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Molly came to me when she was 18 months old as her previous owners were struggling too much with her behaviour and in their words she was attacking their younger dog for no reason at all. I was assured she had never been aggressive to the humans in her family especially the two children she lived with - but found out a few nights later that was not true when she stood on my bed and informed me with teeth it was hers now and I was not to go near it :rolleyes: (this was confirmed later from her old vet records when they had spoken to the vet about her aggression to the children and adults)

She had not been walked much so pulled on the lead enough to make herself choke, had never been offlead and when I gave her a long line to run on all she wanted to do was chase birds so she showed me no attention at all and just ran after the closest bird and barked wildly at it. She apparently knew sit - but her owners could not demonstrate this :eek: so she was pretty much totally untrained - and prepared to use her teeth to get her own way :eek:

I had been assured she was fine left for up to 4 hours - but also found she had severe separation anxiety and freaked out totally as soon as the door was shut. A brief try with her in a crate led to her scraping her paws in an attempt to get out.

So - my lovely new dog was a resource guarder, with separation anxiety and zero training - this is her then - sad, shut down and not a happy girl



The most pressing need was her separation anxiety as I work so I agreed with a trainer friend (the one who's fault it was that I have her) that I would take her to her house while I was at work and pick her up after work, although the slight flaw in that plan was her behaviour with other dogs and aggression towards them :rolleyes:

I have now had her for three years and she has come a long way!! Resource guarding only rears its head now and then when she gets stressy about things, she goes off lead and (usually!!) behaves well even if there are birds to be chased and she is pretty good with other dogs although can be a ratbag now and then and will bully Chance sometimes if she thinks she can get away with it. We go to training classes for fun and she enjoys learning new things and showing off very much.

She also copes with being left although would still rather not be left if possible. We have had health causing a few complications with her needing treatment for luxating patella and also pancreatitis which led to her needing several nights in the emergency vets (and is the reason I now have a dog with a history of resource guarding who sleeps on my bed - possibly not the wisest decision ever!!)

Getting a puppy sister was a huge decision and caused much stress for both of us initially but that has worked out pretty well too now and I think I can safely say she is a happy reasonably behaved girl. All done with positive reward based training.

 

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Thank goodness your friend pointed you in her direction, it could have so easily been a different story, she really did need an extra special owner who would put in the time and love she needed. You have done a brilliant job and well done to Chance for being so patient. Lovely photo of them running. I love a happy ending:)
 

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Blimey - no reason for anyone to be in awe of me and my ratbag. She was meant to be a simple problem free dog when I initially agreed to take her :D

She was lucky enough to have owners who realised they were totally out of their depth and seek help and make the choice to do the best for Molly and let my friend find a home for her rather than try to sell her. I was lucky enough to have the experience to know how to deal with her and some very supportive friends.

As an interesting after point - this year has been really hard at work and to add to this a while back I had a few weeks of real defiant problem behaviour with her. She was stealing anything she could, climbing onto the table and generally defying me every way she could which I really did not need at the same times as being stressed from work. When I talked it over with my friend I realised it all stemmed from a really bad day I had at work when I had come home and shouted at her for something and nothing :(

Took a bit of thinking but the next time I saw her on the table :rolleyes: instead of telling her to get down I just said hello to her and walked past a few times and even gave her a fuss. She got down without being told, and when I sat down she came and settled on my lap with a sigh and really relaxed with me in a way she had not for the last couple of weeks.

So my baby ratbag had been misbehaving for weeks because I had stressed her out and presumably made her feel insecure :(

Work is still a bit rubbish but I am trying now to make more fun time for the dogs and not bring a bad mood home with me.
 

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It could have so easily gone the other way for her, she could have been sold on to unwitting new owners, who also probably wouldn't have been able to cope with her. She would have been passed on and on, each time her issues manifesting into something bigger. Molly is a lucky girl and very sensitive to her mum by the sound of it. Well done to you and to Miss Molly.
 

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What a sensitive little rat bag you have. Actually I have noticed mine are less likely to do as I want if they are spoken to harshly........guess we all need to practice calm around our fur babies. :)
 

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You should feel very proud of yourself and Molly. Rescue dogs, particularly those who got off to a bad start in life, are hard work and require a lot of time and patience - and doggy knowhow (whether intuitive or taught). Molly really did land on her feet coming to you and she'll reward you with a deep loyalty and special bond that comes from a pooch that has been rescued. Thank you for sharing.
 

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Molly really did land on her feet coming to you and she'll reward you with a deep loyalty and special bond that comes from a pooch that has been rescued.
She is more likely to reward me with bankrupting me with her health issues and grumbling at me if I read her wrong :D but she is MY girl now and nothing is going to change that
 

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Aww such a lovely story - the difference in the pictures say it all <3

Lucky Molly, it was fate that brought her to such a patient, understanding owner.

I hope she's feeling well majority of the time & credit to you.
 

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Awww thanks - I need to be very careful with her food because of her pancreatitis but as long as I stick to that she is absolutely fine the vast majority of the time. She also has no current problems with her knees and other than a vet visit every few months for some acupuncture to make sure she is pain free is totally fine and perfectly happy bossing me and Chance around :rolleyes:
 

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Read this story with great interest and I commend you for your patience and hard work! I was particularly interested in the afternote about her behaviour being affected by your moods. We've noticed that our girl is quite sensitive too and although it hasn't really manifested in bad behaviour, I'll take extra care in the future! Thanks for sharing your story.
 

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Hi I have just joined & am very worried about my 5 month old !
Very intelligent, very quickly picked up going out , never messing in house , sits , lays .
But has this evil eye look 4 no reason , can be cuddling up 2 me , then turns into devil !!!
He also has guarding issue with food , & chews ( have now stopped giving the chews) his treats r biscuits he eats in one go .
Really worried this will get worse the bigger he gets !
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, he is such a lovely dog
Thanks
 
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