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Wendy asks...
Have had this problem before with a few of the dogs I mind, they are afraid of my son.Mark is a dog lover and gets very hurt by this behaviour and I've been telling not to be offended by this as the dog can't help it.Would really like to know why this is happening as we now have a new dog living with us and she is showing this same behaviour.She runs away from him,won't take treats from him and even barks at him in the house
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Bark Busters responded: Hello Wendy, hard to say, but it could be a couple of reasons, one being because he loves them so much, he may be pushing himself onto them and as much as he loves them, not all dogs can coupe with that. The other reason could be that these dogs just don't overly like males and so this is a problem in itself.  With the food  he is not to try and get dog to take it out of his hand as much, my suggestion is that it would be much better to have him drop the food onto the floor near the dog. If he is able to walk and feed the dog, this will help as well .Regards Donna.
Nicola asks...
Hello, my lab charlie is very friendly and gets a long with people so well but lately when we've been walking he has started to growl and bark and lunge at other dogs. This has only been in the last 6 months. He becomes very difficult to control and he doesn't listen to me as he seems in this zone. I don't think he would ever be violent. He used to just lunge and then when he sussed the other dog out he was fine but now he barks and growls. Can you help me please. Thank you.
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Aggression, Barking, Jumping up, Pulling
Bark Busters responded: it sounds like Charlie is a little worried about the other dogs, and getting worse. I would not allow him to get to the other dogs, unless he knows them. When we are walking down the street we do not shake hands, or cuddle each person as we pass them, this needs to be the same for dogs. Try turning and going in the opposite direction each time he exhibits this behaviour . Before it gets any worse; some training would definitely help you and Charlie for sure. We would also ascertain why this is happening. It would help you manage him in these times when he is being silly. We can show you the way to get him to listen to you and understand what you want or don't want him to do. Regards Donna.
Hannah asks...
We have an 8 month old border collie who is a happy bundle of energy. Recently we have begun training him on a few more advance commands than sit, stay, come, heel, lie down. He has got all the basics very quickly and is a very fast learner. rnMy concern is that when we try to teach him these new commands, he has started to run away and acts scared. Most of the time he will run and find a corner to hide in. This has previously never happened before. He has been very well socialised and attended a lot of puppy classes. We have done a range of things to see if we can change his fearful behaviour, we have tried different treats, trained both with and without our other dog, and even used his favorite toy (which he usually loves) but each time he just runs and hide.rnrnWould you possibly be able to give any insight as to why he has become scared all of a sudden over training?rnrnP.S, we do not use any aggressive forms of punishment, they are not yelled at if they make a mistake, and definitely not hit. He was also neutered about a month ago.
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Other, Puppy management
Bark Busters responded: Hello I would just try some passive training for a while, take him in the back yard and just walk up and down, if he passes you, turn around and goin opposite direction, say nothing to him - if he is beside you and looking up then of course you can say good boy, but do not bend over to pat him, good boywill be enough. Do this for about 2 -5 minutes a can do it down the park on lead if you wish, but you will need a much longer lead  than you use to walk him on, but not one of those retractable leads. So don't focus on the sit, drop etc. just concentrate on getting him to come to you. Hope this can help him Your local trainer Neil can help you with this/. Regards Donna J
Lorraine asks...
I have 3 dogs mum dad and puppy hamish but now he want to fight with dad dog now i am at my ends what to do i am going to get is nuts cut will that help :-) Lorraine
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Sibling rivalry
Bark Busters responded: Yes that will help, but it may not fix the problem......sounds like there is a lack of leadership from you, which we could most definitely help you with, to get a calmer pack, so they can all live together a lot happier :)
Wendy asks...
Chase barks for no reason it seems at night I go out and say NO and say "Get in your Kennel" three times consecutively and then i give up! He snuggles up with Sheena 4 year old (female). They seem to share the kennel well together. He is protective and cares for her....should i get him his own kennel?
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Bark Busters responded: Hello no you do not have to get him his own kennel, it is fine for them to share.......he just needs some training so he sees you as the boss and not himself, once you put some training in place he will be able to relax knowing you are going to take care of things and he can then just sleep all day :)
Helen asks...
I have a rescue shoodle who is 1yo - he is exceptionally reactive and protective of the house and also when out walking if he sees men - he will nip anyone who comes into the house. He does the perimeter parading, and if he someone has been there before and they've upset him - as soon as he's let out again he'll go straight back to that spot as if they are still there - I'm concerned because the neighbours are sick of him barking, also concerned if we're out he'll bite someone, and we can't take him anywhere with a lot of people - he loves other dogs but not people - any advice would be most helpful. Have been doing clicker training with him and he's good at that but keeps doing the perimeter thing regardless. I have a 4yo moodle also - and they're ok together but one sets the other off now - also the shoodle has taken to defecating downstairs and not out in the yard, he is toilet trained - was wondering if that could be that there's another dogs scent out there and so doesn't feel he has anywhere that he can go and also what i could do about that
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Aggression, Barking, Sibling rivalry, Toileting
Bark Busters responded: There are too many things going on here for us to just advise or give you tips online. Any form of aggression needs professional attention. We deal with this type of unacceptable behaviour on a daily basis. It sounds like your Shoodle is a bit fearful, and we know you could do with some help in the right way to deal with him asap. I strongly suggest that you give your local trainer Lynden a call on our free call number 1800 067 710 and speak to him. Regards Donna
Nicole asks...
We have recently moved homes for the first time and since then cooper has had really bad seperation anxiety from me. Everytime I walk out of the house he cries. Ive had my sister look after him while I've been at work and today he was left alone for the first time and ripped down the back fence and escaped. He didn't go far and waited for me to come home. I dont know what to do.
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Barking, Separation anxiety
Bark Busters responded: Moving territories (house) is a big thing for most dogs and your dog is feeling unsure of his new surroundings. He is showing signs of separation anxiety, so initially I suggest he needs to be placed in the laundry (i.e. separated from you) while you are home, as often as you can. Place his bed in there along with something with your scent on it also some water - initially for 5 ? 10 minutes at a time then longer and also make this is sleeping (den) at night. This is so he can get used to it gradually. It is important not to open the door for any attention seeking behaviour, like barking, scratching or whining. But reassure him you are there with a quick deep Nooo! You could leave a radio on for him as well. Do this for a few weeks until he feels comfortable and knows that this is his new home (den) you actually need to confine him to a small area like a laundry while you are not home, as you know it is your new home, but your dog does not. Regards Donna
Mike asks...
Marty urinates inside the house sometimes, not all the time, mainly seems to be at night, but occasionally during the day as well. He sleeps in a dog bed in our bedroom & can let himself out.We have a 2 story house with dog doors so he can come & go as he pleases. I take him outside at night anytime I get up to go to the bathroom. He has been neutered.I reward him with praise & pats & cuddles when he does the right thing, but it's very rare that we catch him actually urinating, we find it later. It's normally by his reactions to us after he has done it, that we know he has done something wrong. It's kind of an "I'm sorry I did it again look" is there any way to stop him from urinating inside at his age, other than locking him outside all the time? Thanks  Mike Pilkington
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Bark Busters responded: Hello, I am not sure what age Marty is...but if he is an older dog then he should be able to hang on for a long
time. There is training you can do to stop this, but I would be also looking
into whether he may have some sort of infection or medical problem for him
needing to pee so much, so a Vet visit will soon be able to answer that for you.              Regards Donna 
Brian / Kathryn asks...
This isn't so much a question as a statement (mini-essay) of our problems in order of their significance. Archie has an inclination to want to bite people he doesn't know when they come to the house. I can't trust him enough to let him off the lead on the oval without having put a muzzle on him. Occasionally he gets out of the back yard and while he hasn't tried to bite anyone in the street (he generally just runs about our local area like a bit of a lunatic, exploring) we are always very relieved when we get him back in.. Getting him back in can be difficult. He runs away when you get near him and won't come to our calls. I've found the best way is to simply throw a bit of his dry dog food on our back deck and when he comes back in and is finding and eating that, I go out the front door and shut the backyard gate. (He'll run away again if I go out the back door). He also barks at possums at night though this is less of an issue now than it was a couple of years ago. (He's killed at least two possums in the past year). He has always been keen to set the pace when walking and isn't prepared to heel for more than a few seconds.rnrn4. He frets and barks a lot if I leave outside while I buy a coffee etc. Despite being de-sexed as a young puppy (RSPCA), he tends to be quite genitalia-orientated.
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Aggression, Barking, Pulling, Separation anxiety
Bark Busters responded: Archie - sounds like he just
needs some good leadership and someone to sort out the gate so it does not get left
open. You could start by placing him on lead and making sure that you always
go through doors and gate first. The other thing you could try is to place him
on a lead and in the back yard walk around, up and down the yard and if he runs
in front of you turn and go in opposite direction, not saying anything, but
pull the lead gently and keep walking until he catches up to you - do this for
about 5 mins every day until he is walking beside your leg. These couple of
thing should help with leadership.If you are still having problems
you might like to call our free call number 1800 067 710 and speak to the
trainer in your area for some more advice.
Bron asks...
Bruno is increasingly aggressive towards anybody (even people he knows well) that come onto our property. Initially he growled and followed, now he actually growls, barks and bites the back of people's legs. Can this behaviour be stopped?
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Bark Busters responded: A tough one Bron.....It sounds like you
are giving Bruno to much area to look after and not enough pack leadership from
yourself and other family member. Dogs are pack animals and they only have
two defenses which are flight or fight.  If you are allowing him to look after the yard
and he is not a confident dog to start with, then the only other thing he can do
is use his teeth. It is hard to know what your set up is with your
yard and so on, but you do need to start doing some regular training with him to let him
know that you will look after the yard so he does not have to worry and take that roll on himself, which is what I feel he is currently doing. Maybe start
with the door control, always making sure you go through before your dog and also
through gates. You must never allow your dog to get anywhere ahead of you.If you are walking in the
yard off lead and your dog moves ahead of you, stop, clap and use the word that you use when your dog is naughty.  When your dog stops, in happy tones call your dog
to you and repeat this exercise as many times as needed as he tries to walk ahead of you until you go
to walk and he is beside or behind you and his focus is on you.Now with this training in place
when someone comes to your place you use that word get him to come back to you
and place him in a safe place while the person enters your home.Hope this helps.