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Dog Training: Dog mess, cheez whiz, canned dog food
cheez whiz, canned dog food, separation anxiety: This sounds like more of a separation anxiety issue than a housebreaking issue. He needs to be secure with being left alone, and that can be taught though it takes some work and specialized techniques. Your goal is to teach him: 1. when you leave he is...

Dog Training: Dog peeing on the couch, toilet train, puppy mill
toilet train, puppy mill, puppy mills: Here s a good resource for you: I ll Be Home Soon - Preventing and Treating Separation Anxiety by Patricia McConnell. Some links: http://www.dogforme.com/pages/STOP%20That%20Barking.html Some people advocate no-bark collars. I don t like shock collars...

Dog Training: Doggie Door, survival instinct, bathroom habits
survival instinct, bathroom habits, protective eye: In terms of nutrition, I would always defer to whatever your veterinarian thinks is best. However, my personal opinion is that it is fine to cut out the wet food and just serve the dry. Wet food can cause placque buildup on the teeth, which leads to decay...

Dog Training: dachshunds, mini dachshund, prey animal
mini dachshund, prey animal, subtle signals: First of all, assume that nothing is unprovoked when it comes to dog bites. It might seem unprovoked to you, but dogs have a different set of parameters, and what they do often makes perfect sense to them, although we find the behavior obnoxious or dangerous....

Dog Training: dog bad habbit, cat poop, baby gates
cat poop, baby gates, bad habit: Hi Greg, I have one word for you: management. You need to find a place to put the litterbox where the cat can still get to it but the dog cannot. It is a natural behavior for dogs to eat poop unfortunately so training it out of them is hard, not impossible...

Dog Training: dog & doggie door, exercise 3, pomeranian
exercise 3, pomeranian, range of motion: Hello Wayne, Something must have happened involving or near the doggie door that scared your Pom. It has obviously left a bad, lasting impression. You will need to retrain him that the door is good. Start by sitting with him as close to the door as possible....

Dog Training: dog being house trained, necessary nutrition, female cats
necessary nutrition, female cats, enzymatic cleaner: The cats are most likely responding to his puppy state of energy. This is something that generally decreases with time. As far as the cat food, it will not usually upset a dog s stomach, however he is replacing the necessary nutrition in his food with improperly...

Dog Training: dog in own bed, crate train, ddfl
crate train, ddfl, drag line: It s easy to teach your dog that you don t want to share your sleeping quarters, but don t take her off the bed by grabbing her collar, or pushing her - some dogs will snap or bite. Instead, let her trail a drag line (leash) while you are at home. If she...

Dog Training: dog peeing in house, two and a half hours, crate train
two and a half hours, crate train, belly area: At 14 weeks old, I believe 2 1/2 hrs to be too infrequent. That combined with excitement, which is common at this age, is leading towards the development of a bad habit. Check the housebreaking page on my site for a more realistic timing schedule which can...

Dog Training: dog shots, rabies vaccination, vaccination schedule
rabies vaccination, vaccination schedule, lyme disease: Hi Vada, The vaccinations required are dependent upon where you live. In the United States, all dogs are required by law to have rabies vaccination. After that, you should consult with your veterinarian about which vaccinations are required for your area....

Dog Training: dog has started peeing and pooping in house, obedience training, separation anxiety
obedience training, separation anxiety, red flags: Hello Marsha, The short answer to your problem is to stop giving your dog so much affection and start giving him more discipline and exercise. Your dog is not having accidents . Your dog is marking and beginning to show separation anxiety. These are...

Dog Training: my dog is not toilet train!, natural aversion, toilet spray
natural aversion, toilet spray, toilet train: First of all, it s pretty ridiculous to have a healthy adult Golden Retriever pee ing and pooping inside a home - whoever trained the dog was not doing the dog any favors. Unfortunately, you are now stuck having to train the dog, as if it were a pup, to do...

Dog Training: my dog will not go for walks, nylon leash, physical reason
nylon leash, physical reason, gentle leader: My first suggestion would be to take him to the vet and see if there is a physical reason for this. Anything from hearing/vision decrease to an unknown injury could cause this behavior. Have you tried using a toy/tennis ball to lure him? If he is comfortable...

Dog Training: my dog wont listen, friendly neighbor, breakneck speed
friendly neighbor, breakneck speed, car keys: This is a common problem. There are many reasons a dog won t come when called but the most obvious is that whatever is going on where you are is not as interesting or as much fun as what is going on where your dog is. So a good place to start is to make...

Dog Training: dogs peeing on people, husky dogs, dominant personality
husky dogs, dominant personality, border collie: Are they neutered? This sounds like a typical marking behavior in a dog with a more dominant personality. When you stop, be sure to put them in a sit or a down-it is key that they are in a position of YOU being in control. Sorry for the delay-I had previously...

Dog Training: Female marking, enzymatic cleaner, silky terrier
enzymatic cleaner, silky terrier, remnant: The first thing I would do is clean anywhere she has access to with an enzymatic cleaner-there may be remnant smells she is covering. Also limit how much area in the house she has access to. As she is trustworthy in that area, increase her room slowly. ...

Dog Training: Fighting between two female Shih Tzu's, obedience class, home leader
obedience class, home leader, dominant female: I do not feel rehoming the younger dog is the first option. It sounds like as she is reaching maturity, there is some vying for top dog position in the home. That is very normal. She is more than likely a very dominant female, and trying to tell the other...

Dog Training: Friendly Rotty, basic obedience training, old person
basic obedience training, old person, eye contact: It sounds like you are good step towards being where you want to be. Start teaching him the off command-which is basically 4 on the floor. When he is correctly greeting you and your friends, reward that behavior. Ignoring him is definitely a start, as...

Dog Training: Adopted dog growling and snapping, good luck, long time
Dog Training: Adopted dog growling and snapping, good luck, long time

Dog Training: Alaskan Malamute Puppy, alyce, wks
Dog Training: Alaskan Malamute Puppy, alyce, wks, twelve steps

Dog Training: blue nose pit bull puppy hyperactive, pitbull terrior, great dogs
Dog Training: blue nose pit bull puppy hyperactive, pitbull terrior, great dogs, restroom

Dog Training: Crying at night, good chance
Dog Training: Crying at night, good chance

Dog Training: Dog peeing on the couch, jack volhard, good dogs
Dog Training: Dog peeing on the couch, jack volhard, good dogs, bichon frise

Dog Training: Female marking, praise praise praise, panties
Dog Training: Female marking, praise praise praise, panties, suggestion

Dog Training: Training a foster dog abused for poor housetraining, milestone, few days
Dog Training: Training a foster dog abused for poor housetraining, milestone, few days, dogs

Dog Training: House Training, puppy mill dogs, malti poo
puppy mill dogs, malti poo, puppy class: Your new designer dog probably came from an Internet puppy mill or backyard breeder originally. Your dog was probably given up due to the accidents no matter what they told you - puppy mill dogs are notoriously hard to house train. Had she come from...

Dog Training: House Training Problems With 8 Mo.-Old Pup, basic obedience training, several dogs
basic obedience training, several dogs, short periods: Hello Vickie, It appears Molly needs more then potty training. At eight months and judging from her behavior in the crate, she badly needs some rules and guidelines. I would suggest you start by putting Molly on a leash and tying it to your waist. Where...

Dog Training: Housebroken/bell/crate trained dog having accidents., rare dogs, petastic
rare dogs, petastic, enzymatic cleaner: Hi, Michelle. What you are experiencing is not that rare. Dogs often have regression in their house-training when there is a change in the household, such as new baby, moving, adding a pet. The solution is just to go back to housetraining 101 - i.e. she...

Dog Training: Household fights, mini daschund, social maturity
mini daschund, social maturity, dogs fight: It sounds as though the Jack Russell has reached the age of social maturity and is interested in displacing the Westie as head of the male household. Or, the Westie is trying to convince him not to try. Either way, the thing that concerns me is that they...

Dog Training: Housetraining my Poms, enzymatic cleaner, male peeing
enzymatic cleaner, male peeing, wits end: Hi Valerie, If your dogs have been using your house as their toilet, you are going to have to quite a lot of management and retraining and you ll probably need to get rid of all the rugs they ve peed on. It s hard to figure out what s going on from your...

Dog Training: Howling Beagle, electronic collars, friend lives
electronic collars, friend lives, air horn: Beagles, as with other hounds, tends to be very vocal. As I type I am listening to our coonhound out in the yard yelling at a neighbor dog. Although I don t normally resort to electronic collars, I have had much success in these cases with a bark collar....

Dog Training: Huskie possessed at the Beach, emma parsons, bikini season
emma parsons, bikini season, puppy school: Two months isn t a long time for a newly rescued dog to build confidence in you and her new home, so some of this could be uncertainty in a new situation. Or, it could simply be her usual response in the great outdoors. Hard to say, and there s little you...

Dog Training: Our Huskies hates her crate, time and patience, separation anxiety
time and patience, separation anxiety, crate training: I am supplying you with a link for my crate training article. And yes, it is generally something that WILL improve with time and patience. http://www.jumpinjacs.com/home/crate_training.htm And I agree-goldfish are definitely easier....if you can get past...

Dog Training: help, bringing a pom to apartment, dependable schedule, dog lives
dependable schedule, dog lives, naps: Hello Vada, Dogs are wonderfully flexible creatures. The doggy door is in the past. Your dog lives in the present. When you get your puppy home, put a collar on her. At regular intervals, put her on a leash and take her outside to potty. You can expect...

Dog Training: invisible fence, invisible fences, invisible fence
invisible fences, invisible fence, electric fence: Well, as far as fairness goes it really isn t fair to ask dogs to live within any sort of confines (electric, chainlink privacy or other kind of fence). Or put leashes on them, make them come when we call them, not let them run in the street-or for that matter...

Dog Training: invisible fence, golden doodles, invisible fences
golden doodles, invisible fences, scent dogs: Hello Kathy, Opinions vary but I would suggest you wait until they are about 20 weeks to install an invisible fence. I would also suggest that you put out some flags marking the boundaries that you wish them to stay in and start leash training them. Simply,...

Dog Training: Jack Russel Puppy, peeing when I come home.., jack russell puppy, long haired jack russell
jack russell puppy, long haired jack russell, couch bed: First of all, I am quite sure your dog does not hate you! Please keep in mind that your puppy is still very young. Housebreaking is a process that can take several months, especially for males. Add to that some disruptions in his routine and his questionable...

Dog Training: Jack Russell, jack russell terrier, house dogs
jack russell terrier, house dogs, good sense: Hi Christine, Nope. Roughhousing with your older dog actually will teach Casey how to get along with another dog. He should also get out and play with a lot of other dogs so that he can develop a good sense of all dogs, learn to speak dog fluently, and...

Dog Training: How to keep male ShihTzu from marking in house, belly band, shihtzu
belly band, shihtzu, velcros: First of all, I am not sure where you looked, but I feel you were led to believe an untruth. Generally dogs of the same sex will fight. As far as the male lifting his leg, the neutering should definitely help. You can also try what is called a belly band-which...

Dog Training: Loner Dog, dogs and cats, daschund
dogs and cats, daschund, hounds: It is very normal in hounds, especially ones that have not been appropriately socialized. As long as you are confident he isn t going to start trouble with other dogs, continue to socialize him and you may see some improvement. Some dogs do just prefer to...

Dog Training: licking and tables, new grass, puggle
new grass, puggle, coffe table: Hello Jennifer, I m afraid you can t have it both ways. You drive your dog crazy with affection and then you re dismayed when she acts crazy. All dogs, including yours need discipline, exercise and food, and affection in that order. The fact that your...

Dog Training: maltese mix and issues, submissive urination, belly band
submissive urination, belly band, poodle: This is very common as he is a small dog, with what to him seems like giants in a threatening position. I would use a belly band with him as this will help the marking and keep any submissive urination issues from making a mess. Since he is ok at your house,...

Dog Training: New puppy in the pack, puppy puppies, cairn terrier
puppy puppies, cairn terrier, surly attitude: Hello Donna, It would be very unusual for your terrier to hurt your puppy. Puppies have a puppy license to be irritating and annoying. Normally, adult dogs will growl and perhaps air bite but rarely will they harm puppies. I think you could allow the...

Dog Training: My new dog is very anxious, obedience course, shy dogs
obedience course, shy dogs, quivers: This sounds like a severely unsocialized dog. It takes some very specialized techniques to deal with a dog like this, and a usually a long time to help them build their confidence. Do not push her, and do not coddle her for this behavior. Stay very low...

Dog Training: new puppy, late afternoon, puppy
late afternoon, puppy, accidents: At 14 weeks, he is just starting to discover his world. And since things are all so new and exciting, it is very easy to get distracted from the job at hand. As you watch him, keep track of when he usually does what. For example, my dogs always poop in...

Dog Training: Please Help!, pack leadership, home leader
pack leadership, home leader, toilet training: This is not an issue I can wholly address via the computer, so I do recommend seeking a qualified behaviorist/trainer in your area to do a home visit. For things you can start at home, I am adding some links for you to read through. The first thing I would...

Dog Training: Pooping in Yard, best bet, free rein
best bet, free rein, german shepherd: Hi Karen, This is a tough one. They have already been trained to go in the yard. Now you will have to retrain 3 dogs that the rules have changed. The best bet is to place little flags around the yard area. This will be the no-poop zone. You probably...

Dog Training: Potty Training 5 month old Mini Itailan Greyhound, old greyhound, doggie doors
old greyhound, doggie doors, gain confidence: Hi Kathleen, Your doggie door may be hampering your ability to house train your dog. But the other thing you have going on is that she appears to be submissive peeing according to your description. She can t help that and scolding her will only make it...

Dog Training: Potty training, full time job, lengthy article
full time job, lengthy article, hard time: Hello Stephany, It is not unusual for a 17 week old yorkie to be having potty training issues. Don t panic yet. -:) You are correct in that it is unfortunate that your son was given a dog as a gift. Owning a dog is a big responsibility and such a decision...

Dog Training: Potty training, italian greyhound, crate train
italian greyhound, crate train, first mistake: Make sure the crate is just large enough for her to turn around and lie down. Keep it very clean-which means a lot of work for you now, but will pay off. Keep HER very clean, so if she has an accident make sure she is cleaned up well. Also check out my...

Dog Training: Pound pup, pound pup, focus techniques
pound pup, focus techniques, positive reinforcement: Explore a positive reinforcement training program such as clicker training. This raises the dog s desire to work for you and pay attention due to the nature of the techniques. I have also added a link for focus techniques: http://www.jumpinjacs.com/home/gaining_attention.htm...

Dog Training: Problem with walking my puppy, west highland white terrier, highland white terrier
west highland white terrier, highland white terrier, ligaments tendons: Ah! Well your puppy will have much more motivation IF he s hungry instead of full from just eating. No one says your puppy has to eat his meals from a bowl. You can use his food but outdoors, dogs usually need higher rewards. Be sure you use very high value...

Dog Training: pitbull mix with german shepred, crate training, trash
crate training, trash, free lessons: If your dog gets in to things she shouldn t, then teach her to stay in a crate when you can t watch her. Take her to training class and teach her to leave it when you say so. www.clickerlessons.com (free lessons) www.clickertrainusa.com (free training...

Dog Training: my possesive 2yr old bassett hound, obedience course, respectful relationship
obedience course, respectful relationship, bassett hound: This sounds like a behavior he learned before coming to live with you. It can also turn into a dangerous situation for you if not rectified properly. The very first thing I would do is put him on a nothing in life is free program. That is, he gets nothing...

Dog Training: refuses to go home, positive reinforcement, acting this way
positive reinforcement, acting this way, hey wait a minute: There are several possibilities that I can readily think of. First, she is right at the age where pups go through their second chewing phase. So, she will be seeking to put things in her mouth and chew. Second, she is also at an age where dogs test limits...

Dog Training: retraining a dog, obedience training, good luck
obedience training, good luck, sandra: Hello Sandra, Tie her to a fixed object on her lead so she can sleep in her own bed. Somehow I have the feeling that if she has taken over your bed that where she sleeps is the least of your issues. Look into some obedience training. Good Luck! ...

Dog Training: Sleeping in the bed, dogs in the bed, apple of my eye
dogs in the bed, apple of my eye, pup: Here are some crate training links for you. http://www.wonderpuppy.net/canwehelp/1crate.php If the dog is acclimated to spending time in the crate slowly, and nothing but good things happen there, it should be fine. I would ignore any whining, barking,...

Dog Training: My Sweet Mini Pin Turns into Cujo when he sees other dogs outside!, strange dogs, mini pin
strange dogs, mini pin, long walks: In this instance I strongly recommend you seek the help of a behaviorist or trainer in your area. Although I would love to help you, this is an issue that I could not feasibly direct you to solve via the internet. The first key to correcting this is going...

Dog Training: scared iggy, part 2, squeeze cheese, beef tripe
squeeze cheese, beef tripe, italian roast: Well, don t even think about discipline at this point. You want him to think he has nothing to fear from you. Try things like Italian roast beef, tripe, squeeze cheese, peanut butter, liver or salmon brownies, turkey, etc. to tempt him and make friends....

Dog Training: scared iggy, socialization skills, italian greyhound
socialization skills, italian greyhound, quiet confidence: Hi Tricia, First of all, pat on the back to you for taking on a special needs dog like this! Don t expect too much from him for the first few months - it often takes that long for a scared dog to feel confident with his new owner. Do continue to coax him...

Dog Training: separation anxiety?, separation anxiety, living in the woods
separation anxiety, living in the woods, jawbone: Don t discipline him, contain him! Unfortunately, he is NOT out of the teething stage - well, he is out of the puppy teething stage, but dogs go through a second chewing phase at about his age. It s because they need to set the secondary teeth into the jawbone,...

Dog Training: sheltie pup, sheltie puppy, crate training
sheltie puppy, crate training, housebreaking: Check out this literature: http://www.jumpinjacs.com/home/crate_training.htm http://www.jumpinjacs.com/home/housebreaking.htm I would also enlist the help of a neighbor or dog walking service to be sure your pup is let out adequately throughout the day...

Dog Training: My sheltie puppy, sheltie puppy, raising a puppy
sheltie puppy, raising a puppy, accurate answer: Hi Tiffany, Thanks for writing. Your questions are thoughtful. Learning about raising a pup can be a wonderful adventure, but there s lots to learn. Please visit my website for information about house training and many other tips for raising a puppy. Consider...

Dog Training: shih tzu re-training, confinement area, dear jill
confinement area, dear jill, random places: Dear Jill, Thanks for writing. Dogs learn where to eliminate by repetition. The locations used most often become conditioned as the places they will select in the future. You are on the right path. Start over as if he were an 8 week old puppy. Since...

Dog Training: shock collars/bark collars, obedience class, shock collars
obedience class, shock collars, shock collar: I would not use an electronic collar for this-if she is already anxious and the collar is not used correctly, you could worsen the issue. How much exercise is she getting? Weims are very hyper dogs with an abundance of energy, and both breeds you mentioned...

Dog Training: socialization of a puggle pup, time dispite, puggle puppy
time dispite, puggle puppy, behaviorist: This is not an issue that I can fairly help you with via the internet. There are many variables to behavior like this, and without being able to see the dog and the actions I would be lax in offering you just any technique. I recommend you find a good trainer/behaviorist...

Dog Training: Training Collar(Choke Collar), puppy classes, flat collar
puppy classes, flat collar, leash training: Yes, a dog can be injured using a training collar. In all actuality, a dog can also be injured using a flat collar or even a piece of rope. There is no acceptable reason whatsoever to swing a dog around on the end of a leash, especially with a training...

Dog Training: Training a foster dog abused for poor housetraining, long walks, first few days
long walks, first few days, housetraining: HI Gale, This is a tough one for sure: 7 years old and taught that peeing in front of people is bad. You d be surprised at how many people actually and inadvertently train that into dogs, thinking they are training the dog not to pee in the house but in...

Dog Training: training, virtual apartment, those dogs
virtual apartment, those dogs, puggle: It sounds like you are on your way. You say you only sometimes give her treats outside. I would up the ante and ALWAYS give her treats outside for peeing outside and I d probaby make the treats something more special than cheerios...for this. I realize cheerios...

Dog Training: ugh! all that barking, little pup, dead silence
little pup, dead silence, two dogs: What you are probably seeing is demand barking or barking for attention. In general, dogs continue to bark because they were (even if accidentally) reinforced for doing so. One of the best ways to get a dog to stop barking to get your attention is to not...

Dog Training: yorkie aggression, male yorkie, polite behavior
male yorkie, polite behavior, yorkies: This is a very normal behavior with Yorkies, as well as other headstrong breeds. He is trying to establish himself as head dog to everyone that comes over. Keep him on lead when you have visitors and work on a reliable sit/stay. Reward for calm polite behavior...

Dog Training: 1 yr old boxer peeing in crate at night, benefit of the doubt, health reason
benefit of the doubt, health reason, housetraining: The first thing I would do is to have a vet take a urine sample, just to make sure that he doesn t have a UTI. Next, try feeding him in his crate (most dogs dislike soiling where they eat). Taking the blanket out is a good idea, as is making sure that the...

Dog Training: 1 yr old mixed breed, stealing food, wits end
stealing food, wits end, escape artist: It is far safer to crate train her, than to put her in any kind of choke collar - she could choke to death! Many dogs have. Never leave a dog tied with a choke collar - in fact, I don t even recommend them for training, as many dogs incur injuries to the...

Dog Training: My 10 month old pug, wee wee pads, habit
wee wee pads, habit: Hello, Rachel. Try this: take a couple of wee wee pads outside and put them on the ground in the area you would like her to begin pottying. Then, take her outside and see if she will potty on the wee wee pad(s). Praise her praise her praise her when she does!!...

Dog Training: 11mo Lab/Pointer mix problems, pointer mix, ol virginia
pointer mix, ol virginia, adequate nutrition: Many times dogs that are not receiving adequate nutrition from their food will eat poop. It sounds like this is now a habit which is not being helped by the dog park-if there is poop lying around or toys that may have been in contact with an ill dog and she...

Dog Training: 2+ year old pup eating own feces, female dogs, bad habit
female dogs, bad habit, parasitic infestation: Bob, what are you feeding her? Heavily grain-based foods with lots of fillers can influence dogs habits and put on extra pounds. Innova Evo, which is a high quality grain-free food, probably has twice the kilocalories as Iams, and so you would feed about...

Dog Training: A 3 yo people needy dog won't go potty outside, fenced back yard, lovable girl
fenced back yard, lovable girl, strange looking people: Any dog with Aussie in them can be clingy . This is a breed that likes to be near its people. Most dogs do not like isolation, but in these dogs it can be a bit extreme, since they were bred to work so closely with humans. It isn t necessary to try to...

Dog Training: 4 and a half year old pit with a whining problem, shock collar, back history
shock collar, back history, free reign: Because of the variables in this issue I would strongly recommend having a behaviorist/trainer come to your home. Without seeing his body language it is difficult to truly determine a cause for this behavior. It sounds like a start would be some more challenging...

Dog Training: Adopted dig crate & accidents in the house, female boxer, separation anxiety
female boxer, separation anxiety, verbal commands: This is not a dog I would discipline . He s anxious enough - many herders tend to be reactive and excitable when they have no career except pet . These are working dogs and need an outlet. Many of them don t share the same play style as Boxers either,...

Dog Training: Adopted dog (crate & accidents in the house), female boxer, separation anxiety
female boxer, separation anxiety, verbal commands: It sounds as though he may have been scolded for accidents, and could have learned that it s dangerous to pee in front of humans, rather than that it isn t ok to pee in the house. Unfortunately, since you have already scolded him, you will have a harder...

Dog Training: Adopted dog - crate issues, doggie snacks, spaniel mix
doggie snacks, spaniel mix, extreme anxiety: Some dogs do appear to be claustrophobic. If she is clean and not destructive when left alone in the home, I would not insist that she be crated. The ripping of bedding is indicative of extreme anxiety. It could be that she was crated and left for long...

Dog Training: Aggressive female lab, lab question, shock collar
lab question, shock collar, countless reasons: Thanks for getting back to me. I think you ve given me a good clue about what s going on. If she is always outside, on her own, without you there to supervise her behavior, she may have developed the idea that it s her job to protect the property and her...

Dog Training: Aggressive Pit mix, pit bull mix, pit mix
pit bull mix, pit mix, spca: Hello Ally, Your questions are difficult to answer because I wasn t there and don t know how you introduced Charlie to the other dogs. It would seem that you did something wrong since Charlie apparently doesn t display this aggressiveness when out walking....

Dog Training: Agressiveness in Springer Spaniel Puppy, linda tellington jones, dominance aggression
linda tellington jones, dominance aggression, impulse control: It s definitely something I d be concerned about. Dominance aggression can be an issue in male ESS (I m not sure about Welshies, and don t know which he is). Have you talked to your breeder to find out if this is something she has previously seen in her lines,...

Dog Training: aggression, respect adults, social maturity
respect adults, social maturity, bite inhibition: Dogs seldom bite for no reason, and it doesn t take much for a small dog to decide that children are tormentors, even though we might think of their attention to the dog as solicitous, or minimal. Also, some dogs that respect adults do not think of children...

Dog Training: aggression, dominant issues, two dogs
dominant issues, two dogs, last fight: These dogs probably should not be in the same home, and your gut feeling about things turning ugly may be quite right. Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of getting same sex litter mates, and then are surprised when, at the age of maturity, the dogs...

Dog Training: agression, male yorkie, reasons dogs
male yorkie, reasons dogs, obedience classes: I m sorry to hear that your visits to the dog park have become problematic. Let s see if we can figure out why your dog has been showing these signs of aggression. Do you know if there was ever any incident with another dog that may have frightened yours?...

Dog Training: Beagle Recall, good as gold, beagles
good as gold, beagles, socialization: Baby puppies are very good at staying near their people and coming when called. They need protection, and it s survival instinct. As they mature, they become more independent and want to explore their options (just like adolescent humans!) There are probably...

Dog Training: behavior, submissive urination, leak urine
submissive urination, leak urine, medical issue: Dear Dyana, Thanks for writing. If this represents a sudden change in behavior, have him checked by your vet. It sounds as if it might be submissive urination, but I don t have enough clues to say for sure. Has he always been shy or submissive? Here is...

Dog Training: best method for walking, humane solutions, pinch collar
humane solutions, pinch collar, best place on earth: I would rather see you use an Easy Walk Harness (www.premierpet.com) or a Gentle Leader or Snoot Loop headcollar. Using one of those will keep him from being able to pull you so hard while you are in the process of re-training him. Also, stop thinking about...

Dog Training: boxer behaving badly, positive reinforcement, kong toy
positive reinforcement, kong toy, crate training: Unfortunately, dogs hate isolation. Instead of isolating her outdoors, consider crate training her. She can be within sight of family activities, perhaps even gnawing on a stuffed Kong toy, yet not bothering you as you work. Then, once you and she are comfortable...

Dog Training: My boxer Carmen and peeing questions, abdominal muscles, problem fixes
abdominal muscles, problem fixes, spayed: Devon, it s very common for females to lose full control over their bladder after a spay surgery. Often, the problem fixes itself as the abdominal muscles re-tone and tighten. You may want to talk to your vet about it, just so s/he is aware of the problem,...

Dog Training: Chi, german shepherd dogs, painful bladder
german shepherd dogs, painful bladder, urinary tract infections: K, I cannot answer that question. Every dog is different, just like people. I would not make him go for longer than you are doing now, though. That s 9 hours. I don t even make my German shepherd dogs hold it for longer than that, and they probably could...

Dog Training: Chi, male dogs, small dogs
male dogs, small dogs, cpdt: I m not sure I d want someone asking me to hold it for ten and a half hours! How long a dog can go depends on the dog, and larger dogs can generally hold it longer than small dogs due to bladder size. It s generally recommended that you don t ask the dog...

Dog Training: coming when called and nutrition, human grade ingredients, web page address
human grade ingredients, web page address, canidae: Hi there, Kristen. Have you read the information at http://dogfoods.angelfire.com yet? If not, I would encourage you to do so. I cannot recommend the best food for your dog, because each dog is different. However, there is a list of foods on that web site...

Dog Training: crate training, bladder control, maltipoo
bladder control, maltipoo, crate training: You have a smart dog! She s figured out that playtime is over once she eliminates, so she holds off on going in order to prolong her time outside with you! I think you answered your own question in the last paragraph. When you take her out to pee/poop ,...

Dog Training: crate training, puppy mills, schnoodle
puppy mills, schnoodle, backyard breeders: Have you ever scolded her for mistakes ? That makes some pups unwilling to poop in front of the human, rather than teaching them that it isn t OK to poop in the house. It may simply be that she was kept, as a young pup, in circumstances that led to her...

Dog Training: crate training a paper trained puppy at night, female puppy, sleep at night
female puppy, sleep at night, whining dogs: Hi, Jennifer. You are right when you say you should not have gotten your puppy from the person that you got her from. Supporting backyard breeders and puppymills only serves to further their existence. I hope you did not pay hundreds of dollars for your dog,...

Dog Training: Dog behavior, fighting a losing battle, patricia mcconnell
fighting a losing battle, patricia mcconnell, one of these days: Sorry, but you may be fighting a losing battle if you think your dog should LIKE to be banished to the yard LOL. If there is anything that dogs hate more than anything short of starvation, it s probably isolation. It s preferable to have her become so well...

Dog Training: Dog behavior, crate training your dog, miniature dachshund
crate training your dog, miniature dachshund, nail clipping: Dogs are denning animals, so they are naturally attracted to spaces where they feel enclosed on three sides and have a roof . You can simulate this by using a crate, either a plastic airline type, or a wire crate covered with a blanket. Don t think of it...

Dog Training: Dog who only wants to potty in an area we don't want him to, plastic lattice, question patch
plastic lattice, question patch, acceptable area: Unfortunately, Aussies are brilliant, and often they are one trial learners . He learned to prefer one substrate (I bet he learned it fast, too)! Maybe you could think about putting grass in an acceptable area that you do want him to go in. Or, think about...

Dog Training: Dog poops in the basement, dog poops, old dog
dog poops, old dog, feces: First of all, stop pushing your dog s nose in his poop, and punishing him. It doesn t work, as you have seen, and serves no purpose except to make your dog dislike you, or teach him that pooping in your presence is dangerous. I don t know how you would expect...

Dog Training: Dog Training, old dog new tricks, german shepherd
old dog new tricks, german shepherd, back yard: Unfortunately, Jolene, I do not think that is something that is going to be possible, without completely banning her from the back yard altogether. While the old saying that you can t teach an old dog new tricks is untrue, it simply would not be fair to...

Dog Training: Dog uses crate as a bathroom!, wits end, teenage daughters
wits end, teenage daughters, housebreaking: Hello Susan. You are right to be concerned about your dog--most dogs are naturally reluctant to soil the place where they sleep. I am not sure if this is something that I can answer in a letter but I will share a few ideas with you. I am wondering about...

Dog Training: Dogs!, no hard feelings, bladder control
no hard feelings, bladder control, getting down to business: Hi Maryjo. Sounds like your puppy may still have some housebreaking ahead of her. You don t mention how old your dog is but many puppies take a while before their housebreaking habits are 100% reliable. If she is still fairly young (under 6 months) then...

Dog Training: digging, female beagle, obedience training
female beagle, obedience training, mental exercise: Hi Travis, You didn t give me much information to work on in your question, so I ll have to do a lot of guessing. Normally, digging results from lack of exercise and mental stimulation (boredom). Try walking your dog and giving her mental exercise through...

Dog Training: digging dog, shih tzu, feces
shih tzu, feces, perennials: How long do you leave him out there? Sounds to me like he s bored. Digging is one of the most common things dogs do when they re bored. Try bringing him back in with you sooner. To discourage him digging in the same spots over and over, put his feces in the...

Dog Training: digging dog, milk bones, shih tzu
milk bones, shih tzu, back yard: Dogs that dig usually keep it up. However, you can try this - create a digging pit for your dog, and bury some milk bones in it - help him dig them up. He will think it s fun to find the treasure . Any time he digs anywhere else, redirect him to the...

Dog Training: dog afraid of affection, miniature poodle, running in circles
miniature poodle, running in circles, logical conclusion: Honestly, it sounds like he had a horrifying experience at the groomer. He was fine until you took him there, he gave the groomer a hard time, who knows what happened, and then he is like this. It is the most logical conclusion. Using treats reward him...

Dog Training: Getting dog off the couch when I'm on it!, negative vibes, squirt bottle
negative vibes, squirt bottle, pyrenese: I d work with positive motivation. Make it a training opportunity where he gets clicked and treated for getting off the sofa. Repeatedly, until following your cue is habit, without hesitation or question. Your house doesn t have any doors which can be used...

Dog Training: dog destroying house, patricia mcconnell, separation anxiety
patricia mcconnell, separation anxiety, dogwise: Please - immediately, stop smacking the dog. Her destructiveness is due to anxiety and you are only adding to it when you do that. She seems to be suffering from a form of separation anxiety, which is very hard to remedy, but it can be done if you are committed...

Dog Training: dog being house trained, necessary nutrition, female cats
necessary nutrition, female cats, enzymatic cleaner: The cats are most likely responding to his puppy state of energy. This is something that generally decreases with time. As far as the cat food, it will not usually upset a dog s stomach, however he is replacing the necessary nutrition in his food with improperly...

Dog Training: dog potte and urine tranining, diligent supervision, slow learner
diligent supervision, slow learner, potte: You are going about this all wrong if you want your dog to potty outdoors. Housetraining is all about prevention of accidents through diligent supervision, and praising the dog for doing his business in the right spot. This link will show you how to house...

Dog Training: dog training/behaviour, dog training, hard time
dog training, hard time, clue: Hi Christine. I can imagine that a big dog like Cala must be very hard to control at times like that. You must be quite frustrated. I m curious about these fits she s throwing--is she frightened or happy to be going out? Using force, as you know, isn t...

Dog Training: dog traning, positive reinforcement, electronic collar
positive reinforcement, electronic collar, gentle spray: Sure. 1. Attend a positive reinforcement training class (www.clickerteachers.net) 2. Read Karen Pryor s article, here: http://www.clickertraining.com/node/1125 3. Do NOT use an electronic collar, but if you need a last resort because you are being evicted,...

Dog Training: dogs weird behavior, dog to dog aggression, bully breeds
dog to dog aggression, bully breeds, dogs and cats: Amanda, your dog s behavior is not abnormal at all, for her breed. They have been bred for decades to be aggressive towards other dogs and small animals. It s in their nature. Sometimes, this aggressive nature doesn t come out until the dog is an adult, and...

Dog Training: excessive chewing, primary teeth, two dogs
primary teeth, two dogs, house cat: First of all, getting people food has nothing to do with this. My dogs get people food all the time, since I often use real meat to train with. Your problem is developmental - your puppy is just in his second chewing stage . The primary teeth are lost...

Dog Training: Over excited German Shorthaired Pointer, german shorthaired pointer, rowing boats
german shorthaired pointer, rowing boats, rowers: I think sitting in front is a great idea. Using treats and praise, reward her for calm behavior-starting BEFORE she gets worked up. Pointers tend to use their nose more than eyes, so it is not surprising she gets a bit more nervous at dusk when it is difficult...

Dog Training: Fire Fear - Fox Terrier, dog biscuit, open fireplace
dog biscuit, open fireplace, old fox: Hi Cheryl. That s a shame about your dog. I m sure it is hard for you to see him react so fearfully to fire. There s nothing more appealing than relaxing in front of a fire with your dog at your side! I can t say for sure what s causing this phobia--even...

Dog Training: Adopted dog - crate issues, finky, franny
Dog Training: Adopted dog - crate issues, finky, franny, greenies

Dog Training: Aggressive Pit mix, home turf, spca
Dog Training: Aggressive Pit mix, home turf, spca, 4 months

Dog Training: Beagle Recall, beagles, 7 months
Dog Training: Beagle Recall, beagles, 7 months, couple of minutes

Dog Training: Jumping at screen door, shock collar, australian shepard
Dog Training: Jumping at screen door, shock collar, australian shepard, shepard mix

Dog Training: Growling, agility class, boykin spaniel
agility class, boykin spaniel, hip dysplasia: Based on what you ve told me, it doesn t sound as if he is seriously looking for trouble. Consult the instructor if the behavior escalates. He should still defer to you, however, so while you re waiting your turn I think you should continue to give him commands...

Dog Training: House training a puppy, house training a puppy, female chihuahua
house training a puppy, female chihuahua, puppy buyers: Hi Sharon, I m sure that you are thinking of it with the best intentions, and it s good that you would have homes for the pups, but have you considered how dangerous it is for Chi s giving birth? Many Chi females end up having Cesarian births and only 65%...

Dog Training: House training when they have been used to a doggie door, baby gates, crate train
baby gates, crate train, rescue dogs: Most rescue dogs require some time to adjust to a new home. If the foster home hasn t already done so, I d crate train her, and make the crate a comfortable safe place to go. When letting her out, immediately take her outside. If she doesn t potty in 5 minutes,...

Dog Training: Husky only pees when I'm not around, yelps, pees
yelps, pees, housebreaking: When you are at home, try having your roommates respond to his crying, and take him out and praise him, vs just having YOU do it, so that your dog learns that it s good to let them know, too! When you aren t able to keep an eye on him, until he is reliably...

Dog Training: Husky Problems, obedience classes, leslie nelson
obedience classes, leslie nelson, cpdt: Huskies can be difficult on recalls. Management and keeping them out of situations where they have the chance to run is always important. Many people teach a pup to come most of the time and think the recall is learned. As pups mature though, they become more...

Dog Training: Getting my house trained dog to "go" when and where I want him to, proud owner, german shepherd
proud owner, german shepherd, sod: First, I like the idea of you taking him on the leash outdoors (why on earth would you want a dog peeing on your balcony anyway LOL) and repeating the housetraining process. If he doesn t go, back he goes in his crate (another excellent idea), and repeat,...

Dog Training: house training a 16 week old pup, black labrador, pup
black labrador, pup, 13 years: Keep at it, Dan. Some dogs take longer than others. If he doesn t potty when you take him out, leave the leash on him when you go back in, so that you can catch him before he potties on the floor and get him immediately back outside. Please refer to my...

Dog Training: Introducing Puppy to a Older Dog, getting a puppy, chasing game
getting a puppy, chasing game, adult dogs: If you are purchasing from a reputable breeder, they will take the puppy back for any reason, if you are not able to care for it - which would likely include if your resident dog will not tolerate it. If your breeder is not giving you such a guarantee, that...

Dog Training: Jack Russell Potty training, amish family, verbal praise
amish family, verbal praise, soft tone: It sounds like she is very undersocialized. Keep your interactions with her very low keyed for now. Do not look at her or approach her-allow her to come to you. Also bending over to pet her can elicit this response. The most effective way I have found...

Dog Training: Jumping at screen door, aluminium foil, screen patio
aluminium foil, screen patio, good weather: Ah, Huskies! Such wonderful dogs, but sometimes more dog than we can handle. If it s any consolation, please know that you share many of the same complaints as other Husky owners. This breed just seems to want to roam and confinement is a test of your ingenuity...

Dog Training: jack russell, puppy mill, sick puppy
puppy mill, sick puppy, enzymatic cleaner: Pet store dogs are notoriously hard to house-train. If you watched Oprah this week, then perhaps you are better educated than before, and will not ever buy another pet store dog. Unfortunately, now that you have one, you are paying the price that countless...

Dog Training: jumping, annoying habit, negative behavior
annoying habit, negative behavior, border terrier: Put a leash on him and when you have someone come over stand on the leash so if he jumps he is not able to leave the ground-DO NOT stand on it in such a way that he cannot lift his head as you only want him to be corrected for the negative behavior....jumping....

Dog Training: Lab/Rot mix on speed, flower beds, cruelty case
flower beds, cruelty case, high speeds: Hi Jacquie, Looking into obedience courses? I d say you re looking in the right place. Your dog Misty is not on speed, she is simply out of control and needs rules and discipline. I d suggest you start by putting her on a leash and keeping her fastened...

Dog Training: misbehaving shih tzu, shih tzu, better luck
shih tzu, better luck, misbehaving: Scolding is NOT training!!!!! Learn to use a clicker, try these reward-based lessons instead, and see if you have better luck:-)) www.clickerlessons.com You cannot expect a dog to just stay in your yard, with no training whatsoever, just because you told...

Dog Training: New Puppy!, old english sheepdog, puppy class
old english sheepdog, puppy class, animails: My first question is why do you have a puppy that is too young to leave its mother???? Many states actually have laws against sending a pup to its new home unless it s eight weeks old. This pup may not learn bite inhibition and other skills very well, so...

Dog Training: Newly adopted dog having accidents, golden retreiver, time training
golden retreiver, time training, tidbit: Hi Colleen, Sometimes dogs do have regression in their house-training skills when they are faced with a big change, such as a move, or a new family. Don t give the dog any freedom in the house - crate him when you can t watch him, go out with him (don t...

Dog Training: nipping/playbiting, middle fingers, puggle
middle fingers, puggle, reinforcers: First, Seth, try exercising her a little more to wear down some of that energy. Second, you need to start correcting her whenever she puts her teeth on you. I ve found that one of the best ways to stop a puppy from nipping and biting you is using your fore-...

Dog Training: Potti training my sheltie, baby gates, cpdt
baby gates, cpdt, line of vision: The key to housetraining is management and supervision. Baby gates can keep him in your line of vision. You might want to tether him to you with a leash. Then you are likely to see when he is starting to sniff and circle. I love teaching a puppy to target...

Dog Training: Potty Training!!, boxer puppy, training your puppy
boxer puppy, training your puppy, rise apartment: Hello Desirae, I m sorry to hear you and your puppy are off to a bumpy start with housebreaking. Try to be patient. You don t say how old your puppy is, but it can take a couple of months before a puppy is completely reliable and I ve found that males take...

Dog Training: Problems with dog pooping everywhere. Help!, j turner, great danes
j turner, great danes, other ones: Dear Alex, Thanks for writing. Dogs tend to use the same places that they used before. If we allow them to defecate anywhere, then they will not form a preference for a particular location. Look to see which area they use most often. This will be your...

Dog Training: Puppy constantly jumps, intermittent reinforcement, reason dogs
intermittent reinforcement, reason dogs, retriever puppies: Large, boisterous retriever puppies are often too much for toddlers. Here are some things you can do. First, tire your pup out before she interacts with your daughter. If her tongue is lolling out from chasing tennis balls, it s harder to be so ebullient....

Dog Training: Puppy crying when first out of crate, home dinner, miniature schnauzer
home dinner, miniature schnauzer, dinner time: That sounds like excitable or submissive urination. This often happens with socially inept youngsters, or older dogs that are anxious. The object is to greet and appease you. The first thing you want to be sure of is that he doesn t have a urinary...

Dog Training: Puppy Socialisation, labrador retriever puppy, puppy socialisation
labrador retriever puppy, puppy socialisation, tumble drier: At nine weeks, he might simply be in a fear period . So, he may get more confident on his own about the strange sights and sounds in your home. Do take a shy puppy to a positive reinforcement type puppy class - no choke chains or e-collars for this guy....

Dog Training: puppy housebreaking, puppy housebreaking, graveyard shift
puppy housebreaking, graveyard shift, long walks: Hi, Susan. Do not stand outside with her for more than 5 minutes when you take her out to potty; there is no need to waste that much time waiting for her to go . If she doesn t go to the bathroom within 5 minutes, take her back inside but KEEP AHOLD OF THE...

Dog Training: puppy training, dominance and submission, maternal antibodies
dominance and submission, maternal antibodies, socialization skills: Just because the mother dog had stopped feeding the puppies does not mean they are ready to be separated from their siblings . Most puppies are weaned at around 6 weeks of age, but as I said in my earlier response, they need to remain with their siblings...

Dog Training: Skiddish dog won't walk on leash, clicker trainer, apartment manager
clicker trainer, apartment manager, going potty: My advice would be to enlist the advice of a good clicker trainer (www.clickerteachers.net). If the dog is food motivated, you can learn to acclimate her to the leash first, then to walking with it on, then to going potty with it on. Use treats that are...

Dog Training: Stressed out dog!, animal behavior society, staffordshire bull terrier
animal behavior society, staffordshire bull terrier, treatment regimen: Please read this: http://www.usask.ca/wcvm/herdmed/applied-ethology/behaviourproblems/tailchase.html Usually, you need to see a veterinarian behaviorist, both to rule out seizures or other physical causes for his behavior and to design a treatment regimen...

Dog Training: scared iggy, more questions, italian greyhound, staph infection
italian greyhound, staph infection, rescue org: I like your vet s suggestion, and I would use treats that are just delectable. Bones don t make it for this kind of dog. Try things like cheese, green tripe, Italian roast beef (has a bit of garlic in it), or turkey. How long have you had this dog and...

Dog Training: separation anxiety, smart dogs, separation anxiety
smart dogs, separation anxiety, little steps: True separation anxiety is a serious disorder that usually gets worse, not better, over time. The fact that your dog is able to settle down and isn t destructive is encouraging. Think of it as the difference between feeling sad because something unpleasant...

Dog Training: sneaky dog, animal behavior society, family belongings
animal behavior society, family belongings, patricia mcconnell: It sounds as though you have an anxious dog with some separation anxiety. Please read I ll Be Home Soon- Preventing and Treating Separation Anxiety by Patricia McConnell. There s also a great DVD by Trish King on Anxiety - Tawzer Dog Videos will have it....

Dog Training: stopping leg lifting and urinating, enzymatic cleaner, reaching the point
enzymatic cleaner, reaching the point, 7 months: He is marking-he is just reaching the point when he gets adult urges and is displaying a natural territorial instinct. Keep him in a crate when he cannot be supervised, and clean any areas with an enzymatic cleaner. When he is unable to practice this behavior...

Dog Training: Toilet training, puppy classes, yorkshire terrier
puppy classes, yorkshire terrier, toilet paper: Hello Alexandra, It appears your dog has had a rocky beginning to his life. This would explain the apparent delay in him mastering his potty training. It will help if you remember that your dog is a dog. Your statement, When he goes inside, he s shown...

Dog Training: Toileting in the house, bad weather, great dog
bad weather, great dog, housebreaking: Hi Jessica. Although there are any number of reasons your dog could be doing this, I do not think it is because she wants a friend. As you say, she gets love and attention and you are home with her all day. Loneliness does not generally result in housebreaking...

Dog Training: Training, bad habit, crate training
bad habit, crate training, litter box: If you have paid any attention whatsoever to the dog when he cries, you may have accidentally reinforced that behavior. Revisit crate training and get earplugs - hopefully, you won t need to use them for more than a few nights. IGNORE the dog when he is...

Dog Training: Training Siberian Husky Pup, sled dogs, great dog
sled dogs, great dog, siberian husky: How wonderful that you have rescued not one, but an entire family of dogs! It sounds like you have your hands full. The Siberian Husky is a great dog, but it s important to bear in mind what makes a great Husky. As sled dogs, they have been bred to have...

Dog Training: Training Siberian Husky Pup, s yard, siberian husky
s yard, siberian husky, martingale: Hi there, N. Right now, your pup sounds 100% normal for his age and breed. Huskies, like many other similar breeds, are known for their independent thinking and intelligence. If you want to be the center of your dog s world, then you are going to have to...

Dog Training: Trying to curb unwanted behaviors, social maturity, pit mix
social maturity, pit mix, unwanted behaviors: If this behavior is sudden, there are a couple of possibilities. First, is he neutered? If not, this could be marking behavior that can emerge as the dog reaches social maturity. Has he been checked by the vet to rule out any physical causes? Also, have...

Dog Training: Unable to potty train, wire cage, puppy
wire cage, puppy, accidents: Try feeding her in her crate (dogs don t like to poo where they eat), or don t use a crate, and, instead, use a waist leash (buddy leash) and tether her to you so she can t go hide her accidents . This is the method I use: http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/housetrain.htm...

Dog Training: upset Shit zue, first pup, shit zue
first pup, shit zue, social maturity: I would not do that. The first order of business should be to completely train the first pup before adding a second dog. Otherwise, the puppies are likely to depend upon one another, rather than seeking guidance from, or obeying, the humans in the household....

Dog Training: 1 year old shih tzu/poodle still making bad potty's, shih tzu poodle mix, baby gate
shih tzu poodle mix, baby gate, shih tzu: First of all, a dog that knows where to go goes where she is supposed to. If your dog has continued to have accidents in the house since puppyhood, no matter how infrequent, then she is not trained, and you need to go back to square one. Unfortunately,...

Dog Training: 4 month old puppy, pet stains, baby gates
pet stains, baby gates, enzymatic cleaner: Actually, they make a litter specifically for dogs. I know Petsmart carries it. And you can sprinkle a little used litter outside where you want her to go. Honestly, though, unless she has to be left alone for much longer than she can be expected to hold it,...

Dog Training: 7 yr old Maltese is relieving himself while we are gone, pee poop, separation anxiety
pee poop, separation anxiety, bowel movements: When people move, dogs are sometimes very disconcerted and can have lapses in their house training. That s because they don t generalize very well - the new house doesn t look like the old one, so they don t realize that you don t pee/poop inside this house...

Dog Training: My 7mth Yorkie refuses to be walked on a leash, walking pace, bad habit
walking pace, bad habit, yorkie: I wouldn t even try to take her for walks until she knows how to walk on leash. To do so just reinforces bad habits. First thing to do is teach her what to do if the leash accidently gets tight (come forward) and then to learn not to make the leash tight....

Dog Training: Agressive dog, emma parsons, leslie mcdevitt
emma parsons, leslie mcdevitt, obedience skills: I d start with finding a good, positive obedience trainer and getting some obedience skills on her. In addition to being able to ask her do do other things than try to attack (once she knows those other things)being asked to think and solve problems actually...

Dog Training: Apartment Crate/Potty Training, poodle mix, john thanks
poodle mix, john thanks, crate training: Dear John, Thanks for writing. Sorry for the delay in responding. I believe that sleeping on the balcony WILL NOT CAUSE a resistance to eliminate on the balcony. Most dogs won t eliminate in a small crate but will eliminate in a larger crate. Your balcony...

Dog Training: adopted dog refuses to eliminate, vet appointment, shepherd mix
vet appointment, shepherd mix, housetraining: Do you have an enclosed area where she can go - or do you walk her on leash for potty time? Some dogs are rather private in their habits and are too polite to go on leash, or in the house. And some dogs, in the process of housetraining have been unintentionally...

Dog Training: Bark Collars, mini dashunds, human companionship
mini dashunds, human companionship, birds of prey: I m not a big fan of bark colars They work for some dogs but not for others. Some dogs become fearful or aggressive because they don t connect the shock with their behavior. Some continue to bark to the point of causing irritation to their neck through continued...

Dog Training: Barking and Lack of Respect, physical punishment, lack of respect
physical punishment, lack of respect, ear plugs: The simple answer is that if she continues to treat him the same way, nothing will change. If he barks constantly to get her up, she needs to invest in ear plugs and ignore the dog. He may get worse for a bit (Google extinction burst ) but should eventually...

Dog Training: Bichon Frise, baby gates, those dogs
baby gates, those dogs, cpdt: Potty training is hard work. You have to supervise and take him out more often than you think he needs. I would close doors, use baby gates and possibly tether him to you so he is not out of your sight. Did he come from a pet shop? Those dogs can be very hard...

Dog Training: Black lab started to urinate in house, bladder stones, cpdt
bladder stones, cpdt, urinary tract infection: So, this dog isn t actually left in the house for 16 hours is he? I don t know many dogs who could hold it that long. I d consider anything more than 8 hours asking for a lot of control. If he s getting out on a regular schedule, I might be looking at physical...

Dog Training: bad puppy, bad puppy, nature calls
bad puppy, nature calls, bichon: Dog training is expensive, but it DOES work. The problem is that many people are inconsistent about applying what they learn, or they give up too easily. I would stop scolding the dog - firstly, she has no idea what you mean, or she would not be doing it...

Dog Training: biting, obedience class, english bulldog
obedience class, english bulldog, method of play: This is one of those things that it s hard to get a clear picture of on the internet. Your best bet would be to have an experienced positive trainer watch your interactions in person. With that caveat, it sounds to me like inappropriate play. Avoid quick movement...

Dog Training: How to bond with adopted dog, standard poodle, human interaction
standard poodle, human interaction, poodle: Hello Kim. You obviously have given this decision a good deal of thought, and I m glad to see that you have considered the potential problems in adopting a dog with issues. As a general rule, my advice to people is to avoid adopting such a dog. It s unfortunate,...

Dog Training: border collie, border collie, two and a half years
border collie, two and a half years, muscle control: Dear Haley, First, How long has it been since she was spayed? If it was pretty recent sometimes they will have some issues retaining their urine do to regaining muscle control. If not go to your vet and make sure there is no underlaying problem for her leakage,...

Dog Training: bowel movements..., normal bowel movement, bowel movements
normal bowel movement, bowel movements, joanna: Joanna, if your puppy is only 4 weeks old, it is MUCH too young to have been taken away from its mother!! The reason she s crying is probably because she is hungry and is not yet fully weaned. When puppies are young, the mother licks their genital area to...

Dog Training: Crate anxiety, separation anxiety, blood spots
separation anxiety, blood spots, soft music: Dear Judy, This sounds like a case of Separation Anxiety. Most cases of S.A. are present in dogs when they are a very young, but some dogs can develop it later in life. There is lots of things you can try to help her. I can hit on a few pointers for you...

Dog Training: Crate Training, natural aversion, backyard breeder
natural aversion, backyard breeder, crate training: You really don t have much option, if no one is home during the day. You could try hiring a dog walker for noontime, just until the dog gets used to the idea. You can also try removing any bedding from the crate (absorbs the soiling and allows the dog to...

Dog Training: changes in my black lab, tick borne diseases, standard poodle
tick borne diseases, standard poodle, survival instinct: Is it possible that the rude poodle was taking stuff away from her? It s certainly possible that she she may have changed your dog s opinion about how safe other dogs are. Has she been guarding against dogs she knows, or dogs she doesn t know? Quite honestly,...

Dog Training: Digging dogs, dog biscuits, minute periods
dog biscuits, minute periods, small apartment: Hello Kaye, This digging sounds obsessive and would indicate the dog is stressed. You indicate he is also presenting aggression while on lead. My suggestions would be to: 1. Teach him to walk on a heel and make him walk next to you for the majority...

Dog Training: DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, obedience schools, piddle pads
obedience schools, piddle pads, pile of crap: Honestly, it sounds like you could use some good in-person help. Have you checked out local obedience schools? She sounds more like she needs training than like she is stubborn. For housetraining - supervise and don t leave her loose when you can t supervise....

Dog Training: Dog Aggression, feisty fido, patricia mcconnell
feisty fido, patricia mcconnell, inexpensive booklet: This sounds like leash reactivity to me, and is most often based in fear. (I can t get away, because I m on this leash, so I d better snarl and get this dog to keep his distance...) If your dog was truly aggressive, he d be aggressive off leash, too. You...

Dog Training: Dog Jumping, squirt bottle, obedience school
squirt bottle, obedience school, chocolate lab: Hello Danielle, Your answer lies in consistency. Dogs do not engage in unrewarding behavior. If you consistently make jumping an unrewarding behavior, your dog will stop. First you need to determine your dogs temperament and strength/size. If your...

Dog Training: Dog Training, pet deterrent, deterrent spray
pet deterrent, deterrent spray, pet dogs: First, I m glad you don t want to beat your dogs again. That is NEVER an appropriate response to any dog behavior problem. Digging in the garden is a hard behavior to stop, and I can understand your frustration. But, the only thing I have found that does...

Dog Training: Dog getting in trash, snappy trainer, reinforcer
snappy trainer, reinforcer, reinforcers: First of all, spanking does not work, and is never acceptable. It merely teaches your dog that you are unpredictable, and produces more anxiety in the dog, which can lead to other behavior problems. The fact that she is getting into the trash is actually...

Dog Training: My daschund, exercise pen, accident locations
exercise pen, accident locations, cpdt: As long as you can carefully supervise her when she is in season, a year is okay. There are pros and cons to waiting, but I actually prefer it to really early spay and neuter. She will have probably come in once before then. The important thing is to remember...

Dog Training: Our dog is doing damage, holidays in july, separation anxiety
holidays in july, separation anxiety, odd time: Hi Lynn, It sounds like she may be developing some separation anxiety issues. I would work on making your comings and goings very un-dramatic. No big deal when you leave, don t greet her immediately when you come home. And of course it s hard to be un-dramatic...

Dog Training: Why do dog hump any dog&don't listen, cpdt, labradors
cpdt, labradors, hump: Humping can be about sex, about status or about being over-stimulated. Some dogs will hump to ask is this behavior okay with you? and the other dog either allows it or doesn t. I ve had a number of Labradors in class and haven t ever found them to be difficult...

Dog Training: dog needs own bed, get off my bed, dog
get off my bed, dog: Your Daschound has learned she can sleep on the bed, so now wonders why she can t. So she has taught you to let her sleep on the bed. You need to be the pack leader. You didn t mention if the dog has had obedience training. If not, start now. If she has,...

Dog Training: dog peeing, foot fence, acre of land
foot fence, acre of land, bleech: You really can t stop it unless you train him - you would have to go out with him, praise/reward him for pee ing in the right spot, but gently redirect him away from the wrong spot. That takes time and energy, but is quite do-able, it s just that you can...

Dog Training: dog peeing on people, parsons russell terrier, belly band
parsons russell terrier, belly band, cpdt: Can t say for certain why he is doing this. My guess is he is upset by the change in his routine, and mark his terrirtory. He s also an adolescent, when dogs tend to push boundaries and try out all sorts of undesirable behavior. I d go back to treating him...

Dog Training: dog runs away doesnt come when called, leslie nelson, pomer
leslie nelson, pomer, german shepard: I use a method developed by Leslie Nelson, of Tails U Win , called the Really Reliable Recall . You can get the booklet at Amazon.com, I think, but the DVD is available at www.cleanrun.com. If you follow the protocol, and practice, your dog should be able...

Dog Training: Why and how do I get my dog to stop peeing a little bit at a time, submissive urination, little bit at a time
submissive urination, little bit at a time, physical reason: It would really depend on WHY he is only letting a little out at a time. If it is male marking, neutering might help. If it is a physical problem - like a narrow urethra or a prostate issue, that s for your vet to answer. Or it may just be a puppy thing that...

Dog Training: dog urinating, Teach Dog Ring Bell, Marking
Teach Dog Ring Bell, Marking: Dear Kathleen, Thanks for writing. Sorry to hear of your troubles. Is the dog intact? Intact males tend to mark. If he is intact, neutering may reduce the behavior - or not. Because he s practiced the behavior for some time, castration may or may not help....

Dog Training: Establishing An Outside Potty Area, cpdt, female golden retriever
cpdt, female golden retriever, golden retriever: Keep track of when she needs to relieve herself (for most dogs, that s an hour after eating, or after they ve been in the house for a period of several hours (varies with the dog) Take her out on leash to where you want her to go. Wait 5 minutes, if she doesn...

Dog Training: Over Excited Whippet (Go figure!!), doggy day care, leash correction
doggy day care, leash correction, cpdt: I m thinking you meant that it ISN T aggressive - just excitability? Dogs often behave badly on leash because they don t have the option to interact normally. Leash interactions aren t generally what a dog would do if he had other options, but because of the...

Dog Training: Follow Up, submissive urination, jack russel
submissive urination, jack russel, eye contact: It s fine to tell people to ignore her for a moment and then be quiet as they pat her. You can also suggest that they kneel, turn their bodies to the side and not make direct eye contact, which a submissive dog might find threatening. It s your duty to protect...

Dog Training: Apartment Crate/Potty Training, feces, balcony
Dog Training: Apartment Crate/Potty Training, feces, balcony

Dog Training: Crate anxiety, separation anxiety
Dog Training: Crate anxiety, separation anxiety

Dog Training: Dog Jumping, few minutes, dogs
Dog Training: Dog Jumping, few minutes, dogs

Dog Training: Dog getting in trash, dog trainer, c0
Dog Training: Dog getting in trash, dog trainer, c0, ebay

Dog Training: Help with potty training a 2 y.o. dog, little dogs, vet
Dog Training: Help with potty training a 2 y.o. dog, little dogs, vet, good luck

Dog Training: puppy aggression, mutts, brindle
Dog Training: puppy aggression, mutts, brindle, commited

Dog Training: puppy bites, petsmart, good job
Dog Training: puppy bites, petsmart, good job

Dog Training: fence jumper: female husky, systematic desensitization, foot fence
systematic desensitization, foot fence, memphis tn: Dear Lisa, Spaying a bitch does not usually change her behaviors. It s likely that she jumps the fence because she is frightened of a noise or an upcoming storm. Drugs seldom cure these phobias. Curing the problem requires a program of systematic desensitization...

Dog Training: she gets scared?, tick borne diseases, submissive urination
tick borne diseases, submissive urination, pointer mix: It may just be submissive urination, in which case you need to try to ignore it (difficult, I know!) and not make a big deal of it. At two, she is not quite an adult. Is she spayed? Some dogs get spay incontenence from the decrease in estrogen, in which case...

Dog Training: growling puppy, boston terrier puppy, upper lips
boston terrier puppy, upper lips, old boston: Kim, You are on the right track. Yes put him in your lap if need be to cradle him. If you give him a reward for being in your arms or lap staying still he is more likely to start to enjoy that. This would be very good for him. Good that you know a wonderful...

Dog Training: Hard to train, old boston, stern voice
old boston, stern voice, boston terrier: I d look into clicker training. www.clickertraining.com. Chances are she rolls over because you sound angry and she doesn t take you seriously because she doesn t know what you want. You have to teach her what words mean. And clicker training is a wonderful...

Dog Training: HELP! Adopted neglected Doberman, crazy dog!, doberman pinscher, rescue dogs
doberman pinscher, rescue dogs, cpdt: She sounds overwhelmed and very stressed. Not uncommon in rescue dogs who are suddenly asked to live in a world much more complex than they ve known. I d go slow, start some basic, positive training and give her some reasonable house rules and routine. You...

Dog Training: Help!, mini dachshund, tiny dogs
mini dachshund, tiny dogs, baby gates: Seven weeks is a bare minimum of when a pup should leave his mother and littermates. Puppies who leave too early end up missing out on social skills and bite inhibition. Most good breeders keep their pups til 8-10 weeks, especially tiny dogs. I d entice him...

Dog Training: Help with potty training a 2 y.o. dog, brick patio, two trees
brick patio, two trees, hits 70: Take a book out with you and ignore him (keep an eye on him, and if he starts to pant, get him in, but don t stare at him and don t interact with him.) Plan your longer outings with him for early and late so it won t be in the heat of the day. Keep a record...

Dog Training: House training 9m.o. yorkie, puppy class, reputable breeder
puppy class, reputable breeder, store staff: Please never limit a dog s water. That has nothing to do with the house training problems. More likely, this dog learned that it was ok to pee and poop in his bedding because pet store dogs are allowed to do so. Store staff do not take the puppies outdoors...

Dog Training: Housetraining, jackrussel, allday
jackrussel, allday, american cocker: I don t know what else to do except have her tied to my waist all day everyday. Sometimes that s what it takes. My first question is, how big is her crate? If it s too big, then yep, she s going to potty in it. Have you tried the X-pen suggestion?...

Dog Training: Howling at Night, social animals, natural behavior
social animals, natural behavior, 2am: Hello Jacqui, The great thing about dogs is that they are social animals. I m a believer in letting our dogs share our sleeping space. I advise my clients to have their dogs in a crate until potty trained and then allow them to sleep on the floor in the...

Dog Training: Husky Wolf Training, obedience training, food bowl
obedience training, food bowl, muzzle: I would start immediately. I like people to use hands off training, and at this age, you can certainly get a head start on it. Try this site for guidelines: http://www.clickerlessons.com/ Be aware that if you dog is 50% wolf and 50% Husky, there may be...

Dog Training: house training, separation anxiety, cpdt
separation anxiety, cpdt, behaviorists: Is he fully housetrained? If not, treat him like a clueless puppy and confine him when you can t supervise. And go back to housetraining 101. It could be separation anxiety. It could be that when you aren t there to remind him, he just can. Have you tried...

Dog Training: housebreaking, cairn terrier, housebreaking
cairn terrier, housebreaking, playtime: Ten hours is too long for a four month old pup to hold it, but my feeling is that if you use pads, you just teach the dog that it s ok to go in the house, and you have the added problem of how to transition her from pads to outdoors when her bladder is ready....

Dog Training: housetraining a rescue, jockey shorts, baby gates
jockey shorts, baby gates, belly band: What breed(s) is he? Size? Is the problem urine or feces/both? I m assuming the diarrhea has gone away as well as he s gained his weight back? If it s urine, has he been neutered? (could be marking). If he is marking (hiking his leg indoors) a belly band (can...

Dog Training: Jack Russel Puppy, cesar milan, obedience classes
cesar milan, obedience classes, jack russel: Tanisha, tell people to IGNORE HER until she is calm and has lost interest in them. That means they are not to look at her, talk to her, or try to touch her. She will soon figure out that all that excitedness doesn t earn her any attention, and the behavior...

Dog Training: Lawn pee stakes, english springer spaniel, laundry room
english springer spaniel, laundry room, getting down to business: Hi again. As you can see, this may take a bit of time. Your dog has had run of the yard and now he will be expected to relinquish some of that freedom. Dogs associate territory with status--the more access to the territory, the higher the status/rank in...

Dog Training: Leaving pets at home & housebreaking, shih zhu puppies, separation anxiety
shih zhu puppies, separation anxiety, pets at home: I think it s fine to take them out often, because you are able to reward them for doing their business in the right spot. However, to avoid them developing separation anxiety when you finally go back to work, you can try taking them out separately, and you...

Dog Training: laso apso, female dogs, cpdt
female dogs, cpdt, spaying: Generally around three weeks, though some go a little longer, or a little shorter. While she s in season, you need to always go out with her if she s in the yard and supervise. Dogs have been known to jump fences, break through fences, or breed through fences....

Dog Training: litter training, little dogs, litter training
little dogs, litter training, cpdt: I have a Havanese in my classes. SUPER little dogs! Save back a little used litter to scatter in the area where you want her to go outside. Go out with her, and if she hasn t pottied in five minutes (and you ve kept track of when she generally goes) put her...

Dog Training: MinPin Aggression, emma parsons, cpdt
emma parsons, cpdt, excellent books: Well, the more you correct a dog for this sort of behavior, the more reason he has to worry and react. For some dogs, a tightened leash is a signal to blow up - and punishment is associated not with his own behavior, but with seeing a dog approach. Look at...

Dog Training: Is a male or female easier to housebreak?, beagle pup, female pup
beagle pup, female pup, small apartment: There s not a lot of difference - females may be a little easier, but they also have more tendency to have submissive urination issues. With either sex, the key is good supervision, good scheduling and being there to have a party when they do it right. Sandy...

Dog Training: marking certain spots, dog to dog aggression, vertical objects
dog to dog aggression, vertical objects, long walks: You may not like my response, but if you are not going to show your dog in the breed ring, or breed him responsibly (key word - responsibly), then you are making an error by not neutering him. Neutering a male dog does NOT change his character, although it...

Dog Training: My neglected Chihuahua, gentle tones, family areas
gentle tones, family areas, cpdt: I would have the crate in family areas, and if she wants to be in it at this point, I would let her. With the door open. At the moment, it s the only safe thing she knows. Speak to her in gentle tones, and toss tasty treats near the crate. Ignore her if...

Dog Training: new puppy adivce needed, prairie nature, eagle pack
prairie nature, eagle pack, responsible breeder: Sometimes, even a house trained dog will have an accident or two in a new home. And, sometimes breeders aren t totally truthful;-) If she won t pee when you take her outside, someone may have tried to train her by yelling at her for accidents. In that case,...

Dog Training: Outside training, litter box, helpful tips
litter box, helpful tips, five months: Amanda, it would be best to do one or the other (either train her to go outside and get rid of the litter box, or just continue to use the litter box). Yes, it s entirely possible to re-train her to potty outside vs. using a litter box. You can approach...

Dog Training: Overly Submissive Dog, fearful dogs, american eskimo
fearful dogs, american eskimo, scary things: I don t think you should force her. Since you only got her two weeks ago, and many such fearful dogs take a lot longer to trust their new caretakers, I think you should simply give her time. Try to pair food with any scary things. I think it s fine for...

Dog Training: Pomarenian, yelp, play pen
yelp, play pen, play time: Don t shout no , or even make eye contact or speak to her once you leave her in her crate. You are just giving her attention for whining, and you may accidentally be teaching her that the way to get you to come back is to be noisy enough in the crate. Instead,...

Dog Training: Potty problem, cavalier king charles spaniel, cavalier king charles
cavalier king charles spaniel, cavalier king charles, wee wee pads: Well, first, think of this from his point of view. You taught him to poop in the house, and now he s confused because when he does what you always wanted him to do, he gets scooped up as if the house were on fire and brought outside. If you have scared him...

Dog Training: Potty training a miniature pinscher, wisdom teeth, long walks
wisdom teeth, long walks, nice voice: Keep in mind that dogs don t generalize well, so if you want her to potty for other people, they have to be in on the training, too. Also, I don t envy you - MP s are not the easiest breed to housetrain, and yours has been left to her own devices for 7 months....

Dog Training: Potty training Puppy, piddle pads, cpdt
piddle pads, cpdt, carpets: You can take a used pad out, or use litter (made for dogs) and scatter some where you want him to eliminate. I prefer litter as it is more the consistency of dirt, and less like carpets. Go with him and reward him for going where you want. Sandy Case MEd CPDT...

Dog Training: PROBLEM WITH PUPPY POTTY, urinary track infection, vet appointment
urinary track infection, vet appointment, wee wee pads: Bladders are more active when the puppy is more active. And he may just not realize when he needs to stop playing and go pee. I m not there, so I can only guess. Three months is very young and most puppies are not completely trained by that age, even if he...

Dog Training: My Puppy will not bark to be let out, cpdt, clicker
cpdt, clicker, rest of the night: For a 9 week old puppy to already be asking to be let out is fabulous. I d supervise him more carefully so you won t miss him waiting at the door. You can also teach him to ring a bell hanging off the door knob by bonking it with his nose. This is easily done...

Dog Training: Puppy Living Outdoors, lonely dogs, learning all the time
lonely dogs, learning all the time, social animals: Honestly, unless you live your life pretty much outdoors there are a lot of problems with outdoor only pups. When I get them in my classes, I usually know before I ask. They tend to be more hyperactive and a lot less connected to their people. Dogs are social...

Dog Training: Puppy Mouthing, cpdt, bite inhibition
cpdt, bite inhibition, yelp: Puppies can t explore their world with their fingers like a toddler can, so they do it with their mouth. Seven weeks is early to leave littermates, and some of the bite inhibition that comes from being with siblings may not have been learned. I ll allow a...

Dog Training: Puppy woes, sharp teeth, cpdt
sharp teeth, cpdt, yelp: How old is he now? Puppies explore their world with their mouth. And use their mouth in play. When you feel sharp teeth, yelp - if he pauses, offer him a more appropriate chew toy than your body parts. If that doesn t work - ignore him. To the point of getting...

Dog Training: peeing/marking??, crate pad, hardwood flooring
crate pad, hardwood flooring, loose leash: Bob, I doubt she is getting lost . Seriously, any pup that still has accidents in the house should not be having the run of the house yet. I know what you mean, though, about not trading her for the world. I can t imaging trading any of mine either!!!...

Dog Training: peeing/marking??, enzymatic cleaner, hardwood flooring
enzymatic cleaner, hardwood flooring, loose leash: She isn t marking at that age. I suspect that she learned to pee on that particular substrate at the breeder s home in the whelping box. Or, she was transported on blankets and had to use them to pee. Try not giving her any blankets, etc. Or, don t leave...

Dog Training: peeing and pooping in our basement, german shephards, basset hounds
german shephards, basset hounds, enzymatic cleaner: Unfortunately, if you don t see it happen, not much you can do about it. And if they have free run of the basement, there s no way to train. You re going to have to come up with some sort of management, not giving them free run, and putting them up when not...

Dog Training: my peeing shiba inu, shiba inu, tomarro
shiba inu, tomarro, favorite toys: Monika, Lets try a few things to help you with. First get a crate for your dog. This will be a safe place for him to stay while you are not home or do not have the time to keep an eye on him. You can have a few favorite toys to keep him occupied to pass...

Dog Training: puppy aggression, boxer beagle mix, puppy kindergarten
boxer beagle mix, puppy kindergarten, positive reinforcement: I get a lot of questions like this from owners of so called designer dogs and the fact that you got one, if you bought it, tells me pretty immediately that you are a newbie to the world of dogs. If your boggle is a Boston Terrier/Beagle mix, it will have...

Dog Training: puppy bites, puppy nipping, homework sheet
puppy nipping, homework sheet, terrier puppy: Right now, this minute, stop being aggressive with your puppy!!!!! If you are smacking him and laying him on his side, you are just convincing him that you are not trustworthy and that he has a good reason to be aggressive with you. In other words, you are...

Dog Training: puppy toilet training, puppy toilet training, feaces
puppy toilet training, feaces, bacterial infections: Your puppy should be at least eight weeks old to be separated from its mom and littermates, and it should have formed feces. If the pup has diarrhea, call your vet. What would not be an issue in an older dog can cause a puppy that young to dehydrate rapidly....

Dog Training: question about dogs eating dead animals, dogs will be dogs, dead animals
dogs will be dogs, dead animals, cpdt: If you figure it out, please let me know! Honestly, the only thing I know is supervision and not allowing them access to these things. Dogs are naturally scavengers. They love to eat disgusting (to us) stuff and decorate themselves in scents we may not find...

Dog Training: rescue dog 6 yrs, inappropriate urination, pet accidents
inappropriate urination, pet accidents, enzymatic cleaner: Well, it certainly sounds like you are doing a lot of things right. It may be that someone in her previous life punished her for accidents in the house and that s why she hides. Or she s been punished for waking people up and afraid to let you know she needs...

Dog Training: running away and not coming when called, running down the road, german shepard
running down the road, german shepard, pomer: I m glad your little dog is recovering well. Scary stuff. My guess is he doesn t really know come (or only knows it if he is on leash). And possibly the tug on the leash is more of a cue than the actual word. If he gets loose on you, he s excited and probably...

Dog Training: Started to hang back and dreag on the lead, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia
progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, thanks john: If she s 9, and this is a sudden change, get her to the vet. Labs are prone to hip dysplasia that, even when mild, can result in arthritis when the dog ages, and it can affect dogs differently walking versus running. They are also prone to PRA (progressive...

Dog Training: scared/submissive Mastiff, tibetan mastiff, city noises
tibetan mastiff, city noises, family approach: A move can really disconcert some dogs, especially if they were not terribly well socialized to similar environments as young puppies. Dogs do not generalize well, so people in the new environment may seem scarier than people in the original environment....

Dog Training: seperation/ lonely issues, obedience classes, baby gates
obedience classes, baby gates, calm disposition: Obedience classes may help. Consistent rules in the house will help. Dogs who don t know what to expect are more anxious than dogs with a regular schedule and regular rules. Since you just adopted him, it s not unusual that he is worried and anxious and doesn...

Dog Training: Two shih zhu puppies, shih zhu puppies, litter mates
shih zhu puppies, litter mates, crate training: Hi Hannah, I ll do my best to answer your concerns one by one:-)) Allow me to quote you first, then my answer will follow. I have found this web-site to be very valuable because I am a new dog owner,and in addition, i have TWO 9 week shih zhu pups!...

Dog Training: skitish dog, new companion, dachschund
new companion, dachschund, keen sense: To be afraid of certain things is normal if you just got her a month or so ago, but you can help her with that. If it is certain sounds that she is afraid of expose her to them, bring along some treats that you know she will not refuse and sit down while the...

Dog Training: How do I stop feeling guilty not giving enough attention?, loving dogs, toy poodle
loving dogs, toy poodle, mental exercise: You are normal LOL. But, you are also giving in. Try thinking of the pawing and whining as though they were bratty two year olds constantly tugging at your shirt:-)) Then you won t feel so guilty not responding to their every whim. It s healthier for them...

Dog Training: Terrible Two's?, dachshund puppy, survival instinct
dachshund puppy, survival instinct, upward curve: Terrible Twos is the perfect name for your question. Baby puppies tend to be very compliant and stick close to us because it s a survival instinct to stick with the boss and do as told. Around 4 months, puppies start testing the social structure and rules....

Dog Training: Training dog to go outside, time breakfast, breakfast dinner
time breakfast, breakfast dinner, neutered: Hi, Beth. It sounds like you re on the right track; you just need a little bit of a push up the hill. ;^) First, when you take him out in your yard (vs on a walk), there is no need to stand out there for 15-20 minutes waiting for him to go. Take him out...

Dog Training: Training Pads, water bowls, close proximity
water bowls, close proximity, cpdt: In general, I prefer teaching a dog to eliminate outside. But if you are going to have an indoor potty area, I d suggest a litter box instead of pads. The substrata is more like outside, and pads are quite similar (to a pup) to rugs, papers, clothes and other...

Dog Training: Training to pee outside (vs. on paper in house!), cavalier king charles, everydog
cavalier king charles, everydog, cpdt: The guidelines are written for everydog, and each dog is actually an individual, so may not follow the rules While it s unlikely his bladder will explode, it may stretch, and by holding for longer than normal, he may become more prone to certain health problems...

Dog Training: thunder?, Fear, Thunder
Fear, Thunder: Dogs can sense a storm before you hear the actual noise of thunder. There is many options you can try to relieve your dogs fears. The most common option is to redirect the dogs focus while the thunder is happening, playing some soft soothing music during...

Dog Training: toy poodle 2.5 yrs old starting to poop in house daily, pet accidents, loose stools
pet accidents, loose stools, toy poodle: First is to clean the area with a good enzymatic cleaner made for cleaning up pet accidents. It may fool your nose into thinking it is clean but dog noses are much more sensative. Then eliminate his access to that location while you are not present. Dogs...

Dog Training: training my puppy, puppy teeth, chihuahua puppy
puppy teeth, chihuahua puppy, puppy class: Commands and hand signals need to be taught before the pup can respond. Do not hold the treat up to get his attention. Treat after the sit (and deliver the treat from below his mouth - hard to do with a tiny! - so he doesn t have to jump up to get it)When...

Dog Training: Unusual hearing problem, wolves and hybrids, dogs howl
wolves and hybrids, dogs howl, hotwire: Dogs certainly hear stuff that is above or below the range that humans hear. Perhaps that is what is going on. My dogs howl at sirens going by. So did the wolves and hybrids that used to live behind us (but that was a much more melodic sound) One thought is...

Dog Training: I want them to be friends, jack russell dogs, natural situation
jack russell dogs, natural situation, spaniel: I do wish you good luck, and really do think your best bet would be a behaviorist. Find out if there is a veterinary behaviorist in your area, as they would have the best idea of any physical contributers. You don t know what actually happened between him...

Dog Training: yellow lab, first pup, lab pup
first pup, lab pup, imaginary boundaries: Congrats on the pup. You can boundary train him by calling him back and treating him for coming away from the edge of the yard, or you could do it negatively with an invisible fence - which I wouldn t recommend. But the thing is, dogs aren t real good at seeing...

Dog Training: 11 month old male miniature pinscher, luxating patella, miniature pinscher
luxating patella, miniature pinscher, genetic defect: My first thought was to wonder if he might have a genetic defect such as dysplasia or luxating patella that would make it uncomfortable for him to squat or lift? Talk to your vet. Very few dogs are lazy about positioning, and most don t like to soil themselves....

Dog Training: 6 mo old black schnauzer named "Shadow", schnauzer breed, play place
schnauzer breed, play place, play area: Chuck, The Schnauzer breed of dog are very loyal and crave to be a social part of a family she is just making sure you will not leave her. When she is let out to potty, just send her out the door and walk away leave her out for a short time working gradually...

Dog Training: 61/2 year old Beagle, just adopted. He only urinates outside, but has B.M. in the house., standing in the rain, well house
standing in the rain, well house, hubby: Well, score one for you. In this case, I disagree with your hubby. Some dogs, when scolded, do NOT learn that it s wrong to poop in the house. Instead, they learn that it s dangerous to poop in front of the human. Then, you have trouble, because, ideally,...

Dog Training: Adopted Dog and Housetraining, cocker spaniel, kong toys
cocker spaniel, kong toys, giving time: Hannah, Just a little over a month is not much time to have her adjust to her new surroundings. She is still adjusting to you and her surroundings, and I would highly suggest keeping her in the crate until you know you can fully trust her when you are gone....

Dog Training: Aggressive behavior dog on dog / housemates, young dog, old dog aggression
young dog, old dog aggression: I feel your pain. I had a Dobermand and a Rottweiler that were wonderful. One day I was in the house and they had gotten on the bed, along with a few of the cats and a couple beagles. Usually there was no problem and everyone got along. There are pictures...

Dog Training: Aggressive sometimes, jean donaldson, human aggression
jean donaldson, human aggression, exact behavior: It sounds like you definitely may have a resource guarding issue. There s a great book by Jean Donaldson called Mine which is all about resource guarding. As to the rest of it. There s no information about what else was going on when he reacted to your son...

Dog Training: Anxiety, plastic crate, unfortunatly
plastic crate, unfortunatly, short periods: Try giving him a Kong that you have smeared peanut butter, cream cheese, plain yogurt, or even some canned food on the inside of and frozen overnight, whenever you put him in the crate while you re home, and see if he settles down with trying to lick it all...

Dog Training: Anxious, Fearful, Crazy dog!, passive agressive, low confidence
passive agressive, low confidence: OK, very smart dog. I would hold off on the Schutzund training, since it is aggression training and I don t think you need that. I think you got some bad advice also. The Newsier is very social. That she is overly submissive is surprizing. The dog seems...

Dog Training: Anxious, Fearful, Crazy dog!, obedience routines, obedience classes
obedience routines, obedience classes, strange dogs: I ll give you a few basic ideas (some of which you ve probably heard) but I will say upfront that Flora sounds like a really good candidate for an appt. with a vet behaviorist and some anti-anxiety meds. I m not a vet (or a behaviorist) and I can t prescribe,...

Dog Training: aggression towards other dogs, fear, aggression
fear, aggression: You have a good start in most areas. First, think White Fang by Jack London. You didn t mention how the attack ended. If you were effective in intervention as pack leader would be the best outcome, with the other dog simply besting your dog and then going...

Dog Training: Barking in kennel, housetraining puppies, mini dachshunds
housetraining puppies, mini dachshunds, cpdt: I would start working with her on going into the crate on her own and making the crate a rewarding place to be, and realize that telling her quiet is reinforcing the behavior - better to get ear-plugs and ignore! She barks, she gets to hear your voice - very...

Dog Training: Barking in kennel, dachshund owner, mini dachshunds
dachshund owner, mini dachshunds, john lilly: Hi Cindy, Being a Dachshund owner myself (John & Lilly 8 months) I understand your question. John (male) is so easy going, Lilly tries to be the Queen of the house but has learned pretty quickly she is not. I found a good way to fix some unwanted behaviors...

Dog Training: Beat Dog, spca, humane society
spca, humane society, vet: Jessica, In my experiences with this kind of situation, this is going to take a lot of understanding from you to correct this. I suggest that you contact an behavior/trainer from your local SPCA or Humane Society or even your vet this is something you will...

Dog Training: Bicheon crying, dog spayed, whines
dog spayed, whines, pregnancies: Is your dog spayed, and if not, how old is she? Some intact bitches have false pregnancies and they may exhibit similar behavior. However, because I can t see your dog, and she s obviously in some kind of distress, it would seem prudent to call your veterinarian...

Dog Training: Biting strangers; peeing when nervous..., untrained dog
untrained dog: Its good that you have watched the Dog Whisperer, although highly edited, his presentation are good examples of dealing with various issues and the example dogs/solutions are the common ones most trainers employ. If you browse some of my other answers...

Dog Training: Bringing poop in the house, white vinegar, commercial spray
white vinegar, commercial spray, bitter apple: Alicia, I can t be sure why he is brining his waste inside, but I do have a few ways you can discourage him for doing so. First make sure that his waste is picked up frequently so there is nothing lingering outside.If this is not the issue then go to...

Dog Training: barking, stop barking, cpdt
stop barking, cpdt, d mark: If you play with her to stop her from barking, you re reinforcing the barking. In her mind, she barks to tell you to play. You play when she barks so it must be working. If she barks, I d place myself very neutrally and ignore her until she draws a breath....

Dog Training: barking and chewing puppy, australian cattle dog, cattle dog
australian cattle dog, cattle dog, valory: When you grab him by the scruff as a correction, you must not let go until he stops being aggressive. Otherwise, he wins by being aggressive. When is he sitting and looking at you and barking? Does he need to be taken out? How often do you take him for...

Dog Training: barking in the kennel, restless dog syndrome
restless dog syndrome: As you recognize the dog is bored and wants attention. First we want to make sure the cause is not a medical problem. Inform your vet and he may want to do an exam after you discuss the issue with them. There are some conditions that can cause discomfort or...

Dog Training: bringing home an undersocialized 1-3 year mutt, puppy in a box, fear aggression
puppy in a box, fear aggression, kekai: Hi Chi, It sounds like this dog has finally found a good home. A 2 year old dog is certainly not too old to learn new behaviors. The potential aggression you describe should be easily conquered with patience and love. Specifically, teach the dog...

Dog Training: bringing home an undersocialized 1-3 year mutt, puppy in a box, group obedience
puppy in a box, group obedience, obedience class: Chizuru, I would not of classified the dog as aggressive. Fear is sometimes better dealt with facing what make him so fearful.So if he is unsociable then expose him to people and things that you know he is insecure about. Take a long a few treats that you...

Dog Training: bringing home an undersocialized 1-3 year mutt, puppy in a box, kekai
puppy in a box, kekai, bringing home: It sounds like Kekai is lucky to have you on his side. If he s not used to the people in the house, give him a safe place, and don t put pressure on him to socialize right away. New people should not force themselves on him, but ignore him and let him make...

Dog Training: Car chaser, car chaser, physical containment
car chaser, physical containment, border collies: A fence? Herding breeds are hard wired to want to control motion. Car chasing is self rewarding behavior - being more fun than what you could offer him instead. He may be aware of yard boundaries, but he s not respecting them. You can train a reliable recall,...

Dog Training: Cat to Dog intro, obedience training, 11yo
obedience training, 11yo, cat www: Bob, The best way I know how to do it is to first get a towel and leave it for the cat to sleep on or rub it on the cat (for the sent) bring that home for your dog to smell and be curious about. The following article goes in to depth on introducing the...

Dog Training: Cocker Spaniel Training difficulty, cocker spaniel puppy, proper socialization
cocker spaniel puppy, proper socialization, cocker spaniel: Unfortunately, pet store dogs are often the hardest to train, and I don t advise anyone to purchase their dogs from pet shops, since they buy from breeders (really puppy mills, for the most part) who also keep dogs in conditions that are not usually conducive...

Dog Training: change of behavior, group interaction
group interaction: You didn t mention the sizes, types of the other dogs. Having been an only dog, like an only child, your Pom was the center of attention and had no competition for food, attention space etc. Without knowing what happened during the live together period I can...

Dog Training: MORE chewing!, weim, weimaraner
weim, weimaraner, razors: I can sympathize, having a young dog who went through a remote and key stealing phase. Labs are very oral dogs. And all dogs tend to relieve stress by doing certain things - of which chewing is one. By this point it is a habit, and she is unlikely to stop...

Dog Training: a couple questions..., Chewing follow up
Chewing follow up: OK, the dog is either bored, or wants attention. Likely both. While we can t go back 2 years, you need to be pack leader more. First, don t let her have the run of the house when you are not there. Second, keep her sequestered or in a crate while away. Third,...

Dog Training: crate training, goldendoodle, short periods
goldendoodle, short periods, kongs: You have to take it slow with a dog like this (or simply put him in the crate and ignore him until he is quiet - no matter HOW long it takes for him to shut up). Practice tossing a treat in for him to get and closing the door as he goes in to get it, but...

Dog Training: Daschund with aggression, daschund, digestive system
daschund, digestive system, aggression: Cecilia, Having an older dog for just 5 days, I wouldn t say she has aggression. Some things I would need to know to help you. Where did she come from? Do you know her history since she is an older dog? That is what I would be looking into first. Sometimes...

Dog Training: Dog with Anxiety, Fears, and quite possibly ADHD!, obedience routines, obedience classes
obedience routines, obedience classes, strange dogs: Gabriel, Separation and fear anxiety can be a challenge and is going to take some time and effort on your part. The trainers you have talked to are right but every dog is different. My suggestion to you would be to connect with a local vet, make sure there...

Dog Training: Dog aggresion, positive reinforcement, husky mix
positive reinforcement, husky mix, german shepherd: If you are referring to putting him in his crate, you shouldn t have to push him, or otherwise force him to go in, or force him to go to his bed if you are training correctly. Find a good positive reinforcement trainer who can show you how to train this dog...

Dog Training: Dog/Dog aggression, leslie mcdevitt, wire fox
leslie mcdevitt, wire fox, cpdt: It sounds to me like the other dog is the aggressor, and she is finishing the quarrel. The thing is, terriers are known for being feisty and a little dog aggressive. There are things you can do to help her (I d recommend the book Control Unleashed by Leslie...

Dog Training: Dog wetting, bedroom doors, area rugs
bedroom doors, area rugs, baby gate: It sounds like he s never been completely housetrained. I d carefully clean all the areas where he has eliminated with a good enzymatic product (even if it doesn t smell to you, his nose is much better than yours) and go back to treating him like an untrained...

Dog Training: dachshund aggressive behavior/barking, hand on the doorknob, open doorway
hand on the doorknob, open doorway, flat collar: Mary, first, he needs to learn not to bolt through an open doorway. I just explained how to teach this to another user, so I ll copy/paste from that answer for you: ---- To do this, you will need to start saying a short phrase or word as a command every...

Dog Training: dog aggression in 2 dog household, old dog, new dog agression
old dog, new dog agression: I feel your pain. I had a Dobermand and a Rottweiler that were wonderful. One day I was in the house and they had gotten on the bed, along with a few of the cats and a couple beagles. Usually there was no problem and everyone got along. There are pictures...

Dog Training: dog barking, obedience train, proper solution
obedience train, proper solution, problem behaviors: Hello Heather, Normally the situation you describe is accompanied by a cluster of other problem behaviors. Does he pull on the leash? Does he ignore commands? My guess is that your dog feels he has the right to control your behavior and that you are...

Dog Training: My dog has developed a new fear, feared objects, cowers
feared objects, cowers, golden retrievers: What I would do would be to leash both dogs, since she is more comfortable with her brother, and just practice walking them back and forth, out and in the sunroom, over and over. If she balks, don t say a word, and don t just try and pull her. Instead, begin...

Dog Training: dog fights, male dogs, female dogs
male dogs, female dogs, luck guy: Juliet, PLEASE consult a local trainer who has experience dealing with aggression. I am not going to attempt to give you advice because this problem has been allowed to escalate for too long and I don t want to see anyone get hurt. You need a professional...

Dog Training: dog scratching, cocker spaniel, aversives
cocker spaniel, aversives, new carpet: If she learns leave it or even come , you wouldn t have to sneak up - you would just divert her when you hear any scratching by giving her that cue. Other things you could try - block that area so that she has no access to it for a while. Or, use an ex-pen...

Dog Training: dog training, association of pet dog trainers, pet dog trainers
association of pet dog trainers, pet dog trainers, ccpdt: The two major certification organizations for dog trainers are National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI)and Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT) which is associated with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) NADOI has a written...

Dog Training: dog wetting, group obedience, obedience training
group obedience, obedience training, company www: www.sspca.org/Dogs/Urination.html Dear Anna, The above website will help you understand why he is doing what he is doing. My space on this forum is limited and I would be giving you the same advice. Most dogs out grow submissive urination just remember...

Dog Training: Our dogs won't stop barking at the new cat!, empty soda, stop barking
empty soda, stop barking, aunt marie: Priscilla, First empty water bottle (save top) or an empty soda can that you will need to put some duck tape over the opening. Fill either of the two with about 16 or so pennies. If possible crate the cat and let the dogs smell at her, when they start to...

Dog Training: Fear aggression in a rescued german shepherd, male german shepherd, fear aggression
male german shepherd, fear aggression, new years eve: Wow Susan from what you have told me it seems like he has some fear issues that need to be worked out. From what I can tell your house has been his safe point so entering guest are now a threat and with you removing him from the threat (which yes seems like...

Dog Training: Female Boston Terrier is chewing, obedience training, yeast infection
obedience training, yeast infection, separation anxiety: Wendy, I think it is great that you opened your heart and home to fostering. It s hard to tell if her chewing is from her past or it could be on how she is dealing with her anxiety. Lets take her back to the beginning as to crate her. (a wire crate big...

Dog Training: Anxious, Fearful, Crazy dog!, praise affection, great pyrenees
Dog Training: Anxious, Fearful, Crazy dog!, praise affection, great pyrenees, reward reward

Dog Training: Our dogs won't stop barking at the new cat!, brussles griffon, vinagar
Dog Training: Our dogs won't stop barking at the new cat!, brussles griffon, vinagar, spray bottle

Dog Training: How do i house train my min pin? Desperate, stubborn dogs, great dogs
Dog Training: How do i house train my min pin? Desperate, stubborn dogs, great dogs, poop

Dog Training: Puggle will not stop licking me!, puggle, toungue
Dog Training: Puggle will not stop licking me!, puggle, toungue, muzzle

Dog Training: Rescue Dog, intention, tragedy
Dog Training: Rescue Dog, intention, tragedy

Dog Training: Wolf training, dog wolf, blood line
Dog Training: Wolf training, dog wolf, blood line, mixed blood

Dog Training: fearful dog, feared objects, cowers
feared objects, cowers, golden retrievers: If your dog is suffering from noise phobia (sunroom door slam - and fear that if she walks through, it may go off again), this article on another noise phobia - thunderstorms - from the Yankee Golden Retriever rescue site may be helpful to you: http://www.ygrr.org/doginfo/behavior-phobia.html...

Dog Training: grabbing things, empty soda, puppy training
empty soda, puppy training, unwanted behavior: Megan, Glad to hear that he has done puppy training. This is not uncommon as many dogs that hit that almost level of maturity will in someway test the boundaries in one way or another. Reinforce the LEAVE IT! then take one step further. An empty soda can...

Dog Training: Help with house breaking my puppy, basset hound puppy, wee pup
basset hound puppy, wee pup, creatures of habit: Brandy, I have a few suggestions for you. First, still use the crate. This will become her safe place her home when you are not able to keep an eye on her. Make sure the crate is not too small but roomy enough so she has room just in case you are not home...

Dog Training: How to Hose Train My Puppy?, potty traiing, food sensitivities
potty traiing, food sensitivities, water sensitivities: I ll start with house training. Some dogs take a lot longer than others. In some cases it starts with their litter period training, and others it can be attached to psychological issues or behavior issues. There are lots of books at pets stores and large...

Dog Training: Houdini of a dog, invisible fence, razor wire
invisible fence, razor wire, border collie: Huskys tend to turn up in our shelter regularly, because they can be such escape artists, and they are bred to love to run. All I can suggest - if you can t do fencing that she can t get under (concrete runner or blocks and can t get over - you might try the...

Dog Training: House Training My Puppy, puppy kindergarten, food dish
puppy kindergarten, food dish, baby gates: I know very few 13 week old puppies who are reliably house trained. You need to carefully supervise her. When she starts sniffing or circling, get her outside. Keep a record of when she goes so you can get her out before she absolutely has to, and feed her...

Dog Training: Housebreaking/Elimination problems, white vinegar, puppy mill
white vinegar, puppy mill, tile floor: Jessica, Sounds like your are on the right path to potty training. Lets try a few things that might get her attention that she has to do it outside. First and foremost she needs to be in her crate. The crate should be made as her safe place, her place to...

Dog Training: Housttraining a puggle, puggle, pee
puggle, pee, urge: I cannot tell you when your dog will start letting you know that he has to go out. However, what I can tell you is that somewhere, you are not conveying to him exactly what it is that you want. Rather than taking him out every 2 hours (he is old enough to...

Dog Training: How do i house train my min pin? Desperate, potty training
potty training: There are many books on housebreaking dogs that go into more detail than I can present here. You can find these at most pet stores and book stores. Basically you have an untrained dog that does what it wants where it wants. It needs basic obedience training...

Dog Training: house training a 6 yr. old dog, plastic water bottle, puppy housebreaking
plastic water bottle, puppy housebreaking, empty soda: Heather, I have a few ideas for you to try.Yes! Good choice to remove the towels or bedding at this point, he will be ok without sleeping on something soft. He must be confused about why he can not use them to relieve himself when he did before.I would go...

Dog Training: Introducing puppy to older dog, new companion, pup
new companion, pup, safe place: M, Depending on the age of the puppy, most dogs will not hurt a pup. If the pup was to get rowdy and rough with your older dog then your dog might take charge and put the puppy in its place. Start off slow, when you bring the pup home its a good idea...

Dog Training: Jumping on fence how to stop it, jack russell terrier, outdoor time
jack russell terrier, outdoor time, toe nail: Tara, My suggestion to you would be the can of pennies when she is jumping on the fence. Get an empty soda can ( you will need to duck tape the top) or empty water bottle (save top). Fill with about 16 pennies and close top, when she is out there barking...

Dog Training: Jumping on fence how to stop it, jack russell terrier, labrador retriever
jack russell terrier, labrador retriever, outdoor time: Yes, a buffer fence would be a few feet inside the main fence. I m not sure if three foot would work for a lab - you know your dog best. My smaller Aussies would hop over it in an instant (which I found out when fencing my garden) Another option might be livestock...

Dog Training: Lap dog gone bad!!!, veterinary behaviorist, separation anxiety
veterinary behaviorist, separation anxiety, lap dog: She sounds less like a monster than a dog with impending separation anxiety. You say you have had her for three weeks and she is 6 months. What was her situation before you got her? I would try cuddling and carrying her less, as dogs can get very dependent...

Dog Training: Need to keep my arm in my socket when walking my ACD on a lead! please help., gentle leader head collar, blue heeler
gentle leader head collar, blue heeler, gentle pressure: Liz, There is a wonderful product on the market called a GENTLE LEADER. It is a head collar that will help your dog learn to walk on a leash. It works by controlling your dog by its face just as a young pups mother would do since dogs have no hands. It...

Dog Training: New Puppy, housekeeping tips, mini pincher
housekeeping tips, mini pincher, little dogs: Hi Derek, Try making the crate more fun when you are home. Toss a treat in, and let her go get it but come out again. Don t make a big deal of leaving in the morning - keep it low key. And, ignore any whining - if you acknowledge her, you may find that...

Dog Training: New St. Bernard Puppy, st bernard puppy, carpet edges
st bernard puppy, carpet edges, litter mates: Hello Dylan, Whoa! Your puppy is 9 weeks old. You re not going to calm him down too much just yet. Right now, you and your wife are his new litter mates and he is not going wild but merely playing normally with you. I know it s difficult when you see...

Dog Training: neutered male dog still tracking, leslie nelson, old dog
leslie nelson, old dog, cgc: Firstly, it takes some time for the testosterone to completely diminish post neuter. Secondly, dogs aren t born knowing what come means, and I believe that the problem may be that the previous owner did not train a good recall. Don t let him off leash!...

Dog Training: new dog not getting along with current dog, english bulldog, energy level
english bulldog, energy level, bulldog: Apryl, it can take some time for them to settle in. One thing you can do is take them for walks together. Walking together helps to form the pack bond between them and yourself, and it s good for their health, too! Another thing is that you need to be sure...

Dog Training: Old dog cries and barks all the time, english cocker spaniel, outdoor dogs
english cocker spaniel, outdoor dogs, cocker spaniel: I would suggest that you not leave a thirteen year old dog outdoors. And, you need to find out why the dog is having accidents . Did he suddenly lose his house training skills when the new pup arrived, or when the old dog died? Has he had a good senior...

Dog Training: Older Dog Acting Out, separation anxiety, consistent schedule
separation anxiety, consistent schedule, physical reason: First I d make sure there is no physical reason he is doing this (parasites, etc.) Make sure you are feeding a high quality, highly digestable food. Low quality foods tend to have a lot of fillers and produce great quantities of poop. Better foods are more...

Dog Training: other male dogs keep trying to mount my 2yr old male dog, male humping
male humping: You didn t mention if the other dogs are your dogs or someone else s dogs. The problem seems to be with the other dogs being undisciplined. Your King Charles is being submissive and that is normal since dogs try to avoid confrontation with a lot of various...

Dog Training: Peeing OUT of the Crate, house training crate training
house training crate training: Dear Leanne, Thanks for the question. I have a free, dog and puppy house training, quick start guide on my website, http://howsbentley.com. The short answer is to seek out accurate information about house training. For instance, never correct him, even...

Dog Training: Pet Doors, easy target, foot fence
easy target, foot fence, adult dogs: To be honest, I don t usually recommend dog doors for the small breeds. One reason is that they are highly prized right now, and a dog outside alone is an easy target for thieves. Not much is available to keep critters out, and if you live in an area where...

Dog Training: Problem Feeding 2 male dogs in same house, lab poodle mix, great companions
lab poodle mix, great companions, male dogs: What would happen if you made meal time a training session for Nik, while Riley eats in peace. Put Nik on leash and engage him and ask him to work for his dinner. If he s on leash, he can t steal Riley s food. If he s engaged with you he s not going to be...

Dog Training: Puggle sleep, cpdt, negative attention
cpdt, negative attention, bed time: I would teach him to go to his bed and lie down. when he looks at his bed - click or say yes (clicking is better) and toss a treat. When he is doing that, reward for moving towards it (maybe just one step at first) and continue until he is going to it. Have...

Dog Training: Puggle will not stop licking me!, obedience training, passiveness
obedience training, passiveness, negative word: Tom, How old is the Puggle? A few things you can do to stop the obsessive licking. Has the Puggle been in obedience training? Start with asking him to SIT when you come into the room, reward him for doing so,when he starts to lick use a negative word like...

Dog Training: Puppy toilet training, cat litter box, puppy toilet training
cat litter box, puppy toilet training, sod grass: Terry, There are some good products on the market. One is a Doggy Litter Box which is almost like a cat litter box but made for dogs. It will have special pellets that are used to absorb. This can be placed on an outside patio for the dog to use,or even...

Dog Training: peeing on house posts and toys outside, marking territory
marking territory: Sounds like he is marking his territory. While its good the dog feels he has a home, its not good that he feels he has to mark the territory to protect it from other dogs, cats, etc. I suggest take him outside on a leash and show him where he is to go potty...

Dog Training: Are they playing or fighting?, play fighting or dominance, new dog in group
play fighting or dominance, new dog in group: We just got a 10-pound Victorian Bulldog puppy (8-weeks old, female). We already have a 4-pound Maltese (1 yr old, male). Everything was fine for the first day but now I don t know whether they are playing or fighting. They jump on each other and the Maltese...

Dog Training: potty problems, Potty Pads
Potty Pads: Dear Jan, Thanks for writing. I hope your dad is recovering well. It s not unusual for dogs to have setbacks with potty training. Place a used potty pad outside wherever you want her to eliminate. The smells of previous elimination will help trigger...

Dog Training: potty training., kidney stones, shi tzu
kidney stones, shi tzu, medical reason: Jordan, you are absolutely right that hitting and screaming at the dog is wrong. In fact, that is probably contributing to the problem. Have you taken the dog to the vet to rule out a bladder or urinary tract infection, bladder or kidney stones, or other...

Dog Training: My pound puppy..., pound puppy, basic instinct
pound puppy, basic instinct, clean slate: Renae, An easy way of potty training is keeping her on consistent potty times so she has no time to make a mistake. Set up times that you stick to like clock work for her to go out. Upon waking, after meals and before bed and during the day (depending how...

Dog Training: puppies, puppy kindergarten, kindergarten experience
puppy kindergarten, kindergarten experience, hip dysplasia: If all the pups have nice temperaments, and their parents were screened for genetic diseases such as hip dysplasia and eye problems that are all too common in Labs, then in my opinion, your best chance for success would be to opt for a male from the younger...

Dog Training: Rescue Dog, person professional, cpdt
person professional, cpdt, squabbles: Little squabbles between dogs is normal in getting adjusted to each other and a new home. I d only bring the balls out when one dog is present. The snap at the child does concern me though. I think that snapping at children is one of those situations that...

Dog Training: Rusty, puppy stage, bark collar
puppy stage, bark collar, sunroom: Kory, A bark collar is something that I do not believe in, there is many other ways to stop the behavior. First he is past the puppy stage that is a plus for you. I would suggest that you get a crate and place it next to your bed. This is his safe place...

Dog Training: Rusty, good byes, thyroid test
good byes, thyroid test, physical element: He might be happier in a large crate near you than a room away from you. Teach him to go in the crate on his own volition. Feed him in the crate, give him good treats and teach him to go in and out and lay down in it with the door open. An alternative would...

Dog Training: respect/basics, jack russell terrier, obedience class
jack russell terrier, obedience class, verbal praise: Tara, The use of very small treats is ok to do when you start off. You want to start off with something the dog is interested in. The goal is get the dogs attention to focus on you as a leader. Once you have the dogs attention then the treats are no longer...

Dog Training: respect/basics, untrained dogs
untrained dogs: Its a good idea. Its best to start when the dogs have begun to develop their cognitive memory, around 8-14 weeks, but its never too late. Enroll all of them in basic obedience classes and stick with it. They have all learned that you are the bottom of the...

Dog Training: respect/basics, jack russell terrier, dogs work
jack russell terrier, dogs work, internal motivation: Question - would you do your job if the boss just walked by and said good job occasionally - even frequently? I generally want to get paid in some way, unless it s something I m doing from purely internal motivation. Dogs work for either something they want,...

Dog Training: running away, clothes line, simple suggestions
clothes line, simple suggestions, time outs: Tiffany, I have a few simple suggestions for you to fix his wanted to leave your area. First have you taught him to WAIT at an open door? This is done on a leash when you are at an open door and he is next to you give the command WAIT! he should never go...

Dog Training: Second Dog, french bulldogs, french bulldog
french bulldogs, french bulldog, empty soda: Annette, I would use the crate for a week or so. The Frenchie might feel safer in it, what if he for some reason he gets nervous about being in a new home and chews up your room. (believe me this is not far fetched) So your just giving him a safe place...

Dog Training: Socialization, leslie mcdevitt, knowledgable friend
leslie mcdevitt, knowledgable friend, reactive response: This problem is so common I have one knowledgable friend who refers to it as little dog snarky syndrome ! Imagine how huge the world would appear to you if you were that tiny! Other dogs are pretty scary, and it probably seems like a good idea to put on a...

Dog Training: Socialization, socialization, alpha aggression
socialization, alpha aggression: Actually the Alpha position is for the pack leader, you. This is a common issue particularly in smaller breeds. My brother-in-law has a min-pin and spent 2 years going to obedience classes before it became neutral. There is an excellent video from a Swedish...

Dog Training: Socialization, fighting stance, terrier breed
fighting stance, terrier breed, terrier mix: Camy, First look at the breed you have, being a Chihuahua they are nervous dogs to begin with and Terrier breed of any kind can be stubborn. Ok so now that we know that, we can plan the action to socialization. Exposing your dog to what they are afraid...

Dog Training: Socialization, behavioral cues, balanced relationship
behavioral cues, balanced relationship, fighting stance: Hello Carny, I doubt you re having a problem with socialization. In a balanced relationship, your dog should not show aggression unless you are nervous,aggressive or you have put your dog in the leadership position by allowing her to be in front of you...

Dog Training: scared of bedtime, border collie mix, border collie
border collie mix, border collie, bizarre ritual: Ignore the whining, and leash her to stop the frantic running around. Try putting her to bed (ei: in the bathroom) a little earlier, so that if she does whine, she stops before you need to go to sleep. Whenever you put her in the bathroom, give her a little...

Dog Training: second dog, french bulldog, old boston
french bulldog, old boston, boston terrier: Annette, on the one hand, I agree with Lorie, because you will be bringing the Frenchie into a completely new environment and sometimes that can cause a short regression in house training until the dog gets used to his new home. On the other hand, if he...

Dog Training: separation anxiety?, shelter dogs, separation anxiety
shelter dogs, separation anxiety, plastic crate: Shelter dogs often hate being crated. If the dog isn t destructive and is house trained, you probably don t need the crate. If you must contain the dog, then you should ignore any noise, whining, barking, etc. That s hard to do when you have neighbors that...

Dog Training: skittish dog, fearful, cautious
fearful, cautious, skittish: Hi Nancie, Thanks for writing. Sorry to hear of your troubles. Fearful or skittish dogs are a complex case. Things like diet, how you communicate with her, how you train her, and how you handle the situations in which she is scared all can make a difference....

Dog Training: socialization, border collie, male dogs
border collie, male dogs, risk injury: When you say likes everyone, do you mean everyone as in humans, or also dogs? Has he had much experience with other dogs, and specifically with puppies? It s not uncommon for male dogs to not be crazy about puppies. I d invest in a baby gate and keep them...

Dog Training: stop jumping dog, spaniel mix, american bulldog
spaniel mix, american bulldog, few suggestions: James, Yes I do have a few suggestions for you. It seems that he will listen and has the ability to understand commands just gets overly excited,so lets work on some new commands before and after the leash goes on or off.(train with his leash or long lead...

Dog Training: Training a border collie to ring a bell when it has to go to the bathroom., border collie, fun training
border collie, fun training, collie: Kayleigh, Great that he is going to the door! Now lure and reward, while he is at the door waiting to go set up whatever you want him to ring (bell). Lure his nose to bell with a small treat when he touches the bell with his nose say OUTSIDE and reward...

Dog Training: Can't Crate Puppy?, dalmatian puppy, plastic crate
dalmatian puppy, plastic crate, rescue dogs: I would train him to go in the crate and wait (with the door open). I d probably do this with a clicker - and tossing treats in, then letting him come back out so he doesn t feel trapped. Then ask him to wait a second, then two. Of course, if he does pitch...

Dog Training: I have taken on an 11 Month Bichon Frise, group obedience classes, abandonment issues
group obedience classes, abandonment issues, long periods of time: Sue, I am glad the last post has helped Henri. I am sure Henri is a bit insecure from the transaction to your new home. Please try to get Henri and yourself enrolled into some basic group obedience classes. I feel this will help you and Henri bond a bit...

Dog Training: I have taken on an 11 Month Bichon Frise, new companion, sheltered life
new companion, sheltered life, proper behavior: Dear Sue, Congratulations on your new companion Henri! Yes most training books refer to training young puppies but any dog at any age can learn what is proper behavior. Henri needs to be exposed to all situations that he might be worried about. This can...

Dog Training: territorial guarding, electric fencing, electric fence
electric fencing, electric fence, obedience training: I never recommend electric fencing with any of the herding breeds for this reason. They were bred to herd and guard, and they tend toward barrier frustration and aggression. Herders should, ideally, have solid fencing away from the temptations of joggers,...

Dog Training: training a hunting dog, german short hair, german short hair pointer
german short hair, german short hair pointer, herding dogs: I know a bit about training herding dogs, and quite a bit about training general dog behaviors. But I ve never specifically trained a dog to hunt. I m a firm believer that I shouldn t give professional advice in areas where I don t have a lot of experience....

Dog Training: trainning, obedience class, lhasa apso
obedience class, lhasa apso, play list: Noe, training a dog is as easy or as difficult as you make it. If this is your first dog, I would suggest that you enroll with the dog in an obedience class when you get it. There, you can learn the techniques for training your new dog to obey basic commands....

Dog Training: Walking, hesitancy
hesitancy: You didn t mention if the dogs have had obediece training. That would be step one. The second possability is the female has some fear that is being triggered. It may be vehicles, movement, or something less obvious. We ve trained two Staffishire terriers this...

Dog Training: Wolf/Hybrid Timidness, Abused dogs, White Fang
Abused dogs, White Fang, recovery: This sounds like the Jack London story, White Fang or the horse in The Horse Whisperer. Needless to say the dog is severely traumatized from the abuse. In brief, bonding and trust are learned responses just as fear. Although out of print, I suggest reading...

Dog Training: Wolf/Hybrid Timidness, wolf hybrid, male humans
wolf hybrid, male humans, adult female: My best advise to you is to get her into a well qualified trainer in your area that will be able to help you work with her on her lack of socialization with people. This is something that needs to be addressed one on one in person to make sure you were getting...

Dog Training: Wolf training, international wolf center, wolf sanctuary
international wolf center, wolf sanctuary, wolf dogs: Hi Kelly, First, let me say that I am not a wolf expert - dogs and wolves are very similar in a lot of ways, but not in others, and I would not want to misinform you. With under- or un-socialized dogs, I might begin by simply allowing the dog to make the...

Dog Training: Won't let go., e mail address, sussex spaniel
e mail address, sussex spaniel, reply method: Erin, this command can be easy or difficult to teach, depending on the dog and the method used. If it were me, I would stop playing fetch with him in the yard until he is obeying the command 100% of the time in the house. Sticks are not the best choices of...

Dog Training: whines, puppy, whinning
puppy, whinning: Dog have various personalities just as we do. So defining normal includes a lot of variances. At 4 months, she is still adjusting from being seperated from her litter and mother. Apparently she has not yet bonded to the other dog. Without more detail I...

Dog Training: whining dog, whining, barking
whining, barking, chewing: My first response didn t make it through the system so here s my second try. The crate should be the dog s home. I wouldn t keep it in the bedroom, the kitchen or some other room would be better. Being in the same room the dog can hear you but not be with...

Dog Training: whining puppy, bordie collie, whining puppy
bordie collie, whining puppy, collie mix: Kyra, Seems like you are on track with her crate training except for sitting next to it. Don t sit next to it, this is only adding to her noise. My suggestion to you is to get a empty can of soda fill with 16 or so pennies use duck tape on the opening. When...

Dog Training: 1 yr old Shepherd, white german shepherd, cpdt
white german shepherd, cpdt, internet advice: Puppies tend to be more trusting and open than dogs approaching adulthood. Children tend to move differently than adults, and especially toddlers can be difficult for dogs, and hard to train for as they can t yet follow directions and are quite unpredictible....

Dog Training: 2 year old toy fox terrior/housebreaking, toy fox terrier, fox terrior
toy fox terrier, fox terrior, poor creatures: If the dog came from Petland, I guarantee you he was the product of a puppymill. I do not know how knowledgeable you are about puppymills, but basically, a puppymill is like a production line, where dogs are (usually) kept in cages for their entire life, and...

Dog Training: 4 week old puppies whose mom died, vet asap, intestinal worms
vet asap, intestinal worms, puppy food: Good luck with them, Angie. It s very common for intestinal worms to be passed to the puppies in utero, which is why you should deworm at 14, 24, and 34 days with something like Strongid. If you don t, the worms can multiply as they seem to have done in your...

Dog Training: 4 year old weimariner, behavior change with adult pregnancy
behavior change with adult pregnancy: The easy part is the smell. Bleach + Odo-Ban, + Natures Miracle. Pregnancy causes the body chemistry to change. Dogs and other animals can sense the change in body odor caused by hormone and other changes. Likely the daily routine has also changed, more...

Dog Training: 6 month old Chow/Lab Mix, victoria stillwell, chow mix
victoria stillwell, chow mix, obedience training: You may not like my initial response, but I suggest you avoid the Dog Whisperer and start watching It s Me or the Dog instead. At least Victoria Stillwell seems to know a fearful dog from a dominant one! A dog that retreats is often fearful. A dog that...

Dog Training: 9 mo Yorkie Housetraining Problem, wee wee pads, pee pee
wee wee pads, pee pee, bed toys: You ve given him too much freedom too quickly, as you now realize, Alicia. Why do you think he associates the kitchen with bad ? Honestly, I wouldn t worry too much about that. The food schedule should help quite a bit. At his age, he should be able...

Dog Training: Accidents Inside, chow mix, kidney infection
chow mix, kidney infection, medical problem: Have the vet check him for an infection, Lauren. If he s not actually stopping and peeing, but just walking around peeing instead, it s likely he has a bladder, urinary tract, or even a kidney infection. Or, it could just be that he feels that he is too...

Dog Training: Aggresive behaviour, social maturity, strange dogs
social maturity, strange dogs, benevolent leader: Hi Todd, First, when dealing with aggression , never punish the dog, as you could make things worse. You don t want him to associate people and dogs with negatives happening to him. In fact, if you are using any pain-inducing collar to walk him - I know...

Dog Training: Aggressive behaviour, aggressive behaviour, aggressive behaviors
aggressive behaviour, aggressive behaviors, cpdt: Sometimes with other dogs, displays can look scary but it may just be that his social skills are lacking (or his social skills aren t the problem - the other dog is being rude.) To me,growling and jumping back when a stranger reaches for him is more of a fear...

Dog Training: Aggressive dog, group gatherings, lap dogs
group gatherings, lap dogs, dachsund: Food aggression is one of those behaviors that is easy to train away, except that once you train the dog not to guard against you, you cannot be sure he will respect others, especially kids. If this were my dog, and I didn t want to re-home him, I would certainly...

Dog Training: Aggressive dog, aggression from abuse.
aggression from abuse.: THis is one of the best informed questions I have received. You articulated the issues very accurately. Abused dogs have responses that are different from untramatized dogs. Note different, not wrong or unexpected. In the university level class we teach...

Dog Training: Aggressive dog, group gatherings, lap dogs
group gatherings, lap dogs, dachsund: So, will the baby be living at your house, or visiting occasionally? Will you be babysitting on a regular basis? If it s just visits, it shouldn t be too difficult to put the dog safely up while the baby is present. The first thing I would think of, with...

Dog Training: Aussie PETRIFIED of grooming., dog bath
dog bath: Well lets get some anti-flea medication and shampoo or other treatment to prevent and kill fleas and ticks. Both spread disease and we don t need those pests in the house either. We also spray the yard once a year with a flea-tick killer that is safe for animals....

Dog Training: advanced potty training, bluetick coonhound, wooden stakes
bluetick coonhound, wooden stakes, reinforcer: It is possible. The way to do it is to take the dog on leash every time he needs to go, and praise him copiously for going in the right spot. After he has been doing that for a while, put him on a thirty foot training lead. If he heads for another area,...

Dog Training: aggressive dog, fear, aggression
fear, aggression, socialization: The issue is anti-social behavior. There can be many different causes the most common are simple dominance (corrected with obedience training) and trying to be protective also corrected by obedience training that includes socialization. At least keep the...

Dog Training: Boxer leash issue..., puppy, training
puppy, training, basic: Dear JD, Good job on the early puppy training! A lot of young pups like to carry the leash in their mouths. They usually outgrow that in a few months. Just keep getting him to follow you while you hold the leash. Lure him along with some of his dog...

Dog Training: Brain-Injury in Dog, seizure
seizure: Dogs can have seizures. There are several causes from medical disorders to neurological issues. I would not offer any advice at this point. Your vet is the best source of information. You could also contact the major vet schools such as Purdue, Columbia, Illinois....

Dog Training: biting, animal behavior society, positive reinforcement
animal behavior society, positive reinforcement, male dogs: Here s a neat article about kids and dogs. While I can t say why your dog is biting at the kids and you, a couple of things come to mind to ask. Is he neutered (if not, he should be - unneutered male dogs bite more often than neutered ones), and has he been...

Dog Training: blind dog, silent dog whistles, positive reinforcement
silent dog whistles, positive reinforcement, leslie nelson: The good news is that a dog s primary sense is NOT sight, it s scent. So, the only issue here is that you want him to come when called. In my opinion, he should always be leashed, but that s no reason not to teach the recall. One thing I have found that...

Dog Training: border collie, agility class, border collies
agility class, border collies, border collie: Border Collies are smart dogs that were bred to work. That means that they are active dogs that need a job . But, the job doesn t have to be showing or competing in agility. It can be fetching tennis balls or frisbees, or training just for fun. The best...

Dog Training: Crate Training, whistle sound, little whistle
whistle sound, little whistle, crate training: If the dog continues to whine, it s probably because he somehow got reinforced for doing it. Even when we think we are ignoring the dog (which is the right thing to do), if we so much as make eye contact, that can be rewarding to the dog if what he wanted...

Dog Training: chasing animals, obedience class, shock collar
obedience class, shock collar, border collie: Erin, a shock collar is not going to do you any good right now. Your dog needs to learn to come when called, and to respect the boundaries of your property. Perhaps the simplest solution would be to erect a fence around your house so that she cannot get out...

Dog Training: confrontation, golden retriever, confrontation
golden retriever, confrontation, affection: Hello Karen, Your dog is not mad at your husband. Your dog is demanding attention. This behavior would indicate that your dog is used to making demands and getting his demands met. It would also indicate that your dog views neither you or your husband...

Dog Training: too much crate time??, baby gates, rule of thumb
baby gates, rule of thumb, cockapoo: How about tethering him to you while you work, or putting up baby gates so he can t get out of your sight. As soon as he comes out of his crate, take him outside and praise when he potties. Then he can come in and play (supervised). He will need to go out...

Dog Training: Dog biting, biting
biting: You are right in several areas. the dog needs obedience training and Mom needs to go to class to learn to be pack leader. I have a couple of fast cures for biting. When a dog bites, our reaction is to pull away. the dog learns it can control us when we do....

Dog Training: Dog gets over-excited around children, leslie mcdevitt, control behaviors
leslie mcdevitt, control behaviors, behavior problem: I would work very hard on training and self-control behaviors (leave it, wait, no jump)and I d start working at a distance from children, where she is under threshold (not over-the-top excited) Play a game of treating her immediately for looking at the children,...

Dog Training: Dog stops walking, human noses, loose leash
human noses, loose leash, strange smell: Hard to say what is going on. I wonder if there may be a scent (of another dog, or something predatory) that she s picking up, and afraid of. At least she is a silky instead of a mastiff. You could carry her into the park and work on walking out of it. Most...

Dog Training: Dogs Pee and Shit inside the house/bed, food dish, bad habit
food dish, bad habit, enzymatic cleaner: The dog peeing on the bed may be marking (leaving his scent to claim that space as his ). If these were my dogs, I d be giving them a lot less freedom. I would crate train, and they would be loose in the house when I was able to supervise them only. Pointing...

Dog Training: my dog, chewing, sores
chewing, sores: Dogs chew because of teething (until about 2) and also because they are bored. We ve owned several doberman, Sweetness is our current male, (named after Walter Peyton). We make sure he has lots of rawhide chews and chews such as Kong toys. This keeps him...

Dog Training: dog agression, west highland terrier, male puppy
west highland terrier, male puppy, adult dogs: You really can t correct this. Dogs pick their friends, just like we do. If you do ever get another dog, the safest thing would be to get a male puppy that is more submissive than she, and I d wait until your dog is an adult, over 2 years old at least....

Dog Training: dog agression / integration, dog fights
dog fights: Depending on how the play was, petting and affection or keep-away, rough housing. Play is where dogs learn to compete for food, sex, shelter. Thus it is important that the play not extend to where the dogs emotions take over 100% and takes on base drive impetus....

Dog Training: My dog has been peeing in his crate., dauschand, fri
dauschand, fri, new toy: Summer, I think you need to clean out his cage with a product that will get rid of all traces of smell. You might not be able to smell it, but he can. Once a dog smells that it has done something in a spot they will continue to do so. So get rid of the...

Dog Training: How can i get my dog potty trained?, widowed pet
widowed pet: It sounds like the dog is stressed if this is a recent rurn of events and he was previously house trained. He may feel that the missing dog is an indication that he will also lost his family when he is outside by himself. So, try this. Go ouot with the dog...

Dog Training: our dog stewy, stewy, cpdt
stewy, cpdt, disasterous: There may be. But it s the sort of thing that really needs in-person professional help. It s impossible to get enough details over the internet (where I can t observe the dogs interactions) to formulate a plan that wouldn t possibly be the wrong plan, and...

Dog Training: dog training, enzymatic cleaner, cpdt
enzymatic cleaner, cpdt, pee: What about teaching her to potty outside? She s associating the act with the location, not the surface. If she s worried about the bathroom (from being trapped in there, choose another location, and you may have to go back to re-housetraining her - eliminating...

Dog Training: the "drop-it" cue, gross things, cpdt
gross things, cpdt, giant step: For fetching, I d simply have two of the same object. He doesn t get the second one thrown until he drops the first one. Show it to him and wait for him to figure it out, then throw the second object. For dropping icky stuff, there are a couple of different...

Dog Training: Eating, submissive urination, piddle
submissive urination, piddle, electrical cords: Sounds like they had themselves a party when nobody was around to rain on their parade! Seriously, both these dogs are still puppies (even though they may look grown up) and need to be kept so they can t get into trouble when they aren t supervised. Are they...

Dog Training: Egor a 5 year German Shepard K-9 Trained, stockade fence, leslie nelson
stockade fence, leslie nelson, gary wilkes: First of all, any dog that is trained for protection work, if that s what you meant by K-9 trained, should not be left alone in your yard. He should have a solid fence, like a stockade fence, rather than be chained. Doing this will help keep him from developing...

Dog Training: Excited 7-month old: running, jumping, nipping, rough play, puppy play, unruly
puppy play, unruly, nipping: Beagles can run for hours, I m not sure about your mix, but it is still a puppy and full of energy. It needs enough exercise (not just a walk) to make it tired enough to take a nap. I hesitate to suggest dusing a doggy downer, as Ace promozine, but I have...

Dog Training: excited dog, dominance theory, submissive urination
dominance theory, submissive urination, deepness: Many dogs are a bit more intimidated by men than women. Most likely, it s just your size, or the deepness of your voice. Dogs don t live in structured packs, like wolves, and although they recognize leadership, they don t view it so rigidly. I m not much...

Dog Training: 6 month old Chow/Lab Mix, touchy feely, family dogs
Dog Training: 6 month old Chow/Lab Mix, touchy feely, family dogs, person family

Dog Training: Crate Training, squirt bottle, white vinegar
Dog Training: Crate Training, squirt bottle, white vinegar, animal trainer

Dog Training: Dogs Pee and Shit inside the house/bed, old dog new tricks, carpet cleaner
Dog Training: Dogs Pee and Shit inside the house/bed, old dog new tricks, carpet cleaner, living room

Dog Training: fighting, peace and harmony, obedience training
peace and harmony, obedience training, dachshunds: Sally, What you have is just them establishing an order, someone has to be in control (the leader of the house). I have found when I run across a situation like this, it is that the dogs feel they have to fight for the dominance position because they feel...

Dog Training: German Shepherd Marking, boys briefs, belly band
boys briefs, belly band, cpdt: If you can not catch him in the act and interrupt the behavior, you are left with management. Dogs don t learn from punishment after the fact. Even if they look guilty they don t know how to avoid making you angry. He could be crated while people are sleeping,...

Dog Training: Growling, raising puppies, canine body
raising puppies, canine body, maltese dog: He s probably growling out of fear, or he simply wants them to stop. The good news is that he growls and warns, rather than biting. The way to protect your grandchildren is to protect your dog. Don t let them play normal if the DOG thinks it s abnormal....

Dog Training: Hardwood Floors, ceramic tile floors, paw wax
ceramic tile floors, paw wax, carpet remnants: I don t recall seeing it at Petsmart. Here s an online link http://www.shop.com/Tacky_Paw_Wax-11581776-p!.shtml Another possibility might be dipping her paws in a little regular (not sugar-free) soda and of course letting them dry before she s on the new...

Dog Training: House-breaking, cause confusion, fiance
cause confusion, fiance, puppy: To be honest, I m not a big fan of puppy pads. My preference is for dogs to learn right from the start to go outdoors, unless, for example, the owner is disabled, or lives in a high rise and can t get the dog out fast enough. It is not necessarily confusing...

Dog Training: House breaking a dog with separation anxiety, potty training
potty training: I ve offered answers on this topic before. Every dog owner has to start with basic obedience. That sets the stage for any future training. House breaking a dog that has leared to just pee and poop in its cage at a pet store or other source has to learn where...

Dog Training: House Training, bichon frise, vet check
bichon frise, vet check, petastic: The first thing to do is have your vet check to make sure she does not have a low grade urinary tract infection. If she doesn t, then she is not as house trained as you thought, and it s time to re-visit her training. So, you would restrict her freedom in...

Dog Training: House Training, house, train
house, train, housetrain: Dear Cindy, First and foremost, neuter this dog immediately. It s not like you re going to breed a mix anyway, and it will likely solve the problem very quickly without any more work from you. In addition to neutering him (or if you absolutely refuse...

Dog Training: House Training/Pee Pads, strict schedule, australian shepherd
strict schedule, australian shepherd, morning afternoon: You sort of answered your own question. The solution is to remove the pee pads, but crate the dog when you cannot directly supervise him indoors. In other words, get him in the habit of always going outdoors now by temporarily restricting his freedom in...

Dog Training: Housebreaking 2 puppies at once.., aussie puppies, science diet
aussie puppies, science diet, housebreaking: The crate needs to be the correct size, just large enough for the pup to stand, turn around, and lie down. If it is, and he is still pooping in the crate, you can try taking any bedding out, so that he can t poop, then push it away in the bedding. If that...

Dog Training: Housetraining 2 puppies, pet store puppies, aussie puppies
pet store puppies, aussie puppies, vinyl flooring: The rule of thumb is a puppy can hold the number of hours he is in months, plus one. So, a 3 month old puppy MIGHT be able to hold 4 hours, but that is probably the most you could expect. And of course some dogs are more mature at that age than others - just...

Dog Training: Housetraining, exercise yard, grooming shop
exercise yard, grooming shop, evening walk: Well, you can t get any dog to eliminate if they don t have to go, but you can get a dog that does have to go do it on command. The key is that you need to associate a word with each function. At our house, it s go pee or go poop . If you say the word...

Dog Training: housetraining & socialization, socialization question, wet accidents
socialization question, wet accidents, puppy mill: Give him time. When you can supervise, he can drag a line - which may be a less scary way to get him to where you need him to go. You can also tether him to you, so he goes where you go. Give him plenty of leash when you do that. And don t press him yet for...

Dog Training: husky chases horses, ranch acreage, border collie
ranch acreage, border collie, leslie nelson: Huskies are a generally predatory breed, and should not be allowed to worry horses. What your dog needs is an absolutely proofed recall, and to be instantly attentive to you when you say her name. This takes much work, but is certainly worthwhile. You may...

Dog Training: hyper puppy, hyper, pitbull
hyper, pitbull, puppy: Your dog is very dominant. You need a local professional trainer to work with your dog. At 8 weeks he has already learned that he doesn t have to do anything he doesn t want to. If you do not correct this problem, you will likely wind up getting rid of the...

Dog Training: Indoor aggresion, social maturity, chessies
social maturity, chessies, internet advice: Not a problem. I agree that its a great idea to work on these behaviors before they get worse. I don t know what s in Wyoming, but here are some places to start: http://apdt.com/po/ts/default.aspx http://www.ccpdt.org/rstr/WY.html http://www.nadoi.org/instructors.htm...

Dog Training: Joey, group class, play list
group class, play list, youtube: It sounds like he had more exposure to other dogs than he did with people, when he was growing up. I would personally not take him to the dog run and let him run and play with other dogs right now. I would take him for daily walks, play ball with him in the...

Dog Training: Jumping, jumping
jumping: The dog needs obedience training. In that process the dog is taught not to jump on people. The dog gets a correction when it tries, typically a leash tug and the word NO!. On a sit stay, the dog is offered a temptation to jump up, and corrected if it does,and...

Dog Training: jack russell siblings, dogs rule
dogs rule: Well lets start with obedience training. The bitting is symptomatic of lack of respect or recognition to you as pack leader. Obedience class should also include socialization with other dogs to correct the growl, bristle fight behavior. In the meanwhile start...

Dog Training: Lab won't eat..., plain yogurt, chocolate lab
plain yogurt, chocolate lab, step dad: Jackie, From what you tell me it seems to be that Bailey might have associated you as the designator hand feeder. I would first make sure she is healthy you said she has been to your vet, next make sure she is on a good quality food that your budget can...

Dog Training: Leash Training, chihuahua puppies, leash training
chihuahua puppies, leash training, trachea problems: I would use a very lightweight soft collar, or better yet, a harness. It s not uncommon for toy breeds to have trachea problems, and these can be made worse by straining against a collar. I d start teaching the pups that a clicker means a treat is coming....

Dog Training: Min Pin, biting dog
biting dog: Dogs generqlly bite for only a few reasons. 1. There is pain, 2, it isn t trained, 3 it is afraid. So, determine which cause. Then A, don t pick it up, get a vet to find out what hurts, 2, obedience training which includes no biting, nipping (see my comments...

Dog Training: Multiple Dogs and Obediance, dominant personalities, african lions
dominant personalities, african lions, obedience classes: There comes a point during training where corrections must be introduced for disobeying or ignoring a known command, Kelsi. I would strongly suggest that you and your boyfriend enroll in some obedience classes with the girls to learn how to gain their respect...

Dog Training: marking, male yorkie, belly bands
male yorkie, belly bands, belly band: Is he neutered? If not, time to do that if you aren t showing him in the breed ring. If he is neutered, time to go back to house training 101. He doesn t deserve freedom in the house yet - tether him to your belt and when he starts to cock his leg, just...

Dog Training: PEE PAD FOR OLDER DOG, housetraining, pee
housetraining, pee, kidneys: If she s drinking that much water, I would have the vet run some tests to make sure her kidneys are functioning properly. Is she using the pee pads at all, when you confine her to whatever room you are putting her in? Is it possible for you to install a doggie...

Dog Training: Puggles, dog sweat
dog sweat: Dogs can only sweat from their tongue and the pads of their feet. In order to maintain body temperature it is common for a dog to have its mouth open and tongue out to release excess heat. Panting is their form of accelerating their cooling process. Cats do...

Dog Training: Puppy Aggression?, socializing, biting
socializing, biting, playing: Dear Cherrita, This is a pretty common situation -- new pup wants to play, older dog doesn t. You ve also intensified this result by getting a Brittany, a breed in my experience to have a huge amount of energy. The first thing I advise is to keep food...

Dog Training: Puppy aggression at dog park with new dogs, aggression, dog
aggression, dog, park: Dear Gaenor, Good for you for bringing your pup to the dog park regularly! Good dog (owner)! In my experience, most dogs personalities change as they approach their first birthday, and their puppy sense of humor often disappears at their second birthday....

Dog Training: Puppy Litter Box Training, solids and liquids, puppy litter box training
solids and liquids, puppy litter box training, mini australian shepherd: Nature s Miracle is a good product. I like Simple Solutions - and soak it until it foams. Let it sit a while before you wipe it up. As to the litter box - you go with what works. For whatever reason, she s no longer using the box. I can t say why for sure,...

Dog Training: Puppy Mill Rescue, making great strides, brussels griffon
making great strides, brussels griffon, puppy mill: Hello Sharon, You ve done a good thing in adopting. You are right about the terrible history of mill pups. I m afraid that I can t give much advice other then to be extremely patient. The fact that you ve made great strides would indicate you are doing...

Dog Training: peeing inside after trained, bladder control, skin infection
bladder control, skin infection, cpdt: Female or male? If female, sometimes the bladder gets bruised during the spay. Also, her hormonal balance would be changing, and just like some women have decreased bladder control after menopause or hysterectomy, loss of estrogen does the same thing to some...

Dog Training: possesive golden, golden thinks its pack leader
golden thinks its pack leader: Sounds like the Golden thinks it is pack leader. You didn t mention if it is neutered and has obedience training. If you read my post on the Jack Russel siblings it details pack leader roles and the importance of obedience training and the nothing for free...

Dog Training: possessive/aggressive behavior, drive thru windows, aggressive acts
drive thru windows, aggressive acts, behavior question: Thanks for the reply, Tracy. You say you walk her with a prong collar, but you didn t say whether or not you have ever used the prong collar to correct her. Have you? I think, based on what you ve told me, you **may** be a part of the reason for her outbursts,...

Dog Training: possessive/aggressive behavior, emma parsons, drive thru windows
emma parsons, drive thru windows, leslie mcdevitt: I would say she needs a lot more training. I d find someone who works with reactive/aggression problems and stick with it. For a lot of dogs, a single session of obedience classes doesn t even start to meet their needs. While I was training, I would carefully...

Dog Training: possessive/aggressive behavior, animal behavior society, drive thru windows
animal behavior society, drive thru windows, aggressive behaviors: From what you have described, it sounds as though she has some combination of barrier aggression or frustration, and some resource guarding, perhaps with you being one of the resources (the other being the water bowl at the dog park). It is typical for some...

Dog Training: potty training question, bichon frise, interactive toys
bichon frise, interactive toys, potty time: Some really well trained dogs still may not signal to go outside, but simply wait for the human to determine the potty time (of course, it s the human s job to make sure not too much times goes by between potty runs LOL). I like the idea of confining the...

Dog Training: puppy growling and biting, loving temperament, jean donaldson
loving temperament, jean donaldson, poodle mix: I m surprised your trainer didn t address this. Anyway, good book for you is Jean Donaldson s Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs . Do not take things from his mouth - only makes him want it more. And, don t chase - makes him think his treasure...

Dog Training: Can a puppy tolerate a move?, roadside parks, cpdt
roadside parks, cpdt, bulldog: Have your breeder start working on crate training him before you get him. You ll want to have him as protected by vaccination as he can be at that age, and then be careful where you stop to exercise him (roadside parks where a lot of other dogs have been should...

Dog Training: Rescue dog aggressive towards one of my other dogs, german shorthair pointer, dominant dogs
german shorthair pointer, dominant dogs, crate train: It can be very difficult to actually know who is starting the fights (sometimes it isn t the dog you suspect.) You might get a good trainer or behaviorist to observe the dogs and give you some ideas. You probably aren t going to like the advice I m going to...

Dog Training: Separation anxiety, crate training, desentization for separation anxiety
desentization for separation anxiety: It takes time. While we adapt to new circumstances fairly well, some dogs/cats will adapt quickly usually if there are other dogs/cats inthe house, and more slowly if there are not. Your puppy is still wondering and worrying about being abondoned, his prior...

Dog Training: Siberian Husky, socializing, biting
socializing, biting, playbiting: Dear DJ, I don t see any problem bringing the new pup into your house, other than to supervise the first several days of interaction to make sure your male isn t too rough playing with her. If he is as playful as you say they shouldn t have problems, and...

Dog Training: Spiteful dog, submissive urination, high emotion
submissive urination, high emotion, cpdt: I m guessing that what you are describing isn t caused by spite (in general, dogs don t do spite) It is probably submissive urination, which happens in times of stress or high emotion for the dog. I would start training this dog, set rules and routines, and...

Dog Training: scared puppy, fear, pup
fear, pup, groom: Dear Connie, Give him some more time, never hit or physically harm him, hand-feed him his food for a few weeks, and occasionally toss a tiny but yummy treat his way. You should probably also have other family members or visitors toss treats near him whenever...

Dog Training: sleeping through the night, sleeping through the night, water bowl
sleeping through the night, water bowl, wits end: Is she wakingup because she needs to go to the bathroom, Debbie? At 3 months, some puppies still can t hold it all night long, and the times you are saying she is waking up do correspond with her age, as far as potty breaks go. When do you feed her, and...

Dog Training: socializing a very shy 7 month old Min- Pin bought from a pet store, new experiences, cpdt
new experiences, cpdt, pet store: Poor little guy. This is one reason why it is such a bad idea to buy a puppy from a pet shop. He s never had a chance at a normal life, with normal socialization. There are socialization window after which time it becomes much harder to catch up . If your...

Dog Training: spraying/cocking leg, jockey shorts, baby gates
jockey shorts, baby gates, enzymatic cleaner: As young as he is, neutering might really help. Also, keep an eagle eye on him. I d give a verbal interrupter as soon as he starts to sniff a vertical surface. Use baby gates, shut doors, even tether him to you so he is not out of your sight. Clean all marked...

Dog Training: strange new behavior, perimeter fencing, hot coals
perimeter fencing, hot coals, swiss mt: By any chance is the new fencing the invisible type? The behavior you describe sounds like he is terrified of something. Some dogs that are contained in this fencing become scared of the entire back yard. I can t imagine that the poop is the issue, but...

Dog Training: swimming, chocolate lab, deeper water
chocolate lab, deeper water, pool: I would not let her around the pool unsupervised right now, Quentin. She is still a baby, and she could very well fall in and drown. For now, just putting her on the step while you swim is okay. That will let her get used to the water and she should gradually...

Dog Training: Training my Maltipoo, baby gates, enzymatic cleaner
baby gates, enzymatic cleaner, maltipoo: Continue to go outside with him for a while. He ll get used to doing it himself. I would also take him out on a schedule instead of waiting for him to ring the bell (you can give him a chance to ring it before you go out, but you choose the time) At four months,...

Dog Training: how can i teach my dog to pee outside, plastic storage container, alfalfa pellets
plastic storage container, alfalfa pellets, cedar shavings: Sabrina, it will be several weeks before you will be able to begin teaching them to potty outside. One thing you may want to try is using a litter box, and when they are about 3 weeks old, and toddling around some in the whelping box, put the litter box...

Dog Training: toilet habits!, time dogs, toilet habits
time dogs, toilet habits, pool garden: Lisa, you are expecting way too much out of this dog. Unless you are able to take the dog to the specific area that you want her to potty in, each and EVERY TIME she needs to potty, you re never going to make her reliable. Taking her to her poo and smacking...

Dog Training: how to train leave it command, cpdt, trainning
cpdt, trainning, small steps: Leave it is somewhat different from knowing how to ignore stuff when not being reminded, or without the cue. I d ask for small steps (in both this and the door boundary training). I would build the behaviors by seconds at a time, and you may need to be nearby...

Dog Training: training, chicken place, t touch
chicken place, t touch, nibble: Erin, I would start with the command LEAVE IT! To do this get a yummy treat (dog treat) but if you find he has no interest in it get something like a small nibble of chicken. Place your hand in front of him so he can see it, close your fingers around it and...

Dog Training: training, german shepherd dog, male german shepherd
german shepherd dog, male german shepherd, loose leash: Not being able to see the dog, I d still suspect that it is less about him being strong willed and more about him being successful with what he s doing. When he pulls, do you go with him? When he squirms, does he get his way? If so, it s rewarded/reinforced....

Dog Training: UNRULY Terrier/Poodle Pup, poodle puppy, dog obstacle course
poodle puppy, dog obstacle course, group obedience: I m guessing his owner tried a group obedience class with him. Am I right? This dog (and owner) needs a trainer who can come to the house and work one-on-one with them to establish the basics. THEN a group class can work for proofing the obedience around other...

Dog Training: unexpected behaviour, obedience training, unexpected behaviour
obedience training, unexpected behaviour, golden retriever: Karen, First of all being just 1 year of age he is still a puppy. Has he been in obedience training? This will help him look to you as the ruler of the house so he will understand what is expected of him. You husband needs to get over it, ignoring the dog...

Dog Training: unexpected behaviour, jean donaldson, culture clash
jean donaldson, culture clash, unexpected behaviour: From your description, it appears that your dog has no manners, and is quite submissive, not aggressive. He simply needs training, and you folks probably need better education about how dogs think and behave. Great book for both of you is The Culture Clash...

Dog Training: at my wits end, sound sleep, physical abnormalities
sound sleep, physical abnormalities, emergency hospital: I d probably bring the crate in the bedroom. I m wondering if he is urinating in his sleep? You do go out with him to make sure he s eliminating, right? Feed regular meals, take water up a couple of hours before his last trip outside.And keep a journal of...

Dog Training: My 2.5 year old dog poops in the house., housetrain, pup
housetrain, pup, positive: Dear Elysia, Yes I do have a solution to your problem, and it has nothing to do with the alpha/pack leader stuff about eating first and going through doors first. It s not helping anyway so you might as well skip it. First and foremost, you need to...

Dog Training: 2 Yorkies, baby gates, cpdt
baby gates, cpdt, little angel: I think what you are dealing with is what is called littermate syndrome even though there is some difference in their age. It happens when the dogs become more attached to each other than to the humans. I m guessing that the younger pup probably missed out...

Dog Training: 2 year old Lab mix afraid of ME!!, queensland healer, scraps etc
queensland healer, scraps etc, high anxiety: This is difficult, Peggy. You are right that a LOT has been going on at your house and it could just be all the anxiety and stress from that. I m not sure exactly what methods you are calling strict training, or how you ve been employing those methods, but...

Dog Training: 4 year old golden will not go out and pee needs to be taken for walk, retrain potty spot
retrain potty spot: Take the dog out and wait till it goes. I don t care if it takes an hour. The dog has been taught to go when walking. So go for a walk in the yard. The new sod has completely different scent from its place or origin. It is foreign to the dog. You can collect...

Dog Training: Aggresive tendencies, feisty fido, soft coated wheaten terrier
feisty fido, soft coated wheaten terrier, patricia mcconnell: My guess is that if he is a good dog park dog while off leash, that he is not being aggressive on walks, he is being either frustrated, or reactive. That s really a different issue. I would advise you to get a copy of Feisty Fido by Patricia McConnell,...

Dog Training: Agility, agility trainers, margarine tub
agility trainers, margarine tub, obedience trainers: Agility is not my strong suit. I ve only done it with a couple of dogs. I d keep the dogwalk and aframe low until she s confident. For the dogwalk, you get just put a 1x12 on some bricks, to give her the idea of keeping her footing off the ground. Here s an...

Dog Training: Agression towards cats, german shepherd cross, www google com
german shepherd cross, www google com, basic manners: The dogs need to be put away whenever you are eating. Your dog reacted to the cat approaching your plate (what on earth were you doing letting him get that close to your food anyway?!) as if the cat had approached HER meal, and instead of letting you handle...

Dog Training: Aussie house/kennel training, puppy potty all night
puppy potty all night: I have a young beagle with the same issue. First I will assume the dog has no biological issues that cause frequent urination. Dogs never completely empty their bladder so just going is not proof that it had to go. They always have a reserve for marking. ...

Dog Training: Aussie separation anxiety, separation anxiety, shepherd mix
separation anxiety, shepherd mix, cpdt: well, crating (unless she hurts herself in a crate) or daycare would be good suggestions. Clomipramine may take the edge off but usually by itself won t take the place of training. Here s a really good article on SA. Of course, it also requires that you be...

Dog Training: adult dogs peeing on carpet after housebreaking, jack russell terrier, english springer spaniel
jack russell terrier, english springer spaniel, baby gates: It sounds like while you were on vacation, the dogs were just left in the house to do what they pleased, and just got into the habit of pottying on the floor because they couldn t hold it anymore. If someone was actually living there full time while you were...

Dog Training: aggression, cocker, possessive
cocker, possessive, positive: Dear Susan, You ve got a big problem here but you can solve it using the exercises described below, and no it s not too late to start an obedience class (the class very likely will not address the possessiveness problem you ve got but it will be very good...

Dog Training: aggression, thyroid test, border collie
thyroid test, border collie, grumpiness: What do you mean when you say she has always been aggressive? What does she do? In trying to solve problems, its better to address the actual behaviors rather than just label them. I ve know people to describe dogs as aggressive who were territorial, afraid,...

Dog Training: aggressive behaviour of my dog, staffordshire bull terrier, veterinary behaviorist
staffordshire bull terrier, veterinary behaviorist, cpdt: Neutering may help. But only as a supplement to training. Anytime someone has serious issues, and especially aggression towards people who live in the house, the only real answer is in-person professional help. Advice over the internet will miss a lot of the...

Dog Training: agression, aggression, food
aggression, food, fight: Dear Steve, Never have food or animal-based toys (anything rawhide, pig s ear, smoked or other bone) around your malamute when the other dogs are around, and NEVER feed them near each other -- put them into separate rooms for feedings. Make sure if anyone...