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12-25-2013 08:11 PM
zyppi Have you considered putting their crates in a room with a locked door? one that needs a key he doesn't have access to?
12-25-2013 03:57 PM
Originally Posted by Blitzkrieg1 View Post
This is why Im leery about GSDs or other working breeds going to Nursing homes.
Why are you worried? Well bred dogs will do what these did, avoid and watch.

I get many patients like this through our ER and its great breaking to see the decline. Many of them are repeats and its worse each time

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12-25-2013 03:49 PM
KZoppa I'm sorry to hear this. My grandpa was in early stages of the disease when we lost him. He'd also had lung cancer he was being treated for but we think the cancer spread to his brain which caused what we saw in his behavior shortly before we lost him. His dog, a corgi, was with him whenever she got the chance unless he was in a mood. Its hard watching it but its also interesting to see how animals behave around such situations. I wish you the best. It's tough.
12-25-2013 12:49 PM
Wetdog Dogs know and dogs can tell. Dogs do not get upset or fly off in a rage.

It is not uncommon at all for even aggressive dogs to recognize that not all hurtful behavior is intentional.

Kana seems to have had a classical reaction. From your description of her behavior---I'd say that she recognized immediately that there was something "not right" about your FIL's behavior. She knew that retaliation would not work so she did the only thing that would help----moved out of harm's way and observed.

I had a large Doberman who would accompany me to nursing homes with many residents who had varying degrees of dementia. He would do the same thing. In fact, he became very adept at alerting the staff to residents who were just going into their rages and not showing any signs yet----allowing the staff time to remove other residents from harm's way.

Bismarck was never aggressive even when he was mistreated----and would always go back to the person when they calmed down. His secret was, the person had to be sitting on the floor(the facility had bean bag chairs for people who became a problem) before he would go back over to them. Nobody could kick him when they were sitting-----and he knew it. He just stayed out of kick reach.

Routine stuff for him.
12-17-2013 03:50 PM
pyratemom I'm so sorry you are experiencing this. My aunt (Mother's sister) is in the later stage of Alzheimer's. It is a terrible disease. I know your dogs understand because they immediately come to you instead of attacking. My aunt sometimes doesn't even remember her husband passed several years ago and gets violent at times because he doesn't come to see her. Even after reminding her that he passed, she only remembers for a short time. She is in a home now where she has to wear an ankle monitor. She can't go out the door without the alarm going off but is able to leave with a family member to walk down the block to a restaurant. My cousin tries as much as she can and my mom made a photo album of all the family members with their names written under the photos. My cousin says my aunt looks at it every day and enjoys the pictures but then can forget you just visited her an hour ago. Bless you for what you are going through. Unfortunately I can't say it gets easier. Your dogs probably don't understand what happened but they do understand when a person is sick I believe. Hugs to you, your dogs, and your family this holiday season.
12-17-2013 03:02 PM
misslesleedavis1 Alzheimers is a terrible thing, the dogs are doing the right thing by avoiding, you did the right thing by not losing your mind on him, he is going to be less and less responsible for his actions the more this disease takes its toll.
12-17-2013 02:49 PM
Blitzkrieg1 This is why Im leery about GSDs or other working breeds going to Nursing homes.
12-17-2013 02:47 PM
jessjeric Thank you for sharing.
I will be moving back in with my parents with Veda (11wks) after Christmas for a bit. My grandpa has been living with them for the last 3 years or so and on more than one occasion I've seen him kick my parents GSD mix, Jack (8yrs). He hasn't been diagnosed with Alzheimer's but has been battling cancer on and off the past few years. Jack does the same now, avoiding him as much as possible, but I'm worried about Veda since she is so young and I will have to leave her home while I'm at school. She will be crated but I'm afraid he'll let her out for some reason or another :/

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12-17-2013 10:36 AM
Gretchen Thanks for sharing your experience. Many of us either have or will be dealing with our parents who have this disease. You have some smart, intuitive dogs.
12-17-2013 10:23 AM
jocoyn I am so sorry.

We care for my mom in the home but she is stroke not Alzheimer and unless you can have around the clock direct supervision for is one place where it seems the best approach. A lot of our calls are for folks with dementia who wander.

Hopefully the home you find has a good system for that. Good that the dogs have figured out to simply avoid him.
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