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Serina asks...

This question is about: Other

my puppy is violently shaking after eating her meals. we haven't changed her food in the 3 days we have had her. She grunts and whines when she cant get comfortable. I wrap her up in a blanket and gently stroke her tummy until she settles but it takes a long time. She has also been seeking out the heater and lying in the sun to get warm.rnCould she have a tummy bug? I haven't taken her outside the property as she hasn't had her booster shot.

Hannah asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise

Hi there, We have a cocker spaniel pup now 15 months old. We've had him since he was a pup at 8 weeks old. He's a lovely gentle boy, fantastic with kids, but is quite nervous of unfamiliar adults. We live on a property that is impossible to fence all round, so he has access to the street for a lot of the day when we are home with the doors open. He is wonderful at staying in our garden and never runs away. But if someone is to walk past he barks at their heels and follows them a short way up the street until he feels he's seen them off I think. Every time he does this he gets shut back inside as a punishment, but this is doing nothing to kerb this behaviour. Would love some suggestions on what we can do ?Thankyou

Hello, well really you need to build him a penned area or keep him inside while you are not home, they are pack animals, so when the pack leaves for the day, he has to take over and look after everything and this is way too much for a dog like him.

If there is not a BB trainer in your region that could come and assist you one on one at your property; what you would need to do, is to catch him in the act of doing what he is doing. The only suggestion I can give is to set him up, by going out and maybe getting a friend to walk past and you walking right next to them, so he does not see you and as he comes running out, lob a snap lock sandwich bag just over half full of water down in front of him and firmly say 'bad dog', one loud clap of your hands and chase him home, but it is so hard, because this could work or it could possibly make him worse, you just don”Ēt know. That is why he should not be allowed to roam freely when you are not home.             Regards Donna

Megan asks...

I acquired my dog from the pound about 3 years ago. He is loving, friendly to people and obedient. From time to time if he encounters another dog that doesn't behave in a good doggy-like manner (eg, sniffing face first, or jumping on him) he will "Floor" them, sometimes using his mouth. He doesn't bite the other dog, but it sounds awful and aggressive. I think he's just teaching the other dog a lesson on manners, but sometimes other dog owners don't understand that their dog is being naughty. He also tries to break-up dog fights at the dog park.

Hello, Yes he is doing this because he is worried what the other dogs are going to do to him.  He may have been attacked or a dog had a go at him before you got him and when he was young.  As much as you say he is breaking up the fight, he is actually just joining in.

My suggestion would be to keep him away from the other dogs and only put him with ones you know he gets on with. When people are walking their dogs and they go to let them come up to him just say "Please don”Ēt let your dog come near mine as he does not like it", that way you are not putting him under pressure all the time.  Also, when you see the other dog coming your way, walk away, get your dog to move in a different direction.  Hope that helps.

Regards Donna.

Stacey asks...

This question is about: Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Recall or not coming when called

My dog is very friendly but she jumps up at people and bites at their clothes and sometimes hands, it is not in an aggressive way but it is very undesirable behaviour, how do I stop her without stopping her from being the friendly wee girl that she is and allowing her to greet people? Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Hello Stacey, you could try a squirty bottle of water and squirt her just before she goes to jump up. After you squirt her, crouch down and call her to you, this way she will stop jumping, but will not stop her moving away from people that she loves, including you. Regards Donna.

Kayla asks...

This question is about: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Hyperactivity Other

I am currently fostering a 6 month old puppy and he is normally well behaved but lately has been destroying everything. From chewing and eating underwear, garden hose, i even came home today to find his dog bed in pieces. I just want to know why is it hes started doing it now and what can i do to prevent it.

Hello Kayla, he maybe destroying now because now he feels more comfortable with you and his surroundings, or he has two much area to look after and is stressing a little. If you just up your pack leadership towards him and confine him to a smaller area, this should help. Regards Donna.

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