Basically I just want to get some thoughts about the way my girlfriend and her family treat her dog. She is a four year old mini daschund and seems to have quite a lively personality.
The first 1-1.5 years she lived with her owner (my girlfriend) when she was in college and in her apartment where all seemed to be going well. Now for the last 2 or more years she has lived with my girlfriends parents in their house and the dog has gained a lot of weight and her personality has some problems. She often barks uncontrollably, usually at children and other dogs on the street. She is scared to meet other dogs in the park and basically tries to bite any children or people trying to pet her (which happens often as she is super cute.) She is also overprotective of her owners so when we’re out and any stranger talks to us she will immediately growl and bark.
I’m no dog expert but the thing that annoys me is that during the week her parents take care of the dog but never seem to let it go outside. My girlfriend claims her mum is OCD about the house being clean so doesn’t allow the dog to go for walks, only in the weekends and if she is washed immediately after. The dog is trained to pee/poo in her crate and there is no garden around.
As the house is quite far out of the city where I live, I try to take the dog out as often as I can, to the country, walk in the park etc… But I just feel so sad knowing that the dog spends 6 days a week locked inside, and occasionally let out for scooter ride to get some fresh air. I met some other dog owners and it seemed they too didn’t let their dogs out as often I would imagine. Is this normal practice in Taiwan?
On a side note another annoying thing is that since the dog is only trained to use the plate in her crate to pee/poo when we go out for a day trip after a couple of hours, she will visibly become annoyed and barking indicating she wants to go. We’ve tried training her to pee outside by using her pee scent but nothing seems to work. After she’s home and done her business she is ready to go out again haha.
Anyone can offer any advice what to do? Above all I just feel sorry for the poor dog, but unfortunately there is no way she can move in with me