He loves her more than me.

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  1. rhiannon says:

    Honestly, I don’t think a shock collar is going to do it. I don’t think a food-motivated dog like that is going to have enough forethought to think, “this is going to hurt, I should just ignore the food.” Instead he’ll think, “FOOD! FOOD! OH CRAP THAT HURT! FOOD! FOOOOOOOOOOOD!

    I’d give her one more chance. The next time she lets him in I would go knock on her door, and ask the question of, “If you hear me calling for him, why don’t you let me know where he is, so I don’t have to worry?” And then let her know clearly that this is what you expect her to do. If you don’t think she’s totally psycho, give her your phone number so she’ll have no excuses.

    It seems to me that him getting over there and going inside and being treated kindly wouldn’t be such a big deal if she wasn’t being so WEIRD about it. A nice treat from the neighbor? Awesome. Acting like a kidnapper giving a kid candy? Weird.

  2. rhiannon says:

    Another note about the shock collar. When I worked for a vet we had a clinic cat who liked to go up front and break open bags of VERY expensive prescription food. We had a shock collar on him to prevent it. So, he’d get behind the “line” crouch down, wiggle his little kitty butt, and then tear across the shock line, go “MRRAAOOOOWWW!” and proceed to tear open bags of food. I was wondering if the collar was even really worry right, so I walked across holding it… OUCH!

    • mel says:

      What about telling dognapper neighbor lady that you had to put Hank on a special diet for health reasons, and that her treats are not good for him. (rawhides, in particular, are really not good for doggies tummies.) And then train him to ignore that fence; maybe reward him every time he comes back inside. If he is whining to go out so he can beg her for food, have him do something (like sit on command, anything) so that you can reward the good behavior. Maybe with consistency, it will work? But it’s only going to work if you can convince the neighbor to stop treating him. If she is really that lonely, she should go to the shelter and find her own pet to dote on. Or even volunteer at the shelter, helping make dogs more adoptable, give them walks, etc. Maybe even be firm with her that Hank already has a loving home. IDK, my neighbors ignore us, so I’m rusty with neighbor relations. I would be so peeved!!!!

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