Friday, July 18, 2014

Tyler the "Muzzleator" Goes Back to School

Our 4 year old black and tan dachshund Tyler is the cutest thing ever-  but he can be a terror when it comes to dealing with and meeting with strange dogs. We know that it came with him when we fostered and adopted him from the rescue.

 Tyler was an abused puppy that was turned into a shelter in North Carolina and when Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue heard about him, Tom made arrangements to have a friend get Tyler from the kill shelter and transport him to us. Tyler didn't have an issue with our dogs (Dolly the Weimaraner, Franklin and Sprite (who was still alive at the time)  our Dachshunds), but walking him in the neighborhood was not good. He would bark and lunge like crazy.

Sharon of Barkbusters taking Tyler around Petsmart

Tyler working with Sharon
    We hired Barkbusters, and they helped with tips that stopped his fence running (all of our surrounding neighbors have dogs that Tyler used to love to chase on this side of the fence. That taught him aggression and it finally stopped with a lot of reinforcement. Now if he gets an urge I call his name and say "Stop" and he stops.The dog-walking aggression, however, hasn't stopped so we called Barkbusters again for lesson #2.


   I took Tyler to Petsmart and we met Sharon from Barkbusters. She worked with him in the parking lot before going inside for hands on doggy encounters at Petsmart.

Tyler barking at a puppy who didn't care
    Sharon from Barkbusters was patient and walked Tyler around Petsmart looking for puppies that Tyler could meet. Tyler did not like meeting any of them, and each time he showed aggression, Sharon tugged his leash and pulled him away, and came back.
   TYLER THE MUZZLEATOR - I decided to get a 'mesh' muzzle and once we put that on Tyler, he could get close enough to the puppies to smell them. When he realized they weren't a threat, he seemed okay.
  With a large black dog that I think was a Mastiff puppy, Tyler the Muzzealtor approached and sniffed and it was fine for about 5 minutes. The puppy didn't care, but Tyler started getting stiff in his stance so just as he barked at the pup, Sharon pulled him away. 

Tyler glares at another puppy
MUZZLE GREETINGS HAVE WORKED OVER THE LAST YEAR AT HOME-   Last year,  I started using a muzzle on Tyler when new dogs came into our home. I wound up taking it off after 2 hours and Tyler  was fine with them. Tyler will always use a muzzle when meeting other dogs until he gets familiar with them or until he's toothless and 15 years old! :)

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next