Brandi came in to us as a 6yr old in 2013 from an animal control, where she had been turned in because they no longer wanted her. After we gave her some time to settle down in her foster home, we realized that she had severe reactions to any touching of her collar or back end. Her fear when someone reached for her collar or went to give her a butt scratch was extreme. So much so, that it became apparent that she was most likely hit and jerked around by her collar. After a year of behavioral modification, her foster home could safely handle her, even leading her from her collar, and she now loves her butt rubs. She asks for them, actually. ;)
But we’ve also found the trust she now has in her foster family does not extend to others. She still gets reactive when anyone other than her small circle of trusted family members goes anywhere near her collar. For this reason-for her safety as well as the safety of the public at large, she became an in sanctuary dog and the decision to keep her in her foster home where she trusts unconditionally was made.
There is a difference between fixing problem behaviors and managing them. After more than a year of behavioral modification, it appeared Brandi was indeed “fixed”. But the true test of a dog’s behavior being fixed is if they are put in a different/stress filled environment and do not revert. And that was not the case with Brandi. Her behavior is 100% managed in her foster home, but we cannot guarantee she will not react if placed in a different environment. So for this reason, she will live in the AAHI family, getting the love and attention she is used to, for life.
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