An Emotionally Attached Chinese Crested | Dog: Impossible

[music playing] [dog barking] JULIE: Frankie is
a Chinese Crested purebred who’s ferocious. Frankie! Come here, Frankie. Within the first week of
bringing Frankie home– Walk. –I noticed some aggression. If he sees another dog across
the street, he’ll go crazy. [frankie barking] I can’t control him. [frankie barking] No. Before Frankie, I had never
been bitten by a dog before. This was a full-on bite. I had to pry my hand out. That was scary. [frankie barking] If he bites somebody, I can’t
control what happens to him. I’m really hoping that Matt can
help me with Frankie, because I don’t know where else to go. [doorbell rings] MATT BEISNER: Your guy’s here.
– Nice to meet you. Thanks for coming. [frankie barking] Thank you for having me in. [frankie barking] Because of Frankie’s
tendency to bite, we’re starting with
him safely contained. That’s a normal reaction? JULIE: Yeah. MATT BEISNER: Immediately
I can see and hear that though he is
a rad looking dog, he is beyond anxious
at my arrival. Don’t engage with
Frankie at all. In fact–
JULIE: I won’t even look at him. MATT BEISNER: Oh, who’s that? That’s Clover. MATT BEISNER: Oh, that’s Clover.
– Yeah. MATT BEISNER: Hi, Clover. Is she your first
Chinese Crested? Uh-huh. MATT BEISNER: Pretty
amazing dogs, huh? So amazing.
MATT BEISNER: Yeah. JULIE: He came from
the shelter, so I don’t know what his back story is. He was already kind of– MATT BEISNER: Off?
– Off. Yeah. He didn’t know how
to walk on a leash. He was underweight. MATT BEISNER: He’s
bit– he’s bit you. He bit me, and he
broke skin on me. I still have a little scab. It’s from a couple weeks ago. He’s not bit anybody
else, because you just– I don’t let him.
MATT BEISNER: Yeah. But he has– sure would have. He goes so nuts sometimes and I
don’t know what to do for him. Clover, I took to dog-training
class and she did great. Frankie got kicked
out of obedience class because he was making a ruckus. He wouldn’t calm down. He was lunging at other dogs. Who gets kicked out of
puppy obedience one? Plenty of dogs
that come to us. I love Frankie and want
him to succeed in life. Yeah. Everything that you’re
describing is fear-based. What I’d like to do is
have you put a leash on him and hand the leash to me. OK. [music playing] You know, look at this. I’m getting a lot
of play over here because somebody is getting
some attention from mom. You’re barking over
the wrong sucker. No, you’re going
to come over here. Go ahead. Let go. Go ahead and sit down. I’m just going to
see what’s what. You’re welcome to smell. We’re not there yet, Frankie. JULIE: Yeah. We’re not there yet, either.
JULIE: Oh. A snap. MATT BEISNER: Well,
that was sassy. What you have here is a dog
that is addicted to attention. He’s not secure. He’s not having an independent,
healthy experience. If they’re both sleeping in
the bed, you have a problem. OK. Say what? I mean, who doesn’t want
to cuddle with a puppy? Why have a dog if you’re not
going to cuddle all night. If I don’t sleep
with them, I don’t have anyone else to cuddle. MATT BEISNER: Yes. I can’t tell you how
many people have said almost the same thing to me. You’re not alone in that. What I see more than anything
else in my work with people is that they have an
emotional need that they are expecting the dog to fulfill. It’s why we keep
dogs in the bed. Ideally, neither dog
is on the bed again. Oh, my gosh. MATT BEISNER: This is
about relationship. When you have a dog that
vacillates from fear aggression to obsessive neediness,
letting that dog in the bed will almost certainly
exacerbate its anxiety and fear. The owners that get
the dogs off the bed see a difference in
the dog’s ability to calm themselves down. OK. Come here, Frankie. You hang onto the leash,
but don’t pet him. No. MATT BEISNER: And just gently
scooch him off your lap. So we’re going to
encourage him to be next to you, but not on you. Scooch her gently
off of your lap. No.
You just stay over here. [music playing] OK. Good. They both have landed
in a place where they are comfortable, self-induced calm. You didn’t have to tell
them to do anything. All you did was set up
a boundary which was, don’t come into my space
without permission. You have a stunning, unique dog,
and people come into his space without permission, and part
of the generalized lesson there is that Frankie
goes into people’s space without permission. Going at someone or at a dog
is often about getting space. Yes, Frankie, I was
talking about you. What I can do is help him
feel like his space is more respected. I’d like that. MATT BEISNER:
Frankie needs to gain some independence and security. Until we see each other again,
I want you to get the dogs out of the bed and do not
give Frankie affection unless he’s called. You don’t think
it’s too late for him? No. Great question. No, not at all. I’ve never seen a dog
for whom it’s too late. OK. That’s good. [music playing]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *