Archive for Aggressive behavior

Why does your dog bark? Consider the reason and the breed

Barking. It’s my least favorite thing about dogs. Many would agree with me. I receive questions weekly about controlling barking. “He barks when people are at the door.” “She barks at squirrels.” “He barks in his crate.” There are different reasons for barking behind each of these statements. And in addition to the reason behind

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Reconsider acquiring a guard dog as a pet

When I’m running with my German Shepherd off leash, people will stop and ask me how long it took me to train him or who trained him for me. I will hear admiring whispers from couples pushing strollers. Many people are attracted to him because he is very beautiful and very obedient. I don’t get

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Off-Leash Fun No More

Just off the Katy Trail at Reverchon Park dogs and their owners had established an unofficial dog park. Many weekend mornings I’ve witnessed up to a dozen dogs running off leash, having a good ol’ time. But as recent as May the Dallas Police Department began cracking down on dogs off leash at Reverchon Park.

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Control Your Anxiety to Control Your Dog’s

I was working with a client in class last week who was so hyper-sensitive to his dog’s issues that he was unable to help his dog.  His dog is typically aggressive with other dogs and the gentleman is attending class to help bring this issue under control.  During a recall exercise where I instruct student’s

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Working Relationship

I saw a client today whose adopted Australian Sheppard’s litter mate was shot dead before her eyes. This must have been a completely traumatic experience for this dog. I can’t imagine how she processed it in her little Aussie brain but it couldn’t have been a neutral experience. Flash forward one year. She has a

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Kids and Dogs

I was at a client’s home recently working with their Shih Tzu who is growling and cowering under the chair whenever the children are near. The kids like to put the young dog in a stroller lifting it by its front legs, carry it around on its back like a baby and give it hugs

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Accepting Limitations for Aggressive Dogs

A client contacted me recently because his dog that I had trained two or three years ago has had a couple of incidents of aggression in the last couple of weeks. I read the email once and absorbed the emotion and urgency of the situation as concerns of litigation and euthanasia (forced or voluntary) were

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What’s Obedience Got To Do With It

Obedient: dutifully complying with the commands, orders or instructions of one in authority.  Frequently I’m called upon to help an owner change his dog from being human aggressive to human friendly. Most of these owners have already done their due diligence by exposing their dog to friendly humans as well as trying the use of

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I Think My Dog Is a Racist

My friend’s father told me he thinks his Yorkshire terrier is racist because whenever they encounter a person possessing dark skin the dog behaves aggressively. So I asked my friend’s father. “How many people of dark skin do you and your dog encounter on a daily basis?” He replied “none. Only occasionally do we encounter

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Help for the Flawed Service Dog

An old client of mine came to visit me this week with her new service dog because he is behaving aggressively toward unfamiliar (outside of his pack) dogs. We talked for a long time about the service training is currently receiving. She informed me that he is attending a group class currently but recently has

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