HELP! I'm 39 weeks pregnant, living in a one bedroom with my loving but aggressive dog. Need advice!!
Hi! Puppy is a pomchi I had to take over caring for from my daughter. I'm 42, about to have a baby and my financial situation is bad as I lost my job. Its been just the 2of us until last year. I love him SO much, but his aggressiveness, barking at anything that goes past the window & extreme jealousy towards any attention I give others, (& continuing to pee everywhere despite my best efforts) has become OVERWHELMING with my baby due on April 30th. He takes all my energy! The stress this is causing me is killing the joy and anticipation I should b feeling right now. My apartment is too small for crate, and I couldn't keep him in one everytime I have baby out of the crib anyway. Plus his aggressiveness makes him unadoptable- so I've heard. I'm the only one who understands him or is feeling this (besides my daughter)- I just cant keep him here anymore! From researching, I'm afraid the best I can do for him is to have him put to sleep? So desperate& Need advice!
*also tries 2 bite othrs
on Apr 21st 2012
in Adoption & Rescue
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OK..first of all..if the appartment is big enough for the dog it is big enough for a crate! The crate should be just big enough for the dog to stand up & turn around comfortably.
Second..what training have you done with him to curb this behavior? There are many resources for training advice, classes, behaviorists, books.
Third..has he ever bitten anyone? If not, then his chances of being taken by a rescue are quite good.
Fourth..." I'm the only one who understands him" is just not true. If you truly understood him, you would not be having these issues now.
I would post this in the Forums section..Behavior & Training, if you want to fix the issue. If you don't have the energy, committment, or time (which is understandable with a baby on the way :) ) then rehoming would be your best option.
I'm with Wiley. Barking at the window, peeing in the house, "jealousy" etc, are normal and fixable dog behaviors (in the hands of a more experienced dog trainer.) Those things should not stop him from getting adopted.
The snapping/biting is more concerning. Like Wiley said, if he's gone all the way and already bitten (and drawn blood) on someone, that's bad. But "trying to bite" (air-snapping) is still workable, because it's a warning. Dogs usually have good bite control- if he wanted to really bite, he would.
It sounds like you're really overwhelmed though, and taking on a another project (training) would be just too much. Try contacting rescue groups in your area- Petfinder.com or a Google search might help. Or try finding a new home on Craigslist or other local classifieds- be honest about his issues of course, but play up his good qualities too.
Bruno CGC answered on 4/21/12. Helpful? / 1
I think you've answered your own question and you're being really sensible about it. I just had to put my dog to sleep because I couldn't in all consciousness put him in someone elses care. It was agonizing and tragic to go through and we miss him every day, but the peace and lack of stress that have come in it's wake really helped.
It also seems that the life of a really aggressive dog isn't a very happy one.
My thoughts are with you and let us know...whatever you decide. Us doggers are one supportive bunch.
Kayak answered on 5/24/12. Helpful? / 0
He needs exercise, training and socialization. If you can, hire a dog walker to take him walking once daily and get him involved in obedience training classes.
Aggression doesn't make dogs un-adoptable. He doesn't have aggression, he just needs exercise, training and socialization. Do not have him put to sleep, that's the last thing you should do.
There's many people who would take him in, believe me on this one.
Are you on Facebook? If so, please post a really good picture of him and a really good description of him on your page, your friend's pages, dog/pet and/or dog/pet related pages and dog/pet groups. You'll find him a home REALLY quickly if you would do all of the above.
Friend animal cross posters/animal lovers/rescues/shelters on Facebook, post on their pages about him.
Join all of the dog groups that you can that are active and have a lot of members in them. Post in all of these type of group about him.
Of course, if anyone is interested in rescuing him, ask them a series of questions, if they don't answer or decline/ignore your questions, they're not right for your dog. People you have a bad feeling about, they're not right for your dog or if someone answers one of the questions and doesn't answer it "right", they're not the right owners for the dog.
Meet up with potential adopters and do a home check. Good luck
Howard answered on 6/25/12. Helpful? / 0