A dear friend of mine from college sent me a message earlier in the week asking if I knew of any places that would be willing to take in one of their two dogs who they are looking home. Long story short, my friend and his wife have tried several trainers and, even an animal "behaviorist" to help their one dog's dog-dog aggression to no avail and of late, the aggressive outburst have been happening very close in proximity to their 1.5 year old son. Not knowing who they used or the methods tried (positive and/or negative) and living too far away to personally help them with in-person training, I am doing the only thing I can...trying to help rehome this pup.
It has been an interesting feeling. I don't feel bad that they are trying to rehome their dog, but I don't feel good either. I'm quite impartial. I've met the dog once while I was at their house for a couple of hours and my personal assessment is that this particular pooch has arousal and impulse control issues(something very near and dear to my heart). It's cocky to say that if I were to work with this dog that I could help it work through the issues it has with the other house dog because, quite frankly, I don't know if I could. It does bother me that I cannot be there, in the flesh to try and help...not only the dog, but the owners. I know it is tearing them apart to have to do this, but they are doing the right thing.
I've spread my wings and typed many emails asking for help from other friends in the doggy community and we are all working together to try and find a new home for this dog. Still it has been a numbing process to be helping a dog that, if not rehomed, will likely be euthanized. You better believe I am doing everything in my power to make sure that this pup gets a chance to live on this earth for as long as possible.