Achieving Balance and Harmony


A Rowdy-Walking Great Dane and an Obsessive-Eating Lhasa Apso

Season 5 | Episode 4 | Bacchus and Jody

Hailie McGetrick and Heath Moore live in Long Beach with their massive, 150 pound, 2 year old Great Dane, Bacchus. The couple was set on socializing Bacchus properly and would take him to the dog park and dog beach nearly every weekend. They enrolled him in two different levels of obedience classes, in which he had no problems. Upon the enrollment of his third class, Bacchus’ social demeanor changed. Bacchus started lunging after dogs who passed by the group. He was fine with the other dogs in the class, but his behavior towards strange dogs escalated very quickly. He bit both a Golden Retriever and a Shepherd mix within a week of each other. Walks with Bacchus can be cumbersome when he rears up onto his back legs at the sight of another dog. Hailie and Heath both have trouble calming the canine down to a more manageable state of mind. They want to be able to enjoy themselves on walks with Bacchus and not worry about his behavior at the dog beach and dog park. Can Cesar reinstate this once Great Dane?

Jody’s Dirty Little Secret

Christina Huey resides with her husband Matthew and their two children Adam and Ashley. It seems like a full house, but there is one more mouth to feed, 2 year old Lhasa Apso Jody. Jody came from Christina’s grandparents who thought Jody’s excessive appetite was normal puppy behavior. Now that Jody is with the Huey’s, she’s eating them out of house and home. The Lhasa Apso will chow on anything she can get her paws on. If it’s left on the floor, it’s as good as gone. Jody once swallowed needles from a sewing kit and cost the Hueys a $600 vet visit. If anyone tries to remove objects from Jody’s mouth, Jody will bite without hesitation. Jody has even picked up a nasty habit of eating her own feces. The Hueys would like to rid Jody of her enormous appetite, but aren’t sure how to lay the rules out on the table. Can Cesar eliminate Jody’s hunger pangs?

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