This decision is tearing at me and it's been at the back of my mind for some time, almost 6 months now... but I think I need to re-home my 3 year old Miniature Pinscher dog. He is a good little dog, very sweet and affectionate... but he requires a lot more attention than I can give. All of us (myself, my boyfriend, room mate and numerous friends that come around) give him as much attention as we possibly can and it never seems to be enough. We take him for long walks every day, have tried to teach him tricks to occupy his mind and provide bones and toys to chew on while we're gone. I've consulted with trainers, thinking he needs a job to do and despite giving him one, he's just as desperate for all of our attention as he ever was. According to his vet, some dogs are just needier than others and no amount of toys or exercise can change that.
I'm not one to just give up an animal without thinking about it, and believe me... I've agonized over this. I've been keeping an eye and ear open for a retired couple who might like a cuddly little dog just in case, but it's becoming more and more apparent that I need to do this for him. He needs to have human companionship all the time and I know he'll be better off in the long run... but how do I cope with the guilt?
I'm feeling especially guilty because I'm keeping the other dog. She's much calmer and doesn't require as much attention. She's perfectly content to be in the same room as us, occasionally getting up to make sure we haven't wandered away. In a nutshell, she's better suited to the fact that we can't give her attention all the time.
How do I ensure my dog finds the very best home? I am not just giving him away (as sad as it is, sometimes people take better care of what they have to pay for), and will be doing a home visit, checking references and speaking with the potential new home's vet. What else can I do to ensure he has the best home I can possibly find him? The guilt I'm feeling is absolutely overwhelming right now, because I feel like I've failed him.