Please Help! My Husband Wants to get rid of our GSD
My GSD is 8 months. I am well aware of the teenage years and have read many threads about this time period. My husband has just reached his breaking point and is running out of patience. I have to talk him off the ledge every single day. He wants to get rid of the dog and I become emotional every time he brings it up. We also have a 10 week old newborn but to be completely honest, the newborn baby is less work than our GSD.
Zeus is 8 months, male, and is a long haired GSD. My husband wakes up 2 hours before he has to go to work to exercise the dog. Typically he runs him in our 1/2 acre backyard playing fetch and tugging games. Zeus is pretty responsive during play time but of course can get into trouble. He is exercised for about 45 minutes in the morning.
After this he just continues to misbehave. He cannot be trusted. We don't have gates up anymore because they just kept falling down. So whenever Zeus leaves the room we have to follow him or command him to come. He still bites moldings, the hardwood floors, rugs, people's hands, jumps up on the counter tops, and pretty much gets into everything possible.
We currently are using a combination of positive reinforcement with treats, the e- collar, and the prong collar. We are not overusing the e-collar or prong collar. We only use this when he is being really defiant and has something dangerous in his mouth that he refuses to drop or if he refuses to come inside. Zeus knows the following commands: come, sit, down, and leave it. He CHOOSES when to listen to each of these commands.
He is getting a tremendous amount of exercise a day. Morning, afternoon, and evening. We do long walks, tugging games, hide and seek, and fetch. Nothing seems to calm him down. He will rest for about 35-45 minutes after play and then get into something bad again.
I think that my husband and I underestimated the amount of time and energy having a puppy entails. We were just hoping that Zeus would be better behaved at this point. I know everyone keeps telling us "you have a puppy for at least 2 years" and I just think that we are having issues seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We were very stupid to get the dog right before having a baby. I don't know what we were thinking. None of this behavior started after the baby came home. He has been like this since we got him. Is he just a high drive dog? Will he ever calm down?
I return to work in 3 weeks. We are thinking about putting him in doggie daycare while I am at work so my mom can babysit the baby and not have to worry about the dog. Is this a good idea?