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Heather asks...This question is about:
My male yorkie is 3 & very aggressive to anyone who comes near me or any strangers, etc. I know it's because he's being protective but he'll even bite my husband. I can't figure out how to stop this behavior. I don't know what started it.....he used to just bark a lot & bark at strangers & it just kept getting worse until it became biting & now even people he knows. He's much better with people he knows when I'm not around but will still act like that to strangers who come over. We keep him up now when anyone comes over so they won't be bitten.rnThanks
Pam asks...This question is about:
Isaac has recently bitten two people. Do you do training for this?
Heather asks...This question is about:
It's been a freezing winter here in NY and my dog has decided its too cold to poop outside, he's been pooping in the house every morning. We walk him for 30 minutes in the morning but he refuses to go and poops almost as soon as we leave for work. I want to break him of this habit and he's now decided peeing in the house is of no consequence either. We don't scold him when we come home to this because we know it's been hours and he doesn't have any memory of it. Longer walks don't seem to make a difference and my husband and I both have to go to work... what should we do?
Sandy asks...This question is about:
We got ginger as a puppy after our kids had left home. She's been the most affectionate Brittany we've had. Everyone comments on what a sweet dog she is. We now have a grandson. There's a lab in his home who is very gentle and tolerant of him. Ginger on the other hand, seems nervous around the toddler. When he tries to pet her she runs away and sometimes with a low growl first. On one occasion she turned on him with a sharp bark and snapped at him leaving a small mark on his face! He had not done anything that would have hurt her. Our son and his family live some distance from us so we don't see them regularly. Is there anything we can do about this behavior? We have a family vacation planned this summer in which both dogs would normally be included. Thanks .
Brittani asks...This question is about:
So I just rescued Happy about a month ago, I know very little about his "history" with other dogs. He lives at home with me and my two smaller dogs (yorkie 6lbs/F and shiztzu 10lbs/F). Happy is approximately 27lbs and he just recently got neutered 2 weeks ago. I know dog parks can be pretty controversial but I took him there for the first time before he was neutered which I know now is a no-no, but he did great with the other dogs for the first hour and then another intact dog came in and they started fighting. It happened so fast that I am not positive who was the instigator but once they bit, my dog latched on and pinned the other dog down who was probably 15lbs or so and would not let go. It took three people to pry him off of the other dog. Once we broke it up my dog still tried to lunge forward at the dog again. I was terrified and I took my dog home and was terrified to bring him back knowing that dog parks aren't for everyone and only for well behaved and socialized dogs although all dogs slip up from time to time. Well I did some research and read that once dogs are neutered they sometimes become less aggressive, so mistakenly I tried the dog park again today two weeks after he had been neutered. And it happened again exactly the same way-he did fine for the first hour and then a male neutered dog came in and Happy became dominant and they started to growl at each other and before I could pull him away they were already at it. It happened so quick and I was right there when it happened. It took three of us to pry him away. Thankfully my dog and especially the other dog were fine. So i have learned my lesson to never take him to a dog park again but what do I do? How do I fix this? Is it an issue with me? It is just a male dominance? Should I take him to a professional trainer? How should I have punished him in that situation? (I did take him home right away and once we got to the car I spanked him which is probably a mistake-I should have done it right then and there but I was too preoccupied with worrying about the well-being of the other dog. I am desperate for answers and help. Anything would help. Thank you!