Hi my names Jessica,I have a 90% choclate lab/25% pit-bull mix(named Sadie).I got her from a shelter at 1.5 yrs old.We were told that when she was brought in by a man(owner)they noticed she looked like she was abused by the way she acted and was starved to dealth because,of how they could see her ribs(machiated),the only thing they didn't tell us is why she was brought in.But what they said even though she is a mix she is very friendly,has a few training problems/but she knows her basics(sit,stand,and laydown...etc.)Anyway,when we got her she was a little rambunctious for the few days,but we were suprised when we got her how she settled in so quickly.Except for when we went nexst door to go to a birthday party,my dad and I went to go and check on her,when we walked in we found the curtains half chewed up our rug halfly tourn,and our trash basket was on the floor spilled all over the place.we came in she ran to the corner of our back door shaking with her tail in between her legs.Wet did not at that time punish her because,this was her first accident,plus it was mostlyour fault because we thought she would be ok for a little while alone/she wasent exactly alone though my grandmother lives with us aswell)that time when we left we forgot she got abanded,not fed,and proably abused.( I know bad parenting...)I went to comfort her,I started to walk towards her and pet her except she lunged towards my hand it scared the crap out of me.At that time I could understand why from what happened in her past.I told my dad to go back to the party,and I would stay here.A hour later before my parents got home she creept her way into our living room while I was watching tv.She slowly came towards me and layed right nexst to me on the floor.I called he name to come up onto the couch and she just stood their and stared at me then she came right up on the couch and layed right on top of me licking the hand she went to lunge at,then staarted panting.I knew at that time she was sorry but,I also knew it was going to be a rough ride for her to build trust and to come together as a family.As she grew older she started to rip up more things/and get into more things,she did he buisness on our furniture.So we started taking her to trainning in which did help us snd her (it helped us learn about dogs and show them obidence/socialization.When we brought her in,our trainer told us the way her body is showing sighns which were her tail up and hackles(hair on her back)is showing Dominance towards other dogs in the group its like saying Im the boss here.We told her about the incidents,she said it was perfectally natural.Since she was our first dog.She called it seperation axiety.Afther we used some of her methodslike;chewingbones, kongs,and other remedies she was doing great.No ripping up any thing,going into stuff,and doing no buisness on the furniture or floor.As she learned to trust us,she got better at staying home alone even if all of us are out(even my grand mother).The longest we have ever had her stay at home is up to 3 hours,of course when we comeback i she is good she gets a treat a walk or a ride most favoritest three things/mostly the walk and ride).Around 4-5yrsold she didn't have to be baby sat or have any thing (She improved big time!!!)As she got older she got back into her mischetif self even when we leave a bone or kong out she eats whats inside then goes into mischtif all the time its the trashcan like tissue,old food,an empty roll of toilet tissue and ripped up plastic. I am so afraid she's going to eat some thing and get hurn.She will be 6 in April is it normal for dogs this age to still have seperation axiety?I mean atleast she doesn't soil any thing in her house any more but,we do spend most of our time with her(she's part of our family)I just don't want to see her get hurt at all or die.PLEASE HELP!!!ASAP! my e-mail is JMRobin122@yahoo.com and JMRobin05@msn.com Thanks every one for listening in. :(
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