Tibetan1 This was quite heartbreaking in a way.

Tibetan Terrier Toby’s previous owner got him as a puppy seven years ago when she divorced. Since then they have been inseparable with Toby sleeping on her pillow beside her every night.

Tibetan2Now the lady has met a new man. He gave her an ultimatum – it’s me or the dog. She parted with the wrong one in my opinion!

They picked Toby up yesterday and I was there today. This little dog has been scratching the door, crying, pacing and constantly asking to go outside; he is simply waiting to be reunited with his past owner.

TibetanTobyThey brought a jumper of hers home with her scent on it. It was in his bed. In this situation I suggested they got rid of it because there was absolutely no point in reminding Toby of her now. The faster he realises that this is his lovely new home the better – because he has really landed on his feet. I am having to persuade the people not to fuss him and to give him time and space.

He is withdrawn and preoccupied. You can see from the pictures just how he is feeling.Tibetan3

They have taken the next week off work and I have given them several tasks to work on involving chicken – although he is refusing to eat he will take pieces of chicken! They need to prepare him for being left alone for two or three hours. They have a strategy for night times because the first night was very difficult. They will give him much better quality food than he has been getting previously and they will introduce him to the concept of working for reward rather than getting everything for nothing. He has never been off lead, so they will work on his recall so he eventually will be able to run free.

Toby’s life will be even better than before although he doesn’t know that at the moment.

He will come around.

Today Toby is simply waiting. His obvious unhappiness could make your heart bleed and had the lady in tears today.

A quick update. It’s now day three and already Toby is settling in. He is a lot happier.
NB. The precise protocols to best use for your own dog may be different to the approach I have worked out here. Finding instructions on the internet or TV can do more harm than good sometimes. Every dog is different and every situation is different. If you live in my own area I would be very pleased to help with strategies specific to your own dog (see my Help page)