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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Does anybody have the phone number for the Dog Whisperer....


Now I know Izzy looks very sweet, and she is.  But she has a "wild hair" that can sure give me a run for my money!  This is one of her moments when she thinks she is a cat, perched on the arm of the couch.

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?

7 comments:

mickeydee said...

If you find his number, can you ask him how to get Shelby to like my grandsons? LOL

Donna B said...

I think I have seen an episode on that...I will email you about it Mickeydee....

GYPSYWOMAN said...

oh, girl!!! too funny! but i bet if you google DW you could find a website and contact info!!! and i also bet he would respond! too funny! i tell both my daughters [adults] that i'm going to call his hotline number cause they both need human training!!! :)

Donna said...

I couldn't believe how the lady reacted to your dog on your walk. All I can say is how rude! Why do people think their pets, and kids are so perfect? Guess they have colored glasses. Don't give up on Izzy as she seems to be making progress especially with your husband. My granddaughter took her dog for training at Pet Smart and it really helped her and the dog. By the way her dog kind of resembles Izzy. Good Luck

Donna B said...

Hey Gypsywoman...I did Google it...but only found training classes on line and tips. I called the tech support for the on line training, and he gave me another number. I was just ready to call it, when I husband called on the other line and needed me to bring him some things he needed for a meeting. I will investigate further tomorrow. I DVR all his episodes of the DW and watch them with great interest! He is really amazing with dogs.

Donna B said...

Hi Donna, I KNOW!!! Can you believe how RUDE she was!!! People like that have issues that I prefer not to even waste my energy upon!! I am still checking out all our options for training...and in the mean time, I am following the DW advice.

Gramma Ann said...

That is not a problem I have ever had with my dogs.

I had a chow chow, 12 years ago, She was the nicest and friendliest dog. She would just go up and walk with anyone walking. And she loved rolling around with all the children that used to visit her.

However, I now have a toy poodle, and he thinks he is a BIG dog. Like your dog, he likes the small dogs. . However, when I walk him, he is not allowed to bark at other dogs, or run ahead of me. I just keep his leash short, so he has to walk beside me. When we get home, than, I allow him some running time.