labst60 Posted July 31, 2012 Share Posted July 31, 2012 I'm at my wits end with our dog and I really don't know what to do.... He's a 1 year old Maltese - about 4lbs - and as sweet as can be.. gentle with the kids and doesn't bark too much considering he is a toy breed. But he poops in the house. every. single. day. Making a long story short.... last summer when we got him and within 2 weeks our life was completely and unexpectedly turned upside down. DH took a job 900 miles away - I was flying solo w. 3 kids (1 was 6 months) and the new dog. Then we moved, etc. It hasn't been fair for him b/c there is hasn't been consistent training, etc but honestly, I'm at full capactity. If things had never changed, I could have trained the dog (as planned). Dh is no help. I guess he sees no problem with poop in the house. I still nurse the baby at night and she sleeps in our bed (baby, no dog). So, he is to bed later and up earlier. He **REFUSES** to take the dog for a short walk. He's not physically unable - he goes to the gym 3 nights a week - he just won't walk the dog for 10 minutes. His reason - "he never wanted a dog." Well - before we made the commitment, I told him we were IN ThIS TOGETHER. He apparently didn't want to be the meanine who said 'no". Well, that would have ben better than this. I never "wanted to move away from all my family and friends" and have to set up a "temporary home", but I did it b/c he wanted this opportunity, yet he will not consistently take the dog out. He will open the door and if the dog goes out and pees, great. If not, he'll either stick him in his pen or let him roam the house. DD7 cries whenever I talk about getting rid of the dog. And complains whenever I tell her to take him for a walk. And for the record - we live in a beautiful, safe place. One of Forbes top 10 beautiful towns- so it isnt like it is huge punishment to have to go outside here! I logically know the only way it will get done is if I do it. But honestly, I'm at capactity. Whenever ANYTHING new comes up, it falls on MY plate. I'm borderline miserable between the kids lack of obedience, DH's indifference and the darned dog. I just can't add "train dog" to my plate. For the record, I think he is completely trainable - whenever given the proper chance at the right time, he does go outside. Right now, there is a "3 strikes" sign up on the fridge. I've vowed to get rid of him at 3. I don't know if I'll really do it. Dh wouldn't care if I did. He doesn't really care if we keep the dog - but he won't get rid of him himself. He'll wait until I've had it and get rid of him b/c then I'm the "bad guy". Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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