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Wendy asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise

Chase barks for no reason it seems at night I go out and say NO and say "Get in your Kennel" three times consecutively and then i give up! He snuggles up with Sheena 4 year old (female). They seem to share the kennel well together. He is protective and cares for her....should i get him his own kennel?

Hello no you do not have to get him his own kennel, it is fine for them to share.......he just needs some training so he sees you as the boss and not himself, once you put some training in place he will be able to relax knowing you are going to take care of things and he can then just sleep all day :)

Lorraine asks...

This question is about: Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

I have 3 dogs mum dad and puppy hamish but now he want to fight with dad dog now i am at my ends what to do i am going to get is nuts cut will that help :-) Lorraine

Yes that will help, but it may not fix the problem......sounds like there is a lack of leadership from you, which we could most definitely help you with, to get a calmer pack, so they can all live together a lot happier :)

Helen asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household Toileting

I have a rescue shoodle who is 1yo - he is exceptionally reactive and protective of the house and also when out walking if he sees men - he will nip anyone who comes into the house. He does the perimeter parading, and if he someone has been there before and they've upset him - as soon as he's let out again he'll go straight back to that spot as if they are still there - I'm concerned because the neighbours are sick of him barking, also concerned if we're out he'll bite someone, and we can't take him anywhere with a lot of people - he loves other dogs but not people - any advice would be most helpful. Have been doing clicker training with him and he's good at that but keeps doing the perimeter thing regardless. I have a 4yo moodle also - and they're ok together but one sets the other off now - also the shoodle has taken to defecating downstairs and not out in the yard, he is toilet trained - was wondering if that could be that there's another dogs scent out there and so doesn't feel he has anywhere that he can go and also what i could do about that

There are too many things going on here for us to just advise or give you tips online. Any form of aggression needs professional attention. We deal with this type of unacceptable behaviour on a daily basis. It sounds like your Shoodle is a bit fearful, and we know you could do with some help in the right way to deal with him asap. I strongly suggest that you give your local trainer Lynden a call on our free call number 1800 067 710 and speak to him. Regards Donna

Nicole asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Separation Anxiety

We have recently moved homes for the first time and since then cooper has had really bad seperation anxiety from me. Everytime I walk out of the house he cries. Ive had my sister look after him while I've been at work and today he was left alone for the first time and ripped down the back fence and escaped. He didn't go far and waited for me to come home. I dont know what to do.

Moving territories (house) is a big thing for most dogs and your dog is feeling unsure of his new surroundings. He is showing signs of separation anxiety, so initially I suggest he needs to be placed in the laundry (i.e. separated from you) while you are home, as often as you can. Place his bed in there along with something with your scent on it also some water - initially for 5 ? 10 minutes at a time then longer and also make this is sleeping (den) at night. This is so he can get used to it gradually. It is important not to open the door for any attention seeking behaviour, like barking, scratching or whining. But reassure him you are there with a quick deep Nooo! You could leave a radio on for him as well. Do this for a few weeks until he feels comfortable and knows that this is his new home (den) you actually need to confine him to a small area like a laundry while you are not home, as you know it is your new home, but your dog does not. Regards Donna

Mike asks...

This question is about: Toileting

Marty urinates inside the house sometimes, not all the time, mainly seems to be at night, but occasionally during the day as well. He sleeps in a dog bed in our bedroom & can let himself out.We have a 2 story house with dog doors so he can come & go as he pleases. I take him outside at night anytime I get up to go to the bathroom. He has been neutered.I reward him with praise & pats & cuddles when he does the right thing, but it's very rare that we catch him actually urinating, we find it later. It's normally by his reactions to us after he has done it, that we know he has done something wrong. It's kind of an "I'm sorry I did it again look" is there any way to stop him from urinating inside at his age, other than locking him outside all the time? Thanks  Mike Pilkington

Hello, I am not sure what age Marty is...but if he is an older dog then he should be able to hang on for a long time. There is training you can do to stop this, but I would be also looking into whether he may have some sort of infection or medical problem for him needing to pee so much, so a Vet visit will soon be able to answer that for you.              Regards Donna 

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