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Annie asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise

Dixie loves to go outside and bark. I would far rather interrupt this and change her behavior through training without electronics. I do not want her rehearse this and create a life long pattern. We live in a rural area, well away from the road on a small farm. She wants to bark at the woods, the dark, any cars she hears. Mostly she is allowed to be free, usually dragging a line because she is young. Sometimes I tie her so I can get to her reliably and bring her in. She does not bark (much) as long as we are interacting. She barks less when she is tied. I do not allow her to bark on and on but she already recognizes the pattern of barking and then eliciting attention. If she is not tied and I have told her to quiet (which she clearly does not yet understand), then I go to bring her in she will stay far enough away trying to have me follow her toward what ever she thinks she is barking at.rnUltimately I want her to be able to be off leash. I have never had a dog I had to tie before but this is my first puppy.

Lisa asks...

This question is about: Toileting

My family got a Barcley 3 months ago. We only needed to do a little house training after we got him, and then accidents became rare. My daughter was home from college with her dog when we got the puppy and has come home a few times since then, and the two dogs can't seem to get enough of each other. However, after my daughter left last weekend, Barcley has pooped in the house several times a day, every day. Someone is home with him all the time and he gets taken out frequently. What is causing this, and how can we fix it?

David asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger

Cabo was for 2.5 yrs great around other dogs. Very socialized and happy, easy to walk and never any problems in dog parks or on leash. About 5-6 months ago he was attacked by a smaller terrier while walking on leash, no serious physical damage. However since that incident he is a completely different dog when around other dogs, he goes absolutely insane when he sees another dog, complete attack mode. I have tried everything to snap him out of it and nothing seems to work. Since walking him is so important to his health both physically and mentally we need to fix whatever we are doing wrong. He needs to re-learn his social skills when around other dogs. How?

Christa asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Hyperactivity Puppy Management Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

My "new" puppy Junior seems to be exhibiting resource guarding. He's extremely possessive of me and jealous of my 6 yr old dog Gracie. He's lunging at and biting people when I walk him and he's constantly looking around and tense on walks. I can no longer leave him alone with my older dog because they've gotten into several fights that have ended in serious wounds. The last time they got into it and I tried to pull them apart, one of them ended up giving me a pretty deep bite wound to the leg. The stress has caused Gracie to attack 2 of my cats, on 4 different occasions, which is NOT like her. She loves the cats, she even seeks one out to get him to groom her. rnrnI try to project an alpha leader position (ie; not letting him walk in front of me, sit on me, lean into me, etc) but apparently I'm not doing a good enough job. I've tried to crate the puppy but he has a fit and barks so loudly that I have to let him out eventually, for fear of upsetting my neighbors. I try to be assertive and discipline him but he often ends up jumping up on me and biting/mouthing my hands. Sometimes it really hurts because he'll lunge at my stomach. He's sprained my left thumb and gives me bruises every single day. rnrnWith the fights between the two dogs leading to serious injury to both of them and myself, and Gracie lashing out at the cats now, I'm really concerned. rnrnI've been in the veterinary medical, rescue, and pet insurance fields for the past 15 years. In fact, my last vet tech job is where I rescued this new puppy. But unfortunately the vet retired and I was the last one hired so I was the first one to go. I'm now unemployed and have very little resources to afford expensive training. Any advice or networking resources you could offer me would be greatly appreciated! rnrnThank you for listening! rn~Christa

Debra asks...

This question is about: Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

I bough 2 dachshund's from same litter. I female and 1 male. They were always playing rough so I gave the female to my daughter. She brings Bella over all the time but they still play rough. They never stop going at each other. Their tails are wagging but they nip, growl, rolling all over chasing each other. The only way they stop is if we separate them. What can we do so they can still see each.

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