, look forward to Paynter being a few months older. I adore puppies but there's no denying that dogs are easier.
It helps that my older GSD is a sweetheart and easy to have around. He's the kind of guy who just molds himself around your life happily and makes few demands (except at meal-time).
|10-10-2013 10:21 AM|
No, not at all. Yes, I do make plans around him (e.g. can't go out with friends straight from work unless husband will be home to let the dog out, etc), but oh well. That's life. With a dog. Yes, there are times when I'm really tired and don't feel like playing with him for hours or taking him on a loooong walk, but again, oh well. It keeps me healthy to get up and do something with him which I then thoroughly enjoy and the tiredness goes away anyway.
Since winter is coming and our outdoor activities will be limited, I'm looking into getting Ralphie into an indoors nose-work class. Maybe you could do the same? It would definitely keep your dog focused on something and it would probably be really fun for her! Plus, you could use it to your advantage and she could learn to find your keys, cell phone, etc. when you can't find them.
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