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I don't know how many of you guys know my history regarding getting Toby and then giving him to my family so that I could keep my family's dog aggressive Chi, Max. Wellllll, my mom has decided that she absolutely doesn't want to part with him and she knows how much I really miss Toby. So, behind my back she found an animal behavioralist that is three hours away near my aunt's house. She is going to take him on Saturdays so that she can keep him. She said he is her "heart dog" and, even though she knows that I would take great care of him, she already misses him horribly even though he's still in the house- she can't imagine him not being here with her.

So, needless to say she has decided that she will be keeping Max. He has stopped attacking Lilly and he will be going to therapy. She is also going to continue his walking regimen and working on his weight- I think the walking is really helping with his aggression, too. My parents also feel that they would rather deal with a potential problem with him than make me do it while in law school. So they made this decision and then told me. They realize the effort that Max needs and, over the last few months, have come up for a concrete plan to take care of both him and Lilly.

So my four pound Chihuahua prince, Toby, is going to be coming with me to North Carolina in August.

As much as I love Max, I really was missing Toby. I was sacrificing to do what we thought was best, but I'm so relieved! He was my little guy!! So I'm excited to have him back!!! And of course, I will keep you updated on Max and Lilly in between my constant Toby posts.
 

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Great news! So glad also to hear that Max is doing so well. Thankful to hear also about the animal behaviorist. Just curious--I got an email out of the blue from Victoria Stillwell's It's Me Or The Dog (I contacted them when we were getting Gidget because I was worried about how Lulu would handle a new dog, but I never heard from them) and I learned from reading on their forum that there is a difference in positive animal behavorist and Cesar Milan type animal behavorist. Now I'm sure not saying one way or the other--I don't know enough about the subject as I have just learned there is a difference. I am just curious if you knew there is a difference or if it matters etc.
 

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To be honest, Tina, I really don't know. She is going to try him and see how it works out. Right now, I don't care what kind of behaviorist they are if it works. I do know that we have tried a few of Cesar Milan's techniques for timid/anxious dogs to no avail. We are going to go to as many as we can find until something works. We are even looking into talking to a small dog rescue that is local because they have specialists in behavior rehabilitation that may be willing to help us out. People keep telling us we need to put him to sleep because he is "dangerous" but we just wouldn't even consider that unless we literally had NO choice, which is not the case. I'll try to read up on it and if I find anything else out I will let you know.
 

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Sounds good. All I know is Victoria Stillwell does the positive reinforcement which is basically training with treats (and I know I am leaving alot out) and Cesar Milan is more training by being the alpha pack leader (I think, but I'm not real sure on this one??) and there may be other methods I don't know about. I'll get back tomorrow with the website they emailed me with if you want to look around on it. Right now I have got to go to bed before I pass out! Haha.
 

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I didn't know your story, so this post confused me for a second, but I understand now.
I wish you and your mom the best of luck. I hope everything works out.
And definitely go with a positive reinforcement trainer, not negative.


Keep us updated if you can. :)
 

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How wonderful! It's so hard to part with a dog! We had a cockapoo that would bite on occasion. We all just sort of worked around it. But, I admit, we were all on edge at times!! So glad to hear about the behaviorist! I'm anxious to hear how it turns out! Keep us posted!
 
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