Until this happened last year I had doubts about what I was doing with Ernie.
Ernie has a bad reputation at the vets. He is known as the delinquent.Twice he has run away and once they sedated him. They say it is a training problem. I know many people think this. I agree lack of early training has been his problem. Erns is a wild boy and as much as I want him under control I don’t want to break his spirit. I have worked out he needs special handling as he can get into a frenzy in seconds.
A vet nurse in her last year was doing behaviour training. I didn’t know she was doing a thesis on Ernie. She rang and asked if she could stay the weekend with Ernie. Oh my prayers had been answered.
She arrived on the Friday to see how I handled him. I pull him to the ground and lie on him, then gently stoke him until he settles, if he gets out of control. Which of course he did twice. Also I use the laundry as time out. I told her don't shut the door and don't leave him in there for more than a few moments.
This was not the way to do it she said. She was going to have Ernie a better behaved dog by Sunday, and would show me how it was done. I even think she mentioned his counter surfing.
My friends and I had bets who would be in control the next day.
He played up the minute I left. She tried to control him. He became worse. Eventually she got him into the laundry, closed the door and went down the back yard. She said she was gone a couple of minutes. Probably wondering how she could leave.
He chewed through the wall. He got himself into such a frenzy she called the vet. His mouth was bleeding and he wouldn’t let them touch it, so they sedated him.
When I came home the next morning there was blood on the walls, chewed cushions, blankets and paper. The house was a mess. He had that look I remember when I first got him. “I am boss. Don’t mess with me.”
Rachel looked like she had been through the worst night of her life. He had howled all night so she didn't get much sleep either. I am not sure at what point she had surrendered.
in this pic you can't see the teeth and claw marks on the wall.
I'm not sure who to feel more sorry for, Ernie for having gotten so riled up and upset, the lady for having experienced Ernie at his "worst", your walls for the damage inflicted or you, Chris, for having to now deal any regression that Ernie may exhibit!
It sure sounds like you had made progress with Ernie before Rachel arrived. I hope this did not set him back in his training! I'll bet she has volumes to write now (and a lot more studying to do)!
Ernie can riled up and frenzied playing ball.
His behaviour has played a big part in the decisions the vets have made about his hips. This episode comfirmed to them the decision they made was right. Which I think is rubbish.
I can't help my self but wondering if Rachel ever became herself again....
~Veronica and Nikki~
Sweet Emma, 16th of February 1996~26th of November 2010
Always in my heart and soul. Together forever, my love....
Nikki 6 months
I have no sympathy for Rachel. I'd be pretty pissed if the woman who was supposed to be "training" my dog left him do that much damage to my house while she was right there. And right behind her in line to be really pissed at would be Ernie.
I would like to read that thesis. Ernie is so lucky to have you, someone who understands him.
My God..................... I can't even imagine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would be beyond pissed at this woman Rachel...
Oh, my, poor Ernie must have been very panicked.
I wouldn't be too happy with Rachel, either.
Yikes. I guess he taught her.