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  • 1. Pam Lee  |  April 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    This is great, Bonny!! Love reading the blogs. Sebbie (your student about 7+ years ago) is going strong. He is a good boy most of the time. He has a very challenging (pom/American Eskimo mix) personality!!
    Due to genetic issues, he had double knee surgery as a 2 year old. Now he has a torn ACL and will be going in for surgery for this repair on April 15th 😦 Because he is such an active little guy, I just could not ignore his limp. The procedure, Dr Degner, performing is called TPLO. There are other techniques but this one is used for more active dogs and Sebbie still “runs like the wind”. Especially when there is a squirrel around!! So it will be a formidable to keep him “quiet” during his recovery. Yikes!!
    Again, good to see the blog….. You’re an amazing trainer and Sebbie and I were very lucky to know and work with you 🙂

    • 2. Bonny, Michigan's Puppy Expert  |  April 8, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      Hello Pam,

      Sorry to hear about Sebbie tearing his ACL. My one Labrador did the same thing. It has been 3 years since the surgery and she is doing great. Good Luck and thank you for your kind words. Keep me posted on how the surgery went.

  • 3. Lorna Slenkai  |  April 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Nice to hear from you and glad to see ACT is still going strong!! Daytona is doing well. She is 5 now. Acts up occasionally but overall is well behaved. I take her many places with me and I am complimented on how well she acts and how friendly she is. I tell people that she (and I) were formally trained and we still work at training every day!! One question if I may. She is still showing medium shyness around other dogs, especaily excited dogs. Her tail will tuck, her ears will flatten and she will try to hide behind me. What is the best method I can use to relieve that anxiety. there is no growling or barking, just the shyness. Thanks!!


    • 4. Bonny, Michigan's Puppy Expert  |  April 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm

      It is so good to hear from you. It is also good to hear that you and Daytona are doing well. It is not surprising that she is a little apprehensive around hyper dogs. Its kinda like a very shy kid at school and suddenly the football team shows up. That kid is going to be very insecure. The kid might hide behind a friend that is little more assertive. Daytona figures that the safest route is to stay behind you.

      Of course what you can do is first get her to feel comfortable around them. Put her on a sit stay or walk back and forth with lots of praise & cookies. She will be more worried about pleasing you than about the other dog. Eventually she may feel comfortable enough to allow them to sniff her and who knows maybe eventually play. You know we still have out Maintenance classes once a month. Bring her out. There is actually a class tonight at the training center at 6:30. The training center is in St. Clair Shores at 9 and Greater Mack. 23720 Greater Mack. You can call my cell 248-420-2601

  • 5. Pam Lee  |  April 22, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Bonnie,
    I just heard a book review (NPR) on “Scent of the Missing”. It is about a search and rescue team and it chronicles the work w/ their dogs. Thought you would enjoy reading it….

  • 6. Sue Van  |  May 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Hello Bonnie
    Not sure if you remember me and my dogs Lilly and Lacie. They are Maltese and you worked with us three years ago.
    SInce then life has gone on, and many bad habits have resurfaced.

    My most pressing issue at this time is that Lilly( more sensitive queen) is attacking Lacie(nothing bothers her) in the evening hours, esp when it is time to go to bed.

    I am not aware of any particular triggers other than the fact that it is bedtime. Yes, they do sleep with my husband and I but not sure what has caused this change in behavior.

    They lay next to one another all day without issue.
    What to do???????????

    • 7. Bonny, Michigan's Puppy Expert  |  May 7, 2010 at 1:51 am

      Hello Sue,

      Yes I do remember you and your two precious babies and I am sorry to hear you are having problems. To be honest without seeing exactly what is happening or without seeing how far they have back slid it is a little harder to tell you exactly what to do. Let discuss the trigger that causes the attacks. Lets say you are watching TV and both dogs are on you or your husbands lap and when you get up to go to bed does it happen than? Does it happen when you get into bed or while you are preparing to go to bed?

      What I can suggest without knowing this is to ground them for a while. If I remember correctly when we were working with them, we put them in the laundry room to ground them. I would go back to doing this for a least a week. Place their dog beds in the room and make it comfortable for them, but don’t let them sleep with you. You can close the door, however; I would suggest using a gate. If you no longer have it than you will have to just close the door. I would also do some obedience with then in the house 45 minutes before you start getting ready for bed. Remember how we worked them in the house around narrow spaces. Especially do sit and down stays in the bedroom. I would work Lilly first and than Lacie. You could also have your husband work with one dog and you the other. Once you have worked with them place them in the laundry room. After a couple of days of training the dogs separately start training them together. Try this and let me know how it is going. If things don’t improve I’ll have to come out and see exactly what is going on.

      • 8. Sue Van  |  May 10, 2010 at 12:41 am

        Thanks Bonnie. It actually happens when I get up from the couch ,which they are also laying on with my husband and I. Lilly attacks Lacie as they start to follow to the bedroom. They also fight once in the bed. If lacie moves off of the pillow where she lays above my head Lilly attacks her. Lilly is usually laying next to me on an afgan.
        Lilly also goes nuts when my husband hugs me. I will give your advice a try and get back to you.
        Sounds like a plan

  • 9. Diane Pricopio  |  December 7, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Found your Facebook, blog and Twitter pages. Hope to read about how Angel & Miami are doing and maybe see a photo or two of my girls. Miss them but sure they are having fun with you.

  • 10. Jolanta Gemmell  |  October 15, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Hello, Found you article from 2010 about your dog Maui and was very surprised as I have also a dog name Maui. She is an Indian Spitz (white) and looks so simmilar to your dog Maui that first I thought that somebody from my friends wrote about her, but as I started redding, I was very gladly suprised. Maui share simmilar personality like you describes. she still jumps, is very sensative and bright. I brought her from Southern India few years ago she still have very strong trucking instinct. Sometime it looks like she is taking me for walk.

    Thank you for the article, it will definitelly help me to polish her manners.


    • 11. Bonny, Michigan's Puppy Expert  |  October 15, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Hello Jolanta,

      Thank you so much for telling me about your dog, Maui. I looked up what an Indian Spitz looks like and yes, our Maui looks very similar other than I think he is a little bigger. Good luck with your dog and I am glad that you were able to get some important information to help your special Maui. Once again thank you for contacting us.

      Have a Great Day,

      Bonny Wainz, CDT
      Alternative Canine Training


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