For as long as one can remember, animals have been loving companions that are considered an additional member of most families. Commonly in America, pets are treated more like humans than anything else. On any given day, you could see a dog sporting the latest stylish doggy wear down the street. They're like a needed accessory, with less hassle and more reward.
But can the bond between an owner and their pet affect a relationship?
I'm a huge fan of a show on Animal Planet called It's Me or the Dog.
On it, there's a dog trainer who comes into homes that are having difficulty training their dogs; whether it be walking or feeding. But most of their issues are behavioral.
One married couple in particular had adopted a dog that, over time, had become an issue in their marriage. So much so that the husband was seriously considering divorce. The dog slept in the bed next to his wife, while he slept in the guest room
. Whenever the dog cried from lack of attention, the wife dropped whatever she was doing to baby him as if it were a child. Victoria, the dog trainer, explained that the issue wasn't so much the dog, but the wife who didn't put a stop to his behavior, placing the dog before her husband.
Now, I understand the love for your pet. I have a cat that I absolutely adore, as if he were my child. But there are times when a line needs to be drawn with their behavior, as far what is and isn't acceptable. Training is recommended for a reason. Letting an animal get between what you built, is something I find quite ridiculous. I wouldn't get rid of my own animal, however. The word compromise comes to mind. Have you or anyone you know, ever let their pet come before a relationship, rather than rectifying the situation and improving it?