According to Barb, Connor, a large Chesapeake, is the perfect dog. At nine years old, he is still in top form. The only concern regarding Connor was that he did not like other dogs and tended to bark, growl and lunge at them when out for his daily constitutional. As Connor weighs well over 100 pounds, the lunging was definitely a problem. So much so that Barb, recently recovering from a health concern, was unable to walk Connor any longer, leaving the daily walks to her husband, Rick.
While speaking to Connor telepathically prior to my visit, it was clear that he considered himself the Alpha of his pack. It was equally clear that he didn’t want to be the Alpha. When a dog takes on Alpha status, it is not always because they want it, but often because their caregivers have failed to be Alpha. This is not a natural state for these dogs, and because of that, stress impacts them and they act out, often in inappropriate ways.
One fine fall day, I arrived at Connor’s home. He greeted me first as I walked in the door and, because I ignored him, kept right up to me wherever I moved. He was trying to force me to acknowledge him – to greet him as the Alpha. I refused to do so and instead concentrated on conversation with his caregivers. As I went to sit on a couch, Connor rushed over and started to climb on it, trying to get on first. I won the couch move, thanks to his caregivers intervention, and then I acknowledged Connor. He had not moved far from me, and continued to stare directly at me until I acknowledged him. Connor is a truly handsome dog, and a gentle one at that. As his caregivers and I chatted, he at first selected toys from his toy box to bring to me and then settled into a snooze, keeping one ear in our direction.
After some discussion about how the caregivers could obtain the Alpha status and, more importantly, the reasons why they should do so, we all got ready to take Connor for a walk. Instead of the long lead that allows a dog to wander wherever they want, we used a short leash with a collar that has a chain on it. His lovely leather collar, that provided absolutely no control for his humans, was removed. The chain collar was moved up high on his neck and Barb, now in control, took Connor through the steps needed to exit the home. At every doorway, he had to sit and stay until Barb was through the doorway. Ditto on all the stairs and gateways. Connor was slightly confused in the beginning but quickly got into the change and started to look to Barb for direction.
As we started walking down the roadway, my partner David and my dog Molly, (a miniature schnauzer who is still learning social behaviours), came along. This presented the perfect opportunity for both dogs to learn. Molly had to be controlled by David and Connor had to be controlled by Barb. Connor’s eyes locked on Molly. His stance tightened. We stopped and Barb was able to refocus Connor, not allowing him to lunge or react in any manner, catching him before she lost control. Molly walked by yelping! Everyone stopped when the dogs were apart and the process was repeated again and again. Each time Barb made adjustments in timing and strength with Connor, controlling his reactions to Molly. Finally, after multiple times of walking by each other, neither dog reacted to the other. At that point, we returned to the house for further conversation reiterating all the techniques needed to be followed in order for Barb and Rick to retain the Alpha status. Through it all, Connor behaved admirably. He looked for guidance from his humans and when he received the guidance, he followed it. He clearly showed his caregivers that was indeed what he wanted all along – their direction. An easy solution to what was considered a large and dangerous problem.
Camille is an animal intuitive. She has communicated telepathically with pets and other animals to determine the causes of problem behaviour and emotional distress. Blue Wolf Speaks by Camille, 204-779-8995, Website, Email.