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Roommates are annoying with the dog!!

Aimster
February 21st, 2007, 09:08 PM
I'll give some background before I explain the rest. I moved to London to go to school and moved in with my partner and two friends who I happened to work with, they're both a few years younger than us. They have both had dogs their whole lives.

So the problem is they're not helping to reinforce the behaviour and training we want from Moxy, don't get me wrong though, it's our fault just as much but at least we correct her the right way when she misbehaves. The girls have been with us since the first day we got Moxy and when we were going through her puppy training we would come home from class and tell them what they need to be doing. It seems like they think they know better because they've had dogs their whole life and this is our first dog.

We're trying to get Moxy to not jump up on us, we are still working with her biting and the biggest thing is starting to be her dominance. When Moxy jumps up they don't say 'off', when she bites, my one roommate thinks it funny because she shows her front teeth and then all she does is talk to her in a baby voice and not use proper correcting terms. The other roommate comes in the door and immediately goes to the dog and gets on the floor and pulls her onto her lap and gets her riled up. She also wakes the dog up a lot, she'll be sleeping on the couch or her bed and she'll reach down and give her a rough petting and the dog sometimes whips around and gets angry, trying to bite her and barks. The list of annoying things goes on and on.

I could go on but I'll stop. It's just really annoying and I guess what I'm really concerned with is whether or not this bad behaviour will be reversable once we move out in June. I know we need to continuely work with Moxy to get the bad habits out but our roommates watch the dog for us a lot when we're out and they don't take it too well when we try to tell them how to behave with Moxy.

I know I should just sit them down and tell them but there are some other issues with them too and it might be hard to do.

Frenchy
February 21st, 2007, 09:17 PM
So you have to train your roomates first and then the dog ! :D I had a dominant foster once and a behavioral specialist told me to put the leash on him and attach it to myself so the dog would have to follow me everywhere in the house , you could try this to break your roomies :D

~michelle~
February 21st, 2007, 10:07 PM
be as consistant as you can be with her, she will listen to you. this is really unfortunate, i too used to have roommates when i got moe my cat and they did thing all of the time that i tried to discourage unfortunately there are some people no matter how many ways you put it or how many time you say it they wont change and its totally disrespectful!..... how much longer do you and your bf have to live there. are you in london on? i have lived her my whole life and know the city well I can help you find some areas of affordable housing pm me if youd like and i can give you ideas that will fit in to you and your bf's budget.

rainbow
February 22nd, 2007, 01:32 PM
are you in london on? i have lived her my whole life and know the city well I can help you find some areas of affordable housing pm me if youd like and i can give you ideas that will fit in to you and your bf's budget.

That would be the best option. If that isn't possible, I would just sit down and tell them, as hard as it might be. Good luck. :fingerscr

Kristin7
February 22nd, 2007, 06:38 PM
I had this same problem with my ex-boyfriend. It is quite rude, but there is only so much you can do unless you move out or they do. I broke up w/ my boyfriend (not just for this reason, but it didn't help him any). I did tell him how I preferred he would help train the dog and not sabatoge the training, but it didn't matter. Good luck. I have a feeling this is a common problem.