January 22, 2011
If she's less tthan 2 years old, she's still a puppy - unless she's one of the toy breeds. You didn't specify what her physical issues are, so I can't comment on that. However, if she has all kinds of behavior problems, that may well have more to do with training than health issues.
If you don't take a proper "big dog" position in your home, then she is forced to try to do so. It sounds like you may not have the training YOU need to learn how to train a puppy. And training a young dog takes patience and knowledge. Unless you're willing to take the time to learn how to manage a pup, I'd suggest you consider finding her a new home. There are lots of shelter groups who will foster and place unwanted dogs.
I have to admit that the fact that you're considering putting her down because of her behavior put my teeth on edge. Imagine how small our human population would be if we "put down" children because they weren't well behaved. Would you, personally, have made it past the age of 3?
If you're feeling like it's more than you can handle, please do consider the shelter/foster option. Or, if you'd like to keep her, consider getting training - either have someone come in to your home and show how to do it or take her to classes. It is well worth the time and expense - and a lot of fun.
If you find a good trainer, it's a great thing -- I learned SO much about myself and how I was contributing to my puppy's behavior without realizing it. I think Cesar Milan is right -- we get the right dog for us. We just need to be open and willing to learn what we need to learn.
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January 23, 2011
I love my cat to death but I would never spend that much money on an animal. Like everyone else I dread the day that you have to finally put a pet down but scarce resources are much better spent on human beings. I had to put down two young cats when I was around 18 because they simply could not be housebroken. I cried all the way to the shelter. I'm sure it is much more difficult when a younger animal is involved. Still, I would rather donate that money to my church. Always remember, there are hundreds of animals waiting to be adopted at your local animal shelter. If you hang on to an ailing or problem pet too long one of those animals is going to be euthanized instead. I have found in recent years that the thrill of liberating one of these animals from a shelter quickly helps to erase the pain of having to put a beloved pet down.