|Barked: Thu Oct 4, '12 2:11pm PST |
|To change things around, she would have to be on a leash at all times and you would likely need a good, qualified behaviorist to help her work through/past her issues with other animals. This would take patience, time, and effort. She does sound like she would fair better in a single-pet home, with someone who has the time and patience to work with her on these problems. But they CAN be worked through. Many dogs will attack animals like sheep and it isn't uncommon. Dogster Asher can likely give you some ideas of who you can contact in your area in terms of good behaviorists that will work with you to help Sandy.
Ultimately, it's up to you on whether or not you will take her back into your home, and have the patience and time to put the effort into her. She would probably benefit better being with you than your mom at this point. Does it mean you might have to have her muzzled around your other dog? Probably. Does it mean you'll have to constantly be on top of her, to help her get better at handling and coping with situations that clearly make her uncomfortable? Yes.
I have lived in situations with dogs, where I had to do crate or room rotations to keep fights from happening while I diligently worked on getting them okay together. It's a long process, but it's one that you can do everyday, a few times a day, for really short periods of time. Find a treat she REALLY loves and reward her for calm, good behavior around your other dog. All rehabilitation starts in the home, and when she's good in the home, you move onto working on her outside too.
If you aren't willing, or aren't able to work with her, yes, it may be best to have her put to sleep if nobody is willing to help you with her. I'm going to pawmail you a few emails to resources you can try to check out and see if you can get some help through them. Only you can make the decision with her, only you can decide what's best for her and what her quality of life will be like if you do or don't work with her. And it is perfectly okay to say you can't, if you can't. Not everyone can take on a dog with issues like Sandy's, but you did what you could for her, while you could and that says a lot in itself.
Please consider these resources before your mother puts her down, and if you're able to work with her - with the help of others, mind you - we're here for you. If you let your mother put her down, we're still here for you.
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