i wasnt sure what to name this but i thought i would start a thread where people can share success stories of difficult animals they have. they can be difficult behavior wise, healthwise, or i dont know. whatever!!
share your pet/animal success.
i will go first!
our dog Willy Moo was a stray that we adopted from a rescue group who was caring for him while he was in the pound. we had NO IDEA he hated other dogs. he is INSANELY REACTIVE. like possibly the most reactive dog on the planet EVER.
we have had SO MANY problems with him. but at the same time he is like the love of my life.
after a couple years of hardcore training he was doing SO MUCH better and then he was viciously mauled by another dog. all our training went down the tubes and now he was 10x worse (if that is even possible!)
that incident will have been 3 years ago on 9/1 (date forever burned into my memory) and after giving up for the space of almost a year we got back into training him with shiitake tons more work and lots of $$$ Willy Moo is doing SO WELL. we have him on meds starting about a month ago and they were literally life changing for us.
with the meds plus a reactive dog class and tons of training and management he has calmed DOWN SO MUCH.
he still flips out when he sees another dog but it's not as bad, he comes down much quicker, and is better at a certain distance. he doesnt freak out as much on other things any more (cars, birds, squirrels, other people).
we're planning on taking him and our other pooch to Acadia Natl Park in september for a week to go hiking.
last time we did this we ran into 1000 other dogs and had nasty people making nasty comments to us (jerk faces)
i am so eager to see how he will do!
here is a cute picture of him.
his tongue is blue because we ran out of water while hiking and gave him gatorade (d'oh!)