I know you have probably read a hundred threads like this but I am out of options and I am hoping you can give me some advice. I don't think my family likes my dog and I don't know what to do! My wife and I bought our 4 month old Cockerspaniel / Beagle cross about 3 months ago. He's a gorgeous white with black spot puppy but he is having a real hard time fitting in to the family. I have a 3 year old son and a new born. My wife and I originally thought it would be great for my son to have a family dog. Someone to play with and mess about with. Problem is my son really does not like him either. As we are now discovering puppies are quite hands on with little children with a lot of nipping and biting and jumping up and scratching. My son really does not like the dog. He is always screaming and running away as the puppy is chasing him down and nipping at him. Its really disappointing for me to see and im constantly having to keep a watch on them playing together and always end up shooing the dog away. How long will this go on for? Will it also happen with my new born son?
We have always given the puppy everything he needs. We spent good money on obedience training which worked really well, he eats really well (raw chicken carcases the whole bit) and I even repaired my gardens after he destroyed them. grr. but the reality is I just dont see us getting any joy out of him. Every time he is around he seems to be doing something which is annoying someone so he gets excluded. The whole cliche with the dog on the lawn wrestling around with the kids just has never happened. I honestly cant think of any times where there was a lot of joy in his company. It just seems like now that everything is a battle with him and we are always growling at him for doing something wrong.
I thought we were a dog family, but i think I was wrong. Help! He's a gorgeous puppy but I don't think we are the right family for him. Every time I bring this conversation up with my wife she dodges the issue. I dont know what to do but I do know that I do want the puppy to have the great life he deserves.