Canine Intervention: Tashia & Mike’s Dog Diesel’s Breed, Age, Personality & Tricks

In Netflix’s new reality documentary series Canine Intervention, Jas Leverette travels around California in his blue Cali K9 van, transforming dogs into obedient angels. To most, animal communicator Leverette, who trained a famous boxer’s dog, is a godsend. Oakland couple Mike and Tashia adopted the rambunctious German Shepherd mix Diesel, and Jas may have saved their marriage. Leverette took the pressure off by working his magic with Diesel.

When Mike and Tashia take 1-1/2-year-old Diesel out for a walk, it’s almost comical. The walks make Canine Intervention viewers wonder if Diesel is so well-trained that he’s been shown how to misbehave. Every step of the walk is a fight. Diesel jumps up on parked cars and people, detects and sniffs every scent, and tugs his humans in any direction he pleases. It’s pretty clear Diesel’s in charge and the humans are struggling and frustrated. 

Sure, Diesel’s still kind of a puppy, but he has no self-control. He doesn’t obey commands, let alone do tricks. At the end of their rope, his humans worry that Diesel will get hit by a car instead of enjoying a stroll. Mike and Tashia called Leverette because they were desperate to find a way for Diesel to fit into their lives. See the dog trainer share his wisdom below:

When Mike and Tashia adopted Diesel as a puppy, they knew they wanted to bring a dog into their home, because they eventually wanted children too. They were anxious to start a family. However, they’d disagreed over what kind of dog to get. Tashia wanted a small dog but gave in to Mike, who wanted a bigger canine.

When puppy Diesel grew into a giant misbehaving monster, Tashia and Mike stayed true to form by having different responses to his actions. Mike’s approach was strict and tough, and his aggressive tone and lack of patience triggered Tashia’s trauma. She’d grown up in an emotionally abusive home. Mike’s attitude scared her and made her question how he would discipline their children, but she still loved him.

When they finally sat down and talked about things with Jas, they figured out that Diesel’s refusal to listen to Mike’s commands triggered Mike’s need for respect, obedience, and control. These needs stemmed from his experience in a minimum-security federal prison camp. It was quite a breakthrough and helped them to understand one another better. They realized then that they really did need a unified approach to disciplining their pet.

Jas helped Mike and Tashia understand how to be proper leaders (and parents) to their wild-child German Shepherd. With the right tools, Mike and Tashia discovered methods that allowed them to effectively communicate with their dog. The tactics really worked, and it was as if they had a whole new dog. Diesel could suddenly, sit, stay, focus, heel, and more, and he was still so much fun to play with, which is proof that Diesel’s Canine Intervention training worked wonders.  

Canine Intervention is now streaming on Netflix.

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