I have a dog. My dogs name is Spike. We got Spike as part of a divorce settlement, when a friend moved to a place that didn’t allow pets. So we took Spike in.
He has issues. Namely he pees all over and he barks ALL the time. I thought we could change him, I thought if we took him for daily walks, gave him constant attention etc. that he would change. He peed inside twice this weekend. This morning I let him out and he decided to pee on my patio causing further urine stains. This really infuriated me because I have been reprimanding him and redirecting him for months. Most mornings he is fine, I say “Go pee-pee” and he trots off to another part of our very large yard. I am sure he understands what I want. Add to this that we have had guests with us for the last two weekends (both with babies I should add) and Spike chose to bark in the middle of the night and during nap times etc. he also barked (who knows why!) at four this morning and I've been up since.
I am having a hard time loving my dog. I tell my husband that I would like to buy a new rug and not have to worry. When I am at home writing, his bark and its pitch pains me. His previous owner had a shock collar for his barking which I felt was cruel. Now I am thinking this is not a bad idea.
I am thinking this dog is here to teach me something. I am still resisting learning.
Can you believe I am having a hard time loving this?