- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
In May, we brought home a 2-month-old puppy. I was a Stay-At-Home Mom, and I handled most of his training and care. He’s such a quick learner and did really well in his puppy classes. His trainer told me he had the perfect temperament for a therapy dog, which was something I really wanted to pursue.
Then, late summer, our financial situation changed unexpectedly, and I had to find a job. I’ve been working since late August, and his behavior has changed so much. It’s like he’s a different dog. He’s mouthy — like, his teeth will leave marks and imprints, and, recently, a scratch on my daughter’s leg. Maybe that doesn’t sound like much, but what if, next time, it’s more than a scratch? He jumps on people (and he’s 50 pounds with a pair of spring-loaded kangaroo hind legs, so that’s no joke). He jumped on my mom and scraped his teeth on her face. She’s terrified of him now. He snatches food from my daughter’s hands. He gets on the furniture. All these things he never did when I was at home caring for him properly. It breaks my heart.
I know it’s our fault for not keeping up with his training and teaching him proper behaviors. With my job and SO’s irregular work hours, there just seems to be no time left in the day for him. Even his daily walk usually gets shunted. It’s terrible.
I brought up to SO that I think it would be best for pup to find him a home where his family will have adequate time for him, but SO won’t hear it. Pup is his buddy and he loves him too much to give him up, but he doesn’t seem to want to put in the time to correct his behaviors, either. He won’t even take him on a walk when he gets home from work, even though he actually does have ample time to do so.
Bees, what would you do? I’m heartsick over this. I wish I could just go back to being a Stay-At-Home Mom and be able to give him the attention he needs. I love the little guy, too, but I want what’s best for him, and I’m afraid that, if his behavior continues to deteriorate, he’s gonna hurt someone. I know he can be so much better than that if given the proper attention and training, and he’s just not getting that with us.