My husband is jealous of new puppy (4 replies)
Hello. I was wondering if I can get any input on what I should do. We recently got an puppy. We already have several other dogs. My husband was wanting him to sort of replace our (his) dog that died months ago. My husband is getting very mad that the pup wants to interact with me or our kids. He's inside and I'm home all day with him taking care or him and my kids and training him while my husband is at work. He will come home and interact a little bit with him but I don't think enough, and the dog runs away from him when he calls him.
What do I do? My husband said he wants him to be his dog and next time he's gonna have to keep the dog put up. I told him if he wanted a dog for himself only, then he needs to be by himself. But he has family and the dog has a family. Not just one owner. I don't know what to think or do now.
If he's not there and you are, it's likely the dog will take to you more since you spend more time with him. I agree with your statement; if he wanted the dog only for himself, being by himself would be the best option.
You could discuss this with your veterinarian, a therapist, or try to get him to agree to compromise. It looks like a rough battle ahead, but I sure hope it smooths out for you. You have the dog's best interest at heart as well as your family, and that's what matters.
Couldn't have said it better than Kristine did! My heart goes out to you, this is a tough situation.
Relationships with Puppies take time! This is not an adult dog that has already established it's "Loyalty" to any one person. A Puppy is going to go for the person(s) who Play with it.. Feed it...Love it and give it attention. If he is not home for the major part of the day it is understandable that the New Baby is going to be attached to the Caregiver.. This was the same with all my German Shepherds when we got them.. UNTIL they got to be about 6-7 months old and then it was ALL about the Daddy when he got home. The burden of building this Trust and Relationship is on the Hubby.. He needs to set aside Special times with him to start bonding and building the "Relationship".. My husband will take ours out for a walk at night... Is the one who feeds them in the Morning and let them and play... The rest of the day is mine... They learn to depend on those times of the day where they are assured that this is DADDY time... He can't blame it on the baby... The Relationship with them.. Depends on HIM..
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