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Things don’t ever just get perfect and then stay that way, do they?

GOOD FRIEND

What’s up?

about an hour ago · Like

ALB

Ami issues and my sensitive little nature.

about an hour ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND

deTAILS

about an hour ago · Like

ALB

Amicus is becoming dog-aggressive for some reason and I actually started crying in front of a whole bunch of people this morning.

15 minutes ago · Like

ALB

It’s hard to be calm and assertive when your dog wants to eat your town.

13 minutes ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND

all dogs or one in particular…. what set him off

9 minutes ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND

some times he could be responding to aggretion in another dog

8 minutes ago · Like

ALB

I wish it were that, and it’s aggression.

7 minutes ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND

what happens

6 minutes ago · Like

ALB

It’s only with big dogs, and then iit varies, sometimes off leash he’s better, sometimes off leash he’s worse, sometimes on leash he’s better, sometime on leash he’s worse. Off-leash he likes to stand in the middle of the path, sometimes lie down and watch the approaching dog, and then he runs directly at them. If they’re friendly, he plays with them; if they’re not, he goes for it.

5 minutes ago · Like

ALB

Sometimes when I keep him on leash he just wants to attack them, sometimes he just wants to sniff them. He’s very unpredictable and it’s really stressing me out. People are starting to look scared when we approach and I think they’re all talking about us, too.

3 minutes ago · Like

ALB

Cesar would say it’s me, but I am not sure about that anymore.

3 minutes ago · Like

ALB

I have put in a phone call to a dog trainer/expert in town so we’ll see what she says providing she lives through the experience.

2 minutes ago · Like

ALB

It’s so weird because only last Sunday at the dog park he was awesome. ??? I just don’t get it.

about a minute ago · Like

ALB

He’s so on/off, like a faulty electrical switch.

GOOD FRIEND

Brown Dog when i first got him and sometimes right until the end would lie down in wait for another dog especially Gethro and Farther and then pounce and growl and chase..from an out side point of view it might have looked visious and scary but it was all play …do you remember this

15 minutes ago · Like

ALB

no, I don’t really remember, but Ami when he senses something he doesn’t like in the dog he’s run up to is really snarling and showing his teeth and aggressive, there’s no question about it, and yet when he plays, you can really tell he’s playing.

13 minutes ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND #2

It is true.. Farther does that as well..Not as much as Jethro and Brown dog did..but he does it..The dog park is good.. You should take him there as many times as you can…He is trying to push your buttons now that he feels like he has a home..

11 minutes ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND

he is nuetered right?

10 minutes ago · Like

ALB

of course

7 minutes ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND #2

If I take Farther out on his leash and a dog is approaching he pulls and jumps,,he wants to be social..I always tell the people he is friendly and I ask them if their dog is friendly and if they say yes..I take him off the leash…If they fight for some reason or show aggression I grab Farther and put him back on and walk away from the scene with him..

7 minutes ago · Like

ALB

yeah, I was doing that exact same thing and it was fine sometimes, but the last few days he’s gotten worse and I can’t take the change anymore it feels like.

6 minutes ago · Like

ALB

chance, I mean, not change

6 minutes ago · Like

ALB

Farther is a very different dog than Ami.

5 minutes ago · Like

ALB

It’s very unpredictable so until I get some professional help, I’m going to keep him on the leash on the seawall and off leash in the forest and on the mountain.

4 minutes ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND #2

It could be the dogs that he is in contact with though..He might be picking up on something from them and reacting..

4 minutes ago · Like

ALB

I think you’re right, Good Friend #2. He runs directly at them and if they’re scared or hostile he’ll fight them and if they’re not he’ll play with them. But he has still instigated it by running up and then being aggressive sometimes.

3 minutes ago · Like

ALB

Also in the last two days, a few people have told me to keep him on leash, and that’s partly why I started crying this morning – in front of people, very embarrassing for me, actually.

2 minutes ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND

Ask him what he’s playing at and give him a stern talking to!

about a minute ago · Like

ALB

If only that would work, like it would with a kid. I guess I’ll spend the evening teaching him English.

a few seconds ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND #2

Farther does the same..Some people are intimidated by him because he looks like a pit..and he jumps on dogs and stuff…but if you ask the owners every time if their dogs are friendly or not, if they say yes then you have to take it from their.. I think it is a good Idea to get a trainer though to help you better understand Ami and get some professional opinions

3 minutes ago · Like

ALB

Thanks, you two, it’s been really helpful and heart-warming chatting with you and getting your support. You still want us to come, Good Friend #2? XXOO

2 seconds ago · Like

ALB

I could always take an early ferry, see if Ami and Father want to kill each other, and if needed take another ferry home?

2 seconds ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND #2

Sure do.. Farther will help Ami..and if Ami is aggressive we can both deal with it and he WILL listen..

36 seconds ago · Like

ALB

Or we could charge admission – KIDDING!!!!!

a few seconds ago    Like

GOOD FRIEND #2

Ha ha.. Ami will be fine.. he is just testing you and because he is used to his new life.. he wants to rebel and test the social waters a bit.

about a minute ago · Like

ALB

Actually, I think you’re exactly right, and Good Friend, one of my dog training tip sites that I subscribe to says that at a certain point in training, especially when things seem to be moving ahead really positively, the dog will rebel and regress, but before you know it he’ll be better than ever.

2 seconds ago · Like

ALB

By the way this whole FB exchange we’ve just had is going to be my next blog but I will change your names but leave all the dogs’ names the same.

a few seconds ago    Like

GOOD FRIEND

he could be having memories from his life before and needs to sort some stuff out

about a minute ago · Like

ALB

You’re probably totally right; maybe something triggered a memory and he’s acting out because of impulse from before. It could also be that I’m not giving him as many treats on the his walks, also.

2 seconds ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND

it might be difficult but when a dog approaches in a future walk pay no heed sing a song or something

about a minute ago · Like

ALB

I’ll try that, however, I also have to be prepared to hold back 90 pounds of anger.

53 seconds ago · Like

ALB

Perhaps I’ll sing “And so the king is once again my guest…”

5 minutes ago · Like ·  1 person

ALB

Thanks for still wanting us to come. We really appreciate it since the entire town hates us now – okay paranoid negative thinking, I know, I know.

2 minutes ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND

why change our names in the blog?

2 minutes ago · Like

ALB

I just thought I’d respect your privacy?

about a minute ago · Like

ALB

for once.

4 minutes ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND

You don’t have to change my name unless of course you want to use The Great One

about a minute ago · Like

ALB

Actually, I have already changed your names to GOOD FRIEND and GOOD FRIEND #2

a few seconds ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND

who is #1 or GOOD FRIEND?

about a minute ago · Like

ALB

You are only because you wrote first; let’s not get all if-you-were-on-a-deserted-island-ish.

2 seconds ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND

well….”.i would pick a good book “is the safest answer

about a minute ago · Like

ALB

Okay, from now on when you two ask me that question, I’ll say, “Neither of you, I’d rather just have a good book.”

2 seconds ago · Like

ALB

Besides which, numbers are meaningless, I remember one episode of Da Vinci’s, I was Officer #2 and Officer #2 had way more (like three) lines than Officer #1.

about a minute ago · Like

ALB

And on that self aggrandizing note, I shall now post all this.

2 seconds ago · Like

GOOD FRIEND

a book on twins

a few seconds ago Unlike·  1 person

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About Andrea Layne Black

writer/painter/explorer&comrade of Amicus,houndextraordinaire

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