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    Hi Jilly,

    I got my pup Rocky about 2.5 months ago. Like you I was completely overwhelmed, sleep deprived and had no sense of how to do things correctly for my puppy.

    I've never had a dog before Rocky, but thought I'd prepared properly and knew what I was letting myself in for. Truth is I don't think you can ever really be fully prepared. I was crying every day and seriously thinking I might not be able to keep my gorgeous little boy. This scared me more than anything!!!!

    The GREAT news is it gets easier! I promise you that whilst it's still hard work for me, I feel I've really made some great progress with my boy and am much more in control than I was before. I got an incredible amount of support from the people on this site (and still do).

    Give it more time and you'll start to feel more confident. The love you will get from Monty in return will replace the overwhelming feelings and you will feel so much joy. I can't describe how much I've bonded with Rocky and the love I feel for him, and that I can see from him for me.

    Keep going!! I PROMISE it will get better. That's what everyone said to me and it did!

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    You have everyone here as a support group as we have all been through the same feelings and frustrations. You have been given great advice already so there is not much else I can add. Just keep giving your baby love and be patient and consistent with training and schedule and before you know it things will get easier as time goes on.
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    I can only say thanks again for everyone's help. I will keep trying to be a better doggy parent and hopefully I will look back at this post and laugh =)

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    The most important part of being a parent to a dog or a human is love and willingness to learn and try . You seem to have both of those going for you. You will be fine. There are lots of articles on the site about caring for bullies and pups. Don't overwhelm your self with too much info at once. For now set a feeding and potty schedule and try to enjoy him. After that is underway successfully you can start to tackle other issues like training .
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    Please dont give up! I promise you, I went through this same exact thing when I got my baby. I had never had a baby before and I havnt had a pup in a long time and my last one anyways was very easy. When I got jovi i was crying all the time because I felt like I couldnt do it right. I think as new moms we know that its going to be hard but at the same time we expect it to be easier than it really is. It took me I think 2 weeks to finally say to myself that this is worth it. And she is the best thing to ever happen to me. I love her more than anything and Im glad i stuck it out. So hang in there! I promise promise promise it will be worth it!! dont give up.


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    @jillywat - Welcome to the wonderful world of bulldogs!! Everyone has given great advice, I just want to add set very clear Rules, Boundaries & Limitations for Monty if he knows what is expected of him he will be a happy and confident bulldog. Set the feeding and potty schedule and be 100% Consistent with everything ... I have set feeding times for my dogs, that way I know when they will need to go outside to relieve themselves. A dog with Consistent Rules, Boundaries & Limitations is a much happier dog than a dog that does whatever it wants whenever it wants, dogs require structure, it's a lot like raising a child, a well adjusted dog or child is the one that knows what is expected. Be patient with yourself, it takes time to adjust to having a new family member that is completely dependent on you and your time. We would a love to see some pictures of Monty!!!

    Good luck and ask any questions you come up with, we will all be here to help you. Soon you will be wondering how you lived without Monty as a part of your family
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    Sorry to hear you are having such a hard time, I know this sounds old but it won't last long. It's like having a newborn. Try to really find their personality
    Bronson & BulldogMD

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    Sorry hit wrong key, my bulldog made me do it. Get to know them and bond. It will be ok. Hang in there.
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    I felt the same way.
    He's our first dog ever. We got him when he was about 8 weeks old, and when he was 9 weeks, my husband left to Argentina for a week on a business trip.
    I flipped out. Was such a tough week.

    I promise it gets easier as the weeks go by. Meanwhile, a puppy playgroup in your area would help you a ton!

    But, for those moments you feel like crying, just post here instead


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    Hey, puppies are HARD believe that! I remember yelling at my husband " You wanted this dog!" I was home all day with puppy and kids. Getting little sleep, yup I cried. It does get better!! I can't imagine life without Meatball now. But I always didn't feel that way. It's hard, just remember the puppy is as emotionally drained as you. Trust me I wouldn't have listened to my own advice a few years ago. Lol good luck

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    I totally understand what you are going through. I wanted my baby bullie more than anything, and when we finally did, I started to regret my decision because it was taking such an emotional toll. I remember just sitting in the shower, crying, because I was exhausted and because I was scared that I couldn't do it. But like others have said, it totally gets better. It really was only a matter of a month or so, that Koozer, my husband, and myself got into a routine and life became so much easier. Bottom line, it is so overwhelming BUT SOOOOO WORTH IT!!!!!!

    PS...I ditto the crate suggestions with bullie proof chew toys (nylabones, antlers, and kongs)...the crate is a saving grace, and your bullie will thank you for his little safe space.

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    @jillywat.... How are you doing?
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