Please Help Me Save My Dog in General Dog Discussion Posted March 14, 2013 As horribly cold and calculated as it sounds, setting time frames and expectations for improvement is about stonewalling human nature so you can make rational, compassionate decisions. There's a little thing called the sunk-cost effect that means we don't want to pull out of something we have invested a lot into even if it means we will lose out even more in the end. It makes compassionate and rational decisions about welfare very difficult. While it's laudable to be so devoted to another living being, there is suffering occurring on both sides and if can be ended. It's not a failing or something to be ashamed about to find the kindest thing is to set what you love free. It takes great strength of character and love to be able to make that decision for a friend. And it's true, you can't assess the effectiveness of a method without a measure of improvement. Is Peter Singer a special hero of yours? Will you please stop making this thread personal? What Corvus explained is how it has been explained to me by various professionals who have nothing to do with Corvus or anyone else.