I’ve never been in this situation before and I am not sure what to do. My boyfriend wants me to choose between him and my dog. He wants me to put my dog to sleep because she is always barking and it drives him crazy, but I love her so much! I don’t know how to make this decision because I love my boyfriend, but I also love my dog more than anything in the world. What do I do?
What you can do if your partner hates your dog
It’s one thing to have a boyfriend who can’t stand your dog. It’s another when he wants you to get rid of your dog if you want him in your life. When it comes down to choosing between love and loyalty, there is no right answer because there isn’t one relationship that is exactly like another.
There are, however, some things you can do that may bring both sides of a contentious issue closer together. Think about talking with your partner about how special dogs are in general, especially yours.
Then explain how much time, energy, and care went into selecting your beloved pet as his best friend. In most cases, all a conversation like that will do is make everyone feel better!
What you can do if your dog is jealous of your boyfriend/girlfriend
Animals can be very jealous, especially dogs. Your dog might be feeling left out, he might have a lot of energy, or simply be trying to protect you from bad influences. But in any case, your dog needs love too! While it’s okay for him to get a little possessive over you, he shouldn’t show signs of aggression toward others.
Take some time and train your dog with these simple tips so that they don’t feel threatened when you spend time with your man or woman. They may need more attention than before at first but once they are comfortable things should go back to normal pretty fast! Here are a few steps to take
Dogs as Therapists
Dogs can have a profoundly positive impact on both our physical and mental health. Studies have shown that being around dogs lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, increases longevity, boosts happiness, and overall makes us feel good about ourselves!
In fact, therapy dogs are now being used as part of mainstream psychiatric treatment in hospitals and nursing homes. From animal-assisted therapy for victims of domestic violence to canine compassion programs for seniors with Alzheimer’s, animals are helping humans regain their confidence after tragic circumstances.
So why not bring your furry friends into your relationship? If you’re dating someone who loves animals as much as you do, chances are they won’t mind adding another four-legged friend into your life!
Why dogs are good for your mental health
The most obvious answer is that dogs are always happy to see you, even after a long day of work. But don’t underestimate how much your dog’s affection can improve your overall mental health. The benefits of owning a pet are well documented: they lower blood pressure and make us more active.
Studies show that these behaviours extend to humans with pets as well—and especially dogs. In fact, one study shows that people who own dogs have 30% lower odds of suffering from depression than those who do not.
And if you think about it, it makes sense: Dogs provide unconditional love without judgment or condition. It’s hard not to feel good when someone loves you for who you are! Dogs also help bring out our playful side, which helps relieve stress and anxiety by increasing serotonin levels in our brains—the happy chemical.
They also encourage exercise by providing motivation for walks around town or through your local park. For many owners, walking their dog becomes part of their daily routine—which means taking time out for yourself while still spending quality time with a furry friend!
Should We Adopt Rescued Animals?
We are big proponents of rescuing animals, but if you choose to get a pet from a shelter, there’s still some work involved. The first step is finding an appropriate pet for your lifestyle. Think about what you will do with an animal that requires walking or exercise—it doesn’t make sense to adopt a dog if you never plan on taking it out for a walk (just like it doesn’t make sense to get a cat if you hate cleaning up litter boxes).
Most shelters can provide background information on each of their available pets. This can give you a good insight into how active or trainable each animal will be. Next, remember that just because an animal is listed as being good with children does not necessarily mean it is child-proof.
Tips for bringing home a rescue dog
Adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue group is one of many ways you can save a dog’s life. Shelters typically have dogs of all breeds, ages and health conditions looking for a home.
Whether you’re looking for an energetic puppy or an older dog who will be your lifelong companion, there are dogs in shelters who need homes! To make sure that your new pet fits seamlessly into your family, you may want to do some homework on choosing a breed of dog or adopting from rescue groups before bringing him home.
For example, if you have small children it would be wise to choose an adult dog (over 6 months) who has had obedience training.