Re: The Official Pets Discussion Thread
Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:06 pm
I met a cat with 7 toes on each feat the other day. I wasn't sure whether or not to feel sorry or proud for it.
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Green Gecko wrote:I met a cat with 7 toes on each feat the other day. I wasn't sure whether or not to feel sorry or proud for it.
Moggy wrote:Four years of lying about the existence of Loki.
NBK wrote:I know that there isn't a magic solution, and perseverance is key, so I'd be interested in hearing about other people's experiences with juggling a puppy and a family, along with any reassurances of it getting easier that you may have
Drumstick wrote:NBK wrote:I know that there isn't a magic solution, and perseverance is key, so I'd be interested in hearing about other people's experiences with juggling a puppy and a family, along with any reassurances of it getting easier that you may have
We have a black Labrador, she's just turned 3. Raising her wasn't too bad as we only had her to consider. We have since had a child (now approaching 2). Even though Harley is very well trained, she's still a dog, and one that requires lots of activity. Trying to do this whilst taking care of a toddler can be utterly exhausting for me.
If you had come to me with your set of circumstances before you got the puppy and asked if I thought it was a good idea, despite the 'eventual benefits', I would have said no, definitely no. Your lives sound hard and stressful enough with the kids having problems, let alone managing the relationships between them and the dog, and the relationship between the dog and the cats on top of that.
I don't think you are a terrible person, FWIW, I just think you wanted to give your wife what she has wanted for so long but your fears are being proved correct.
Tineash wrote:Puppies are a huge amount of work, up to about the age of 1. Adopting an adult dog I think would have been right for you; your wife is not wrong about all the potential benefits of having a dog.
Victor Mildew wrote:Puppies are really hard work, and Labs can be hard work even for a puppy.
Jack was adorable for his first 3 or so months, really happy, naughty but in a general puppy way, and then 3-6 months he just turned in to an absolute strawberry floating banana split. He started challenging me and just generally being an arsehole to have around. Growling, being deliberately disobedient, awful on his walks. If you tried to sit somehwere like a pub garden for more than 5 mins, he'd growl, bark, try to escape his lead. Often we'd have half a pint and just say strawberry float this and take him home.
The worst occasion and the closest we came to getting rid of him (we had the talk a few times) Was when he wasn't quite fully grown - it was a beautiful weekend, so we got up early and walked a long way to a pub along a canal we'd not been to. Within one drink he'd chewed through his harness and had started kicking off as usual. We had to attach his lead to his collar then, and he then pulled and played up all the way back. Right near the end of the walk is a lovely pub right on the canal, with benches by the water. We sat down there and within 5 mins he was at it again, only this time barking and growling at me (not teeth bareing, but trying to be dominant). He then was getting so out of control my only option was to wrestle him to the ground and pin him down (knock yourself out context thread) until he calmed down. Absolutely awful he was. Proper strawberry floater.
Anyway, one thing we discovered is that their diet can have a massive effect. It's about how much protein is in the food. On a dog trainer's reccomendation we started feeding him Burns Alert. What a difference Mellowed him out so much. Then it was all about the disceplin, letting him know whos boss by making sure he waits behind you walking in to room, waits to eat after you're done. Never going on furniture, not allowed upstairs unless we invite him, things like that.
He's 4 now I think, and it wasn't until he was 2 that he became the soppy bastard he is today