Naughty dog

If you got your dog as a puppy and didn’t train him, or got an older dog from a shelter and he is un-trained, it is never too late to start. There is plenty of free training advice available for your dog from books and online resources. You can also take your dog to local dog training classes, or get a profession al trainer to come to you. It all depends upon your budget. Unless he has massive behavioural problems and is dangerous and aggressive, then your dog can be trained. It just takes some effort from you along with some time and patience.

House training issues

If you are house training a puppy, this is easy. All puppies will have accident s in the first few months of life and you should expect them. However, with a regular ‘toilet routine’ in place, some puppy pads and attention from you, you will soon have a clean dog. It is just like potty training a baby. If you have an older dog that you have adopted, you should use the same process but appreciate that it may take longer due to his age. If this doesn’t work, then a trip to the vet may be needed to ensure that your pet does not have any physical or anxiety problems.

Hard times

Maybe you have lost your job or your partner has been made redundant. You may have to cut back on a few luxuries and eat from a budget menu for a while, but this does not mean your dog should go. Buying pet food in bulk can save money and you can add to it by sharing some of your leftovers with your dog. Other than that, Food Banks can help you out with your family’s food, enabling you to have money left over for dog food. Also, talk to family members and friends to see if they can help you out for a short time. (

Moving house/tenancy problems

Many tenancy agreements have a blanket policy saying ‘no children, no pets’ but very often if you speak with the property owner, you can come to some agreement. It may take longer to find a suitable property but they do exist. Don’t give up too quickly and relinquish your dog as a result. After all, you wouldn’t dispose of your children due to this ruling would you? Ok you may have to compromise, live in an older property or one in a more rural area, but isn’t it worth it if you can keep your beloved dog? Meet up with your prospective landlord, show him your dog and how well behaved he is and assure him that you will do all of the cleaning up necessary, both in the garden and indoors. This way you are much more likely to get a positive response. (

Leaving your pet at a shelter

Just because the shelter may take your dog, it doesn’t mean that he will be destined for a better life. Many of them are overcrowded and underfunded. How is your pet doing to feel when he is shut in a cage, away from his family and those he loves? How long will he have to stay there, in an unhappy state, before he is re-homed? Does the shelter have a no-kill policy or are the unlucky abandoned dogs euthanized after a set period? Just because your dog grew bigger than you anticipated or you are having a baby, does this really give you a good reason to get rid of your dog? Older dogs are even more unlikely to be adopted, pedigree or mutt, it makes no difference. (

Think long and hard before you give up your dog. Once it is done, it is difficult for it to be undone and you may just regret it for the rest of your life. So might your dog.