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Hi, my name is Joey and I'm a dachshund mix of some kind. My mom isn't really sure what, but I'm about 2 years old and in June 2009, I was a very nasty little dog. I was fear aggressive and 2 weeks after my mom brought me home to be part of her pack, I attacked Jake, a 14 year old terrier mix and caused him a lot of pain and trauma. I continued attacking Jake whenever I felt threatened or thought he was trying to be better then me. So finally, my mom found Seize the Leash, called Jamie, and now I'm all better. You can see me with my friends doing all kinds of things all over Tucson in the pictures below.
When Jamie first came to see me, I tried to bite Jake and chase him out of the room. Jamie sat me down and told me that that behavior wasn't going to be acceptable anymore. But I was determined that Jake had to go, he was scary, so I tried again. But by this time, Jamie had explained how to tell me not to do something and my Mom sat me down and told me in no uncertain terms that I had to stop picking on Jake.
A week went by and although I was mostly listening to Jamie and my mom, I still wanted Jake gone and sometimes I would still attack. Then Jamie brought one of her BIG dogs to my house. I was so scared of that BIG dog that I tucked my tail and tried to hide behind my mom. For some reason, things changed at that point. Jamie started bringing all her big dogs to my house almost every day. My mom started walking me around other dogs telling me that I had to be good or we'd have one of those talks. I spent so much time trying to get use to all the new things and figuring out how to react to them, that I completely forgot about Jake.
The next thing I knew, Jake and I were best buddies and I was taken on adventures 3 or 4 times a week. I really love the dog park now, and although sometimes I still get scared, I don't lash out anymore because I know that my mom won't let anything bad happen to me. So I can just play and not worry.
The latest report from my mom to Seize the Leash is that I lie right next to Jake, nearly nose to nose, while my mom is working on her computer. We even left each other alone to eat a chew stick.
A note from Jake:
I thought I had done something terribly wrong and my mom hated me when she brought that horrible dog into my house. He seemed ok when I first met him, but then he starting biting me and trying to tell me he was the boss. It hurt so much and I got so scared that I pooped in the house and hid in the corner. Life didn't seem like it was worth living anymore.
Then Jamie came into our lives and fixed everything all up. It took me awhile to trust Joey, and I hid in the bedroom for nearly a month, but my mom kept encouraging me to come out and every time I did, nothing happened ! So now I can play with Hope again, and Joey leaves me alone. Maybe we'll even start playing together one day, although I'm getting pretty old and I really just want to sniff all the good smells at the dog park.
Jake - eleven months later:
Life is GREAT !!! Joey and I are the best of buds, we have new sisters and a new brother (Jamie's dogs), we have a pool to swim in and I've learned that I can do anything and it doesn't hurt anymore. Hope is playing with me again and we are making new friends at the dog park. I LOVE those girls we meet.
Joey - eleven months later :
Things have really changed over the past months. We moved in with Jamie and her three big dogs and started attending behavior classes and even being the demo dogs !! We have fun almost every day now and we learn something new every week. Even our sister Hope is learning not to be so frightened and anxious about things and doesn't jump around when mom tries to put her leash on every morning.
Here is a picture of how Jake and I run with the Greyhounds at the dog park.