A couple of weeks ago Pilaf went to stay for a few days with our Community Field Rep (CFR).
She had her evaluation, and Pilaf overall did a great job. She showed huge improvement in her confidence level and thus was no longer a concern. She also showed great improvement in her dog distraction, as well as her overall manners with other dogs (which was a really big problem when she was a younger pup).
Now after hearing the good news from our CFR, we discovered behavior that was concerning to our surprise. Ever since Pilaf was a young puppy she liked to lick, suck, and chew on Ricki’s ears. We tried to keep her from doing so, but she just couldn’t seem to help herself from the temptation. Over time she became a little obscessed with doing the same thing with her tail. Bitter apple kept her from licking and sucking her tail most times, but she would still do it occasionally.
Now even though this was happening, we always felt she would grow out of it.
We are dissapointed about the decision, but we couldn’t be more proud of the dog that she has become.
Amie and Matt