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Posted in Toddlers on 23rd 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!

Best answer(s):

Answer by Juicy
Puppies can be difficult sometimes and it can get frustrating. There’s really nothing you can do about it though since your parents have every right to have a dog if they want one since it’s their house and they pay for everything. Just try to deal with it. The dog will outgrow most of the annoying behavior.

Answer by Britt D
Lol that’s exactly how my dog was like then she got older but u should definitely talk to ur parents abbot doggie training because that’s the only way he’ll change that’s what happened with my dog… Dogs r like little kids they will walk all per u if they know how and it sounds like ur dog thinks he owns u get doggie training or else he won’t change… Good luck:)

Answer by Jimmy
Kick the fuck out of him.

Answer by Amara Weight
Not to sound rude but your parents are complete idiots. A doberman is a big dog you guys need to make that dog understand while he is little that he is not in fact the alpha, your parents are treating him like he is a chihuahua and while chihuahuas shouldn’t even be treated like that as they tend to develop annoying behaviors, a doberman definitely shouldn’t. That dog will be unmanageable as an adult, it needs discipline, and no I do not mean go beat the dog.

Your best bet is searching up tips on google or something about how to train dogs, particularly larger dogs and present this information to your parents. But in the mean time here are some tips;

First, do not give the dog scraps, it’s not really good to begin with but besides that you’re only teaching him that begging while you make food or get snacks is the way for him to get some. Try telling him not to beg and when he achieves this give him a treat and not before. Also praise him when he does manage this.

Second, if the dog grabs people’s ankles you have every right to get mad, it’s dangerous and if he hurts someone outside the family your parents could get sued. Try telling him no in a firm voice, and if that doesn’t work gently thump him on the rear and say a firm no. Eventually he will get it, dobermans are smart.

Third, calmly talk to your parents about how being responsible pet owners means training the dog so that he is a decent pet. That you guys can not allow him to act on him whims, that not only is he capable of injuring you but he is capable of injuring others and especially because of the history of his breed he needs to be well trained to avoid situations which could lead to him needing to be put down. I know your the child so they might ignore you, but it’s worth a try, after all it is in the animal’s best interest and theirs too if they really care for him

Anyways I hope this is helpful, good luck.

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