Now that Monte is back in our lives, we are overjoyed. However, let's be honest; Monte does not meet all the criteria that we had established for a forever dog: well-behaved, friendly, focused, relaxed, obedient, cuddly, ... Don't get me wrong he is very close to perfect, but he has a couple flaws. He is not the most affectionate nor relaxed. I can live without cuddly, but he needs to be relaxed. Every walk around the neighborhood or through the park is filled with bouts of excitability and frenzy when experiencing critters.
Maybe we are ignorant, but we think that we were the best place for Monte because we know his issues, love him, and are willing to work to correct them. However, we have had sixteen months to figure it out. We tried avoidance and we tried immersion with no success. We have sought advice and assistance from a number of trainers and have not seen any noticeable improvement. I believe that his behavior has been getting progressively worse. After his month long stressful excursion, things seem to have gotten worse.
The analysis from supposed experts has ranged from anxious, high prey drive, excited, stressed, high-energy, and just plain crazy. I am not sure if any one tells the whole complicated story. I do not think that he will mature out of this issue.
Yesterday we officially began Project Monte. Our plan is to take the time necessary using every possible means to work through his demons. Step one will be to reread every book that Cesar Milan has written and watch old episodes of the Dog Whisperer to find something to try. Step two will be a consult with a behaviorist at The Dog Den to identify the cause.
All I know is that we need to help him. Any and all advice is appreciated.