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Stacy asks...This question is about:
I have recently been having a problem with my dog jumping on the door of my truck when I get home. She is overly excited to see me, and I am happy to see her, but it is causing damage to my new vehicle. I do not make a big deal when I get home however she still insists on jumping up to see me in my window. What can I do to stop this bad behavior?
Megan asks...This question is about:
Hello,rnrnI have a quick question about training my dog to stop eating things she shouldn't. My dog really thinks that whatever is on the ground is hers. She recently ate toilet paper and kleenax when I wasn't looking, and always tries to eat stuff on walks. She will try to eat sticks and leaves and even garbage. Again, if its on the ground she thinks she can eat it. My biggest concern is that she will eat something and make herself seriously sick or get an intestinal issue that needs serious help. Ive tried everything I can think of on walks and at home to get her tonstop eating things she shouldn't and punish her when she does it by giving her a tap on the nose saying no and putting her in timeout, but she still does it. Any suggestions? Im most concerned about getting her to leave stuff alone when we are on walks. I can control whats on the ground of my home more than the sidewalks.rnrnMy other concern with jumping. My dog knows not to jump on me because ive been really strick with her about it, but when people come over she gets so excited to see them that she jumps all over them and wont listen when i tell her to get down. And she just runs around the house like crazy because shes so excited that people are there. What can i do with the jumping? Is there a way to train her to go get a toy when people come in the house and sit there with the toy until people greet her and are ready to play?rnThanks!
Mary asks...This question is about:
Hello, we got a new 11 week old puppy last night that had a very stressful day (shipped in a crate for 12 hours, first time away from his mom, had never been outside before). When we got home we introduced him to our (very large) dog at a neutral spot and at first he whimpered and ran away. I gave him his space and whenever he got closer gave him treats. Once we got to our own yard, he kept standing between my husbands legs and then on his lap. When my older dog came over to smell him he started to really growl and at one point snap. We separated them and eventually he got more comfortable with her inside and didn't whimper or growl when he met her alone. We kept it all positive, giving them each treats and praise. Does this mean he will not have a nice temperament?? Is he going to react to fearful situations and other dogs with aggressive behavior?? The whole reason we got this breed is because they are know for loving other animals and people. I'm very concerned. Thanks!
Janie asks...This question is about:
I'll probably schedule training session soon, but I thought I'd ask one particular question: In the past few weeks, my dog has developed a growing fear/suspicion of my brother (we all live in the same house). Rusty has lived with us for four years, but this behavior has only been happening frequently recently. My brother (my twin, Reed, who is 15 years old) has a habit of roughhousing, swinging objects around, and sometimes purposefully antagonizing dog and non-dog members of the family, to which Rusty responds with barking, whining, and mock charges (no actual biting). If a stranger does similar things, which has only happened once or twice, Rusty will respond the same way, but he's especially suspicious of Reed. In general, Rusty can be nervous and protective of me specifically. How can I help teach Rusty that Reed is not a threat nor is he allowed to correct a human's behavior, and how can I help him to distinguish dangerous and non-dangerous situations?
Taylor asks...This question is about:
Our dog gets very excited when someone comes to the door or walks by our house. I understand that her barking is a natural reaction, especially for the breed. She is still pretty young and we chose a German Shepherd for their guarding ability. However, we do want to be able to control it when necessary, and I'm always paranoid she's going to grow to be aggressive. We did several months of puppy classes with a local certified trainer who assured me she wasn't aggressive, just unsure (with other dogs).rnWe walk everyday on my lunch hour to minimize running into other dogs (she's ok with seeing just people). When we do happen to see a dog on a walk she locks her gaze and raises her hackles and then does a kind of "bounce" thing. At which point, food us utterly useless (this made training classes extremely frustrating for both of us). I know if she were able to go up and meet the strange dogs she'd feel better, but I don't want to inadvertently reward the behavior, and i know nothing of the other dogs' temperaments. I've learned to be super aware of my surroundings so that I can react before she does. However, there are instances where a dog is loose, or someone comes around the corner. In such cases I have a hard time controlling MY energy, especially once she has already reacted. I've had a couple instances where running into a dog ruins the entire walk because I can't calm down before she reacts to something else. This is NOT a common occurrence. Usually she'll react and once we get a couple houses away she'll start to focus again. rnrnQuestions:rn1). If I meet someone walking their dog directly towards us, is it better to have her sit and wait for them to pass by, or do a 180 and walk the other direction? I don't want to cause her more stress by her being "followed." rn2). Should we be walking in the AM or PM instead so that we DO run into other dogs? I know you're not supposed to take the "next step" until they've mastered the previous. However, I almost never see dogs on lunch. If anything they're in the back yard or somewhere she can only hear them. If she doesn't see the other dogs she doesn't really react to them. rnrnWhen someone rings the bell or knocks on the door she charges the door (sounding very aggressive) sometimes standing on her hind legs putting her front paws on the door, usually with her hackles partially raised. I've read several articles on the topic most of which all say the same thing. Basically working on the "place" command and working up towards doing this with the door as distraction and then adding visitors in the end. However, I've also seen where they say NOT to do this if you have an aggressive dog? I don't believe my dog is aggressive because when we do have friends over she is very friendly (rude actually) and excited. Typically when we have friends over, we put her on the leash before they even get out of their cars. If I take her outside to meet them as they get out of their car she's just as excited, but she doesn't bark as much just pulls towards them. She's pretty good about moving out of our way if we are going OUT the door. When we come back in she's more just in the way, but she doesn't try to bust her way through. Also, if someone happens to walk their dog down the sidewalk she goes crazy (don't even get me started on the alley cats)! rnrnrnQuestions:rn1). How can I identify the line between aggression and uncertainty?rn2). Would you suggest the same method as far as using the "place" command? If so, is there a laid out guide that highlights everything step by step from "start" to "finish" so to speak? We haven't ever worked on the place command or anything so this will be like starting from scratch. rnrnI apologize for any long and/or unnecessary details. If you have any detailed suggestions, I would really appreciate it. We're going to have this dog for a loonnng time so I need as much information as I can get before things get out of hand and we have a real problem :) Thank you!