Ralph Gibson's World Of Dogs
Serving Pelham, Birmingham
3219 Highway 52 West
Pelham, AL 35124
Main (205) 664-6910
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday through Saturday
Year Established: 1984
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#1 May 13, 2010
I know someone who took their puppy there. He was there for a total of 13 days. Before he went there, they took him to the vet, and he was in picture perfect health, when they went to visit him, they could tell immediately that something was wrong. He had lost a lot of weight, you could see his ribs and his hip bones. When they took him to the vet, she was shocked at how much damage was done to him in the 13 days he was there. He was very emaciated, dehydrated, and looked as though he had not eaten a good meal in days. The vet did multiple tests on him and found that there was no other reason for the puppy to look this way other than him being neglected and mistreated. It cost them over $300 for all of the fluids and medication he needed in order to get better. He could not hold any food in and had bad diarrhea for days. After 3 days he gained a whole pound, which only proves that there was nothing wrong with him when he was there. Mr. Gibson tried to tell these people that he was just stressed, but he had eaten 3 times a day. The vet said this was impossible, and he should have called when the puppy started showing signs that he was not doing well.
Mr. Gibson seems to only be in this business for money. He obviously does not care about these animals he is "training". Who knows how bad the puppy would have gotten if they had not gone to visit him.
I also find it shocking that there is not one bad thing online about this business. It seems as if no one else wants to say anything against him. I do not mind because everything I have said is pure fact.
Luckily, now the puppy is doing well, he is not quite up to the appropriate weight, but he is doing a lot better.
Please, PLEASE, do not take your dog to this man, your story may not end as well...
#2 May 18, 2010
I suspect that you need to talk with a few other vets in the area. Ralph has worked with many of them during his 26 years of training dogs in the Birmingham area. I doubt that you will find any who have worked with Ralph or cared for the dogs that he has trained who would find that your post has any merit. He has an impeccable reputation among dog owners and veterinarians in the area, and deservedly so. Ralph has trained my dog and the dogs of three of my family members and I can say, without reservation, that what you allege would never happen to a dog being trained by Ralph Gibson.
#3 May 18, 2010
I'm very sorry for your friend and her dog, but I've had a very different experience with Ralph and his team. Ralph trained a dog that we rescued over three years ago. We had tried every training method possible, and there were some other trainers in town (who shall remain nameless) that could do nothing to help and actually made our dog's behavior worse. I can honestly say that without Ralph's help we would have had to take him to the Humane Society. Now we have a great companion that we love and we can only thank Ralph and his team for all their help in training him and us. From what we can tell our dog was never mistreated, he has stayed there for almost a month and nothing like what you described happened. I do know that some of the police departments around town use him for their K-9 dogs and I can't imagine that they would let those dogs be neglected or underfed. I hope your comment doesn't prevent someone with a problem dog that they are about to give up on from going to Ralph before doing anything drastic.
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