Another Dog Update, One I Never Thought I’d Write
So, our dog trainer fired us. Apparently she gave up on our dog and us? Honestly, I was about to politely part ways with her anyways, so I shouldn’t be mad. But, I am absolutely pissed! I’m pissed that we’ve literally given our trainer thousands of dollars to help our dog and she just walked away from us. For context, here’s what happened – she told me we need to do more training sessions with Doodle MPB, and I said no, not yet, maybe in a few months when we have Doodle MPB in a place where she can actually use her brain through a combination of medication and TTouch. I told her once we have her more able to think, hopefully in a few months, we will absolutely start training sessions with her again. Her response was to tell me via text a few days later that she will not spend any more time walking Doodle MPB if we wont start weekly training sessions. Of course, she said this AFTER she charged us $600 for 5 days of boarding (which we were LIVID about as her rates online are $50 per night for boarding). Anyways, it sure feels like now that I wont throw money her way for additional training without addressing the underlying issues, she cut and run.
Unfortunately, this effectively means that we no longer have a dog walker to help us out one day a week – these walks gave us a day-off from trying to fit walks into our busy life and also gave Doodle MPB the opportunity to socialize with other dogs. So, now, in my non-existent free time, I need to find another dog-walker or find a doggy daycare, something to help burn some of Doodle MPB’s energy.
But in good news, we really like the other trainer we called a few weeks ago, who is working with Doodle MPB for free on TTouch. So, we have a different trainer to help us, which agrees with my approach that we need to help Doodle MPB think before we can work on basic obedience training. In fact, she maintains once we can get Doodle MPB thinking, we probably wont need to do anymore training because Doodle MPB knows all of the basic training, she just cannot hold a down or a sit for more then 2-3 seconds, because she cannot think long enough to sit still. So the actual training side of things doesn’t worry me at all.
And then, by random chance the day after we were fired, we had an appointment with our vet to review the Clomicalm dose. The current dose is not working, and in fact has not done anything to help Doodle MPB. So, next up we are upping her dose of Clomicalm and our Vet will be speaking with a Veterinarian Behaviorist located on the other side of the country. We suspect the Veterinarian Behaviorist will likely try a different combination of medications then our vet is comfortable with on her own, as she’s never experienced a dog quite like Doodle MPB. More $$$ down the drain, but we all agreed this as an appropriate next step. The other thing our vet told us, is that it may be time to start trying to find Doodle MPB a farm with another dog around to call her forever home.
So, we are back to the idea that Doodle MPB may need a different home that allows her to run all day long to burn some energy. But the reality is, a farm wont solve her problems, as she is high energy and is absolutely, completely desperate to be with her people all the time and she her lack of confidence means she’s also very anxious. Sending her to live outside, won’t help her anxious tendencies, in fact, it may only make things worse for her.
And so, I’ve reach out to a friend mentioned a few weeks ago that they know someone who is looking for a second Doodle to join their family. We will be meeting with them to discuss the possibility of re-homing her with them as being with another dog may be all the therapy Doodle MPB needs, and is not something we can do. Unless it’s a near perfect fit, we will not re-home her as I will not set her up to be moved again in the future. And truthfully, even though I fully acknowledge she is causing an insane amount of stress in our lives, I’m really not sure that I will be able to give up on her. And if we go through with it, I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to forgive myself for giving up on her.
I have tears streaming down my cheeks as I write this. This is simply not the outcome I had ever envisioned.
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