|Barked: Wed Feb 6, '13 8:32pm PST |
|In regard to SA, I'd say the vast majority of rescues go through it during the transition to the new home. They don't want to lose what they've found. After adopting Vance, I couldn't take a shower without losing an undergarment - he specifically liked to remove the plastic bits from bras and leave them spread out in the middle of the room. If I closed a door behind me, Ember would hit it 4 feet up, drag claws down it and begin screaming and ripping at the base. Fox couldn't poop in the morning, and would go on the floor after we left.
All of it got better. I can leave any of them without issue. It does take time, though.
Unless a dog is at risk of injuring their self, or you are at risk of eviction for noise I do not recommend medication. Medicating is a long, potentially expensive road to go down and should not be done without the help of a behaviorist. You have to find the right dose of the right med - and getting either wrong will at best do nothing, at worst make the problem worse - while monitoring for side-effects and ideally weaning back off as you progress with a training program.
So... Two points. If this isn't the right dog for you, it isn't. That's ok. That's what trials are for.
The other side of the SA issue is that it's kinda part of adopting a dog. And maybe not SA specifically, but -something-. None of us are perfect. Odds are no matter what dog you adopt, you will have to work through some less-than ideal behavior before you have a comfortable life together. If you get a puppy, they're probably going to act up and try your patience at some point. It's just part of the deal.
Two weeks is a crappy time length to figure this stuff out. It's awkward for all parties involved, and tempting to quit. But it's also necessary, if the dog really isn't going to work he needs to be back in rescue ASAP.
If you think your personalities just don't mesh, or you just want different things out of life, then it may be best to send her back. If you're seeing behavioral and exercise issues that have made you realize you just aren't ready to deal with this stuff right now, send her back. If her behavioral problems are way over the top and completely inconsistent with what was advertised, send her back. But if it's just standard adjustment fare, you may want to stick it out and work with her.
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