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Katie 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

Hi there,rnMy dog seems to have separation anxiety. I leave for work and my neighbours have told me he barks all day until I get home. rnI've tried leaving the radio on for him but it doesn't make a difference. rnCan you help please?

Hi Katie, separation anxiety is one of the comman behavioural issues we are asked about and that our trainers are called upon to deal with in the homes ofstressed dog owners that have neighbourd on their backs.

Not knowing your housing arangments i.e., in a flat or a house with a yard , it is important that your dog learns to relax when apart from you 'when you are at home'. Make sure you are leaving him outside  or in a separate room from you (if you are in a flat) when you are at home. Addressing unacceptable behaviour with the word you use when he is naughty. Never open the door to let him in or go to your dog.- thats a win for the dog. When you hear he has settled down you then go to the door and invite him in. Do not make a fuss over him when you let him in just walk away, also do not let him inside as soon as you get home. He needs to learn that being alone is aok. Hope this helps. For one on one assistance which is often required for this type of serious issue,  call our  free call 1800 067 710 and leave your details; your local trainer will give you a call back to have an obligation free chat Katie.  - Val

Carol asks...

This question is about: Separation Anxiety

Rosie is a rescue dog so there is seven years of unknown history. She is very affectionate - but I suspect too affectionate - i.e. "needy" and this may be fuelling some separation anxiety. She's OK to be left alone for short periods by day (we're home most of the time), but has partially destroyed our newly-renovated house's walls at night in trying to be with us. We've taken to crating her at night but she has made a good job of rearranging the walls of her metal crate! She also has become frantic if there is a storm and now has been prescribed Xanax (with excellent effect) by our vet. But, as she is a very strong dog, we are concerned if a storm strikes without our being there. We have class panelled doors and I fear the outcome. This is our main issue. As yet she has not been socialized with other dogs. But she LOVES all humans. We would be interested in engaging a local person within your organisation to give us advice with Rosie. We've had Staffies before, but this one is something else!

Hi Carol,  your local trainer is Alan Foster and he will gladly help you with Rosie.  Rescue dogs usually do come with a few issues,  so give him a call on 1800 067 710 to discuss with him if you have not already heard from him.

Val

Zoya asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Puppy Management Separation Anxiety

My partner and I will be going to work soon and will be leaving our dog outside during work hours. How do we get him comfortable spending time outside alone? at the moment, we are trying to leave him at home for 10 minutes at a time, but he cries and scratches at the door very loudly.

Hi Zoya, separation is an issues here, make sure you are leaving him outside when you are home.  Do not let him in when he carries on for you to do this.  Tough love often is harder for the human than the dog.  Each time you go to him he sees this as a win.  Go to door, bang on it from your side use the word you use to correct unacceptable behaviour. then turn your back and walk away.  Close curtains if need be.. Do not open the door and let your dog in, this is also a win for him.  When you hear he has settled down you then go to the door and invite him in. Do not make a fuss over him when you let him in just walk away, also do not let him inside as soon as you get home.  He needs to learn that being alone is aok. Hope this helps.  We deal with this problem on a regular basis so if you need one on one help please call our 1800 067 710  - Val

Catherine asks...

This question is about: Other

my dog has become very fussy with his food...takes 2 bites & walks away..then keeps me awake all night wanting food & when I give it home he turns his nose up at it...in despair!!!

Hi Catherine, your dog is doing this to gain your attention.. If he was really hungry he would eat it, so do not worry if he does not eat it -  do not leave it out for him to graze on all day. Put the food down, leave it there for 1/2 an hour, then take it away out of his reach.  Put it down again at night, again for 1/2 an hour, if he does not eat it removes. He needs to learn, like children, meal times are just that.  Never give him anything to eat when he is demanding it. When he is hungry enough he will learn to eat it at the time given or it will be removed.  Hope this helps - Val 

Keri-Lyn asks...

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

Hi my dog has suddenly in the last month starting to be aggressive and biting my 3 year old every time my child comes to me. he never done it before. we have had him since a puppy and the dog grew up with all 3 of my children. Do you know why he starting to do it know and how can i stop him from biting? The dog is always been gentle with my kids until now.

Hi Keri-Lyn, your dog sees himself as the pack leader and therefore being over  protective of you - so this is not at all acceptable.  He needs to be educated that you are the pack leader no him as we do not want this to escalate with your 3 children. Never allow your dog to go outside, up or down stairs if you have them,  ahead of you or your children - teach him to wait until you invite him out. Do follow the leader exercises around your yard and if an inside dog indoors. Whenever it gets ahead of you turn and walk in another direction. No verbal communication just tap your leg to encourage the dog to follow. Keep doing this until he is walking beside or behind you. These two steps will help him understand you are the leader and therefore you must lead everywhere. There is a lot more to it of course but this may help.  Your local trainer is availalble to chat to on 1800 067 710.

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