So, recently my BF and I got into a terrible argument about dogs. He was talking about his 3 year old female pit-bull, blah blah blah. I merely mentioned that until I was bitten by a pit-bull, I didnât have much of an opinion about them. I have always heard that pit-bulls can be very vicious dogs. Pit bull breeders recommend that they be trained in a special way to combat their natural behaviors. My BD and I live in a densely populated city. He walks the dog outside without a leash, which I think is very irresponsible. I have an older lab-mix with a very mild personality and I would never walk her in this city without being leached. There are a lot of children and adults in our neighborhood, and you never know what may happen. Bds dog is caged all day most of the time, with the exception of going out for walks. She jumps on the beds and couches after being remanded many times for doing so. She jumps on people constantly and sheâs very âmouthyâ(bitting). She has been scolded many times for this, but apparently it did not work bcuz she still does it. She is also a very jealous dog, due to the fact she receives little to no attention. When Iâm in the house and bd lets her out the kennel she is constantly aiming for his attention, but only when heâs paying attention to me.
I believe she would have benefitted from better training. I have a dog who is not a pit-bull and doesnât act this way. My dog is well behaved and is an all around likable dog. We do not own a kennel for her, as she is friendly, housebroken, and non-destructive, there is no reason for one. I donât think any grown dog should have to remain locked up in a small kennel all day, because the owner doesnât have time or hasnât trained the dog. Its not fair to the dog. I believe the dog would be better off with an owner who had the time and could provide the fullest life possible for the dog. Bds dog gets no exercise. He doesnât have a large closed-in back yard where she can run free. He lived in a two-family house, and the dog canât go out a run around due to her behavior. I have been bitten by a pit-bull, but I do not believe that makes me dislike all pit-bulls. I love all animals and believe if you own one you should treat it with respect, and provide it with the best quality of life. Because this dog is caged all day, doesn't listen, is stubborn, jealous and in desperate need of attention I do not trust this dog. Not even a little bit. I wouldnât leave my own dog around a child unattended. For some reason, my bd has so much trust in this dog and is always trying to âproveâ his points to me. I know my child is not here yet but I do not think I would feel comfortable letting bd have the child around the dog. I believe that he will leave the dog with our child to âproveâ a point that the dog is âtrustworthyâ. I do not and would not ever take such a chance. Babies and children are often victims of dog attacks simply because they do not understand each other or know how to interact, sometimes. Bds dog doesnât even get along with him. He feels so passionately about his dog and is always trying to make a point. I do not think he should keep this dog, for all the reasons mentioned, not just my own, but in the best interest of the dog. I do not want him to have my kid around this dog. I feel that he will be offended if I ask him to get rid of the dog. I feel that if he doesnât it will ruin our relationship. I mean he didn't even get her as a pet, he got her so he could breed her and make money off her pups. She has good paperwork so I guess he could have made some money. Anyway he is not a breeder and the dog has not gotten pregnant in the attemps made. He also admitted to me that he used to be very abusive to her. I don't know why. Bottom line, he didn't want her for the right reason. I was raised to respect animals and to never abuse them. My mom also taught me that dogs do not forget who abuses them, and you never know when they will attack you back one day.
I feel like I will be saying, either me and the baby or the dog. I think if he puts the dog up for adoption now or w/e, it will be better than waiting until the baby is here. I feel bad because our relationship was/is really starting to get a lot better. I don't want to ruin that, but I can't shake this feeling. I don't know what to do.
Have any of you been through something like this? What did you do? Any advice on what I can do about bd?