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DogTraining: A forum on dog training and behavior. Here you'll find content that will help you train your dogs. Dog training links, discussions and questions are encouraged and content related to other species is welcome too. This community is geared towards modern, force-free, science based methods and recommendations. Make sure you check out our WIKI for recommended resources and articles about common problems.

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What is something y'all do with your dog everyday related to training?

Besides the obvious. [Walk, play, bathroom, eat, drink]

36 Comments
2024/04/07
13:22 UTC

4

Save the Date! - Upcoming major dog training event list for 2024 Apr - 2024 Sep

#Welcome to the quarterly Event List!

Here we crowdsource upcoming events in the animal training world (for the next 6 months) to add to our calendars, and help each other plan to expand our knowledge (and meet CEU requirements).

##REQUIREMENTS

Events should comply with the following standards:

  • Organisation/trainer running the event meets the criteria for trainer recommendations in the posting guidelines and wiki guide
  • Major conferences, workshops and events only - it should be something that is sufficiently extensive and/or unique that it might be worth travelling and paying accommodation for if you are not directly local to it. Use this as a hypothetical question if it is an online event/conference. Events run by individual trainers should be by an already industry-recognised expert and offering CEUs; think Shikashio running his Aggression in Dogs conference or a Terry Ryan Chicken Camp, not your local CPDT-KA running their first public workshop.
  • Professional - information provided sufficiently in-depth to have value to a professional as well as a hobbyist. No workshops intended solely for the general public, please.
  • Events should be time-limited: the purpose of these posts is to help us all not miss events that have application/attendance deadlines and happen once a year at most, particularly at variable time schedules. If it's a webinar that is available on demand or has access granted every few months like clockwork, it's not suitable for this thread - send a modmail to suggest it be included in the wiki instead.
  • The event will happen in the next 6 months (or the application deadline closes within the next 6 months). If the event is further in the future, it should go in a future quarterly thread. There is a separate Automod comment below to drop the names of such future events here as advance alerts with limited detail.

Events do not need to be dog-exclusive, just something that dog trainers and keen hobbyists would enjoy! For example, we wouldn't post a cat-only conference, but we would love to see a conference by PPG or IAABC that includes both dog and cat seminars, or a conference by animal behaviour researchers that has broad cross-species applicability.

###FORMAT

Please post under the appropriate Automoderator comment below to group events by LOCATION (Online, Europe, North America or Other)

Suggested posting format:

Event Name - the name, obviously, for easy searching
Date - Please post in ISO standard format YYYY-MM-DD to eliminate any risk of confusion between USA and rest of the world date formats
Location - Online or Country-State-City
Organiser - Name of event organiser(s)
Website - link to detailed information
Special info - anything important to know in advance - e.g. early bird price close date, available scholarships, link to facebook group for event where people are organising carpools and accommodation sharing etc.

Code for copying format:

**Event Name** -  
**Date** -   
**Location** -  
**Organiser** -  
**Website** -   
**Special info** -
5 Comments
2024/04/06
12:10 UTC

262

Sit means sit stay away

In November we took our dog Australian cattle dog to sit means sit as it was the only dog training company aside from petco etc. we paid $2025 for lifetime training. The training never really stuck with my dog and started ti become aggressive when using the shock. I already was hesitant about going there as I felt it was on the line of animal abuse but I didn’t know for sure so I thought I’d try it to get my dog to be good quickly.
My dog, under A year old is full of energy and didn’t always do so well in group classes. They recommended using TWO collars on my dog so he would feel it more. I told them no I don’t like that idea and I shouldnt have to keep buying more stuff to make your training work.

Well four months later and the aggression became too much (he never attacked or bit hard) and made me feel like it was because my dog felt abused so we have stopped using the collar.

Now we are trying to receive A partial refund for the lifetime membership and the collar. They also offer A pay half up front which they never told us about when we were talking about the details on the phone.

I feel like sit means sit is A get rich quick scheme that only cares about taking money and hoping you give up on the training. I should have realised the scammy hint when it was all old people in the group classes.

Also when we asked for A refund this is how the owner responded. “There is no refund option for your package or equipment. It’s yours to do what you want with 😊. “. That smiley face angers me so much.

Any advice on who to reach out to or how to tell our story and prevent this from happening to other people?

156 Comments
2024/04/04
12:08 UTC

14

2024/04/01 [Loose Leash Walking Virtual Workshop]

Welcome to the fortnightly loose leash walking virtual workshop!

Join us as we compete with the squirrels, cats, other dogs, fresh urine scents and things that go zoooooooom!

Resources

Articles (All have videos embedded)

Youtube (Many of these are videos which are embedded in the above articles)

See our page on leash reactivity for help managing and training dogs that bark and lunge while on leash.

APDT webinar

1 Comment
2024/04/01
02:00 UTC

29

Struggle With Treat Training

Hello,

I want to work on training my dogs more but I’m having trouble getting my dogs to be able to focus on what we’re doing. Treats go pretty heavily with training, but my biggest issue is that my dogs get so excited and worked up over the possibility of getting a treat that they can’t focus on what I’m trying to get them to work on. They’re so excited that I have a treat in my hand that they can’t even really hear me say “sit” even if it’s been 15-20 mins. They associate commands with getting a treat, and thus saying “sit” causes them to get excited and jump around instead of following the command, even though I don’t reward them for that behavior. There’s a potential to get a treat and that’s SO EXCITING that they can’t contain themselves. I know there’s other types of training out there like clicker training, but they way you associate these things as being good is through food, so it doesn’t seem like the proper option. Any thoughts or advice would be great.

32 Comments
2024/03/28
18:02 UTC

14

2024/03/26 [Separation Anxiety Support Group]

Welcome to the fortnightly separation anxiety support group!

The mission of this post is to provide a constructive place to discuss your dog's progress and setbacks in conquering his/her separation anxiety. Feel free to post your fortnightly progress report, as well as any questions or tips you might have! We seek to provide a safe space to vent your frustrations as well, so feel free to express yourself.

We welcome both owners of dogs with separation anxiety and owners whose dogs have gotten better!

NEW TO SEPARATION ANXIETY?

New to the subject of separation anxiety? A dog with separation anxiety is one who displays stress when the one or more family members leave. Separation anxiety can vary from light stress to separation panic but at the heart of the matter is distress.

Does this sound familiar? Lucky for you, this is a pretty common problem that many dog owners struggle with. It can feel isolating and frustrating, but we are here to help!

Resources

Books

Don't Leave Me! Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog's Separation Anxiety by Nicole Wilde

Be Right Back!: How To Overcome Your Dog's Separation Anxiety And Regain Your Freedom by Julie Naismith

Separation Anxiety in Dogs: Next Generation Treatment Protocols and Practices by Malena DeMartini-Price

Online Articles/Blogs/Sites

Separation Anxiety (archived page from the ASPCA)

Pat Miller summary article on treating separation anxiety

Emily "kikopup" Larlham separation training tips

Videos

Using the Treat&Train to Solve Separation Anxiety

introducing an x-pen so the dog likes it (kikopup)

Podcast:

https://www.trainingwithally.com/the-podcast

Online DIY courses:

https://courses.malenademartini.com

https://www.trainingwithally.com/about-2

https://separationanxietydog.thinkific.com/courses/do-it-yourself-separation-anxiety-program

https://rescuedbytraining.com/separation-anxiety-course

Introduce your dog if you are new, and for those of you who have previously participated, make sure to tell us how your week has been!

27 Comments
2024/03/26
12:00 UTC

38

help with dog training

Hello! My dog is almost two years old and has no training. I can’t afford training right now. I’ve tried to do it on my own but I don’t think I’m doing anything right. Yesterday my mom said if I don’t make any improvements with her in the next two weeks she’s rehoming her.

If you know of any resources like youtube or a website that could aide in home training please share.

EDIT:

I definitely should have mentioned this before but here is some of the issues I would like to work on with her:

  • jumping on people and furniture
  • playing to hard
  • biting (not aggressively)
  • excessively whining when she’s in the back yard or in her crate for more then 5 minutes
  • not letting people eat in peace
  • not going in her crate or outside (she runs around the house to avoid it) unless treats are involved
  • barking if she doesn’t get what she wants (examples: our food or a toy that rolled under the couch)
134 Comments
2024/03/24
22:20 UTC

1

harness recommendations?

hi guys!

i’m currently in somewhat desperate need of a new harness for my dog. she’s shaped kinda funny, so of course nothing on google pops up with what i need lol

right now we’re using the rabbitgoo no pull harness in a size L due to her chest size. i originally got her an M which fit perfect around her neck, but was just a bit too tight around her chest even after loosening that area all the way.

she got out of her harness completely while we were on a walk last week and i looked like an idiot chasing her up and down the sidewalk smh. she’s gotten really really close to slipping out of it a few other times. about halfway through our walks is when i have to keep readjusting her harness because it starts to ride up on her back and loosen up.

she’s a pug/lab mix, medium sized, and a little under 50lbs. chest is 32” and neck is about 20”

the no pull factor of the harness we have now became useless pretty quickly since clipping the leash to the front ring made her walk all funny. my main need is a harness that will keep her safe (ie not hurt her if she pulls like her collar would), is impossible for her to slip out of, and makes her feel comfortable.

i thought maybe after she got used to wearing a harness she would associate it with walks and get excited when i pull it out, but after like 5/6 months she still fights me when it comes to putting it on. i’ve been looking into step in harnesses since her main issue is putting her head through it, but maybe that’s not the route to go? all of the ones i’ve looked at only cover a smaller range of sizes (like what they consider an XL is what the petsmart website considers a S or M)

i attached a picture of the shape i’m looking for (since i don’t know their names lol). my plan is to prime it from amazon so it can get here asap, so please either link the harness or make sure it’s available on amazon!

thank you! any and all help is very appreciated! :)

8 Comments
2024/03/22
04:07 UTC

65

Loose leash walk training. Any criticism or advice welcome! Want to improve our walks. (Long video, read comments)

40 Comments
2024/03/19
19:24 UTC

1

My 3yo dog wont poop in the garden.

So my little guy won't poop in the garden, but he will do it on walks happily. I'm trying to get him to use the garden aswell as I was too unwell a few months ago to take him the usual route... he just stares at me and acts all sad because we're in the garden, and sometimes will start acting up when I walk toward him as though it's a game. As soon as we come back upstairs he'll poop in my hall or bedroom which is so frustrating because I have carpets. I'm guessing he's holding it in because he wants to go a walk, idk. Anyone got any ideas why or any tips to get him to also use the garden as the toilet instead of my carpets on occasions where long walks aren't an option just incase I have other times where I'm unwell?

1 Comment
2024/03/18
16:19 UTC

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2024/03/18 [Loose Leash Walking Virtual Workshop]

Welcome to the fortnightly loose leash walking virtual workshop!

Join us as we compete with the squirrels, cats, other dogs, fresh urine scents and things that go zoooooooom!

Resources

Articles (All have videos embedded)

Youtube (Many of these are videos which are embedded in the above articles)

See our page on leash reactivity for help managing and training dogs that bark and lunge while on leash.

APDT webinar

0 Comments
2024/03/18
02:00 UTC

11

+R concerns

I’m a new puppy owner and using positive reinforcement to train. My concern at this point is the bond isn’t really strengthening. I feel more like a food dispenser than a friend. My dog will walk away into the other room, lay down in his crate then look to me for a treat. When I’m teaching him to be calm around food, he’ll act like he doesn’t care but it’s incredibly obvious he’s doing it for a treat. He’ll sit there and “act” disinterested for 30+ seconds, all while glancing back at my hands or pocket for a treat. His world revolves around treats, not me as a leader or provider.

34 Comments
2024/03/17
14:40 UTC

8

What toys and food enrichment toys get your young puppy mentally tired?

7 Comments
2024/03/14
16:38 UTC

24

2024/03/12 [Separation Anxiety Support Group]

Welcome to the fortnightly separation anxiety support group!

The mission of this post is to provide a constructive place to discuss your dog's progress and setbacks in conquering his/her separation anxiety. Feel free to post your fortnightly progress report, as well as any questions or tips you might have! We seek to provide a safe space to vent your frustrations as well, so feel free to express yourself.

We welcome both owners of dogs with separation anxiety and owners whose dogs have gotten better!

NEW TO SEPARATION ANXIETY?

New to the subject of separation anxiety? A dog with separation anxiety is one who displays stress when the one or more family members leave. Separation anxiety can vary from light stress to separation panic but at the heart of the matter is distress.

Does this sound familiar? Lucky for you, this is a pretty common problem that many dog owners struggle with. It can feel isolating and frustrating, but we are here to help!

Resources

Books

Don't Leave Me! Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog's Separation Anxiety by Nicole Wilde

Be Right Back!: How To Overcome Your Dog's Separation Anxiety And Regain Your Freedom by Julie Naismith

Separation Anxiety in Dogs: Next Generation Treatment Protocols and Practices by Malena DeMartini-Price

Online Articles/Blogs/Sites

Separation Anxiety (archived page from the ASPCA)

Pat Miller summary article on treating separation anxiety

Emily "kikopup" Larlham separation training tips

Videos

Using the Treat&Train to Solve Separation Anxiety

introducing an x-pen so the dog likes it (kikopup)

Podcast:

https://www.trainingwithally.com/the-podcast

Online DIY courses:

https://courses.malenademartini.com

https://www.trainingwithally.com/about-2

https://separationanxietydog.thinkific.com/courses/do-it-yourself-separation-anxiety-program

https://rescuedbytraining.com/separation-anxiety-course

Introduce your dog if you are new, and for those of you who have previously participated, make sure to tell us how your week has been!

11 Comments
2024/03/12
12:00 UTC

1

Praise but not release

So I have a 9 month old GSD and while his training is progressing I’ve found that he mixes up my praise cues I.E “Yes” and “Goodboy” and the release/reward command “break” I’m using praise to mark the correct behavior and the break command to reward as in when he sits as soon as his but hits the ground he will hear a “Yes“ but once I’m done having him sit I’ll say break and play with him let him sniff around etc. as a reward for sitting however he seems to like to get up and move around after he has received praise not waiting until I’ve said “Break” any suggestions

3 Comments
2024/03/12
11:25 UTC

4

Ideas on how to get cat and dog to coexist

Hello! This is going to be a long one, so please forgive me.

Background: I live in Japan. I adopted my 8-year-old Kishu-ken (a Japanese breed, kind of like a bigger Shiba) two years ago with his bonded black cat brother from a rescue. The only information we got from the shelter was that they had been given up because their owner was too old (a common situation here) and that they needed to sleep in separate rooms because the cat loved my dog so much they would just play all night if they didn't. And it was true. They adored each other.

In December, we took in an emaciated female stray tabby. She was clearly on the verge of death so we got her medical attention and started feeding her with the intention of finding her a new home. She's not feral at all. She was obviously either lost or abandoned; the vets say she's around 3 years old, and she's very loving to humans. However, she did NOT like our black cat (even though he adored her) and ignored the dog entirely.

In early January, our beloved black cat passed away very suddenly. He was only 3 years old and had what we believe to be a sudden heart attack despite having been of seemingly perfect health. He was dead within minutes of collapsing onto the floor.

We decided to try to keep the female cat with us if we could get her and the dog to get along. We didn't need them to be BFFs like he was with the black cat, but we just want them to live in harmony. He does love cats in general (we have a large number of outdoor cats and he always wants to play with them on his walks, which they don't appreciate).

We've worked hard with them for the past few months to the point where they've reached a point in their relationship where they're both totally calm even if they're near each other only when the baby gate is up. (They can see each other.) They both are calm enough to eat and sleep even when they're only a few feet away from each other with the gate up. They'll also both play separately with the gate up.

However, once the gate is down, all bets are off. She hisses and tries to swat at him and he keeps trying to play with her. We keep him on his leash when the gate's down. He will look at me when called and will even lie down and chill out, but he's clearly not 100% calm because he jumps up when she gets near us. When she rejects him, he grabs his own toy to play with but he keeps looking at her, which she doesn't like lol

There are two big issues with figuring out how to work with them better. One is that we cannot use snacks to have them get used to each other. We did have them eat meals on either side of the gate when we first started working on them and would simply close the door when one animal was finishing their food first. However, we can't use snacks for positive reinforcement. As a former stray, she's getting better about her food obsession, but if he's still eating his snack after she finishes hers, she speeds over to try to steal it from him. He's not possessive over food with humans, but he is with other animals (our black cat knew better than to get near him when he was eating), so it's unsafe. (The dog can't access her food and he doesn't leave any food behind when he eats.) Most of the advice I've seen has been to use food, which has made this a harder issue.

The other one is that my dog's previous owner trained the dog to be the cat's disciplinarian. If the black cat tried to scratch the couch or jump onto the stove, the dog would shove the cat out of the way before the crime could be committed. The female cat is a bit of a troublemaker and obviously gets freaked out when the dog barks to stop her from crimes through the baby gate like climbing up the curtains. I'm not sure how to break him of this habit since I'm not even sure how he was trained to do this in the first place. He never got violent with the black cat, btw, it was always soft mouth and physically pushing the cat out of the way with his head.

At this point I don't plan on leaving them alone together when they're home alone. They both have their personal spaces in the house that they're comfortable with and they stay there. However, the female cat is antsy because she's mostly confined to just two rooms unless the dog is on his leash and we'd like her to be able to have more space, especially since there's a big cat tower on the first floor that she can use to play and relax on. Is there anything else I should be doing to try to get them used to each other? Is it just going to take more time?

9 Comments
2024/03/12
08:26 UTC

1

Is this separation anxiety?

My dog is a 1.5 years old Shetland sheep dog, male, neutered. My husband and I work from home most of the time and each go back to office 1 day per week, but we always go on different days so that one of us can be with our dog. He does not have separation anxiety in the traditional sense - he is perfectly fine being alone. He even voluntarily goes into his playpen if he realizes both of us are going out, and he just goes to sleep after we leave. He is okay being home alone for 8 hours + (but we try not to let that happen). He was also perfectly fine when going to daycare/boarding.

However, recently we notice this strange behaviour: when either me or my husband leave for work in the morning, on our way out (we leave the house together), our dog throws a tantrum by barking and jumping on that person. After me/my husband walks away, our dog will be back to his normal self and continues our walks as if nothing happened.

We have seen some similar behaviors on him, but not sure if they are related: after he interacts with another dog, when the other dog walks away, our dog barks. After we have visitors at home and they go to the main door to leave, our dog barks.

Every time these things happen, it bothers us a lot - his bark is so loud & incessant, sometimes continues after the said person/dog is out of sight. We are also worried that this behaviour may escalate if we don’t do anything about it. Any idea what is the real issue and what sort of training should we do?

1 Comment
2024/03/12
05:23 UTC

2

Dog peeing on new bed

I’ve had my dog for 2 years and she’s around 7 years old. She’s potty trained and has been sleeping with us at night. We recently got a new bed for ourselves and she’s peed on it - three times. The first time I thought maybe we forgot to take her out. We’re not letting her on the bed anymore and she hasn’t peed on anything else.

Is she marking? Does she just not like the new smell? Looking for any advice on how to fix this.

2 Comments
2024/03/12
03:44 UTC

1

Our dogs behavior abruptly changed.

I’m looking for help/opinions/advice on my dogs (4 year old Border Collie/Lab mix) recently changed behavior. In December, my girlfriend went on a trip for a week. I was at home with the dog by myself, it was the first time I had watched him for that length of time by myself. The dog and I are very close, and with her and I he is always very snuggly, craves attention all the time, wants to be in our laps or getting pet all the time. He is a good listener, always comes when asked and follows instruction fairly well. He does have some major separation anxiety, he often gets very worked up when we leave the house as we see on our camera. Day 3 of my girlfriend being out of town, everything had gone very well with the dog, until he jumps in my lap on the couch as he always does, stares at me, growls for 3 seconds, and when I slowly move to remove him from my lap, he bites me in the eye. He had never ever growled at me before, or displayed any of this behavior. I sternly tell him to go lie down, and he does, tail between his legs and sulking. It seemed very obvious he knows he did something wrong. I kept my distance as far as letting him up in my lap and my space for the rest of the time my girlfriend was gone.

Since this incident, his behavior has changed. He has growled at me and my girlfriend each about once a week, almost exclusively when he comes into/is invited into our space. If we are in bed or on the couch and we invite him up because he is anxiously waiting to snuggle, and he lays near us, if we pet him anywhere but his head, you can tell he is on the verge of growling, is stressed, and sometimes does growl. When he growls we tell him no and to go lie in his bed and he does. He will paw at us as he always does when he wants attention, and when we give it to him, he acts uncomfortable and again sometimes growls.

We took him to the Vet, and she said he is exhibiting Psychotic Behavior. She prescribed doggy Prozac daily, and trazadone as needed. It seems to have helped a little bit, but not a lot. We cannot really afford a behaviorist right now, but really would like to get our old dog back. Any help is much appreciated, thank you!

4 Comments
2024/03/12
01:51 UTC

1

How to train a dog to be less needy?

My 70 pound pitbull needs to constantly be on top of me. If I’m walking around the house, she will stand directly in front of me and walk backwards as I walk forward. I trip over her maybe 10 times daily and that is not an exaggeration. When I sit down she immediately jumps on the chair or couch to sit on my lap and breathe in my face (Mind you, she is more than half my weight. This is so uncomfortable for me). If the chair is too small for both of us, she lays her head on my lap and cries until I move to a bigger spot. I’ve had her for around half a year now. I love her to death but it is not fun to have your chest crushed every time you lay down. I’ve already stopped letting her sleep in my bed because it’s too constricting and this has helped a little bit. What can I do to help her foster independence?

1 Comment
2024/03/12
01:37 UTC

1

Dog won’t go potty outside! Help!

I have a One year old Dog, he is a border collie mix. Since we live in a third story apartment, we potty trained him using pee pads up until he was able to go outside. I have tried to potty train him to go outside a variety of ways, staying there until he goes ( he won’t go, I’ve stayed in the same spot for 3-4 hours), tried establishing a “go potty” command, tried to cut the pee pad smaller and smaller and put it outside so he has a familiar scent, tried taking him in the morning and after naps, And he just WONT GO!! I’m unsure why. When I try to take him out in the morning, he will hold it, I tried to get rid of the puppy pads cold turkey and he will hold it the whole day! Eventually I give in since I don’t want him getting a UTI or any other issues like that, but I’m stuck! I’m not sure what else I can try with him. Please help!

1 Comment
2024/03/11
23:52 UTC

1

outdoor puppy

i just got a puppy who was raised outdoors. she wont eat unless shes had outdoor playtime. i dont wanna condition this and want her to eat without having to have had outdoor playtime. im not sure how old she is but cant be more than 10wks, shes a beagle.

1 Comment
2024/03/11
23:25 UTC

1

Help walking 3 dogs together

Hi, hoping someone may have some suggestions. I have 3 dogs (10 year old staffie/bull lurcher, 18 month old bedlington whippet x spaniel and an 18 month old Pomeranian x Jack Russell) I trained them to walk nicely alone but I'm struggling when they're together.

The two youngest will walk fine together and the lurcher and the Pom mix walk fine together but as soon as it's my spaniel mix and lurcher together they pull like crazy. Even if they're attached to each other so both level they still pull. Not sure if it makes a difference but the spaniel mix is male, the other two are female.

Any ideas to create some harmony would be great!

1 Comment
2024/03/11
21:47 UTC

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GFs dog barks at both of us when one or the other approaches

Hey Everyone, my girlfriends dog has been barking at me or her when one of us enters room that the other one was in with the dog. It’s a weird behavior that I thought might be jealousy but it happens a lot when she enters the room and I’m with the dog. He doesn’t seem to try to come between us at all just bark when one of us enters. He’s not being startled or alarmed. I haven’t known the dog long maybe just a few weeks. I am just trying to understand what we can do to change this behavior.

2 Comments
2024/03/11
21:02 UTC

1

Training dog to go potty on leash with dogsitter

I am hoping someone has experience with this. I got my new Brussels Griffon Otis, 1 years old, in October (he was 11+ months old then). He had been a show dog as a puppy. He will not pee or poo on leash with my dogsitter!

When I got him, it took him a few weeks to pee while on the leash with me. Off-leash in a yard he was fine, and would pee and poop freely. But he would not pee or poop on leash until a few weeks into having him. Since then, he has only JUST become comfortable peeing on leash with my partner this week, who walks him a lot less often than me (I'm the primary caretaker). I am now back to work full-time (I have not worked since I got him), and he is with a dog sitter all day. He has been with the dog sitter a good 6 full days and has not gone potty ONCE with him! 😳 He will wait until I go get him, and then will pretty much immediately find a spot to pee as soon as I have his leash in my hand.

Today for example, I dropped him off at 7:30am and he peed on leash for me right as I dropped him off. It's now nearly 5pm and he hasn't gone potty once since then, despite being walked for hours on leash. The dogsitter takes him on walks with the other dogs he walks, and Otis is around all of them peeing and pooping all day but will not go. I think he must have been originally taught that leashes meant he was at a dog show, and not to potty on them. Over time, he's realized I want him to potty on leash, and he does it for me. But I am not sure how to get him more comfortable going with his dog sitter. Any ideas/tips?

What we've tried:

  • I collected pee from him and poured it on a tree outside my dog sitter's house so he would smell his own pee there and hopefully it would entice him to go (it did not)
  • Dog sitter uses the same words I do ("go potty", "do your business")
  • He has walked him alone to see if being away from the other dogs would help (it hasn't)

What can we do? I feel terrible he's held his bladder for 10+ hours at this point today. 😰

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2024/03/11
20:54 UTC

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Working with behaviorist to get my boy less aroused by strangers who come on our property, and curious about window cling—

So our big couch is along the giant bay window in our living room and that couch is practically his. He loves it. We do too. When people walk by the house, he barks at them. The behaviorist made it clear this is only positively reinforcing his territorial nature of claiming “mine” every time it happens. The bigger picture issue is that he gets all “mine mine mine” when people approach the door and we want to do an introduction, so she’s helping us see the light to trying to diminish his intense state of arousal by limiting the incidents that cause it. Ie, have people park on the road instead of your driveway if possible (it’s not). Put a window cling along your window so he can’t see when they pull up. And so he stops seeing people walk by. Blah blah blah. It makes sense to us.

But here’s my question — she advised us to get a puppy cam and watch him through the day — does he bark at people going by all day? She said that the camera will help us see whether or not we will need the window cling.

Well it’s only been a few days that we’ve been with the camera and frankly, the boy just sleeps ALL day long. Doesn’t even look out the window once he settles! Just snuggles on the couch.

So by this logic, do you think she will not recommend the window cling? Are any of you here familiar with this train of thought and thinking of other solutions? Just curious! We’re been waiting over a week for her typed notes from the session, I know she had a super busy week after our appointment with her, I’m just feeling antsy and curious if anyone here knows well! Thanks!

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2024/03/11
20:06 UTC

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2 of my dogs suddenly won't eat unless I'm next to them

I have 3 dogs, F Dalmatian 2.5, M GSP 1.5, and M Golden Retriever 1.

My husband has always worked from home and fed the dogs with no issues for their whole lives. I started working from home a few months ago and now the dalmatian and GSP won't eat unless my husband or I are in the same room as them. Golden inhales his in seconds regardless of if we're there or not.

I've seen posts about dogs not eating unless their owner is present being a form of separation anxiety, but idk why this behavior would start once I'm home MORE. Any insight or advice?

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2024/03/11
17:57 UTC

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Scent training

Looking for advice with scent training for my dog.

I recently started training her how to find morel mushrooms and she is doing great, we hide them around the house and she is able to sniff them out. My question is how do I get her to have a cue? I have tried waiting for her to sit or alert me in some way but all she does is turns and looks at me. Any advice?

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2024/03/11
15:36 UTC

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Separation anxiety, resource guarding, rude behavior

Hi all, I am hoping to get some advice on the few things I'm noticing in my dog!

I have a 2-and-a-half-year-old (male, unfixed if important) Wheaten terrier and I think he's the best. However, even though he's awesome, he still comes with some issues. No dog is perfect and I remind myself of that often. I am looking for any advice on any or all of the subjects I mention. Also, I will note that we had been working with a trainer on reactivity training and because he had developed excited reactivity it has improved drastically to the point we hardly ever have him react in other dogs' presence. Our plan with our trainer was to tackle each issue one at a time, but now our trainer has moved away and we're in a rural town with no other trainers nearby :( We also did not see any of these issues coming. We tried to make ourselves knowledgeable on the warning signs of all of these things and yet the signs didn't seem to come.

Separation anxiety -->

My dog doesn't show all of the signs of separation anxiety, but that's because he is crated when no one is home with him. I read the suggested wifi on separation anxiety that says that could make the problem worse BUT he does not act the same way when he is put into his crate so I don't think that is the case for us.

What we've tried: Taking him to another room before they leave so that he doesn't see them. He still panics when he's let out of the room and realizes they are gone. Offering him treats for calm behavior and staying on his bed or in a sit/down while people leave. That has shown some promise but he still has his moments where he just can't control himself and runs to the window to bark and cry. I am hesitant to put him in his crate when people are leaving and let him out after because I don't want him to associate crate time with that. His crate is very useful to us, so forcing him into it while in a panic is just not an option. We also do not do big goodbyes or hellos and we don't allow guests to do that either. The whole leaving/coming home thing has always been very neutral.

We don't have a lot of visitors, but whenever we have had people over that has caused a panic when they leave too. I'm not talking just family and friends he knows well, I mean if we have someone deliver a pizza he panics when they leave even if he didn't interact with them. It's weird. He has also started to do his panic barks when my partner or I go to shower or do laundry, which also just started one day out of nowhere.

Of course, we will continue to offer him treats for his calm behavior when people are leaving, but any other suggestions?

Resource Guarding -->

This is in the beginning phases, which is great that it's not far gone so that we can continue to slow the progress and hopefully stop it in its tracks.

Our dog shows resource-guarding behavior ONLY with other dogs. I read the wifi on this as well and it seems to only talk about resource guarding with people so here's what happens with my dog. He has been attacked multiple times on walks, but never attacked over resources by other dogs.

For context, we have a small senior mix breed. She is around 9 but still active and does almost everything our Wheaten does. I've noticed lately that if they are both given their own kongs, he will sometimes try to chase our small away from hers. I find this behavior weird and it seems to have come out of nowhere. He jumps at her and barks at her to get away but never bites luckily. I don't want it to escalate to that, so I'm looking for ways to show him that it's okay.

Now, if the dogs are getting any bones, kongs, chews, or whatever my partner and I give them THREE instead of two. This has seemed to help because there is always a buffer between them. They tend to rotate around to the three treats and not have an issue.

They are also free-fed but have their own water bowls in every room of the house and have their own food bowls upstairs and downstairs. We don't have issues with growling or barking when at their bowls, and they do trade between the bowls there often too without issue. We have them free-fed because our senior dog is not a big eater, so to make sure she is getting enough to eat, we let her pick at her food as she wishes, but noticed our new puppy was the same way so allowed him to be free-fed too. They usually both eat on opposite schedules as well.

When it comes to other dogs (many in our friend group), he is worse. I'm sure he is more comfortable with the dog that lives in his house, but I don't know why he would have developed this issue seemingly out of nowhere. My senior dog does not play with toys, and the last time my dog had a friend over he was aggressively taking his toys from his friend and barking and raising hackles. This was his best dog friend in my opinion, who has come over to play with him multiple times, chasing each other back and forth and playing tug of war. It makes me wary to have dogs over to the house where he shows this behavior. Any suggestions?

Rude behavior -->

Finally, my dog is kind of rude. We're aware of this so when he plays with his friends we regularly call him away when he is being rude and he does listen. But that doesn't stop him from being rude to begin with though.

He only plays with dogs we know well and we know the owners well. He interacts sometimes with dogs who are off leash and approaches us on walks but not for long periods, just until we can get away from them.

When he plays with the dogs we know well, he does well until the other dog has enough or wants a break. Then he just wants to continue and continue and continue. If we didn't call him away, I'm sure he would bother the other dogs until they attacked him for it. What is with that? Why does he not seem to read other dogs' body language? Even when the dog is showing clear signs of wanting him to stop he does not without being pulled away.

Any suggestions for that?

Again, I love my dog and he's great on his own. I'm not bothered by his separation anxiety because I know he is having a hard time so I want to help him through that. If any of these were errors we made in his early training, please please please tell me so that me and my partner can make changes in the future.

Any suggestions are welcome! We are all for trying to do the training part ourselves, as we no longer have the trainer so send us whatever resources you have!

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2024/03/11
14:52 UTC

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My dog bites at my clothes and hands when I walk away to stop playing.

I've got a 1-year-old golden retriever who loves to play and wrestle. It's her favorite form of exercise (she doesn't particularly want to go on long walks).

I sit on the floor with her in the same spot near the couch to signal that it's an okay time to play and we play for a good 20 minutes or so until she seems like she's tired. We play tug of war, fetch, and wrestle a little bit. She's had problems with play biting in the past, but they're mostly better now.

When I get up to leave however, she escalates: she jumps and tries to tackle my legs, bites and my pants and shirt and hands. It's like she's desperate for me not to stop playing with her. In the past, when she played too rough, we would make a high pitched "ouch" noise and leave the room which seemed to be effective enough. But it hasn't been working for this problem: it seems to be getting worse.

I want to be clear, it doesn't seem like an aggression thing: she's a pretty submissive dog. It seems like I'm not communicating to her effectively that play time is over. Any recommendations?

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2024/03/11
14:21 UTC

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