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 Post subject: Rehomed Dog
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:39 pm 
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DJ and I have recently gotten back a dog from Aggie's first litter (3 years ago). The owners were no longer able to keep him, so we took him with the intention of finding him another home where he could do some tracking.

He seemed fine when DJ met them last Friday, and was relaxed in the cab of the truck on the way home. As soon as he got out of the truck, though, he was SO scared. After we put him in a kennel, he started shaking and drooling. He went all day Saturday without eating or drinking, and it was over 100 degrees. Sunday morning, we brought him inside, and he eventually drank a little. He's been staying in a crate inside, which seems to make him feel better (even though he was an outside dog at his other home). He hasn't shown any agression, but it is a battle to try to get him out of the crate to go outside.

We've received updates and pictures from the owners over the past three years, and I know he was loved and taken care of. I think he wasn't properly socialized, and that, combined with the axiety from being separated from his owner, has made him a mess.

I'm just trying to figure out what we're going to do with him...The ideal situation would for Tex to get over his anxiety, and for us to find him a good blood tracking home. However, I'm afraid that by the time we get him to that point, placing him in another home would cause him to go through this situation all over again. Does anyone have experience with something like this? I'm hoping that after lots of socialization, he would be able to transition more easily?

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 Post subject: Re: Rehomed Dog
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:07 pm 
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This isnt training help, but you could give him some Rescue Remedy or Nerve Tonic, or Calms Forte to help him be calm then use that with the socializing and it would help the dog get over the fear sooner. Rescue Remedy, Nerve Tonic or Calms can all be bought at health food stores, some HEB's. The Nerve Tonic and the Calms can be bought at Wal-Mart. Those 2 are homeopathic and the Rescue Remedy is Bach Flower Remedies, I think.

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 Post subject: Re: Rehomed Dog
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:13 am 
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Thank you, Betty! I will try one of those. Is the Calms Forte the same stuff you can give to babies? If so, I have a coupon for a free bottle, I just haven't used it.

I've made some progress with him...I know that his main stressor is with other dogs. I had him loose in the house last night after Eli was asleep, and he was just a normal Lacy dog! As soon as I take him out, and he sees or even smells the other dogs, he freaks. I think it's just going to take some time. I think I'll keep doing the same things with him this week (keeping him inside away from the others), and this weekend, I'll bring Shelly in also for some socialization.

He's a pretty boy...here's a picture:

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 Post subject: Re: Rehomed Dog
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Yes, you can give it to babies or whatever needs it. It is Calms Forte by Hylands. For a dog that size, I would give one tablet, see if there is an easing on his part, if not give one more. Sometimes it comes in tablets that dissolve under the tongue, sometimes it comes in pills that you swallow, so you need to check on that.

Sounds like he is doing better. Hope that you are able to get him up to snuff!

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 Post subject: Re: Rehomed Dog
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Yesterday, Tex ate his food out of the bowl (I had been hand feeding him), and even played a little bit! He is a sweet dog, and I'm proud of him!

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 Post subject: Re: Rehomed Dog
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That's a good thing!! ;) ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Rehomed Dog
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Tex has been with us for two weeks now, and he's doing really well. He is still uncomfortable if there are several dogs around, but he's ok with one or two.

He worked two mock bood trails and did pretty well...I think he really has the nose, just lacks the confidence. We're working on that!

We will be looking for a new home for him soon if anyone is interested. amberlowmiddleton@aggienetwork.com

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 Post subject: Re: Rehomed Dog
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Great work he has come a long ways very quickly .

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 Post subject: Re: Rehomed Dog
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Great news! Tex has a new home (pending pickup)! He will be living in Van, TX, which isn't too far from us. I'm very excited for him, and I think it's going to work out well.

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congratulations to all...............

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 Post subject: Re: Rehomed Dog
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Great news !! Good job with him Amber !!

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 Post subject: Re: Rehomed Dog
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That's great, Amber!

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 Post subject: Re: Rehomed Dog
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This is great news. I hope they keep you updated.

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 Post subject: Re: Rehomed Dog
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:17 am 
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Tex's new owner sent me a picture of his first track this weekend. He tracked and bayed up the doe alive, then caught her. He has come a loooooong way from the dog we got a few months ago.

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