My day to update some threads - I have been a bit behind since Kyah came into my life
, updating her thread today too, for all the Kyah followers!
This update is a bit different:
Onyx adopted out back in January 2009 to a family that had had two previous rescued male GSDs. Of course, I stayed in touch monthly, as I do in the beginning, then I don't bug forever family's as much, promise. All was great - then recently, Onyx started showing signs of aggression, towards people in the home who were not part of the immediate family. Nothing serious had occurred, but I was concerned and so was the family. Several of us, went to Onyx's home, because I was a bit in shock and wanted to see for myself and see if we could help or if Onyx needed to come back.
Before a decision was made, BDBH had Onyx medically assessed at our vets, including a full thyroid panel sent to MSU, CBC/Chem, urine analysis, his rear leg injury rechecked, etc. All came back within normal ranges, except his parasite level came back high - I reached back out to his family and they took him to their vet for a HW re-test and fecal. HW came back again negative, but fecal came back again positive for hookworms (he had been treated several times and was negative once). He has since completed another treatment and needs a fecal re-check.
Nothing that would explain medically, a sudden anxiety/aggression onset. Plus, he was being walked 2 miles a day. His foot and pad injury was medically cleared prior to starting same.
Long story short, mutual decision was that Onyx needed to come back to BDBH. He has been back with Michael and I for a couple of weeks, fell right back into the pack. We have had visitors walk in unannounced and nothing, but curious greeting. He is great with the kids, good with the dogs, a bit of a pain with foster Jed, but they are about the same age - not a fighting thing, just hey, can I be dominant over you at least thing.
Biggest issue we see, he fixates if we let him, on anything on the other side of the fence, ie tractor, four wheelers, cars and in the house, light or reflection. We do our best to re-direct, but it is with effort, and he is hoarse from barking/running the fence line, even with us not allowing it. I bring him inside sometimes, when the above is happenning, but I also want to try and work on it with him.
He is nothing but loving and eager to please. We will be working with a trusted trainor, because I want her expert read on him.
We have taken him to a Meet and Greet and nothing but friendly, loses his mind when Michael or I walk away though.
He will be just fine, but I need to get to the bottom of triggers, and I have not been able to see any aggressive trigger towards humans, those he knows, nor those he does not.
Here are a few recent pictures: