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Teela asks...This question is about:
First I want to mention Anubis was a shelter dog that we adopted in March 2016 (this makes us a little unsure of the bread but there is definitely American bulldog in him). I am having problems with barking. He barks at everything, the wind blows he barks, kids play a block away he barks, a leaf blows he barks. I do want him to bark when someone is at my home but at every little thing is excessive. I have tried high pitched noises, spraying him with a water bottle, clapping, a muzzle (used for barking not biting), and we even bought a static collar but we immediately brought it back when it causes him so much pain that he couldn't stop yelping. He is a great dog but his is very hyper and a very stubborn learner. He learns tricks well but teaching him basic etiquette like walking on a leash, not jumping, when it is okay to bark, not destroying everything he gets his mouth on, and other things like that is almost impossible.
Cambria asks...This question is about:
I have a puppy who is just barely over 6 months. I rescued him from a shelter when he was 4 months old, he was an owner surrender case and I have no information on his history. I started puppy training classes with him less than a month after I got him, he's learning basic commands and gets along with the dogs and people in his class. I try to socialize him often, and we go on walks almost daily. He gets along great with every dog he's been around, if anything he's too friendly and thinks they are all as nice as my parents dogs are. I've never had any issues until about two days ago. We were walking in our neighborhood and a little girl wanted to pet him and approached him and he immediately coward and his hackles were raised and he barked a fearful bark almost like he was being hurt, he didn't bare his teeth or growl though. I thought it was really strange and we walked away and he was fine just minutes later when we passed a couple and their dog so I wondered if it was maybe an isolated thing. Then today we walked to the creek where he's been a few times with lots of animals and people and a lady who had a dog off leash and was with her husband and kids bent down to pet him and he behaved fearfully just like before. Just 20 minutes before he let a man he didn't know pet him through the window of our car at a stoplight. I really want to stop this before it turns into an issue and he maybe turns aggressive. What should I do?
Bria asks...This question is about:
Luna was pretty socialized as a puppy, she does great at dog parks off leash. The problem is when she's at home, or on a leash. She begins barking, sometimes even wagging her tail while she's barking. It's incredibly confusing, not only to us, but to kids. When she was younger she was around kids off and on, and never seemed to have a problem, but since she's reached about 10 months she barks so deeply, and sometimes lunges (while still wagging her tail) that we are afraid to let her get near kids - And I'm sure their mothers' are also fearful. rnrnWhat can we do to help her adjust to being around children? We don't have any kids ourselves (yet) but are scared she won't do well in a couple years (when we plan to have children) if we don't start doing something! rnrnFYI: She's 65-70 pounds, about 24-30 inches tall and she's crazy strong. She does well on a gentle leader, but can't use just her harness anymore. Admittedly, because of my husband and my schedule, we have not taken her to training... She sits, waits, stays,"leave-it" and "goes to bed" but the recent events with kids has definitely opened our eyes! rnrnPLEASE HELP!!!
Gina asks...This question is about:
My dog is aggressive. He will attack any new person that comes into the house. Heruns after them barking and bites their leg. We have to have him on a leash in the house so that we can control him when people come over. He is very possessive over his food as well. I have tried taking his food away like others have suggested, but that does not work. He will bite me if I try to take his food. He is also very territorial, especially with certain people. For example, tonight I tried to get him off my moms bed by telling him to get down and he snapped at my hand... Continues snarling and trying to bite me. When he is tired, you can't go near him because he immediately starts growling at you. He seems to be getting worse everyday. I know it's probably something we are doing wrong... It's been difficult trying to consistently train him because there are so many people in my house that care for him. It saddens me that I have considered getting rid of him because most of the time he is a super sweet love able dog. I just don't know what to do anymore.
Liz asks...This question is about:
Hi there- My dog is around my niece often, and she is one and a half years old. The dog loves to follow her around everywhere, often licking her face and wanting to be by her side at all times. Lately I have started to notice whenever someone will pick up my niece, the dog will nip at her. I don't understand why she will randomly just try to nip at her, especially when it is not provoked. There was another incident where I had my niece standing by my legs and the dog just walked up and nipped at her...It's not an aggressive nip, but still, it makes me nervous and feel bad that it happens. I don't know if it is a protective issue or what. Any advice would be appreciated to maybe understand why this happens, and the best way to stop it would be great. Thank you!