Hey, some of you guys know me as the woman who had a million questions when I first got Diesel. He turned out to be a great little dog. He is a wimp though......anyway; I admit, I shouldn't have got a JR for my 1st dog but I knew what they were like and they sounded fun. And he is fun. I'm wondering if I should sell Diesel to a home where someone has limitless time to spend with him. I'm in school(during the week) about 5.5 hours a day from 8:30 - 1:30. Sean comes home for lunch from 12-1. When I get home I need to spend a lot of time studying. Diesel goes for walks everyday, usually 2ce a day. I play with him too, especially on the weekends. But I feel like he needs another dog to play with, or someone to spend a lot more time with him. So, I've been thinking of selling him to a person with dogs or a farm or to someone who's home all the time and has no life. But, Diesel is attached to me and I dont' know what I should do.......any opinions???......non condecending ones....
Scout, Yes but, the other times I wanted to sell him was because I was overwhelmed and going insane with my new pup. I now am WONDERING if I should sell him for his happiness. I don't want to!!! I love him. I simply am asking if he could be happy with the lifestyle I am giving him. You don't need to attack me! I don't want to sell him, I'm asking for a opinion, or maybe some advice on how I can make his life more interesting so he's not so bored.
i agree with scout. that fact that you are here, asking us if you should just get rid of him, tells me the love you feel for this dog is extremely lacking.if you truly loved and cared about your diesel, getting rid of him would not even be an option.
I don't know the whole story but why are you wanting to "sell" him as opposed to "giving" him to someone that wants him. Dogs are a lot of work - just as much or more than children. Do you have kids? If so, do you make time for them?
Diesel you always seem very pro-dog. Then you should know that it is GENERALLY a good idea to keep a dog with it's original owner. Who says the nice farm family will keep him? That he won't end up in a shelter.
You also started the thread about how no reputable breeders ship... well if a reputable breeder finds out you got rid of a dog for no 'good reason' they will not allow you to have one of their puppies in the future.
It is up to you though. I think I have read your posts about diesel in the past and honestly, you sound more like a cat person.
I agree with Scout and Icy. From the number of posts you have made about this dog, it is obvious he needs a new owner. The fact that you have to ask a bunch of strangers if you should keep your dog is a BIG sign--place him--fast.
You don't need to attack me! I don't want to sell him, I'm asking for a opinion, or maybe some advice on how I can make his life more interesting so he's not so bored.
i did not attack you. i stated my opinion about what you should do and not do... ie: rehome deisel and do not get another dog.
correct me if i am wrong but nowhere in your original post did you ask for advice on how you could keep deisel happy while you are not at home or while you were studying. if you had you would have received advice on how to do that.
A Jack Russell and I have one are fun, mine is 9 and has not settled down but I would not trade him for anything in this world, he is a pain in the butt lol , but you have to look at this type of dog as you said fun, they think everything they do is for fun and are prod of all they do, you have to look and think of him as he does himslef, if you can't do that find him a great home, but all he really needs is one walk a day , good food and love, if you can't give him that you should not have him, I am not trying to be mean but I could never get rid of one of my dogs, they are so loyal and give some much love what else could a person want in life. I also have a small fox terrier who is a bundle of love and joy. Me and my hubby are not young but these dogs keep us going.
If you really want to rehome him then that is what you should do earlier rather than later. Make sure you find a suitable home since you know his personality.
Any dog takes time, responsibility and dedication. If you don't have enough time for him, don't make the mistake of getting another animal. They do get attached and they are our responsibility when we adopt them.
I personally think that dogs can learn to adapt really well to the environment they are raised in. If you are able to take him for walks and you are able to spend time with him...great! Obviously, no one can spend 24/7 with their dog (a fact I am facing myself) and I think that dogs can learn to adapt to the time they do spend alone. Just my opinion. You can get him toys to play with, leave a radio or tv on when you aren't home, maybe pay someone to come to your house during the day when you aren't home to walk him for you...there are so many things you can do. It is, of course, your decision always. Just make sure you make the best one for him and for your family. Don't forget to give his breeder first right of refusal if you do decide to give him up though...most require that at least.
Maybe you shouldn't feel so guilty about not being able to spend as much time as you want with him. My dog is 8 months old yesterday, he is an only dog, and he loves playing with other dogs. But, I go to school from 6:30-2:00, and he is pretty well adjusted. Even when I'm home, he's happy as a clam just sitting in front of the sliding doors watching the outside. But he does have his breed's personality so I don't feel as obligated to entertain him all the live long day. Just because you have a dog doesn't mean you have to be their slave, you just have to make sure to do okay and then make up for the rest when you can.
A puppy can be overwhelming especially for a first time owner. It would have been ideal to consider the dog's needs prior to getting him but you have him now. Let's focus on the present and not worry about "what ifs." If you don't have enough time to train him and be with him then by all means find him a new home. Screen the people and ask for vet references. Some people act and believe that dogs can't adjust with their new owner. BS You know how many pound dogs I have had all my life? All were happy and content. They were probably happier with my family than at their previous home because someone was always home with the dogs and they got tons of love and attention. PLAIN AND SIMPLE DIESEL IS A YOUNG DOG. HE WILL ADJUST. IF SOMEONE TREATS HIM WELL, FEEDS HIM, AND GIVE HIM ATTENTION....HE WILL FORGET ABOUT YOU IN NO TIME. DON'T FEEL BAD. YOU ARE PROBABLY DOING HIM A FAVOR BY GIVING HIM TO SOMEONE WHO WILL HAVE TIME TO GIVE HIM.
I dont know why you would ask if you should get rid of your dog because you think your too boring for him? Man keep the dog if thats all the deal is. That dog loves you weather or not your a bore. Heck I got 3 boys that run around declaring they're bored all the time but I'm not sending them to live else where!LOL! I realize you love the dog and want the best for him but that dont mean finding him another home will be best. Unless he's being resented and you dont want to add that. Your asking a confusing question because in one breath you say you dont have time for him and in another your saying you love him and just dont want him bored. I know how boring I can be but i'm not selling my dogs off no where. I'm going to keep training them to be boring just like me!GFETE! Hope you can decide whats right for your life style and if you do sell him I would think long and hard before getting another.
Until you have a change in schedule, I would not get a dog. You don't have to stay away from dogs all your life but in the time being it seems best. Dogs need time and attention. If you really want a pet, I would stick to cats.
It sounds to me like you're just looking for an excuse to get rid of him-an excuse that makes it look like you're doing what's best for him, instead of what's best for you. I agree with the others-find a home for him now while he is young and will have an easier time adjusting.
I disagree. I think that as a first time owner, you just need to find something to entertain the little guy. They make TONS of toys that are made for dogs like JRT and Border Collies to help keep them entertained. Your dog seems to be adjusting, it is just your consious that is falling short. I would say go to Petco or Petsmart and get some "brain toys" and only give them to him when you cannot play with him. And only one at a time. Each day is a different new toy. Play games like frisbee or ball with him when you have time to allieviate his energy. Many dogs sit in a crate for 8-12 hours a day and only get a few hours worth of attention a day. You already give Diesel more then that. I HONESTLY would say to keep him and try to find him some cool ways to entertain himself. One things my dogs love is if you buy a kiddy pool and throw a few toys in it. I am not sure what is so exciting about it but they LOVE it!! If you need help finding "brain toys" let me know! I am really good at finding stuff like that.
I think you are a great pet owner and think that you just need to relax and not worry so much. Diesel is a great dog, and he didn't get there by himself. I will start looking online for some fun toys for him.........