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Old 01-13-2010, 02:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If your husband/wife hated the dog you have, (got after the relationship started fyi) (the dog truely is a good dog) and its starting to tear the relationship appart, what would you do??

Keep the dog or get rid of it?

Also IF you ended up getting rid of the dog (mostly likely will happen in my case) how would you feel towards that person??

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Old 01-13-2010, 02:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you allow a dog to tear your relationship apart, just how strong is your relationship?

And if a dog is causing this much trouble, just wait until you have disagreements about raising children.

If it was a joint decision to get the dog (you said done after together), and its a good dog, then keep the dog and work on your communication skills!
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Have to agree with nice777guy:

1. Did you get the dog together, or did you bring it home one day?
2. Has he/she animal friendly in general?
3. Is the dog just a superficial problem for a much deeper issue?
4. Is keeping a dog really worth losing your marriage over?
5. Who does the bulk of work? It would cause some friction is he/she was stuck doing the bulk of the animal care.

Just some thoughts.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks for your replies!

I do all the animal care..

he is not an animal person at all...so this is my fault, should have known not to get him but he said yes to keep me happy. Plus this is a large dog that is a velcro dog and my H cannot stand to be sniffed or licked

We already have a child and one on the way and things are fine with that its just animals and him beleiving they all belong outside and this breed cannot be outside due to its thin coat. plus dog should be left outside 24/7

When the dog is inside my H and I fight about him and how he needs to be outside and he makes it clear he hates him every day. So pretty much if the dog is inside he leaves...

Im planning on giving the dog to the breeder friday. Im doing this for my dogs sake. He is a pretty good dog, a bit protective of his bones and we have had a few growling issues (now only gets them in his crate and havent had an issues since) so my H has 0 trust in him and is on gaurd 24/7 waiting for him to attack our DD...this is no way to live for anyone. I know a few friends pump bad ideas into his head about the dog too.

I feel we have a good relationship, problems like anyone but we've made it thru raising a baby, crazy a** family, deaths, cheating(my fault..), Im learning to pick my battles and I seem to have lost the dog one..who knows maybe its my guilt thats making me throw in the towel but I cant keep fighting this one..specially when our next baby gets here.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That's so sad. my H and i fight about the rules with our dog all the time. My H is like yours, wants her outside all the time, etc.

in your situation i can see that youd need to get rid of your dog. and if you can give him back to the breeder that will make it a little easier.

I was just curious though, do you have similar fights on dealing with your child?
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It's not all your fault. If he is so against having an animal in the house he should not have said yes. I am like your h, have no desire to have animals and for me I am very allergic so it's not possible anyway but even if I weren't I also don't like dogs sniffing/licking me. But I could not see myself saying yes if my h wanted a dog...thankfully, we both feel the same way about it.

So from my standpoint, I can easily say getting rid of the dog is the right decision, but I know for many their dog is part of the family.
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we get a long pretty well when it comes to our child but shes still young so I think when teenager stage, dating starts, the big choices in life ages then we'll have our share of issues
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If you got it from a breeder, I'm guessing a good home can still be found for the dog. Plus with "one on the way" this is something you don't need to be dealing with.

Try again in 5 years, when the kids are old enough to help you convince your husband that being sniffed and licked ain't all that bad!
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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hmmmm I am so torn with this one. I have 3 dogs, all rescues and they are my family. My H can't stand dogs either. He is no longer living at home and I am very thankful I have my dogs. They make me and the kids feel safe now that big strong daddy isn't there.
I say if you can find a great home for the dog then its not that bad. If you were thinking shelter I would have had a fit. Let us know what happens.
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I'm definitely going to give my .02 on this one. I love all animals but am having an issue as well with my wife and the dog we got from the pound this last summer. The dog is a smaller size dog but is positively hyper active. It also chews and destroys everything when not supervised. It also has a thin coat so outside, even down here in the south, is not really an option during the winter months for any prolonged period of time. We have had fights about this same dog and it does put a wall up between us sometimes. We have a child on the way so I fear about this dogs behavior around a new born baby or a child for that matter. I have had to become the disciplinarian since we got it even though my wife does discipline as well. The problem is my deep voice and a stronger sting on the dogs butt from my swatting her had definitely gotten the dogs attention over my wife's softer voice and lighter spank (strength related basically). So if my wife disciplines the dog it will think absolutely nothing of the event, literally wags its tail jumping up and down from her discipline while if I do it the dog recognizes oh Cr*p I did something bad. The wife even at one point was going to get rid of the dog and I had to stop her because I know she would hold it against me just as I believe anyone likely would.

I have no idea what the perfect answer is. I have asked my wife to try and level off the descipline so we both are balanced in how we deal with the dog. However, I doubt I will ever see this dog behave like the other dog we have which is an exact opposite of this dog.

By the way, this dog has destroyed a ton of stuff. Chewed the base boards off in our bathroom. Pee'd everywhere in the house (though this problem is significantly less now), bent the diamond/mount on her wedding band over when the dog caught her tooth on it from jumping up and down with my wife, chewed through two new bedding sets, and on and on.
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It may seem a touch decision, but providing the dog with a happy home where EVERY PERSON wants him is the best for him.

It's also the best for your husband too, and in the end, you. As for how you'll feel afterwards, that has a lot to do with how open your communication is. Talk to him about why he isn't willing to bend in this way (aka really listen to him). Let him know how it makes you feel to give up a loving pet. But then, at the end of the day, understand that you are putting his needs first because you love him. It's your choice, not his. Be proud of yourself that you could set your feelings aside in this way and please your man.

But above all, keep talking about it. Don't let it fester.
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Old 01-14-2010, 01:05 PM   #12 (permalink)
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NB, it sounds like you are in need of Cesar Milan!

It sounds like your dog could use a lot more exercise. Usually they wind up chewing/destroying things because they are bored. How often is it walked and for how long? Do you have a treadmill at home that you could teach it to walk on in lieu of long outside walks?
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Old 01-14-2010, 01:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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If your dog is showing any sign of aggression over food/bones, you are MUCH better off getting rid of it. Talk to an ER nurse or doctor about the # of dog bites on kids' faces they see, and how horrifying this is.

I'm a dog lover but had to choose between my dog and my kid--no contest. A toddler and a dog are just a bad mix UNLESS it is the kind of dog that LOVES to be jumped on, fallen on, etc. Any time a dog demonstrates aggression toward a human, however, you are looking at a serious disciplinary issue and one that will take time and energy you really don't have until your kids are grown more. Let go now, admit it was a mistake, communicate to your husband that you appreciate his willingness to give it a try and hope this failure won't prevent a future attempt at dog ownership when the kids are grown some.

Next time, get a hardier breed which can happily spend more time outside, to reduce tension. Keep the dog in when dh is out, and out when dh is in. While dogs love to be around people, it is not essential for their happiness to be close 24/7 (and remember how much and how easily they sleep!). Good luck.
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