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…and I feel horrible about it. I got my cocker spaniel puppy, biscuit, back in July when he was 9 weeks old. I had done so much research and knew this was the dog I wanted, and I felt that it was the right time as I was home most of the time and had other dogs before so I knew what I was getting into.
It's gotten to the point now that I hate being around my dog. On his first vet visit, the vet tried to grab Biscuit pretty suddenly and he snapped. She then told me that he was displaying signs of fear aggression and that I should get him in puppy training classes soon, so I did. He was doing so well in classes, I decided to drop him off at doggie daycare for a day just to see how he would do and get a break from him. Midway through the day, the daycare handler calls me and recommends that biscuit not come back to the daycare, because every time there was a loud noise or another dog walked by, Biscuit would get scared and resort to barking and snapping. So here I am, 8 months pregnant and just completely exhausted and I can't even drop my puppy off at daycare to get him socialized or to just take a break.
Almost Two weeks ago, biscuit was neutered per the vet's recommendation and things have been shit ever since. Biscuit's behavior has gotten to the point where not even my four year old wants to be around him. When he gets riled up, or I try to handle him, he snaps. He bites me and jumps on my child and tries to bite him in the face. Biscuit is a fearful and aggressive puppy and even though I love him and am committed to taking care of him, I feel like I've ruined my family's life, my life and worst of all Biscuit's life by bringing him into our home. I'm a surrogate, so I thought having a dog to take care of would be a good way for me to mentally recover after birth and take my mind off of the babies after giving them to their parents. But now I'm in the last few weeks of pregnancy and I'm stressed thinking about whether Biscuit's behavior will improve or not and whether I will be able to deal with it.
On one hand, if I return the puppy, I will feel like a failure. I've already spent so much time, money and energy that would all be for nothing if I take him back to the breeder. On the other hand, Biscuit does not seem happy here, I'm not happy, and neither is my child so maybe I would be doing all of us a favor. I try to make sure biscuit gets exercise, mental stimulation and enough nap time during the day but I'm overwhelmed and now I can't even drop him at daycare so I don't know what to do.I just feel so stupid for letting it get to this point and I'm not sure how to handle it.
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