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Seizure dog and the unknown.

I’m checking my phone every few minutes in hopes that some sort of message will come in from the breeder or the vet or any of the specialist that we consulted about my dog Super. He started having seizures over the weekend. Bad ones, really really bad ones and he’s gone downhill from there.

In the midst of his first major seizure we were so horrified that my wife went over to pet him and try to calm him. He didn’t know what he was doing but he turned and bit her very very badly. The seizure lasted for a little over five minutes and took another five minutes or so for him to actually settle down enough to approach. It was horrible.

In all of the vet visits and doctor consultation since then nobody can find a single thing wrong with him. We have no clue what’s going on with him. And this is really hard for me. I’m accustomed to being able to get to the bottom of things, to fix things, to fix dog behavior. But this one looks like it’s going to be a problem.

Everything from the vets comes back perfectly normal, his history from the breeder comes back perfectly fine back over 30 years. So nothing is leading us to what’s causing this. In the meantime I’m watching him degrade. He starting to stumble, he’s less interested in anything that he was interested in before. He has minor tremmors all the time now.

When you spend so much time with a dog invest so much effort into them, and love them so much, it’s really hard to see this. I’ve lost old dogs before, one even very recently. But seeing a young puppy, just turned two years old go through this it’s very hard on this dog trainer.

Super, despite all this going on, still wags his tail when we approach, still wants to be petted, but is not nearly so interested in chasing squirrels watching for birds. I cross my fingers that the next time I look at my phone my that will email me and tell me he’s found answer and that Super will be okay.

So, despite the cathartic tone of this little posting, I want to say to all Fidelio clients out there, take your dog out for a walk on this beautiful day, you never know what’s going to happen next and you want that pup to have fine memories of a beautiful walk with you.

404 for the Blog

Well, we moved the blog recently to a new server and, yes, dog trainers really should stick to training dogs rather than doing high tech server moves and whatnot.  What it comes down to is that I lost a year of postings to the blog, and darned if they weren’t some pretty good ones.

So please forgive the glaring GAP in the postings, I’ll do my best to get a leash on this problem and straighten it out soon.


Steve Haynes

Austin Dog Trainer (and blog configuration failure)


Heat Stroke time in Austin

Well, It’s time for my annual post on heat stroke and your dog. This year, instead of all of my anecdotes and whatnot I’m going to post an email I received this morning from a favorite client of mine. Read this and then do what’s right and don’t run your dog in the heat of the day!


I only send this to you because I thought you might want a sobering story to remind all of your clients about the dangers of heatstroke.

Tuesday night I was with my trail running group in the greenbelt, and near the end of the run came across some guys carrying their great dane out, on a towel.
Heatstroke. I stopped running and helped them (and two cops) carry this dog out. Maybe a miracle happened and the dog survived, but during the 15 minutes I carried one end of the towel the dog went from very quiet to eyes wide open / tongue lodged out of the side of its mouth. As a dog lover, it is mighty hard to watch a young healthy dog die in front of your eyes.

I’m not an expert, but I know the heat is a killer. Dogs can’t sweat – when in doubt keep your dog’s time in the heat as short as possible.



If that won’t make you think twice about dogs and heat I don’t know what will.

Be safe and keep you pups cool.

Steve Haynes
Austin dog trainer
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Zachary. A special dog

Sometimes I get to work with dogs for a longer period of time and I get to know them well. It’s a curse for dog trainers that some of our favorite dogs are not our own, but those of our clients. Zachary is just such a dog.

Zachary and I have been working together for about three months now. He’s a wonderful dog and though he still has his ‘puppy’ moments he is attentive, sweet, and a very gentle soul of a dog. In short I wish that I could clone him and have a copy for myself.

Sometimes we professional trainers become a bit jaded from working with with so many dogs throughout the year, but just often enough we get a Zachary who comes along and reminds us of exactly what the true definition of ‘a good dog’ actually is.

As the end of Zachary’s training time with me nears, I’m starting to feel a sense of loss. I’m going to miss working with you Zachary, you’re a Very Good Dog.

— Post From My iPhone. Dog training on the go.

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