Brad's Blog - Episode 4043: Dangerous Dalmation
Receiving the application for Coma the Dalmation was disturbing on two accounts:
1. The dog was lost, angry and completely dangerous.
2. Tiffany needed to understand that her dog was not a baby and it was time to be a responsible owner. It was not Craig’s fault, it was hers and she needed to grow up. I was annoyed with the phrase that the dog was her “baby” and she was not willing to discipline the dog.
So I guess I was supposed to walk into this house carrying flowers and chocolates?..... NOT! I wonder why people have asked for my help and then make such statements. Many of you may also wonder why I would entertain the idea to help some one who is not really all that interested in helping themselves. You will see my reasons unfold!
First impressions from our meeting? Craig was “please take the balloons out from under your arms.” And with Tiffany it was “I’m a Barbie doll.” So down went the mousetraps to see how tough or delicate either one was. Or better yet, the common sense factor. Craig I liked working with a lot. He understood the value, importance and urgency. And at the other side of the teeter totter is Tiffany…….
How was she able to get away with a dog like this? Was Coma a product of Tiffany’s environment? Owning up to nothing but destroying everything? I remember looking over my shoulder to my Director Kelly and she says to me “be nice.” I smirked and said “I am nice.” Smirk, smirk.
Listening to Tiffany’s crap was so over whelming as she was trying to say the right thing, playing TV girl!
Time to do a mass meet and greet with other dogs. Tiffany got freaked out but that didn’t phase me because I had a person lined up to prove that Tiffany is a wimp and lame dog owner. So when Mya took control of Coma, she proved single handedly that a child who had never met Coma had the skill set to humble and open the eyes of the owner. And this example should have set the standard for these people to uphold the new standard.
Working with Coma was compelling because Coma could identify with the other dogs and also sought approval on how to say hello. Coma welcomed the interruption and wanted to be lead down a path to ultimately seek rewards. Dealing with the dog on a dog level is quite simple but it’s not as simple when working with an owner with a history of taking the short cut to find results.
Failure lurked everywhere so I needed Mya to set an example and use my technique to demonstrate what an interruption should look like. Disciplining dogs is not what I look forward to, so it was important that these two got the interruption technique in order.
Tiffany really needed to step it up, grow up and take responsibility. That’s why I had her past catch up to us downtown. Craig was always working with Coma so I wanted to open Pandora’s Box and get Tiffany to open her eyes and understand that her untrained dog was hurtful on multiple levels.
Tiffany blew such a temper tantrum she actually walked off set because she didn’t agree with the surprise visit of her former friend. When she finally did agree to come back and face her unpleasant past, she was not impressed. But it did earn her some brownie points.
This day was very pleasing to me because both Craig and Tiffany pulled it together. Tiffany was very fortunate to have Craig in her life as a boyfriend. He always strove to make Coma a better dog. He would pick up the slack and work double time. Craig is one of the most determined, levelheaded and responsible guys I have worked with.