|Barked: Mon Feb 4, '13 5:11pm PST |
|Wow I was not expecting all these responses! I'll try to answer some of your questions.
I wanted a dog and searched for one for weeks. On all the adoption applications, they ask you if there is one thing you will not work on with a rescue. I put chasing my cats, or prey drive. I almost put separation anxiety, but chose not to because I thought maybe that would be unfair or something.
I wanted a cuddly, quiet, moderate energy dog that was good with dogs and cats. I was interested in a couple dogs from this rescue that pulls from kill shelters. There wasn't much info about Josie. She was described as friendly, outgoing, with a great attitude, and they said she got along with all the dogs. I asked to meet her. When I did, she gave me a sweet kiss. I walked her around the store to try to get a gauge on if she had a prey drive. She didn't notice the cats in the cages, but they weren't running so that didn't tell me much. I took her to the birds and she was quite interested. We left and came back and she was a little less interested. She eventually laid down and dogs were walking all over her, sniffing her all over, and she didn't care. I wanted a laid-back dog, so that pretty much sealed the deal.
I did not anticipate the isolation anxiety. I've had quite a few dogs in my life including one rescue and one stray, and have never dealt with this issue. It has been very taxing and stressing and turned what I thought would be a great time into a stressful one. If someone had a magic ball and could say to me "her isolation anxiety is only temporary while she gets used to your home" I would not be thinking of returning her.
I asked the rescue their opinion and they said she just needs to get used to our schedule. My boyfriend and I are freelancers, our schedules change every single day. Also we can afford a dog, but we cannot afford a dog that requires a behaviorist, stress medication, doggy daycare, etc. I'm trying to crate train her, not knowing if this isolation anxiety is going to get better or worse. I THINK it's getting better, because she hasn't peed in her crate recently, but I don't know if one moment she won't decide she wants out and hurt herself in the process, and if she breaks out will my cats be in danger due to her stress. So far she's only been in her crate a few times, for 3 hours or less. I bought a book on separation anxiety, got the thunder shirt, Rescue Remedy, and contacted a behaviorist (can't afford it).
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