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Sara asks...
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.
This Question is about
Barking
Bark Busters responded: 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.   
Chelsea asks...
how do I train my dog not to be aggressive towards other dogs?
This Question is about
Aggression
Bark Busters responded: 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...
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!!
This Question is about
Barking
Bark Busters responded: 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.
Sonja asks...
As soon as I get in the car with my dog he barks when I get out he stops. What do I do??rnThis is only when he is in the car
This Question is about
Barking
Bark Busters responded: Hi Sonja - your dog could be either really excited or a little anxious. Either way his adrenaline is pumping so we need to get him settled before you drive off.  Do not use words like " want to go into the car?" in exciting tones,. Dogs learn by association so change your routine around a little. Take him out to the car on lead and sit him in your car, you go in beside him but do not pat or cuddle him. However do not go anywhere, just sit with him until he calms down, addressing the barking with the word you use when you correct him normally, when/if he stops barking praise him. Do this several times over a week or so and then when you see he is drive slowly down your driveway, if he barks stop the car until he settles, then drive straight back up again. Just sit in your car with him and see if he calms down. putting a dog in a crate is also a great safe and calming way to transport a dog. Regards Val
Anna asks...
Hi there,rnrnThank you for this site. My dog, Shadow, used to be a breeding dog (she is de-sexed now). When we got her the previous owners said they were getting rid of her because (amongst other reasons) she was fighting with a French bulldog who had just had puppies.rnrnShe has quite a few scars on her legs. I walk her every day (she is medium sized, has a lot of energy). However, she is often not friendly to other dogs. If she is off lead and sees one, she will race over to the other dog and (depending on how much energy she has) either bowl them over or suddenly stop in front of them, walk slowly towards them sniff their bums and then turn around and put her face close to the other dog (with her tail sticking straight out). If the other dog reacts she can get into a fight. rnrnIs there a way to prevent this? Was it because she had puppies? This has become a pretty standard way for her to act. She is better when she is tired/well socialised or when my husband is around. I want to let her off the lead because it helps get rid of a lot of her energy.rnrnThanks very much,rnAnna
This Question is about
Aggression
Bark Busters responded: Hi Anna, Shadow is very  fearful of other dogs.  Without knowing her entire history, her past experiences with other dogs before you got her, now has her 'getting in first' to protect herself.  My advice is - until you have had professional training assistance with her dog aggression, please refrain from letting Shadow off lead.  Also try not allow other dogs to come so close that they can sniff her at this stage either, it is putting her in situations she cannot handle at this point. Just keep her walking with you and move on.  We deal with this sort of behaviour issue frequently, perhaps ring our Freecall number 1800 067 710 and your local trainer Ken will call you back to discuss your options. Val
Eleanor asks...
My 15 year old dog gets separation anxiety when we sit at the dining table. She isn't content sitting next to us on her bed or on a chair by our side. She won't settle and shakes, panting and trys to sit on my lap. She is fine with us being anywhere else in the house, even out of site but the dining table upsets her. The dining table is in the same room as the kitchen and lounge so we are never too far away. rnHer reaction is very simular to when we take her to the vet. She is inconsolable and only settles down slowly after we leave the table. How do we settle her down so she doesn't get too worked up.
This Question is about
Separation anxiety
Bark Busters responded: This is a tough one, I would say it has something to do with the food, as they get older, they are always looking for food.  I would say this is why she is being this way. I really need to ask you lots more question, but my suggestion for now is to try giving her something to chew on that will last while you eat your dinner, maybe a brisket bone or a pigs ear or something of your choice that you know she can have, also I would try placing her on lead and seeing if that changes how she behaves Regards Donna.
Amanda asks...
My dog goes crazy at motorbikes. Turns into a completely different dog, freeting and trying to bite me as soon as he can hear a motorbike go by. He really works himself into a state and wont stop barking until he cant hear it anymore. He barks so loud and wont even listen to anything i say as soon as the noise starts.. normally he is quite obedient but as soon as he hears a motorbike he goes crazy. Its the noise he reacts similar to lawn mowers and things. It is becoming an issue because our neighbour has a motorbike and he starts jumping at the fence etc
This Question is about
Aggression, Barking, Jumping up
Bark Busters responded: Hi AmandaThis is no quick fix, he needs
some pack leadership put in place, so make sure you are going through doors
first and also making sure he does not try to beat you to the back door from
the clothes line etc.You could use the word you use
when he is naughty, accompanied with the clap, to stop him going ahead of you,
once you have him walking behind you every time, you could then try the clap
and your word for the barking at the motor bike, if this does not work, I think
you will need to give one of our trainers in your area a call to help you with
this tough situation Regards Donna
Rosie asks...
Taco has become aggressive towards puppies and very young dogs. When off lead at the dog park he will race up to a puppy, pounce on them and growl aggressively. This of course frightens the dog owner. As yet no actual biting has occurred. He is fine with older dogs.
This Question is about
Aggression
Bark Busters responded: Hi Rosie - until you get better control of lead voice control with Taco and some professional training one on one to show you how to get Taco to listen to you, I am strongly advising to please not let your dog off the lead.  Should Taco injure another animal are you aware that you are liable for all vet costs? Council see this racing up to other dogs or people as 'menacing' and can put an order on your dog. I suggest that you look up your local council rules online about this order, as it does come with very restricting regulations. Once this order (or aggression)  is placed on a dog it will be difficult to get it removed. If you call our 1800 067 710 free call number your local trainer will get in touch and discuss your options.
Hollly asks...
Hi my dog has a problem weeing, he can wee when his excited or when he gets told off. He normal wees when excited it can be from just talking to him or stroaking him and we have no idea why or how to stop it. Please help thanks in advance.
This Question is about
Toileting
Bark Busters responded: Hi Holly,I am not sure how old your dog is but this is a common problem with young dogs and can be quite frustrating. Older dogs can have a bladder issue so a Vet checkup is advisable if it has just commenced occurring. Communication and patients is key in building your
relationship with your dog. Do not use over excitable tones with him at this point. Also bi-carb of soda in water to clean up any accidents will help to neutralise toileting smells.Unless you catch him in the act there is no point at all in telling him off or taking him back to the scene of the crime so to speak. This will only make him anxious and escalate this problem.  Try to settle his excitement by ignoring him when you or any visitors arrive. Also do not give him anything he is asking for. Like  nudging you for a pat, food, walk etc.He should also be invited up onto your lap, not be allowed to make the decision to jump up.  A dogs bladder can be quite small, and he will likely need to go several times
throughout the day. Depending on the age if your dog, if a puppy; this will include the middle of the night until; he settles and can be trusted. Sometimes a simple change in the family environment can upset  a dog. There are lots of variables.  Following is a guide of the
times that he most likely will need to go.
1. Before going to bed for the night
2. As soon as he wakes up
3. After a nap during the day
4. After eating
5. After exuberant play or exciteable interactive behaviour from a human.
6. After you return home from an outingBe aware where he is at all times when he is inside. If he disappears from your view, he is likely to get up to mischief like
toileting and should be confined to a sleeping area, preferably
a crate that is just large enough for them to turn around and sleep in.
If you follow these simple steps you should see improvements. 
Stacy asks...
HI Our boy Jack has this unusual need to bark at the rain/water drops from our roof. He gets so fixated on it, he ignores us and foams from his mouth. Besides this, he is a good boy. I know he is board, but this doesn't seem like a boredom bark!  Please help, he is driving me crazy. I'm 8 months pregnant with a 4 year old girl who has autism, so you can understand the stress I'm under.
This Question is about
Barking, Hyperactivity, Jumping up
Bark Busters responded: Hi Stacy,  this is a specialised behavioural problem,  and I see by your email you have tried stopping him.  there are several factors we need to take into account with this issue -  with so much on your plate and another baby due in a few weeks time, I strongly recommend you getting one on one help from your local trainer  who is Sharon asap.  She is a wonderful trainer and will be very supportive. She can  show and guide you in getting everything in order before your new bubs arrives. Nothing worse than a new baby being woken up due to barking and not the dog not listening to you at all times.