I’ve had Jasmine for just over two years now but have reached the decision that I can’t progress any further with her. Despite the length of time I have worked her, I don’t feel that she has settled into a consistent pattern of working and I doubt that she will. All through our time together I have been working on one problem or another. Often small and on its own insignificant, but there have been a whole chain of them.
About a month ago, she started working very peculiarly, pulling excessively and favouring the left shoreline all the time. I hoped that the Christmas break might help her relax and that things would improve on our return to work. However, it didn’t and whatever I tried, she didn’t show any signs of improving.
Added to this is the fact that if she is over corrected she will snap at me, often making contact with my hands with her teeth. She has done this twice to me since Christmas. She knows she shouldn’t do it, but somehow doesn’t seem to be able to stop herself.
So, at the end of last week I made the decision to return her to GDBA. It was a decision I didn’t take lightly as it is impossible to work a dog without becoming attached to it. The house is very empty without her and despite all her problems, I loved her very much and will miss her horribly.
I have recommended strongly to GDBA that they don’t attempt to re-train her and I know the GDMI who is working with us is in full agreement. I’m not so sure about the area manager though. Jasmine needs consistency in her life and wouldn’t get this with re-training.
My next real problem will be finding a home for her. I have been asking friends to see if they know anyone. I am very reluctant to allow GDBA to do this as when they rehome their dogs, the new owners are under no obligation to remain in touch with the original owner. I don’t need regular contact, but I do want to know what happens to Jasmine in her future life.