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Heidi asks...This question is about:
Hi - A family member came over with his male 12weeks old mixed Cocker Spaniel/Golden Retriever puppy.I have a 7 year old male(un-neutered) Staffy. My dog was very exited but his eyes looked like he was very cautious about the puppy (sideways look towards him). When the puppy was on the floor my dog, shadowed him everywhere very close. At one stage he got very slow beside and over him and growled at the puppy, that worried me a bit. We would like for these two dogs to become friends but don't know if my dog shows to much dominance or aggression to be introduced to another male dog? He does get along well with all small dogs but has sometimes issues with bigger dogs or adolescence dogs.rnDon't know if that is something you manage as well but thought I ask you anyway, Thank you, Kind Regards, Heidi
This is a situation which is very difficult to assess without actually seeing your dog in action. Some dogs do get very territorial when a new dog comes into their yard and we have known some very unfortunate outcomes when this occurs. You need to be careful and my suggestion is to just allow them some interaction for now through a fence/door or gate. It sounds like your boy is just not too sure of the puppy, he has also shown you that he is not at ease with other dogs also; so you may need professional help from your local trainer to address that issue and to also assess the situation with the puppy for you. We recommend you never leave them alone together, also you may need to take the dogs and meet on neutral ground, with both dogs on lead at all times. - Donna
Terry asks...This question is about:
Bella does not normally bark at home but when she visits her cousin Bobbi (same breed) 2 or3 days a week and they both bark (Bella more so). They are usually home alone. The neighbours are complaining that they are barking constantly. The neighbours do have a cat and I suspect that this may be part of the problem as they do not bark (we think) when Bobbi visits Bella.
Bella : Hello...there are a few different reasons why Bella is barking at Bobbi's place.it could be that she does not feel as comfortable at Bobbi's.....reason are endless a few possibilities are....the yard may be bigger than hers..it may not give her the comfort she needs, it may appear to her more open than her place, so then she feels the need to have to protect it....she also could feel the need to protect Bobbi as they are pack animals, so the short answer is she just needs a little pack leadership from you to know that when she is at Bobbi's you are going to deal with it and she does not have to......we can certainly help with this.
This may not be the fact, but you may be taking her to Bobbi because in your mind you think she needs company and needs another dog to play with, well this is not so....you are her pack and by taking her to Bobbi's just unbalances the pack every time. I am not saying don't take her there, I am just saying she may need some guidance from you as her pack leader that she is fine while she is there. We deal with this scenario on a regular basis and your local trainer is here to assist you.
Libby asks...This question is about:
I have had a perspex dog door fitted a few days ago. My dog is very frightened of it. I managed to coax him to go out it with treats when i taped the door open. But he won't come back in and just barks and barks at it. Also i don't think he will go near it with the flap down. What can I do?
Hello Libby, yes these can be tricky. My suggestion is to get a piece of material and tape that to the doggie door with the Perspex flap propped open. Tape it so it just touches the top of your dogs head as he goes through. You can stand on the opposite side of doggie door and call him to you using very excited tones. Use a small pieces of fresh meat to encourage him to you, give it to him and lots of priase once he is on your side of the door.( Whilst doing this a good suggestion is for you to not allow him to enter indoors/outdoors using the household doors.) Do this for a few days then slowly lower the material so your dog has to duck his head to go though. Eventually getting it to the ground so the door is covered and he has to push through the material. As time goes on and he is going through nicely just start adding thicker material, so it gets heavy on his back as he pushes though the door. Keep using fresh food as you have been - especially his dinner on the other side of which he does not like to go... Then lower the perspex flap. If you are still having problems do not hesitate to call the trainer in your area for further assistance with your problem, our free call number is 1800 067 710 - Regards Donna