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Tina asks...This question is about:
Mimi has lived with me for 4 years.She about 6. Lately, she pees and lies in her poo and she whines and bark in her cage at night. I can't leave her out in my apartment while I sleep anymore. She soils the carpet even when their is puppy pads laid out in plain sight!! I feel BAD because I work long hours and she had 3 homes before me. Please help I don't want to give her away.
Abbey asks...This question is about:
I am a college student and still live at home with my mom because it is cheaper. My mom gets up around 6 every morning to go to work. Without fail, my dog Luna wakes me up within half an hour to go down and sleep in my mothers bed to keep her company. This isn't so bad in the summer, but the next semester is starting next week, and it's going to start being a problem again. It's not like she needs to go out or anything, she just wants company. How do I teach her to either leave me alone or get in my bed instead? At this point, keeping her off of the bed is beyond my control. Even if I were to train her not to, my mom would reverse the training.
Talia asks...This question is about:
I have had my dog Lucy for 7 years. She is like my child, we are very close and have formed a very tight bond. Around 2 years ago my now fiancé moved in with us. Things were great, she and him bonded quickly, but I was still her closest bond. We always talked about adding a second dog into the mix. Lucy is great with other dogs, and I always had roommates who owned dogs, and Lucy loved the company. We did research and watched the local rescues for the perfect dog. When we found Sophie, she felt right. She is very sweet, quiet, well behaved, and has a docile temperament. Being a bit older, she is also already potty trained and has worked out a lot of the bad puppy behavior. Lucy and her met outside of our home, and got along well. Now that they live together, they haven't spent any time playing. They co-exist just fine, but it seems like it is more tolerating behavior rather than them bonding. I hope that this relationship will develop as they get to know each other (it has only been two days and I know they are working out the dominance, sharing attention, etc.) My question is related to how I feel and think about the situation. Bringing a second dog into my home has made me feel more protective of Lucy, and I only feel like giving her attention. I feel bad that she is now having to share attention after spending so many years as the only dog. The addition of the 4th family member does not yet feel "right" to me. I am only focusing on the issues we need to work through, rather than the positives of the situation. Will my feelings towards the situation improve as I get to know Sophie better, and as the relationship between Sophie and Lucy grows? I don't think it has anything to do with the actual dog we adopted, but rather, the fact that there is another dog in general. I just want to know if these feelings will eventually subside, or if perhaps, I am not going to be able to get past them.
Alexa asks...This question is about:
Hi, My dogs will use the dog door to potty when we are there but when we are not home they will not use the dog door to potty. How do I get them to use it?rnrnthanks!
Lisa asks...This question is about:
Hello fellow dog trainers. I have been training dogs for quite some time now but I have never had clients that were children. Until now – Working with an 11yr old girl Malia and her 1yr old male Labradoodle named Gunner.rnGunner gets very playful with her and jumps up on her, gets mouthy with her arms, and can almost knock her down.rnIn the past with my adult clients, I have always taught that when the dog jumps up, simply ignore him and the second he has all four on the floor, THEN give him some attention. Simply from a sheer size perspective, this is not working in this case. There are absolutely no signs of aggression. It is clearly ‘play behavior’.rnrnI have only met with her one time. She is very excited to learn how to train / work with her dog, and just as you set up a dog to succeed, I want to set her up to succeed. Again, due to sheet size and the fact there is no need for a formal “heel” I have suggested she walk him on an easy walk harness. And, when I am with them in the backyard in their home, I just had a slip lead on him, which was basically to just keep him in range. rnrnNOW! What do I do?rnIf her mother is present at the times the dog does this, she can get the dog and put him outside, but I really want to have Malia be successful. Please help with suggestions – when you have a small quiet client and a big dog