Hi all, i come here cus im in really need of some good advice with this dog. First let me say im from Mexico so forgive me for my bad english, now let me explain what is my issue.
My sister got married a year ago, some months later her husband had to go work to a different state and they see each other very few, to compensate this on december they decided to get a new dog, so she would have company while he is still working away. They got a beagle...or so the seller said it was, it turned to be an English pointer, huge diffence between a beagle and a pointer. Some days later the dog got sick, very sick, he had parvovirus and almost died cus of it. Since my sister had to go to her job and the dog needed constant care and medication, she left the dog with me and my parents, since we work from home. When he got ok from the parvo, he got bronquitis too...i have a 5 yo french poodle and both of them got sick. The first to get the bronquitis was my poodle and the vet said it was because she was depressed because the arrival of the other dog. They never got along well. After both dogs recovered, it passed 4 months more or less and my sister finally took her dog to her house but the neighbors complained that the dog would cry and bark all day long, so she brought the dog back here. Here the dog does not cry all day (at my sister's house, the dog is always alone) now he has grown a lot, he is heavy and super strong, he is around 7 or 8 months we are not sure. The thing is, he is a distroyer and he bites us. I'm worried for this because my mom is not a dog person and she is doing a huge effort to stay calm and have patiente with Max. But we are all running out of it. He has broken everything on his way, from the wallpaper, plants, pots, clothes, his toys, furnitures, whatever he can find, we used to have a beautiful garden, now is gone and well you can imagine how the house is now. He does not have access to the second floor, we bought a baby fence so he cant go up the stairs, my dad built a wood fence so the dog cant go in the living room or the dinning room, the house is a mess and now looks like a battle field.
Whenever we scold Max or take him away from what he is destroying, he starts to jump on us and tries to bite us, he does not bite hard, but hard enough that it kinda hurts. My dad is old and he has his skin very thin and the dog has made him bleed in several occasions. I have tried to give him treats or his toys to make him stop destroying but he doesn't obey.
Max is very active and we try to take him out to walk around 2 times a day so he comes back tired but is not enough and not everytime we can do this. When my sister comes back from work she comes here and takes the dog out too and still is not enough. She is taking Max to a trainner, one on one trainner but is not working. The trainner said he will work first with the dog and my sister (since she is the owner) and then with us, i don't understand this, shouldn't it be the other way around? first us then her or all together or something?. It seems that the dog more or less responds to me, more than anyone else but when he wants to do something, if he doesnt get it, he jumps and starts to bite, i can offer him treats and he stays calm for a bit then he goes back to the bad behaivor.
We cant eat around the dog, because he jumps so high that he can pull down whatever from the table, dishes, pans, pots, napkins etc...or if he cant reach anything then he grabs our arms or tries to reach our face, and he does not follow any order, he gets so crazy that not even with treats we manage him to obey. During this time, when he gets this crazy and when we cant let him go out of the house because is raining or is way too hot outside, we leash him to some furniture, i hate to do this really but there is no other way, he does not stay too long leashed, this is only while we are eating otherwise we just cant do it. And some days ago, while i was trying to leash him, he bit my hand really hard.
My mom is not so tall and i'm scared that the dog could bite her face or make her trip and the minute this happens you can bet the dog will have to leave and don't want this to happen, since my sister is never at home and the space she has is not for a big dog and the dog will suffer.
I read about leaving the leash on him, cant do this, he has broken 4 leashes already, i read about not leaving his toys around....we do this because if we pick the toys up, the dog finds something to bite at, even with the toys, he always breaks something. We pick up his food dish after 15 mins but he doesn't seem to care about this. The trainer asked my sister to get a dog backpack and they train him using it and some weight inside it so the dog gets tired but to get the dog to wear it is a huge fight, 3 days ago i got my back and neck hurt helping my sister to get the dog to wear it now im taking meds for this and i can barely help my parents to deal with the dog. I'm investing way too much of my time with Max, i cant work as i used because i try as much as i can to not let my parents deal with the dog, and now as i'm hurt i cant. Still i have to find time to be with my other dog, as i said they don't get along and my poodle already got a bleeding ulcer because of how mad she gets with Max around or if i leave her alone too long, she cries a lot. She grew used to me being always around as i work from home and now she is confined to the second floor of the house as the vet ordered to not make her suffer around the other dog. Our situation is really difficult and i know my mom is near the point to ask my sister to take the dog away. Pls help...i don't want Max to live alone or to end up being given away.
Frankly I agree with your mom. If your sister wanted the dog, make her take responsibility for it. The dog lack serious training, and being allowed to get away with whatever it wants. It really is totally unfair to your poodle to have to deal with such an animal that her/his health is failing. Pointers are extremely high energy dogs, and need a job. They become big puppies very quickly as you see. I think because of the parvo and illness, he missed out on that puppy training he should have had very early on, and now you are dealing with an unruly adolescent.
your sister needs to take the dog, and train it, or give it to someone who can. I believe you and your family needs to put your foot down about this, because it is unfair to you. If she wanted the dog for company, and it is at your house all the time how is it giving her company. She needs to reconsider getting a dog if she is not going to get it from a reputable breeder or shelter. The would not have ended up with parvo if it had its first shots, and had been cared for properly by the man giving it up. You all were obviously lied to about the breed, and who knows what else. You were given "damaged goods", and I believe it is best left up to someone who knows the breed and can train the dog properly.