|Riku (Forever Missed)|
Heart of Gold
|Barked: Thu Dec 27, '12 9:36pm PST |
|This post to me is ridiculous. I took Riku in at four years old and she was severely "damaged". Terrified of people, displayed a decent amount of fear aggression, was terrified of other dogs to the point of snarling, would shy away from anyone's hand, etc.
It took a lot of effort and time, but she became a confident dog. Unafraid of other dogs, and highly tolerant of strangers, even though she never truly enjoyed being petted by them. She would faithfully tolerate it and never showed any aggression. Her fear of other dogs was eventually entirely non-existent. She was attacked multiple times by dogs in her previous home and was abused by her previous owner.
Considering euthanasia and going so far as to return the poor dog was uncalled for. Just for some fear of other dogs and a UTI? Correcting fear of other dogs is simple with positive reinforcement and patience, and a UTI is one of the most easily treated ailments a dog can have. There was NO guarantee the dog would have even developed fear aggression. Especially with some simple positive conditioning.
I understand being frustrated that the breeder would sell a dog with a UTI, but it was your responsibility to choose a more reputable breeder.