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Daisy asks...This question is about:
how to control and help my dog to stop growling at humans, when they enter the home and when we go on walks.
Mitchell asks...This question is about:
Hello, my wife and I got a dog from a humane society when she was just 6 weeks old. We feel this may be a cause to her biting/barking issues as she was away from her mom very early. Lucy has learned commands very quickly and knows how to sit, stay, roll over and shake. Our problem is she is very sensitive and barks at all other dogs and people. We try positive reinforcement but it seems she feels she gets a treat for barking. She gets super excited and will walk up to a stranger but when they go reach to pet her she runs away and gets down on her belly. Also, aggression can be a problem. She is still biting us at times, which at six months seems disturbing. If we are going to put her harness on to go outside she will back herself in a corner and start aggressively nipping at us when we reach for her. The same goes for if we try to pick her up if she is doing something bad. She will nip at us as she doesn't not want to be picked up. We understand dogs do not like to be picked up, but if doing something bad we want to be able to pick her up without her being aggressive towards us. Please help us.
Jeff asks...This question is about:
What is the best way to make a comfortable night time/bed time routine for a new dog. He is from the shelter and was confined to crate/small living area. We want him to be the most comfortable without him crying all night.
Molly asks...This question is about:
My roommate got SJ in Oct of last year. I moved in in Jan. Before that it was just SJ and my roommate Cassie in the house. Cassie had a new boyfriend who also increasing frequented the house about the time Cassie got SJ. SJ has always been very scared of anyone except for Cassie, Nick and I included. SJ still will only come near Nick or I if Cassie is around. Cassie recently decided it is best to start kenneling SJ when she isn't home. SJ has bad separation anxiety and chews everything, shows, table legs, carpet, every rug... SJ whines and howls like no other when Cassie leaves and she is in yhe kennel (she wined a lot before the kenneling but it is worse now). I want to do what is best for SJ but if I am here alone and I open the kennel, I can not get her back into it when I leave. She still doesn't even trust me enough to go on a walk with me. So finally my question, what can I do to help SJ feel comfortable? I don't want to just give in to her crying but it goes on for hours! I want her to trust me so I can let her in and out of the kennel and take her on walks to the dog park. What can I do?!?
Olivia asks...This question is about:
Goji is a friendly and loveable dog when we're indoors and when he is off leash in public. The issue I'm having is on leash walking. When Goji sees a child, another dog, an elderly person, another type of animal, or any human behavior he perceives as threatening, he lunges and barks despite my tireless efforts to avoid such interactions and control them when they happen. Goji is extremely overprotective of me and is very fearful of certain types of people, and the reactions he has to said people arerndangerous and frightening for both me and the other person. I am wondering what I can do, as I carry a treat pouch and distract him when the situations are about to arise. This behavior isn't sensible considering the almost perfect life he has led. I'm out of options, and have even taken him to private sessions with a great trainer, to no avail. Is this instilled in him or can it be tamed? Thanks