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Behavior & Training > Sandy Update- Bad News :(

Sandy

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Barked: Fri Oct 5, '12 7:50am PST 
Thanks again for all of the support. The vet checked Sandy over physically and hearing her findings today has helped slightly with the emotional pain. She was a very sick dog when I took her in (diagnosed with erlichia and worms) and we spent a good deal of time and money treating her with antibiotics and wormers, visiting 3 vets in the process. Hearing the vet report, it hears like Sandy was even sicker than we had imagined.
She also had a skin issue that we initially suspected was mange, but none of the vets thought it was a cause of concern. The vet who examined her yesterday confirmed it was indeed mange and it had started to spread across her body. Additionally, despite being treated repeatedly with several types of wormer, she was still full of worms, leading us to wonder if perhaps it was a much more serious type of worm than the initial vets led us to believe (cause if they missed mange, what else did they miss?!). When I found her she had clearly been wandering in a wooded area for quite some time and also had an open wound on one of her paws, a prime point of entry for parasites and stuff that normal "house pet" vets aren't incredibly familiar with.
Also, she had bullets imbedded under her skin throughout her body, some of them being in her face/head area leading us to wonder if perhaps that caused some behavioral changes.
There are just so many unknowns about her history, both medical and behavioral, and at this point we can only speculate what went wrong. I just hope she was able to be happy and comfortable during her time with me and knew that she was much more loved than she ever had been.
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Behavior & Training > Sandy Update- Bad News :(
Sandy

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Barked: Thu Oct 4, '12 7:20pm PST 
Thanks for the support. We have sought opinions from vets, rescues, breeders, and trainers and the general consensus was to have her put to sleep, some have been recommending that action since I brought her home and she attacked my other dog several times. I kept working with her, hoping for success, but every time we took a leap forward something would happen that would set her back in a major way.
After attacking the sheep this morning she was apparently prowling the house, waiting to get out, and if they tried to take her out on a leash she pulled hard directly towards the sheep pastures. She's a strong dog and a good pull can easily knock me over, never mind the fact that it was my 60 year old mom walking her. If she were with me, there would have been the risk of a similar scenario but with neighborhood dogs (we live in a subdivision with a community dog trail). The vet who saw her today (came for a house call to check over some sheep) said she was very clearly a dog who had tasted a blood and could not wait to do it again and said we had no other option. I had looked into behaviorists, but the vet informed us no amount of training would fix her.
The times she attacked my smaller dog were brutal and terrifying, there was at least one circumstance when I thought she was going to kill my little one (who is 10 years old) and I was totally helpless. But she could be so sweet at times too. My other dog is a rescue who came with lots of problems and has required a TON of work to become the amazing dog she is today, but even with that experience (as well as experience with shelter work), Sandy was just such a mystery. There was no rhyme nor reason to her attacks which was the hardest part. It's not like we could just isolate her from a few key stimuli.
My mom and I are both absolutely distraught, despite the fact that lots of people said this was the only option. I just feel awful. Would she have been better off if I left her in the woods where she was found? Did I do this to her? Was there more I could have done? It's just such an awful feeling.
Thanks again for the support.
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Behavior & Training > Sandy Update- Bad News :(

Sandy

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Barked: Thu Oct 4, '12 10:12am PST 
I have gotten great Sandy reports over the past few days- adjusting to her schedule, not peeing in the house, etc. However I got an urgent call- she broke through a fence and totally unprovoked attacked and killed a sheep in a what was apparently a very brutal fashion. When my mom tried to stop her she lunged at my mom.
She has previously attacked my smaller dog by going for the neck and shaking, to a point where I can't get them apart and am thrown into a panic, but I thought we had made it to the other side of that issue. Apparently not the case.
A vet is coming by the farm today to look at another group of sheep and my mom is going to have her put down. My heart is broken but no rescues will take her, nor will hunters or owners. Especially not those with other pets because of her attack instincts.
I just wanted to make a last attempt to see if anyone could suggest anything else. I'm absolutely sick because I love her and have seen her good qualities, but I just don't know what else to do.
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Behavior & Training > HELP! Black and tan coonhound

Sandy

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Barked: Sun Sep 30, '12 3:03pm PST 
I think I figured out the whole posting thing, so there should be a picture of her to the left now. She's such a sweetie and really does seem to love all of the attention and affection being a house dog brings, so I hope we can get her to a place where she isn't such a handful! I just worry that she won't be happy without lots of space to run and things to chase.
I will definitely look into training and the puzzle toys that have been mentioned, she is definitely food motivated but hasn't shown much interest in toys up to this point- but maybe that will change if the two are combined.
Thanks again for all of your help, it's been really great and I feel much more hopeful after hearing all of your stories and thoughts!
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Behavior & Training > HELP! Black and tan coonhound

Sandy

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Barked: Sat Sep 29, '12 8:56am PST 
While working as a volunteer in an impoverished, rural area over the summer, I came across a stray black and tan coonhound with some health problems, no id, and no microchip. None of the local shelters would take her and she was not allowed to stay on the non-profit's property, so I took her with me out of desperation. I had her vetted (had Erlichia and whip worms) and have had her for almost 2 months. We worked slowly on house training (not too much progress was made) and kitchen manners (not taking food off the counters). I live in a town house in a development and her only exercise was on leash walks.
My parents live on a farm a few states away and suggested I take her there to give farm life a try to see if that would be more to her liking. She did very well for the first few days, but I got a call from my mom in desperation this morning saying she had gone nuts- running out the door, barking, pulling all over the place on walks- like she caught the scent of something and would not give it up. Apparently she has talked to dog breeder friends who have informed her that black and tans will NEVER be good house dogs and just need to be caged unless hunting/able to run free. With these words, my mom has essentially given up on her.
She's a sweet dog and I just have no idea what to do. I don't mind keeping her with me, but will she be absolutely miserable in a town house community? I contacted coonhound rescue to see if they had any advice and they did not really answer my questions.
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
THANK YOU!
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