|Barked: Wed Feb 27, '13 5:41pm PST |
|I moved over Christmas, a big move, new state, new everything. Stayed with family for the first 2 months while looking for a place of my own. Family has two dogs, one year old boxer mix, one 7 month old Boston Terrier. My dog is a good bit smaller than either of them. He's a trained, registered service dog, trained to assist me in the management of crippling PTSD.
It has been a rough ride, things went south with the family, they allow their dogs to jump on furniture and both are just this side of completely out of control. Rough play, destruction on an amazing scale (The boxer has destroyed crates, furniture, eaten entire cases of chocolate health bars,boxes of body building vitamins, hundreds of dollars in damages in the 2 months I've been here) Boxer is also rough, likes to smack my dog around and stand on him, wont back off when he growls and snaps at her (wont remove her nose from a guests crotch or take it out from under a guests shirt as they scream either) Boston is dominant, and humps things that will hold still (he's neutered). I go to work and get calls that my dog has bitten a visitor, or attacked the boxer. One night the Boston jumped into my lap on top of my dog and sat on him and started licking his face and my dog turned and bit him in the face, drew blood.
Family has labeled my 7lb service dog as vicious and dont want him around. I'm moving out in a week but am worried, while he has, aside from the bite to the Boston, never acted out in my pressence, has the stressfull, crazy move ruined my dogs trust in me?
He still does his job beautifully, the last two months he has worked overtime helping me through, my family threaten that they should report him, and he would loose his certification if they told people how terrible he is. I've only seen the one act and honestly, the puppy jumped into my lap on top of him and started licking his face, I dont feel his reaction was aggression or viciousness, am I wrong? He has an evaluation with a service dog specialist two weeks after i move to my own place, the trainer said no honest eval could be done before that.
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