Why can't you be proactive and watch the dogs like you should be doing and work to keep Moxie? I agree with the post below; it seems like you just want a dog that you don't need to do anything with- what's the point of having one at all?Thank you everyone, I felt very put down earlier in this thread by a certain truck driver / writer and that gives me a negative view of this mesageboard however that won't prevent me from doing the right thing for Moxie. I refuse to give her to anyone who won't take proper care of her and that's why I'm here. I appreciate the input I am getting here on her behalf. I think that a big part of being a responsible adult is admitting when you are overwhelmed and seeking help to correct it so that is what I am doing.
I have to add that my male shepherd is EXTREMELY ralaxed and seems to need nothing yet the polar opposite is Moxie who is very active and needs tons of attention that I am unable to give for her. I was really lucky that no one was hurt when they both got lose and I'm not going to risk it again. We'll see what happens but while I find a home for Moxie I will work on her behavior and dominance issues and maybe we can keep her !
Train her not to run out of the gate, fix the fence, supervise your dogs while they're outside. Train them both seperately, and actually exercise them. It's not that hard to wake up an hour earlier, stay up an hour later, and run the dog or play hardcore fetch in the backyard. There are also hundreds of ways to exercise them physically and mentally while inside. Your kid's sitting in the high chair eating breakfast? Grab some of her cheerios and work with Moxie on some training inside. I'm a college student with a part-time job and I can make it work with multiple pets. Having kids and another dog is not a valid excuse. Dogs take work, and I don't think this is something that can't be worked through rather than just giving up and taking the easy way out. You won't gain any respect in the dog world by doing that.
I was amazed when I started reading the thread and so many people applauded this person’s decision and respected them for making such a “tough” decision. When I read Doggiedad’s post I wanted to stand up and cheer.
It would be one thing if the OP had said that they had tried everything, including training & even more exercise, but it was just not working. Then re-homing would be more understandable & probably wouldn’t have received the snarly responses that it did (and deserved). It doesn’t sound like the decision was too “tough”, but the easiest way out with the least amount of work.
I agree completely. Rehoming a pet for no reason is not an applaudable move, imo. Had the OP come here saying, "help, I feel like rehoming my dog because she's causing this issue, that issue, and another, please tell me how to fix it", she would have met a lot more support than she did. We aren't being particularly negative, we're being realistic and honest.
Honestly though, I don't think you're in the position to own her and should rehome her to a rescue or shelter as soon as you can. You're doing her an unjustice keeping her if you aren't willing to work with her and give her what she needs.