'Bad Dog' BooBoo gets attitude adjustment
Posted November 25, 2008
Benson, N.C. — The next subject in WRAL's "Bad Dog" Challenge is a 4-year-old Yorkie who had a big attitude change when a new baby came into his family.
BooBoo growls, bares his teeth and goes to the bathroom indoors. He hasn't always been like this, owners Amber and Brandon Wise said. He used to be the baby of the house – until Logan came along.
“He's never hurt Logan and I don't think he ever would, but you never know with a dog that growls and bites other people,” Amber Wise said.
Either BooBoo stops his aggressive behavior, or he may find himself in a new home.
“There's been times when I wanted to give him away,” Amber Wise said “I wanted to call a friend and ask her, 'Did she want a dog?'”
“We don't know what to do with him.”
Donnie Hult, with K9 Solutions, was called to help keep the family together. He started by showing BooBoo who was in charge.
Hult wanted the couple to make short corrections when BooBoo misbehaved, then look away – not stare at him.
“If you stay engaged, you're just arguing," Hult said.
But before they got a chance to practice, BooBoo unloaded another bad behavior: going to the bathroom in the house.
“He can go outside and come back in, and within five minutes he's used the bathroom on the rug,” Amber Wise said.
With Hult witnessing this first-hand, he showed the dog his mistake and got him outside.
“Now when he potties out here, if he does, I want you to say, 'Good boy! Woo, Good boy,'” Hult said.
With that lesson done, it was back to BooBoo's growling. So Hult showed them a new way to hold the dog so they can use an elbow to apply pressure when he acts mean.
"Normally, he would be growling right now and biting,” Amber Wise said.
When he does start growling, Hult said to push BooBoo's face to the side.
With keeping up what they learned from Hult, the Wise family hopes they will soon get back their once well-behaved dog.
“That's exciting. Because it took just that quick for him to turn opposite dog that we had in the very beginning,” Wise said.
Hult said he believes a lot of aggression comes from fear and it is better to correct a dog who is scared than try to soothe him.