Dog Issue: Sorry - long story.
I adopt older dogs. Adopted a bonded pair in 2019 and the old GSD was 13 and notes in file said “bites” and thus no heart worm meds. The dog never bit me and I had him tested - he had erlychia (sp?) and I treated it. Spent loads of money and put my heart into him. 6 months later he had tumor in chest and he was PTS. The other bonded dog is sweet lab mix but has emotional issues as well as joint issues.
I wanted something “young!” WELL - I adopted a young hound mix and he was cute, smart and healthy and was kind to my other dog and my cat and all was good … until he got into the cat room and started eating cat food. I walked in thinking this would be a minor issue and I would take him out of room and resecure the door.
The puppy hunched over the bowl of food and growled and lunged at me. I have been working non-stop with him for over three years - trying to train him and taking him to places to get obedience and behavioral help. He resource guards items like tissues and pieces of paper etc. I have divided my house up and I have baby gates everywhere so I can attempt to control his environment. I am exhausted after little success over 3 years.
Last month he resource guarded a person - a person he knows and likes came to do some work and the dog was outside when he came. The worker needed to have front door open so I went out and got the dog and was going to put him in his crate in my bedroom. I put leash on him and in about 5 steps he turned into CUJO and was biting and lunging (normal behavior when he gets upset over resource guarding). I managed to get him into the crate but then he was lunging and biting and rushing the door so I couldn’t get to lock door. The worker came and said “oh I can get it” but then he realized how dangerous that would be so he went and got his channel wrench and latched the gate.
I immediately got online and ordered CBD Oil from a company my vet had suggested for another dog. He has been on the CBD Oil for over a month and there haven’t been any episodes until today! I was IMPERFECT and working in my bedroom and had two boxes on the floor with items in them. I accidentally let him in and didn’t latch the baby gate to my room. I went in - I ALWAYS have dog biscuits with me. He hunched and looked at me out of the side of his eye. He went into full attack mode. Luckily he also is very food motivated and I started throwing biscuits. He actually got into the crate and I shut the door with my foot. I was able to lock latches by wrapping a towel around my hands to protect them from his teeth.
After my legs were wobbly and I feel sick - just so sick! He is a good dog until he isn’t. We just had semi-annual appt with vet last week and I described problems and although she has NEVER believed my before I said I has a witness. She wrote a script for Prozac - begrudgingly. I was hoping that CBD would help.
As usual - in 10 to 15 minutes he is happy and calm and wants to be let out of the crate.
He is only 3 1/2 he has a long life ahead of him. How much longer can I take this … when he is good he is VERY good and when he is bad he is VERY bad. This is ripping my soul part. I feel so … I am NOT a returner and in fact I would prefer that he be euthanized then live his life alone in a crate or even work abused. He was a stray when the found him alone fending for himself. There could be many reasons for his behavior but that is not the point. I will begin the Prozac but I feel like a complete failure.
Sorry for rambling - this is such a difficult issue.
I just lost my “boy” my last horse at the end of January and I still feel that I’m grieving! Thanks to anyone that bothered to read this long and rambling post.