I just dropped Loki off at a 14 day boarding training program. I'm going to miss her, and I feel a little badly about letting her be away from us, but I think it's for the best. She just has a lot of behavior problems that I don't feel equipped to handle. It's nothing aggressive or dangerous - at least, not to other dogs. The biggest thing is that she eats poop, and that's the big thing that I don't know how I could get her to stop on my own. She will actually go up to other dogs at the dog park as they're doing their "business" and eat the poop before it even its the ground. Completely embarrassing. Plus I'm worried about her ingesting a parasite or other microbe from another dog that would make her really sick. The program is a little expensive, and they will also work on other more typical behaviors and obedience training (barking, play nipping, leash pulling, the occasional accident), but I figure it's cheaper and less heartbreaking than some huge vet bill later, or worse... her getting really sick and dying.
It will be a bit of an adjustment here for 2 weeks. We've only had Loki since September, but I'll admit the place is already much more quiet without her. I can't assess yet whether or not Lilu will miss her playmate, or likes being the "only child" again and getting all of the attention. I only hope Loki will forgive us for leaving her (temporarily) and that her behaviors will be improved. She's a great dog, and I love her to pieces, but she's definitely been a challenge thus far. But I guess that's where this decision to do the boarding school came from.
We miss you Loki, but we'll see you again soon! The good news is that they send an email progress report and said that we can call any time to see how she's doing.