Im thinking of giving up a dog?

I have a 4 yr old male pitbull I’ve had since he was 6 wks old. When I got him I had 1 child, now we have 3. My husband works fulltime, I’m in school fulltime and the dogs behavior has gotten worse. He refuses to "hold it" poop or pee for more than 3 hours when he feels the urge he will go on the floor ANYwhere the second I turn my back. My living room carpet was destroyed from him peeing on the floor. He was neutered young I’ve exhausted all efforts training..I have no time for anymore training and the dog is making my life miserable the whole house is stressed all the time because of it. If we put crate him he will poop or pee and lay in it, he’s always been a dirty dog. He destroys stuff (chewing) I believe its seperation anxiety but there’s nothing I can do about it except crate him, but good chance ill come home to cleaning poop and pee and him. My husband has to have a 2nd ankle surgery soon and he won’t be able to walk then I’m juggling kids, and school fulltime. I’m thinking about taking him to a no kill shelter nearby. I feel horrible but he’s more than I can handle right now, he has good qualities also he is obedient knows commands, doesn’t run off a leash. Its just the potty training, barking, and destructiveness I can’t handle. I was thinking about a kennel outdoors..but I’m sure the way he is he will spend his time barking or trying to escape. What’s the chances of someone actually getting him or taking care of him?

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10 Responses to “Im thinking of giving up a dog?”

  1. Sheri says:

    Wow you think you trained him? No sorry you hadn’t

    If he had been properly house trained and had obedience training along with exercise there never would have been any issues to begin with.

    Now you want to surrender him to a shelter for your not doing your part as a responsible owner

    SInce you simply want to get rid of him rather than sending him off to be euthanized, no kill shelters do not always not euthanize, surrender him to a breed rescue and then never get another pet as they are not expendable.

  2. Kelly says:

    You certainly have your hands full. Please do not turn him into a shelter. his odds of being adopted are slim to none. Pit Bulls have a bad rap, and at his age, no one will take him.

    First option, contact your vet. If it is anxiety ( very well could be considering all the changes in your family…dogs feel stress too) there are medications your doctor can prescribe. I had a friend go through the same thing with her 5 year old Doberman. After putting him on xanax for awhile, he is a different dog. She only gives it once a day, in the morning, when the day is busiest and he will not be getting as much attention. You could also ( if finances allow) hire a dog walker. A tired dog is a happy dog. If you can afford to have someone take him for a long high energy walk or run twice a day, it may help.

    The second option is to try and re-home him. You may find a single person or young couple willing to take him on. Be sure to get references and scope out their house before you place him. You could also search locally form Pit rescues. he would have a better chance there than at a shelter.

    Good Luck…i hope you can find a solution for this kid other than a shelter.

  3. Manda G says:

    Please don’t give your dog up, I did exactly the same and I REALLY regret it. I know it’s not very helpful, but it’s hard !!!

  4. Ann says:

    Put him up for adoption in your local advertiser to an approved home only. List his good qualitys and the then say you dont have enough time to properly house break him so he needs work in that area… If you do this it might take a few weeks but i know you will find him a new home.

  5. Wolf Howl says:

    Honestly, the chances of someone taking him are slim to none. I used to volunteer at a no kill animal shelter and almost all the dogs we took in were house trained dogs because it would be too much strain to take out 40 dogs and clean up all the kennels. Accidents did happen and that was expected but in general we usually didn’t take in dogs that weren’t already potty trained because there just wasn’t the time to train the behavior with 40 dogs and the shelter only had about 5-10 volunteers with only 1 or 2 coming on any given day. No kill shelters tend to be smaller especially the ones that actually keep the dogs until they are adopted or die of natural causes. Then you have to think about the pitbull stereotype, a lot of people fear pitbulls and think they are aggressive and unpredictable dogs, while this is NOT true, people still stereotype. For this reasons pitbulls tend to wallow in shelters until they are euthanized. Ultimately your dog has two things that will turn away nearly all people that see him, his breed and his lack of training. His good qualities will unfortunately be overshadowed by his negatives as it can be trying for any person to deal with chewing, separation anxiety, and lack of potty training.

  6. Abi says:

    Dogs are hard work, much like children. I hear that a lot, "we got rid of our dog when we had kids". When I was pregnant, practically everyone asked me if I was going to get rid of my 2. WHY? Dogs are not disposable, to just be got rid of when it becomes inconvenient for the owner. I assume you knew you already had a dog when you decided to have kids. You are dodging your responsibility; you & thousands of others. This makes me so sad….edit….by the way, having worked in dog shelters myself, I can tell you that ANY dog that’s spent time at a shelter will need retraining/housebreaking.

  7. kingdrake2 says:

    i would put an ad in the paper with the word’s. "free to good home" with an application process to make sure they wont abuse it. i would try to avoid no-kill shelter only as last resort all those problems can be solved with the right person (chewing and peeing).

  8. Lorraine says:

    The chances are SMALL.

    Elaine M has just put this on another thread and I guess this just sums it up really.

    "Our shelter in Milwaukee got over 2,000 turned in last year, 75% of which were put down."

    No-kill shelters most definitely do not home out problem dogs, and so either they keep them there forever, which means that there is only so much room, or they actually do put them to sleep. There are no other options.

  9. Sing it says:

    You sure do carry a lot of baggage, drop off the dog and move on.

  10. Sgt. Angua says:

    You never housebroke …never trained or disciplined or CRATED it….nobody will take on a ruined dog-euthanize it.