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faileh 05-19-2014 10:50 PM

what to do what to do...
 
So I have officially graduated from college! Only took me forever but it finally happened :) Now I am in quite a predicament with my dog. She currently lives with my boyfriend (who has a house and I an apartment) 5 minutes away. I still see her everyday. I do not have a "big girl" job yet and am considering moving home with my parents for a while. They have tons of land and Barli does wonderful off leash in the yard playing fetch. She will play fetch allllll day if I allow it. The only problem is my little dog that lives with them HATES my sweet girl. She loves little dogs. I want her to move with me but don't know if its fair to her. Currently she has another big dog to live with that is my boyfriend's roommates. I don't want to separate them either. I just want to do what's right by her. My boyfriend may be moving to the area also and maybe it would be best for her to continue to live with him even without the other dog? So I am completely confused as to how to make her happiest:confused::wild:

Chip18 05-19-2014 10:58 PM

If you can't train an adjust the little dogs attitude...then don't place here there!

faileh 05-19-2014 11:14 PM

I am willing to train him. I am just not sure if he is willing to adjust. He has no manners what so ever and is a total alpha male at his whopping 5 pounds, which completely my fault, didn't know any better at the time. He is fine with her in the house and around as long as she isnt in his face. Which she doesn't understand. I figured it was best to leave her with him, but its completely breaking my heart. I need to find a great job and house fast!

selzer 05-20-2014 12:10 AM

If the dog is yours, then talk to your boy friend, and discuss it with him. If he expects you to take your dog, then you need to take your dog. And then you have to have a conversation with your parents, and possibly set up a temporary kennel for your dog so that when you are not right with him, he is totally separated from your parents' dog or dogs.

So you have to have a plan.

If your boyfriend is fine with keeping the dog temporarily it may be easier on the dog, if you do not move him to your parents, only to move him back out when you get your own place.

Moving back home is not always easy when you have been on your own. Else, we would all be living with our parents forever. Independence is hard to give up. So fewer changes might be better on your dog, as they are creatures of habit, and each change can reek havoc on them.

Why not just get married to your boy friend, kick out the roommate, and live with him and your dog? That seems the easiest route:rolleyes:. Kind of hard on the roommate though.:o

faileh 05-20-2014 11:18 AM

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Originally Posted by selzer (Post 5539778)
If the dog is yours, then talk to your boy friend, and discuss it with him. If he expects you to take your dog, then you need to take your dog. And then you have to have a conversation with your parents, and possibly set up a temporary kennel for your dog so that when you are not right with him, he is totally separated from your parents' dog or dogs.

So you have to have a plan.

If your boyfriend is fine with keeping the dog temporarily it may be easier on the dog, if you do not move him to your parents, only to move him back out when you get your own place.

Moving back home is not always easy when you have been on your own. Else, we would all be living with our parents forever. Independence is hard to give up. So fewer changes might be better on your dog, as they are creatures of habit, and each change can reek havoc on them.

Why not just get married to your boy friend, kick out the roommate, and live with him and your dog? That seems the easiest route:rolleyes:. Kind of hard on the roommate though.:o


He is fine with keeping her. She is technically my dog, got her for my birthday present. But really we consider her "ours". She is just as much his baby as mine. Personally I would love the plan of getting married and kicking the roommate to the curb! We've talked about getting engaged this year sometime so we will see :) There is a way to keep them separated when I'm not there but it involves locking her in the living room which my mom isn't thrilled about. I won't put her in a crate all day bc she's an angel and never destroys anything. Lucky for me my parents are awesome and anything goes, including anything with my girl Bärli. I just wish they would get along and I could have both of my babies with me.

Baillif 05-20-2014 11:54 AM

It is fairly easy to train a small dog to coexist with a larger one when the small dog is the conflict instigator. Much more risky when its the big one causing the issues. Find a balanced trainer and make it happen.

faileh 05-20-2014 02:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Baillif (Post 5541649)
It is fairly easy to train a small dog to coexist with a larger one when the small dog is the conflict instigator. Much more risky when its the big one causing the issues. Find a balanced trainer and make it happen.

I would love to train him to coexist. I'm currently working on saving up for my GSD training (hopefully with you As I messages you before and love the look of your training style). I still haven't found any trainers worthwhile in my area or my parents. There are a few but none that I would trust to fix this problem with him. I will research further for one for my morkie that can help with this.

Baillif 05-20-2014 03:06 PM

If you end up training here with what you learn from here during handler sessions you will have the knowledge it takes to fix that issue yourself. Separate training for that (on our part) would probably not be necessary.

faileh 05-20-2014 08:43 PM

That's a relief Balif. When I visit home I work on basic obedience for the little one. He isn't very bright and extremely hyper so it's a slow process. Thanks for your help as always!


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