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Ellen asks...This question is about:
Remi is good at sit/stay, but she growls if you come near her when she has something in her mouth she shouldn't and when you try to get her off the dishwasher. She actually bit me when I tried to get her off the bed the other day. Other than that, she's wonderful. (Ms. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde.) How can I be alpha all the time?
Sounds like Remi has quite a personality! Growling is a sign that a bite may come next, so be careful.
Generally speaking, in certain situations we tend to pick up our smaller dogs. (Hard to imagine picking up a Great Dane!) Just as some of us feel uncomfortable when people hug us instead of shaking our hand, so too, some dogs do not like to be picked up. Their temperament dictates they prefer to be handled less and loved more through petting.
Teach Remi to “drop” the item she shouldn’t have in her mouth. You may need to entice her with something—say, a treat—to release the forbidden item. Do not attempt to pry open her mouth to retrieve the item as this could lead to a bite.
Additionally, teach Remi to get “off” from the bed, couch, chair or—in your case—an aromatic dishwasher by teaching her the meaning of this command. Put on her leash and gently tug at the end of it as you give her the “off” command.
Ideally, you will teach her to follow your requests at all times because she loves and respects you. By following these simple guidelines, you should have a great companion in no time.
If you have additional questions or would like further assistance with Remi, please feel free to contact your local trainer.
Anonymous asks...This question is about:
My dog goes crazy when we have a thunderstorm. Do you have any advice to calm him down during storms?
Dogs can sense fear or discomfort from people, so it is important you develop a calm attitude toward storms. Let your dog stay close, and try to distract him with play. Do not try to comfort him in a sympathetic voice; this will sound like praise and may increase his nervousness and confusion.
Keep windows and curtains closed to reduce noise and bright flashes. Turn on a TV or radio at normal volume to distract your dog from loud noises and help him to relax.
Provide your dog with a safe place to be during storms, whether inside or out. Create a special den-like area in your home where your dog always feels safe and secure. If a storm is brewing, lead your dog to his special place to help him feel calm and protected. If you cannot bring your dog inside, cover his doghouse with a blanket to offer some protection from the bursts of lightning and thunder.
Dogs that continue to panic when a storm approaches may have to be reconditioned by creating an artificial storm with environmental recordings. While reconditioning can be a time-consuming procedure, it can have a high success rate. A qualified dog behavioral therapist, such as a Bark Busters trainer, can help your dog be calmer during thunderstorms. In some cases, medication may be the best solution to help your dog cope with his fear of storms. Please be sure to consult with your veterinarian about possible treatments, in conjunction with training.
Frankie asks...This question is about:
Elevator fear: rnQ: How to get dog to enter elevator/normal?
Caleb asks...This question is about:
I have a one year old German shepherd. I've had dogs all my life (I'm 19) and he is the only this has happened with. We keep him inside or outside whenever he wants, we have five acres but he is constantly growling for no apparent reason. He will come up and love on you then start growling and I have no idea why. He mainly does it to my younger brothers but recently he has done it to me and my mom. Other than that he is a great dog. He's trained and responds very well but is getting more aggressive. Any thoughts or suggestions will be appreciated.
Pat asks...This question is about:
Will not allow you to control her, no collars, harness or leashes. Panics and starts to almost scream has been like this since a puppy. Has tore off several harnesses. When you try to control her she tries to bite you.