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Jessica asks...

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

My dog barks at some people, but comes right up to others. Ive tried to observe why, but I can't figure it out. She barks at fast movements from strangers, but sometimes she goes right up to them when they stop or keeps barking. It's not consistent.rnShe barked at my average height, skinny friend. She went straight up to my ex and loved him and he is pretty big. Overweight, I mean. But she barked at another friend who is tall and muscular. She has barked at a nice, short old man. Adored a big, burly bearded and tall, muscular man. She rarely barks at women, but happens from time to time.rnrn. I haven't been keeping up on standing in front of her and that is working. I also stare her in the eyes to show my dominance, but there are zero consistencies with her bark alerts. Why is she doing this?

Grace asks...

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

First off, I have the best dog in the world. She listens and is super smart/easy to train. We had recently moved into another apartment building and our neighbor upstairs has two german shepherds. Whenever she hears them, she barks then she stars whining. Her body language seems to be an "alert" pose, with tail raised high as she looks up at the ceiling where the sounds come from. Also, when she hears them from outside our door, she starts whining as well. Help! Why does she do that? I'm trying to train her to relax but it's not really working. We have other dogs in the building but Yogie usually ignores them. I don't want her behavior to get worse and am worried that it's stressing her out. :(

Amy asks...

This question is about: Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Puppy Management Separation Anxiety

I need some help with my dog, Ollie… or at least try to figure out what’s going on with him. Ollie is 13 months old, and I adopted him at 13 weeks from a nearby shelter. They said they found him on the side of a highway in Tennessee alone at 12 weeks. Ollie is an American Staffordshire Terrier/Border Collie/King Charles Spaniel mix (I got a DNA test  ) and he is energetic, playful, and so much fun!rnrnBut it seems as if Ollie has emotional stress all the time. He whines at all times. My fiancé and I have tried everything – to ignore him, to reprimand him, to make him go lay down. He is a brilliant dog as well; he works for food, toys, and treats… I’m a huge Cesar Millan fan so I’ve tried to use all his techniques… it’s just been so hard. It’s very difficult to hear him whine all the time and not know what to do.rnrnThe other thing we think is going on is separation anxiety. Ollie is crate trained, and we live in an apartment. Luckily, I have patient neighbors… I have had to recently start putting a sheet over all 4 sides of the crate when I leave so Ollie doesn’t see me go… before I did this, my neighbors told me that Ollie would bark for hours… but since I’ve put the sheet over the crate, it’s been quiet. He also seems to have A.D.D. – his attention is pulled at different directions a lot of the time, everything outside is something, and new guests get him so excited! He just doesn’t seem to be at peace.rnrnThe reason for my email is because I am at a loss. Having watched a lot of Cesar Millan, I am not naïve in thinking I am not somehow part of the problem, because it’s usually the owners who need the training. But I just don’t know what to do anymore… I feel like I have tried everything.rnrnHere are a few links that show Ollie’s anxiety… One is when my fiancé is leaving, and the other is when we’re just watching The Office and his head is on my lap – you can hear faint whines. He had just eaten and gone outside… (you can see at the beginning he starts to whine and then at 1:06 mark, 1:18 mark, and 1:34 mark he starts to move around unsure of what to do)rnrnPlease let me know if there is anything we can do to help him out of this!rnrnThanks for reading and any suggestions or things to do moving forward.

Alberto asks...

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

I've had my Basset Hound for about 6 years now and she always had trouble being friendly with starngers and my own family members. She would constantly growl if someone she doesn't know is near her or she would try to bite when some one trys to pet her beaides my mom, dad, and I. I really don't know how i could train her to stop being so territorial and agressive when it comes to meeting new people. She interacts perfectly fine with other dogs, but not people. Are there any tips you can give me?

April asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household Separation Anxiety Other

I have a catahoula/blue heeler mix he is a year and a half and about 55 lbs he sleeps with my boyfriend and I and I am very attached to him. He is wonderful with other dogs but not great with children or humans he is very sketchy of people we understand that comes with his breed. I am 4 months pregnant now and want to know if getting another dog perhaps a lab puppy or something similar right now before I have the baby will help my dog transition/adjust to having the new baby around. I Don't want to stop giving my dog as much attention as he gets now but I am not nieve I know it's not going to be the same for him and I want so badly for him to like the baby. My boyfriend thinks a new dog is a bad idea but I think having a dog breed that is known to be good with kids will help maverick adjust better and also will give him someone to play with so he doesn't feel neglected. Any information you can offer will be much appreciated.

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