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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-09-2011, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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I want to find some ways to help my sister who has a boston terrier/french bulldog. Her and her boyfriend broke up this week and my sister works up in north from where we live and is gone 2 weeks and is back only for 4 or 5 days and her boyfriend can't keep him as his parents don't like walter at all and he works 6 days a week sometimes 7 days. I know it will be heartbreaking if my sister has to give up her baby. If it comes to it my mom might have to take him though my mom works 3 days a week and already has specky, harley(its a stupid story but we aren't allowed two dogs anymore so he has to stay there until hopefully we can get them to change their minds about it) what other idea's are there that will let my sister keep her dog.
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Can you explain this a little better? What do you mean your sister is gone for two weeks and then back for four or five days?

Are you saying she travels for two weeks at a time, and then is only home for less than a week, then travels again? And they boyfriend was taking care of the dog while she travels?

Perhaps they could work out a joint custody, where he keeps..Harley?...while she's away, and she has him when she's home.

Can she take the dog with her when she travels?
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her sister basically does what my husband , hubby works up in the dimond mines 2 weeks a month and then is home for a little while then leaves again. her sister basically travels up north for work for 2 weeks each month and comes home for a little while then leaves again.

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She works for an oil sands company and lives in the camp where you can't have any animals. Yeah she work's two weeks then comes home for the weekend and then goes back to work for another two weeks. I doubt they will do a custody thing with him. My dog harley is kept at my mom's but she doesn't want my sisters dog at her house since he pee's and poop's everything and destroys everything in sight that he can get his mouth on(he isn't trained at all) and my mom already has specky who is to old to be bothered with anymore and he likes to bug her alot.
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unfortunatley its sad to say but ur sister may have to give her puppy up for adoption, its not fair to the dog if he can only have his owner a few days a month, unless someone is home.

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She works for an oil sands company and lives in the camp where you can't have any animals. Yeah she work's two weeks then comes home for the weekend and then goes back to work for another two weeks. I doubt they will do a custody thing with him. My dog harley is kept at my mom's but she doesn't want my sisters dog at her house since he pee's and poop's everything and destroys everything in sight that he can get his mouth on(he isn't trained at all) and my mom already has specky who is to old to be bothered with anymore and he likes to bug her alot.
With that kind of a schedule I hate to say this but it would be better for your sister's dog to have a new home. I don't doubt your sister's love for her pup, and I am normally against rehoming for almost any reason, but in this case, this poor dog needs a stable home.

One of the reasons he's not properly house trained may be because he has had no stability in his life so far. I am sorry for your sister, but she should do what's best for the dog.
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It's also because she lives in a condo on a high floor(like the 7th floor) so it's not always easy to let him go outside and she's tried everything while she was still here. He also came from the petland by her house. He wouldn't even walk on grass for the first couple months until she taught him it was okay. I don't know if she would ever do that as she has tried everything she can to train him and she won't want him put down or put in the humane society.
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then she needs to find a home for him

I think finding a new home is the best option.

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Yeah it might end up coming to that though i really hope not. That or she is very strict on who she gives away too. I have a feeling in the end so that my sister can still keep him he'll go to my mom's(she's got a huge house and a large backyard and i told my mom if she needs any help with any of the dogs i would be willing to help out.
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giving it up for adoption to a loving family that will have the amount of time to love that dog like it needs might be the best thing to do. I know it will be hard but in the long run it will be better for the dog and your sister
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So, why can't you take the dog? Or at least your mom? If its a matter of the dogs not getting along then more training and socialization is needed. Afterall, YOUR the Alpha dogs and YOU decide who is in your pack, that means everyone needs to get along.

Unfortunately, your sister's dog will need to live somewhere else. As everyone stated, the instability and fact that he came from a mill are triggering his behavior. He will need to live with someone who understands dogs more than "I worked very hard to make him realise the grass is okay".. I know your sister loves her dog but everyone needs to act more assertive in dealing with him. This includes having him live with socialsed dogs ( at your mom's?) and getting him socialised with a trainer who is experienced with dealing with ill-bred dogs. I'd say professional training is all you need to have all the dogs live together. Either that, or worst case scenario- get rid of the dog altogether.

I don't like to discuss re-homing. Obviously, your sister cannot have a dog if it's an unstable environment. To the dog, the alpha leader (your sister) is only around for 2 days biweekly. This does not give the dog anything to hold onto making his life harder.

Blah, I'm just rambling now. Sorry!
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