Ava is taking anxiety medication to relieve her overwhelming fear of the world around her. She may not need to stay on this forever, but for now it helps relieve some of her running and hiding behavior as she learns to absorb the noises and activity of a family dog’s everyday environment.
Because Ava was not socialized before she came to RAGOM she exhibits some of the fearful behaviors of a commercial breeding dog. Usually these dogs require another dog for leadership and guidance.
However, Ava has shown fear-based reactions to some dogs. So, for now she is the only dog living with me, and we are going to see how she does in a home as an only dog. She might do well with a second dog if it was mellow and not super active.
She would do best with someone at home with her most of the time for support; however, this could change in time. Ava might love to live with just one person or a couple. If there are children in the home, they must be 13 or older, as the noise and busy-ness of young children would be too much for her.
Ava does her business outside, but then wants to come right back in the house. She is crate trained and spends 8 hours in her crate while I’m at work and has done well.
She would do best with a fenced-in yard, but that is optional as long as someone is with her outdoors on a leash. Her fear could make her bolt or hide.
Ava is doing great with me; she follows me around going upstairs and downstairs and in and out of all the other rooms. She wants to be right by my side.
She will also sit on the couch with me for a little bit but would rather be by my feet. She sleeps soundly all night in bed with me and does not move around much! She is most definitely a snuggle bunny.