Well, we are faced with a tough decision and need your input! Here's the question: should we, or should we not get rid of the dog? Sparky has been trying our patience big-time lately. Let me give you a bit of background. We got Sparky (a miniature schnauzer) about two and a half years ago from a dear friend for Christmas. He was about 6 weeks old then, which makes him about 2 and a half now. Sparky has never made it past the teething phase. (By the way, if any dog experts out there know how long the teething phase really lasts, the info would be much appreciated.) By this, I mean he bites everything he can lay his teeth into, with a particular preference for leather. After going through 3 sets of scriptures, some siding on the back of our house, an area of grass in the backyard, and countless stuffed animals and books of Kaylee's, we are wondering if anything can be done - if so, we haven't figured out what it is yet, and are quickly losing patience. Sparky is an "outside" dog, meaning he stays outside during the day and sleeps in our room at night. We don't feel comfortable with him inside the house, unless it's at night and we're watching a movie - then he'll usually sleep on one of the couches. If we leave him to his own devices inside the house he will immediately find something to chew on - it's like having another baby inside the house. We would like him to be inside the house more, but don't know how to train him to not chew up everything in sight, short of following him around 24/7 and that's impossible with 2 kids and a household to manage.
SO, we have read, listened, and watched several bits of advice, and are trying to figure out if we are not doing it right, have not been doing it long enough and consistently, or if the dog is just daft. We want a dog who feels like part of the family, but it doesn't feel that way right now. We need to figure out how to get from pest and budget drainer to man's best friend. Cesar Milan, where are you when I need you??!!
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