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I've had Sydney for six months and I'm still not used to having her. Everything seems new.

Sometimes when she just lays around I can't figure out if she's bored/tired/depressed or none of those things and just content...

Wondering what the adjustment has been like for other new dog owners?
 

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Maverick has designated spots for when he's tired or bored, from what I've noticed. If he's bored, he'll lay in the middle of the family room, living room, or a certain part of my bed. If he's tired he has many spots; certain part of my bed, near the front door, his bed, crate, or fireplace LOL!

If there's anything out of the routine (like when we don't go to the dog park), he'll lie down in the middle of the family room showing me he's bored when he's not trying to get me to play with him.

Just gotta learn the tendencies that's all...comes with time.
 

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When our last dog passed away it took me a long time to get use to not having a dog around... No one to greet me at the door, to step over in the hallway in the middle of the night, watch tv with, clean the crumbs of the floor. I had a dog as far back as I could remember but now after not having one for about five years it was an adjustment - remembering that there was someone else that needed me or that was going to be there Everytime I have to do something. I also worry about things i never worried about with my other dogs! But you adjust and it's well worth it!! :)
 

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It took me a long time to adjust to have Tucker in the house a year ago. Having a puppy, much less a large puppy, was a shock to our routine. I expected it, but it was still a shock! I'd say in the spring of this year, we had finally settled into a real routine as a family. Tucker and Tess had settled in with each other, we had routines and schedules for feeding and exercising, etc., and I noticed that I felt more settled and confident. We recently acquired Bella, but she has slipped into our routine quite easily by comparison. We already had the "big dog" thing down. We had a good garbage can with a lid, I understood counter surfing, I understood GR temperament and needs, etc. So having her has not upended our world like getting Tucker did. I completely understand what you're talking about. I'm guessing you will feel "all settled" soon, though. :)
 

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I was absolutely clueless when we got Max - I hadn't had a dog, much less a puppy, since I was very young. I was constantly asking my husband if things Max did were normal, and still do. I think the vet wrote "over protective worrier" on Max's chart in red, I must have called a million times.

It took a while, but I finally relaxed. So yes, there's definitely an adjustment period, and a life style change, and oh, my is it worth it. :)
 

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My pup is almost 11 months old and I still wonder whether she is bored or tired. I think I just worry too much.

At five years, I still wonder that about Max. Usually if he's bored, he gets a toy and bugs me. If he's tired, he'll take himself to bed. I feel guilty when he gets a toy, so that's a guarantee that I'll play with him awhile. :)
And I still worry too much!
 

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I think the vet wrote "over protective worrier" on Max's chart in red, I must have called a million times.
I think my vet did too!

I stopped by on my way in to work today to pick up Cassie's flea/tick stuff, and one of the vet techs was in the waiting room and said "Oh no, what's wrong now?" when she saw my car pull in to the parking lot. :doh:

On the bright side, I have my own priority parking space, and soon I'll have racked up enough visits to qualify for my own private exam room. hehe j/k
 

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Adult dogs are very self-sufficient and spend a lot of time just resting. Aside from walks, most of the time he lies by the door looking out at the birds or at the top of the stairs looking out at the street or he naps either by our feet or on his mat. When he's bored, he'll come to me and ask to go out so he can eat grass, look for rabbits, and sniff the air. Play time is usually just before or just after walks or meals, when he's most energetic. If he's bored - you'll know it as he'll start looking for something to do or chew.
 
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