Dogs who have a traumatic past tend to behave differently than others. They are sometimes harder to control and understand. The worst thing that can happen if a dog’s behavioral issue is not solved is euthanasia. Dog owner, Fran, consults with Victoria Stilwell about her aggressive dog named Rusty.
When Victoria entered Fran’s house, she notices Rusty’s tense energy. The dog trainer had to be careful with her body language. Rusty’s mood can suddenly shift from sweet to angry in a matter of seconds.
Fran has her own method of disciplining Rusty. She starts counting to three. If she reaches the third can, she will pin Rusty on the ground. Victoria is concerned with this method and talks to Fran about it.
The dog trainer explains that although alpha dog methods are backed-up by research on wolves, there is a big flaw. Submission is given freely to the alpha and not forced. This means Fran is not being alpha, she’s just bullying her dog, and this can cause Rusty to feel more insecure.
The owner was moved to tears once she realized her mistakes. She just wants what’s best for her dog, and she’s willing to follow Victoria’s lead. After the conversation, Victoria and the owners went to the veterinarian to see if any health issues are affecting Rusty’s mood.
As expected, it was hard for Rusty to calm down at the vet’s clinic. They had to put him under sedation so the vet can get proper samples. It was hard for Fran to watch her dog like that, but she understands it’s necessary.
While waiting for the medical test results to come back, Victoria taught Fran a training command. First, the trainer enticed Rusty by placing treats on a doormat away from the front door. She conditions him to want to stay there whenever a guest would arrive.
Fran learned quickly, and she also applied it to her other dogs. After the training session, Victoria called the vet, and they all found out Rusty was fine. Soon Fran was allowing guests again into her home without worrying about Rusty.
Video courtesy of It’s Me or The Dog via YouTube.