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Posts shall become elusive

Heads up that I’m now a full-time student and a full-time employee, which means I probably won’t be posting a whole lot for a while. Like a year or two. Hopefully I don’t totally fall off the blog planet because I do like writing, but something’s gotta give!

I’ll post updates on the pups over at ABT (like Rory’s recent major win! And Chaser’s first points!) and if anything interesting happens with my two doodles (my word for dogs, no relation to poodle crosses) I’ll try to post it. We don’t really do cool stuff though, mostly Wally tries to stop Josh from kissing me while Ava shoves toys against our legs. This is our normal.

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Hey, pay attention to us! Stop educating yourself and PLAY WITH US.

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Posted by on August 28, 2017 in Other Stuff

 

Helping Your Dog Through the Aftermath of a Traumatic Experience

I haven’t told this story yet because, well, it was traumatizing for all of us. When Ava was about 5 months old Fiona attacked her. Yes, that Fiona, the one that gave birth to her. We’d just returned from a walk and Ava was being playful; Fiona was in no mood for that. We didn’t know it at the time (but found out the next day) that Fiona was in incredible pain due to pancreatitis. Fortunately there were no injuries but Ava was terrified and Fiona was unforgiving.

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Ava celebrating my niece’s birthday

 

Within a few days Fiona had recovered from her bout with pancreatitis, but her aggression toward Ava only worsened despite the fact that Ava continuously sent appeasement signals. I’d heard from other breeders that this can happen: two females who previously got along suddenly don’t, to the point that they will kill each other. The owner is faced with either lifelong management or rehoming a dog.

After several weeks of dealing with the extreme and stressful management required to house two dogs that don’t get along, we came to the difficult conclusion that Fiona would be rehomed. We were concerned that this might happen again with her next litter, which would make it impossible for us to keep a puppy and continue breeding. Luckily it was the best decision for everyone, especially Fiona. Now she’s carefree and happy living with a retiree who dotes on her, and she’s the only dog so the odds of this happening again are very small.

Rehoming Fiona wasn’t the end of our ordeal, however. This event occurred during a highly sensitive period of Ava’s social-cognitive development. We had to go through the long process of recovery, spending 9 months going to puppy classes in Seattle where she could socialize at her own comfort level. It’s been about a year since the attack and Ava is still uncomfortable around other dogs. She has a very low tolerance for rude or pushy behavior, which makes sense in the context of her history. She’s very protective of herself

I bring this up because I read a recent post on Nancy Tanner’s blog, Top 10 Tips for Dealing With a Traumatic Dog Experience. It reminded me of how important it is to take action after a traumatic event, and also to recognize that your dog may never return to their original baseline of behavior. Remember to love your dog for who they are.

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They play so well together

 
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It’s raining now

But here’s a reminder of when was it sunny. I don’t really mind the rain though, it means that I can wear cozy clothes.

Wally loves to roll in the dry dusty dirt and comes up with an adorable brown face. Ava is unimpressed by sprinklers and prefers the long way around. Eventually I have to post a hilarious video of her catching rain drops with her tongue.

 
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