Do you regret getting a dog?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Do you regret getting your dog?
    No way! My dog(s) has mostly been a positive addition in my life. : (207 votes)
    63 %
    Sometimes, but I'm generally happy with having my dog. : (52 votes)
    16 %
    Yes, but it has less to do with the dog and more to do with a dog not fitting into my lifestyle. : (18 votes)
    5 %
    Yes, because my dog has a crappy personality. : (4 votes)
    1 %
    Yes, because my dog is aggressive. : (1 votes)
    0 %
    Yes, because my dog is destructive and or pees/poops in the house. : (7 votes)
    2 %
    Yes, because my dog has cost me a lot of money. : (1 votes)
    0 %
    Yes, because my dog isn't loving. : (1 votes)
    0 %
    I don't have a dog. : (37 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    15072 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I don’t regret my pups at all, but we got lucky and they both have great personalities. In hindsight, I would have put all my shoes up on a shelf. Each one of our pups ate a good pair of heals. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    446 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Absolutely not. Raising our puppy into a loving, (mostly) well behaved member of our family is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I would and will absolutely do it again!

    Sounds like the dogs in question haven’t been trained. I wouldn’t judge the dogs too harshly for that 🙁

    Post # 5
    Member
    380 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @IheartUFC:  I absolutely love my dog, but truthfully, there were times when I wondered what the hell I was thinking. She was a really difficult puppy- major separation anxiety, chewed multiple cell phones, etc. I can remember one night about 2 months in when I was laying next to her crate, crying, and wishing I had just had a baby, instead.

    3 years later… Love her to pieces, and she is the easiest dog. She walks without a leash, and is so gentle. 

     

     

    Post # 6
    Member
    331 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    the only thing i regret is having to deal with her death eventually in life…not gonna be easy for me

    Post # 7
    Member
    839 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Not one bit of regret! We adopted a young adult dog (estimated 3-5 years old) from a shelter, and she has been a dream. She’s only had one accident in the year we’ve owned her, and she has never destroyed anything. She’s very sweet and loving, and probably one of the laziest dogs I’ve ever met. No health issues, no separation anxiety! We got very lucky.

    Post # 8
    Member
    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Getting our dog was a fantastic decision. We were worried going in because he was 2, had never been trained, and had been allowed to develop a lot of really destructive habits. But we researched his breed heavily, realized that a lot of his bad behaviors were due to his living situation and breed characteristics that were being handled inappropriately, and saw the opportunity to approach things differently for better results. We brought him home on Friday and he started obediance school just 2 days later. We made him an indoor dog instead of keeping him outside all of the time. We crate trained him from day 1. And we implemented the NILIF technique. He was a new dog in a matter of a week. He’s never dug a hole in our yard, tore up a throw pillow, or generally been a wild man with us. The people he lived with before us were giving up on him. But we knew he was a diamond in the rough. Now he’s my cuddle buddy. We just love him to no end.

    Post # 9
    Member
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    The last dog I owned was when I was 10-14 (one of my neighbors “adopted” her), and I regret owning her.

    I was not anywhere near ready to be a dog owner!

    Post # 10
    Member
    1802 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I have never regretted getting any of my pets, but sometimes I wonder if I should have brought my dog with me when my SO and I moved out. There are five dogs at my parents’ house, three of them being from the same litter, and I took one of them from the litter with me when I moved. The only reason I took him was because he is extremely attached to me and was getting beat up constantly by one of the younger dogs. I know my apartment is a better, safer place for him, but I feel bad for having to separate him from his sisters. He also seems quite bored in the apartment. He’s 13, so he’s not up for doing much as it is, but he mostly lies around and waits for me to get home in the afternoon. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    1104 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Not at all! That being said, a puppy was HARD and having a pet in general must be a labor of love because at some point they will destory something of yours (whehter intentional or not) and have medical things to pay for. That also go along with regular pet check-ups, the endless dog hair, etc. you deal with.

    That said, I couldn’t imagine life without my doggie. I bonded with her like she was my child. Joke as you may about it, but we have a very special relationship and she has really enhanced my life!

    Post # 12
    Member
    795 posts
    Busy bee

    @IheartUFC:  I absolutely love my dog, but it has been hard. He’s a Rottweiler, and sadly it’s very difficult to find houses to rent and places to board him when I need to go out of town. We leave for Breckenridge at the end of this month, and I’m having to take him with me to Oklahoma so that my ex can watch him. (I have to drive there anyway, but still) He is a handful and people are generally scared of him. He is great with other animals, and good with people as long as they don’t get in his face if they are strangers. At least I feel safe when jogging, people literally won’t come near me. If I had it to do over again, I would’ve waited until we owned a house.

    Post # 13
    Member
    4601 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I don’t regret my dogs at all! One of them is perfectly behaved and the other one eats everything he can get his mouth on. Will I be glad when he stops teething? Absolutely! But I don’t regret either of them for a second. 

    ETA: I will say that the puppy stages have been REALLY trying. My lab mix eats everything. The drywall, the couch, pillows, blankets, sheets… and we crate him (I didn’t know much about crate training when I first got him) and there were times when I thought that maybe I wasn’t ready to handle this, but he really is a loving and sweet puppy. I’ve just learned how to deal with his high energy better. My older dog is a bulldog and total couch potato. He’s never been that energetic, so going from super easy to train and completely laid back dog to super high strung and destructive dog has been a real eye opener.

    Post # 14
    Member
    8518 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    There are times I question why I have dogs, let alone 3 of them, haha. But as a whole, I dont regret having them.

    Post # 15
    Member
    9226 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I have two dogs. I don’t regret my parents getting them, even though one of them can be a bit nuts. They are family, I love them like they’re my children. I do not regret getting them for one second, not even when my youngest brings her bone onto my bed!

    Post # 16
    Member
    2474 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Definitely don’t regret getting our dog. 🙂 He’s 7 and well-trained. There have a been a few accidents here and there, but mostly he’s really good.

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