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April asks...This question is about:
A week ago Max started running around the living room like he's chasing something. Nothing is there. He will do this for hours. Within a minute of doing this he starts panting, his heart races really fast. He drips saliva all over the floor. I haven't had problems prior to last Sunday. I try to distract him with one of his favorite toys but it doesn't work. I haven't been able to find a resolution on the internet. Max really needs to stop this behavior I fear he can have a heart attack.
Eva asks...This question is about:
My dog is very good at the command, "Drop it." A little too good. Everytime we throw a ball when playing fetch, she will run and get the ball, and then come about half-way back, drop the ball, and come the rest of the way without the ball. How can I train her out of this?
Lucius asks...This question is about:
Why won't my dog let me put his collar on nd why does he have so much aggression with strangers.
Susan asks...This question is about:
I live in the country, and when I walk my dog, she is so focused on the different scents she pulls on the leash all the time. So I have been letting her walk ahead on the retractable leash instead of keeping her at my side. I try to walk her three times a day, and the walks are about a mile each. She has a lot of energy. I tried letting her go off the leash but she ran into the woods and when she came back she had scratched both her corneas. How can I get her less focused on the scents?
Sarah asks...This question is about:
I live in Cusco, Peru. There are no dog trainers here so I don't really have the option of professional help which I feel like I need. (The contact info, phone and postal number are for my parent's home in the U.S.)rnrn I adopted two street puppies here in South America. One is doing well now after basic training, he gives me only normal minor puppy problems I can manage and train. The second, Hazel, is older and spent longer on the street, I adopted him at 10 months. He is naturally shy, timid, and submissive. He looks like a collie-mix and is about 40 pounds, medium sized but small enough for me to handle physically if I need to. With me he is an angel, but he learned to be scared of people on the street and now that he has gained confidence in our home he feels confident enough to show aggression towards strangers. He is scared of strangers, he feels insecure, so he feels as though he must protect himself and his new home. If a strangers approaches our unfenced yard in the countryside he will rush at them barking aggressively. He has bit/nipped two people on the calf, not seriously but it is the principal not the fact he didn't draw blood. You can imagine how I feel about this. I do not in any way feel any danger for myself, Hazel is very very submissive with me and knows I am the alpha of the pack. I did not know about this behavior when I adopted him directly from the street. He followed me and my other puppy around all the time and even took to sneaking inside the apartment complex where we formerly lived to sleep on our doorstep. He loved playing with my other puppy and was always very shy, timid, and calm. Every indication was of a good potential pet which is why I took him in. When I take him on walks my vet and the people I meet always remark in surprise that he is so calm for a dog of 11 months. In hindsight I now know this was because he was just shy and a little scared. At home he is very playful and energy filled and is a fantastic dog except for this huge issue with strangers.rnrnHere in Peru this kind of aggressive behavior is normal, everyone has guard dogs and everyone thinks this is perfectly acceptable, normal behavior in dogs. I always apologize profusely for Hazel's behavior and explain I am working on training him. When I do this people are confused because they don't think dogs are that trainable, that dogs are just aggressive or friendly, period, and it has nothing to do with training and the dog's upbringing.rnrn I want to train Hazel to not be scared of strangers and to not attack them like this. When I notice a stranger approaching I try to get a hold of him first and then give the stranger treats to give to him. When I do this Hazel gives them no problems. He is wary of them, but when he sees they have a treat he perks right up and will eat out of their hand. He won't let them touch him, he shies away. After about the 5th treat he sometimes lets them touch him which is a huge improvement for him in trust. He will then follow them around eagerly looking for more treats, fright and aggression totally forgotten. rnrnIf I don't notice the stranger before Hazel and don't get a hold of him before he runs at them, then I have problems. He will not come when I call but continues to bark right in front of them. Once I arrive on the scene I try to apprehend him but he will avoid me to keep circling the person and barking. I can physically make him stop by putting myself between the person and Hazel and commanding him calmly 'Regrésate' (Spanish for go back) and pointing at the house. This works occasionally. If he doesn't return on his own he is at least slightly calmer, paying attention to me, and allows me to grab his collar.rnrnPlease, I would love to know what I should do to help solve this behavior. Ideally I would put a fence around the yard so I could always apprehend Hazel before a stranger enters and then do the dog treat routine, but this is not an option. Neither can I leave him inside all the time. The 'house' is actually a series of separate small buildings, an outhouse, out-kitchen and main building with a bedroom. Our 'living room' is the big yard. Leaving him inside in the small bedroom is unfair and unpractical, the two dogs love to play in the yard together and strangers only come by rarely. I don't want to tie him up because I think it will make it worst if he knows someone is there but can't do anything about it, cornered animal instinct. Ideally I want to train him not to be scared of strangers so as to stop feeling the need to be aggressive toward them.rnrnMy other puppy, now 7 months, is very friendly. Also a mutt, a small dog of about 15 pounds. He will bark at strangers as well but it is not aggressive. He barks to say "Look, someone is here" and if Hazel is not there then he calms down quickly on his own without me having to say a thing and wants to make friends. People absolutely love him (to the point he was once stolen, dog-theft is common here, but I was lucky to get him back). If Hazel is present my other dog does not help the situation because neither can have the last bark, they, fuel each other into barking more but I know my other dog will not do anything. rnrnAny advice would be fantastic! You don't by any chance know of a dog trainer in Cusco, Peru? So far I have had no success in finding one.rnrnBest,rnSarah Lyon