Was this an unexpected pregnancy? If not, you knew this would happen at some point. Please don't resort to this as a first option, your pup is only 5 months old. They are much like babies and need time and effort.
I'm not saying this because it's easy for me to say. I have 3 dogs, 2 cats and an 8 month old baby. One of my dogs is a German Shepherd, the other is a mastiff. Both dogs do not mature until they're several years old and can be difficult at times, but I got these dogs knowing one day I would have a child.
They are as much a part of my family as my son and only in extreme circumstances would I give them up. It's hard work, but don't write your pup off when your baby isn't even here yet
I actually think she's being responsible by giving the puppy a chance, if she knows shes gonna be overwhelmed she's responsibly seeking out someone who can give it the attention it deserves.
With that I'm currently pregnant with baby #3, We got our puppy in Nov. 8weeks old and I got Pregnant PREVENTING in Dec.
She's not just a little dog, now at 6 months she's between 40-50lbs. I also have a toddler (17m) to add to the mix with my ODS.
I was overwhelmed at first because our dog is a HUGE ball of energy but honestly she's the best thing ever now!!!
We have been working with her just because we knew her size having a toddler with sitting, shaking, down, and leaving objects. We're waiting to start her classes this summer.
Adding the new baby made me scared, but it always works out
ETA: I also agree that there are other options, I just hate to think the pup would be crated up out of lack of trying other options and then not being socialized or trained properly.
A lot depends on what OP means by "give away".. shelter? Craigslist? And really, why get a dog if you're not going to put in the years of effort? If you don't want that kind of responsibility, get a goldfish.
You obviously didn't think it through properly when you first got the dog. We've got 2 very lively dogs but when we got them we knew they would live for (hopefully!) 15 years or so and that at some point we would be having kids. I see so many people getting puppies and as soon as they're getting bigger and are no longer cute then the novelty wears off. I know there are some instances where there's no option but to rehome a dog but in this case it seems like the easy way out. Let's home the puppy gets to go to a home that are really going to appreciate it.
maybe she didnt realise how hard it would be and only realised after the fact. I had to sell my 15 week old puppy just a few weeks ago but it was different cicrumstances. The pup and my older dog just did not get along and although i could have tried for another few months, i knew how stressed we all were and that i may still not have worked out all the problems before the baby arrived so i knew it was best to admit i had been a bit silly trying to settle a new puppy before even having the baby. The 2 dogs were constantly fighting and i was having to keep them seperated. Looking back it was me being stupid and broody getting the puppy in the first place but i knew she was better off with someone with more time to train her and not be on a time limit. If i had of kept her i could have been sitting here in a few months with a neworn and 2 fighting dogs! She went to a nice family where the mum is a vet nurse so i couldnt have asked for anything better for her and it has also been a lesson learned!
I think you're doing the responsible thing, OP. My neighbours have recently adopted a beagle who was shut in a kitchen all day as his old family didn't have the time for him with their high needs newborn, and he is much happier now and gets all the training and walks he needs.
It can't have been an easy decision, but it does sound like the best thing for your dog.
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