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    Thank you guys so much for your advice and support

    I agree… I think that Walter is reacting to the ever-changing dynamics of the household. Ray is here/gone, Marcus is here/gone… the only constant is me & Lily & Willow now. Wally has been doing this way before Willow got in the picture, but this last time that Ray has been home it has been the worst. He really seems to react to Ray the most, and @cali baker I agree I think that we are now apprehensive around him and I feel like I can't trust him anymore Apparently this Dog Speak owner utilizes the everything is earned technique that you talk about @2BullyMama so I guess I'll be reading up this weekend. It's funny, I have always taken the dogs to their classes and worked on training… I honestly think that Wally doesn't see Ray as the alpha and he is testing him. I guess the bottom line is WE have to constantly be on top of their behavior, maybe letting them on the furniture was a mistake (Ray's idea). Dogs need to have boundaries, limitations and structure… I think that lately in our household those things have fallen to the waste side.

    On another note, I had dinner last night w/my friend who watches my dogs for me when I'm out of town. She told me last night that she absolutely adores Willow, that she is the sweetest bulldog she has even been around and she is super smart!!! Her son got her to use the doggie door in one try, and all the other dogs (males) it took months… Oh WILLOW… Lol

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    Tracey, it will be very interesting to hear what this Dog Speak lady has to say. I think it's so GREAT that you are on top of this right now so that it doesn't progress to anything further. I am very optimistic that Wally will respond well to the training b/c he comes from a loving and nurturing home to begin with. Hang in there and take it step by step.




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    Sorry, I haven't been here-my computer and I are both breaking down! I an so saddened @ddnene to hear that Walter is having these "spells" again. I have been lucky so far,as I also would not know what to do. I have had quite a few breeds of dog(until they passed)and not all purebreds.Since I usually had 4 or 5 at a time, something like this has never happened.Even used to pick up strays on the road,until Parvo became rampant.I wonder if this can be a more common scenerio in EBd's? Since I have no idea of a solution, I will be praying so much for your familyyou know we love you all.so much!
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    Jeez it's one thing after another for you Tracey! Hope you get somewhere with the dog speak training. I can see how if ray isn t around all the time Walter doesn't see him as the alpha male. Maybe he feels he can get away with that behavior around him. Disciplining them is so hard to do..I'm so bad with that. But maybe it's what's needed here with walter now...he's such a handsome bully I hope he comes around!

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    I really think the trainer will help. I agree with the others, he is confused and guarding you. Poor Wally, and you guys.
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    I'm very sorry you are going thru these worries. Sometimes a person 'from the outside' can detect things and patterns all the ones 'inside' can't see easily because all is so close - I hope the trainer can help

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    I finally got in touch w/the trainer in Nashville… she is coming on April 13th to do a home visit. The timing isn't great because Ray won't be home at that time, but she wants me to send a video so she can give me tips on what we can do now. I will keep you guys posted…

    So far Walter has been acting pretty normal… of course he just had his anals cleaned out, and the weather is nice so he's been playing outside a lot.

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    Well I think that I may have discovered Walter's issue… I honestly think it's a male thing. Last night my son came over, and hung-out for several hours. Wally started his growl/snap thing in his bed, and Logan went over to him so Walter lunged at him. Logan had never seen him do it before, and I honestly forgot to warn him to avoid him when he's in his "mode". Then Logan was just looking at him and he lunged over at him again… so weird?!! He's definitely got issues w/Ray & Logan right now… he seems fine w/me, Willow, Lily and Logan. I'll be glad when this behaviorist gets here…

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