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Big Black Dog 09 Sep 2016 08:57 #208

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October 1st is international Black Dog Day, it was this day in 2015 that the RSPCA rep checked us out for rehoming a beautiful, 6 yo, black Lurcher girl. (We'll call her Pip as we kept her name). Pip, we were told, had some socialising problems and may need training! She was and still is, aggressive when approached by other dogs regardless of size, breed etc. Rare occasions have seen me proved wrong when she's happy to meet others but I stress, Rare. Anyway, after a few Dog trainers/behaviourists, we were confidently told that she showed signs, physical and mental, that she had been attacked in the past and was suffering with 'Fear aggression'. Explained a lot. One method employed was what I found to be termed 'Flooding'. This was her being placed with a group of other (similarly aggressive) Dogs and shown basic commands whilst getting used to them. Didn't work. The greetings between the dogs usually involved snarling and barking. Some Dogs, like humans can shrug off this behaviour and forget about it straightaway, she could not. She would be wound up to the point of shaking and it would take a long time to calm her down. Obviously real bad memories. We discontinued this training
Much reading followed, both hard copies and Internet, as we searched for info. I came across the 'Dinos' website, Dogs in need of space. The stories there mirrored our Girl's. We are now trying to get her comfortable on walks and are getting used to gauging the distance needed for her to be unconcerned by other Dogs. Won't be sorted in a day, month or even a year but we're on it.
The Yellow Dog UK project is a brilliant idea I hope catches on because, as I'm sure most of us on here know, getting through to the owners of 'My Dog is really friendly, yours is nasty' will take time, probably an eternity, unfortunately. Meanwhile, keep it rolling, can only get better. Apologies for buying Pip's bandana elsewhere it was before I found this site. Ordered a lead cover by way of a thank you for being here. Further progress reports as and when, Ray
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