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I’m not sure what I’m looking to get out of this post. I guess I just want to talk about how I am feeling and make sure I’m not alone in this.
I’ve been reading a lot of this subreddit and trying to be the best puppy parent that I can be, however I’m starting to become exhausted and numb. My SO and I decided to adopt a miniature schnauzer puppy. She’s 10 weeks now, and we’ve had her for about two weeks.
Overall things seem good. We’ve got her mostly going potty on puppy pads in a dedicated room. She now knows how to look at us when we say her name, sit, lie down, and come. We’re still working on stay and leave it but making progress.
The part that really has me down is just how much attention is required for her. We literally cannot leave her alone because she’ll either try to destroy something (potty pads, water bowl, rugs, etc) or go potty somewhere. We’ve got the following schedule so far:
7:00am: Breakfast 7:30am – 8:30am: Play time 9:00am – 10:30am: Nap 11:00am – 11:15am: Training 11:15am – 12:00pm: Play time 12:00pm: Lunch 12:30pm – 1:30pm: Play time 1:30pm – 1:45pm: Training 2:00pm – 4pm: Nap 4:30pm – 5:30pm: Play time 5:30pm – 5:45pm: Training 6:00pm: Dinner 6:30pm – 7:30pm: Play time 7:30pm – 8:30pm: chew toys/wind down 9:30pm – 12:00am: Sleep (take out for potty) 12:00am – 7am: Sleep
We take her to go potty every 2 hours. She’s usually really good about going to her enclosure with the potty pads on her own. Also sometimes she sleeps more, but this is usually the minimum schedule.
I am lucky enough to be working from home and my SO is doing her first semester of Law School online. We both have felt way less productive and effective in school/work and it’s seriously taking a toll on us. We barley have enough time to cook/clean/eat/relax. I had to take off a few days from work last week just because I wasn’t productive anyways.
We try to leave her in a separate clean enclosure in the living room while we eat lunch/dinner, do dishes or other chores. She yaps and whines at us so much despite looking right at us. She also sometimes plays quite rough and we have tried several strategies to mitigate biting. Yelping or bopping her nose just made her more excited, so we switched to sternly saying “no bite” and either standing up and away, placing her away from us or just stepping out of the room briefly. Really hard to tell if anything is improving.
One annoying thing too is the inability to sleep in her crate. She ALWAYS has to fall asleep next to us on the couch/floor, then we carry her to her crate for the night. If we would just place her in the crate she would cry/howl. It’s an annoying strategy and don’t know if it’s a good idea long term.
She’s really good in the car/carrier/in public. She whines for a few minutes but then falls asleep/relaxes. She’s also great at meeting new people. Her and my cat do not quite get along yet. That’ll take some time.
I guess I’m just venting because my SO and I feel like we’ve lost our freedom. Her moving in was supposed to be fun but now we are living like new parents just grinding from 7am to midnight every single day. Our relationship has also felt a pretty big strain because of our pup. I know I love this pup but wow she is really draining us physically/emotionally. I just don’t know if we’re doing it right despite our best efforts. I just want to know if it gets better.
Puppy Tax: https://i.imgur.com/ms0d7zv.jpg
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