I have been very quiet lately while the family adjusts to Neena. She is a sweet dog, energetic, willing to please, and quick to learn. She even understands "hiss", and that makes her OK in my book.
When you get a rescue dog, you accept that there will problems, potty issues, and so on. The unexpected part of Neena was lunging and fierce barking at walkers, bicyclists, and motorcycles. Walking is very difficult since her foster parent hadn't walked her but also because the aggressive behavior starts when she would spot someone, even 2 blocks away. Mom took her to the vet, and she wouldn't stop barking, challenging all the dogs and upsetting everyone.
The rescue shelter has been great. They have sent a trainer to our house, and the foster has come by to check on Neena. We went to a HSA-MO class on how dogs learn and had signed up for classes. Mom clicker trained her in 2 - 5 minute sessions how to touch mom's hand. However, we still had no idea how to change Neena's aggressive behaviors. Tension was building between "the parents" and they were starting to fight, a rare thing. On our vet's recommendation, Dad took Neena to a professional trainer for evaluation.
I guess at 9 months old it can be hard to determine if it is teenage rebellion or aggression. The trainer felt it was aggression, and the parents had seen enough that they felt it was probably the right call. She needs to go to doggy boot camp for 7-8 weeks, but the trainer felt she should be fine at the end. Parents called the shelter, and they agreed to send their trainers over to get another opinion.
Neena took matters into her own paws yesterday. Dad was holding her, and the Orkin man was trying to make friends. The Orkin guy loves animals and all us guys love him, except he's stinky. Anyway, Nenna bit the Orkin guy. Luckily for us, he's fine (no blood), and isn't going to press charges. Dad made tearful calls to the shelter, and 2 trainers are coming today.
Whatever is going on isn't Neena fault beacuse who knows what happened in her fist 5 months of life. We don't have adequate training for problems. She loves us and has never been aggressive to any of us, hasn't even chased me! All I know is that the parents are at a crisis point, and we aren't sure what the outcome will be.