(Closed) I Dont Want To Get Rid Of My Dog… But DH Is At The End Of His Rope

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Sorry you are having puppy troubles!  Have you thought about having someone work one on one with you two and the dog? (er, one on two?) It sounds like, although extraordinarily frustrating, this behaviors aren’t so crazy that they aren’t fixable with some proper training.  I know the humane society here just opened a hotline for people to call with behavior issue questions, can you look for something like that?

Best of luck to you!  

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

You need to hire a one on one trainer/ animal behaviorist!!!! I bet he can be fixed pretty quickly. I don’t know WHAT to do but that’s a great place to start!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The bed-pooping is trying to tell you something. It’s just hard to figure out what. How are you reacting when he poops elsewhere inside the house? How about when he poops outside– do you praise him? give  a treat? Or turn around and walk back in the house?  (if you’re not praising him for pooping outside and ending your walks, then he may associate pooping with the end of his fun time outside, hence the reluctance to poop outside.)

You may need to get a proper trainer who is experienced with animal behavior and not the petsmart-type group classes. Your dog’s behavior can definitely be corrected but you and the dog have to start speaking the same language. 

The chewing may be from boredom but I’d focus on the pooping first. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

he sounds lonely when you’re at work looks like he wants attention, aw poor puppy, I can see your dillemma though I have a friend who had  this chocolate laborador show upon her doorstep, he’s a adorable and the sweetest thing but a handful like he had been abused before and needs so much attention, almost like a problem child; don’t know if they have dog psychologists

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@fishbone:  Agree.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m echoing hiring a one-on-one trainer. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Mrs_Amanda:  I’m sure they are expensive, but so are dogs.  We just spent over $1000 on healthcare for one dog and might be spending about double that on some additional testing. It will be worth it to have a well behaved dog though!  

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Depending on where you live you can do it for $100-200. This usually includes a session that is a couple of hours & follow up. In the scope of things it is not that much for the cost of his life! You guys committed to him & he would likely be put down in a shelter. These are fixable issues- its just a lot! My dog was SOOO naughty the first 6 mos I had him that I was trying to give him away. Now he’s my angel cookie & I die for him. You guys can do it!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Is he fixed? The peeing on stuff and people can be attributed to that. If he isn’t, it may take away some of his more outgoing personality behaviors. 

And then, if he is, I’d get a behavioral specialist on this ASAP. Also, try exercising him more. I know he is reluctant to go outside, but bring him on long walks with lots of treats and try toys like puzzle games. 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

You need an animal behaviorist. I don’t mean a regular trainer, a BEHAVIORIST. It isn’t doggy therapy, either. They evaluate your dog and you. Then they tell YOU what to do.

 

Ask for referrals from the vet or the humane society.

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