A Stove-Fearing Pit Bull/Chow Mix, a Battling Rottie and German Shepherd, and a Grieving Jack Russel Terrier
Season 4 | Episode 4 | Willie, Make-A-Wish, and Zena
Meet Zena, a pit bull/Chow mix whose extreme fear of the stove has forced her owners to cook outside on a grill for the past year. Then, Cesar visits Major, a Rottweiler, and Nira, a German shepherd, who are battling for control of the house.
Finally, meet Willie, a Jack Russell terrier, who can't handle the death of his pack leader, the family cat named Jake. Willie's owners say Jake kept Willie in line, but now the terrier has abandoned his good behavior.
Because dogs pick up on our emotions, it’s important to keep yours in check when dealing with your pooch. If your stress level is high, you may need someone else with you to remind you to stay calm and assertive; a sort of an unofficial “coach” to observe, correct, and cheer you on.
A lot of times, we need a neutral third party to see ourselves from the outside. The most important thing is that you find somebody who will watch and evaluate, but not judge. That person should have your –and your dog’s– best interests at heart.
One thing about instincts is that they will always create balance because it means you are connected to the environment around you. Michelle is a cancer survivor and someone who knows how to follow her own instincts. The problems with her family dogs arose when her parents disregarded those instincts.
In dealing with animals, the best time to listen to and follow your instincts is when you are calm and there are no negative voices in your head and no one giving you pessimistic input.