We Adopted CUJO
The blue text below is a section of the letter given to me
the day Kiko was picked up for initial training:
Kiko Bites When:
-You Brush him
-You squirt him (I've included his detangler)
-Try to move him from someplace or try to get him down from somewhere.
-Someone comes to the door
-Someone comes into the house- after they are seated ANY move they make he goes after them.
-You try to get him away from the door
-He has something of his in or near his possession and you go near him or try to pick it up.
-Anyone steps 1 foot onto our property
-Is near another animal
-You try to trim hair from his face or body
-Danny & I play too rough- he thinks he is hurting me or vice versa
-You say the word: BATH
-He has something he shouldn't and you try to get it away from him
He blocks the door and won't let us leave. During our normal M-F schedule, he is good after
his last walk and goes back to bed. After we are home from work or on the weekends, if we try to leave together, he
blocks the door and won't let us out. We have to try to sneak out the other door if he doesn't beat us to it and block
that one also. He bites if we try to put a leash on him or if he already has one on and we go for it, he attacks.
If someone comes to the door and we try to contain him, he attacks then as well.
He doesn't like to be picked up and will bite then as well. If he doesn't want to be pet anymore,
Basically he is moody and bites whenever he gets annoyed.
"...Some friends suggested a dog behaviorist/trainer. I called them all and got the same response- "oh at that
age that is just how he is and you're going to have to deal with it. He won't change and there is nothing I can do".
A coworker of my fiancees recommended Mike D'Abruzzo and said, 'he can train anything', so we called Mike. Mike
came to the house, got bit up and agreed we had a severe problem on our hands...When Kiko punctured a vein in my hand I called
Mike and told him he can take Kiko. Mike agreed but only on the condition that when Kiko returns home, we play by his
rules not ours...
... our baby came home a changed dog. We couldn't believe it! He is still in training but has made progress
to the point where other people notice. We can have company over (even sleep over), play with him, etc. He listens
to us and we are in control of him."
"We owe Mike our deepest thanks and gratitude, for without him, I don't know what we would have done. Kiko is once
again part of the family and will be joining us in his tuxedo next summer at our wedding.
As someone once told us "Mike can train ANYTHING" even CUJO!!!"
Deana Steinberg and Daniel Burrett
Putnam Valley, NY