Among dog lovers, “re-homing”that is, giving a dog away to another homerepresents a failure on the part of the original owner. But Jen Bradley argues that her family made every effort to accommodate their new puppy, going as far as hiring three separate trainers, but they simply could not make the relationship work:
The truth is, I’d given the dog way too many chances. Way more than I thought I would. But she was one of us, and I knew how heartbroken my kids would be to lose her, so I felt like we should keep trying. Yet, I was always worried about what could happen next.
This was not very helpful for my own relationship with the dog. She became increasingly neurotic, gated away from us for much of the day. We tried to expand her territory in the house, but she had to be watched if there were kids around, so it was a tricky balance.
What do you think? Are there just some human-dog situations that don’t work out?