Dog Park Deviant Dobermans, Big Dog Bully Pomeranian, and an Attacking Terrier
Season 2 | Episode 7 | Duke & Lulu and Sparky
Karen's Dobermin mix is barred from dog parks for not only fighting, but instigating other dogs to fight. Emily's Pomeranian tends to bit off more than she can chew by picking on dogs twice her size. Plus, a therapeutic terrier helps AJ control anxiety, but tends to attack other dogs on walks. Can Cesar help these owners get a handle on their overly aggressive pooches?
Service Dogs: Angels on Earth
Before I came to America, I’d never seen a service dog. I remember thinking it was one of the most beautiful things I had ever witnessed. Service dogs like Sparky, who you will meet in this episode, or other therapy dogs that visit patients in hospitals or nursing homes are little angels walking around on Earth.
These dogs have achieved balance, calm-submission, and active-submission. We must respect them, which means never petting them, talking to them, or making eye contact while they’re working. You can still admire them and think, “What an amazing dog.” The great thing is that you don’t have to be close to the dog for him to know you have great respect for him. He will still be able to pick up that energy you are sending.
Service dogs are a great example that they don’t need our affection to do their jobs well. They will receive that from their owners when he gets home — when the working day is done. Remember, when a person wants to give a dog affection, more often than not, they do it more for themselves than for the animal.
What I Learned From my Early Experiences as a Dog Walker
In Los Angeles, lots of people have the luxury to afford dog walkers; something I highly recommend for those who work long hours. The more daily primal exercise your dog gets, the calmer he’ll when you come home. When I first moved the United States and started making money as a dog walker, I always acted like the pack leader and followed the natural rule – leader in front, followers in the back of the pack. I was surprised to see other walkers being pulled by their pack of dogs. And those were usually the dogs that caused problems at the dog park.
Because I grew up on a farm around packs of working dogs, as opposed to house pets, I observed how the pack functions as one unit. If a situation broke out, I watched how tensions would rise between the dogs, and how the pack worked things out. Because of my experience, I was able to diffuse tensions at the dog park. If a fight developed in the park, I was able to break it up myself, something I do NOT recommend trying on your own. It’s very dangerous. Of course, the best way to prevent dog fights is to have vigilant owners watching out for aggressive, frustrated, dominant, or excited dogs at the park.