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Gayle asks...

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

We have 2 rescue dogs. Both have problems, but I will address Nikki's right now. When we got Nikki, she was a puppy and we were told she had been abused and not socialized. We quickly realized that she was terrified of men. She seems to like women OK and likes children. As a puppy she bit my husband a couple of times.......once when he was using a hammer and the other is when he was carrying a large plastic bag outside. She is still afraid of loud noises and anytime he takes out the trash. My husband had tried to get Nikki to bond to him, but not until the other dog came along ( a year after we had Nikki) did she have anything to do with him. The scarey part is that most of the time she is fine with my husband, she even sleeps in our bed and seems to really like him, she will even cuddle up with him, especially if he is rubbing her belly. But then there are times when he will leave the room and come back in a few minutes later and Nikki will act like she doesn't know who he is. If she is laying on her bed, she will jump up a bark at him. rnShe is constantly on alert, on guard. We have a fenced- in back yard, that she can see out of and whenever anyone comes near the fence or our gate she turns into a psycho dog! She runs up and down the fence huffing and puffing attacking the fence viciously. Even when my husband goes outside of the fence, he becomes a target. She does not like anyone (except me) to go in or out of the gate. Once your inside the gate or house, she smells you and then leaves you alone. The same thing with the house. Once someone gets in the house, she's OK. She is very close to me........always wants to know where I am, and when I do get on to her, she seems to pout. She is so loving to me and always seem to want to please me. We also have 2 rescue cats and she is very gentle with both of them. She walks on her lease great and when I take her on trips with me, which has been a lot, she does wonderful. Her trigger points seem to be the fence, gate, men and front door. Also, she will sit outside and guard the gate and back yard all day and into the night if I would let her. I have to make her come inside and then she will sit at the French doors and look out at the gate. Today both dogs had just come in from the yard, both were hyped up when my husband walked by she snapped at him. He is getting upset with her and I really don't blame him. I know she can be so sweet and I want to help her get over this aggression, but I'm not sure how. I would love to have someone come here to help, but you don't have anyone in our area.rnrnrnrns

Heather asks...

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

We adopted a dog in October 2016. We do not know what he is but my best guess would be some sort of Rottweiler, Lab, Husky mix. He is very loving and submissive with the family, even our 3 year old son who is not always as careful with him as he should be. He did give him a quick growl a few times when he accidentally stepped on his leg or something but has never tried to bite him and he doesn't even really growl at him anymore. He more just removes himself from the situation. When we first got him, he was very friendly toward other people. However, lately, he has tried to bite (or at least acted like he was going to bite) several people who have come into our house or yard. Some of them being people who he has known since we got him and previously lavished affection on (like my 5 year old niece). I will say he has not been socialized as much as he was at first because it is winter here. But we still have pretty consistent visitors. rnrnCan you give me some insight into what could be driving this behavior and what we should do?

Iris asks...

This question is about: Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called Toileting Other

My dog is poorly behaved

Lori asks...

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

Hello, rnrnMy name is Lori Crist and I just got a golden retriever puppy this weekend. She is 7 weeks old is has actually done a great job at sleeping at night and not having any accidents. (That is with me taking her out diligently). I have a full time job and I have to return to work tomorrow. I do not live far - only about 12 minutes to work and will be able to come home on my lunch hour. rnrnWhat is the best way to crate train her? I don't want her to think the crate is a punishment and therefor cry and bark the whole time I am gone. How can I best do this since I am a full-time employee and new puppy parent?rnrnThank you so much for your help. rnrnBest, rnrnLori C.

Penny asks...

This question is about: Toileting Other

I have a few questions actually.rnWhen her and my male shiba play, she's always growling. I worry if we're at a park and she's playing that people are going to think she's mean. How do I teach her to play without growling?rnrnWe crate both our dogs when they sleep, but during the day if no one is home, then are either together in our shiba's "bedroom", gated off, or we separate them into their own areas. If we don't crate them often during the day, will they learn to hold their bladder to house train them?

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