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Old 05-09-2017, 01:13 PM
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Hello. I Am a first time dog owner, and I wanted to get a Cockapoo. But wanted help on a question I was stuck on. I have anxiety and was told that getting a dog would be helpful. I also heard that Cockapoos were good, but still wondered. Are Cockapoos good for people with anxiety? Iíve heard that the can be but it can be harmful to the dog. is this true or can they help? Is it a good idea to get a puppy or an adult one for my situation? I wanted to hear from someone with this breed is possible. Thank you.
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It's not the anxiety that would give me pause, it's the first time dog owner thing. Some cockapoos can be full on and quite a challenge at first. If you are super outdoorsy, active, love hiking and have lots of time to spend at dog schools and training with new friends then I'd say go for it, because all of that will help with your anxiety. If you are more sedentary, a loner or have social anxiety I'd go for a more laid back dog, maybe a nice mutt or Basset hound?
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Hi, I suffer with anxiety and I feel having my cockerpoo puppy has helped me, I need to be focused on him and don't have as much time to stress about things, I never used to feel like getting up in the morning and would lie in bed thinking about the day ahead. Not any more, I need to be up and motivated, just to see him overjoyed to see me makes everything worth while


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Anxiety covers a multitude of things. Any pup will wee and poo in your house, chew your belongings, mouth you at times, wake you in the night and need hours spent on training them to become he well behaved member of society that you want them to be so you need to be prepared for all of this and most owners go through the "what have I done" syndrome at this time as it seems like like will never be normal again - but - they also provide snuggles and love and can be your very best friend if you can put in all the work and cope with all the initial turmoil they will cause.

They are sociable dogs and do require plenty of exercise so you need to be prepared for this for life too - and as a first time owner I would definitely recommend puppy classes to help you settle in together
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I think much depends on the temperament/personality of your pup (regardless of breed). My cockaoddpoo (that's not a typo!) is a fearful, anxious and nervous little thing so wouldn't be at all right for someone with their own issues I think as she very much looks for guidance in situations that worry her (obviously everyone gets anxious at times but its a matter of degree I guess). Her own issues also caused her to become very reactive towards other dogs and people at one point and this in itself is a highly stressful behaviour to have to deal with.

If the generic cockapoo characteristics appeal to you / are a good fit with you then personally I would suggest finding a really, really good breeder, being honest about your own issues and letting them help you to choose the right pup for you: they will have lived with the pups for 8 weeks by the time yours comes home to live with you and will know whether they are confident / shy etc. I would also suggest enrolling in puppy class and continuing with training even beyond this. I believe that (positive reward based) training helps to create an amazing bond between owner and dog and that training together can be really helpful for an owners mental health needs too!
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