- 4 weeks ago
I had tons of negative feedback when i posted about my FH’s 9/10 year old lab mix, Cookie. After all of the backlash and some good advice in between, we had decided a behavioral specialist would be the best choice. We have one, she has been here two times so far. It is a weekly session but with the holidays she did not come at all last week, and our next session is next Monday. The dog has serious fear agression towards me and is extremely clingy towards my fiance, is jealous acting and gets in between us constantly, so with the dog trainer we decided it would be best that FH and our 10 month old boxer leave the house so that the dog trainer can help me and Cookie alone.
The first session was mainly spent talking about the issues and getting to know one another. The second session we started getting into some work and I thought it went well – Cookie took a few treats from me which is a big step, and didn’t run away from me twice when i walked into the living room.
However, yesterday we had a major set back. My FH wasn’t home, it was me, cookie and the boxer home. I walked into the living room where both of the dogs were, and out of no where cookie came from my side, and attacked my hand. He bit me so hard, drew blood, and caused a hairline fracture in my pinky. I was absolutely shocked. My boxer immediately started jumping on Cookie, not knowing what to do, I distracted my boxer and got Cookie outside. I called my FH at work, he called his parents to come get the dog. The dog knows his parents well as he stays with them sometimes and stayed there a lot before I moved in – FH works overnights, so Cookie would go there often, and with Cookie being so uncomfortable here with me, he gets to go on “vacation” and stay with my FIL’s. He loves it there, is very comfortable, and personally i think it would be best for him to stay there, especially now. I am obviously terrified of getting bit again.
FH and I have been talking about our options. I would never expect him to give his dog away, so that’s not in the conversation at all. We are going to continue with the dog trainer. My FH also has decided he is going to build a bedroom in the basement for cookie – it will be insulated and fully finished, he has already started putting the 2×4’s up. He thinks that since cookie is so nervous and unhappy around me when FH is not home, this will be a solution so that cookie can be away from me and our boxer when i’m home during the day and FH isnt. I work from home 4 days a week, and cookie can’t relax because he’s so anxious. i have mixed feelings about the bedroom and feel cookie is not going to like it, it’s kind of mean and is not going to help our relationship. but i am obviously now a bit nervous to have to handle him after the bite.
Suggestions or thoughts, anyone?