Having a puppy brings joy and companionship, but there is no denying that it can also be a major disruption in your life. Puppies require time, energy and effort – and unfortunately, when you have a puppy in the house, it can often come at the cost of some of your own daily activities. But here is the good news – you can, and will, get your life back after your puppy has grownup and settled into the household.

Making Life Easier During The Puppy Stage

While that can be a relief to know, it is important to keep in mind that transitioning your puppy into your home is much smoother if you take some basic precautions:

    • Consult an expert. Consulting with an animal behaviorist can only make things easier. An expert can give advice on how to deal with your pup’s behavior as well as specific concerns you may have.
    • Be patient and firm. Puppies don’t come already trained. You will need to be consistent and firm with your pup, but also demonstrate the patience that a young dog needs to learn the ropes.
    • Walk and socialize your pup. This can help to prevent problems with aggression and over-excitement when your pup is around other people and animals.
    • Introduce your pup slowly to other people and animals . Make sure your pup is in a calm and positive environment when being introduced to new people and animals.

When Will I Get My Life Back?

With patience, consistency, and love, you will be able to get back to your life eventually. How long it takes is not an exact science and will depend on individual circumstances, but as a general rule of thumb, expect it to take at least six months of consistent effort before you can begin to expect some semblance of your old life.

In the early stages, it is going to be easier said than done to carve out time for yourself. You may find yourself fighting a strong urge to feel guilty for wanting some time for yourself, but it is important to take the time you need to do the things you enjoy.

Having a puppy can feel like your life is on hold for a while, but with the right techniques and attitude, you can work towards having your life back in no time.

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