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post #31 of 36 (permalink) Old 03-02-2017, 06:17 PM
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I agree that building a bond, and a relationship of trust, and respect is the best option.
And that most of the training needs to be positive, for her to learn the correct behavior. Although some dogs do need some negative, after a behavior is learned.

I don't agree with hitting, or kicking a dog. As it makes them not trust your actions.
But also know in the heat of the moment, if you have a dog attached to your hand, it can happen.
Some of our long time members, know Cash has a aggressive streak in him. He can be territorial with people, he does not have a working relationship with. At one point many years ago, he went after my son. Before a thought could even process, I kicked him away from my son. Grabbed him by his collar, and back. And literally threw him in his crate. It's not something I'm proud of, but I'm humble enough to say it happened.
Me, and Cash have been through a lot since that time. We both know what can, and can't be done.

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post #32 of 36 (permalink) Old 03-02-2017, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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The thing that scares me about these articles is the constant recommendation of professional help. I cannot afford that, anymore than obedience school or dog walkers or trainers of any kind.

If I am going to to this, I have to do it together with my husband. We can't have her biting us when we pet her, bone or no bone.

I will, however, immediately drop the reservation I have towards her and work on the compassion factor. It is easy to get angry and guarded, but I do understand that it is not her fault. She's never had anyone around to teach her anything. We are working on the commands and she is doing well with "lie" and "sit" - stay is still a bit of an issue, especially if there is something distracting her. "Drop it" is what we are going to focus on now, with something other than a bone. I don't want her to feel afraid of us while eating a bone, that wasn't our intent.
Thanks Texas, for telling me about the instance with your son. It is always so easy to imagine perfect human behavior, but we have instincts too - to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

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UPDATE:
The last two days have been much better. She seems terrified of the bone, but thankfully not of us. She lets us take the bone away without any issues and for now, I have locked it away, since it just reminds her of what happened.
It seems so surreal to us now, that she bit my husband. Sort of like an anomaly, a weird freakish incident.
I am, strangely enough, not scared of her. I let her do everything she used to do, including lick my face.
I don't have the feeling that she is a "biter", not in the usual sense.
Nonetheless, I have spoken to Texas about possible rescues that take "biters" just in case her behavior changes for the worse. I feel much better knowing there are venues and options if things go south. I think that is the worst part, feeling alone with the problem, knowing there is no one to turn to if things become unmanageable. Dropping a dog off at a shelter is just not something we could ever forgive ourselves for and it is comforting to know that there are other options.
Our first option, of course, is sticking with it. Project: First ever couch potato Vizsla.
And indeed, for the moment, things are back to normal - she romps with the cat, which is her main source of rowdy exercise. This is basically like our version of purging her of the "zoomies" - we like to encourage her playtime with the cat as much as possible due to our sedentary lifestyle. We have pretty much proofed the living room so that there is not much to knock down or destroy while they go at each other, for sometimes almost half an hour until the cat slinks off in exhaustion. We have doggie gates now, which we strategically placed so that Lily is always where we can see her. Strangely enough, the cat can't get past them either! Lol. So it is great for keeping them separate when the cat is tired or eating in its "cat space" or we want some calm time while watching a movie.
Lily is getting very good with sitting on the porch (and not charging off) We have linoleum floors now, so the allergy problem has diminished a great deal and the flea problem is under control. We are still not at the point where we think we can trust her being uncrated during the day while we are gone. Just the other day, she pulled a mat into her crate (sort of like a welcome mat for her crate) and ripped it to the tiniest shreds. We are scared we will come home and find destruction of some kind and judging the conditions of the door frames my husband had to fix in the last apartment, we are probably correct. I think she might be ready for that in a few months, but not now. She isn't even 2 years old yet and seems much younger in spirit than she looks.
I am contemplating on starting with bed sleeping first. Maybe that is the best way to initiate it. She does love cuddling so.
She is scheduled for spaying this coming Wednesday. Not really looking forward to that.
But I feel hope again, so.... that's a good thing.
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UPDATE:
Lily was spayed yesterday and checked for heart worm. She is negative and now on Heartguard, with a gigantic E-Collar wrapped around her neck.
Guess what? She is now a crate potato. Temporarily. She is on pain meds and just lies there in her crate, barely wanting to move. We have taken her out to go potty, but it is very hard to get her to leave the apartment. I guess the roles are reversed now!
This morning she managed to remove her E-Collar, which gave me a shock. The vet had warned me about possible infections and all the money it would cost to fight them if she went at her wound. We have been saving to get her spayed etc., but we don't have anything like that sitting in our bank accounts, not so soon after all these costs. I hope, hope, hope, she doesn't do it again.
Although she looks like she blames us for her condition (accusing eyes, has pulled up her lip upon approach), usually she wags her tail when one of us is next to her crate. I guess she is just in pain, confused and doesn't know what's going on. I hope the pain meds kick in quickly this morning so that she will have some relief.
She did eat a little and gobbled down her medication and Heartguard. So, good sign.
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They can just want to rest after surgery.
Don't know which pain meds she's on, but if it's a anti inflammatory they can only be taken on a full stomach.
If it's tramadol, she can take it without food.
Be sure and read all side effects any medication you give her can cause.

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She has both and yeah, the instructions etc. are very clear on the label. We disguise her pills with food, so that covers the base for the anti-inflammatory.
Other than her eating, she seems the same as yesterday, just lethargic and confused. I hope she sleeps the next few days.
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