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rehoming a dog nobody would want

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wishesandkisses Mon 04-Jan-16 18:26:21

Yes it sounds totally harsh but honestly its the truth. He's completely in your face constantly, steals, pulls, chases sheep, pees from anxiety issues. Literally everywhere. But these aren't the reasons I am considering rehoming him. We both work full time jobs (nothing we intended when we bought him) and its becoming a point where it's unfair on him because we don't have time for him anymore and I feel he has no quality of life.

When I leave he has Kong's, treats his everywhere, 2 visits and a dog walker. And I still come home to a destroyed house, piss on the floor and sofa and an over excited dog. I feel we have no joy from each other anymore and it would be cruel to keep him like this forever.

But I don't want to give him to a rescue because I fear he will be there forever and he needs lots of love and cuddles which he won't get.

Please don't give me harsh critisms because its obvious that I should have thought ahead but I never expected that we would need 2 full time jobs to keep us afloat. He can't even go to family houses during the day because he pisses everywhere and ruins their furniture too. Is there a way out of this?

kimlo Mon 04-Jan-16 19:01:39

I have to be honest I know nothing about dogs, but could you send him to a day care? My friends dogs go to one and love it.

Maryz Mon 04-Jan-16 19:07:14

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wishesandkisses Mon 04-Jan-16 19:07:28

It nearly costs as much as childcare which we already pay for. Would be pointless me working sad

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Mon 04-Jan-16 19:09:34

Is he ok when someone is at home? If so he might be ok for someone who is at home all the time, so a retired person?

BabyGanoush Mon 04-Jan-16 19:09:53

What breed?

Some breeds really need a lot of company to feel calm

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Mon 04-Jan-16 19:10:13

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doitanyways Mon 04-Jan-16 19:10:22

That sounds really tricky, and I would look into rehoming but do it myself rather than look in kennels.

wishesandkisses Mon 04-Jan-16 19:10:43

I've contacted his breeder already, even offering to pay his food/vets whilst he is rehomed but he says he doesn't have the room for another fully grown dog

doitanyways Mon 04-Jan-16 19:11:55

What breed is he?

lougle Mon 04-Jan-16 19:12:18

Poor dog and poor you sad I hope you can find him a more suitable home.

wishesandkisses Mon 04-Jan-16 19:12:30

I would love him to go to a home where he would be walked and happy but I fear either nobody would turn up or somebody who likes his price tag rather than him and his complex needs

wishesandkisses Mon 04-Jan-16 19:12:51

(Just to clarify he is walked now)

wishesandkisses Mon 04-Jan-16 19:15:44

He's a beagle x cocker spaniel

Maryz Mon 04-Jan-16 19:16:48

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rudolphistheboss Mon 04-Jan-16 19:17:42

Have you tried crate training? I had an anxious, over excitable daft puppy who had been badly neglected before I found him. He was a different dog once crate trained and he loved his crate, right into his old age. We treated it like his bedroom so it was a nice place for him to go, and they are much less likely to pee somewhere they have to lie down. He also wouldn't be able to trash tour furniture. Could be worth it for the short term but it really doesn't sound like you're about enough for him. If you crate trained him now he might be a more attractive proposition for rehoming as he could then be described as 'house trained' and may even be calmer. Worked for us.

Maryz Mon 04-Jan-16 19:18:35

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WhoTheFuckIsSimon Mon 04-Jan-16 19:21:25

But could a dg really be left in a crate all day, five days a week?

No idea as I dnt use a crate for my dog but it doesn't seem very nice. For short periods fair enough??

Karatedoormat Mon 04-Jan-16 19:22:01

I worried you were going to say beagle.

I've crate trained a very anxious older dog with great success. It was a rescue we didn't have from a puppy.

We've paid a bloody fortune in behaviour advice etc but totally worth it.

I never would have thought it was possible to crate train an adult dog but it was.

Huge sympathies - very high energy breeds!

Karatedoormat Mon 04-Jan-16 19:22:23

But no - not all day!

horseygeorgie Mon 04-Jan-16 19:23:00

How old is he? He sounds very anxious and under stimulated tbh. Do you have other dogs?

ingeniousidiot Mon 04-Jan-16 19:26:22

How old is he? And how long have you had him?

Claraoswald36 Mon 04-Jan-16 19:37:42

Also asking what's he like with other dogs? How old? Roughly where are you op?

wishesandkisses Mon 04-Jan-16 20:05:18

Crate training hasn't worked, me and my partner have been thinking about a trainer for a while now but it doesn't make up for our presence no matter how much he is trained. Saying that, its still under consideration. We've had him since 11 weeks. Breeder is a hunting dog breeder I.e the mix. His dogs looked cared for and it may seem stupid but at the time, that's all we were interested in.

He's ace with other dogs, just wants to play, very submissive and unaggressive.

Booboostwo Mon 04-Jan-16 20:20:16

I think it's worth looking into the urination problem because even if you do rehome him he will be easier to rehome without this problem.

Has he seen a vet to rule out a physical problem? Have you tried stress relief products like Adaptil, Zylkene and if these fail Prozac. Prozac has good results with stress urination, talk to your vet about it. What do you do when you leave him? Can you confine him to a part of the house that is easier to clean and distract him with chews, Kongs, etc.? How do you clean his accidents? It is important to get rid of the smell, the new enzyme cleaners are good for this like simple solution.

The sheep chasing would be less of a problem in an environment without sheep but you must keep him on lead around them otherwise you risk both his and the sheep's welfare.

Pulling and stealing food can be managed with training. Have you been able to take him to any training classes?

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