Dogs who have special needs may not reveal those needs right away and may seem “normal” at first, but like humans some needs aren’t visible by the naked eye. A sweet pit bull named Lily is one of those dogs who needs a special person in her life to help her. Her story began in Staten Island, New York where she was just 4 months old and taken in by Fur Friends in Need. She went into a foster home where she was sweet and loving from the beginning and waited patiently for a forever home to come along. Her foster family had two dogs and she loved playing with them and cuddling up to them. But soon a family came along with a dog of their own to adopt her. She went off to her forever family, but just 5 months later she was returned to her foster family. It seems Lily had a special need no one knew about; she began showing serious aggression toward other dogs.
The family didn’t know what to do, so they ignored the problem until it became too much to handle and returned her. Lily is now looking for a new home with someone who understands her anxiety and can help her work on easing her issues. For the last 6 months Lily has been working hard on training to be calm in new situations and less reactive. The training has been a huge success and her foster parents are working hard to help her as best they can. She recently went away for a month to Instinct Dog Behavior and Training facility and it has made a huge difference in her life.
The training helped them realize the source of her anxiety: she was fearful and avoidant when a new dog approached her and that caused her to react. She has responded well to training though, as she is smart, willing to learn, and really wants to please her people. Lily still has work to do, and is searching for a forever home that can help her continue her training.