Hi guys, I'm new to this forum and I'm posting this as alast ditched attempt to get a little advice, maybe a few words of hope beforewe take the puppy back to the breeder she came from and never go back. this post is a bit of a rant, but I'm hoping to hear from other people, who camein to owning dogs, perhaps a family member died and you were left with the dog, or maybe your friends asked you to help out when they had to move and couldn’t take their dog.
I need a story with a happy ending of people who were once begrudging dog owners, and are now happy dog owners to give me a little hope in my situation...
My big brother (23) completely out of the blue, decided to go and get himself a German Sheppard puppy. To be honest I'm pretty sure the only reason he got this idea was to impress a girl... When he first voiced this idea, the whole family was against it. No one wanted to deal with the mess,noise, work involved, but he ignored our concerns insisting that we wouldn’t needto be involved because he would do everything. We all laughed out loud at that,since he isn’t responsible for anything!
So one day, much to my alarm, he comes home with a 4/5 monthold pure bred, female German Sheppard puppy. This is without any warning, hehad been talking about getting this dog, but we didn’t think he would actuallygo through with it. The house hadn’t been prepared, nor the yard, our two petcats were certainly less than impressed that they hadn’t been notified aboutthe new member of the family...
When she came to us at 4/5 months, the puppy had only everseen the inside of the breeders grounds and only ever played with other German Sheppard’s. She had never seen another breed of dog,seen cat, worn a collar, or been on a lead. She didn’t know any basic commands or have toilet training.
The first weekend we had Rouge, she went to puppy school,but only two lessons in, it finished for the Christmas break. Jason attemptedto do a bit of training with her on his own at home, but he pretty much just gave up shortly after, more interested in going out with friends, or doing prettymuch anything else.
Her first night at home, she was put to bed in her crate,and she howled and cried and barked all night. No one got any sleep, we all hadto keep getting up to check on her in case she hurt herself from trying to get out of her crate. If I was beside myself with anger then, it’s nothing to how Ifeel now. It has now been about 4 months the puppy is getting bigger, she isabout 7/8 months old and my brother has taken ZERO responsibility for HIS dog. Andwe are all at our absolute end.
It became very clear very quickly, that as much as it wasn’t anyone else’s responsibility to look after her, we (the other members of thefamily) would have to step up in a major way with the dog, even if it was just to stop her destroying the house.
My mum, sister and I are just really fed up. It seems likeour lives just revolve around picking up dog poo from all around the house becauseshe still isn’t toilet trained and trying to stop her from barking her head off at anyone that walks past our yard, or stopping her from trying to eat our cats.She keeps us up ALL night with her barking, and scratching at the door. I'm just surprised no one in the neighbourhood has made a noise complaint about her yet.
My brother is moving out of home in a few weeks, and his room mates are refusing to let the dog come. So as much as we were looking forward to seeing the back of the both of them, it doesn’t look like it’s going to workout that way. Mum says it would be cruel to force Jason to take Rouge with him when he moves out, because we know he won’t pay her any attention, and we now just have to take the dog on as our dog and try and sort her out.
I know that this forum isn’t about lazy older brothers, and alot of Rouges issues can be sorted with good training, but when I didn’t ask for any of this, I haven’t had a decent sleep in months, and she has started to bite us,I just feel really disheartened.
Has anyone been in a similar situation? Did you manage toturn it around and build a satisfying relationship with your dog?