Roommate's approach to fixing his dog's bad behaviour is through telling him "don't do that", and my cat is in constant fear.
April 6, 2012 2:47 PM Subscribe
Roommate's dog is untrained and terrorises cats. The roommate won't do anything really (except verbally address his dog "don't do that") Needless to say the dog does many things that are bad besides terrorizing my cat and another roommate's cat
Like a parent with an out of control child, what do you do???
posted by pixienat to Human Relations (34 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best possible solution to this ordeal of my roommate's untrained dog and my desire to not have my cat live in constant fear?
Has anyone dealt with a situation similar to this? If so how did you fix it/approach it? The roommate does NOTHING to fix his dog's bad behaviour, except "tell" the dog to "not do that" -_____-But the dog just won't listen!! Gee I wonder why??? -___-
Some basic info:
I just adopted a cat last Saturday. I must also note that another roommate (I live with 6 people) also has a cat. I treat my cat as if he was my child, and I don't want him to leave my room, really because I'm scared that the dog who is untrained and unruly wil chase/and or injure the cat in some way. The other day I let the cat go down to the second floor (I live on the third floor of a 3-story house), and he was checking out the metal staircase that leads down to the third floor..where the dog lives. The stairs have gaps between each step. The cat was so startled by the dog's sudden barking, that he slipped and almost fell through a gap between a stair, got its leg caught in another one (could have easily broken its leg..) and rushed up back to my room.
This really pissed me off. I'll also add that the dog does the following:
-We have a whiteboard in the kitchen, and the dog's owner will write "Please don't leave food out/ containers on the floor because the dog will eat it and get sick"
I can't leave cat food out in the kitchen to feed the cats because the dog will eat it, his owner will get mad and express so on the board, which he has done several times...(what's the difference between dry dog food and dry cat food...???) This being said I must feed the cat in my room. Which sort of sucks.
-The dog will tear through garbage and eat anything that in sight that is food. He hovers like a hawk when someone is eating anything in the kitchen. Dozens of times the dog has taken garbage...and teared it to pieces all over the living room. My roommate only tells his dog "don't do that" but GEE how come the dog continues to do this? He's also torn through an entire bag of garbage...trash was everywhere...and the composte bin must be locked because he goes through that too.
-This week he barked NON-STOP for 3 days in a row.
Like I said I treat my cat as if he was my kid. I view my roommate's constantly barking dog as an out of control child whose parent(s) failed to bring it up correctly. My cat lives in the house too, and shouldn't have to live in constant fear, or even injure itself because this dog is untrained.
I really want to spray the dog with water anytime it does something that it should be corrected on but I don't want to create problems in the house!!