Masha, MAC and Grey's are VERY correct IMO.
Getting another dog does not offer you any more promise that it will work out right. This issue has to be fixed with your ideas and your parents ideas before history will simply repeat itself. The chances are the same thing is going to happen again, and in that way i can understand where your parents are coming from.
You are a child, and putting all of this on you is very irresponsible as a parent IMO. Your parents need to be working together WITH YOU on this whole episode, okay, or it WILL NOT WORK.
Masha, I reckon you should give AGB's timetable idea a go. You're what, 15? 16? I know You feel your life is increadibly hard at the moment, trying to fit Dora in with school and your part time job and everything, but let me ask you something - how do you think you're going to cope with a dog as an adult? When you have to work 8hrs a day, travel to & from work, plus run a household? It's hard work Masha, trust me - I know. Start learning time management now... because you will need it. Everyone needs it.
As for your parents... i think you are being very mature by trying to have rational, responsible discussions with them and it's a shame they can't see that. Have you considered keeping Dora and rehoming your parents instead?
We just have different views on dogs. They think taht Dora's great for being so 'suspicious', I dont. They think that training her (obed club for instance) is unneeded, I don't. Thats why its so hard to convince them to work with me on this whole training thing.
Just make sure it's fun. If she's not getting something, don't push it, ask for something easy and finish with a game. Always end positively, always leave her wanting more. Even if it means you get 1 minute of 'work' for every 10 minutes of play, it's still a step in the right direction IYKWIM.
That sounds great, Angela. I feel like learning to use a clicker, so lets go with that
Masha would your parents be open to MAC and I visiting just to discuss the training side of things? Even if it's just to assess Dora and what she needs? As you admitted, YOU get upset which isn't helping Dora, that too can be discussed. I guess kind of like a mediation?
And I agree with the others, getting another dogs isn't going to be any different. I don't think badly of you for wanting it, but you will have the same problems no matter what breed.
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