So a friend's mother got a dog from the pound. Lovely looking lab x spaniel, probably about 18mo.
The dog was clearly never trained and a mix of your typical lab pup exuberance and Spaniel stubbornness. But she does have loads of potential. My friend has managed to do some training with her and finds her very responsive.
Unfortunately, despite my friend's best efforts, her mother just doesn't get the whole training thing and seems to feel completely overwhelmed by it. To the point where the dog's behaviour is getting worse instead of better and is a disaster waiting to happen.
To make matters worse, the dog turned out to have an incontinence issue, which might have been the reason why she was surrendered in the first place. Her owner has taken her to the vet a few times and spent hundreds on tests already, but there still isn't a clear diagnosis. They only know it's not diabetes (or UTI I would hope) but there are still 4 conditions that it could be and it would require more expensive tests. The owner is now broke and cannot see how she is going to pay for the tests and the ongoing treatment.
But mainly because of the issues with training, she has decided it is going to be better for the dog to rehome her. And I agree. (She's getting a cat instead!)
But how do you rehome a dog with an undiagnosed bladder problem? The rescue organisations my friend has contacted have not responded so far. It is also a very bad time of the year to try and get their help.