Vito's Meltdown

Went to the Minnesota Pet Expo today to give obedience demos with the club.  I was going to have the corgi and give Adam the toller since the corgi can be quite naughty when he knows Adam has no clue what he's doing.  But plans changed.

On the way there Vito was whining anxiously because we were in someone elses car.  He sat on my lap but it didn't help.  When we walked into the expo he seemed ok until we walked over to the demo area.  I don't know if it was seeing the disc dog booth and all the frisbees he couldn't have, the smell of water from the dog diving area, or just the overall noise in the place but Vito again started to whine.

Exhausted Vito
I switched dogs before the demo started and Vito was able to make it through the first half of the demo ok.  As long as we were moving he actually offered some lovely heeling but still did low whining during the waiting periods.  He completely reached his breaking point during a stay with distractions demo when our announcer brought out a tennis ball.  Vito became very intense and held his stay but it wasn't pretty.  A bouncing ball has always been hard for Vito but today I could tell his brain exploded.  I had Vito sit out with Adam for the remaining portion of the demo and took over with Lance.

I think we were at the pet expo for another hour or so walking around.  Vito seemed fine while we were walking, but still couldn't handle being still without whining.  He would also obsessively lock on to the dog diving area and the disc dogs. 

I'm not sure why today was especially hard for him.  While today was very busy and loud I have never seen any hint of Vito being anxious in a crowd before.  We've go to trials all the time, and the MN State fair can be just as crowded.

Mango  – ( March 14, 2011 at 6:51 AM )  

This is most vexing. Poor little guy. Almost like doggie ADD. At least he is resting peacefully after his peculiar behavior.

Mango Momma

Crystal  – ( March 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM )  

Poor Vito. How are you doing? I tend to get stressed when Maisy's stressed... which makes her stressed. It's a vicious cycle.

achieve1dream  – ( March 14, 2011 at 6:59 PM )  

Poor Vito. I hope the new meds start working soon. I know what it's like personally to deal with anxiety so I can imagine how the poor guy feels.

Dizzy  – ( March 14, 2011 at 8:40 PM )  

On the other hand, Lance's scent articles were awesome.

Laura, Lance, and Vito  – ( March 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM )  

I'm ok Crystal. When Maisy's stressed she probably gets reactive, Vito just becomes whiny and a little shaky. I just feel bad for the guy.

Yes I was proud of Lance. I didn't have tha many out but he didn't drop it or doubt himself at all in a new environment!

Honey the Great Dane  – ( March 21, 2011 at 10:53 PM )  

Oh poor Vito!! Maybe he was just having a "weak" day and it was all abit too much for him. Poor you as well - I know how stressful it can be when your dog is acting up and not himself - and you don't quite know how to "fix" it and make him feel better.

To be honest, it sounds like the kind of environment that would have been hard on any dog - never mind one with a temperament like Vito's! - and Stay with a bouncing tennis ball - JEEZ!!


Cynthia  – ( March 24, 2011 at 2:31 PM )  

Ugh that sucks, poor Vito. Good for you to stop doing the demo with him. :) Dogs can have off days!

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