Two months ago I bought a JRT puppy. Hes a great little guy and he's happy living with me. He's my first dog ever. He's going to obedience classes now and he's like a whole new pup!! Last night I started to feel overwhelmed because I'm not used to the constant responsibility. There's almost no relax time for me and my boyfriend and the pup gives my poor cats a hard time a lot. I love having Deisel and he's great but sometimes I want the peace back... Does anyone have any good advice or encouraging words for a first time pup owner? If anyone wants to snap at me or attack me don't bother I won't read it. I'm writing this for positive tips or advice. Or for someone to say "I went through it too! It'll get better!"
Just think on how defenseless he is and that he didn't choose you. You chose him to be included in your life.
It is kind of like when someone has a baby, well the baby will also be a nuisance to the parents sometimes with his crying and all but what are you you going to do? can't return or get rid of the baby.
Why should we be able to get rid of our pets when they are a nuisance?
I definitely felt that way when I got my first dog a year ago. There were times when I wish we never got her, but then they do something so cute, or just look at you with those big brown eyes with unconditional love and you know you did the right thing and you love them with all your heart. I couldn't imagine my life without her. Now we have two dogs. It will get better, trust me.
Well, you're not dealing with just any dog...you have a Jack Russel. They are on a whole different level. They can be so hyper and non stop, but you have to remember this.... Picture yourself at the dog park with him. Think about how much fun that non stop energy is when you appreciate it. They are wonderful dogs, I love them, and wish I had one again. It's his energy that makes him so special. Consider yourself lcuky that you could give him the classes, it will help in the long run. Remember why you adopted him, because he's special and you wanted to love him. I'm sure he loves you. I'm overwhelmed myslef. I have a toddler and four toy dogs, and a husband that thinks he is a toddler. He won't always be a puppy, and he'll get easier, as far as time you can relax. Good luck with him!
I don't know why you wouldn't be overwhelmed.We expereienced the same thing when we got our first dog. They look so cute but no one tells you the reall story - up all night crying - the teeting and the accidents. He took two years to be fully housebroken (we lived in a 3rd floor apartment. To top that off he had seperation anxiety and barked/cried every time we left the house for the entire time we were gone. Our cats were freaked out and we sometimes, not often had different puppy raising ideas which sometimes put stress on our relationship.
He grew out of all of it and turned out to be a perfect dog. While I too wondered why I had done it and how such a cute little being could cause so much chaos - he touched my life in so many wonderful ways. He was never anything but kind,loyal,had a great sense of humor and was the best most uncomplicated realtionship I ever had.
He died two months ago of pancreatits - came on suddenly. We are both devestated.
I never understood how someone could go right back out and get another dog until now. We would like to adopt and are considering an older dog. But looking back at the difficutlies we had with a puppy we think about how precious that time (every minute) is - even the most unpleasant ones. Every day is formative and just think - this is a little baby and all it has for you is love and all it wants for you is the same.
Additionally, if you really need a break - I don't know any sane being who would not love a puppy for a day or two to give you a break.
It is great you are talking about it and looking for support. I really think that if you stick it out - realizing it will all be OK that you will be happy you did.
Diesel, I TOTALLY understand what you mean. I have THREE, coutn them 1, 2, 3 puppies and a two year old daughter. Until we put them all on feeding schedules, crated them at night and made the kitchen (BABY GATES!!!) their home we were going crazy! I was running around cleaning poo and pee ALL day. Things get much easier! I promise. We've had them since a week before thanksgiving and we were clueless at first. Just last night they all slept from 10 p.m. until 7:45!! That's like a miracle for three month old puppies! They are in thier crate all night in our walk in closet. We cover it with blankets and if they whine after we know bladders are empty I tap the crate with a flip flop and say "hush" to them and they stop immediately. You're not alone. I've been there. It gets better and you and your boyfriend will make it if you remember why you got him in the first place. Oh and WALKS work wonders. At first it's a pain but after they get used to the leash it's can be a SUPER outlet for energy.
I know what you mean. Ace and Summer want to be at my side 24/7. When I want "alone time" away from them I just put them in their crates and let them take a nap. Or I take them for a really long walk and that poops them out...and they go to sleep :)
You can also buy him some really really good bones and give it to him. Maybe he'll lay on the floor and chew on it...giving you some peace and quiet.
It sounds like you have a pretty high mantainance dog. Not all dogs are for all people. Not all people are dog people.
As far as words of encouragement, I will tell you the more time you put in to him now, the more you will enjoy a well behaved dog later on. Do you have a crate for him? When he gets over-whelming for you, he can go in there for some 'time-out' for both of you (not as punishment, just rest).
I had similar problem with my good friend Jimmy ( 1 year old mini dachshund) also There were nights I could not sleep and was sleepy in the office next day
I got the best advice from my dog walker which really really worked. I never had problems after I followed her advice
This is what she asked me to do every day in the late evenings She asked me to spend atleast 1 hour with the dog playing with him , I play ball with him for an hour . He loves it . I throw the ball and he brings it to me. He wants me to play . He brings the ball to me and run I use that one hour to watch TV or listen to Music or cook small meals while playing with Jimmy ( multi tasking)
He will be tired after an hour . I give him his dinner I add boiled chicken with his dry food . After he eats his food he does not want to play any more when I sit and work on my computer he comes and try to sleep on my lap .after a while I take him and put him in his bed . He will sleep like a baby
Or If he is still in a play mood after dinner I will not play with him . I will keep him in my arms for a while till he sleeps
I never had problems. I am grateful for the advice given to me by the dog walker who takes care of him when I go to work
I love jack russel terriers. They are so so cute and play ful. You have a great companion to go for a run
I can only go for a long walk with Jimmy ( mini dachshund).
***Edited By: bharathi on 12/10/2005 7:51:58 PM*** Reason: add
this is my first puppy too.......i had one whne living with my dad but he took care of it. Bambino is a rescue basset hound that my fiance' found........SO when getting pepper i was really shocked in how puppies are.....She is 15 weeks today and she can be a a pain but i am hanging in there because i know with the attention i am giving her and the love i am giving her she will be a great dog. All i can say is your not the only one feeling that way. Just hang in there and be patient it will get better.
I am surprised that you would choose a JRT as your first dog, but now you're learning why certain breeds have their fanciers!
Definitely give him a *job* to do, whether it's chasing the tennis ball or rounding up his toys. Keep him busy. You can even lay on the couch and chuck the ball across the room. The beauty of JRTs is their size :)
If you can find a dog park that's completely fenced in or even a tennis court where you can safely enclose him and play for even 30 mins non stop, you should be fine.
I agree, this works wonderfully. I have Min. dachshunds and what i do is let them outside in the backyard(fenced) and let them play for awhile and then, boy are they pooped! Talk about ready for bed! I don't hear a sound out of them until the next morning and then "here we go again!" LOL!