One of the most asked questions since we got Teddy is “How does Cuyler like him?”
Cuyler loves him and tells us several times a day how much he loves Teddy and wants him to live with us forever. He also reminds us how brave he is around Teddy and that he is not afraid of him.
We can’t help but notice some big behavioural changes in him since Teddy arrived.
At home he was content and happy and calm.
Now he has become oppositional again. He is impulsive with his anger. The outbursts have started up again. Tantrums are triggered much quicker and we often don’t know what the trigger is.
He is sneaking food (I found 6 popsicle sticks under his bed).
I spoke with his EA and she said things are still going wonderfully at school. Such a relief to hear.
My temper is shorter. I’m annoyed with things that I can normally ignore.It’s going to sound CRAZY but I feel a little bit like I did each time I brought a baby home.
(I don’t use that term lightly, as I was handed a good hard dose of PPD after Cuyler’s birth)I am overwhelmed at times. I am tired. The adjustment has been more than difficult than I thought it would be.
This adorable little puppy has brought with him major changes in our household. Especially since he’s gone through a house breaking regression. He was doing amazing with eliminating outside. Then something triggered a change and he started to only go inside. GAH.
To avoid the constant soiling of our floor we are now on a strict crate-pee-play/crate-pee-play schedule all day long. It is exhausting. Our eyes have always got to be on the dog to “catch him” if he’s going to mess when he’s out of the crate.
We got a puppy in the coldest, snowiest February we’ve had in years. Our timing wasn’t the greatest.I know we will grow into a new normal with this pup and that all of the hard work right now will be worth it.
The snow will melt, the sun will soon warm the air and things will get easier. That’s what I keep telling myself.