I am sick of some organisations bringing in street dogs from abroad and not doing doing any kind of assessments. These dogs go straight from rescue kennels abroad, or just picked up off the street and sent over, they travel huge distances and are taken straight to people’s homes, often very inexperienced homes like this lady in question. Some people get very little support once the dog has been placed in their home.
It is so wrong.
Last week I had to ring someone from a ‘rescue’ about a client’s Romanian rescue dog. The lady had been bitten multiple times (including redirected bites) so she came to me for help. She is an older lady living alone, despite trying so hard with the dog, she has asked the rescue to take him back following a recent incident. It was the right decision in the circumstances for both of them.
… I found out that three weeks later she was still waiting for them to arrange to collect the dog so she had been left in a house with a huge risk of another bite incident, with a dog she loves dearly but is frightened of.
Let me elaborate: the bites have included the dog jumping on the bed while she was asleep and attacking her, he has bitten her, and visitors, he has bitten her multiple times: including when she tried to clean up his vomit, he tried to bite her in the stomach as a redirected bite and thank god he was wearing a muzzle. She has felt completely isolated as she has not been able to have any visitors since the dog arrived 7 months ago, the dog also has separation anxiety so she has only left the house when it was necessary. The rescue know about this because I was the one who provided them with a behavioral report 3 weeks ago.
NOT COLLECTING THAT DOG AS A MATTER OF URGENCY IS ABSOLUTELY IRRESPONSIBLE, they should have a network of support and they don’t.
On the phone the rescue lady had no clue what was going on because she is ‘just one of the volunteers’ – there is no main coordinator in the UK just the lady in Romania as a contact.
No temperament assessments before the dog was placed in a home.
No support.
This dog is dog reactive, aggressive to strangers in and out of the house, he aggressively guards food and toys, he also has severe separation anxiety.
I could cry for both the lady and the poor dog being put in this situation.
Street dogs frequently struggle being taken from a world they know and understand (freedom) and dumped into a small building with humans. It is a totally alien environment, many are genatically predisposed to being fearful or wary of people, they are very likely to have had no socialisation with people at a young age.
These poor dogs can find it hard to cope, their new owners even more so. But I will always help once they are here and living with a family and many successfully integrate those dogs eventually.
FACT The global dog population is estimated to be 900 million and 85% of those dogs do not live in a family home, they are street dogs, community dogs and village dogs … and they are, in the majority just fine where they are. “Rescuing’ them means they loose something hugely important to them … freedom.