Hello everyone! I am new to the forums, always a guest, never a poster. So, here I am because I truly need some advice. I know of a 2 year old boxer who, like most boxers, is super energetic and always needing attention. However, this poor dog spends about 23 hours a day, all alone. That 1 hour of human interaction each day is usually potty breaks, and the occasional "pet" as his owner (or roommates) walks in/out the door. His owner? My boyfriend.
I have tried numerous times to very kindly bring up this matter. My boyfriend loves his dog, but he truly just does not have the time for Baxter that he really needs - my boyfriend owns two businesses, is still committed to working at one of them on-site full-time, and still works at home afterwards. Baxter's lack of attention has also resulted in some very ill-mannered habits, but in general, he is a wonderful dog. My boyfriend exercised the option of giving up Baxter for adoption at one point. He found a great couple who was looking for a boxer and when they said they'd take him, my boyfriend backed out. I offered some advice that I was given by my veterinarian (who conducted the obedience training I went through with my dog) and he said he would definitely give it a shot. In my opinion, the only thing he's doing is confusing Baxter and setting him up to fail. Example: Baxter was apparently crate-trained as a puppy, but hasn't seen the inside of one in about 1.5 years (he's 2). Baxter's "safe zone" has become the living room couch, which is not going over so well for my boyfriend's roommates, since they own the couch. Baxter has a crate, my boyfriend refuses to use it. So, when my boyfriend is gone for 10 hours a day at work and sleeping for 8 hours at night, Baxter roams the house free .. and utilizes his couch. Yes, I said his. When my boyfriend gets home from work, it's only then that he reinforces this "no couch" rule with Baxter. Well, I don't see where he logically believes this will work. I think it just confuses Baxter.
I suggested he take Baxter to obedience training classes this morning. I got a sneer look, followed by the "it won't do anything" comment. Sure it won't, because my boyfriend refuses to make the effort with his dog. My boyfriend refuses to give Baxter the home he deserves, but also refuses to dedicate the time to Baxter that he deserves. Now, the situation has officially began to upset me.
Before anyone asks, I unfortunately cannot take Baxter. My schedule is busy and all of my free time, including some of my work time as well, I dedicate to my own high energy furbaby. I would not be able to responsibly take on another dog. Please don't fire back with how I can be with such a person, it's really irrelevant to Baxter.
I really just don't know what to do, or what other advice I can give someone who wants a dog but doesn't want to make the time.