Dogs Recovering From Fear Aggression
By THE SPIRIT DOG
( Brewster, 18 month old- altered- St. Bernard- Entry Date 5-18-2007 )
I thought it would be nice to start introducing you guys to some of our dogs, here at Spirit Animal Sanctuary. Give you a little back ground information about why and how we became their home. And the behaviors that these guys where displaying, that was leading them down a quick path to euthanasia.
The first dog I’d like to introduce to you, is Brewster. Brewster came to us when the largest animal shelter in the Utica, NY area, contacted us about him. It seems that Brewster did relatively well with the staff, once he became accustomed to them. He gave the appearance of a young dog that just needed to get used to our great big world, and all the different exciting and sometimes scary things in it.
A common problem with any large size dog is a lack of socialization. For the first two, three or four months of their lives, most large dogs are well socialized by their owners, while they still are relatively small. The de-socializing process usually begins to take place at about six months of age or a little older, when they achieve 60 to 70% of their adult size. . That’s when the dog owners, for whatever reason, start becoming nervous with their dog around people.
Obviously for the individual dog owners that feel this way, maybe their approach to the training and / or socializing of the dog was not as good as it could have been. Also on occasion, the dog is friendly and social but because of the owners own uncertainties and fears brought on by the size of the animal. That becomes the determining factor in which prohibits us from letting the dog meet and greet others( dogs & humans). This was Brewster’s problem.
And how did this problem manifest itself, by Brewster going after the first potential adopter that came to see him. And I don’t have to tell you, that in the dog rescue world that’s a big no-no. So because he’s an absolutely beautiful St. Bernard, they were a little reluctant to put him down. But they also new they couldn’t place him in a home, that’s how we (spirit animal sanctuary) got the call.
POST SCRIPT :
It’s not uncommon for us to do a great job socializing our dog, and for us to still feel a little nervous. Additionally, sometimes even after going through the proper socialization process, our dogs can still display varying degrees of nervous behaviors. In either case, we did not do anything wrong.
Now Brewsters living a life, he probably only dreamed about.
Please help sponsor Brewster, by mailing you donation to ;
Spirit Animal Sanctuary, 2539 East Road, Boonville, NY 13309
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Mention Brewster in the “Special Notes” box.
Thank You, your love for animals is what makes this possible.
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© 2008 THE SPIRIT DOG
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