Pet owner shamed as lazy and selfish for wanting to rehome ‘difficult’ dog with poor training

Gillian Sisley

For many pet owners, the death of a beloved pet can be a heartbreaking experience. A woman recently shared the heartbreaking story on Mumsnet of her own beloved pet's passing and how she attempted to fill the void by getting a new puppy of the same breed.

*This is a work of non-fiction sourced from social media discussion boards and verified experts/specialists.*

The author begins by explaining that she used to have a lovely dog who she adored. After her beloved pooch passed away, she decided to get a new companion, but things didn’t quite turn out the way she expected:

“I had a lovely small dog for many years. Cuddly, friendly, placid. Sadly she died. It left a hole in my life so I got a new puppy. Same breed, same breeder. New dog is horrible. She’s a year old and still chewing things all the time. Still peeing and pooping in the house sometimes, she just isn’t getting the message about going outside. She’s very barky and constantly barks for attention.”

The author went on to describe the dog’s seemingly boundless energy levels and hyperactivity, which has caused the author to become very exhausted, as she continues:

“When I come home she leaps around and runs in circles, she won’t cuddle me or let me pick her up. If someone is eating she’s in their face trying to snatch food. Kids are always crying because she’s taken their food. Even if we’ve just been for a 30 minute walk she’s still bouncing around and playing when we get home, she won’t lie down. Basically, we are not a match in terms of energy levels.”

The author is at her wit’s end, as she concludes:

“I’m considering rehoming to someone who wants a more high energy dog. I feel awful about it but I just don’t have the energy or time to play with the dog the amount she wants.”

The author’s story is a heartbreaking example of the difficult decision many pet owners must make when their pet’s energy levels don’t match their own lifestyles. Dog experts advise that it’s important for pet owners to do their research before bringing home a pet. Different breeds and even individual dogs have different energy levels and needs which need to be considered.

What do you think?

Is the author justified in rehoming her pet, since its temperament and energy levels are not a good match for her family’s lifestyle?

Or should the author be ashamed of herself, as choosing a pet is a commitment made for several decades, and the dog’s behavior is just a result of poor training and the author being a lazy pet owner?

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