What do you want him to say? He told you what the issue was and was more than willing to help you find a way to fix the problem. I hold Mike's opinion in high regard and happen to agree with him that animals shouldn't be backyard fixtures. They are pack animals and need to feel included in your pack, kinda hard to do alone in the backyard. I also understand your concers about you new child. You child is more important than a dog, but the dog's well being needs to be considered along with that of the childs.
Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.
President Merkin Muffley