- 7 years ago
Some of you may remember a few posts from a while back about Darling Husband and I adopting a puppy from the local shelter. He was cute, cuddly and exactly what we wanted. Except he isn’t.
We brought him home in February, and it has been an ongoing episode of Marley & Me ever since. Dog training classes? Well, considering he howled, barked and whined the entire time, for 6 weeks straight during the classes I would say that it was a total failure. He would listen at home with Darling Husband and myself, but around other people/dogs.. no dice.
We then took him around other dogs at the park, doggie dates with friends, and let him run free… only for him to still act like a total lunatic when other people were around. This included urinating on people deliberately.
Well, we figured it was a male dominance thing– and also because he is very “excited” when other people are around. So– we did like a lot of dog owners do and when we had company over, we would keep him in the back room.
Then the chewing started. Chewing the furniture, chewing DH’s leather shoes, chewing up garbage, underwear, blankets, pillows… anything that wasn’t in his cage became fair game. We would scold, we would spank, we would show him the “right” things to chew on. No improvement.
Then I noticed about a month ago he stopped going to the bathroom outside. If the ground was wet with dew he wouldn’t walk on it. He would stop at the edge of the porch and just look. If I dragged him onto the grass he would promptly jump back onto the porch. I couldn’t make him go, no matter how long we stayed out. As soon as he could go in his kennel, he would pee/poop on his bed.
This new trend of him pooping ON his bed has been going on for about a month now. We put him up, he poops and eats it. Then he vomits all on his bed.
It has been really difficult on Darling Husband and I because we love the dog– but he is destroying our stuff. He ” marks” everything, including OUR bed. If we put him to have sex, he promptly runs into the room and urinates on the bed! He doesn’t do it every time, but he has done it enough in the past month or so to really become a hassle. When he gets mad, he poops and he will either eat it or lay in it.
We give him loads of attention, and yes he has to stay in the kennel while we are at work, but our schedules are staggered so it is not like he locked up for 9-10 hours every day.
This week was BAD, like ” we can’t take it anymore ” bad. This morning he began chewing on DH’s new shoes ( because he chewed the old ones), and when I caught him I firmly told him “no”, showed him the object and put him in his cage. About 5 minutes later I check on him and he is mid squat poopng over his bed. Darling Husband has said that if he keeps acting out- he is going to the pound. I just dont want to take him back :/
We have taken him to the vet, and there’s nothing wrong with his diet, or abnormal about him! He just acts out when you make him do something he doesn’t want to do! I cannot let a 30 pound dog dictate when I eat dinner (because he begs)! I close all of the doors to the rooms he shouldn’t go in, pick up things he shouldn’t chew, but he still finds things to destory!
Uhm hello corner of the wall!
I don’t want to confine him to a cage 24 hours a day– but at this point– I don’t know how to rehabilitate this dog. We dont know much about him other than we think he is between 1-2 years old, a boxer/terrier mix of some sort, maybe even pit… we aren’t sure. He is well fed, exercised, loved… we take him to the vet and on doggie dates regularaly. I just give up.
Darling Husband is so, so , so fed up… I am afraid that this mornings episode from him will put the nail in coffin for him or whether or not to keep the dog.
Sorry this is so long… I am just torn up over what to do!