|Barked: Tue Apr 30, '13 7:23pm PST |
|We are considering dog boot camp for our lab, Jake. I am also open to any other suggestions you have for dealing with a problematic dog.
Jake is a sweet dog, when we are home with him and there are no stimuli to get him worked up. He is very good with our toddler - he puts up with being hit and stepped on with no problem.
We rescued Jake 3 years ago when he was about 5 years old and don't know anything about his history. We took several obedience classes with him when we first adopted him and he seemed to be making some progress.
After we had him for 8 months, and around the time I found out I was pregnant, he started having separation anxiety. We immediately started working with a trainer but were not able to keep him from destroying the house while we were gone. The trainer recommended taking him to doggie day care during the day until we got the issue under control.
And unfortunately - 2 years later, he still goes to doggie day care every day. Evenings and weekends aren't much better for us. My husband and I have to take turns staying home with him.
He is on high doses of clomipramine and prozac. We have tried crating him, but he has managed to escape every time because he bends the metal bars with his teeth. We have tried leaving him in the back yard, which is fenced, but he has destroyed 2 screen doors and taken siding off the house.
In addition to the separation anxiety, he is aggressive towards our neighbors, our guests, and people walking by the front of the house. He gets so worked up, its like he completely loses control. He has never bitten anyone, but I worry he might someday.
One thing to note is that he is calmer when he is around other dogs. We don't have other dogs, but our trainer actually recommended we get another dog to keep him company. (Bad idea, since we can barely handle 1.)
I feel it is unfair to our son that we can never go anywhere as a family because of the dog. Plus, his entire college fund is now going to vet bills and doggie day care. We have decided that we can't continue to live like this. We've asked our family and friends if they want him, but they have all heard too many horror stories about him. We have inquired at shelters, but with his problems, the shelters do not consider him adoptable.
This is how we started considering dog boot camp. We have done some training, but given that we both work full time, and with the baby, there isn't much time left.
Does anyone know anything about dog boot camp? Do you think they could solve his problems? I don't want to spend $2000 and still have problems. I have heard stories about dogs getting abused in these situations.
We are desperate. Any ideas?
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