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Amanda asks...This question is about:
I have two dogs, a 3/4 year old Cattle Dog and a 1/2 Bichon Poodle. Occasionally they will get into arguments, usually resulting in the Bichon getting a bite, never very severe, but the Cattle won't let go easily. She does not shake her or seem overly violent other than the initial bite. I break them up sometimes by splashing water on them, but usually by lifting the Cattle Dog up forcing her to let go. Every time it happens I have massive anxiety. My question is, is this something I need to be very concerned about? I am reading mixed reviews, some say it is normal and others say it is too aggressive. I do not know what to do anymore. Please help me.
Jessica asks...This question is about:
Hi, rnI have a question and would really appreciate any help. My husband and I got a bull mastiff- Rottweiler mix 7 months ago and he started being aggressive with our 3 year old and 1 year old right away. He is fine with me and my husband but growls at the kids. He has growled very viciously since bringing him home. He growls if they pet him on his back or get close to him when he has, food, water, or a bone. Sometimes he growls for no reason. The kids are never mean to him and are never alone with him. We tried getting him trained two weeks straight with no change. He has actually nipped my 3 year old son once that didn't draw blood but did leave a mark and make him cry. My question is ..is there any hope for him or do you think he will always be aggressive? We don't have money to get him trained anymore. He hasn't been fixed yet but people keep saying he will stop being aggressive after he's fixed but he's been doing this all along. Would appreciate your advice on to keep him or not. Thanks so muchrnJessica
Amanda asks...This question is about:
My dog, who was potty trained in a matter of days as a puppy, and who is one of the smartest, most obedient dogs I can imagine, has taken to peeing/pooping in our basement. It is a finished, carpeted basement, but a space we rarely use. I can think of two reasons for this new behavior: 1) The previous tenants maybe had dogs that weren't so well potty trained, and the carpet has residual waste smells, BUT we have steam cleaned the whole basement twice this year. 2.) Since we don't really hang out down there, she thinks of it as 'outside', since she doesn't consider it her living space. We are temporarily remedying this with a baby gate so she can't get down there, but obviously, sometimes we forget, and then she uses it as a bathroom. There is no medical issue--there are NEVER accidents upstairs, and she is very healthy. I don't know how, at 11 years old, to train her that the basement is part of the house and is not to be used as a potty. She seems ashamed when we find the puddles/piles, so I swear some part of her knows it's wrong. Any training tips would be great. I'm stumped on this one. The behavior is just strange coming from this dog who is always so well behaved!
Denice asks...This question is about:
We are having aggression issues over food, toys, and her kennel (basically anything she deems "hers". We have two other female dogs, one who is four and one who is just a year and a half. There are minimal problems between the three of them, although I'm sure that contributes. I have taken steps such as making her wait for her food, scooping small handfuls of her food and feeding her by hand, and holding her bowl while she eats with some success. I feed her a cookie while she is in her kennel in hopes to show that it's nice to have me near it...not a whole lot of success with that one. One of the most bazaar issues is with toys. I sit near her while she chews on one and try to pet her but she growls. When I take my hand away, she nuzzles into me as if she feels badly about it (my human perspective of course!). She seems to want attention yet is frustrated with us being near the toys. We mostly limit her access to toys because of this. Her reaction is usually growling with her lip snarled to show her front teeth. She will snap at me if I flick her nose but she seems to hold back from an actual bite. We do walk her daily for an hour along with playing ball for brief intervals throughout the day. We play with her and our 16 month shepherd together to hopefully teach them manners and establish that we own the toys not them. She is mostly a very sweet, loving dog who enjoys being pet and loved on but these few things concern me. Do you have any suggestions?
Shannon asks...This question is about:
Our dog has a habit of using a "low-like throat growl" when the children want to pet her or lay beside her. It happens more often when I am around than when she is at home alone with the kids. She also is jealous of the hugs/kisses the kids receive from me. she barks and jumps and nudges her way in for attention - she will use that "growl" sound also. We make her sit and wait while we hug/kiss goodbye, hello, goodnight and then give her the same affection; however, she does not like it when the kids are affectionate to me. The kids range from 9-17 yrs old. We've tried to understand this growl as her way of saying she wants her peace and alone time - but often it happens just because I am present and she doesn't want anyone to touch her but me. Any ideas or resolutions we may try?