Hi! I'm Sonia. I liked visiting Dr. Spiegel and my owner says I have behaved more correctly since seeing him.
Here is Yogi with his sister, Cary, who is as placid as he is agitated. We can think of no better place for the Incredible Exploding Yogi (he's the only cat we've ever had who spontaneously combusts) than in cyberspace. S. Bernadzikowski
Ripley Polar Bear Pet Sitting
Polar Bear Pet Sitting
This is the life! Sit back, feet up, & relax. Miss Cleo
Lucy rules this dog world. As the only cat living with 5 dogs, she makes them know who's the boss with their first step inside the house. Once she has them in their place, she will lay with them and rub against them, even entices them to chase her. After 14 years, she knows what she's doing.
Noble & Kiera
Dr. Spiegel suggested ways of introducing our new puppy Noble to our declawed cat Kiera (Winter 1995). Kiera did not get overly stressed and the dog left her alone. When we got our second Appenzell Mountain dog, Glen (8/96), Dr. Spiegel helped manage Glen's introduction to Noble. The dogs got along well right from the start, because of Dr. Spiegel's recommendations. When Noble as an adolescent began to test what would happen if when off-leash she failed to come or come right away when called, Dr. Spiegel showed us an effective correction.
Boy, life is tough.
Haley & Sammi
We're not spoiled... really we're not. Haley & Sammi
Hobbs & Cleo
Is there something you would like from OUR kitchen? Hobbs & Cleo
Mommy, unwrap me first. Haley
Barney & Vinnie
Dr. Spiegel came to our home several times to help us deal with Barney and Vinnie's fighting and Barney's spraying. Many of his ideas were helpful. While not "100%" cured, the spraying problem has gotten better. And many of the tips and techniques Dr. Spiegel gave us, we still use today. Top Photo: Vinnie Bottom Photo: Barney
Aja & Taboo
Dear Dr. Spiegel As the Senior feline of the house, I'm writing this note to thank you for all your help with Aja. He is still rambunctious, but he has some precious moments. He grooms me, but he won't let me groom him*. He has used the litter boxes (we have 3 regularly). He likes new litter the best. You really helped our persons better understand us and we are living a much happier, healthier life-style. Again, thanks. We love you and our persons, Robin and Kate. *They say it's my breath; Pretty intense.Taboo & Aja
I just wanted to thank Dr. Spiegel for helping me become a better son! I was so good at my mom and dad's wedding that I amazed everyone! This is a pic of me at their rehearsal party - I spent the whole time in the pool! My mom and dad are so proud of me and I'm so good now that they hardly have to use my collar! I don't even pull if I see a dog when mom takes me on walks! We are all so grateful for all the help you have given us!
I’m a Lab Mix. My mom got me at her work when she worked there. My auntie found me and my brothers and sisters in a storm drain and brought me to work and cleaned us off and her work found us all good homes. My mom saw me and said i was so cute and had to take me home. Today I am 1 years old and love my family. I live with 2 cats and my big sis Dakota
She's a rottweiler mix and has a brother named Duke
I am a dachshund from Philadelphia PA. My favorite activities are chewing on my toys, running around in the yard, and snuggling up to my mom and dad at night.
Stella & Emma
Lying "down" as Dr. Spiegel helped me learn to do. Linda F.
Shannon catching some ZZZs.
Shannon & Casey
Hi! I'm Sundance and I'm 6 months old. I'm not sure where the name came from, but a lot of humans seem to think it's cool. I do know that some of my great-grandparents were Beach Boy and Surfer Girl; so it seems to fit. Who's Robert Redford? I live in Park Ridge, New Jersey with the Molnars (Jack, Helen, Chris, and Charlie). They're not bad for humans. I'm told there is a Jim, too. He's on a beach in South Carolina and makes the telephone ring on Sunday nights. Jack seems to think I like going for long walks, visiting parks and geese, and chasing a ball or frisbee. Actually, I prefer eating, sleeping, and occasionally swimming. So Helen is my true friend; she feeds me.
At first I was afraid of Dr. Spiegel because he was so tall, but then he got down on his knees and I felt better." This is a doctor who diagnoses a problem and implements a plan. I probably would have had to get rid of my dog if it weren't for Dr.Spiegel's intervention. I always thought a dog who snaps would need to be put to sleep. However, he taught me to change my behavior and to change my dog's behavior in a wonderful and simple behavior modification program. Thanks.
You did me in, but it was worth it. Lesson accomplished. D. Thompson
Rascal still is pretty much his own "person". He loves people, strangers included. Even with our best effort he is uncontrollable when he sees other people. His exhuberance is what endears him to us. He has a joy for everything that cannot be contained. (Of course, we could use one little hint of what to do when he first sees people.)
Thanks to you, my parents got a dog! They had two bad experiences in trying to have a dog. Both were before you were known. After our experiences with you, I assured them you would be available to work with them should any difficulties arise. With that they went to DHA. Finding no small dogs there, they went to the SPCA, where they found their pride and joy, "MAX". Naomi L.
Raider with companions.
We consulted with Dr. Spiegel concerning a problem we had with our English Setter Maggie. He offered us common sense options for dealing with her problem. We were pleased with the professional services that he provided us.
Hello there, My name is Macheche Pepita. I was born in Guam, USA. The small island in the Pacific. I let my 'people' choose me by just being down right 'unsociable', and it worked! A Shephard mix, but I am still cute! :)
Except for a few slip-ups, Newts' done well. Lucy
Little Dog - the angel of the bunch. I found him in an ice storm 4 years ago, starved, hurt and frozen. Not expecting to keep him, we called him the little dog, while we attempted to locate his owner. Since no one claimed him, we kept him and called him Little Dog, since that's what he answered to. Though he has never been a problem in the house in any way, he lives in the basement and backyard with Flash. They are inseparable. Naomi L.
You came to visit Myra because she refused to go outside the house once she heard a truck backfire. Her reactions to such noise has improved. When she shows signs of apprehension, she seems to find security in extra sit-down stay exercises. Your help is priceless, especially to dogs such as Myra, who are adopted from shelters. With a fairly unknown past, it's hard to pinpoint what caused their problems, fears, etc. But with your advise and knowledge, their issues can be dealt with, if not remedied.Naomi L.
Keiko has improved taking Propanalol. She is still fear aggressive, and must be watched carefully around others, but there is a definite improvement.
We all enjoyed puppy school with Dr. Spiegel, we had a lot of puppies in our neighborhood at the time and it help Lacey learn how to socialize properly with them. One house call, one "stinger", one command "enough" and we had regained charge of our out of control puppy. As you can see from the picture, Lacey is a pampered pup, a little spoiled, but obedient and a total joy to live with.
Indy has really turned out to be a terrific companion. All the hard work has certainly paid off! At just over two years old and 120 pounds, she is still a bundle of energy and loves to play. She has become a well trained and loving pet. We still use her electronic collar periodically, but have managed to wean her off it for the most part. We have found that periodic basic training techniques keep Indy happy and us in control. She really seems to enjoy pleasing us although she still has her cranky days when she is particularly pig headed. And she still hates the car.
Haley & Gunnar
Dr. Spiegel: This is a photo of Gunnar with his "little sister" Haley. He finished his AKC championship in May of 95. Haley and Gunnar are great pals, even though they are polar opposites in personality. Gunnar is still reserved around other dogs and except for Haley would prefer to be left alone. Haley on the other hand, hasn't met anything she couldn't be friends with. She's just a happy little fur ball, working on an obedience title and hopefully an agility one too. Lisa
Fritz & Zeke
Thanks for everything -Good luck!
This is my wonderful dog "Indi". I rescued Indi from a shelter two and a half years ago. She had been neglected and physically abused. When I brought her home she had all kinds of problems that needed medical attention, but within a year's time all of her physical illnesses were gone. Unfortunately, she still suffered from the affects of her physical abuse. She had a severe submission urination problem and not a dog trainer or the veterinarian seemed to be able to help her. This continued for over a year, and to make things worse, last November my other dog "Morely" was hit by a car and killed. Indi was heartbroken and her urinating became worse than ever. It was very stressful for Indi and me. Finally, my vet recommeneded Dr. Spiegel whom I called right away. Dr. Spiegel started coming to the house to see Indi and very soon after I started seeing some results. Through Dr. Spiegel's diligent concern, and loving treatment and care and his brilliant suggestion of a new puppy/pal for Indi ("Reggie" who is now 4 months old) within just months she is totally cured! We love Dr. Spiegel and would recommend his services to anyone who loves their pet.
We had already fallen in love with Gretel when we discovered she was a "problem dog." From the first, we noticed Gretel was very strong willed. We enrolled in dog obedience classes where she rapidly learned sit, stay and heel. She seemed a bright dog, but was becoming increasingly aggressive with us. When told "no" she snarled and growled. When we tried to attach her leash, she snapped. If we picked her up she bit. Finally when she started attacking if we stretched and yawned. We knew what we were doing wasn't working, and we could not live with such a fierce little creature. One visit with Dr. Spiegel and we learned new ways of working with Gretel. We followed his assignments and saw dramatic improvement. We had a follow up visit, but it wasn't really necessary. Gretel has never bitten or snapped at us or anyone again. She's an affectionate little dog, and so sweet tempered.
Emma & Syd
Dr. Spiegel taught us to do the 'down' and now we're friends again." Emma & Syd
Gardi is 11 years old now. When he and his 86 year old "mother" moved in with us in April 95, I believe he knew this would be his final move. He became devoted to me as if he was preparing for the loss of his owner, which did occur January 4, 1997. When our Dusty died last January (96), the entire family was devastated. Gardi's sensitivity in my loss especially, was unbelievable. He would approach me gingerly, as if asking if it was ok to be near me. I don't know what I would have done without him during that time. Naomi L.
Dr. Spiegel saw me as a pup. I soiled my crate, wouldn't listen, jumped on people, chewed every thing in sight and was an all around nuisance. My owner seriously considered taking me back to the pet store. However, after a few sessions with Dr. Spiegel, my owner not only decided to keep me-she loves me! Thank you Dr. Spiegel
You came to visit him after he had taken over the house, dominating everybody in it, and finally bit me. Your ability to work with him did not rub-off on us too well. So, he now resides in the basement, with a couch, two chairs, heat, a/c, as well as the back yard. He seems perfectly satisfied with this set-up. More so than when he lived in the house with us. Your recommendation of our doing nothing on his terms continues. He is happy and much more tolerant of everybody, and, is even cooperative at times.
Dear David, Your family therapy for Coho and his parents has been a vast success. In fact, strangers remark about what a very well-behaved dog he is. He is more affectionate than ever and, as you told us, understands perfectly well when we make clear what is expected of him and what is impermissible. He has become a joy to live with. In addition to your notable achievements with respect to Coho's behavior, you taught me a great deal about dealing with humans (who are quite like dogs, but not nearly as nice). While staring and ignoring are not quite as effective with humans as with dogs, they are useful ways of dealing with conduct that you want to discourage. Praise works pretty well, too, although I doubt that Cheerios would be successful. You also reinforced my belief that one should never let another human be the alpha dog, and that body servants inspire bad behavior rather than grattitude. In short, you did a wonderful job of training the humans. It was also a great pleasure to meet and spend time with you.
Thanks to Dr. Spiegel, I still have a good home. When I was 18 mos, I developed a bad attitude and often forgot my manners. I became aggressive, even towards my family members. Luckily, my owner's called Dr. Spiegel and he came out to see me and my owners. In a few short months, with a disciplined but fun training regimen, my owners and I were getting along much better. I have a good attitude now and I never forget please and thank you! It's been almost two years and we're still one big happy family." (Six Guns Buffalo Bill) Cody. R.
Cosmo is such a joy to have around. We enjoy him so much more now that he is under control. Debbie Hall & Karl Debow
Cleo & June
Cleo and June are my girls. They love each other. When I called you for help with Cleo she was a very aggressive dog. She thought she was the BOSS! I followed all your advice and made Cleo follow my rules. Today, She is a very loving and very, very well behaved pet. Everybody told me don't get another female boxer, it would never work out well. I proved them all wrong. Cleo and her sister June get along great. The younger, smaller dog is actually the boss now. I really appreciated your help and time and also the information sheets you gave me. Thanks, Sally Cunningham, Cleo & June
With Dr. Spiegel's help I've learned my manners so well I'm allowed to babysit now! Linda F.
We contacted Dr. Spiegel after our Vet ran out of ideas and medication changes. Casey (an 8 year old mixed terrier/beagle, who has a thyroid condition along with being epileptic) started to go out of his way to snap and once bite our 11 year old son (who is a lovable ADHD child) and isn't quick to recognize warning signs. Combine this with a 1 1/2 yr old Great Dane who is the dominant dog. We called Dr. Spiegel as a last resort as you cannot have a dog snapping at your child. Dr. Spiegel came to our house and observed our 2 children with the dogs. Casey has a lower tolerance point as his seizures have increased and our Son seems to be the weaker person in the house so Casey "picks on" our Son instead of the Great Dane. Dr. Spiegel had our Son start a training program with treats as rewards for well done commands. Casey now looks forward to training sessions as food is Casey's favorite thing! As Casey is overweight he received plain old Cheerios from our Son. Casey's tolerance is still at a low point but he has not bitten our Son and that itself is what is important to us. We were fortunate things went well and Casey is still with us. Beth D.
When I had an invisible Fence installed for my dog Brownie, she got zapped and was so scared that she would not get out on the lawn for weeks until Dr. Spiegel worked with her and helped her overcome her fear. Now she enjoys running around the lawn and chasing the birds.
Bo's behavior is greatly improved. Any lapses are a result of one of the humans not being consistent. She has reached the point where she will leave the room on her own, when she knows she has "crossed the line." Dave
Beta & Buddy
Dr. Spiegel: Thanks for the cheerios. Beta and Buddy P.S. Melissa and Brian say "Hello"
Bernard.... a 9 1/2 year old male springer spaniel mix (looks very much like Kooikerhundje breed) Comments/Questions: Do you have any info on canine excitatory sneezing? If so, could you please post it? My dog sneezes as a way of communication: when he doesn't want to do something, when he wants the other dog to come inside... I'v actually worked on getting him to do this on command by saying, "Are you sick?" Any suggestions or info would be appreciated. (He has been checked out by the Vet and all is well, so he says.) JK, Westland, Michigan, USA Dear J.K., This behavior is relatively normal... though it can take different forms in different dogs. When they have some internal dilemma or need (e.g. having to go to the bathroom, hungry, not wanting to do something owners want him to do...) there is a supply of internal energy that arises w/in the dog... The sneeze (or for some dogs... shaking of their head/ears, scratching at themselves, yawning) is the outflow the energy produced as a result of this state of internal excitement/conflict. It is most often referred to as a "conflict behavior". The fact that you have encouraged this behavior, by training him to do it on cue... has served to strengthen this reaction as HIS means of expressing himself/communicating his needs. As long as he's been checked out by your vet and there appears to be no underlying physiological problem that could cause sneezing (or for other dogs itchiness)... there is nothing to be concerned about. Regards, Dr. Spiegel
Beau & Curley
Dear Dr. Spiegel, Curley and I would be glad to have our picture used for your program. I have been behaving fairly well. Every once in awhile I try to assert myself, but by and large I'm pretty good, even if I say so myself. I'm still kind of cautious with strangers. I don't like them to get too close to me or "Mom" - and the grandkids, well that's another story. I guess I just don't care too much for little humans. You never know what they are going to do and I suppose because the little humans where I was raised sort of teased both of us, I'm overly sensitive. When I misbehave (go for someone's feet or face) "Mom" puts me in the bedroom. When the grandkids are around, or a new person who is going to be here visiting, I'm kept on a leash. You remember the trouble "Mom" had training Curley? - He couldn't or wouldn't sit long nor take the training classes for longer than 5 minutes. He got bored. Well, "Mom" says he seems better trained than me because he responds to commands more quickly. Well, Doctor, thanks for asking for our participation. "Mom" has enclosed a picture of both of us. I'm the little guy. Best wishes. Beau N.