- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
I know I’ve vented about this on other threads before, but tonight I am seriously about to lose it on my dog – and by my dog, I mean DH’s dog, because I never in a million years would I have selected a breed that is known for being stubborn and difficult to potty train. I also would of made sure it was properly trained as a puppy, but I wasn’t around then.
I have tried EVERYTHING, and no matter what he pees all over the floor and keeps me up all night whining and scratching (DH is a heavy sleeper, so I’m the only one he wakes up). Before I lived here Darling Husband had a little room setup for him in the breezeway between the garage and house. I disliked this because you get really extreme temperatures in there during winter and summer, so now he has a crate in the laundry room. I have tried crate training and was super consistent and patient for a long time, but I CANNOT TAKE IT ANYMORE. Nothing works! In desperation I’ve tried letting him out of the crate, but then he scratches at the doors and still barks!
And the peeing problem..he pees EVERYWHERE. I’ve had him examined by several vets and there is nothing physically wrong, it is definitely a behavior issue as we let him out frequently and take him for walks on a regular basis. He gets lots of attention too, it is quite rare for him to be home alone bored all day or anything like that since DH’s work schedule and mine are not very much alike. He will be outside for quite some time playing and he’ll go to the bathroom…then we let him in the house and the second we’re not looking he pees! Our carpet is awful.
I am so exhausted from how much I wake up during the night that I just want to cry. I have a 4 page essay due in seven hours that I can’t seem to finish because he is driving me insane and I am so sleep deprived. It’s at the point that I do not want to go anywhere near him after/during these incidents because I am seriously afraid I am going to lose it on him, I just want to smack him so bad. I know that sounds cruel and stupid, but bees I am just so tired and so aggravated he won’t stop, and so frusturated with Darling Husband who thinks dog training would be a waste of money. But I’m stumped, I’ve tried all the methods that worked with the dogs I grew up with and he is just impossible.
He is only four, so I’m going to be dealing with this for a long time, and at the moment there is nothing I’d like more than to give him away because I can’t freaking take it anymore right now!!!! I was so ready to kill him that I finally put him in the breezeway even though it’s freezing, and now he is quiet…which makes no sense, he is noisy in the comfortable house but quiet and cooperative in the freezing room?
Sorry for writing a novel, but has anyone been through anything like this? Any advice?? And please be gentle – I know I probably sound like a dog hater, but I’m really not, I’ve always loved dogs but just can’t seem to make things work with this one and am on the verge of tears right now.