We went back for our second visit to Dr. Kelleher yesterday. Jason was able to come with us this time and I think it helped because we were able to control Darwin a bit more and Dr. Kelleher was able to place a few more needles than last week and even did some electroacupucture.
After the acupuncture she did a bit of chiropractic work on Dar, saying that she still feels a lot of stiffness in her lower back.
Darwin's doing well on her diet. She LOVES her homemade meals and I think she's slowly shedding some of her roid weight.
(Let me note that a blender is not the ideal gadget to grind up raw veggies, but we don't have a food processor (oh how I wish we did), so this will have to do for now.)
I've been trying shake off some comments that the doc made to us yesterday but the more I think about it the more it bugs me. When she was checking Darwin out, she was testing her reflexes in her back legs and when she picked up Darwin's left back foot and bent the toes down Darwin turned and let out a growl. Not a ferocious "I'm going to eat you" growl, but more like a "what the heck is happening to me" growl. Dr. Kelleher said she didn't like that Darwin growled and that she thought it would be best to put a muzzle on her for the acupuncture treatment in case Darwin decided to bite. I was ok with that as she's the doctor and while I don't think Darwin would bite, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Then while she was treating Dar, she made a comment about how Darwin is our first dog and how a Great Dane isn't the best dog to "start out with" as they are very big and you need to have total control over them and we don't have total control over Darwin because she reacted when her feet were touched and wouldn't let herself be manipulated to be examined and worked on. I know that we need to work on Darwin's acceptance to being touched and handled especially by strangers, but at the same time I don't think it's a breed specific thing of her being our first dog and being a Dane.
At the end of the session Dr Kelleher gave Darwin a small treat as a reward and then walked away and tried to call Darwin over. Darwin walked over, but then walked away and the doc made a comment (I can't remember exactly what she said) about how we need to work on that as that wasn't good.
Darwin loves attention, but a lot of the times if people want to say hi to her, she'll go over and sniff them, but then walk away and not hang out to be petted. Does that mean we don't have her trained or totally controlled? I just figured she was being indifferent to the attention and that was just her being her.
I always thought we've been doing a pretty good job with Darwin, especially for her being our first dog. I know there are things we need to work on with her but I really don't think she's that out of control.