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Rebecca asks...
Hi. Our dog has over the last few months and getting worse will jump up and nip (hasn't drawn blood) but hurts. He will do it when we get home from work, sitting on the couch and he will just start doing it or if I am walking around he will do it and won't leave us alone. He does it even if we say No or ignore him. He also does it to others that visit. I am not sure why he does it and don't know how to stop it before it comes worse. He hasn't been to obedience classes as he is a very hypo dog and won't listen in a class environment and we can afford private training. Do you know why he may do this? I have tried everything.
This Question is about
Hyperactivity, Jumping up
Bark Busters responded: It sounds like he just needs some pack leadership - have you tried squirty bottle of water on him, in conjunction with your NO word, you could also try making sure you are going through all doors before him, so go througha door in the house, if he goes through before you stop, squirt him in the bottom or behind the ears and say no at the same time, then call him out with a good boy, repeat this till he goes through after you or you tell him free tocome through, hope this helps Regards Donna.
Emma asks...
Hi there, we have two male Amstaffs at home. Leo is 14 months old and Levi is 11 months old. Both have been neutered, Levi just two weeks ago and Leo when he was 7 months old. In the last 2 months or so, at very random times, Leo starts to show signs of aggression towards Levi, such as walking slowly towards him, hair up on his back, tail straight and sometimes growls, ready to snap at him. This occurs rarely but is when Levi is chewing on a toy by himself, or just standing near either myself or my partner, or sometimes when they're on either sides of the gate where they eat. A few times they have ended up fighting but we're aware of it now and separate them if Leo shows any signs. It doesn't happen often at all, and the rest of the time they are best friends. They play, snuggle and run around together. I'm just worried there might be an underlying issue triggering Leo, or if it's to do with them both maturing, we're not sure, so we want to nip it in the bud. Thanks :)
This Question is about
Aggression
Bark Busters responded: Hello....18 mths to 2 years is the time
where they will both be fighting for leadership, to see which one is the pack
leader, especially when one of the family members is present or toys and food
are involved. You as the pack leader need to step up a bit more to keep the
boys in line. One thing you could try is separate the boys and work with one
at a time. See if you can throw their ball and are able stop them reaching it. Use a word that you use when they are naughty, if you can master this,
then you will be able to stop them if they decide to have a disagreement. It is
never easy running two boys or two girls together, always best to have one of
each. The fights can happen so quickly and are very scary when it happens.  As this is one of the hardest things we deal with, to stop it escalating I would strongly recommend that you seek professional help,  before the boys take it to the next level. Donna 
Alisha asks...
So Koda has always been fine with my 4yo daughter. We now have an 11mo son. Koda seems uncomfortable around him, always watching him, moving around him strangely. Koda has also snarled at him not making a noise but raises her lip to show her teeth. What do I do? I don't feel my son is safe is I am not right next to him.
This Question is about
Aggression
Bark Busters responded: Hello, Koda was younger when your
daughter was born, but now is four years older....so Koda is just being
protective of everyone in the house, as Koda does not know your son is part of
the family....so what you could do is place one of your sons bunny rugs on Koda's
bed.Also you could get someone to help
you....so get the helper to hold your son and when Koda goes over to your son
clap your hands once and use the word you use when Koda is naughty and then ask
Koda to come to you.....do this till Koda will not leave your side, now get
helper to sit down with son in arms and if Koda goes to go over to them, clap
and use your word and ask Koda to come back........this will establish leadership,
which she needs.Never leave your son and Koda alone
ever.....please don't hesitate to call our 1800 067710 if you need help with this... Regards Donna.
Amy asks...
Archie doesn't socialise with other dogs when we take him to the dog park, he just sticks around at our feet and he barks at other dogs when they come near him. rnHe also barks fiercely at the dog next door even when it's just walking past our front door.
This Question is about
Aggression, Barking
Bark Busters responded: Hello . Archie is trying to tell you something, he is not comfortable going to the dog park and in actual fact all the noise of the dogs at the park
is worrying him at home. He needs you to be a stronger pack leader so he does
not have to worry so much. So if you up your pack leadership with Archie he
will settle down. He needs some constant training everyday. Things like making
sure you always go through the door first, waiting for his food, we can help
with all these things. Just know that he does not need to meet every dog to get
on with them, he just need to learn to tolerate them at a distance. Regards
Donna.
Audette asks...
I have a 5 month old german shepherd who is very protective of me around other dogs. If another dog touches me, she'll bite, bark and snarl at it. If the dog doesn't touch me, she'll happily play with it. rHow do I get her to stop being so possessive? Other dog owners are getting very wary and won't let their dogs near us.
This Question is about
Aggression
Bark Busters responded: Hi Audette, this is a very common behavioural issue that we deal with daily. Your girl is still very much a pup, but already knows she needs to do this as her pack instinct - survival. She doing this because in her canine mind she does not feel you can take care of her. What I mean by this is she does not see you as a strong enough pack leader, so therefore when dogs get too close to you she feels she needs to protect you from them jumping all over you.  Dogs are pack animals and if we want them to be more social we have to step up and take the worry away from them, so they no longer feel that they need to be in charge.The only thing I can suggest; apart from getting us out to help you with this before it gets out of hand, is to make sure you are always the first through all doors or gates.  I would not be approaching other dogs until you have thisunder control, otherwise it is not going to end well. Perhaps try and make her sit quietly beside you  (not in front of you) as the other dogs pass by. Regards Donna.
Kimberley asks...
My dog is/was fully house trained then we had a baby.. I did everything I could to prepare him for the arrival of the baby & smooth the transition once she got here but to no prevail. rnShe is now 9 months old & my dog still is marking his territory everywhere! Literally 11-12 spots a day! On there play rug, toys, even climbed on the kitchen counter & weed on the bottles & drainer! rnI know why he's doing it & Iv tried everything to show him more attention, walking him alone, play time alone, praise & discipline in the right places.. rnBut I'm at my wits end.. I never thought I would but I'm seriously considering re-homing him... I love him but I can't have my daughter constantly playing & crawling in urine! rnI have tried confining him to certain rooms & outside & him howls & the neighbours complain. rnAnd I'm not getting sleep as its is, so when he howls all night I give up & let him in & then he's weed in everything by the morning. rnMy husband is deployed & not around. So I have no help.. And I'm moving to Tasmania in 2 months & don't know wether to just re-home him here as he has a bad knee & the cold may hurt.. Or bring him & then have all the old habit happen in a new house.. rnI'm really desperate... I cry when I think about letting him go but wonder if it's maybe best for him if I can't give him the attention he's obviously craving. :'(
This Question is about
Separation anxiety, Toileting
Bark Busters responded: Hi Kimberley.....there is a lot going on here and it really has to be your
decision......short term you could try a male belly belt for the times you cannot
watch him .http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/like/181600495002?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=107&chn=ps
Regards Donna
Jacob asks...
we are wanting to get a pupp and have a 3 year old daughter, and are planning on having more kids. we want to get a German Shepherd but we dont know how that will be around the kids. different sights say different things and i know it mostly comes down to how theyre trained and raised but im not sure.
This Question is about
Aggression
Bark Busters responded: Hi Jacob - German Shepherds are great dogs and like any dog if the right temperament is chosen, are great with kids, any dog you chose will need training and vice versa with the kids will also need training to respect thedog. So my suggestion is to pick for temperament and not looks and you should be okay, the middle of the pack puppy is the best, so not the pack leader and not the shy one in the corner. Also training needs to be on the top of yourlist, as is sending the kids to school for education, dogs need education aswell . Regards Donna.
Brad asks...
I have a English staffy which is 1 and he is always jumping up on us and guests we have tried pretty much everything to try and get him to stop and I have ran out of ideas it's frustrating cause as soon as my partner goes out side to play with him he jumps on her and scratches all up her legs and he also has a issue with chewing his beds I have spent so much money on replacing beds even tried the chew resistant ones and he still manages to get threw we took him to puppy school when he was a baby and he has learnt a lot from that these seem to be the only issues
This Question is about
Chewing, Jumping up
Bark Busters responded: Hello,Have you tried a spray bottle of water, when you can see him 'thinking' about jumping up or when he jumps up, mist spray him in the face, if he is jumping
on someone else then just at the back of his head is fine and whatever word you
use for when he is naughty at the same time. Also you could just use a clap and
the word you use when he is naughty and see if that work. In regards to the
chewing, have you tried a buster cube, you place good quality dried food in these and they keep
the dog busy  for ages  and they use their brain which then tires them out. - Regards
Donna.
Maddie asks...
Hi.. I have a almost 2 year old American bulldog. Has a great temperament not a mean bone in his body.. but he jumps on guest when greeting them. It makes it hard to introduce young children when he would jump and unintentionally knock them down.. I need some advice ive tried a couple things but nothing seems to work.
This Question is about
Hyperactivity, Jumping up
Bark Busters responded: Hello, Have you tried a squirty bottle of water, when you can see him
thinking about jumping up squirt him in the face, if he is jumping on someone
else then just at the back of his head is fine and whatever word you use for
when he is naughty at the same time. Also you could just use a clap and the
word you use when he is naughty and see if that works.  Be ready to address the issues when you know visitors are coming.  Regards Donna.
Kylie asks...
I have a 9 month old dog, she's a small x-breed full of energy... we've been crate training her at night time, during the day she is out the backyard when we are not home. At night she scratches on the crate to be let out if she needs to go toilet, at other times when she is inside she hovers at the door to let us know she needs to go. Recently we have started extending the size of the crate at night with intention to remove it all together... but the additional space means she now goes toilet inside the area instead of letting us know she needs to go. She also will go inside at times if she cannot get out, but this is only ever short periods (i.e. we are not making her wait more than an hour). She silently waits at the door to go toilet when she is inside with us. It seems she knows where to go, but doesn't care to hold it for longer if she cannot get out and we are not in the room. I don not want to get a doggy door as I feel she should be trained to hold it, which I know she can as she was able to hold it overnight in the smaller crate. Can you please advise what steps to take from here?
This Question is about
Toileting
Bark Busters responded: Hello....she still is very young and I think you have moved to the bigger crate a bit too soon. In saying that it is not a big issue if you placedown a toilet pad in the bigger crate and she uses that, it is just like kids in nappies, it takes them all different times to get out of them, so my suggestionis to keep going the way you are going and eventually she will hold on and not toilet in her crate. Regards Donna.