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Thank You The Spirit Dog

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  1. Hi Paula,

    The broken electric fence wire is pretty easy to fix. If you know where the cut in the wire is you can just splice whatever length of wire you need to it. It’s standard coated wire you can find at most hardware stores or auto parts, try and get about the same gauge wire. Make sure the batteries are charged in the dogs collar or are new . Make sure the collar is snug, otherwise contact with his neck won’t be good enough.

    For the housebreaking, tell me about your families schedule, who takes him out, when do they take him out, does he go to the bathroom when he is out, if so how much does he go. How many times a day does he go out and the length of time he goes out.

  2. we are in a real quandary and one that I am sure in not uncommon. we rescued a dog about 4 years ago and he was very challenging to house train, but we did. We also installed an electric fence which he responded well too.

    In the last year, he has stopped obeying the electric fence, and has started to go to the bathroom in two specific places in the house. This coincided with me going back to work fulltime.

    We have started crating him, but now when we leave him unattended even for 30 minutes, he will pee in the house.

    My children and I love this dog, but my husband has just about had it and does not want to invest ANY more money in this dog. I mention this because I think that we need to perhaps get some professional help which may be costly and our electric fence wires were recently cut and I would like to try and retrain on that front, but again there is a big cost associated.

    Thanks for your advice — we really need it!

  3. Sorry, Spirit Dog, I forgot to tell you that Jebbe, the Bichon Frise, has been with us about four or five months. The shelter said he was about 1-1/2 to 2 years old. however, he has grown since we got him (not just gained weight, but increased in height and bulk). We wonder if he isn’t still just a pup???

  4. I have a rescued Bichon Frise. We think that he’s about a year old. His name is Jebbe. He’s coming close to driving my husband out of the house. He has a fenced-in back yard and I take him out in the care almost every day and often to the park/river to walk. He goes frantic in the evening, running around and around, actually “counting coup” like an indian on our leg or hand (no teeth). Can’t stop him or calm him until he’s through an hour later. He’s also a crazed thief. We’ve had to move everything in the house to places where he can’t get thing…he’s a “chewer”. Also, if he gets out the front door, we can’t get him back…he ignores us. I follow him in the car like a chauffer until he tires and will get in the car. I can’t let him off-leash.

    I have taught him to sit and “down”, and he’s house-broken (thank God). He’s really sweet, but I swear I’m going to have to find him another home if I can’t figure something out. My husband works hard 10-15 hours a day and Jebbe makes him crazy when he comes home.

    Any ideas?

  5. Hello Angela,

    First off, there is no wrong way to train a dog. Training being teaching a dog to perform a given task after a given command. I have an issue in regards to the perceptions of inherited behaviors and the methods used to try and modify those less desirable behaviors dogs have.

    Dog training schools are not cheap, I don’t know the time frame you have to pay back the loans. I hope you realize many dogs are not suited for service work, because of various issues.

    How do you get to the three places you mentioned ? If you like, your more than welcome to come visit us and we’ll socialize Colonel with about twenty or thirty dogs to help you get over the hump with him.

  6. Here I keep trying to explain things in different ways to help you understand what I’m trying to accomplish, I seem to manage to confuse you more in the process. I apologize if my communication skills are shot, I usually don’t get out much, even in the online world.

    I almost afraid to try again, but here it goes. You mentioned in your last post that my action of petting the other dog would not let him know they are ok. What would help him know “it’s ok”? Or is this too hard of a question because all dogs may have problems with other dogs for different reasons?

    I mentioned earlier in my first post that I wanted advice on dog training schools. Why I mentioned that, was that when I visited the humane society with Colonel to ask for their help in his aggression towards others dogs, they gave me a pamphlet on a local private trainer.

    I cannot afford a private trainer, but I am eligible for veterans assistance in paying for school. I figured I would just go to the school where I could learn to train dogs myself, since I can’t afford to pay for a trainer. This is also something I was going to do in the past, so it would help many factors.

    The problem is, as you say on many posts, many trainers aren’t that good and aren’t taught to properly train dogs. This is why I asked earlier if you had advice on good training academy’s. I do not want to attend a school that will teach me improperly.

    Regarding the service dog issue, that actually is a little confusing no matter which way you look at it. I do have documented disabilities, my pet dog Colonel is able to let me know when I am about to have a seizure on a very high percentage.

    I’ve seem to have made it the last decade not having a service dog, but then again there are probably many people that don’t 100% need a service animal that have one. Additionally, with my perspective on the many limitations were have in life, I’ll use what I can. (Plus, Colonel LOVES to come out with me)

    I have taken notice that all 3 states Illinois, Missouri and Florida that I reside or frequent in throughout the year, have pretty liberal laws when it comes to service animals. As long as they provide help in at least one manner( which colonel can help in a few), they are allowed to accompany me in public places.

    If Colonel has problems with other dogs while “working” with me in public, he will not be able to continue to help me regardless of his qualifications in other ways. Just the little bit I have recently taken him out with me to start getting him use to the idea has been extremely beneficial. He seems more happy this past couple weeks than I can remember.

    In short, I need help in introducing my dog to other dogs, and choosing a training/behaviorist program that won’t teach me improperly, Colonel’s aggression towards other dogs will hurt his chances to accompany and aid me in public, and the stress is not good for him in any case.

    If you still are unclear on what I’m saying, don’t worry about it. I’ll just try to pay attention more to Colonel for clues, and gather information through other posts you make to others that seem similar to what might help me.

    Thanks again
    Angela

  7. Angela, now you really lost me. Is this a pet or a service dog your attempting to train for yourself ? If you’re in need of a service dog, I suggest you contact a service dog foundation. But I will tell you this, Colonel is not going to understand that by you petting other dogs their OK.

  8. I think a major catch 22 with this, is that I am probably not as relaxed as I should be, to help keep him relaxed. Yet he hasnt been relatively non-confrontational with other dogs to give me much insight to remain relaxed.

    My goal is for him to be able to successfully blend in public. He has a very good sense when I am about to have seizures, and has a couple other good points that at least allow him to fall into a legal category to be considered my service dog.

    I was lucky enough to have a couple dog owners the past couple days, let Colonel try to get along with their dogs. I took him out to some property to relax and run, where a neighbor was walking his deaf dog. The neighbors dog didnt really realize Colonel was growling and seemed unaffected by Colonels acts of slight aggression. When Colonel started to get really into it, I would tell him to sit, and occasional pet the deaf dog in front of him to show him it was ok. He could only sit for a minute or so before getting right back into it.

    That day he was able to see two other dogs, and it went rather similar. I almost thought the last one was less intense. I am hoping that the more I take him out with me, the more he’ll relax.

    I’d appreciate any other pointers you might have, and I’ll keep a look out for similar links and comments on your site.

    Thanks
    Angela

  9. Angela, are you trying to socialize him with other dogs YOU have, or somebody else’s dog ? Either way it really comes down to your ability to relax him when he starts getting defensive. If it’s your own dogs it should be relatively easy, assuming your guys listen to you. If it’s somebody else’s dog that’s a little more difficult, all you want Colonel to do initially in this situation is not act like an idiot.

  10. I know colonel likes to socializE with other dogs. He is always looking to play when he is comfortable with a dog. Problem is, he’s very nervous initially. Now lately I’ve come across many “expert” ideas they involve introducing dogs; however, as I stated earlier, I haven’t taken a great liken to many techniques that see apparently universal to trainers. ( ex. Shock collar in simple commands, crate training, prong collar…ect) what do you suggest is a good way for a nervous(large) dog to socialize with new dogs?(I know once he lets his guard down, he wants to play)

    Angela

  11. Hello Angela,

    First off, I had a hard time trying to understand exactly what kind of advice you are looking for, in regards to Colonel.
    And I don’t know that much about the training school your talking about, sorry.

  12. Sorry, Just posting again so I can check the follow-up w/ email box below,,,

  13. I am so glad I found your site. I have been researching various training information and I started searching further for practices that didnt irk me, (crating, excessive dominance…) guess what? Your the only wonder I have found! I’m hooked, and will likely spend my next few nights reading what I can on your site. I have 2 inquiries, if I may.

    First, I have a dog (Colonel, Akita, approx 7-9 yearsoldI acquired a couple years ago. He was abused with various owners. I could have been better to make sure I had him on a good regime initially, but I had many problems of my own interfering. Better late than never.

    In the meantime, many of his “problems” with other owners have been nearly eliminated. He is still a nervous dog. He is housebroken, which I believe he knew how with previous owners but was just having problems with them, he is not very aggressive with people as he was when I first acquired him. I would like him to be more sociable with other dogs. I believe this would help a lot of his remaining anxiety.

    His immediate previous owner had three other dogs, and they got along well enough. I had a dog I was fostering at the time, and Colonel did well with her. I’m not sure if it were just out of necessity, the day Colonel came to live with me, he bit his old owners for the first time. We all joked that he knew he was coming with me.

    What do you think the best way to new dogs to him might be? I was told that people used to try to fight Colonel with other dogs and I know that his looks tend to scare off potential “playmates”. I did purchase a wire muzzle a couple weeks ago, but I’ve done nothing but feed him treats out of it for weeks till I decide what to do.

    Secondly, forgive me preemptively for my rambling, I hope it will help you guide me to an appropriate conclusion, I need advice on dog training schools. As a child I was very good with animals. I lost track of my chosen path when I decided to join the military to help pay for school. I intended on going into military police to work with K-9’s until my tour was finished. At the time, I planned on working with rescue dogs, guide dogs, or a similar sanctuary type environment afterwards. ( In fact, thats one of the things that is drawing me especially to your site. I always talked about a place where the animals were all together, even various species. My cousin had cougars at one point, I had some wild dreams in mind)

    Anyhow, long story even longer, I never made it through the military, temporarily retired then on permanent veteran disability. Between the drugs I let them guinea pig on me, and the stress of the process, I;m just now starting to get my old self back, over a decade later.

    In trying to get information on training Colonel better, I ran into info about a school nearby called the Tom Rose School of Professional Dog Trainers. I figured instead of paying someone else, Ill just go to the school, maybe it would get me on the right path I left so many years ago. I;ve read up on a few other schools and shows I’d never heard of till now, but they all have so far conflicted with what I feel is important in gaining a dogs trust. I’m thinking that there will always be something positive in at least obtaining the handling and various canine personality experiences, even if I don’t agree with some of the practices.

    Any advice on good programs or sources for people who want to train their best friend? I’m even kind of up and down on the school issue. I just assumed such training was somehow regulated and I needed certification. ( I noticed a couple of your comments mentioned it wasnt regulated) I like the idea of just being good with animals and starting my own sanctuary, however, it seems your nothing in this world until someone else acknowledges it. Certification may come in handy, being attached at the hip to the dept VA is no picnic either, nor does it supply a financial stability for, well anything.

    Look forward to hearing from you. By the way, my first assignment in English was to critique one of many articles, I chose the one on Woldogs. Good luck with all your work, your site seems fantastic so far!

    Angela Renee

  14. Hi Hayley,

    The problem here is and it’s a common one, he’s bored.

    We always spend a ton of time with our brand new puppy, but as he gets a little older we don’t spend as much time with them as we should. It’s not just your family, a lot of good families do that. And that’s how some problems start.

    This is a baby that waits all day for someone to play with him, and just as somebody starts to get him excited they stop. We don’t like when people don’t pay enough attention to us, neither do our dogs.

    Very few dogs will keep themselves occupied playing by themselves. Part of our job as animal owners is to keep them happy, and that means spending some quality time with them.

    If I lived down the block from you guys, I could stop by and show you how to get your dog happy and to pay attention to you. But since I don’t, here’s a couple links to post’s I have written that may help you out.

    If you guys started spending a lot more time with Ollie, you probably wouldn’t have to do one of the things I wrote about.

    This is a baby, but it’s really your guys decision.

    https://thespiritdog.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/how-to-stop-all-dog-aggression-behaviors/

    This next one has a “Language Warning”.

    https://thespiritdog.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/2008/08/03/how-to-be-your-dogs-alpha-dog/

    If you need more help let me know.

  15. Hi thespiritdog.

    We have had ollie since he was 8 weeks old.

    He doesn’t get played with much during the day.
    He’ll probably have a toy thrown for him a few times.
    He has a walk in the morning and usually he will busy himself at home by chewing those rawhide chews.
    Or just laying down.

    He has another walk in the afternoon.
    I’ll probably have a little play with him in the evening.

    I guess there isn’t really any big play session.

    A lot of the time, after his afternoon walk, he’ll get a toy in his mouth and he’ll race around the house like a greyhound!

    With regards to how much he listens to us…well he responds to his name if he isn’t really busy.
    If he starts chewing the carpet or starts doing anything like that, we will shout “Ollie leave!” and we have to do this several times before he will listen.

    Sometimes, if we try to get him out from under a chair if he is chewing the carpet, he will bite our hands.
    He also does this when we dry him with a towel.

    I know the biting is a big issue, but at the moment the cats are my top priority.

  16. Hello Hayley,

    I think you probably have a good idea why he’s doing it, don’t ya ? When he’s in the house he want’s to play with them, when he’s outside there’s lots of other stuff that keeps his interest.

    Here’s the thing, I would need to know how much time you or any humans play with him, how often do you play, how much time is spent daily playing with him, and under what circumstances does he listen to you now ?

    We often don’t play with our dogs as much as we plan to, then we feel a little bit guilty about it. So when you answer my questions , be honest.

    Have you had him since he was a little puppy, or did you just get him ?

    talk to you soon.

  17. We have a 10 month old neutered male westie. We also have 2 elderly cats.
    When the cats come indoors, the westie barks at them, chases them and jumps all over them.
    He even tries to grab hold of them with his mouth.

    He is not doing this aggressively as his tail wags and he’s so happy.

    If we hold onto him, he will bark and bark.
    We have our stairs blocked off so the westie won’t go upstairs, but if the catsgo upstairs, he will jump up and bark and bark.

    He is fine with the cats outside. He just ignores them.

    we’ve tried shouting at him, putting him on the lead (but this makes him bark). we’ve tried rattling a tin, spraying with water. we have run out of things to try.

    we are desperate for some insight into his behaviour.

  18. Your Welcome Ben,

    Just a couple of things,

    1- when walking our dogs, if a dog pulls on the leash or walks out in front of us, they do it for one reason and one reason alone. We walk to slow, dogs unless very old or very nervous pretty much power walk or jog everywhere. I mention this because you probably heard that this is a dominance issue.

    2- Although putting your dog in his crate is a good way for “YOU” to get a “Time Out ” . Translation “A much needed break from your dogs exuberance” . The use of the crate for the so called ” Time out” doesn’t teach the dog anything.

    This post may help out your wife.

    https://thespiritdog.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/2008/08/03/how-to-be-your-dogs-alpha-dog/

    Al

  19. Terrific!
    I have been walking him consistantly, and he is getting better with me almost daily, mainly the issue occurs when I have him offleash and inside just ‘playing’. I’ll give this a shot and let you know how it works out.

    Thanks a bunch!

    Ben

  20. Hello Ben,

    If you have read more than a couple of my post’s, you would have found out my general disappointment in what the dog training community like’s to teach in regards to animal behavior.

    But you don’t care about that right now, do you? you want to know what’s going on.

    Read these couple of posts.

    https://thespiritdog.wordpress.com/2008/08/02/alpha-dog-behavior-or-play-behavior/

    https://thespiritdog.wordpress.com/2008/11/05/alpha-dogs-dont-mount-for-dominance/

    You also at present, have an opportunity to learn how to talk too and control your dog by using your voice, emotions and body language.

    Practice controlling his level of play (excitability or ‘rambunxtion’ ) at small increments. Meaning, as soon as you start to play with him, you stop and become calm while trying to calm him down using a soothing or low voice ( Like talking in a library).

    You have to practice controlling him at different levels of excitement, like a flight of stairs. If the first step is him just getting riled up, and the top stair is “totally crazy”. You have to practice and learn how to act to control each progressive step in the process.

    I don’t know if I explained that well enough for you to understand or not. I’m just figuring out, how to make video’s of all this stuff. So pretty soon you will actually be able to see what I’m talking about.

    Talk to you soon

  21. Hi, Ive been rummaging through your website for a bit now and Iam hoping oyu can help us get moving in the right direction…

    My wife and have a 3 month old English Mastiff puppy that we have had for about a month now. The biggest issue we are having is that he isexhibiting quite a bit of ‘dry-humping’ From what I can tell, this is dominant behavior, and mostly we don’t care because he is generally using to show one of his toys ‘who’s boss’. Unfortunately, it seems like he is not accepting my wife as an ‘alpha’ and has been trying to make her the subject of his ‘assertions’. We have discussed this and I am trying to show her how to display more ‘alpha’ behavior around him. My worry is that this doesn’t go away and we end up with a 200 lb sexual predator. Is this something we should be concerned with?

    The other concern I have is regarding his play behavior. I play with him and he mouths and all that, which is no big deal, but he invariably escalates to higher and higher levels of ‘rambunxtion’ until I get fed up and put him in the crate to cool off for 15 minutes. How can I either avoid these escalations or bring him down when he gets too riled?

    Thanks

    Ben

  22. Hello Marilyn,

    I need you to answer a couple questions for me.

    1- How old is your dog ?
    2- How much play time does your dog get ?
    3- How often does your grandchild come over ?
    4- Does she do the same stuff, when anybody else comes over. ( adult or child) ?
    5- What are you presently doing to try and stop your dog from doing this ?

    If you answer these couple of questions , I’ll have a better idea of what is actually going on. Thanks

  23. hi, a have a major problem with my daschund. She goes crazy when my grandchild comes over. She barks, cries and goes into hyperdrive and get so worked up that i can’t calm her down until the child leaves again and then it takes over an hour for her to calm down. She barks so much that the whites of her eyes get all red. I don’t know what to do any more besides tranquilizing her. Can you help me, I’m desperate!

  24. We’ve thought about that, but it is not too feasible with the way the house is laid out, unfortunately.

  25. Hello Natalie

    Thank you, I’m feeling a little bit better. Just a thought, but have you considered putting a doggie door in the mud room, with a outside kennel connected to your house. There are some safety issue’s with this, you may want to address.

  26. Thanks for the reply! Hope you are feeling better soon.

    We do confine Walther and Caryn in the mud room when we are at work. The floor space is about 6X6 feet. They have free access to water.

    Trying him without the belly band is an interesting idea. Ocassionally he has a “big Pee” inside, like when it is raining outside and he is too nervous to go outside. Usually, though, it is just a small amount.

    Get some rest!
    -Natalie

  27. Hello Natalie

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    I’m sorry I have some kind of cold or fever at present, I feel like I got a silly putty thing going on in my brain. Hopefully this will pass relatively quickly and return to some sort of normal brain function, instead of just staring out the window.

    OK , Unfortunately Walther ( or is it Walter) is in the habit if going to the bathroom inside as well as out. It’s not going to be to pleasant for him initially, but have you considered gating him in your kitchen or somewhere else when your not home. We may be able to at least break the habit of going in other parts of the house.

    Also when you are home maybe you can try leaving him outside for extended periods of time. We may get lucky in reinforcing the habit of going to the bathroom outside.

    Anytime we have troubles with a housebreaking issue, we have to get creative sometimes and think outside of the box if you will. I’ll give you an example of thinking out of the box, Have you tried removing the belly band and the diaper for a couple days or so. It’s not likely but because he wears the band so often he may be in the habit of peeing in short burst’s, hence he never fully relieves himself when he’s outside.

    Also the diaper may or may not keep him in the habit of staying dirty, again this is not likely but we have to experiment a little bit.

    The couple things I will need additional information on are,
    Does he have free access to water, often we sometimes get in the habit of limiting the water for a dog that’s having a hard time getting the whole housebreaking thing down. In this scenario what happens is the dog in question drinks an significant amount of water and just like when we drink a lot of liquids, we gotta go.

    You said he’s probably marking, a housebreaking or marking issue can be determined by the amount of pee. A lot is a housebreaking issue, a little is marking. Although it’s probably tough to tell if he’s wearing the belly band, I don’t know.

    I’m going to have to stop now, I gotta go lay down.
    I’ll have some more stuff for you, in a couple days or so.

    Have a great day, Natalie

  28. Haa, yes I laughed. Though on the plus side, if we lose our house, we wouldn’t have to worry about it being marked!🙂

    1- We got him in January 2006, so we’ve had him for over 2.5 years.
    2- We have a house, not an apartment. In fact, we have a 5 acre hobby farm with four cats, two mules, and a horse in addition to the two dogs. I mention this because there are all kinds of unusual “smells” from a dog perspective in the house. (i.e. barn boots with “horsey” smells in the mud room, etc.).
    3- He is less nervous now than he was, but he still really freaks out when there are thunderstorms or lightening or fireworks. He is very bonded to me and wants to stay close to me most of the time, but he is not fond of men, and still barks at my husband when he first comes home from work, but when Tim (my husband) sits down on the sofa, Walther is happy to sit on his lap for pets and will give him doggie kisses, so it is kind of strange. He in general is very submissive. We have to make sure Caryn does not steal the treats right out of his mouth when we feed them.
    4- He is quite active and loves to play and wrestle with our other dog. He does not really know what to do with his toys, but enjoys chewing them a bit. He even tries to play with the cats, who i think he believes are dogs too.
    5- I think it is a marking issue. He and Caryn both do a circle dance when they want to go out, and I have taught them trigger words (poop & tinkle), that they respond to. So when I open the door and say “tinkle” he goes out and does just that. He even has a favorite shrub. With the belly band, it is hard to tell exactly where he is marking in the house, but it appears to center around my husband’s clothes/shoes/hamper, the toilets (which are cleaned weekly, but probably still smell of urine to a sensitive dog nose) and Caryn’s bed and food dish (which i have gotten in the habit of picking up after they eat – but occasionally I forget)). Having the carpets professionally cleaned once in a while seems to help temporarily, but only for a few weeks. We occasionally dog sit for my father when he travels. He has a 15 year old male corgi. When the Corgi (Felix) visits, the narkigngets worse. I put a belly band on Felix to make sure he was not contributing himself, but he was bone dry for several days.
    6- Yes, the vet says he is okay there.
    7- I believe so, as he and Caryn both have the splayed toes and odd sitting positions we often see in dogs that are used to standing on wire.

    Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!

  29. Hello Natalie

    Oh yea, your definitely not trying hard enough. You and your husband should quit your jobs, and devote all your time to housebreaking Walt. And when your home is finally foreclosed on and your living in the street, you will no longer have a housebreaking issue.

    Hope you smiled a little.

    1- First off, how long have you had Walt ?
    2- When you say, ” your house” is that a house, house or an apartment ?
    3- Also, what’s Walt’s personality like. Is he really nervous, a little nervous, not to nervous ?
    4- How active is he, does he play a lot yet ?
    5- Can you distinguish whether or not it’s a housebreaking issue or a marking issue ?
    6- Although it’s pretty rare, have you eliminated the possibility of a urinary tract infection ?
    7- Do you know whether or not he was housed in one of those chicken coop type environments, at the puppy mill ?

    I’ve had to housebreak and mentally rehabilitate dogs from rescues that predominantly lived their lives in crates. some of these guys can take four, five or six months to get ” clean”.

    If you answer the above questions for me, It’ll give me a better idea of the housebreaking approach we should take.

    Hope to here from you soon.

    The Spirit Dog

  30. Hi Spirit Dog:
    I volunteer for a rescue group and have adopted two “puppy Mill” dogs that were used for breeding.

    We got Caryn, a six year old Cairn Terrier first, and she had no trouble learning to be housebroken. She got it fairly quickly.

    We then adopted Walther, a four year old male dog (nuetered), that does not seem to be getting the concept too well. His problem is that he likes to mark.

    He and Caryn are good about letting me know when they need to go outside, but Walter is pretty sneaky about marking. I scold him when I catch him lifting his leg, but he has just figured out to do it quickly when I am not looking.

    I have been using “belly bands” with a Poise pad since I got him, so the messes are at least contained and I am not cleaning up all over the house, but he does not seem to mind being wet, and being a puppy mill dog who was always stuck in a small crate, he does not seem to have the instinct to keep his “den” clean, so crate training attempts did not work too well.

    My husband and I have taken vacation time for a week just to stay home and watch him every second, and as long as we are watching him and keeping him confined in a single room with us or on a leash in the house, he is fine and won’t mark. But as soon as we go back to work and resume our old routine, the marking starts up again. We just can’t keep our eyes on him every minute.

    I am resigned to keeping him in belly bands for the rest of his lie at this point, but my friends and family think it is wierd that I have a dog that wears a “diaper”. I am wondering if maybe I am just not trying hard enough, or if I am missing an important step.

    Given that he was “in tact” for so long, maybe he just can’t get over that compulsion. I would apprecite hearing your thoughts. Thanks!

  31. Hi Kristi

    You have a legitimate concern. Some dogs that become really happy and excited will have a tendency to get a little mouthy while playing. Now this is all well and good for folks that find this acceptable with individual family members or friends that enjoy that type of play , but more importantly can control the intensity of the play.

    The problem is, if your guys get to excited and become a little mouthy with the child, the parents may interpret that as a bite. When it’s simply play. Also in many instances all a dog has to do is jump up on a child, and often the first thing out of the child’s mouth is, ” mommy that dog bit me “… .

    This is a wonderful way for your guys to play. But what I would like you to do is talk to your neighbor and ask her if she can calm your dogs down once in a while. By taking a break from running back and forth, and calmly talking to your dogs, if they become relaxed when she does it great.

    It’s usually impossible to get a child that’s an animal lover to listen, this can be a potential problem. This will not make your dogs mean, but people don’t have the ability to distinguish between a little to rough play bite, and a bite, bite.

    If you would like a little more info, I’d have to know a little bit more about your dogs, you, and your neighbors. I hope this has been some help to you. If you would like more details get back in touch with me, I’ll have some questions I’ll need answered.

  32. I have recently bought a house and with that comes the neighbors. I have 2 Schipperkes a one year old and the other 3 months old. Both are well behaved and trained. The neighbor had a 3 year old boy who loves both of them and enjoyes playing with them through the fence every day. During the day while I’m not home and when I am the neighbor and her son enjoy running alongside of the fence for long periods of time each day having both dogs chase them. I believe this is all done in good fun. My biggest concern is that it may develop into something more after while and dont want bad habits to result from it. I also fear what they may be doing to tease the dogs when no one is home. Do you believe that this is something that I should be concerned about or am I really just getting upset for no reason.

  33. Hi Patty

    Being that he’s an outside dog, you really don’t have to many options. You should talk to your veterinarian about some sort of anxiety medication. Dogs have different degrees of fear from thunderstorms. Even if you knew how to calm him down when the weather was bad, some guys would still display more nervousness than others.

    Probably not the magical advice you were looking for.

  34. please help. my 3 year old lab husky is terrified of storms. he knows when they are coming and doesnt stop till they are at least a hour past us. he is an outside dog and always been an outside dog. he just started throwing these tanchrums this year. he crys and barks uncontrolably. he has a dog house and another dog out there with him. the other dog is fine. i live in the middle of the city an latley it has been storming here every night. what do i do.

  35. Hey Tim, how are you today ?

    Your not gonna want to hear this, but you don’t have a problem. She’s house trained, right ?

    Don’t be to concerned about where she goes in your yard, just be happy she’s going out there. You have to pick it up everyday anyway, regardless of where she goes.

    Do yourself a favor, don’t discipline her for going to the bathroom outside. You may be teaching her that’s the wrong place, ( outside ). And I don’t think you want her to start going to the bathroom in your kitchen, do you.

    So just be happy, she’s doing it right in the first place. Not in your house.

    I read all the same dog training advice you do. About getting a dog to go in certain parts of the yard. Most dogs, are going to consistently go to a spot that their comfortable with. So don’t knock yourself out, trying to change her spot.

    You might get lucky by placing some of her poop, in the area you want her to go. But don’t count on it.

    About rubbing her nose in it. That’s like old style, and being old myself, I’m going to tell you what was lost in the translation of that advice. They didn’t actually stick the dogs nose in it. They would bend the dogs head down, till his nose was about an inch away, then scream like a focking maniac at the dog.

    Tim, good luck to you.

    The Spirit Dog

  36. Hi, i have a problem with my new dog (8 months old, had her for 2 months) which i couldn”t find an answer to. She was housetrained when we got her, but she poops on the back lawn right in the middle of where we walk out to the back shed. I”ve tried walking her out to an area where we want her to poo after feeding & first thing in the mornings etc. I”ve tried pointing at the poo and saying “dont poo here” angrily while moving it away. I”ve even tried rubbing her nose in it. But she just still poos there. Do you have any suggestions? (shes a red shar pei/ staffy cross) Thanks, Tim

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