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Nathan asks...
Over the past few months, my 11 month old staffy has started eating the poo of my 14 year old staffy. We have tried altering her diet and slightly increasing her meal sizes, and also using a repellent on some poos in the yard, but she still eats it. Any advice would be great.
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Other
Bark Busters responded: Hi Nathan, it could be diet related, deopending what you are feeding your dogs. If you think about it, in the wild all your dogs would eat would be totally raw and natural, i.e. dead animals, grasses, root veggies etc. and nothing at all processed.  So perhaps do some research into natural diet for dogs , Ian Billinghurst has great books on this raw diet subject, and then you can make your own informed decision. We do know after training over 1 million dogs ++ around the world that a natural diet plays a huge part on dog behaviours, definitely for the better. Hope this helps..
Kara asks...
Please contact via email. Hi there my puppy is getting really bad at biting and even saying no ,yelping or just pushing him away it revs him up even more giving him toys to chew he still try's and bites us and get even more stronger that it's hard to even get him off he becomes a little feral and barks when I say no at him for biting then keeps going what should me and my partner do as he does it to her as well and his not getting better his getting worse with it when we been consitant with no time outs . Should we get someone to help us with this or is there something else we can try as we think we have done almost everything to tell him he can't bite I understand his still young but we have been at it for 2 weeks now and haven't seen change just as his getting bigger his getting worse .
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Puppy management
Bark Busters responded: Hi KaraLike children all puppies need to be educated right from wrong - so the earlier you start training him the better dog you will have to enjoy for many years to come.  Our early in home puppy education program puts many preventative measures in place including biting, jumping,  toileting, door & gate control, lead work, recall,  and much much more. Puppies love any hand movement,  its game on in their eyes, so pushing him away is making it worse and not a good thing to continue doing. This is getting physical in the dogs mind,  and could lead to someone getting biten down the track when he sees a hand moving towards him. We can teach you how to use your voice to control unwanted behaviour. So yes, getting one on one help with your local trainer will be very rewarding for both you and your puppy plus you will get our Lifetime Support Guarantee so will have help on hand any time you need it with your trainer.  Free Call 1800 067 710 and leave your details and your local trainer will get in touch with you. 
Sylvia asks...
My dog seems to bark more at night than day especially when someone is walking by or at nothing at all. She seems ok when I am at work, no barking. She has been desexed and gets walked everyday, I would appreciate your advice, I have also not given her any dried food, most of her food is cooked, thanks Sylvia.
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Barking
Bark Busters responded: Hi Sylvia,It could be your dog being territorial with the people walking past or when she is hearing noises of other animal,i,e,  possums, dog barking, sirens or cats etc. Any number of possibilities that come out at night.  Perhaps a band-aid measure could be confining her at night to the laundry.  If there is a BB trainer in your area ring our free call number 1800 067 710  as we do deal with this scenario frequently. 
Katie asks...
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?
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Barking, Separation anxiety
Bark Busters responded: 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...
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!
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Separation anxiety
Bark Busters responded: 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
Catherine asks...
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!!!
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Other
Bark Busters responded: 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 
Zoya asks...
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.
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Barking, Jumping up, Puppy management, Separation anxiety
Bark Busters responded: 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
Keri-Lyn asks...
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.
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Aggression, Other
Bark Busters responded: 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...
How do I stop my dog from jumping up on me?
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Hyperactivity, Jumping up
Bark Busters responded: 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
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Bark Busters responded: 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 office@barkbusters.com.au