Its amazing how I wrote this post over 6 years ago and it makes people FURIOUS to read what I wrote. Back then I was very strong willed in my opinion of lazy dog owners and though I still feel the same, I have decided I will be updating this post and offer more options and opinions on the matter. Please stay tuned!
People know that I’m an animal lover and dogs have a special place in my heart. If you ever want to know anything, I’m always happy to answer with any knowledge that I know. Sometimes though, you just have to find a new home for your dog. If you’re riding the fence wondering what a good reason is to get rid of your dog is then have no fear! I’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons why you should get rid of your dog.
Why You Should Get Rid of Your Dog
1-4. Is your dog just out of control and doesn’t know how to behave? Does he jump on you, visitors, or your beloved vehicle? Does he nip or play too hard? Not potty trained? Well, the answer is to get rid of your dog because why would you want to be a responsible dog owner and TRAIN YOUR DOG? *insert eye roll* Do children come out of the womb and know how to behave? Hell no. They have to be taught what is and isn’t okay so why would you think an animal with a smaller intelligence would be smarter than that? You have to teach your dog that you are the pack leader and show him how to behave quickly. If your dog is doing anything from numbers 1-4 then the problem is you. Take some time out of your day to train your dog or take him to classes to be trained. You signed up to take care of him for 10+ years so you need to make time for him and teach him how to behave.
5. You found THE PERFECT place to move to but the only catch is they don’t let you have pets. Oh well, guess you have to give your dog up. NOT. Stop being a shitty person and look for a different place. When we moved into our current house we had to look for months to find a pet-friendly house. We gave up our ideal locations and settled for a place $200 over our goal rent price so that we could have pets.
6. Now that you have a real baby the fur baby has to go…really? Just really? Most pets LOVE babies and kids and if they don’t then you probably didn’t socialize them correctly. Not to mention the fact that babies raised with dogs are generally healthier. If your dog has jealousy issues then work with them to understand what’s going on. Show them that the family dynamic has changed.
7. Bahaha! I’m sorry, did I just laugh? Are you really going to get rid of your dog because a new beau has an allergy?
8. So you feed your dog table food and don’t understand why he won’t leave you alone? Yeah, that makes sense. There are so many foods that are toxic to dogs that will do way more harm than good.
9. I get it, I get it. You only want to be there for your dog through the good times, not the bad times. Who wants to pay all of that money just to health or euthanize a dog when they can sit in pain and you can keep that extra dough in your pocket? Or better yet you can leave them at a shelter to be euthanized all alone in fear.
10. Clearly, when it comes to choosing between your old dog who’s well old and your new puppy the choice is obvious. Why would you want an old “ugly dog” when you can have a cute new puppy?!
Hopefully, this list has left you with clarification on just 10 of the reasons why you should get rid of your dog but if not, feel free to ask for more reasons. I’d be happy to help!
We only did this once. We had a dog who has gone wild and he was out of control. He had been biting our other dogs and had even hurt my husband on one occasion. We had a friend who happens to be a dog trainer, so we gave him the dog.
Glad you were able to find a safe home! 🙂
Carmen Perez (listen2mama) says
Aw, unfortunately due to my hubby’s severe asthma we cannot have pets, but he and my daughter would love to have a dog! They do make great pets.
Haha! I love the twist you gave this post because I definitely did not see it going the way it did. We are not pet owners just yet but we are considering a dog in the near future. I know that once we make that decision we would definitely consider him or her as part of the family and I would make any adjustments needed just like I would for one of us. Great post!
I am a dog lover too…. but I don’t have any animals because I travel so much. I go to my Daughters to get my pet fix.
Haha, that’s the best way to do it! Just like when someone has baby fever you go and play with a baby so you can get your fix! lol
Cynthia @craftoflaughter says
I love this! How perfect in our throwaway society. So sad that pets are treated that way.
Miranda (Myrabev) says
I love dogs but I am never hope due to my job so would never put one in my home only to be left alone for periods at a time
We had a dog for 14 years and for 11 of those years, rented apartments. It was difficult, and at one point, I did have to let her live with my mom for a few months. However, as soon as I found something that did take pets, I took her back and she lived with us until the day she died.
I’m really glad your post went the way it did because I am very adamant that people keep and love their dogs their whole lives. One of my friends just gave her dog away and I am still disappointed in her.
You are my new favorite person. I love you for this post, in fact. Did I just make it weird? Maybe, but this is just so awesome, I don’t even care.
At first I was not sure where you were going with this and I thought you were really writing about 10 reasons someone should get rid of their dog. Glad to see I was wrong.
I don’t had a dog or any pet in my house, this is very helpful and important. I’d like to share this to my friends.
Emma Lee says
Michele D says
I’m a dog lover and own a beagle. I would never get rid of her. I am so lucky because she is a great dog. Doesn’t howl. Just a lovable dog.
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Love it! When I first read the title I was like “UM…,!!!” But it was so spot on. These loves are entrusted to us, and some people don’t seem to get that. Love my fur baby no matter what!
I am definitely a dog person. I’ve had a few black labs in my day. The one before this one she was 17 yrs old when she died and labs are not supposed to live that long. The Vet said she must be well loved, and she was overly loved and spoiled. Now this one we got when she was 9. The other couple wanted to get rid of her because she growled at the baby they had who was 11 months old. I mean what a mean dog to growl at that beautiful cute baby when it was pulling her ears, mouth, poking it’s eyes, sticking her finger up its nose and a few other unmentionable places. When the baby came near I could see her running away.
Carin Kilby Clark says
Haha this was too funny! I was wondering when I saw the title… I’ve never had a dog but it was still really entertaining.
Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy says
I had to get rid of my dog. It was really heart breaking. When I got a divorced a few years ago, I left, so she stayed with him.
HAHA loving the humour and sarcasm in this post! So many people get pets as an impulse purchase instead of finding a loving family member! More people should read this post, all dogs deserve a forever home!
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Do you have children? I had a dog for five years and loved and spoiled her. Then I had a baby. And the love I had for the dog paled in comparison to the baby. As soon as she started getting territorial and showed signs she didn’t want me to be near the baby that was that. She went to live with my mother. Yes, I know your advice is to train a jealous dog. And in the meantime while you’re waiting for that training to kick in? Your fur baby is not a real baby and never will be equal. Finding a new good home for them versus taking them to the pound are two different things. Yes, we live in a throwaway society and dogs shouldn’t be part of that. But people have gone the other extreme. Dogs aren’t humans. If they were then they’d be. They aren’t. Sacrificing your rent budget and your location might be ok for some people. But for others with non-negotiable budgets or kids needing to be in decent school districts the dog is rightly last priority. I googled why you should get rid of your dog because unlike most people our dog was bought because my husband wanted one and so did the kids. I absolutely abhor animals in the House. But I still wouldn’t just kick her to the curb. I’d find her a home but my life is so beyond stressful since we got her.
Thank You ! Someone Finally said it!!
Diane Pruett says
What do you do with a dog you had since a puppy, and he attacks you for no reason hard enough he breaks your thumb, he is a dachshund, he is 3 and I’m the one who takes him for walks and feeds him and he sleeps right next to me, but he attacked me for no reason , I don’t know what to do, help
From what I know, that means your dog make have a health issue going on. I would seek a vet asap!
My boyfriend and I adopted a dog two months ago and since the he has developed happy tail so there’s blood all over our walls (we don’t have $700 to get his tail cut off and I’m terrified it’ll get infected) should we give him back to the shelter? We can’t afford what the medical bills will be…he also stresses me the hell out because he’s ran away a total of five times now and I just feel at a loss. I don’t want to come off as a bad person, but I just think I was jumping the gun getting a second dog before we were ready. Am I a bad person? I just don’t know what to do…
Definitely not a bad person at all. If you realize you all can’t afford the bills and your mental health is a stake, I would return him to the shelter or try to rehome him.
Dang… I was looking for some grounding and a sanity check to help with making a hard decision. I was really hoping to see none of my reasons on a list like this. Instead I’m met with snarkiness. You’re not helping anyone. I can’t believe this is at the top of my search.
I’m sorry you feel that way. I feel very strongly about taking on a pet for their lifetime and not when its convenient. I hope you found a good resolution.
I would never have a dog in my house because its a big responsibility walking it and
picking up dog poop is just so dirty and having a dog living in your house is un sanitized
they are animals and they smells not to mention dog hair and money being spent on them
its just so sad that people sees the need to need animals living in their house around their
little children around their food ,dogs sometimes carry viruses and ticks in the butt area and
all in the hair ,not only that but dogs often piss in the house and sometimes poop in a corner
of your home its not worth it oh and not to mention when the house starts to smell like animals,
dogs are not welcome in my house because I am not a dog lover or liker and my house is very clean
and smell fresh and my couch is dog free and I intends to keep it that way a dog can never be a friend
of mines I look at it as an animal that cant talk it can only bark and I don’t need something around
me that just constantly barks and being jealous of a baby is obscure a dog that behave like that
needs to quickly be given to a shelter a dog has 4 legs humans has 2 there is no need to be confused.
Lavender smells nice says
If only more people were sane and loving towards each other instead of an anthropomorphised, glorified dog.
Can’t disagree with anything you wrote.
‘Getting a dog’ is not from this time anymore. The environmental destruction, the species extinction, the maulings, the noise pollution, the way dog owners push their unhealthy delusional beliefs unto others, etc.
Angela Cannon says
Thank you sooo much!
Wow, this was such a shaming and co descending article. Totally not helpful
Matthew Young says
I can respect your views here, but sometimes people make bad decisions and no amount of shaming them will make a difference. I thought I was a dog person. Had dogs all my life growing up and loved them. But, I have two now that drive me crazy. I’ve have had one for close to 10 years, the other for about 3 years. I got them when my wife and kids were around. They’ve since moved out and left me to take care of the dogs which I thought I could handle.
They stare at me all day long, follow me around like they are going to die if I leave the room for a minute, jump up and get excited every time I move, bark like crazy anytime someone comes to the door or they hear something outside, tear up the yard, jump all over people despite training them not to, and the one dog stinks so bad it makes me want to vomit despite baths and taking her to the vet several times to see what’s wrong with her, etc. If you have tons of time for the dogs, fine. Not everyone does, and not everyone realizes at the beginning the actual reality of what it takes to not only train the dog, but maintain their learning over time. I was fine with my one small dog, then we got another. The two of them together is a disaster. The little one has bit other dogs and kids since we acquired the new dog – I’M JUST DONE WITH ANIMALS!!! And when people humanize these animals, to a point, it becomes more of a psychological dilemma than anything else. The reality is that it is a dog.
So, while I get what you are saying here, sometimes its not just about being selfish, it’s about not loosing your damn mind – which is basically what is happening with me and these two dogs. And, from my point of view, not only do I not have the time or money to invest in the training at this point, I don’t have the will power or determination to do anything about their behavior anymore. I’m just done. So, what do you say to that? Probably that I’m selfish, right?
Matthew Young says
To add to this, both were rescues with very problematic behavior which for the most part has been taken care of. They were both anxious, one was on meds. The other was afraid of everything – trash truck, broom, trash bag, any plastic bag, folding laundry, etc. So, I’ve given them a lot of love and care. But, now, I just don’t feel it. I’m depressed. I think it makes them depressed. It’s just a sad scene.
There are some circumstances that put the dogs best interest at heart to rehome them. We don’t live in a cookie cutter world. Dogs do better in certain situations. Loving your dog doesn’t always mean keeping them. However, I do agree far too many people toss them to the curb when they grow tired of the responsibility.