Hi all, I'm Ruth and a brand new owner of a 9 week old (today) miniature dachshund pup named Herbert. I've joined after seeing loads of advice on here after frantically googling for tips at silly o'clock in the morning for the past few days. We only got Herbert a few days ago. He's a cutie, but I totally underestimated how exhausting and demanding a new pup is. I'd been researching for ages, yet nothing prepared me for reality. 10 times worse than a new baby! I'm in desperate need of support. I think I'm suffering from "puppy blues" and was all set to give him back to the breeder yesterday morning. Husband said that I'd regret it and shouldn't make a decision after having 4 hours sleep in 2 days, so am grinning and bearing it at the moment. I still feel hugely tearful and thinking what the hell have I done? He's a sweet dog, appears quite intelligent, though we are getting nowhere with toilet training. He won't go in the garden at all, and seems to go wherever, whenever. He also chases my cats, which I know is normal, but I'm struggling with. Up till yesterday he had huge attachment issues with me - I totally understand- but left me feeling I couldn't breathe and would never be alone again. Read some tips and this had gotten better. Husband did "night shift" last night. Please tell me this gets better. I'm fearful we'll never get a good night's sleep or be able to leave the house again. Thanks for listening.