We no longer have Axel. He did not work out. Once he got over his shyness, the biting began. Then came the growling at Ari. Then came the peeing whenever company would come over. All this in addition to the fact that no matter what techniques we have used to housebreak in the past, when used with him, he just wasn’t getting it. We gave it a month. He was getting worse, not better. So, he now has a home on 30 acres of land where he can poop and pee wherever he wants and he has other dogs with which he can get out his angst. And he doesn’t have a screaming toddler on his tail all the time.
I think we have found that this might be as much of a case of training our son as it is training a dog. Also, since Axel left, Ari has been much calmer…more like the child we want around the house rather than this whirling dervish.
We are scheduled to get a Boerboel puppy around summer time of this year. She will be a lot younger and easier to train and will grow up with Ari instead of being on the way to adult, like Axel. However, we’re going to play it by ear at this time and see how Ari is reacting. We might hold off for a later litter of pups if it means being able to get Ari to a place where he can handle being around animals more easily and calmly.
Since I’m on the topic of Ari, I’ll say that we are moving forward with having him officially assessed for autism at the suggestion of his school. If he does get a diagnosis, it opens up a lot of doors for us in terms of additional programs and treatments that are funded (which is a big deal to us right now). On a brighter note, he’s progressing with every day that passes, so we’re thrilled.