Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Does anybody have the phone number for the Dog Whisperer....
She ate the ear off my Minnie Mouse Jibbitz I had on my black Crocs. She chewed up the electric eraser box from my colored pencil bag. She steals slippers, socks and shoes. I know she gets "chewy" when she is hyper and needs a walk.
When I try to walk her (Dog Whisperer style, and be the calm and assertive pack leader) she thinks she is the lead sled dog in the Iditerod.
I have terrible calf cramps from walking so fast to keep up with her. She does not walk, she prances. The dog whisperer suggests letting her pull me on roller blades...(like THAT is going to happen!!!) or giving her a backpack to carry, giving her a job, to slow her down or help her work off her energy. I have already amassed a small fortune on what we have spent on her. Let alone buying a $40 dog back pack!!
I try to allow her extra lead, on the leash to "burn off her energy", the first lap around the block. I know the DW says that "sends the wrong energy" when approaching other dogs. I am benefiting from her fast pace, (weight wise) but I am sore all over in the process! She zig zags in front of me and has almost tripped me several times, not to mention, me accidentally stepping on her foot. She growls and barks at mild mannered, obedient, friendly, bigger dogs and then their owners are giving me that look that says, Why don't you take her in for training?
In watching the Dog Whisperer program, he promotes using a choke type collar to correct behavior, and I see and appreciate the results. My main reservation, is the Vet told me dogs like Izzy should wear halters, as the choke type collars can collapse her trachea. Correcting her behavior, while wearing the halter, does not have the same effect.
This morning, on our walk, a woman approached us with two Springer Spaniels, seeing me, she told me her dogs were friendly. Then, Izzy leaps and lunges at them growling and barking...
She diverts her dogs from our path and in disgust, spits at me, "OH NO! Your dog is mean! Why do people get little dogs, they are always mean!!" In Izzy's defense, (although the lady did not deserve an explanation after her close minded generalization) but I tell her anyway, that I just rescued her and she is still getting used to the neighborhood and other dogs. She yells back over her shoulder, "Yeah, well my dogs are rescued too!"
Izzy likes Poodles, Lapsos, other Terriers, Shitzus, but Spaniels, Hounds and bigger dogs, she gets very aggressive, and it is beginning to be a problem. I want to socialize her, but I don't want to start a riot or dog fight either! I am very reluctant to take her to the dog park.
PetSmart charges $100 for 8 weeks, and the City is suppose to have some training classes, but so many dog owners promote the DW or more disciplined methods, that rewarding with treats, like PetSmart does. Anybody have any advice or suggestions, besides contacting Cesar Milan?