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  1. I mean, she starts barking in this frenzied scary aggressive way (not a high pitched fun play bark but a worried series of many barks, close together, with a growly tone), she may go rigid, ears back, and if you move toward her or in any way too fast she will growl or snarl (showing teeth) OR very occasionally if she really feels scared or trapped (like if it is a super new super strange sound or if you move toward her in such a way that it would be hard for her to get past you--for example, one of the front windows is kind of a nook and if she is at the window looking out and you go toward he
  2. Where does it say he will do that and how much it costs? Or do I have to contact him personally? Do you know someone who has used him?
  3. Actually, there are some predictable triggers, they're just not controllable or all identifiable: the ones that are left are sounds from outside, people or people with dogs walking in the front yard, the cats going near her while she has food or a toy, strange new smells from outside (especially of other dogs) on our clothes, the mailman (we pulled down the shades in the front rooms and that makes her less sensitive), barking approaching dogs (if they are just walking by onleash she is fine but if they are offleash god help us all, unless they are tiny dachsunds or corgis which she seems to ha
  4. I understood what you meant about the crate, incidentally. Before we put it up, we DID claim it. And she stopped growling at us over it. And she doesn't try to "own" anything in the house now. But we put the crate up because part of the program our behaviorist recommended was showing her that NOTHING in this house was hers, it was all ours to let her use anytime. Giving her things to call her own hade made her obsessive over them, so she suggested we put them up. OK, so now, really, BICYCLING!
  5. OK, I read this only after I just posted what I did, believe it or not. Read my last reply? I need help. If you're remotely serious, you might talk to your wife, and I can check with my husband and see how much we can afford. What do you think yearly vet bills and food would cost? Or do you think if you "fixed" her she would retain that behavior when moved and be safe around kids? I have no idea how that works for dogs. (See previous explanation: Pan is my first dog, and only my husband's second. I am trying my best. I really am.) Sorry, everyone, for being so desperate.... We will g
  6. OK UPDATE - I have talked it over with my husband, and we are going to try to get someone to do bloodwork at a reduced rate, to see if there is any obvious problem that is fixable. But it will take a while because I am going to stay with friends for a week so she is going to stay home with my husband. But we have decided, since we want to have kids (we were actually going to start trying in January, right when all this started, seemingly out of nowhere), that no matter what, we can't keep her in our home forever, so the veterinary behaviorist is out of the question for us (especially sinc
  7. Sorry, but you haven't seen the dog in these situations. She is no longer guarding ANYTHING from us. I cured her of the resource guarding and protectiveness of areas in the home through training (the kennel we got rid of weeks ago, so she wouldn't think anything in the house was her own--it really seemed to help, too, now she doesn't guard anything from us at all). I can tell her to get out of any area in the home and take it myself and she is fine. She asks before she comes into our room, she doesn't jump on the couch, she does whatever we say! She even drops things (food and toys, even her K
  8. Actually, we WEREN'T confident they would work at first. At all. In fact for the first week she was AWFUL, awful, awful. But that was over a month ago. For the last several weeks she's been obedient. Sit, stay, down, rollover, out, move, left, right, shake, kiss, touch, heel, very obedient. Drop it, even, in the middle of a bite. The problem is she goes over threshold and then the brain isn't available to interact with anymore temporarily. Not to mention she has always been, yes, an assertive dog - although in some situations she is fearful too, depending where and when we are (around other do
  9. Complete physical it is. We'll see what we can do. I'll make the phone calls ASAP. And oh yeah, I used to get SO UPSET when she bit me or snarled or whatever. Now I'm used to it. Honestly, she's not trained to kill or anything. All she ever does is bite my hands and give me small puncture wounds. When she growls or snarls, we just spray her with the water gun and say "no ma'am." And when she bites, I calmly say "drop it," and she does. It's truly bizarre. ETA: Did I mention after biting or snarling she will come over with her tail between her legs to LICK my hand? Truly bizarre. God h
  10. Thank you very much for your advice, Ruth. It's tough to say what you've said, but I think I probably needed to hear it. I am going to call some regional CAABs and vets to see if anyone will do this out of charity or greatly reduced rates. My husband and I are both willing to make the drives, of course, we can afford the gas! We just can't afford any more multi-hundred dollar vet bills. But if no one will take us out of charity, and no one else comes through for us (we've contacted a whole network of people with resources), we will probably have to PTS, which will break my heart (it would be t
  11. I did, yes, thanks. She said she could look into some resources who might help us, but we haven't heard back yet. I just sent her a followup email today. I think she would've been great for just a regular dog. And what she told us to do really worked at first, SO WELL! I just think our dog is a special case.
  12. Thank you. I appreciate your saying that. I just started crying and she came to love on me and comfort me. This is all so sad and screwed up.
  13. No, she didn't discuss that. She wasn't a CAAB. She didn't even recommend the Quiet Moments. That was someone at PetSmart. The behaviorist was more like the do-it-naturally and don't rely on chemicals kind of person. I didn't know there was such a thing as a CAAB frankly! We couldn't have afforded to take her to New Orleans - we've already spent too much on regular vet bills and so forth. And my husband doesn't think we should charge anymore, even though at this point we are both starting to think she is sick and it is not her fault. Yes, I see, this is something different. Thanks fo
  14. We have already seen a behavioralist... And we can't afford any more vet bills. Although we were a two earner family when we got her, we are living on only one salary and barely making ends meet anymore. Does anyone know a vet in Louisiana who will do #1 for free? Thanks for your reply.
  15. Oh, we have actually already done all of that. See the second to last paragraph. She doesn't even have a crate anymore (she sleeps in the corner of our room, if we let her in (she has to ask first) or under a desk in the dining room. She doesn't get to keep any toys on the ground. The only things she gets to use are things we give to her. She doesn't even try to guard anything from us anymore. (The mailman is another story...) But ever since she's been on NILIF, she knows better than to do anything to us. Now she is extremely obedient, it's just now we have an extremely obedient dog with an i
  16. Hi everyone, I have a non-pedigree border collie whom I adopted when she was only 5 weeks old (taken from her mother too early due to circumstances beyond owners control). She was a great dog until she was seven or eight months old, at which point she began resource guarding high quality treats with great intensity. The first incident, she was gnawing on something unbeknownst to us beneath our feet as we watched TV on the couch, and my husband reached down absentmindedly to pet her, at which point she FREAKED OUT and bit him. Apparently she had the item in her mouth, hidden from sight
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