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Patricia asks...

This question is about: Separation Anxiety

General question. Why do some dogs carry around one special bone or toy every where they go?

Kelsey asks...

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

My mixed pup is 3 and has recently within the last 4 months become aggressive at random times. He will be perfectly fine one moment and when you reach down to pet him he snaps. He does this with myself, my boyfriend, my room mate. It is becoming more and more common and he is less and less affectionate. I take him to the park - take him for walks - am sweet to him - but when you reach out to touch him now there is a 50% chance he will snap like he does not want to be touched. He has never been beaten or hit and I am at a loss because I just want my sweet dog and best friend back. If there is trust that was broken - I am at a loss for how to fix it.

Abbey asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Separation Anxiety

In the last 5 months or so, Charlie has developed an EXCESSIVE jumping/barking behavior when I return home, no matter how long or short I have been gone. He does not do it to my husband, just me. (he is my dog) It is not an excited bark or an aggressive bark; it is almost like he is scolding me for leaving him. He does not freak out when I leave and will go sit on the couch, but I get a 5 minute scolding when I get home. I have tried "no touch no talk no eye contact" and I have tried distracting him with the smell of food, nothing works.

Fred asks...

This question is about: Other

A week ago I adopted a 3 yr old beagle from a rescue, and while I feel that she is adjusting well, my concern is my 7yr old basset/lab mix. Since we have gotten the new dog, he has become withdrawn, and often goes into his crate in the kitchen instead of spending time with us. he seems "sad", and then very clingy, and even on walks he drags behinds now. He will more often than not leave the room when the new dog enters. We have made sure they have separate beds and toys and bowls, etc, and outside (in the yard of leash), they are usually fine, but his tendency to leave to be alone is worrying me as he rarely did it in the past. I know its only been a week, but should i be concerned that he will not accept her and will only withdraw more? I really love the new dog too, but I don't want to ruin the quality of life of a dog I have had for 5 years and was very happy. Please help!

Jim asks...

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

I have two labs, one 8 years the other is a 5 month puppy. When I exercise the dogs the only thing the puppy wants to do is explore. The older dog won't let him play ball, stick, whatever. He will let the puppy play with him but that is not enough. Separating them may be the only option but very difficult.

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