December 05 2012

Hi Ed:

Thank you so much for visiting our home to help us with the many concerns we’ve had with our Rhodesian Ridgeback, Tazzie. Our issues with how he treats anyone who comes to the door have been so severe that I didn’t think it was possible to resolve them. He has been so aggressive and overwhelming to visitors that we had reached the point where we dreaded having to answer our door. We honestly felt like our dog was making us a prisoner in our own home.

I simply can’t believe what a difference a single visit has made. Your explanations on what so many of Tazzies little actions like bumping us with his nose, nudging us, pushing against us meant have really given us a much clearer insight into just how much he was controlling what happened within our house. We had never thought to put those actions down to being a passive-aggressive way to score points against us. It really helps to have a better understanding of how to read our dog’s body language so that we can stop a situation before it begins.

I think the daily lesson plans will really help us in teaching him that we are the pack leaders in our house.

Shortly after you left, the pizza man arrived with our meal. The minute the doorbell rang, Tazzie went bolting down the stairs to aggressively bark at the door. I put myself between the door and Taz, faced him full chest forward and standing tall, made the Bah sound and clapped my hands sharply together. He immediately retreated and headed out of the foyer and did not return. I was able to open the door and stand talking to the pizza man with the door wide open without Taz barking or lunging at him. We haven’t been able to do that in nearly 2 years. 

I’m looking forward to seeing how much more progress we can make heading forward once we spend some time each day working with Taz on his homework. I finally feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks so much Ed and Bark Busters.

Joanne S. - West Kelowna, BC