He went to a foster home that was in a low density suburban area, and fostering with other dogs. We were disappointed that he'd been put on Prozac by his owner against our recommendation, and we immediately weaned him off. His separation anxiety was definitely improved, and we watched him on lead to see the severe onleash reactivity that the adoptor had reported. Initially, we didn't see it. Dogs who have sat with us for a while tend to not get any interest, and he sat for a year and a half in this foster home before he finally got a great adoption application. As always, we disclosed his past behavioural problems. His new adoptive parents quickly came to love him, but we soon saw a return of the onleash reactivity. His behaviour is not 'typical' onleash reactivity in that he's in a worked up state most of the time that he barks at strangers. Sometimes there isn't even tension in the leash.If instead of giving the food reward when the trigger appeared as is the premise of counterconditioning a dog out of reactive behaviour, they instead waited until he became reactive and THEN tried to distract him with the food reward - they would've inadvertently been rewarding the behaviour, and making it more deep seeded. Based on the reactivity we saw when he went to an adoptor in a more densely populated suburb, and on all of his behavioural reports since he's been with us, we believe that that is what took place, and his adoptors inadvertently were missing the correct timing for food rewards to countercondition what was mild to moderate leash reactivity, to where he was now highly leash reactive with people and other dogs.
For safety reasons, and with broken hearts on both ends, his adoptors and Barlee's agreed that he was not the right dog to live in a condo in a high-traffic suburb. He's back in foster care, but we are now tackling the challenge of reversing what's now a deep-seeded onleash reactivity towards people and dogs. Due to the high level of reactivity, and because as a result walks are stressful for Tyson, we have chosen to discontinue walks until we can get him to a better place and make some headway on this. He's fostering with another graduate of our DSCC course and will be getting one on one support to the best of our ability.
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