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Tracey asks...

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

Hi ed is nearly 1 He has moved here 4 months ago with my son We have an older golden retriever Ed has been urinating in the other dogs feed bowl I think he does is after they are fed How can we stop this?rnThey all get plenty to eat rnThanks 😂

Hi Tracy, when a new dog is bought into the mix, like Ed has been, he is now showing your golden retriever that he is boss by marking 'his' territory.  The humans should always be the' top dog' in any situation. That way the dogs do not have to worry about whose in charge.   I would suggest you remove the feed bowls, and if there is no sign of food aggression or protecting of the food bowl from the other dog, try scatter feeding all food across the lawn.  This will keep them busy forging for their food, just like a dog would in the wild. Also scatter some diced frozen veggies around.   

Carolyn asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Digging Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Separation Anxiety

We are looking after Maisie on the sunshine coast but in a few weeks time are taking her back home to the Jamberoo NSW area.rnDo you have a trainer down there and what are the costs please.rnrnShe will be going back to a home with several small children and she needs some expert training to prepare her for life there.

Hi Carolyn, the trainer in the Illawarra is Philip Comans. Masie will benefit with training as will the owners who have small children.  Get them all on the right track quickly in Jambaroo, this will help Maisie settle in without stressing. Philip will be able to give you the trainibg costs, email him on him on illawarra@barkbusters,com.au. 

Christina asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks

Hi There my family and I have just moved into a new place and since we have moved my dads dog my dog an my sisters dog has been showing really bad Aggression and fighting with the other dogs we have just had one dog hurt from it just wondering if there is anything we can do or anyone that can come out to us and help us with our dogs.

Hi Christina, Sounds like the living arrangements may have changed and that is a big thing for dogs.  They do need professional help and if possible - until you can get a professional trainer out-  I would keep the 3 dogs separated.

If you go onto our website and enter your postcode if we have a BB trainer in your area they will give you a call and discuss your options.  If we do not have a trainer then please ask your Vet he may be able to recommend someone for you.  Val

Shell asks...

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

I have only recently adopted this dog and she is excitable and previous owner said she has grabbed their small dog. So i am starting obedience training next month and would like to put a muzzle on her just in case. Can you suggest brand and model please

Hi Shell, if she has issues with other dogs (dog aggression) taking her to obedience class will put her under a lot of stress and she may react adversely with other dogs.. Those classes do not address behavioral issues, (sit,stay,come) and this is a behavioural issue. I strongly suggest that you address that agression first in your home, where she will learn quickly, and in her safe environment. Once you have the control we know you need then try the obedience classes. We use Baskerville Muzzles. Hope this helps..

Carmel asks...

This question is about: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks

He is aggressive with other dogs, A trip to the vet is a night mare if there is any other dogs there.. no matter what we do he goes off and I can't stop it. So we don't take him anywhere. But really would love to get him learning to play with other dogs...

Hi Carmel, Dog aggression is a common problem that our trainers deal with on a daily basis. If he should bite or attack another dog you are responsible for all vet and Dr's bills. Council could issue you with a dangerous dog order.  So please do not walk with him for now, if you do he needs to be muzzled when out of your yard.

There are many reason dogs become aggressive, to many to list here. He may have had a bad experience with another dog as a puppy or been bullied in his litter from birth.  This aggression towards other dogs is him getting in first. There needs to be some strong consistent rules in place within is yard area and if an indoors dog, inside your home.  Things like; he should not go through ANY doors or stairs ahead of you. In the dog world the leader leads, in your home, and on walks you must show him that you are his leader. Use what ever word you use to address mistakes, i.e. NO but must be used in deep guttural tones (never using his name) like him getting to the door first. Inside and in your yard , call him back happily and encourage him to follow you as you walk forward, IF he races ahead of you, turn in the other direction, tap top of your leg and call him using a happy voice.  Keep doing this (it may take 2 - 6 minutes) until he starts to walk beside or behind you. Then you will know he is getting that you are now the leader not him. You can also do this on lead in a park or the likes. You also need him to be totally 'focused' on you when on or off lead whenever training with him.  Do not take him on any big walks until you can get this focus, as those walk are stressful for him. Leadership to a dog means 'safety', he needs to know you will supply that by being a strong leader. This type of focus is what you demand from him when on walks.  Do not allow him to even look at another dog, your "NO word should be enough for him to respect you as a leader and know you are in control of all situations.

He should be trained to stay on his rug or bed when indoors and not to answer the door.  Set this scene up. It is your home, your visitors and you must show him its your job to answer the door not his.  If he gets to the door ahead of you, stop, call him back using very happy voice tones and instruct him to stay on his bed.  Walk to the door backwards, keeping an eye on him and IF he moves off his bed/rug take him straight back to the bed. Repeat until he gets that he no longer is allowed to answer the door. Never give him the win Carmel.  It takes 5-6 weeks for a dog to understand that the rules have changed and that his  no longer is the boss. It is always you as the leader in his mind, so consistency and practicing daily is the way it must be.  On lead walk very slowly and make sure does not get ahead of you. Off lead call him to you and he must not leave your side until you give him the command to do so. During this exercise you need his focus to be on you also. Maybe your Vet can recommend a local trainer if there is not a Bark Busters in your area.  Hope this helps.

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