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Old 06-30-2015, 06:24 AM
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Round 2 with the same dog...

This will all sound really horrible, but I hope you don't judge me because I came here with questions and for support.

My family has always had dogs, and I loved the dogs in my family. So when I was 9 years old I asked for a dog of my own, and my parents complied. I didn't really understand how much work a dog was, though, and I soon grew to resent my new responsibility. Having a puppy was hard work and I just wasn't ready for it. But I was forced to stick it out until I moved out of my parents house.

I hated taking care of this dog so much that I actually came to the conclusion that I hated dogs for about 8 yrs. If you asked me, I would tell you that I wasn't a dog person at all. It wasn't until I was forced to interact with dogs for my job that I realized I don't actually hate dogs. I just had a lot of resentment towards my own dog from childhood. I was upset and frustrated over the work and responsibility for years.

But none of that is his fault, which is something that I began realizing last year.

I'm living at my parents again, and I want to make the past 10 yrs up to him in his final years. He's a healthy dog and I know he still has a good few years left. We never really had that special bond, and I want to fix that.

He is a 10 yr old beagle, named Jake.
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Old 06-30-2015, 06:40 AM
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So is your question how you can bond with him and make his last few years more enjoyable? Take him on walks. Dogs Iike to travel and daily walks can satisfy that need. Walk him places he had never been before so he can see, hear and smell different sites and sounds. Take him on car rides and go to dog friendly places such as home Depot, gander mountain, out door restaurants etc. This is of course assuming that he is socialized and does well or at least decent around other dogs and people. But he's a beagle so I'm assuming that's not much of an issue. Play with him. Fetch, tug favorite toy whatever it is that he likes. Do some basic obedience with him daily and maybe even try teaching him a new trick. Pet him and maybe give him a message if he likes it. It's never to late to create a bond. Dogs are really resilient and forgive much better then we human can. Have fun with him :-)
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@Round2 - welcome to DF!

The really great thing about dogs is that, much unlike people, they forgive. Your pup will be happy to spend time getting to know you. Take him for walks, cuddle on the couch and watch a movie with him, take him to an open field and lay in the grass with him.

You may never get the strong bond that you could have had if things had been different, but it's never too late to start trying

Good luck!
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That was one of my questions, boxer, so thank you for the suggestions. I have more specific questions to post in their respective forums.

He does great in cars, which suprises us. Five years ago he got hit by 2 cars at the same time, after he escaped our home at a family party. I think he may have learned to not leave the yard unleashed from that though, not to be afraid of cars. Now if he slips through the door he doesn't leave the property... that's not to say we let him roam free on unfenced land, though.

We did just move to a new home this week with a big fenced in yard, so I think he'll enjoy that too
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Yesterday I gave him a bath and brushed him out, and we went to petsmart together. Among other things I bought him a new toy, and we played together with it for a little while.
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