Portuguese Water Dog Revenge Chews Gentle Leader
“I’m gonna hafta get ridda my dog if he doesn’t stop pulling. I can’t have him pulling when I’m pushing the baby stroller.”
Brian’s family researched Portuguese Water Dogs for a year before the took his curly black-haired-self home. They joyously taught him housetraining, sit, gimme paw, and Brian performed like a smart little champ.
But when he went on walks, he pulled like crazy. He had dragged his mom into the street twice, and now that she had a new human baby, she just couldn’t see how she was going to manage with one hand holding Brian’s leash, and one hand on the stroller.
“Let me fit him for a Gentle Leader Headcollar,” I advised. “I’ll teach him how to wear it properly and how to walk and sit in 5 minutes.”
Brian’s mom was doubtful, but she was ready to try anything. After all, he was her first baby.
Brian was fitted and behaving in minutes. “He’s a completely different dog, I love it!” his mom enthused.
” Do not overdo it the first few days,” I warned. “He’s smart. As soon as he thinks you’re not looking, he’s going to work at that Gentle Leader until he gets it off.”
You can guess what happened. But it’s funnier when you know the details.
Brian’s mom went home. She liked him calm and obedient so much, she left the Gentle Leader on. She went upstairs and ran the vacuum. Brian peeked up the stairs, went into the corner of the living room behind a chair and proceeded to strip off the offending hardware.
Not 30 minutes after she left my office, I got a call. “The Gentle Leader is in 100 pieces all over my living room floor.” (Surprise!)
Knowing this would happen, I just said, “the replacement is $9.99. The company catalogue calls it a ‘revenge chewing replacement.'” Obviously, Brian was not the first dog to vindictively shred the device that “made him behave!”