The Girl in the Self Imposed Box (elisabat) wrote in boston_buddies,
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I need more advice for Wilbur

Well, it's been 2 weeks now (I think) and Wilbur and I are working out our quirks. He's doing really well, he's such a jubilant happy little thing. One of our main problems is that he does'nt listen to me. He is my first dog, I've only ever had cats and he just does'nt act like a cat. I had no problem training my cats. They all (except for my kitten) listen to me when I tell them "no". I think it's because I'm the "nice one". If my boyfriend tells him no, Wilbur stops what he's doing and goes into his little corner where he sleeps. If I tell Wilbur no, it's party time.

I take him to work with me. I work graveyard shift in the ICU of a veterinary hospital. I work alone for the most part. He has fun going nuts all night running around the hospital. I put him in a cage if I'm working on another animal or if I just need a break from his energy and he's fine with it, he usually just goes to sleep. In the morning when everyone comes in for the day shift, it's too busy to have him running around so I put him in a cage. It's at this time and only this time, particularly when I am giving rounds to the day shift, that Wilbur decides to make this horrible shrieking whine sound. He WILL NOT listen to me when I yell "NO!" at him. I've tried clapping my hands and yelling no in conjunction, he just gets louder. At home and when we're alone at work, he's perfectly silent. It literally is one of the worst sounds I've ever heard, especially when one has been up all night. One of the doctors even commented how funny it is that Wilbur only listens when he wants to, which is a bad thing. I don't want them deciding that I can't take him in to work with me. Because of his disability and because on weekends I'm at work more then I am at home, I can't leave him alone.

He's also becoming aggressive at odd times. At the bus stop in the morning there is a patch of grass that Wilbur has become very protective of. If anyone else decides to wait for the bus too, he growls and barks at them. He even tried to pick a fight with a pitt bull the other morning for walking near us and the patch of grass, which is an extremely stupid thing for a small wobbly dog to do. I literally had to catch him by his harness. And at these times when he is being aggressive, he again, will NOT listen to me.

Also, an update on how he is doing health wise... I had one of the doctors I work with check his gait because he's been scraping up his toes on the concrete when we go for walks. As a result of his neuro condition, his inner thigh muscles are underdeveloped causing him to swing out his back legs which is causing him to drag his feet. Now he has to wear booties on all four feet and he HATES it. He's getting used to it, but when I first put them on, he acts as if he is paralyzed. I call it bootyitis: acute paralysis caused by booties. He knows I won't fall for it though and will eventually get up and walk. I've also been trying to do physical therapy on him to build up his inner thighs, but it's just extremely difficult to do on a dog who won't sit still.

This was really long, sorry. I need to get a camera so I can post cute pictures of him.
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