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Old 03-22-2008, 05:37 PM   #1
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Question Am I overdoing this?

Our puppy has been with us for 2 weeks now (a beautiful, loving 10 week Shiba). We wanted her to become a big part of our lives but now she IS our life. I work from home and haven't worked in 2 weeks. When she is out, she is everywhere and I'm physically exhausted from chasing her. We play with her TONS (hours at a time) and she is very crate trained. I do put her in her crate several times a day but by evening when hubby comes home she is wired from for the rest of the night. She doesn't mess in her crate but wakes me up twice a night. At 6:00 she is up for the better part of the morning, in which I play with her the entire time. In the past 2 weeks, I have managed no more than 4 hours sleep per night and it is wearing me out.

I know puppies are work, but we've had puppies before that could easily hang out in the same room without raising holy terror. Are we teaching her that all time is play time? Are we trying too hard? We cannot walk her until she is fully vaccinated, which she is not and won't be for quite a few weeks to come. Any POSITIVE input would be graciously appreciated. On another board I was highly criticized for being unrealistic, but I can't imagine all good puppy guardians give up their entire lives for their pups.

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Old 03-22-2008, 05:53 PM   #2
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Hi medscribe and welcome to the forum.

If I tell you that the day will come when you miss the early days of puppyhood, will you believe me? I didn't think so.

Seriously, puppies are a tremendous amount of work, and dealing with potty training and nipping can be extremely frustrating to say the least. Shibas are in their own category since they can be well, thre used to be a website devoted to Shibas called "hellspawn." You've probably seen this, but if not, here is a helpful link.
http://www.shibas.org/about.html

For now you are stuck getting up at least once a night since puppies can't 'hold it' and you want to start her off on the right paw doing her business outside. Be glad she is waking you up to ask to go instead of messing her crate! There are dog owners who would be grateful for that! That will ease up as she gets older so in a month or so you should be able to sleep through the night.

I would start teaching her basic obedience commands like "sit" "stay" and "come," yuou can't start too early. And as soon as she has had her shots, a puppy class would help for socializing.

Hope this helps!
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Old 03-22-2008, 06:32 PM   #3
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Welcome!!

I've owned a Shiba, so I definitely know what they are like. Ditto skunkstripe about being glad she wakes you up to go out. However, I would not play with her until YOU are ready to get up. Just let her out when she lets you know, and then put her back in the crate until you are ready to get up for the day. Once you are ready to get up, then you can take her outside and then play with her. Good luck!
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You may be suffering from puppy shock syndrome. its a bit like post natal depression
and a lot of people get it. you need to relax and tell your self, its o.k . puppies grow fast and the hard times are short. soon your pup will move on from this phase. also try not to play with your pup if your not ready , he must learn to wait. give him toys so he can play on his own but make shore you are the one who decides when play starts and when its time to stop. you can put your pups toys away when play time is over so he know's its over. I tell my dog "no more, no more. and send him to his bed.

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Old 03-22-2008, 09:51 PM   #5
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Yes, indeed I do believe that I have Post Puppy Depression to a degree. She is wonderful, but SO exhausting. I think I am giving in too much to her desire to romp all day....must find a happy medium! Thank you for the advice and consideration!

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Hi,

it sounds like your puppy is over worked.

she does not sleep enough, a puppy her age should sleep about 20 hours a day. If they don't get enough sleep they can become hyperactive. AND that can damage the heart and other organs. So I say, slow down on the playing so she can relax more. Passitivity is IMPORTANT for the pups to learn.

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hope you feel better soon. keep us updated on how this go. and photos

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