Living with an aggressive dog 13

Living with an aggressive dog 13

Too noisy In the early stages, we needed to build trust with Josh. This was not only Josh trusting us but also, maybe more importantly, us trusting Josh. When a dog reacts 2-3 times a day it generates a lot of adrenaline. These highly emotional reaction needs to calm...
Living with an aggressive dog 12

Living with an aggressive dog 12

The playpen Following a discussion with the Kennel manager, she found a baby playpen. We both felt that this could work with him as it is less restrictive. Once I had set this up in the living room, I could lure him in there but he would not stay in there. The moment...
Living with an aggressive dog 10

Living with an aggressive dog 10

Emotional Roller Coaster As I mentioned in my first post, it is an emotional roller coaster of a journey. It has taken over 10 months of stress, worry, mental effort, behaviour or environment management, lots of soul searching, and facing ethical and welfare dilemmas....
Living with an aggressive dog 6

Living with an aggressive dog 6

Medication causing concern Living with an aggressive dog 5The vet started Josh on Metacam, Gabapentin and Fluoxetine. This saw a change in behaviour but not one I fully grasped. He always had an inclination to sometimes stare into space, looking puzzled at his shadow...
Living with an aggressive dog 5

Living with an aggressive dog 5

Drugs Now that we had eliminated any obvious medical problem, it then was an argument for behavioural medication. This was a case of trial and error. We started with Metacam (general painkiller) and Gabapentin (neurological painkiller). This worked wonders as a...