What are the puppy blues?
Puppy blues refers to an emotional state of feeling overwhelmed, sadness, anxiety, or regret after bringing home a new dog.
Before bringing your new dog home, you may have felt anticipation and formed an idea in your mind of how it would be - long walks, games of fetch, and plenty of cuddles. However, the reality of integrating the dog into your lifestyle sets in, and it may not be exactly how you pictured it. You may wonder whether it was a good idea to get a dog, or whether the dog might be better off with someone else. You may feel like you can’t do anything right, or like you can’t catch a break. In some cases, you may feel like you and your dog won't have a meaningful connection.
It can happen to anyone, whether you are a first-time owner or had multiple dogs in the past.
What is important is to know, is that these feelings, are ok!
However, you need to now take time to:
- Talk to family and friends about your feelings.
- Ask a pet professional for help with your puppy.
- Ensure you take a break for yourself.
- Speak to a medical professional.
As pet professionals, we can help you with your puppy to help coach you through this adjusting period. This means we can also help build a healthy bond with your new dog while ensuring you feel reassured and have suitable expectations.