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Ornella asks...This question is about:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelsea asks...This question is about:
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:
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.
Sara asks...This question is about:
Omg my dog just barks at anything, the doorbell, someone entering our house, a strange noise, and no matter how many times you say be quite, shut up, clap anything she doesn't listen just keeps going, I tried those bark stop bird house things nothing, you can tap her on the butt and she still keeps barking, another dog barks she barks it's driving me and my husband insane.. please help.
Hi Sara, the solution to her barking depends on many elements. Age, the reason why she feels the need to bark, anxiety etc. It could be just to get your attention or alerting you to something 'she' thinks is going on. We have helped families deal with their barking dogs over the past 27 years - however there is no ' one fix fits all' solution across the board. Each case situation has its own scenario. Being physical by tapping her butt to address her barking is not working and more importantly may cause issues with your (or your visitors) hands in future, so we advise never try to control a dogs behaviour using hands. Hands must always be for feeding and patting - in other words - positive things only.