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Posted in Toddlers on 25th December 2010

My parents are making me not liking dogs any more?
My mom and stepdad finally decided to get a dog a couple months ago. So they bought a 4 months old doberman.
At first I thought it was going good, they seems to train the dog and I actually enjoy being around him and everything. But… about two months it just get so bad that now I really don’t like him nor any dogs at all! I really tries to be patient, but I’m starting to really losing my nerve.

-I can NEVER go in house without having to pet the dog. No matter what happen, I could just be coming back from school or rushing back into the house to try get something because I forgot it, or whatever. If I doesn’t pet the dog, he’d barks like crazy and my parents will get mad at me and told me to pet him. I cannot even just quickly pats him as I walk past him or anything. I have to literally stand there and talk to him and pet him for two or three minutes. Very annoying especially if I am in a hurry, going in and out frequently, etc… It is worst when I’m all hot and sweaty from being outside, last thing I want to do is touching anything warm with hair!

-I can never go into kitchen in peace any more. EVERY time I go in, I HAVE to either feed him, give him treat, or something. If I’m making something and he start to bark, I have to give him a piece of whatever I’m making! Also it get so bad when I’m trying to cook or prepare a meal. He’d get in way nonstop, I cannot even walk or turn around without bumping into him, get thing out of cabinet or fridge without him barking and begging for a piece, etc…
A couple weeks ago, I was trying to get roast beef out of oven for mom. He came up and start to sniff back of my head and neck after jerking around some, I thought he has left to do his own thing. Just as I pulled the roast out of the oven, he suddenly barks right behind my head, shocking me so much that I dropped the roast!
Today I was trying to make noodle, the dog was outside. When I got pan off to carry it to the sink, my mom came home and open the door, that’s when the dog rushed in, he bumped into me, causing me to spill scalding hot water onto my tummy and thigh!

-Parents think it is fine for him to sniffs around food on dinner table. They’d even let him hoover above their dish and sniff their food. I personally DON’T like this, I don’t even like people handling my food without gloves, let lone having a dog face so close to my food. So every time I’m eating if I try to pushes him away from my food, my parent would get mad and says he will not take the food, he just want to smell!

-If he ask to play, I HAVE to do it! If I don’t, he will barks and my parents will yell at me.

-He have a really nasty habit of grabbing people ankle. I hate this! If I yell at him for this, my parents get mad at me and say I have to pet him until he calm down!

And many more. My parents say that the dog is going through “toddler” phrase and it is most critical time for the dog and that he need to be given lot of attention and love for his health. They even acknowledge he’s spoiled rotten! They says they’d rather to have a spoiled dog that is happy and healthy.

I don’t want to be mean to the dog or anything, but… I believe the dog need to be trained and shown who is in charge and cannot have his way every single time. This is just making me really hating dogs to point where I don’t even want to pet any dogs any more. I feel like I’m this dog’s slave!
THANKS to first one who answer! That’s exactly what it should be like! I cannot believe how many idiots out there think it is fine to give dog whatever he want on his command!

Best answer(s):

Answer by Esmee
“toddler phase” no. your parents are ruining this dog. don’t they know anything about training a dog? you aren’t supposed to pet them as soon as you enter a room- it’s a bad habit. what you are supposed to do, is go about your business and ignore them until they calm down, then you give them attention.

you are not supposed to feed a dog table food or this will become a bad habit, that they will always expect from you and even as they get older; it will actually become worse! if you want to give them table food, you eat what you are going to eat first and when everyone is done, then you feed the dog. this teaches the dog to be patient and lay down, waiting for you to feed them instead of getting in your “personal space” while you eat your own food. if you don’t do this, it’s behavior will become worse.

when a dog acts out or does something you don’t like, you firmly tell them “no”. don’t yell but let them know by the tone of your voice that you mean business. you have to show dominance over a dog, or they will never obey you. they won’t obey right away but you will have to keep enforcing the rules by telling them no. dogs are sometimes hard to train and need to be worked with on it. if your parents aren’t going to enforce rules on him, you all might as well find someone else who will take care of him.

stop following your parent’s directions and do what you please. if they notice that you won’t listen to their dumb ideas of how to raise the dog, then they will probably give up or get rid of him. i am telling you now though, this dog will never be a good dog with the way they are going about dealing with him. better to find someone who knows something about dogs and can make him in to a respectable dog.

eta- too bad i can’t thumbs down. he is completely misguided on how to train dogs. maybe try reading a book? would you let a toddler have everything they want? responsibility is also teaching right from wrong.

Answer by animefan
You’re making sound like its the end of the world.

Yes, all babies go through a ”toddler” stage, including dogs. Yes, they do require alot of attention.

It will be good for you to learn something from this. Especially if you want to have a family in the future. It teaches responcability.

Answer by desmeran
that sounds like a nightmare.

buy them a book on dogs. if they won’t read it, read it yourself and do your best to get the dog trained. suggest a training class. ask them if guests who don’t like or are afraid of dogs are going to be required to pet him or get barked at, and what they’re going to think of his sniffing their food and biting their ankles.

if you’re old enough to be taking roasts out of the oven, i’d say you’re old enough to stand up for yourself and at least train the dog to behave around you, even if your parents are going to let him be a monster around them.

Answer by Jillian
This dog needs to be trained. It will grow up to be a pain in the @ss if you don’t train him now. Dogs should not be allowed to beg and bother you at the table.

You and your parents should sign up for a class and all go. If they have a questions segment, ask the trainer about some things that you mentioned here. Let an expert tell them nicely that what they are doing is wrong.

We have a big dog, a 75 lb golden retriever. We got her at 8 wks old and I will be honest, the first year was very bad. She was annoying, always biting and chewing on everything. She destroyed Christmas stockings, our remote, my husband’s $ 400 eyeglasses, shoes. If it was lying on the floor or the sofa it got chewed up. I was tempted to give her away. After she turned a year she just stopped chewing on things and she became a lot more mellow. She now is happy laying at our feet. She is a lazy dog but she does love to be walked and run in our yard. She is very loyal and protective and good with our 2 kids. She lets our 3 yr old climb all over her.

Just hang in there and your dog will get better as it gets older. But seriously, get it trained! Have you ever seen the dogs on Cesar Milan who need help? You don’t want your dog to turn into one of those.

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