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Brad asks...This question is about:
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
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...This question is about:
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.
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...This question is about:
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?
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 place
down 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 suggestion
is to keep going the way you are going and eventually she will hold on and not toilet in her crate. Regards Donna.
Wendy asks...This question is about:
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
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...This question is about:
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.
Hello....so 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.