As most of you know, we adopted Gretel. When we got her we were told that she was not socialized as a puppy. We were told she was extremely anxious around dogs and strangers, especially men. She was apparently so bad that they had her on anti-anxiety medication.
After we got her, we took her off the medication almost immediately. We have spent a lot of time working with her, both providing training to give her confidence and socialization. As you have read, we give her plenty of exercise through hiking and go out of our way to expose her to strangers, other dogs and unfamiliar places.
Gretel has made huge leaps and bounds since she has found her forever home with us. When she came to us almost 4 months ago she would always growl and bark at strange people and dogs.
It is still her first reaction when startled but she doesn’t do it as much. Currently, this tendency is manageable we are hopeful that urge will completely go away with time and patience.
Gretel is still somewhat of a wild-card for us though. Not having a complete picture of her background, we are still discovering her personality quirks and issues.
We feel very lucky that Motley Zoo Animal Rescue selected us as her parents. We feel fortune that we are the ones that get to provide her with stability, patience, proper training and lots of love so she can turn into her best doggie self.
She is a very special little girl and the light of our lives.
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