I adopted a ten year old chihuahua-dachshund that is nearly blind and toothless And she lived in a puppy mill until she was rescued (I feel like these are relevant details. I adopted her in in late September.
She used to love me, and she followed me everywhere and when I came home, she would run up to the door with her tail wagging, I could pick her up with no issue and she would let me hold her, but something changed within her mind and I want to reverse it.
I know what caused it- I need to reverse the damage.
My church has a small group that used to meet every other week at someone's house, eat lunch, and read our bible and reflect on it, and with family comes children.
There were a couple girls that are there, and they are extremely rude and they wouldn't stop picking up my dog, and they were holding her incorrectly. Whenever I saw them with her, I would command them (calmly) to give me my dog, because she clearly doesn't like being held by you.
Every time I saw her with MY DOG, I would have my dog handed to me, I would rub her tummy and then I would hold her (properly) and put her inside where the adults were.
You see, the thing is, when Little One was in her cage or with my mother, the girls would take her from the adult and hold her.
One time, I told her to give her to me, and she said no. I was furious. I know I'm seventeen, and she is twelve, but I have a mental thing, and when I was told that someone five years to my junior was not going to give my dog to me, or stop picking her up, I started crying, and when she left, I started throwing scrabble pieces.
Now, she only comes out for me when I co e home, she looks at me and realizes that I'm not my mother, and walks back in her cage. When I want to hold her, she runs away from me and growls. If I want to hold her, I have to have my mother pick her up for me, and if she sees mum walking past me, she flails to try and get out of my arms and to her instead. It's been like this for three months and everybody always says to give it time, but it's only gotten worse with time.
I give her food every day. I'm not allowed to give my dogs walks because we are in between a huskie, and two Australian shepherds, I'm not "big enough" to handle what would happen if they attacked her. She doesn't play with toys (idk why... Probably something to do with the puppy mill), but she enjoys musicals, and Harrison Ford's Sabrina.
I really want my dog back. It's not my mothers, she's mine and I need her.