I HATE MY DOG.
March 8, 2011 1:31 PM Subscribe
I own several dogs. I hate one of them. Help.
posted by anonymous to Pets & Animals (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Long story short, I have four rescue dogs. I love these guys with all my heart, but one of them, despite the amount of positive reinforcement training I have given him, grates on my nerves on a daily basis. First of all is his high-pitched, extremely shrill bark that affects me like nails across a chalkboard. The barking has diminished through constant training, but is not completely eliminated (will bark at noises I obviously can't hear myself). Secondly is the dog aggression towards strange dogs, that also will probably never disappear (though it can be managed.) Thirdly is the ungodly amount of energy, that despite HOURS of activity or mental training, never completely seems to burn off. Add this to several other minor issues that make me feel antagonistic to the poor little guy (like disrupting my sleep even though he's crate-trained). Clearly not his fault--this is my own issue I am struggling with day to day.
I like dogs. I LOVE my other dogs. I don't like THIS dog, despite having had him for a year and a half.
Is there a way I can grow to love this dog (he's four years old, btw, far past his puppy stage)? Does anyone care to share stories of "I hated my rescue dog at first, but grew to love him?" I need to change my perspective on him. Seriously, I'd love to give him away, but my spouse won't hear of it, and it's really not very nice now, is it? If there is a situation where he can be in a better home (like a place with 10 acres) I would gladly rehome him, but the probability of this happening is probably nil.
Help me live with this guy. Help me love him. Or at least not hate or resent him. Help.