What to do with a dog you end up not liking

@d_hapke (165)
United States
July 19, 2007 10:29pm CST
The story is - over a year ago, my mother-in-law calls me up and says she is at the shelter with my husband and I have every right to say no, BUT, there is this puppy that MUST come out of this shelter. Being an animal lover and a good obedient daughter-in-law, I said to her 'well, I'll come take a look at the dog'. At the time, I was looking for a new dog to add to our home. I felt pressured, but, felt obligated. She really liked this dog and it seemed like if I couldn't take care of it, she would. In reality, she wanted it, but, knew she was unable to take the dog in. Anyway--- I adopted the dog, $350 later (ouch, and not fixed on top of that!!!). A few months later, she was hit by a car in front of my entire family - kids and all! My sister-in-law and I rushed the dog to the Emer. Vets office and dropped another $600. Then I had to transport her 100 miles away to have her shattered pelvis repaired. That was another $3,000 that my sister-in-law (who lives with my mother-in-law) helped split the cost. Otherwise the vet would keep the dog and put her down after a certain period of time. Now, a year later, we really don't like this dog. she's a pain in the but. She keeps escaping our yard, abuses our german shepherd. Nips at anyone who gets close to her bad leg, scares off kids, digs in the garbage, I have to treat her for exposure to lyme because she keeps going in to the fields, pees on the rugs, eats the cats poop, and a million other annoying things. Bottom line.... the dog does not fit in with our family. What would you do? Take her back to the shelter? Drop her off at the in-laws? Own up to our responsibility (do you give your kids up because you don't like how they behave???) WWYD?
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@Calais (10899)
• Australia
20 Jul 07
Wow, for her to be that naughty, obviously she has not had much time spent with her...It sounds like a really sad situation...This poor innocent dog . I know that if it was me I would have to keep her and train her properly..Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment and I would put every effort into it to make it work both ways...Puppies are puppies and they do these things, they just need some guidence...
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@d_hapke (165)
• United States
20 Jul 07
I agree with you. But I am one person and I have three young kids, I freelance from home, my husband spends nearly all day working or commuting. I take her with me on errands to get her out. I have taught her commands. I take her with me and the kids to the park. I brush her, play ball with her, hide snacks for her when I'm gone. I really do try. I just don't know what else to do. Just today she ran circles around my nephew and terrorized him. On purpose? I don't know. She nipped at my neice once. My daughter sat on her foot and she nipped at her too. I know she has residual pain from the surgery, but, she just seems to be off. For a family pet, I don't think she's the right fit. What do I do? I can't see her being adopted again. That's why I won't put her in the shelter. I made a foolish commitment. But, it's a commitment nonetheless.
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@academic2 (7009)
• Uganda
10 Dec 07
There are people whose love for dogs never dry-we have dogs in our home and every time we get visitors they seem to like every dog we have, even those we realy hate both for their behaviour and for their looks. So as far as we are concern, there is no way I would have trouble with such a disgusting dog, I will simply give it out!
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• United States
26 Nov 07
She needs some training. But dogs can also sense when they are not wanted. And you mention that she keeps getting out. Well, usually its when a dog is bored or unsupervised they get out. Unless you don't have a fence at all. I would start interacting with the dog, go to an obedience class and when the dogs are outside, either take them on a leash to go to the bathroom or be out there talking to them. All of her behvaiors either say to me that you never really went through with training her. Or she does not get enough exercise or both. Exercise is not just letting them run around in the yard when they feel like it but walking with them, engaging their brain and hiking or swimming wsith tthem etc. But picking on the other dog - she may have some residual pain that she is reacting about. And I can't blame her for nipping about the leg. She needs pain meds or just people are going to have to gain her trust/be mindful of that leg. If you just give her up, you don't know what is going to happen to her. I suggest you work with your dog, show her some attention, give her some exercise and time with you and things will change.
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