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Steph asks...This question is about:
I am a foster home for Toby. Emma the owner of Duke wants to adopt Toby but both are dominant. Here are our findings - We’d like to know if both dogs can co-exist and be happy.rnrnBoth dogs are dominantrnrn • Both dogs showed no signs of aggression when they met each otherrn • Their tales both wagging as it wagged all of the time except when mounting occurredrn • They can stand face to face panting patiently for long periods of timern • Duke is more possessive of his owner - perhaps Toby is not because Toby has been with me less than two weeks.rn • Toby does not seem to mind as much if Duke approaches me and puts himself between Toby and I - the opposite is not the case for Dukern • Duke occasionally growled at Toby when close to his owner and affection was givenrn • Neither dog seems to dominate more than the otherrnrnDUKE:rn • Duke is 8 years old high energy male golden lab and dominantrn • Duke has been with one ownerrn • Duke is much taller than Toby - about 3 inches or sorn • Duke is neuteredrn • Duke shows teeth and growls and snaps as Toby mounts himrn • When Duke mounts Toby, Toby lets him but as soon as Duke is done, Toby is eager to get his turn againrn • Duke does not try to mount Toby very often (perhaps 4 times in 45 minutes)??rnrnTOBY:rn • Toby is a 4 year old calm-mannered male but dominantrn • Toby has been abandoned 3 times. Once early in his life, then after 3.5 years then for one day and now with me for 2 weeksrn • Toby is not neuteredrn • Toby wants to mount Duke constantly (Likely 20-30 times in 45 minutes??)rn • Even with very aggressive growls and snapping from Duke, Toby continues for what seems like a long time until I call him off. Once, Toby growled back showing teeth at Dukern • Toby whined a lot after Duke as he left and wanted to join Duke
Jordan asks...This question is about:
We try to leave Zipps at home without being in her cage but whenever we do she gets bored and starts to ruin the carpet and the carpeted stairs. We've tried to tell her to stop but she just did it this mourning too.
Lauren asks...This question is about:
Hello! We (myself, my brother, and my mother) adopted a rescue dog back in April. She is a very sweet dog that loves affection and playing around with us and with her toys. I spend the most time with her, so I've become the "mommy" aka pack leader. Just recently, Margo has exhibited some possessive-type behavior. At least that's what I think it is. She has started barking and growling at my brother when he comes home or sometimes when he appears suddenly. She didn't do this when we first got her and so far it's only my brother. She doesn't do this with my mother or familiar visitors. She gets along with my brother very well in all other circumstances. They play together often, he feeds her at times, and she'll even take naps with him on his bed on occasion. I noticed that she doesn't always bark or growl at him, but, when she does, I'm always with her. And her behavior also seems fearful of him. Her fur stands up on end and she retreats if he comes near her after he initially enters into the house or room. And she doesn't stop barking after she recognizes it's someone familiar. She calms down eventually, but it carries on longer than I would expect. I don't understand this. He is very kind to her and she really seems to like him except during these specific circumstances. She's been to obedience training, though we're still working on perfecting commands. I don't scold her when she barks at him and he always goes to her after she's calmed down a bit to reassure her he's no threat. But yet she continues to do this. I really don't want this to be a precursor to more aggressive/possessive behavior. And I'm afraid if this is not addressed soon, it will be. What can I do? rnrnSincerely, rn Lauren Walker
Kelly asks...This question is about:
Daisy has become reactive to other dogs (new dogs) at the dog parkrnrnI was thinking about getting her a muzzle (one where she can still open her mouth etc....just not be able to bite) and putting it on her when new dogs came to the park. And using a spray bottle along with if needed.rnrnWill just showing her that other dogs r fine....teach her?
Todd asks...This question is about:
When ever I lay down be it to go to bed or just to play with her. She will always go head first in to my chest and arms and rub up against me before we play or go to sleep... im Guessing its a sign of love but what is it really?