Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Huntsville Alabama
Thank you for your response. When a pup he guarded his bed or food, wrinkled his nose, but no growl, actually he NEVER growls, but when we corrected he responded and this is never an issue again. He and our cat eat alongside each other and he is a perfect gentleman. He's never been keen on tick removal or paws being touched but I can get the tick off by talking to him and telling him easy and gentle. However, we moved to a new location (new city) and had to board him a few times and I let them trim his paws I think twice. They did tell me he didn't like it. Long story short, the vet has never talked to us, but we were told by the office administrator when I wanted to talk to the about breeding that we should not breed him, but neuter him and take him to a behaviorist. I was speechless, they always told me he behaved well and he "was fine", though we had begun to see these phobias that we had never seen. Additionally, the FINAL and last time he was there, when we got him home he was nervous and his lips wrinkling back even when he sat in our laps and we petted him if we went near his collar. It was heartbreaking and took him a few days to stop. So, no he has not been like this always. We will not take him back and need a vet and boarding when we need it but I am nervous to try to find anyone. I put a Sensible harness to walk and he even puts his head into this though he hesitates. We've worked with him to get to that point. So, he wears a regular collar which I have been taking on and off every night since posting on here and treating him after I put on; he is perfectly fine with this after a few days and seems to be gaining confidence. Again sorry so long.