I love my dog, but I don’t like him anymore. Our dog is five years old, and we’ve had him for over a year now. We adopted him from the shelter when my son was about 10 months old.
I used to be able to look past his constant barking, awful separation anxiety that leaves us un-wanted surprises when we get home, and tendency to knock over our toddler often. We’ve tried medication and behavior modification to no avail.
I used to get angry with my husband when he would talk about not liking our dog, but now that I’m pregnant with our second, I find myself in the same boat.
I don’t want my dog to be gone, I just want to enjoy him like I used to. -Mallory
Sigh. Heavy truth time: I feel you on this…
I love my dog, Jackson. He’s amazing with kids and house guests, he’s smart, he’s just so damn handsome. But sometimes I really don’t like him. He’s aloof, he’s stubborn, and he has leash aggression issues that embarrass the hell out of me. How do you like a dog that won’t cuddle with you and turns taking walks into nightmares!?
In the meantime, I’ve been working hard to accept him as he is. When I need doggy cuddles, I don’t go to Jackson; I get my cuddle time with our smaller and more affectionate dog. I’ve also been thinking about taking some classes with him that will both bring us closer together, give us a positive shared experience, which will hopefully help with his leash aggression as well.
Anyone else have advice on learning to like your difficult dog again?