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

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 123
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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@MrsTahoe:  haha, yeah he’s actually done a lot worse than that. I always feel for people with tough dogs, because I’ve been there!

Post # 124
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I am so so happy you havent givent up on your puppy yet.  He sounds very very young and exactly like my dog before he turned 2 years old.  

Just a little story:  My dog always used to dig up the back yard and kill our plants.  This is all normal dog behavior because dogs like to dig. But every time we yelled at them, it would only get worse, to the point where they would dig up the plant and lay it down at our feet.  Well,long story short, we finally figured out that he would only dig in places where my dad was doing some gardening, and he pretty much only digged within a couple hours after seeing my dad dig.  We stopped thinking about our dog as a dog and more as a kid.  My brother and I used to mess up my dad’s work when we tried to copy him.  So, we thought maybe, what if our little puppy was trying to help our  dad do some gardening?  We started keeping him inside the house and occupied everytime my dad did the gardening, and he stopped the digging altogether!  =) Eventually we let him outside again when my dad did the gardening, but he figured out that since we kept him inside all those times before, we didn’t want him digging.  It’s been 10 years, and no more holes in the back yard.  =)

I’m telling you my little story so you know that sometimes it’s really hard to get inside a dog’s head.  there really is a reason to why it does some of the crazy things it does, like pooping where it sleeps.  Maybe he just doesn’t want anyone finding it.

But anyway, I’m so happy you’re working with your dog.  The poor thing.  

Post # 125
2776 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m so glad you were able to work with the dog.  I don’t know if I missed this part because I didn’t read all the before posts but did you get him from the shelter?  Getting a dog from the shelter is always a gamble, they are usually strays so nothing in known about them including their age which is determined by their teeth and opinion varies from vet to vet.

I got my dog from a shelter almost 6 months ago.  They told me he was about a year old but I think he was more like 10 months.  He had just been fixed before I got him and had a marking problem and was peeing and pooping in the house.  It took two days to get him to stop the peeing but it took months to get him to stop pooping in the house.  FI was super frustrated as was I.  He also destroyed paper, one day he ate A-E of my dictionary, and another time he ate through a cardboard box to eat a sanitary napkin.  The lastest victims to his oral fixation has been my panties but sadly only the pretty ones, so we have started to close the closet door.  But we decided to start crating him during the day, and keep him on a regular schedule so he wouldn’t “think” he wasn’t going out.  He was bad around food too and one time lept to eat one end of the crust of the slice of my pizza while it was still in my mouth!

Eventually the bad habits including the pooping stopped but one time he got sick and pooped in his crate and then he ate it and got sicker.  Im guessing he considered the crate a punishment or something. But the point is there is hope!  I dont think my dog will ever stop chewing things so I have made it a point to have stuff its okay for him to chew out all the time (bones and what not).  

And I’m sure this was said before but I am glad you didn’t take him to the shelter, owner surrenders are usually immediately put down when they enter a shelter.  Strays have more of a chance because legally the must be held for x amount of time.  If things don’t work out with the dog you should try to rehome him yourself or bring him to a no kill shelter otherwise its pretty certain he will be euthinized when he is surrendered.

Post # 126
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

ooooh I just wanted to chime in and say I’m glad you kept the puppy. Our rescue had us in tears for an entire year, peeing, pooping in the house, ripping things up, biting…he was such a mess. We stuck by it and he’s the best dog ever. It’s so much work but it sounds like you are making progress. Dogs can be more work than I ever thought possible!

Post # 127
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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@Mrs_Amanda:  Please do keep us updated! Ignoring him on the leash was perfect, he’s just testing your boundaries. Just last week my husband was out of town and I went back to bed after letting our dog out of the crate in the am. This is super common in our house, he’s very used to it. But for some reason he stood at our door and barked/whined for like 10 minutes to get me to come play. Ugh, I did ignore him & he eventually gave up, but I was thinking “don’t you know this won’t work by now?!” some dogs love to push it.

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