Also, don't expect to get rid of the prey drive. You may be able to train other behavioral responses but the prey drive will still be there. Also, beware of something that I think is called "instinctive drift". It explains why lion tamers sometimes get bit.
I know, ironically, just after I posted the last update he snapped at our cat. I haven't seen him do that in a long time. It also took him a little longer than usual to lose interest and settle down.
Good to hear George was such a good boy for you, it really makes you proud - doesn't it?
Yes! I'm very proud of him!
Wishing you the best with George and his treatments.
Thank you! I've never dealt with a dog with HW either. I have read about it, though, and I'm going to get a chance to speak with George's vet due to his scratching/biting and itching. I think that will be a good opportunity to ask what I can do to make the HW treatment easier on him.
I'm just wondering why George hasn't been neutered yet. Usually that is the first thing a rescue will do. It won't correct behavioral issues but a decrease in hormones will definitely help.
I just neutered my 21/2 year old golden, it has made ahuge difference in his behavior, and he is just happier and more relaxed.
I agree that George needs
to be neutered, and I already asked twice about getting it done sooner rather than later. Apparently his vet would strongly prefer to neuter him after the heartworm treatments are done. I read a lot about neutering a dog with heartworms, and there seems to be a 50/50 split in opinions; some vets do it before the HW treatments, others do it after. I was told George has a particularly bad case of HW, so that might have something to do with it.