Dog we took in is probably deaf, somewhat blind, and more
We decided to take in a stray, since the only other option in this county is euthanasia. Since it nipped my husband, we had it tied up on our porch for 2 weeks. Then we took it to the vet for its shots.
The new vet partner said the dog was 7-8, but I swear its at least 12-13.
Maybe its just had a hard life. They clapped behind its head at the vets, and it didn't respond. She doesn't seem to ever focus on us, but can make her way around the house without bumping into things.
But I think there's something more wrong with her. She's just not all there. I give her a treat, and she doesn't even focus on it, or eat it.
We let her out in the back yard, and she doesn't know how to come back in. I guess we should use a leash for awhile.
She paces, and paces and paces.
Its hard to guess what her past was like.
I got a dog whistle, thinking she was responding to higher pitched sounds, but she has no reaction to it.
She does respond to a flashlight sometimes.
She wouldn't come in tonight, so DH and I had to chase her around the back yard for awhile. DH got hold of her, and she bit him again. At least we know she doesn't have rabies, and she has had her shots. Is there any other reason we should be worried about him getting bit? He had a tetanus recently, and we'll watch for infection.
She's been very docile since coming in the house on Saturday. DH gave her a bath, and she did fine. She seems comfortable. I'm just not sure we're going to be easily able to teach her.
DH wants to take her back to the vet that we're used to using for a repeat check-up. He recently got a new partner, and we didn't realize when we made the appointment, that we had to request him. We just want to make sure nothing is going on with her ears that is worsening her hearing.
Her stool specimen was negative for worms, which was good.
I've tried to begin using hand signals to train her, but she won't even look at me long enough.
She sleeps about 23 hours a day, and paces for the other hour.
She was very thin, and we're feeding her Purina dog chow, but I'm thinking we should be using some vitamins too.
Any suggestions for training this poor little dogie, or anything else?