This is not something I had ever imagined doing. It was a hard decision to make but after getting multiple opinions from trainers, clearance from the vet, and contacting a couple more trainers and behaviorists we reached the conclusion that it would be better for Yarrow to be in a different home. While she was comfortable with us, she was uncomfortable with us having visitors, and she was easily stressed by the other dogs and even the cat at times. As we cannot rehome all of our other pets it was better for her to go to a quieter home where she would be the focus of attention. It took time but we found her a single man who wanted a companion to just pal around with. He is used to Pyrenees temperament, happy to have a dog to cuddle on the couch with, and she was instantly comfortable with him which is HUGE. I hope that she will be very very happy, even if it is not with me.
We met with a third trainer and got our third opinion. We sat at Lowe’s for an hour together, Yarrow stressed and panting. She did recover, it took about 45 minutes but she did decide she liked the “new strange lady” with all of the food who was impressed by the smallest tricks she did. She did not like the people walking all around her, the sounds of the carts, or the cars driving past. The final verdict was as expected, she is too anxious to work. More than that, that she should be rehomed to a place where she is not surrounded by other dogs. She has continued to have issues with Freyja, no blood drawn, but no obvious trigger either which is concerning with kids in the house.
I reached out to a behaviorist, another trainer. Other than bringing her to more evaluations to hear the same thing there isn’t much to do. I reached out to many rescues but none could accommodate her. This is the one thing I never pictured doing, rehoming Yarrow. I had imagined she would stay no matter what. But I also didn’t imagine K9 Assisted Independence would turn out to be a scam, abuse my dog, and return her to me fearful and reactive. It is hard to move forward from here.