Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

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Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

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Victoria helps apathetic pet owners stop the finger pointing and start taking responsibility for their dangerously neurotic dog.

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Re: Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

Post by nicosmom » Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:25 am

Loved the show last night. Did Dr. Dodman write a prescription to curb the spinning? I would have thought he did so your training would be effective? But then again -maybe by making sure he got exercised everyday - it stopped on it's own?
(I don't think so though?)

Love your show.

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Re: Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

Post by Shrtsassyblonde » Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:29 am

I have a 3 pound yorkie that has a lot of anxiety when someone comes into our office. I have watched, and taped the shows over and over trying to figure out if any of these skills will work. He goes nuts and acts agressive when someone comes in the office door. Our office is like a house and they just walk in. He barks at them like he's going to eat them up!! I can relate to this family!! Frustration and concern.

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Re: Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

Post by zdogsmom » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:04 pm

It must be frustrationg to deal with people that want an instant fix for their dog(s) rather than working to understand and help them. I was happy to see the family finally stepped up to the plate to make an effort to exercise and work with their dog. How long does it take for you to analyze the dog's behavior before you're able to start working with it?

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Re: Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

Post by riggysmom » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:34 pm

I am hoping you are able to follow up on these people, say in 6 months or so... Seems like they will not keep up the work with Rocky- They seemed too lazy and uncommitted! Perhaps the best thing for him would be to rehome him in a place where he would get what he needs for the rest of his life...

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Re: Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

Post by Neeksmom » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:38 pm

I just want to thank you for such a great show, I've taken the advice you've given others and the results are fantastic. Although my counter surfing beagle is another story. But she's only 23 lbs not 50 lbs like the one who had to go to fat camp. I wish you all the best and hope the show continues for a longtime.

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Re: Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

Post by Neeksmom » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:43 pm

Did something happen off camera to finally make the family stop arguing and start working together? I felt like you were a referee between the mom and girls. Even though she bought the dog for the girls she must have known that they were young and that would be alot of responsiblity for them without adult supervision. I would never wait for my son or husband to to anything for my dogs, I wake up at let them out before I even use the bathroom. I'm glad you were able to help them and Rocky will have a much fuller and enjoyable life.

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Re: Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

Post by thayeso » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:57 pm

Hi Victoria,

AWESOME EPISODE!!! YOU DID A AWESOME JOB!!! I LEARNED A LOT. YOU'RE THE DOGGIE DUDE!!! 8)

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Re: Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

Post by Simonsmom » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:07 pm

How did you deal with the biting? Also, did the family have to medicate him, or were the problems solved with proper exercise?

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Re: Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

Post by maximoo » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:13 pm

At the end of the show Rocky was spinning less however you had told owners to put the crate in his spinning spot & that he might like to stay in it as his safe zone. Why wasn't the crate there? And it is well known that lavender is a calming scent wouldn't it have been advisable to have a lavender scented pillow placed in the crate too?

DId Rocky finally get meds? if so what was it?

How often was the man going to take Rocky out to play & run? As soon as it gets cold I'm sure he would stop taking him.

I blame the disharmony all on the mother.
1) Any responsible mother knows that care of an animal ultimately falls on the parents. Yes children need to be given some responsibility & that is not negotiable It the adults who see to it that the animals are fed, walked, trained, given vet care, etc.
2) She was lazy and unrealistic. So she caved in & in doing so she owed it t the dog to ensure it has a happy life, not shove it all on the girls & never do anything for the dog.

Well it was good to see that there was an improvement. However this family totally needs to be revisited.Rocky may be ready to start focus games such as watch me, as he improves.

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Re: Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

Post by sj96skittles » Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:03 pm

This episode really opened my eyes about how imPortant it is to exercise your dogs.( Mentioned this on facebook) we have 2 border collies it's annoying that my mom dad or sister won't help me walk them. I'm 14. Sadly they're not getting walked very often. But sometimes we let them run in our 2 acre backyard. It's hard to walk them cuz they pull really hard. If u turn the other way they'll just pull u. Doesn't really matter which way ur going. Any advice? Thank u! Great episode last night! <3

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Re: Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

Post by spk4dogs » Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:31 pm

This was a very interesting show, because I think this is the first time I have seen you incorporate an Animal Behaviorist along with your training. I think it is noteworthy because people need to see that medication is sometimes necessary but also along with that MUST be behavior modification. Plus the fact that it is a lot of work!
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Re: Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

Post by andyspal » Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:31 pm

Interesting show. It really drove home the concept that dogs need enrichment in their lives, as well as a structured stable daily life. Are Wheaten terriers prone to OCD, or was it just this individual? I think any dog would be stressed with that amount of turmoil in the home.
I'm glad you were able to get the family to focus on their responsibility to their pet.

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Re: Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

Post by Victoria » Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:52 pm

nicosmom wrote:Loved the show last night. Did Dr. Dodman write a prescription to curb the spinning? I would have thought he did so your training would be effective? But then again -maybe by making sure he got exercised everyday - it stopped on it's own?
(I don't think so though?)

Love your show.
Yes he did in conjunction with their vet. Rocky had already been on pretty strong meds for a long time. A different prescription, behavior mod and more exercise helped him

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Re: Episode 305 - Rocky Road - (Feb 5)

Post by Victoria » Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:53 pm

zdogsmom wrote:It must be frustrationg to deal with people that want an instant fix for their dog(s) rather than working to understand and help them. I was happy to see the family finally stepped up to the plate to make an effort to exercise and work with their dog. How long does it take for you to analyze the dog's behavior before you're able to start working with it?
I get a picture of behavior straight away but after a day of observation I am able to get a much more detailed picture

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