6 days ago
This is muppet the 9 month old pitbull mix visiting us from baja, mexico! i’m very happy to get my first client from out of country so i thought this would be a special feature worthy of posting. these kind of cases are the most challenging and require the owners to be motivated and open minded.
the owner is in her 70s and has spinal issues. when she was referred to me i was very concerned for her well being and knew it would be serious thing to address her dogs behavior before he’s a fully grown liability. she is very tense. like most people she thinks she is practicing calm, but it’s just being quiet. her mind gets hung up often stuck in the past or anticipating negative future. aside of her dogs issues living in the moment, breathing, relaxation and patience will be critical for her to practice in order to change her dogs behavior.
the dog was rescued at only 4 weeks and was flea + tick ridden which threatened his life even further. miraculously the owner kept him alive, but during this critical developmental stage for the dog over affection by the owner has damaged the dogs natural behavior. creating any kind of positive association is near impossible. the dog is so neurotic that it is not accepting treats, giving eye contact and conditioned to break commands right after they are given. i would love to see a “100% positive reinforcement” trainer work with this dog. just telling this dog “yes” or “good” makes him whiney. doing it with eye contact could cause him to dominate you. also highly leash reactive to almost everything. like using his nose too much and wants to mark scent on everything. lunges, barks, jumps and redirects with nipping. some would probably say to put him down, but if i guy like me can affect his behavior its worth giving him a chance.