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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.

Ornella asks...

This question is about: Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks

How do I stop my dog from jumping up on me?

Hi Ornella - dogs jump to let you know they are the boss, I suggest when you get home ignore your dog - then when you go outside stand  totally still with you back to your dog., do not interact with your dog excitedly this will make matter worse.  Use the word you use (not the dogs name) before he jumps... This is a behaviour issue our trainers deal with daily. There are usually other things going on with dogs  that we see  when we arrive at our clients home so we explain why the dogs do what they do and  work with all issues at our in home lessons. 

Elaine asks...

You have on your website the Game Changer Toy and Wagg Walker Harness. rnCan you let me know the prices of each and if they are available in Australia. Thanks

Hi Elaine  -  our wonderful Bark Busters Game Changer toy and  our Bark Busters designed Wagg Walkers are definitely available right here in Australia.  You can either contact your local trainer or Head Office at

Chelsea asks...

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

how do I train my dog not to be aggressive towards other dogs?

Hi Chelsea, Your dog is warning the other dogs to keep away. You can change her thinking this way by making her feel safe by becoming a strong confident leader for her.

Dog either want to flight or fight, she feels he has no option other than to react this way.  You need to teach her initially to trust you and your leadership this will make her feel safe. This leadership needs to be consistent. i.e. rules are rules and follow through with them on a daily basis. The most effective manner to do this is training her.   Once she has the level of respect and trust in you, you can then work on exposing her to other dogs- this must be done in a controlled environment. The dimpliest way  is to walk past other dogs that are separated from her by a fence.  Don't over expose her to too many dogs at once, dog parks are putting her into a stressful situation, so just walking past a house that has a dog is first step.  Once her adrenaline rises and she starts charging or barking at other dogs you need to address that behaviour and return home and gain more control in your yard. Both off and on lead. Once she releases that walking past other dogs are not a threat and cannot harm her you can gradually take her to dog parks however do this on a quiet day. with one or two other dogs in the area. Brining het closer to dogs so she realises they are not a threat.  Remember to praise her when she behaves acceptably.  Not all dogs are social animals and some dogs just cannot cope, however if strong leadership is provided by the human huge steps can be made so these outings become fun for you both.

Selina asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise

Hi!!r My dog barks at night randomly if she hears a noise or if another dog barks! We have kept the light on and then she doesnt bark but this cant be the fix forever. Please help! I need sleep!!

Hi Selina, Dogs, like us, operate in two modes when confronted with a situation in which they feel they are in danger: fight or flight. We need to change the mindset of your dog and let it know that not every encounter she has hears is a matter of life and death. I would recommend that you first teach her to trust you and your leadership this will let her know that you won't let any harm come her way.  The most effective way to dfo this is to train her.

Once she has that level of respect and trust in you and your leadership you can then work on any issues you feel needs addressing. Please contact your BB Trainer on our free call 1800 067 710 for more information if you have not heard from them already.

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