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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.

Emma asks...

This question is about: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Separation Anxiety Toileting

I have two dogs Bella same breed is 5 she is fine but we got Harry to keep her company and he's a very naughty dog. Whenever we leave the house he either marks his urine on our curtains or couches and if anything is left out he eats it. We now shut all the doors except to the bedroom where they sleep and have tried to put him in a kennel and run after he is naughty but nothing seems to be working. He will never mark his urine when we are there so we can only tell him off when we get home but he doesn't seem to get it. We have had him since a puppy and have tried to train him but are starting to a stage where we might have to give him a new home. Can you please give us some advise. Thanks

Hello, Harry is doing this because of the female, hopefully he is desexed, if not I would suggest you do so. Harry needs some more pack leadership from you and your family, make sure Harry always goes through doors after you, never allow him to go through first, I would also be confining them to a smaller area when you leave, as when you leave you take the pack leadership with you, so he feels the need to take over and the whole house is a big place for him to look after, so this is why he marks the curtains and or couch, so anyone that passes your place he has told them this is his. If you are still having problems you may need us to come out and show you what to do as it is very involved¡Ä.any problems just call our toll free number 0800 167 710 and speak to the trainer in your area¡Ä¡Äno obligation to take the service Regards Donna

Ellie asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise

Please advise how to stop her Barking at strangers off leash. She is very intimidating sounds like she is worried about those strangers coming close to you as she does not feel like you will be able to protect both you and her, I would keep her on lead for a little while and as strangers approach, give her a little check of the lead and use whatever word you use when she is being then she learns that you will protect her and she does not have to protect you......this should stop her doing this, but if you are still having trouble then you may need to call our free call number 1800 067710 and speak to one of our trainer in your area. Regards Donna

Therese asks...

This question is about: Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

Ruby was brought into our family 9 months ago. Roxy has always been top dog, she didn't like Ruby but they lived together and tolerated each other. Then in July they came in season and all hell broke loose, frighting between Roxy and Ruby. Now we can't have them together at all. The vets only suggestion is to spade them which we will do Ruby booked in at end of month. We can't live like this so was hoping that this behaviour may be able to be fitted with training. I believe Ruby is after the top dog position. Both dogs love Tilly.

We can definitely assist you with your two girls....desexing is a great will make better dogs out of both of them...but with this serious problem there is nothing I can really tell you here to help. You do need a one on one with your local trainer Mark for this very serious behavioural issue. He would come out and assist you with this tricky problem.

For now it is best for you to keep them separated - until you get some expert training assistance. Regards Donna :)

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