Hey all, first time user of the forum and I'm hoping someone might have some tips/ help for me.
My Bullmastiff, 11 months at the time, now is 12 months old, had a lump on his tail which got quite large quickly and meds were not helping- he was very persistant in licking it and we could not stop him. tried bandages, tying his tail - all very stressful to him. We thought it had become from licking due to anxiety - We spend a lot of time with him and he even has doggy friends as we foster dogs as well, no other signs of seperation anxiety when we are not around, anyway at the vets instructions we amputated the tail as he was in quite a lot of distress and his llicking turned to a soothing the pain lick.
Now that it is all healed, all is fine with tail ( he had tried to lick the stump when fresh but has realised that this will only cause him more pain so has stopped on his own and it healed wonderfully).
Although now he will not sit. He used to sit on command but now he won't.
He knows what it is (means) as his legs start to bend but then he gets up quickly and walks away
We've massaged his tail to get him used to it as we are well aware that a part of him is gone, and he's fine when we touch it (doesnt hurt him) and generally he's very very happy. Will play, ask for belly rubs etc. just won't sit! On his own he'll sit sideways then lie down - so I'm thinking the stump might be in his way. Alhtough other dogs do it so I'm really not sure.
Has anyone come across something like this, or have any training tips as I've tried re training him and it's not working- I try not to push him (physically and emotionally) as I dont want him distress him.
Many thanks everyone, and I think a forum like this is great!