Doodle MPB Still Lives Here & Our Recent Dog Attack

It’s been a while, so I think it’s time for another Doodle MPB update.

Much to my surprise, after truly hitting my breaking point last month, she is still part of our family.

The biggest change has been that I’ve backed off on being the only adult in our house who is caring for Doodle MPB.  In fact, I’ve refused to keep doing solo walks with her, which is probably the biggest/only change.  (I still coordinate training sessions, vet appointments, prescription refills, but I generally do all that type of stuff for our household, so it’s not unexpected).

But, Mr. MPB has finally stepped up to work with her a bit more.  Honestly, I laid it all on the line for him because he wanted to keep her, and I wanted her gone.  I told him, he wasn’t doing anything to care for her, so it was my turn to do nothing.  I also told him that while he may choose to play with Little MPB rather then take the dog out for walks, it means that every single day I’m going for a walk while the two of them play.  Which means, every single day for almost an hour, I spend that time hating the dog and hating him, which is clearly not good for our family or our marriage.  Needless to say, he didn’t like hearing that, and he suggested trying family walks.

Which means one of our biggest changes is that 4-5 days a week, as a family, we go for a ‘hike with Doodle MPB’ (to quote Little MPB).  One adult keeps a close eye on Doodle MPB, the other adult keeps a close eye on Little MPB.  We have a few different off-leash areas that are not busy (I will not take my toddler to a busy off leash area with multiple dogs I don’t know).  This allow Doodle MPB the freedom she needs to run and Little MPB loves playing outside.  Doodle MPB does knock Little MPB over from time to time, and he cries, but he’s not actually hurt and he gets up and continues running around with her.

Mr. MPB is also helping a bit more with training.  And even asked that I schedule her next ttouch session for when he’ll be home so he can learn too.

Even though she is a high energy dog, I’ve backed off on demanding that she gets a walk every day, and try to realize that walks aren’t going to happen some days.

So, it’s a work in progress.  She’s still on a high dose of clomicalm, which our vet wants to try weaning her off, and I’m not ready to (at least not until after the busy holidays).  She still barks/whines when she doesn’t get what she wants, which is unbelievably annoying to both Mr. MPB and I.  But, there just doesn’t seem to be a good way to “fix” that problem.  She still thinks she’s part human and part kangaroo, which is less then desirable especially now that she’s mastered turning on our stove, but I do think/hope with more training and age she’ll get better at keeping 4 paws on the ground.

And to make matters worse, her and I were attacked by a dog at the dog park on the weekend. This pisses me off to no-end, because we were at what is considered a quiet and safe dog park.  And yet, there was a loose dog with no-owner around.  The loose dog already had blood on it’s fur presumably from another dog encounter.  Doodle MPB, who I truly don’t believe has a mean/aggressive bone in her body, tried to hide behind me, which put me in the line of the loose dog.  Thankfully, after being cornered by the loose dog, someone was able to come to my aid and get the loose dog on a leash.  Neither Doodle MPB or I were hurt, but I did end up calling the city and having to put in a police report.  So, while there is no physical injuries to either myself of Doodle MPB, I am very nervous of long term psychological impacts of Doodle MPB.  She was really good with other dogs, but now I’m not so sure and only time will tell.

Honestly I am still not confident that we can make this work. Getting a puppy with a 2 year old was a huge mistake, I still believe it’s the biggest mistakes of my life (I’m not kidding and/or exaggerating).

But, I do know I want my son to be raised with a dog and at this point we’ve put so much effort into Doodle MPB, that I kind of just hope we can survive until she’s 2.  Because at 2 she’ll just be a neurotic, unbalanced, crazy dog, which has to be better then a neurotic, unbalanced, crazy puppy.

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5 Comments on “Doodle MPB Still Lives Here & Our Recent Dog Attack

  1. I am glad that your husband is taking a more active role with Doodle MPB. Every time I read a post about her, I feel sad for both you and for her.

    IMO, it’s not totally your fault that things have worked out this way. There is as much variability in temperament with puppies as there is with human babies, and there was no way for you to predict that the puppy you chose would be one who is difficult.

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  2. Google “dog brain games” for some great ideas of things you can do to help her calm.
    1. A smart dog NEEDS to work with her brain. Meeting that need can go a long way toward avoiding that neurotic dog you’re expecting to live with.
    2. Don’t go spending a fortune on puzzle toys. You can make everything you need out of ordinary household items, like newspaper and old cereal boxes.
    3. This can be tiresome hard work, or it can be something you and Little MPB do together. It CAN be fun!
    4. Serious thinking time will tire her out as much as a garden run, so plan on this for the days she doesn’t go for a walk.

    Hope these ideas help. Call me if you need to!

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  3. Oy, I was wondering if she was still with the family. I can say that Yappy bounced back after a pretty brutal dog attack at the dog park when he was about 6 months old. It took him a while, and he had to figure out how to enjoy the park, run with the pack and stay safe. Pups can be resilient. Of course, he just got smacked around by a neighborhood cat and now he wants to cross the street whenever he sees here. LOL.

    Yappy just turned 4 and I can definitely say that he settled down a good bit between 2-2.5 years old and then again recently when her turned 4. I’m hoping that it works out! ❤

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  4. She can turn on the stove?? That’s terrifying.
    I’m so impressed that you’ve put so much energy, time, money, and patience into doodle MPB. So many families would have relinquished her when she didn’t seem to click with their family. And sometimes that’s definitely the better option, but if you can hold out and see a light at the end of the tunnel, maybe one day she’ll be your best friend (you know, when she’s 9 years old and has arthritis…). She’s lucky to have such doting parents to help her through her wild toddler/adolescent years.

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  5. Well I’m glad there has been at least some progress for you all. It’s been an extremely tough road for you. We actually puppy sat a poodle/Maltese cross 10mths old for 24 hours recently and while we all loved her and would puppy sit again it def put me off getting a dog for awhile. It is a lot of work! Holly adored her though. It was very sweet. She still asks for her. Anyway almost xmas! Wishing all the MPBs a wonderful silly season. I’m going to send you a message on XMAS day when we are in the SAME TIMEZONE just because I can hehe xx

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