|04-14-2014 04:00 PM|
I don't think your dogs really need that many walks. Can you just let them outside, as others have mentioned? It sounds like you are getting burned out, and maybe you need to step back and do less. The dogs will adapt.
Also, maybe ask around for a pet sitter? One can surely be found.
|04-14-2014 03:37 PM|
Just keep in mind, if you rehome them, others won't be caring for them 200% and will definitely leave them in a kennel. Maybe you can figure out dog space and people space in your home. And going to a kennel for a week will not hurt them, they will appreciate coming home to you more.
What I am trying to say, you may lower the expectations on yourself a little - you may end up happier and will keep the dogs.
|04-14-2014 03:00 PM|
Richard, I understand how you are feeling. I currently have 5 dogs at home, plus livestock. EVERYTHING I do daily, revolves around the animals. From the moment I wake up, till I turn out the lights a the end of the day.
I truly hope you find peace.
|04-14-2014 02:35 PM|
Since I still work and have to be away everyday for 8 hours, I have a doggy door installed on my back door that leads to a secured area of the yard. They also have the carport area so there is plenty room to stretch their legs a bit. The rest of the back yard is fenced so this is like a 6ft fenced "secured" area within the 6ft fenced back yard.
|04-14-2014 01:22 PM|
I have a complete understanding of the burn out feeling. I hope you can find enough peace to make the best solution for you and your dogs. Any contacts within any local sch clubs? I understand not wanting your dogs stuck in a kennel the majority of the day but you may need to look at the breeder options as a worst case scenario if you truly are to the point where you can't handle the four of them. I honestly would put feelers out to any local GSD clubs and rescues, they may have had people come in looking for a sport dog and turned them away due to not having any dogs needing placement. Good luck to you.
|04-14-2014 01:17 PM|
I'm pretty much secluded from other outside activities, except in short bursts
That sounds like me- used to have a tone of motorcycle but no more- play tennis in the am but have to get home.... or go out for dinner or a party and have to get home to take dogs out... pisses my wife off to a great deal
|04-14-2014 12:30 PM|
I feel for ya. I have two myself (GSD and Lab) and I understand your pain. Although I can safely say I would never rehome either of my dogs, I do realize my life does revolve around them. Especially the attention/stimulation a GSD needs. Not much time for anything else out of guilt by not being with my dogs and giving them excercise and attention. I can't imagine the time and effort needed for four! I'm pretty much secluded from other outside activities, except in short bursts...lol. I had one Lab for over 10 years and I was always gone on motorcycle trips with my friends. I didn't give him the attention he deserved out of my selfishness. Never again! So now I have two and my world revolves around them. I took on the responsibility and I intend to follow through.
I wish you the best of luck and I know it tears at your heart to even think about having to rehome but I do understand your reasons.
|04-14-2014 11:04 AM|
No harsh feelings here, sounds like they are nice dogs with a lot of potential to be great pets in an active family or someone looking to get into training and not deal with a puppy. I'm being pressured to sell one of my dogs as well (both by my family who thinks I have too many, but they think ONE dog is too many, and by someone who wants to buy him!).
I would contact local GSD or training clubs and also any breeders you trust and just let them know what is available. That's probably better than listing publicly somewhere. Many good breeders help people find the dog that FITS even if it's not a dog they personally have bred or are offering for sale. I've had breeders refer me to other breeders or people for dogs that may fit. Most of us like to see a GSD thrive in the right home even if it's just by way of a helpful referral and not a dog we personally owned or bred.
|04-14-2014 10:52 AM|
OP, you sound like you are 200% dedicated to your dogs. Only you know what you can handle, especially mentally/psychologically. I hope you are able to find a solution.
|04-12-2014 08:20 AM|
I can understand how 4 is overwhelming....I am sorry you are in this situation. I think rehoming can be a very positive and loving thing to do as long as you are doing it from the right place in your heart. I have one pup and 4 young kids(have 2 year old twins which was a total surprise) so I do understand.
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