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Angela asks...This question is about:
I have a two year old Bull Terrier/Pit mix and when she gets excited she absolutely will not listen to me. This happens every single time we go outside and when people come over. When we go outside she pulls harshly to the point where she walks on her hind legs. I've tried many things to stop this. I've tried treating her when she walks next to me, I've tried switching directions when she starts to pull, I've tried chest harnesses, I've tried chain-linked collars, and I've even tried vibrating/noise making collars. Nothing helps. When people come over she jumps on them. Not just once, but consistently throughout the visit and nothing I say or do will stop her (besides physically moving her into another room or to her crate). She has cut and bruised my poor grandparents up. She's not like this when it's just us. She listens, she minds, she's gentle. It's polar opposite. I've worked with trainers on these issues but I can't seem to find a solution that works. Is there anything, at all, anybody can suggest at this point?
Alex asks...This question is about:
My dog is very smart and very communicative. One of the biggest issues I have with my dog is demand barking, which is very loud and which he does quite often. I know the most common advice to correct demand barking is to completely ignore the behavior and then immediately reward the "quiet". The problem I find with this is that it seems my dog has learned that in order to set in motion the series of events that will eventually lead to him getting what he wants he must alert me by barking that he wants something. So for example, lets say a ball has rolled under the couch and he wants help retrieving it. He may learn on day 1 that he doesn't get what he wants if he barks, and that as soon as he stops barking I praise him and go retrieve the ball for him as a reward. On day 2, if the ball rolls under the couch, and he tries to be good by not barking, he will eventually realize that not barking will also not get him what he wants because I won't know that he wants his ball and therefore he will learn that he has to bark in order to eventually get what he wants. This all feels very confusing. I'm not sure the best way to correct the demand barking if its hard for him to consistently be rewarded for good behavior because being good means I won't know that he wants something and therefore he won't get what he wants. Does this make sense?
Caroline asks...This question is about:
Buffy was doing great at our previous home in terms of going potty outside. She had a fenced in backyard and went without any issues. She had accidents inside the house, but they were always close to the door to the backyard. We had to relocate to a downtown apartment last week. She walks on her leash 3 times a day and refuses to go potty outside. There is a dog park near our apartment we take her to on these walks where she can run free, and she still refuses to go there! She will only go to the bathroom inside our apartment. She goes on walks with her older dog sister Bella. We have reinforced pottying outside by giving Bella treats each time she goes outside, and we make sure to do this so Buffy can see Bella getting the treats as reward for pottying. We are at our wits' end! Spanking, yelling, saying no, walks, and sitting at the dog park for 30 to 45 minutes are all NOT working!!!
Aaron asks...This question is about:
He is 3 and i also have a female pit 3, I want to train both of them, is it difficult to train two dogs at the same time, they are very smart. rnAll i the answers that i answer below are for the male Zues.
Dennis asks...This question is about:
looking for a starting price and how long does it take to get him to behave