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24 July 2016, 07:33

Stray Dog Project: Part Three

Stray Dog Project: Part Three

Woke up once in the middle of the night to let the new dog out to potty and early this morning. Let the two non-pyschotic dogs out with her. The swelling of her leg has reduced and I saw her wag her tail as Easley greeted her. Easley, for all her neurosis, is an amazing dog, and maybe they bond over the fact they both have issues. Easley has quit trying to dominate her and has read the fact that this dog is afraid of everything. Easley approaches gently and Lila (the name I am calling her) wags her tail and sometimes follows her.

This morning she walked the yard and did her thing. Sophie gave her little growls when Lila passes. Sophie, being more aggressive gives little growls at her. Not sure if she’s attempting to remind her of her pack status, warning her, or just trying to talk to her. Sophie has a habit of growling to talk to people. She’ll sit and do growls when she knows you have food and she wants some. She’ll growl when she wants attention. She’ll growl when she wants to talk. Sophie is less in tune with the dog, so Lila is wary of her. But I saw Lila bound after both of them wanting to play, but then running back with Sophie on her heels because Sophie plays rough.

Today, going to get Hurley a heavy duty muzzle. He’s going to be wearing it a lot. I really want Doug to get on board with some of this desensitization training, because this is important to me but I have to make it as issue free as possible for him. He doesn’t have my reaction to dog trouble that I do. I have non-thinkingly jumped in the middle of dog fights, gotten injured, and have generally been fearless in that regards. This is an extraordinary gift I have. If we get a muzzle for Hurley, then all Doug has to do is control his movement and paws. Right now I get a hold of a big handful of neck skin and use the other hand to keep his mouth closed. With the muzzle, you don’t have to keep a constant death grip on him and one of Hurley weapons have been neutralized so if the unthinkable happens and Hurley gets loose and goes after her, he can only scratch her up.

I’ve noticed that Hurley has gotten really really fat. He nearly had a heart attack or heat stroke running up and down the fence barking at something. And Lila is very fast. She’s tall, lanky and has long legs. And she’s still rather skitty, so she flinches at everything.

I’m not sure if I’m doing the right thing. I’m not a dog behaviorist. I’ve read a ton, and googled some. The internet just tell you general causes of aggression, and I found one thing saying how to deal with it, but no hands on explanations of what to do or how what I’m doing might effect the dogs.

If I weren’t working and staying at home, I could devote a lot of time to this, because I think the main ingredient to making this work is time (and effort). I’m not a dog rescuer. Okay. I’ve rescued a bunch but I’m sure I’ve done it wrong. And I don’t have a ton of money. The money I was saving up for things (a car, a working iphone, maybe a house) suddenly becomes dog money. If she finds a good home, or she finds a home here, it will all be worth it. Doug will go nuts, but I’m really less concerned with that…

And I think she may have pooped today.