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Stacey asks...

This question is about: Other

I rescued my dog about 2 weeks ago. He has always gone to the crate at night and when we leave. He even went in it on his own. All of a sudden he refuses to go in. I tried luring with food and friendly verbal rewards. I don’t want to force him because I know it needs to be a happy place. Any idea how this could have happened or how we can fix it? Thank you

Hi Stacey, something has happened in there to make worried.  to get it back to a happy 'safe den' for him we suggest you place his water bowl and feed him in there. Leave the door open and when you see him in there tell him hes a good boy in a lovely happy voice.  Another way is to put his lead on, thread it through the top of the crate, that way you are using tools and not hands to get him inside,  dont let him take a back step and you will need to 'pull' him (using lead) and using really happy encouraging tones.  Praise him 'good boy' once in, don't close the door . Once in, let him come out and repeat a few times.  Place fresh meat in there initially to encourage him in.  Also try covering the crate  at night to make it a dark den for him also.  Hope this helps. Val . 

Jj asks...

This question is about: Other

Hi!rnI have a quick-ish question in regards to trick training with my 2 year old pitbull cross. I hope you can help me.rnSo, Heidi is a quick learner. She knows many tricks and loves doing them. However, when we go outside, its very hard to get her to do the tricks she knows so well! She isn't focused on me, even when there aren't any distractions, and she is very lazy at doing them. How do you go about improving a dogs drive? So that when doing something like tricks, they are fully focused on the trainer and go about what they are asked with alot of energy?rnThanks.

Hi Jj, looks like you love spending time with Heidi, teaching dogs tricks is so much fun and we know the commitment and time this can take.  Not sure if you are or have used treats as a rewards, maybe she is over that form of reward.  We use voice praise in happy voice tones.  She needs to learn you require her focus on your both indoors and outside.  When you say outside I gather this is in your back yard. .  Put all chew toys etc away out there. Dogs can quickly get very distracted outside for many reasons. Make sure that all her obedience skills; like sit, stay, come when called, focus and  she stays in each command until you use a 'release' command.  On and off lead outside in your yard are in place and that her focus on you in both areas are exactly what they need to be i.e.on you. Using exciting vice tones may also help get her motivated, lots of praise and also if she has a favourite toy she likes to play with, then outside use this toy as her praise treat (instead of food if you use that) along with using your happy voice tones.  Never get frustrated, your voice tones will change and she will think she is in trouble. .  Show and guide her until she 'gets it'.  If she can do them inside then she will also be able to focus outdoors with patients. Not sure if laziness is the reason. How about trying to do them outdoors only for a time. Hope this helps and keep having fun with Heidi she soubds like a great dog !!

Roxanne asks...

This question is about: Separation Anxiety

YournHello! Sorry to bother you. I have a german shepard that is 6 months old and every time i leave the house he destroys the plastic pipe thats under the sink. I walk him before i leave and give him a kong with goodies and toys but he still destroys it. He has this destructive behavior only when he is left alone.

Hi Roxanne, he is more than likely bored and the plastic pipes are flexible, like a tennis ball, they loe that movement.  We have a GameChanger ,mental stimulation toy, that you put small good quality kibble into and they have to play with it and work out how to get the food/treats out. Vetalogica have a wonderful no grain option with some great flavours, no preservatives or additives, my dogs love the salmon and kangaroo variety., I place these into their GameChangers. They play with them for ages and then sleep as they are using their brain to work it out.  Kong's are good, but with mince & vegies. When you walk your dog make sue to do obedience and make him walk beside you - not pull out front. Do sit stays, door and gate control, a dog should never get through any doors or gate ahead of you, and get it using his brain from the time you place the collar and lead on. Doing some obedience with him on lead, also getting him to follow you in your yard off lead , whenever he gets ahead of you you must turn and change directions and place yourself in front i.e. the leader leads. So this must not be the dog.  Get his brain working before going to the gate on lead. If you go into our website you will see videos of the game changer.

Tamara asks...

This question is about: Puppy Management

Hello, I have a puppy that is 9 weeks old, we recieved him when he was 8 weeks. He is easy to train when it comes to: jump,sit, paw, and come here. The problem is that we cant get him to walk outside. When he sees the dog harness, he runs away to hus bed and pretends to sleep to avoid it. When we carry him all he does is whines and refuses to move and even pulling backwards as we just stan in the same spot. We have tried with dog treats and to encourage him with a ”come here” but he wont budge and the whines becomes louder. We live in sweden and we have alot of snow it is about -5 celcius. He wears a puppy sweater for him but he hates going outside.

Hi Tamara. it is all about educating your wee puppy and teaching him what you want in a way he understands. dog do get used to snow with time. Be patient. My suggestion is to place his collar and lead on him indoors initially, always under supervision and just let him walk around by himself, making sure that he does not get the lead tangled around a chair leg etc.  He will stand on the lead as he moves and he will get the tug feeling, this will become a natural feeling for him.  You could also sit down on the floor holding the handle of the lead ( we recommend using a 6'cotton lead not a short one)  tug 'gently' calling his name excitedly towards you.  Never try to reel him in like a fish on a line ) Lots of encouragement using happy tones is needed.  Praise him with each step he takes. Be patient, when he does accept the lead then take one step and stop one step and stop encouraging him to stay beside your legs, never in front.  Do the same with him outside - let the lead go and let him learn to accept it on his own.  Feed him outside with the lead on also.  Correct or ignore any whining or it will get worse. Don't let him inside if he is whining.  

Jordan asks...

This question is about: Hyperactivity

Hi, I have issues with my dog being too hyper-active, I know it’s an easy fix with exercise, but I am physically unable to walk him without my partner, due to pulling. I have been doing textbook training with him since he was a puppy, but he just doesn’t seem to stop pulling. I’ve tried to play with him in the backyard with some toys but he just gets too over excited and jumps on me. He is generally well behaved it’s just when we go for a walk or play nothing and no one matters. I have a baby on the way and I need to calm him down and exercise him, but I can’t seem to do it. What should I do?

Hi Jordan

We see on a daily basis hypo-activity in so many dogs.  We know a huge part of this can be diet related.  A natural raw diet is one way to ascertain if this is indeed part of the cause. Depending on the size of your dog - large breed chicken carcasses are great and for smaller dogs chicken wings and necks.  Never any cooked meat or bones.  Also scatter feed some frozen mixed vegies around the yard, give it something to forage for during the day.If kibble is used then you need a good quality one - LOW in carbs (rice pasta etc) no preservatives additives or food colourings.  there are some great ones available from PetStock PetBarn or the likes.  Just ask attendant.   Bark Busters has a WaggWalker harness that will assist you with the pulling on walks. check it out on home page video www.barkbusters.com.au   Yyou can order one directly from Head Office if you want one.  Also it is important to never allow your dog out of any doors/gates/stairs ahead of you.  It should be trained to wait until you invite it in or out. .

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