Storm has been particularly difficult lately. In November, we had some really heavy rains, and when my son was going out the door to leave for practice, she ran out. I didn’t want to be late for his practice, so I just drove over to it–about 15-minutes away–and then came home to get her. She had dug up some of the rocks under our juniper bushes, so she was anxious during the half-hour.
The bad thing is that when she was keyed up, she also barked at a neighbor who was getting out of her car. She is very sweet, but looks mean. On the Saturday of that week, the neighbor came over and told us about it. She was very upset, and my partner wanted us to get rid of her.
Storm has a heavy prey drive. She can’t turn it off. Since our county eradicated most of the foxes in this area where we live, the bunnies have been overpopulated. There are times when Storm will pull your arm out of socket to chase them. She also tends toward running out the door at times to chase one. She got out again a week or so later when my son and I were biking with one of his best friends and his sister and leaving the house. The boys got her back pretty quickly, but it’s stressful.
I hired a renowned dog trainer, who worked with us for two-hours. She’s doing better on the whole, but after we dog sat over Thanksgiving, she decided that she wouldn’t sleep in her den two nights after the dog left. I don’t love that she sleeps on my son’s bottom bunk, but there is not much that I can do about it, because her whining is too much.
The last thing that I’ve done is bought a diffuser with phermones in it. Since then, she has only gotten out once, and it was because she didn’t like that I was shoveling outside for a couple of hours. My son was helping, very little, but was outside with me anyway, and when he went inside to get his snowboarding goggles, he let her out. He got her back within five minutes.
I know that she has a lot of trauma triggers. I even know her history. But, she is not the easiest dog. I love her a ton, and really hope that we can do some heavy bonding this summer. I actually have ample time off this year, so we can work together.