Jo&Tex Posted November 7, 2011 Report Share Posted November 7, 2011 In September I took on another dog from my rescue. I knew she had issues and a history of biting. Here's the background story...Boots came into rescue as a 6 year old, spayed female after her owner died. Pretty, average sized dog, although she weighed 80+ pounds and had spent the last 3 years locked away in a room and was very under socialized as a result. She was fostered until she slimmed down. She responded well to management and was adopted out twice. Each time, she was given opportunity to bite and did so. The rescue decided that she was unadoptable but still had great potential in a home that understood her needs. I was asked to take her on. We all felt that a farm environment might be less stressful for her than being in the city. She had the usual noise phobias and food aggressions but they werent terrible. She just needed some strong structure and leadership. She is great with other dogs. When Blind Tex bumps into her, she would just turn her head and move away. Over the last 2 months, she has bloomed and seemed happy and relaxed. She was nervous at first but she dicovered the joy of bringing in the sheep at night. She was turning into a keen sheepdog who was firm but gentle with the stock. The only thing she was asked to do was walk the sheep up the field and into the barn each night. Boots was beginning to play and chase a ball and her recall was improving. She wore a long leash at all times and was asked to sit and lay down on walks. To deal with her food aggression she was fed alone on the porch and had to wait and be calm before I'd hand over her dish. Some weird things were happening too. Shortly, after she arrived, she moved into an empty closet upstairs and stayed in there for about 2 weeks. We left her alone, didnt push her and eventually she moved back downstairs. She was supposed to be afraid of the dark but we never had any issues with asking her to go out late at night. She did show me her TEETH a few times in the first few weeks when she was asked to do something but with a leash always on, she learned that she really had no choice. She may have been the boss at her old house, but she wasnt here. She also took her blanket into a cupboard one night and muttered and growled and shook the blanket. We ignored her and she eventually let it alone and came out. In the last week or so, she became reactive at the phone. She'd lunge at me if I walked towrd the phone. If I let the machine pick up, she grab a blanket or something and shook it and growl. Then she started giving me a hard eye if I tried to make a phone call. She'd pace and be restless and we'd distract and remove her from the room. Looking back, I can see that I was giving her too much freedom and not shutting down her reactiveness fast enough. Last Saturday night, I got out of bed at 1:30am to check on another dog who was restless in the room. I sleep on the ground floor. Boots was in the next room on her blanket. I put on a light and I could see and hear her worrying her blanket. I walked to the kitchen and she ran thru the dining room, thru the laundry room and down the length of the kitchen. She got to me at the dogroom doorway and sank her teeth deeply into my lower leg. She tried to shake and tore a good sized chunk out of my leg. I screamed and hit her with the door babygate. She let go but cornered me with a mouthful of TEETH until help arrived. She fled under the kitchen table and muttered. She was fine in the morning, waggy and wanting cuddles. Given her bite history, we are considering euthing her. The bite was severe and unprovoked. Her daily routine and exercise levels were normal. I'd welcome any suggestions and ideas that might help Boots and help me figure out what to do next. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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