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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 

Brian / Kathryn 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 Pulling on the Lead Separation Anxiety

This isn't so much a question as a statement (mini-essay) of our problems in order of their significance. Archie has an inclination to want to bite people he doesn't know when they come to the house. I can't trust him enough to let him off the lead on the oval without having put a muzzle on him. Occasionally he gets out of the back yard and while he hasn't tried to bite anyone in the street (he generally just runs about our local area like a bit of a lunatic, exploring) we are always very relieved when we get him back in.. Getting him back in can be difficult. He runs away when you get near him and won't come to our calls. I've found the best way is to simply throw a bit of his dry dog food on our back deck and when he comes back in and is finding and eating that, I go out the front door and shut the backyard gate. (He'll run away again if I go out the back door). He also barks at possums at night though this is less of an issue now than it was a couple of years ago. (He's killed at least two possums in the past year). He has always been keen to set the pace when walking and isn't prepared to heel for more than a few seconds.rnrn4. He frets and barks a lot if I leave outside while I buy a coffee etc. Despite being de-sexed as a young puppy (RSPCA), he tends to be quite genitalia-orientated.

Archie - sounds like he just needs some good leadership and someone to sort out the gate so it does not get left open. You could start by placing him on lead and making sure that you always go through doors and gate first. The other thing you could try is to place him on a lead and in the back yard walk around, up and down the yard and if he runs in front of you turn and go in opposite direction, not saying anything, but pull the lead gently and keep walking until he catches up to you - do this for about 5 mins every day until he is walking beside your leg. These couple of thing should help with leadership.

If you are still having problems you might like to call our free call number 1800 067 710 and speak to the trainer in your area for some more advice.

Bron asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger

Bruno is increasingly aggressive towards anybody (even people he knows well) that come onto our property. Initially he growled and followed, now he actually growls, barks and bites the back of people's legs. Can this behaviour be stopped?

A tough one Bron.....It sounds like you are giving Bruno to much area to look after and not enough pack leadership from yourself and other family member. Dogs are pack animals and they only have two defenses which are flight or fight.  If you are allowing him to look after the yard and he is not a confident dog to start with, then the only other thing he can do is use his teeth. It is hard to know what your set up is with your yard and so on, but you do need to start doing some regular training with him to let him know that you will look after the yard so he does not have to worry and take that roll on himself, which is what I feel he is currently doing. 

Maybe start with the door control, always making sure you go through before your dog and also through gates. You must never allow your dog to get anywhere ahead of you.

If you are walking in the yard off lead and your dog moves ahead of you, stop, clap and use the word that you use when your dog is naughty.  When your dog stops, in happy tones call your dog to you and repeat this exercise as many times as needed as he tries to walk ahead of you until you go to walk and he is beside or behind you and his focus is on you.

Now with this training in place when someone comes to your place you use that word get him to come back to you and place him in a safe place while the person enters your home.

Hope this helps.

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