Re: Wife realizes now that she does not like living with my dog
I think it's wrong for people to label your wife as insensitive and heartless because she has come to realize she doesn't like living with a dog. That's absolutely her right to feel that way, some people don't like kids, some people hate smoking, so why is she so bad for not wanting to live with a dog? Yes she knew you had the dog before marrying you, and my guess is because she was in love with you she put her feelings aside hoping it would work out. How many of us here did the same thing when we married? So lets not shame your wife for giving it a try, let's figure out how to fix it.
The hair sucks, I have been there many times. The last German shepherd I had was a shedder, heck I remember opening my refrigerator and at times finding hair in the bottom, I hated it. So…bathe weekly, use conditioner, brush daily using the right kind of brush, it takes less than ten minutes. Also there are supplements you can give dogs to help control shedding, keep trying them until you find what works.
Begging should be stopped before it's ever started, never feed a dog people food, never tempt or reward a dog with people food. Now that he begs you need to un train him, and that's more difficult. During dinner gate him in another room, feed him at the same time, don't leave food in his dish 24/7 but start feeding at selected times, like when you are eating breakfast and dinner. Crate training is a must, dogs like to have a safe place, they will get so you can tell them to get in the crate and you don't even need to close the door, they will stay there until you call them out.
Keeping them off furniture and beds, you need to make it uncomfortable for them. Start with crumpled up newspaper or bubble wrap covering the surface, or boxes, bedrooms keep the door closed, or crate them when your not home.
Two of my biggest pet peeves with dogs are lickers and barkers, why someone would ever teach a dog to speak is beyond me, they know when they need to bark, you don't need to teach them to bark all the time! And I will say this once a dog gets in the habit of barking all the time that is one of the most difficult things to stop. The licking can be difficult as well, that's a natural show of affection for a dog. Both those habits can be broken with firm and consistent "no" commands, but it will take time if it's already their habit.
You may want to try some obedience classes to help you learn the right methods. And start running, it's good for you and good for the dog, they need that exercise to help burn off that nervous energy! Or even better maybe your wife can start running with the dog, of coarse if you mention that to her she's going to think you're criticizing her weight, on second thought maybe you shouldn't suggest that. lol
One last thing…don't go to her parents. That would be a d**k move.
Last edited by Cooper; 01-08-2017 at 07:39 AM.