Not The Best Week…

More troubles. We were having a good week until the bone showed up. We got Oreo a new bone, but she became defensive of it. My husband, who I dearly love-made a very stupid move. He was testing her when she started growling when he went to take her bone. Yes, she shouldn’t be guarding, but just listen. She continued to growl and it got deeper. He stuck his face in her face and she continued to growl & show her teeth. I told him to move and he literally stayed there for a few minutes in her face, until she bit him. She got him on the lip. Nothing super major, but enough to make a mark. Yes, she shouldn’t have bit him, but as far as reactive dogs go…she gave him MORE than enough warning.

It’s like this-let’s say you are waiting in line to get tickets for a concert. The person behind you keeps grabbing your purse. You tell them to stop. At first they say it’s an accident. Then they keep touching it. You keep telling them to stop but you are getting angrier. At first you tell them politely, but eventually you start yelling. You yell in their face and make sure they know you don’t want them to touch your purse, it is yours. Eventually you warn them you are going to hit them. Unfortunately, it’s like they don’t speak your language but you are really trying and you don’t understand why they aren’t listening. Eventually you get so pissed you punch them or shove them.

Oreo and my husband’s relationship has suffered because of this I am sure, he needs to rebuild their trust. However she is super stressed since the event. She has been sick for a while too which doesn’t help. I had to bring her to the vet the other day too,  which is another big stressful event. She has a bacterial infection on her belly, so shampoo was given.  She isn’t the biggest fan of baths but oh well. 2 times a week, and normally I need to bathe her at least once because of allergies. I also need to switch benadryl to zyrtec to see if that helps with her allergies. The vet said once they got her into the back room she was fine-no muzzle! They looked at her teeth and took blood from her backside for testing and not even a flinch-amazing!

She was so nervous at the vet in the car-we decided to forego the waiting and exam room because it’s too stressful. She was shaking horribly, but with some talking and slow petting she calmed down. The vet went to bring her inside and a big dog came out at the same time. Oreo turned and ran toward the car, I have never seen such fear in her eyes. Usually she would go on the attack but she was sooo scared. Poor Oreo.

Anyways, she went to training this morning and did a good job-except she is so stubborn. She again sat down when greeting people and didn’t want to leave-it took her 2 minutes to come with me to the car when everyone left so she would come with me! Ugh!! So I need to work with her on activities and the NILIF (nothing in life is free) program again.

Today we went to my parents shortly after training and she didn’t get any down time, so she was fine but then overtired and snapped at my mom when she was lifting up her leg to untangle her from the leash. She is over stressed so hopefully we can get her levels down again. oh the work never ends….

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4 thoughts on “Not The Best Week…

    • I am always glad to have anyone to talk about it who is in the same boat!! In fact, when I first started training her I couldn’t get enough of other people’s blogs. I’ve been training her for almost a year now. I took private lessons, now we are in a reactive class and I try to do some training at home too. How about you…tell me about your reactive dog.

      • We have similar stories. I noticed a problem with my youngest when we moved from a house to an apartment due to some downsizing. She was just not stable and everything would make her jump. Enrolled her in an obedience class and the instructor said that she’s not agressive, just reactive. So she’s been in two reactive dog classes. She’s doing MUCH better. It used to be that she would see a dog and stare it down while barking. Now she can see a dog in class and look the other way. The only time we have incidents is when a dog tries to stir something up with her. When someone or loud noises pass by our apt. she ignores them. She’s also ignoring more dogs on our walks. However, she’s still very reactive when something “spooks” her. Like if we’re walking out of the complex into the neighborhood and turn a semi-blind corner and run into a dog, she freaks out. She’ll also freak out and bark at sudden movements and loud sounds. In addition to the reactive class, I try to work with her as much as I can at home. On every walk I carry treats and reward her for looking away and not barking at other dogs. We also try to go over obedience commands every other day and that has helped her mellow out. That’s my story! Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

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