Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
It's funny. Belle isn't actually destructive. Sure, there were some rough times during puppyhood, but she never takes anything that isn't hers now... and her housetraining is ironclad. She never actually damages or ruins anything. Actually, most of the time she's happy to chill out sprawled on the carpet nearby while we watch TV, work at the desk, cook in the kitchen.
Yep. I'd love to "fix" what's wrong with Belle. The only thing is, most of the things he rattles off about being wrong with her are things I can't change. I can't make her a smaller dog (nor would I want to). I can't make her a shorthair dog, and I can't make her stop shedding, even though I brush her out religiously. I have attempted a calm discussion of what specific issues he has with her, the problem is he isn't willing to allow me to train her; he's already come to the conclusion that we're getting rid of her "and that's final". Worse, even if I do train her he wants no part in it. So yeah, maybe I could get her to sit quietly when I come in rather than to wiggle all around and walk happy circles... but he won't care what command I use or how I do it. He'll just yell at her to get out of the way and tell her "BAD DOG".
The other caveat... I have a broken foot right now and I am dependent on crutches. I am physically incapable of doing anything to burn off her extra energy, and I can't even maneuver well enough to train very effectively. As if that weren't enough, I'm a college student right now and I don't live at home. I'd take Belle with me if I could, but my mom will not have any of it... my landlord and roommates would probably be pretty tough customers, and I don't have a yard to speak of.
Last edited by Eolith; 08-19-2012 at 02:02 AM.