I personally really like animals, and dogs especially. So I recently moved in with some people, but the landlord is a couple that my friends recommended (if you followed my last thread with my previous roommate, this is A HUGE STEP up from that,) and at the time, I knew they had dogs, but they both were very sweet and quiet.
There are two dogs, one is a female Jin-do which is a traditional Korean dog, (we'll call her Anna), the other is Yorkshire terrier mix with something else, and he's about three years old and a lot smaller, maybe 8-10 pounds, (we'll call him Joe). She was supposed to be sent to the slaughterhouse and my roommates rescued her. She is very quiet, and extremely shy due to being abused. Since she is pretty big for one year dog, she exhibits and displays dominance over the smaller dog.
Joe barks, and growls a lot, he also gets extremely jealous along with clear signs of crippling anxiety and abandonment. He was rescued as a pup, apparently the home owner found out his dog had given birth and tossed the puppies into a bush, and some passerby heard cries and found them.
When I first moved in, Joe would sneak into my room, and steal my things like socks, food I left behind, and he took one of my favorite pair of shoes. He has the knack for being able to push my door with his body to open it. To prevent this, I now have to lock my door every time.
He is very clingy, and I think he has clear signs of separation anxiety, (which I don't understand because one of the roommates girlfriend works at home and he always lays next to her.) He likes to sit between people's legs, and has a tendency to try to hump Anna. He also has this weird infatuation with eating feathers, something my roommates have been upset and angry with. They have definitely hit and punished him physically. I've seen them do it in action, which is probably what compelled me to do what I typed below next..
This is where this gets a little tricky.
DISCLAIMER: I feel like a huge jerk, and I still regret this. So people if you feel the need to insult or demean me, go ahead. But just letting you guys know I feel awful, and I still think about what I did to this day.
2 months ago, my roommates decided to go out to a trip to Myrtle Beach. They took Anna, because she gets way too nervous when her owners aren't there. So one day, it was just me, and my other roommate. My other roommate has been a tenant there for a year, so the dogs are comfortable around him. Joe kept whining all week for my other roommate to let him sleep with him. So I noticed that my roommate probably wasn't home, so I let Joe sleep in my room. As I dozed off, but woke up to see him tearing apart both of my pillows and feathers were flying all around the room.
In a fit of rage, I scolded him firmly, to which he growled and showed his teeth, and I told him, "Joe! Look what you did!" It seemed that he didn't seem to care or showed submission to me, so I poked his head twice. The second time I did, he bit my hand very hard that I immediately started bleeding, and without thinking, I smacked the dog back. I'm pretty sure I got him pretty good, because he yelped really loud, and started showing immediate signs of submission. (Tail tucked behind legs, whale eyes, and lowering his body while licking me constantly, and whining.)
I felt really bad, and I couldn't help but think what a piece of !@#$ I was. Nowadays, whenever I see the dog, he sometimes runs up to my door whenever I open it, and sometimes he doesn't. I have noticed lately that whenever I pet him, he seems very scared. He shows me clear signs of submissive behavior and displays signs of cowering or licking his lips a lot whenever he's close to me. Whenever I make eye contact, he immediately averts eye contact, and yawns when he's close to me.
It's very weird, because he'll follow me around the house, and is always excited to see me when I open the door at home from work. He'll run up to me when I sit on the coach or squeeze between my legs when I'm laying down. But there are times where he shows me that he's really scared of me, and I feel awful.
I don't particularly like the dog, because he is very clingy, and is the strangest dog I have ever been around. (He was always strange even before I put my hands on him.) But I still feel horrible for what I did, and have no idea how to go from here.
I know I should give him space, and leave him alone while trying to give him treats to build up trust.
I thought about taking walks with him, but the owners don't have flea medicine, plus he's a stay home dog that has been acclimated to staying indoors, even though I can tell he gets jealous whenever I walk Anna.
What do you guys think?