Last Sept we had to put our German shepherd, Duke, to sleep because of prostate cancer. After grieving for a few months, I went to the humane society and lucked out on a 3 year old purebred female Norwegian Elkhound, papers included. We named her Storm.
She’s a pretty dog, looks like a little wolf. She’s good with the kiddos, and a nice dog.
Problem is, Ivylad can’t “bond” with her. He’s grown up with dogs, he’s the one who wanted another dog (I didn’t) and now he says he doesn’t like her all that much.
She does whine quite a bit, and I think because she’s an older dog she’s picked up some bad habits that we can’t break her of. Duke never stole food off the counters, Storm does. She barked so much when we let her outside that we had to buy a bark collar for her. She also has a habit of sitting on the furniture, something I will NOT tolerate with a dog. I push her off each time, but when I get up in the morning there is the living room chair, covered in dog hair.
I don’t mind the dog, but Ivylad complains enough so that I am thinking about giving her to the No-Kill Shelter we have in town. I know I shouldn’t anthropomophize (sp?) dogs, but I feel bad, thinking we would be abandoning her and that her feelings would be hurt.
We called a trainer, and they said Norwegian Elkhounds are very hard to train. I suppose we should have done more research, but she was so cute at the animal shelter and I was not about to spend umpteen dollars on a German Shepherd or chow pup from a breeder.
Ivylad does not want to get rid of her, but wants a second dog, something I do not want to deal with. We do not abuse the dog in any way, and she may not be able to sense we don’t love her as much as Duke, but I’m not sure we’re the right family for her.
Should we keep her, knowing we will care for her even though she’s not a perfect fit, or run the risk that her habits will be so intolerable to another owner that she is abused?