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If you would like me to personally address your dog training challenges, and help you overcome them… please read the three questions below and answer them by leaving a comment in the comment section of this blog.

Questions:

1) Clearly discribe the problem you want to fix with your dog.

2) Describe the training concepts you’ve tried that HAVE worked.

3) And I need you to describe the training concepts that DON’T seem to be working.

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Chet

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  1. isabel says:

    mu dog has started eating her poop. she is an outside dog and just began doing this in the last week or so . it is distressing and disgusting.

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    Trouble Reply:

    Feed your dog a couple of pineapple chuck a day and it will stop eatting it’s poop. I did this with my puppy and she stopped in a couple of days. I feed her pineapple chunks for a week and then I did not need to do it anymore. Since your dog is an outside dog and you can’t always tell if it is still eating it’s poop, you may want to continue feeding it every couple of days.

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  2. sue aitken says:

    1) My Amstaff is a female 3yr-old who has been through two different training classes successfully up to the off-lead class. Then she bolts if asked to do a recall with other dogs on the move. She is not aggressive but usually attracted to the other owners who called their dogs to come excitedly. The first class was totally lure and reward based, and the second class choke-chain based. She responds very well to treats and does all sorts of tricks EXCEPT return on command. I would very much like to take her to our local beaches where everyone else lets their dogs off lead. When I tried it with Missy she ran straight to the water and started snapping at the breaking waves in a distracted, hypnotic way. She likes to swim and I keep her on the lead and wade in the water with her, but I fear that she would swim off into the sunset if I didn’t hold on to her.

    2) I have tried long leads and food treats, and these work relatively well but still she will jerk me off my feet if she gets distracted.

    3)The training that hasn’t worked is to just let her go and hope she responds like a good loyal dog!

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  3. Tina Quinn says:

    1.Loose leading walking three dogs (one 7years, one 3 years, one 7 months).

    2.I have taken them out individually and they walk beautifully, even the pup, but want to walk them together.

    3. I do the stop start, wait for loose lead and continue. What happens is I get an immediate response from either one or two dogs, so I wait for the third. In the mean time I get the third one and one of the others gets fedup with waiting. I have tried using the clicker, even though they do respond brilliantly to the clicker. I just wonder if by using the clicker for the correct behaviour from say two of the dogs, that the other dog is just returning because they know what the sound means.

    Have you have suggestions, do I just reward the two who responded correctly and just ignore the other one and try again and hope that the one who lagged behind will learn to respond as quickly as the other one/s. It is not always the same dog.

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  4. Peggy says:

    My almost 10 month old puppy will jump up and grab my hand when I am walking down the hall. He constantly wants to have my hand in his mouth while I am on the sofa, etc. I have tried being firm with saying “No”. Tried diversions with toys, etc. Tried be firm and assertive. Forget that, he ignores it. Yelling does not faze him either.

    He chews anything that he can get his mouth on. I have taken away all soft toys. I have taught him many things with the clicker and reward method, however, when it comes to chewing and nipping, I am at a loss.

    Diverting his attention lasts only a few seconds and he just goes right back to what he was doing. Since the winter was so rough here I had trained hinm to use the pee pads and now I have him pretty much trained to go outside. If it is raining, he wants no part of that and will pee on the paper by the door. If I do not remove the paper right away he will grab it and run around with it like a kite. He is a 9 pound Poodle and I walk him about 1 1/2 miles at least 6 days a week. Can’t let him run loose since my yard is not fenced and if a squrrel or bird should appear Fizzil would be gone.

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  5. Julie says:

    Hi Chet

    My 2 yo Rottweiler puppy is loving and affectionate to us but gets extremely excited when she sees kids particularly little ones. She barks uncontrollably at them and if she can get to them she jumps on them and either pulls on their arms or clothes with her mouth. She hasn’t drawn blood but I am afraid she will.

    I have had the kids try turning their backs, yelping like hurt puppies and pushing her away. All of these just serve to get her more excited. Nothing stops her barking when she can see them.

    The only thing that works is tying her up whenever kids come over but this teaches her nothing.

    All he neighborhood kids are petrified of her with good reason! If there is anything else you can suggest I would appreciate it.

    Ps she gets at least an hour of hard bushwalking every day off lead and is worn out yet she still has too much energy around the kids.

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  6. wendy walker says:

    my 14 week old male rottie is very stubbon minded in regard to toilet training the bell training did not work with him, I put him out every 15 minutes to pee but doesnt matter how long we wait he comes back into the house and pee’s but the pooh bit he does outside everytime and has never been a problem.

    2nd problem is that he rarely comes when called just turns a deaf ear, I have put him a training lead tell him to sit which he does then I take a few steps baack from him and call him to come, mostly I have to give a tug for him to move to me, I have used this method training my other rotties gradually getting further away with no problems at all, what am I DOING WRONG, I treat him with praise and treats when he does as I ask, my other dogs have always wanted to please me which has been so enjoyable, am I asking to much of him to soon, its 9 years since I had a puppy. can you advise me, thanking you wendy

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  7. Trine Hvoslef-Eide says:

    Hi,
    We have a nearly 5 month old Wheaten terrier male. This is our second Wheaten terrier, so we know what we are up against, only it always seems to be worse and take longer to train a new dog.

    Our little puppy is very jumpy and we try to discourage him from doing so, but have so far failed. This results in me screaming out VERY LOUD when he jumps on my white trousers with his wet, dirty feet…..Even that does not seem to put him off.

    Another thing is that he is more mouthy and biting than we can remember from our other dogs. How do we get him to stop these two (bad) habits?

    He is easy to train if we give him dried chicken as a reward, but I am at a loss to find how to train him from stopping a bad habit by rewarding him?

    Thanks for your help!
    Trine

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  8. Donna says:

    1)I want her to stop jumping on people everytime she sees them, i want to see some consistency from her in what i have trained her, Just when i feel she has turned a corner and improved with her trained she does something silly like try and pounce on you or she won’t let you pet her. I got her for my autistic son and it’s not working out as i hoped

    2) the training concepts that have worked are that Maggie is an outside dog we
    bring her inside sometimes and she sleeps near the back door in her crate. when i take her food i have trained her to sit and wait for me to put her food down and give her the command go and then she eats i wait if she moves from the bowl i take her food away and when i am leaving enclosure she normally jumps on me but just in the last few days we are trying to perfect her listening to my command of go and she goes and sits near the door and watches me leave and i tell her good girl Maggie. In the morning when she needs to be taken out i open her crate go and fill up her bowl of water in her enclosure outside and by the time i come back she is sitting waiting near the back door. these are the only 2 things we have perfected since she came to us in January this year.

    3) The jumping people and telling her no, i have even tried getting people to give her a treat if she’ll sit so she doesn’t jump. She has no long term consistency in even her basic training sometimes she’s listen and sometimes she won’t. She jumps on all the other family members when they are taking her food to her except me but i am the one that does it consistently
    Please help

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    Marilyn Morin Reply:

    My 5 month old yorki poo gets very excited when someone comes to visit. When they knock on the door she starts jumping all over and jumps on them when they come in the house. She wants them to pick her up and play with her and no amount of distractions work. I have tried everything I can think of even just ignoring her and telling my guests to do the same it doesn’t work. I have yelled at her. Put her outside, given her the toys she likes. She does not stop this behavior. Any sugestions?

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  9. Ashley Soileau says:

    The dog is about a year old, weighs about 35 pounds, stays outdoors, and loves to dig. Nothing I have tried has worked. Sticking his face in the hole and scolding him doesn’t work. Whenever I am filling the holes he stays away and watches and understands I am not happy with him but he will dig again.

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  10. Don Bickford says:

    Our chiwawa female occasionally peas on a throw rug by the back door sometimes shortly after she has been outside and pead.

    We let her out often and she peas and poops outdoors.

    We have scolded her when she does this and she seems to know it is wrong because she will hide after beeing scolded.

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  11. LaJuana Peterson says:

    My dog, Chase, rides in the car on “alert” mode….RARELY lies down.
    When I slow down, turn the signals on, or if he sees an animal, or a person comes close to the car while parked (or driving slowly thru town, he starts jumping all over the car while barking and SCREAMING. If he’s
    left in the car, he SCREAMS until I get out of site.

    I have tried putting a leash on him and holding him while trying to
    talk to him (and drive…what fun!), I’ve used a dog whistle, I’ve
    praised when (if!!) he quiets down, I’ve put him in a halter. Nothing
    has worked, so he doesn’t get to go with me when I could easily take
    him.

    I want my dog to be with ME, not left at home, and I want him to behave
    like every other dog I’ve had. To make matters worse, my newest dog,
    Skye, has started to behave the same way. She acts like it’s a game to
    see who can raise cain first.

    This problem is why I bought your program. I need to solve this
    problem. I want to enter both dogs in AKC Obedience. Chase is 2,
    Skye is 4. Chase was not a problem until after my “heart” died last
    June. He grieved..wouldn’t eat….so, I adopted a retired show dog
    that needed a good home (Skye) and they were buddies immediately.

    Forgot to say that both are Standard Poodles, he’s neutered and she’s
    spayed. They sit, down, stay, heel and I try to socialize them with
    other dogs whenever I can.

    PLEASE HELP!!

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  12. Iris Crawford says:

    I no longer have a dog.

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  13. Vered says:

    Hi Chet

    Thank you for your great couse” hands off ”
    I have 2 years dog mixed german shferd .

    The training concept that are working : my dog does not jump anymore , it does not bark to much for attention , Bino knows now very well the commans sit , down , stay .

    The problem that I want to fix is : my dog does not come whenever I call him.
    he knows the command but it does not listen everytime : when it is with another dog and when ut is in the
    backyard and I want him to come home it does not come every time especially at night .

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  14. kathy says:

    I’ve enjoyed your concept of training, although I am having trouble with training my dog NOT to do something. I’ve been successful with sit, drop it, stay down (not fully successful), and leave it. E.g, I’m having a hard time teaching my puppy to ‘stay’. I’ve tried having her start in the sitting position and slowly walk backwards and toss her a treat as she stays. But I don’t think she is understanding the concept that I’m wanting her to stay. I’m trying really hard not to say ‘no’. I don’t think I’m training her correctly. please direct me to a video of you training a dog to ‘stay’. Visual help is much better for me.

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  15. Marcia Spindell says:

    My 7 month old, Cavashon, Jazz is smart and active. We are now in our 2nd dog training class.
    In class she generally does well listening and responding to commands. She loves agility obstacles (does this naturally) and as she is maturing, some of her impulsivity is quieting down.

    The Primary problem is teaching her NOT to eat sticks, tissue/paper…and she has had giradea (?)
    twice. The secondary goal is following the command come consistently. We reward with treats and lots of affection with petting and praise.

    She loves playing games and in class has learned to wait and come. At home, she doesn’t do it this consistently.

    I ignore her, turn my body when she doesn’t follow the command either to come or drop it(or leave it). Yet, she seems use to playing a game with me and others.

    Help please

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  16. Mary says:

    1) still going to the bathroom in the house. She’ll ring the bell sometimes. And sometimes she will have just come in from outside, and have pottied but go again inside…

    2) Licks, not sure how to correct this problem

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  17. Robin says:

    Hi I have a 1.5 yr old coonhound that I recently adopted from a local shelter. she seems to like everyone except my son… she runs from him, refuses food from him, but if he tells her to do something like go lay down or sit or come in the house she will listen and do whatever she is asked. we have tried many things to try and tempt her into liking him but nothing seems to work… she has a problem especially if he is behind her… ie when walking… if he is infront of her she is fine… any advice on helping her like my son….

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  18. We have a foster dog named Gizmo (Chinese Crested Powder Puff) – lots of hair! He is food aggressive, but also shows signs of aggression for no particular reason at times……just seems to depend what mood he’s in. For instance, he will sometimes growl fiercely if you walk into the room where he is resting.

    We have had testing done on him and he is exhibiting all the signs of cerebella ataxia, plus he has luxating patellas in both knees and a slightly deformed hip. (This poor little guy was seized from a Montreal puppy mill, adopted out last October – 09, and then returned to the Montreal SPCA in April of 2010.) You can imagine what this poor little guy has been through. I suspect a bad owner for 6 months on top of his abuse in the puppymill. The vet is of the opinion that he has been beaten by his previous owner.

    At the moment he is on Metacam for his pain for 3 weeks to see if it is actually pain that is contributing to his aggression.

    In spite of all that, he has made some improvement. We have developed our own method of dealing with his fierce growlling…actually, his bark, or I should say, growl, is worse than his bite. (He has drawn blood a couple of times when we first got him and he surprised us.) Now we know him, and what we have done is during one of these growling episodes, we just get around behind him and start rubbing his sides, working our way up to his mouth, like we are rough-housing with him, saying stupid stuff like, blub-blub-blub while we lightly grab his neck and face like we are playing. It brings him right out of the aggression and ends up in a play period. It works every time.

    However, these growling episodes are often out of the blue, and may be attributed to his medical problems. I am concerned that, while we have no trouble dealing with him, he is not really adoptable. I am wondering what you think of our method of dealing with this aggression. We have made a game of it, and he is much less aggressive now than when we first got him. Ninety percent of the time he is a wonderful, sweet guy who loves to play and will bark constantly and run after you with toys because he wants you to play with him. We had one experienced applicant for him who was not concerned with his aggression, but we could not approve them because they live in an apartment and wanted to leave him alone 10 hours a day. That would not work for Gizmo.

    My concern is whether he will ever be adoptable, and what can we do or should be doing to help him get into an adoptable condition?

    Any suggestions would be deeply appreciated for this poor unfortunate little guy.

    Thank you!

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  19. Carin Hellman says:

    We have a puppy mill dog that is between 3-5 yrs old and is a terrier mix. We have had her now for 9 months and during those nine months she has been quite aggressive towards men. When we first got her she bit both my boyfriend and his son in the calf as they are walking away. They did nothing except walk away! Since this time I have worked with her and with the guys having them offer her treats and food and when she comes to get it they are instructed to tell her she is a good girl in a very happy voice. When they come thru the door she growls and barks even after they say hi and announce themselves. I have to step in and tell her “no bark”. She eventually stops after a few minutes and then returns to whatever she is doing. Whenever there is a noise outside she will growl and bark at the top of her lungs for about 3 minutes. I tell her “no bark” but she does not listen. I also call her and she takes her sweet time coming to me. I have to keep calling her. She is very good with everything else, even when the guys take her outside to potty. At first I would have to go along so she minded, and with repitition, she will go out with them, but she will not come close enough for them to hook her up to a leash. I cant really say that we have a system that totally works, because every day is different. When she is aggressive, she shows her teeth and growls. She knows who the guys are now so we are not sure why she goes through this each time.

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  20. Angela says:

    1) the Problem: My 9 month old Labrador puppy mouths very hard and jumps up at people – he is really big so he can be intimidating to others.

    2)Training Methods: Turning our backs on him and ignoring him – this has a a limited effect in that he will continue to jumps and mouth for a bit but will then give up. Unfortunately, when he meets new people they always try to bend to him and he will jump up quite unexpectedly – on one occasion his teeth touched the persons teeth. Nasty and quite a shock for the other person. If we are out and about is it almost impossible to get everyone he meets to turn away from him and sometimes just when you think he has settled down – he will jump up again completely out of the blue.

    3 Training that doesn’t work – the trainer at puppy class pinned him when he bit her and this made him all the more determined to carry on jumping and mouthing. Any physical retaliation for his mouthing (such as holding him away or holding his mouth shut is met with 10 fold excitement and mouthing

    He is not aggressive – just very excitable and really does not know when to stop. He is very high energy and gets walked twice a day without fail but I am really worried he will hurt someone and that I will never be able to trust him. – Help!!!

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  21. Kathy says:

    I have 3 sheltie dogs…one older (10 years)…two are 6 years old. I have been trying to stop their constant barking with no luck. I have tried Citronella No Bark collars, Ultrasonic devices, BarkBuster, spraying water….to name just a few.

    Any chance of getting their barking under control even though they are not puppies anymore?

    To describe the barking scenarios, it is both territorial and behavior. They bark when someone walks in front of our house, when guests come. I have one that barks (she is the worst) at any noise including beeps from the toaster oven. Then they bark at or because of situations such as shutting off the TV at night to go to bed, when I am preparing their meals, etc.

    Thank you for any advice you can give me.

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    Judith M Kastrick Reply:

    I, too, have issues w/Ava barking. Sometimes she stops w/”leave it!”, “stop!” or just plain “no!” When she “ratchets up” as when seeing other dogs, nothing works.

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  22. Mary Jo Morris says:

    I have a 6 year old standard poodle, who has had obedience, acting, and therapy dog training. He learns quickly and remembers well. He has failed his first therapy dog class because he is resentful of other dogs who approach me. He is not a fighter, but growls, moves closer to me, and puts himself between the other dog and me. This occurs when he is on leash. He has been attacked (without injury) without fighting back on 3 occasions. He does not persue the other dog and never leaves my side. 2 years have passed and we’re trying therapy dog class again. I’ve been advised by the instructor in our current class to make eye contact with my dog and keep his attention on me in the hope that this will avoid this behavior. While he’s protective of me, I think he is also jealous of our other 2 dogs (and our 2 cats). He is the alpha animal in the family and pouts when I give attention to the other animals. He is very friendly with all animals unless I’m involved and is affectionate with and devoted to our animals.

    He is not afraid or nervous in new situations and is delighted to be with people. He would be so appreciated by those he intracts with as a therapy dog and draws children like a magnet. He’s patient and kind, but this behavior toward other dogs is going to keep him from becoming a useful therapy dog.

    Please help me help him. Thank you.

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  23. My dog is very good except on recall He does not like treats so cannot reward him that way Have tried with his favourite toy which worked at first but doesnt now.

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  24. Louanna Burdette says:

    My dog is a female German Shepard. She is 10 months. My biggest problem with her is she loves our horses. If you take her outside off leash she goes straight to the horse pens, at first she would circle the pens and act like she was keeping them in a bunch. Recently she has started to chase them. We don’t let her out off leash real often because she finds small bones from our other dog and then she gets sick. We keep her in the house with us. We would like to be able to take her out and let her go but she gets more unconrollable when we do. She plays catch in the house retuns & drops the ball with treats. She is real good to do all she is trained if you treat her, but she knows when you have a treat or if you don’t. She is very smart but quite stubborn. If we take her outside she will not do anyting unless I put her on a long leash then I can play fetch. I don’t know if it would be better to let her out more or not at all.
    If you have any suggestions I would love to hear from you.

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  25. Carrie says:

    Hi Chet. I have a year old Pomeranian named Rosie. I live in a 5th wheel and tow it with a diesel pick up truck. When we get into the vehicle ready to travel, Rosie whines to get out. I take her potty several times prior to starting a trip, but within 5 to 10 minutes she whines and jumps from front seat to back seat of the truck, until I stop. I purchased a dog carrier to contain her while traveling, and tried to make her stay in that but the whinning continues. It makes me crazy and she knows it. I can not always stop when she wants, as the 5th wheel needs room to park. We travel freeways, so that’s another problem She hears the truck gear down when we get into traffic, and the urgency of her needs gets worse. How can I stop this whinning? We are two old gals traveling alone, and it gets very nerve racking with this whinning. I have tried to give her benadril as the vet suggested for he size (14 Lbs) that does not work, treats keep he quiet for a few minutes, shaking rocks in a water bottle (loud noise) does not work. I am at a loss. Any suggestions? Thanks, Carrie

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  26. Carrie says:

    Hi Chet. I have a 6 year old Pomeranian named Rosie. I live in a 5th wheel and tow it with a diesel pick up truck. When we get into the vehicle ready to travel, Rosie whines to get out. I take her potty several times prior to starting a trip, but with, she potty’s for a second then gets back in the Truck. In 5 to 10 minutes she whines and jumps from front seat to back seat of the truck, until I stop and let her out again. I purchased a dog carrier to contain her while traveling, and tried to make her stay in that but the whinning continues. It makes me crazy and she knows it. I can not always stop when she wants, as the 5th wheel needs room to park. We travel freeways, so that’s another problem She hears the truck gear down when we get into traffic, and the urgency of her needs gets worse. How can I stop this whinning? We are two old gals traveling alone, and it gets very nerve racking with this whinning. I have tried to give her benadril as the vet suggested for her size (14 Lbs) that does not work, treats keep he quiet for a few minutes, shaking rocks in a water bottle (loud noise) does not work. I am at a loss. Any suggestions? Thanks, Carrie

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  27. Linda says:

    Hi Chet

    Ihave done alot of training with my German Shepherd, alot of it is your training.
    When we play and I through the ball, most of the time he will not drop it for me. I have tried treats, the drop command even grabbed his tail which he hates and he did drop it for me for awhile but now he is back to not letting it go.Makes play time very limited. It happens mostly when we are interacting with other dogs as I free leash him at the park and most of the time there are several dogs there as well that he plays with.

    Even when I take him on my own, he may drop it and leave it a few times then he is back to being very possessive of it and carrying it all the way home.

    Any suggestions?

    I have other toys but I feel by him chasing a ball gives him much more exercise.

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  28. Kim says:

    We have two huskies, one male 6 months, and one female 11 months, both “fixed.” They are great dogs but both are pretty crazy. Our problem is that they are constantly wrestling and biting each other. We don’t mind if they play a little rough around the house, but they bark and growl and knock things over and chew on each other……. I am fairly sure it is only play, but it gets so loud and things get ruined around the house sometimes, I just wish I knew how to calm them down.
    If my husband and I both play with them and engage both dogs (I play with the little one, he plays with the big one), they often calm down for a while, but we cannot both be there to always do this.
    My husband likes to sort of pin one or both of them down when they get too loud, and just pet them and keep them quiet until they stop breathing so fast and nipping. I don’t really think it works too well because as soon as he lets them get up they are back at it again.
    We have tried “time outs” for fighting but have not seen much change in the behavior.
    What I don’t understand is when we take the dogs to the park or a friend’s house and they are around several other dogs and people, they behave like little angels!! They only fight this way when they are alone together. Please let me know how to go about fixing this problem.
    Thank you!

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  29. Our Cockapoo seems to pee and poop even after we take her out. She is 3 months old. Nothing seems to work. Used clicker once or twice, she is very picky with treats. I was woundering if we should put newspaper in laundry room with door open. We put her in her kennel at night, and she barks, crys and scratches for soom time.I just got that new “bark off”, that is silent to us, but not the dog. Have used it once so far. What do you think of the newspaper, and BARK OFF idea? She also likes to bite alot when playing, or just sitting with you.

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  30. Eileen says:

    Hello Chet,

    Your training methods have worked for most of my dog’s irritating habits: no longer scared of men with hats, loud noises (except thunder), no longer chases cars, joggers, skateboarders or bicyclists. But three habits she still has are
    lunging after squirrels, cats and sometimes after another dog. I’m not sure I can train the first two out of the dog. The last one appears to me provoked by the other dog. I wish her to keep her sit despite the other dog’s provocation.

    What’s worked: Rewarding her with a few sniffs in high value places, like flower beds, tall weeds or place where there is water fowl. That decreased her desire for squirrels and does get her to ignore more laid back dogs.

    What doesn’t appear to work are treats, even hot dog treats, so when she gets bored with an area it becomes a low-value sniff. She does not like to fetch.

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  31. rpgpops says:

    My german shepard puppy rennie is 5 months old and a very fast learner. sit down stay come heal fetch keys fetch to mommy fetch to daddy get mom get dad guide to home potty on comand under the table at restraunts no begging are near perfect……however he seems to take the lead in his mouth when my wife has him…..yes he is our guide dog…the third ive trained…..but that is not the accepted method. you see he guides her where he wants to go not where she wants to go ……..at55 lbs. he is still too small for his bridge handle.not for long but i sure dont want any bad habbit to go on for long
    your treat method does not work for him [gets to excited]love and praise are the ticket for him he will do any thing for a gooooodboooooy
    bitter yuck spryed or soaked into the lead is of no avail he must not have tast buds! that stuffs nasty.
    please keep in mind that he is a guide dog in training by his owners
    and seeing is not our best skill in fact the wife has no eyes
    my wife uses sit stay at feeding time to affirm her dominance he hangs on my every word and instantly responds to my comands relucktently to hers
    we are now using a muzzel to preven the lead in mouth problem.
    we would also like to train him to sit at the curb and refuse toadvance if there is oncoming traffic even when comanded and only procide when the way is clear [yea i know that a blind person with a red tiped cane has right of way…. but do they? Thanks tim & tina

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  32. Annie Williams says:

    I have a two year old Miniature Schnauzer.
    MAIN PROBLEM IS BARKING – Always at the door and on walks when someone else is walking their dog, as well as barking occassionally at children.
    WHAT HAS WORKED is not much except for turning and walking in the oppsite direction for a few steps and then turning back around and continuing on our way. This however only works some of the time…if she knows the dog and person approaching all bets are off. However, I try to wait until she is calm before making contact with the other dog. Also, again some of the times…the Sonic Barking Device (Dazer II) occassionally will work.
    WHAT HAS NOT WORKED…Removing from the front door area…Taking dog to another part of house….Ignoring by turning back on dog until she’s quiet….Feeding treats when someone is approaching….Sonic Bark Device (DazerII).

    It is important that we get this barking problem rectified soon as we are beginning Agility classes again where there will be new dogs and their handlers.

    Also, my husband’s health is not all that good, and the incessive barking is getting him stressed beyond belief.

    Thank You!!!

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  33. Deb says:

    Hi Chet, Hoping for some insight and I am sure i will get some. thanks in advance!

    Clearly describe the problem you want to fix with your dog.

    My 11 month old golden doodle barks as soon as I put him outside and jumps at me. He also barks when he is in hi crate and I am in his sight. He jumps at me in the house also. He only does these things with me, not my hubby or kids. He also is a great leash walker with hubby but not me. The jumping and barking are awful but especially the barking. I only put him outside for a couple of minutes at a time when I am home alone as we had a neighbour complain once as it was early in the a.m. I love him and he is great in most other areas. Very gentle, sweet. I am sure you can see the common denominator here. I just have no control, and not sure what to do.

    2) Describe the training concepts you’ve tried that HAVE worked.

    Only walking out of the room. Not really a training concept. Have tried rewarding him when quiet but finding it difficult.

    3) And I need you to describe the training concepts that DON’T seem to be working.
    Turning my back and ignoring him. I know sometimes I give him a treat just to get him to be quiet. Or give him one when I ask him to sit as to not jump on me. I know I am rewarding his bad behaviour but can’t seem to get out of the cycle.

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  34. Carol Mahon says:

    My Doxie will be 6 months old tomorrow, and I am still working on potty training – I take her out about every hour, after she wakes up from a nap, and after she eats, and she still wets on the floor sometimes..

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  35. Trouble OHara says:

    I have a german shepard puppy named Kimi. She is 4 and a half months old. Something that she used to do occassionally, now she is doing it all the time. She is barking at our cats when they are just sitting there and ignoring her.

    To stop her I have told her “Dog, no!” (I am trying to call her Dog when correcting her so I can only use her name in a positive way) and “Hush!” This has not helped, she still barks. I have also used the command “Leave it!” and it does not help the barking but she doesn’t touch the cats.

    My other dog, a 12 yr old Cheasapeake Bay Retriever mix, is trained to stop barking with “Hush!”.

    Kimi is good with several commands, especially with “Watch me!”.

    How do I sucessfully train Kimi using her “Watch me” command to stop the barking and get her trained to the “Hush!” command?

    Thank you,
    Trouble OHara

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  36. Debal says:

    1) I have a 15 months old Golden Labrador. When i take him out for walks, he is not always bothered by the presence of other people, but if he sees a dog even from a distance, his complete focus goes to it. Worse when the dog comes close he just starts behaving very aggressively and wants to run at it and jump on it. But, here is the funny part, he is actually very afraid of other dogs and will run like hell if they respond back to his aggressive attitude. I tried to divert his attention to other things like treats etc on these occasions but not been very successful so far. I guess the problem is that from a very young age, his interaction with other dogs has been a bare minimal. How can i undo my mistake now?

    2) So far i have been able to train him to sit on command, come to me on command (sometimes) and also to pee and pooh at designated places only. I have been able to use the clicker technique well so far on above, but there is still much work to do.

    3) I have so far failed to achieve any success on the loose leash training. He stays put if the leash is tight but the moment i release it a tiny bit, he goes back pulling on it. Also he tends to get distracted on sudden sounds or other animals/things and nearly throws me over as well on these occasions.
    I have also tried a bit on rewarding him with food treats whenever he meets a dog, so that he associates it with a good thing, but he is more interested in the other dog than the food in my hand.

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  37. Amy Permoda says:

    I have 3 German Shepherds (5,4,& 1 yr). I am able to take them out either 1 or 2 at a time for extended walks without much trouble but have yet to master having any of them walk on a leash without always wanting to go at least a few paces faster than I am capable of walking or running with them. They are not horrible pullers but definately are all still bent on being out in front of me when we go for walks/runs. I would like to be able to run more regularly with them but when I am having to work to keep them from pulling too far ahead of me it throws my whole running gait off and increases my risk of injury.
    When we first started our German Shepherd “Family” we were using prong collars but I was never comfortable with that and over the last five years I have tried training them to walk/run at my pace by treat training with and without a clicker, stopping and turning my back when they start to pull the leash forward out of my hand, using a martingale soft collar, and most recently a Gentle Leader head halter. I have been told to stick with the Gentle Leader and they will eventually get the message but they actually all seem to enjoy a walk/run more and do better with the prong collars on. I rarely have to make a correction with the prong on. They have all been thru obedience classes and do well with any of the other methods when going around in a ring or in my backyard with these “training” type sessions but somehow it never translates to a “real-life” extended walk. Sometimes when my female is walking out ahead of me if I don’t give her a correction right away she is actually smart enough to come back and look up at me for the treat. As soon as she gets the treat however she immediately paces out ahead of me again. Who has who trained!? I would love to be able to retire the prong collars with my dogs. I would agree that since all three of my dogs behave in the same manner when on a walk that it is definately “Handler Error”.
    We have successfully treat/clicker trained our dogs for all the other basic commands (with the exception of some really annoying barking behavior from out female) and most recently have trained our youngest to put his paws up gently on the arm of a chair or on a lap after watching your video on how to train your dog to wave or do a high five. I trained him to do this in one afternoon. I am working with him in a pet therapy group called Love On A Leash. I hope to be able to eventually take him into nursing home type facilities to visit with residents and need for him to be able to put his paws up gently on the edges of beds, wheelchairs, laps, etc so that video worked great for me. I will eventually train him to do a “High Five” as well because I’m sure people will get a kick out of that as well when we are able to start going into facilities. Thanks for any help you can give in helping me improve the quality of life for my dogs. I love them immeasurably and want them to be as happy and healthy as possible. Amy Permoda

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  38. Tara says:

    1. The problem I have with my shih-tzu who is 4 years old. He pees and poops in his kennel while we’re out. I take him for a walk before I go to work until he poops then bring him home. Tried leaving him in the kennel but he would bark until my daughter would get up and take him out. Now I put him in her room with a treat. When she leaves for school he is back in the kennel till she comes home from school at lunch then he’s back in till I get home from work at 3:30pm. In the short time he’s in the kennel he will pee and poop, he would kick out the poop has much as he could. That was the crate. Now he’s in plastic kennel. He has stopped pooping in it and still pees in it.
    I’m so frustrated and don’t know what else to do or how much longer I can/will deal with it before I decided to give/sell him.
    2. I’ve tried just having him babygated in the kitchen but that didn’t work cause he just pees and poop and smears the poop all over the kitchen, babygate and the floor. I’ve used the training pads and that didn’t work as well. Everything I’ve tried has never worked. I use to have a blanket or pad in there for him to sleep on and now have taken that out ’cause he’s still doing it on it.

    PLEASE HELP ME

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  39. Michelle says:

    I have a nine week old female American Mastiff puppy who in chewing on everyone in our home. We have tried redirecting her chewing to something exceptable such as a favorite toy or a bully stick. This works sometimes. We are also giving loud high pitched ouches. We have been standing up everytime she starts chewing to signal to her that play time is over, the problem is she then bites our feet. We then give a high pitched ouch and walk away from her even if we are wearing sneakers and it really doesn’t hurt. I realize that mouthing is a normal puppy behavior and all of my other dogs that I have ever owned have out grown it. I would just like to know if there anything else we should be doing or, should we be doing something differently?

    Another problem is with her crate. She really doesn’t like it when she is locked in. We have been feeding her in her crate and she will go in on her own to sleep or chew on her bully stick when the door is left open. The problem is when she realizes she can’t get out. She barks, howls, and crys which we endore until she is calm and quiet and only then do we let her out. She would never be left in the crate for more then a few hours at most. My husband works from home but sometimes needs to go in to the office four a while. I will be home all summer once the school year ends. The only time she will need to be crated during the summer is if I’m in the yard when the kids are in the pool and it’s too hot for the dogs to be out. We have been working on her crate being a positive and safe place for her to spend some of her time. Is there more that we could be doing? I was very impressed with the go to your mat video. I have done this with her crate instead of a mat and it seems to be working. The problem is her stress level when she discovers she can’t get out. I’m afraid she might hurt herself trying if we are not home. We have been lucky in that she is an American Mastiff and tends to spend a lot of time sleeping because she is growing at such a fast rate and when she was left alone in the crate she slept through it.

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  40. Margaret Cornelius says:

    HiChet I have a German Shepherd 17mths old she is obedient at home drops on command sits stands stays goes to her bed and waits while I eat and most of the time stays on her bed when I have a neighbour drop in, but get her on the street she trys to surge ahead I walk her to the left when she goes right, right when she goes left we go around in circles we go in a square, she heels beside me for a while then off she goes again I am getting very frustrated with her . I have the odd days she goes like a little charm ,then its back to the left about turns right about turns also I take her to obedience school and she is starting to get aggresive to the other dogs there, she used to be alright but lately she wants to run at all the dogs she sees also when we are on the street. I walk her with a head halter on so I have some control over her . I trained her with the clicker and food in the house but not on the street, but tell her she is a good girl when she does something right . I just want her to walk beside me, Thank you Margaret

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  41. Sue Mossbarger says:

    Grip is a 5 yr old German Shepherd. He is skiddish due to the breeder not socializing him and he was in a kennel for his 1st 2 years. We took him to a trainer for 3 weeks of specialized socializing last year and he seemed better but he still gets spooked from the 55″ TV at times or if he bumps into something and it makes a noise. He’s nonaggressive and is wonderful around kids and our other Shepherd (female 12 yrs old) and our 2 cats. He seems to be doing better around company coming to the house but will pace through the room and seems nervous then. He plays with his stuffed toys (hadn’t played with toys before we got him) but usually it’s around 10:30 at night and then pitches them up in the air and also chases his tail for a while. Food is no priority for him and he can take it or leave it. Can’t get him to eat in the AM and then seems to eat around 11:30 at night. Doesn’t seem to like anything special to eat. I always think he should eat when we put it down but he ignores it. The skiddish problem is the biggest because I wonder if he will ever get over it.

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  42. Mary Lou says:

    Hi Chet,
    #1 When someone comes over Prince 2lb. Teacup Yorkie goes absolutely insane… And sometime pees because of excitement. I run him out to his pittle pad. Nonetheless, need to know how to avoid these actions. Once he calms down things are good.

    #2 He’s very smart and does all the tricks you sent in the beginning training even heels. And will come to me in the house. But, the other day I had him out and lost the leash. He took off and wouldn’t come, to safe my life. I called and he kept running. Someone else caught the leash for me. I was frantic. I told him he was a bad boy but, he could have care less.

    #3 He used to sit immediately when I had his food in my hand in his dish. All of a sudden he will only do that if he feels like it or if he’s hungry. So, I’ll put the food aside and try later. It’s so frustrating. I’ll stand there and he’ll look at me and walk away… How do I resolve that episode???

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  43. Tracey says:

    Hi Chet,

    I have a 11 month old German Shepherd, I am currently in obedience classes with him and in class he is perfect, ignores other dogs and works. However, outside of class I cannot make him return to me every time. If he sees a ball or another dog is close by he will ignore me and do his own thing. He also lunges at other dogs whilst out on the leash, but does not do this in class.

    Clicker training has worked really well for me until he reaches a zone whereby I cannot gain his attention he is both food and toy motivated. I have even tried taking his ball out with me, but he always wants someone elses.

    Getting angry with him certainly does not work, but I get so frustrated it is difficult to remain calm

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  44. Ela Harper says:

    1.I am trying hard to train my dog (cocker spaniel- 2 year old female) to walk nicely I have been stopping, starting everytime she pulls which is most of the time. She seem to stop pulling when I stop and either comes and sit at heel or near me and so I guide her to sit at heel again.
    2.It seems to work to a point only. I do reward her with treats and a pet. Tell her she is good girl. She stops before we cross the street now most of the time and sometimes walks across quite nicely without pulling so I thought she is getting it.
    3.What doesn’t work is that she will not pay attention when we continue and start pulling as soon as we move on or soon after. Sometimes she will try to jerk me over and over again in hope that can win. I don’t know why she is so determined to keep pulling. I am happy to run with her in a park or on the oval while she is on the lead as she can not be trusted at the moment. She will sit on the command or drop but gets easily distracted. Please help

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  45. Mark says:

    My 8mo old shepard mix (chow?) takes shoes from the rack in the garage and chews them up. He also barks uncontrolably at passersby on the street and at other cars. He walks well onleash and is well behaved on command with me. I have used some of your training from the emails and web site. I have not ever received the videos on click training that I have paid for, can you help with all of this??

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  46. Wendy says:

    My 7 month old BorderCollie/Lab mutt does well asking to go out. He rings the bells. We have had no accidents in over a month. However, he now likes to ring the bells when he’s bored. I have lot’s of toys and only take him out the one door where the bells are to pee and poop. He gets plenty of exercise, I think he just see tose ells and thinks oh this will be fun she’ll take me out.

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  47. DeeCee says:

    1. I have a lab/besenji (?) mix that is 4 years old and his name is Captain. He was raised with my 11 yrs old dog that passed about 3-4 months ago. He is extremely timid even around us (our family within the house). He will run, jump at noises or hide. He’s a grat dog and we would really love for him to enjoy life again and be able to be included in more of what we are doing again. He may have always been like this just the other dog may have masked it for him. We think he may have been abused before we got him at 12 weeks old considering the surrandings and manners to retrieve when we went to pick him up. But loved him and he needed us. This one of the worst things we need to take care of first. He also runs after other dogs/animals no matter if we vall him or not.
    2. Sometimes if another dog is around he does better. This has been the only thing that has shown any progress so far. Although the playdates with other dogs-usually at our house-have been good for while that dog is there only. Once, my son’s girlfriend brought over her Grandma’s puppy and our dog loved him and became himself while he was there but back to timid after he left.
    3. We had put him through a 8 week focus class that uses the clicker-didn’t work for what the problem is and made it to difficult to keep him consentrated everytime someone came close, moved or made any noise. Playdates only work for the time the other dog is there. The vet put him on medicine and calming vitamins but he seemed to get worse so we stopped them. We’ve tried socializing him more but it freaks him out so much I’m not sure it’s safe for him. Due to the doggie dates and puppy visitors we got him a puppy to see if this would work. The puppy is too small at this time and whines about everything-we’ve only had him for 3-4 days, though and he came froma large litter. So we have had to restrict some of their dealings with each other because Captain is a bit rough for such a tiny puppy (just 8 weeks, Rottweiler/Huskey mix). Unfortunately my significant other and younger son yelled at Captain when the puppy whined because he pawed him so I am working on the introductions a bit slower now and spending a lot of special time with the both of them so no one feels left out.
    This has all been a challenge for I work fulltime, go to school fulltime and am a single parent during the week but I love my animals (we now have 2 dogs, 2 hampsters, a turtle and a cat) and would do anything for them.
    Please help me help Captain to enjoy life again-no matter where he is or who’s around.

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  48. Cassandra Harris-Lockwood says:

    My 3 year old rescued from abuse German Shepherd was starved, kept in a small crate all of the time, terrified of loud noise, unaware of her size, unable to go up and down stairs, not house broken, not able to be hand fed, not familiar at all with the leash, hyper distracted and hyper active and basically vicious. We named her Liberty.

    Though we’ve come a long way Libby is still very aggressive towards other dogs, especially small ones. I believe she would kill if she were able. She is also hyper aggressive towards cats.When I first got her she was almost as bad when meeting people.

    Using the behavior modification technique, ie, ‘What would you do if a trooper handed you a $100 bill every time you were pulled over,’ changed her behavior. Her $100 bill turned out to be french fries. She is so much better now. I bring her into the office where most days she listens and remains on her bed when people enter. Although there are times…

    Clicker training didn’t do it for Liberty.

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  49. Marie says:

    We just adopted a 4 year old female Beagle mix a few days ago from a rescue shelter. She is a gentle dog, does not bite or bark excessively. She is a little insecure and is warming up to us. We believe she was in a home previously, but she was found as a stray and was very thin. She has been in a few shelters and a foster home (for the last three weeks). She supposedly was trained, but we are having issues. At the foster home, she was with other dogs and was used to pooping and peeing in a fenced yard and did not do well with this on a leash. We do not have a fenced yard. We have managed to get her to poop a few times while being tied to pole or object but rarely pee. She will pee on a walk sometimes, but tends to hold it. We had her in a kennel during the second day for 5 hours when we were out. We came back to poop and pee in her kennel. We made the kennel smaller so she has only room to lay down and have not had the pooping issue. But we are not sure about the peeing. She has a pillow she really likes outside the kennel that she lays on which we thought she wouln’t pee on, but she has and continued to lay on it. So she could be laying in the pee in her kennel, and it is hard to tell. She is in the kennel at night and during the day when we are gone. She also peed on a blanket on the floor in our family room while we were all there. She was trying to get on top of the couch, but after her accidents, we are not letting her come up on the couch anymore. My 15 year old daughter is the main trainer and had really been trying. She consistently takes her out to the same spot. If she doesn’t go, she puts her back in the kennel and takes her back out 10 minutes later. When she does poop or pee, she praises her. We want her to be part of the family and be with us throughout the house. We did not expect this (we seem to be regressing backwards). We had one session with a trainer who uses a clicker which she does not seem to like either. Help, we are at out wits end!

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  50. Jan says:

    My 8 month old Doberman’s a thief!

    He steals everything over and over again… no matter what I do. I’ve tried the stern stance, frown and booming ‘NO!’ – doesn’t work. I’ve swatted his ‘not so little’ behind, waggled a finger in his face and said, ‘NO!’ – doesn’t work. I’ve sent him to his kennel for 5 minutes – doesn’t work and he moans and mutters to himself during the entire incarceration. Putting objects away DOES work, but that just fills up my cupboards to excess. He’s become very polite about the whole affair, though. He’s stopped running around the house like a wild bronco, and now readily hands over the ‘goods’ when caught, but they are half chewed, soggy, limp, or slimed by THAT time. He’s one smart puppy(!) and I’m afraid if I start exchanging a treat for the pilferage he’ll just take things so he can have extra snacks! I know that forbidden fruit is ALWAYS better than your OWN stuff!

    Where have I gone wrong? HELP!

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  51. col says:

    Hi Chet
    i have a three yr old cavoodle that constantly barks at birds in the backyard people going past, any noises outside and the doorbell

    I have tried on the mat routine, not allowing her to rush out the back door and attempted speak on command. The only thing that works is the citronella collar but most of the time it isnt turned on – the weight of the collar deters her from barking

    Any suggestions

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  52. Marcy says:

    I am having a major alpha thing with my dog…She is the only surviving pup in her litter & now thinks she should be paid attention to & catered to constently. I have used the clicker method for everything & it has worked but this issue is still unresolved. She gets aggrevated when I don’t pay her head. She barks at me & fusses until I give in. It is unnerving! HELP!

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  53. Michelle Kendall says:

    I have a 14month old rotweiller female and she is a good girl (most the time. She gets plenty of exercise as we have 10 acres she runs on and neighbor dogs to play with along with my nieces dog every weekend. Bella will come when you say come and she will lay, sit, shake etc. she is potty trained the problem I am having is that she is chewing up things. I make sure she has alot of her own toy’s to play with and she also chews them up as well but my nieces tennis shoes, my nieces bra, my tennis shoes, my husband’s pj bottoms, etc. I have scolded her and told her no. My husband has chained her up in the back yard for the day after alone after correcting her for her bad dog. She will even tear up a roll of t.p. or magazine now which she never did before the kid’s moved back in with us. My niece and her fiance and their little puppy Izzy who is about 15 weeks old and Izzy & Bella are friends they play all the time together. I don’t know what to do to keep her from chewing up thing’s she shouldn’t. Please help me with this as my husband is getting really mad at her for this. I don’t want him to give her away.
    Thank you,
    Michelle Kendall

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  54. michele says:

    Hi Chet,

    We rescued a 3 year old chihuahua/doxie mix, Redfur. He is very loving and getting along well with our 5 year old Bicha-poo. Unfortunately we don’t have alot of information on his history, other than he was brought to the rescue organization by a neighbor who was asked to, “keep an eye on him for an hour….” Needless to say, the owners up and left the dog behind. So we don’t know anything…

    So, our major concern at this point is this:

    1) – He marks his territory in the house and it’s just gross (and we don’t want our well trained other dog to start doing it too!)

    2) We are trying to keep him on a leash while we are home and he is in our vicinity. When he can’t be with us, we put him in the crate. We take him out on and off the least, (our yard is small enough for him to pee/poop in the same place) and we take him to the same places each time.

    3) We give lots of praise and attention when he does “go” when taken out – and so as a reward we are letting him off the leash to come in and play with our other dog, and that’s when he’ll pee on the corner of the coffee table….

    He deserves time to play too, right?

    Thanks,
    Michele

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  55. Kerrie says:

    Hi Chet,
    I have a 15 week old Doberman puppy, she is very good, never cried at night and house trained at 6 weeks old but now she’s showing aggression, its only happened once but I’m worried she may bite a child next time, it all started when she stole my grandmothers comb, she growled when she tried to get it back then bit her hand, it wasn’t a normal playful; puppy bite, she was being very nasty and made her hand bled.
    I now give her treats to try and bribe her to give me the objects she steals, I would like some tips on this as I don’t want her biting the neighbors 4 year old little girl or anyone else for that matter!
    the advice I have been been given by a few people I know is to hit her hard with a news paper and show her who’s boss but I don’t agree with hitting dogs,
    try and show her I’m the leader of her pack by taking her dinner, toys and chews from her regular also my dog trainer said she will come to the house for a couple of hours but that would cost me £90 and will be an ongoing thing.
    can you give me some advice please ?

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    Chet Reply:

    Kerrie,

    I’m making you a video response to this question, so stay tuned for that in the next week or so.

    Chet

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  56. mel says:

    hi…
    I have a 2 year old staffy cross. We’ve had her a little over a month now and we got her from a dog shelter. She is great with the kids and fab with people in and out of the home but when we come accross other dogs when were out walking she goes crazy. She does really high pitched whines and pulls like mad until we are well past the other dog and there doesnt seem too be a thing i can do about it. She also isnt very good at coming bk when we let her off the lead for a run. I call her back and treat her when she comes and she does it great alot of the time but if something catches her eye she just ignores me. The main problem is meeting other dogs though, its embarrassing and people look at me like I cant control my dog. If anyone has any suggestions i would greatly appreciat them. Thank you.

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  57. I liked your article and the ideas that are provided. There are plenty of suggestions out there that are both reliable and not good. If you have any more ideas concerning natural health or simliar topics, that would be great. Keep up the good writing!

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  58. Jimmy Avery says:

    Sometimes my dog whines and cries uncontrollable for long periods of time,when he is in the room alone,I don,t have any idea what to do. I try going to the room to calm him down but when I leave the room he goes back to the same routine. Sometimes I sneak to the door and try to frighten him none of those things works. HELP.

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  59. G. Kaplan says:

    Hello, Standard Poodle leash biting and jumping and biting at our feet and legs, while taking out to eliminate. Corky is of course teething and very smart, and has learned sit (all the time), stay, come and down, only when he thinks there is treat available. He does not do this so much, when “he take me on a walk” in the neighborhood.

    He is 3.5 months, friendly and has been through a lot with parasites, intestinal problems, antibiotics, all done and healthy now. Except, he wants to assert himself constantly. He is very very friendly to new people, did some wee when greeting for a while, but moving away from that.

    We have tried distraction with toys and rawhide, doesn’t work. We have tried holding the leash so high, he cannot bite us or go anywhere, it doesn’t work, he still tries to bite, when you loosen leash. We have tried turning him on his side and holding down until calm, he just resists, and can lay there and resist as long as you stand there, even up to 20 to 30 minutes. We have tried crating and saying “no bite”, we have tried “ouch” real loud. We have tried “stop” and turning our back, he just sits and eats grass for long time, then finally will get up and walk a bit and then lay down and eat grass again, this cycle goes on over, and over, we “stop” turn our back, and he sits and plays, then picks up eventually with the walk, but then will come right back and bite me (mean play bite).

    He sees the leash as an aggressive starter, an interference with being able to run free. He also desires my company and playing. We have tried regular walks, which of course he leads, most of the time. We are just now going to puppy training. Trainer had the same problems with him.

    Things that he responds to is “sit” with treat and his food at feeding time, and my attention, petting, talking, but these times are interrupted because of his biting, its constant, its draining.

    Thanks for your help.

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  60. chris says:

    My dog Chloe is 2yrs old , I’ve been using your basic hands off course since 6 months, my dog can set, set on carpet (3 different carpets on command). lay down, stay up to 7 minutes or longer, come on command in most cases, roll over, shake, high 5, knuckles, wave while setting and standing, speak on command inside voice vs outside voice most of the times. go to chair, also go to chairs that different people set at ie., go to charmaines chair, your chair, mommies chair etc., also leave it command on all things, drop it on command for freezbie play but sometimes turns into tug a war LOL. I also took a dog whistle and used the click method to come at the sound of whistle,(excellent response). go to porch by verbal command even when there is multiple dogs. Stay on porch with many distractions. retreat frisbee evertime, and behave excellent in the car. She can find the keys, which turned into any thing like blue ball, green toy etc., eat your treat (bone) on carpet and leave the bone on command, so as you can see she is very well trained by your course. my only problem is very simple!! or not. I am working on her to set at the door when I come home from work instead of jumping very high. Which for Boston Terriers should not do to much due to their hips having problems later. She can also push door open on command in go to carpet assigned to her.

    Questions:

    1) Clearly discribe the problem you want to fix with your dog.

    Problem : sometimes on command not whistle she just straight out ignores me. I knows she hears me but chooses not to come or look, ignores me about barking when someone shows up at the door.

    2) Describe the training concepts you’ve tried that HAVE worked.

    I converted the dog whistle in it works great from up to 3 blocks she can hear it and will respond very rapidly.

    3) And I need you to describe the training concepts that DON’T seem to be working. limp, barking at door when friends show up or any one shows up like pizza guy or a stranger.

    any help would be good!! thanks
    I was ask by one of your emails if I like to work for you guys on video training, YES but need the time and what would I need to submit to see if I qualify for position.

    chris

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  61. Karen says:

    Because my 1-year old Scottie was with the breeder for 6 months and poorley socialized except for being with liter-mates, we realized after just a few weeks her tendancy to be VERY skiddish and anxious over just the simplest of noises and with people.
    I want to get her calm enough to enjoy walks, the ultimate goal being to “heel.” She hardly gets excited when I take her leash out and ask if she wants to go for a walk. She is excited for the first few minutes once ouside but then quickly sits on the ground looking around and listening to every sound in the distance. When we are lucky enough to take a few steps forward, she begins sniffing the ground. She will not look at me or pay any attention to me. She has digressed from the summer. At least she would walk then with minimal leash pulling. Days are better than nights. (Heaven forbid leaves blowing in the wind!)I have given high-reward treats with vebal calmings when she gets “freaked” by trash trucks, sirens or car doors closing in the distance, school buses, chldren playing out, dogs and people we pass but once she is in “panic mode” , nothing helps. You talked about trigger transformation methods which I have had success using if inside the house but not outside. I am unable to sharpen her basic skills due to her anxious nature. Believe me , we have done a lot of “touch it” stuff to help her overcome her fears of things in her environment!
    I have not done any group training classes since subscribing to your program. Should I? She gets plenty of socialization playing with large and small dogs at the dog park. We did a trial introductory agility class but she was too scared to be successful.
    It’s very nice to be able to ask you for help on a spicific issue. By the way….are e allowed to discuss more than one issue? lol

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  62. Karen Schwartz says:

    Hi Chet,
    PROBLEM:My 1 year old Scottie, Maggie, continues to bark, whine and chase my 13 year old cat. She does not do this around other cats when she has been in an “open-grooming” setting. She lets those cats rub up against her-no big deal. I have used clicker training and treating with both cat and dog when they eat treats calmly side by side. If Maggie is “perceived to be too close” by my cat,Angel, the cat hisses and spats at her. If the cat makes a fast move of any kind, Maggie perceives this as an invitation to chase! Angel, on the other-hand is very scared even though she used to live with our last Scottie. When I pick up the cat and ask Maggie to sit-stay or go to her mat she will not listen. The rewards for jumping up on me and barking when I have the cat or even when she goes to where the cat is after “hearing” her must be greater than a treat. I have thought about putting this negative behavior on cue to see if this would lessen Maggie’s desire to want to chase Angel but my cat has end-stage renal disease and it makes me feel awful if she is chased.
    OMG- can’t believe this! Maggie is actually laying quietly at my feet on the floor while Angel just hopped on my lap! THIS is what I need. She must have known I was writing to you-lol!!

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  63. Chloe says:

    Hi there,

    I have a three month old Springer Spaniel Pointer mix, a very hyperactive dog, as you can imagine. She is learning certain commands well, and is learning how to walk quite well on a harness. However, we got her from a man who just had puppies, he was not a breeder, or too knowledgeable a dog owner, and mistakenly we were allowed to take our puppy home at only 5 weeks of age. We did not know the consequences this would have, but now I am realising two.

    1) She is very shy of other dogs, she will sniff them timidly, but if they turn to sniff her muzzle or her bottom she will hide away. We do not know anyone with a puppy her age, to perhaps help to socialise her, and maybe allow her to behave more like a puppy around other dogs; friendly and curious.

    2) She is a biter. If you walk past her she will jump and bite the back of your legs (“play with me!”), and if you stroke her she will often turn her head to mouth our hands and wrists. She does not mean to bite hard (at least not often) but it hurts. We have tried pushing her away and ignoring her, but she comes back. We have tried yelping and saying OW, but it has little response. We give her other toys to chew, but very often she will become distracted and return to mouth us, particularly when on the sofa or bed. She gets trained every day, played with often and is well excercised, could it be she just missed a few lessons from her mother?

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  64. Lamarr says:

    1-My pup Zulu is a very loving and playful dog. He is also very aggressive, hyper, destructive, and defiant. He “countersurfs,” jumps on people, barks and growls at my girlfriend, and cannot be left alone for any period of time without chewing a hole in something.

    2-Leash training has worked fairly well and he obeys simple commands like “stay” “sit” “lie down.” When I can take him out myself and exercise with him,he’s a different dog. Much more relaxed and docile. But if he’s not taken out? He can be a terror.

    3-I was told to give him a “doggy den” while I’m away at work, but that has failed MISERABLY. He has not yet learned how to not jump on someone. The KONG treat i got him keeps him occupied for about 3-5 minutes, then he’s off to chew on something else.

    I am open to ANY suggestions that will help me deal with him or I am afraid he will end up outside all the time because he cannot function IN the home without constant re-direction. My ultimate goal is to be able to leave him in the home while we are at work and school so that he can be another protector for us. That was my main reason in getting him.

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  65. Sandra Johnstone says:

    My Scottish terrier has started whining evening through the night. Is it his theeth

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