Has Anyone Had To Get Rid Of Their Dog

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Mel - March 14

We have a 2 year old lab that is out of control. We have had formal training with this dog and he is just plain wild! I don't know how I will have a new baby around this dog. He also has a horrible habit of eating his own feces. We have taken him to the vet for this problem and we give him medication but it doesn't seem to help. He comes in the house and then vomits the feces he has eaten all over our floor. We love this dog but I am afraid when this baby gets here we may have to find him a new home? Any advice?

 

levi - March 14

Hi mel, have you spoke to your midwife about the dog, maybe she can give you some advice on what to do. I would maybe get another trainer in and see if that helps, also you could try pinching a dolly from some where and take it home and sit and cuddle it in front of the dog and see how he reacts. I have a cavalier king charles and luckily he is used to kids because i have 4 girls already but i would not trust him 100%. hope this helps good luck.

 

levi - March 14

sorry mel i forgot to add my husband used to work in a pet shop so i asked him about the dog eating his own feaces, he said the dog may need to have his food changed as he may be lacking in calcium and other vitamins, he also said that if the dog bites or chews his own paws that might be an indication aswell.

 

Mel - March 14

My dog is very used to kids he is just a really aggressive wild dog. He jumps all the time when he is excited and has almost knocked me down the stairs a couple of times. He is really good when my husband is around but when I am here he is out of control. He has a real listening problem.

 

Heather - March 14

I know that most people think they are HORRIGLE (I totaly did before) but you might think about getting a shock collar. Two jolts is all it took for my Lab to stop jumping. Never use the collar anymore and he doesn't jump. Also... If this dog is only 2 years old... He's still just a puppy... They don't start coming out of that "wild puppy" stage until around 2. We ended up getting another dog to help with the over active problem... Worked great! They are active together... We now have 3 and they all play together and burn off that energy without tearing us up. Good luck!! Oh... as for the eating his own feces... You may change his dog food. Or you can pick up the vitimans at the pet store that makes it really sour. You give that to him in his food for like 2 weeks and he stops eating it... Had the same problem with my smallest dog. She doesn't do it anymore. Good luck!!!

 

Mel - March 14

Thanks for your help we did the dog food change he is now on IAMs. I will look for some vitamins.

 

Lovely - March 14

As for the jumping, sounds harsh.. but when he/she jumps up, knee him in the chest and say a firm, sharp "off!" at the same time. We have a 3 year old yellow lab, who jumps like a bean all around us, but never puts a paw on us. A few good knees in the chest.. I promise he won't jump up any more. Also, if he listens while your hubby is around, but not you, the dog doesn't see you as much of a threat as your hubby. Be FIRM!!!!!!!!! Let the dog know that YOU are in charge.. not him! Doesn't sound as though he believes this. We used to have a rottweiler years ago who I trained faithfully. He had the fear of God, as far as I was concerned, but believe it or not, he didn't listen to my hubby. When our baby came along, all hell broke loose, because I was often tied up with the baby, and the hubby had no control. When my son was just over a year old, our dog bit him, right below the eye. That was the last day that dog live in our house. Training. Training. Training. Remeber, these are domesticated WOLVES we have in our houses! Hope this helps!

 

Mel - March 14

Thanks lovely. Your post helps. The problem with this dog is that he is just stubborn. I often have to keep him in our laundry room when we have guests because he is so wild.

 

Heidi - March 14

Take your dog to a beginners obedience cla__s. You can stop all these bad habits if you find a good instructor. As for the eating feces part, they do make a spray you can put on their food that stops them from eating it. My dog never did it but my mom's beagle does all the time. Ask you vet. DO NOT knee your dog in the chest. This can only injur your dog. I had a problem with my golden retriever at age one. He was very hyper. I started him in obedience cla__s and started using a prong collar CORRECTLY under guidance of my instructor. He's the most gentle giant now, and he's 5. They do settle down with age but you need to take the upper hand. If your dog is jumping, make him drag a 5 foot leash around the house with him. If he tries to jump, stand on the least so he cannot get his feet off the ground and say OFF. Not down. I spent $80 for 8 lessons and they were a lifesaver. Try to get your dog in one before the baby is born so you don't have to get rid of your dog. If you have any questions please ask! I have a lot of experience with dog handling. Your dog can be reconditioned!!!

 

Beth S - March 14

hi mel. i know exactly what you are going through because im dealing with the same dilemma we have also tried the meds, training, shock collar all of it. my husband and i are in the middle of discussing this problem and while i love this dog to no end we may end up getting rid of him because my child definately comes first.

 

To Mel - March 14

I know just how you feel! I have four dogs that live in the house and every d__n one of them is hyper! I don't know what I am going to do when my baby gets here (in 11 weeks). I am so stressed out. I do not want to give them up cause I know they would be miserable as well as I. My only solution is to keep them locked up and not let them near the baby for a while. My hubby is putting kennels outside for them to stay in during the day. I hope it all works out. I wish you luck as well.

 

leslie to levi - March 14

hey levi I was just reading your post about the dogs eating their feces and biting their paws,and my little yorkie does that!! is that very bad? I have not seen her eat her feces but she does play with them..I know this has nothing to do with pregnancy but now I am concerned...should I maybe change her food? or take her to the vet?

 

Mel - March 14

Thanks for all the help. Yeah the eating feces he has done since he was a puppy and we have put stuff on his food and he still eats it. I think it has become such a habit that he can't stop. It is especially hard in the winter because that is when he really goes to town because it's frozen. I have taken him to dog training cla__ses and he is great while at the training but when he comes home it is a different story. He does this thing where he gets excited so he runs around the house as fast as he can with his tail between his legs and anything in his way is getting knocked over and then I can't catch him to punish him. I guess I am just freakin out because I know that at this point I couldn't even set the baby on a blanket on the floor. Thanks for the advice.

 

Serenna - March 14

Mel, i have the same problem, i have a 4 months old Husky that know's what's right and wrong but yet is so d__n hard headed he wants to do what he wants. He runs around my coffee table, banging his head, jumping on the couches, running people over, knocking stuff off the table, and there is nothin that u can do to stop him. I can only imagine what's goin to happen when he is full grown, he's goin to take my table with him, and i am o sooo scared about what's goin to happen when my baby comes. Everyone i talk to tells me that huskies never grow out of there hard headedness, that they always want to b boss, and they will always b hyperactive. Sorry i couldn't give u any advice but just wanted to let u know ur not the only one goin through this. Good Luck!!

 

Mary - March 14

I am a dog trainer and I own 3 dogs myself. A dog that eats poop has what is called Coprophagia and it is very hard to correct. There is not one reason why dogs do it - and solutions to not work for all. A product called Deter seems to help mine, however, during the winter frozen months here in Upstate NY, nothing works. One of my dogs used to eat poops and barf it inside the house, so horrible. He got used to the poops now .. yuck, but true. if you cannot live in peace knowing your dogs eat poop: The solution I give my clients - spend time upfront by walking with your dog and immediately picking up after it. I am however, always trying to invent a muzzle that will cover the mouth and not restrict movement or breathing, just will not allow doggies to eat poop while running free at the park :)

 

E - March 14

Serenna, I have a three year old Husky. She is wild and crazy also but she's starting to calm down. She's much better then she was a year ago. We have two cats and she now leaves them alone. She also stopped chewwing on our stuff. We didn't take her to training or anything so just hang in there. All dogs are hyper the first couple of years. (This sounds really mean but give him a toy then take it away until he is calm, it will show who is boss and reward him.) Just stick with it and hopefully he will grow out of it. Mine did. Good Luck

 

Serenna - March 14

E, have a couple ??'s for u if u don't mind? Is your husky a male or female? And do you think that might make a difference? Mine is a male. I also have two cats, of which can't stand Logan (the dog), we can't let him upstairs cuz he like to eat the cat's poop, this makes him sick and us sick when we see that he does it, so we baby gate the stairs to keep him down here. Did you have prob with this? Thanks for your advice.

 

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