|Barked: Fri Feb 1, '13 1:00am PST |
|I got Charlie at 17 years old. An eight month old Beagle, with no training behind him, and a very neglectful past. He wasn't very interested in people, or pleasing, or doing any training with me, and even less interested in learning new things like NOT peeing in the house.
Not only did I walk him A LOT(I walked him five times a day - once to work as he went with me, once at work, once back home after work, then again to the dog park, and then again for his bedtime walk - the shortest of which were fifteen minutes to and from work, the longest of which being the bedtime and dog park walks being a minimum of an hour). I began doing DAILY training with him almost instantly.
My goals were to give him a better life. He too, was kenneled ALL DAY because nobody had time for him prior to me getting him. My goal was to kennel him less(only at bedtime or in emergency situations where I HAD to leave him home alone for short periods of time), get him house broken, and well mannered, and make him a HAPPY dog.
16 or not... Your dog is NOT happy living that life. I'm glad you're asking about it on here for how to improve your relationship with him, but the only way you can do that is by improving his DAILY care and spending time with him DAILY. Just on weekends is NOT enough for any dog. Are these caretakers you hired, or caretakers that are your own family? Why isn't he being cared for by you on a daily basis? I'm sorry, but I'm not understanding that and perhaps it is a misunderstanding.
If he can't have exercise, training, and attention daily, what's the point in HAVING a dog? In that instance, volunteer at a shelter on weekends and find him a new home where someone will have him IN the home, do training with him and give him the daily exercise and attention he needs.
If it's YOUR dog and only your dog and you have other people caring for him, it may be time to rehome him. If it's your families dog too, and your family is the one taking care of him, it's time to sit down and have a talk with them about meeting his needs better.
I'm not being rude. I'm being honest, and I'm being blunt. I was 16 once too.
In fact, I faced a hard reality with Charlie. I even thought at one point, "Is there something I can do to make his life better, or should I find him a new home? AM I meeting all of his needs?" This was at a point when I was going to college, and I quickly changed my attitude, gave a good hard look at the things I WASN'T doing for him as much anymore, and MADE it work.
It's not hard to do for the love of your dog.
You want your dog to like you better? Spend daily time with him, exercise him daily(get an easy walk harness to prevent being pulled over and invest in some training classes to help with the pulling even), go to classes with him, do some daily training with him, PLAY with him, and look at what YOU'RE doing that's cutting the bond between you and the dog. It's not the dogs fault.
Edited by author Fri Feb 1, '13 1:02am PST
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