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Nicola asks...This question is about:
Hello, my lab charlie is very friendly and gets a long with people so well but lately when we've been walking he has started to growl and bark and lunge at other dogs. This has only been in the last 6 months. He becomes very difficult to control and he doesn't listen to me as he seems in this zone. I don't think he would ever be violent. He used to just lunge and then when he sussed the other dog out he was fine but now he barks and growls. Can you help me please. Thank you.
Hello....so it sounds like Charlie is a little worried about the other dogs, and getting worse. I would not allow him to get to the other dogs, unless he knows them. When we are walking down the street we do not shake hands, or cuddle each person as we pass them, this needs to be the same for dogs. Try turning and going in the opposite direction each time he exhibits this behaviour . Before it gets any worse; some training would definitely help you and Charlie for sure. We would also ascertain why this is happening. It would help you manage him in these times when he is being silly. We can show you the way to get him to listen to you and understand what you want or don't want him to do. Regards Donna.
Hannah asks...This question is about:
We have an 8 month old border collie who is a happy bundle of energy. Recently we have begun training him on a few more advance commands than sit, stay, come, heel, lie down. He has got all the basics very quickly and is a very fast learner. rnMy concern is that when we try to teach him these new commands, he has started to run away and acts scared. Most of the time he will run and find a corner to hide in. This has previously never happened before. He has been very well socialised and attended a lot of puppy classes. We have done a range of things to see if we can change his fearful behaviour, we have tried different treats, trained both with and without our other dog, and even used his favorite toy (which he usually loves) but each time he just runs and hide.rnrnWould you possibly be able to give any insight as to why he has become scared all of a sudden over training?rnrnP.S, we do not use any aggressive forms of punishment, they are not yelled at if they make a mistake, and definitely not hit. He was also neutered about a month ago.
Hello I would just try some passive training for a while, take him in the back yard and just walk up and down, if he passes you, turn around and go
in opposite direction, say nothing to him - if he is beside you and looking up then of course you can say good boy, but do not bend over to pat him, good boy
will be enough. Do this for about 2 -5 minutes a day....you can do it down the park on lead if you wish, but you will need a much longer lead than you use to walk him on, but not one of those retractable leads. So don't focus on the sit, drop etc. just concentrate on getting him to come to you. Hope this can help him Your local trainer Neil can help you with this/. Regards Donna J
Wendy asks...This question is about:
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:
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:
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