My dog hates the postman. The postman carries treats. The dog takes the treat, and still chases the postman away. What’s wrong with this picture?
July 12, 2010
A: Unless those are low-calorie treats, your dog will get fat and your mail delivery will be delayed. To stop your dog from chasing the mailman, give the dog a trick to perform when the mail comes. Besides junk mail, bills and treats, your postman prob… more ›
How do I get control of this? I adopted this dog 2 weeks ago from the shelter and she is ferocious when she sees another dog. Barking, hackles raised, lunging and pulling on the leash. My neighbor is afraid of her and told me this morning that I had … more ›
November 4, 2008
A: One thing to ask? Think of when your new pet gets worked up. Are you tense too? Dogs can sense your emotions. Posssibly when you first encountered another dog you were unsure and got nervous. If you blood pressure elevates so will your dog. One thing… more ›
do you think obedience can be good for every dog? Sometimes does it really make an affect? if a dog fails should they try to go back to class? this has nothing to do with my dog by the way lol just wondering what people thought
January 6, 2009
A: just like with humans... all dogs need some sort of rules!! they are very important! if we didnt have rules..then i dont think anyone would beable to have dogs!
My dog plays an annoying “game” when we have guests for dinner. He repeated demands to be let out — then in immediately, then out again and again. He’s not going to the bathroom — just turning right around — but why?
July 11, 2010
A: You and your guests are being dominated by a dog at dinner. And there might be other signs, if you look around. Somehow the dominance hierarchy in your human-canine family has gone awry. Just when you thought your dog’s innate desire to rise to al… more ›
I adopted her two months ago and she is between 4-5 years old so I don't know her history. She is as sweet as can be and is doing wonderfully in her obedience class (where there are 5 other dogs), yet she loses all control when she is walking on a le… more ›
November 26, 2008
A: It sounds like your dog is very reactive when she is on leash. This is not an uncommon issue. I have a few suggestions. 1) The first thing you can do is bring treats with you on your walk. I would bring something of fairly high value, such as str… more ›
My new dog will be going to “puppy kindergarten” before regular and advanced obedience training. How do I prepare?
July 12, 2010
A: Pre-K for puppies begins at home. Aside from the skills the dog (and you) will learn at all levels of obedience training, the real advantage is the opportunity for socialization with others — other dogs and their humans who care enough to give th… more ›
Mia is a wonderful 1 year old Shepherd/Collie mix. I adopted her when she was ten weeks old and have tried to socialize her properly. We took puppy obedience and she is now in agility classes. We love agility and we have a strong bond. She also enjoy… more ›
December 4, 2008
A: Your dog is exhibiting fear aggression. Now that you know she has a problem with strangers, you can manage the issue appropriately. I too have a dog with this problem. I got my American Eskimo dog at 8 weeks of age and socialized her extensively. … more ›
How can I stop my dog from chewing shoes? I heard about tying a chewed shoe around his neck, in shame, but that sounds a little barbaric.
July 12, 2010
A: That method of stopping your dog from chewing shoes may not be “barbaric,” but usually not effective. (You may be confused with the old farmer’s tactic — tying a dead chicken on the neck of the dog that killed it and that didn’t always work… more ›
whenever somebody asks something about how to train a dog for a certain thing, everyone answers "take them to obedience classes" but where i live taking your dog to any kind of classes is extremely expensive. its like $100 for six weeks and you only … more ›
October 18, 2008
A: Most i have looked into say that they are around $100 or more. It is funny because i called this one place (which has been highly recommended by a lot of people) & they quoted $50! They also said that they actually trained most of the other dog train… more ›
At the dog park, my puppy never wants to play with other dogs. Can I teach him how to play?
July 12, 2010
A: You can teach a dog almost anything (including how to raise his leg to “pee” if you insist) but some dogs just weren’t born to play and aren’t innately playful. Behavioral studies actually rate dog breeds by “playfulness” (scientific res… more ›
I really need help with my two dogs. One is dog aggressive and one is hyperactive.
April 22, 2008
A: I have seen great results with Joe from Dog Training in your Home. They are expensive but they are worth it...their first visit is free and they will tell you if they can help you. Their number is 803-325-1448
My otherwise brilliant puppy has never learned to sit. How can I add, “Sit” to his bag of tricks?
July 12, 2010
A: To teach your dog to sit, catch him doing something right — a useful human-management tactic — works even better with dogs. This is also called the induction method of dog training. For whatever reason your dog resists the “Sit” command, he … more ›
For some pet owners, “Roll Over!” is just not enough. They want to keep teaching their pets new tricks. And for some of those pet owners, showing tricks at family get-togethers is just not enough… Their dogs could be stars! Hollywood Paws… more ›
I love watching "It's Me or the Dog" on Animal Planet. Victoria Stillwell is a dog trainer that goes to people's homes and works with them on training their dogs. The dogs are all driving the owner's crazy. It amazes me that in almost every single… more ›
We just got back from dog obedience class. Simon and Bailey get to go, and Tucker has to stay home. Every week Simon throws up. Sometimes on the way there, sometimes on the way back, and sometimes both. Poor little guy. Bailey is such a go… more ›
A behaved dog is one that usually witll not find its way to the shelter or tied outseide to a tree. Dog obedience was something we started years ago at the age of 7 for me, each of us kids got a lab, and were in 4h and the one thing we had to … more ›
The HSCC is so lucky! We have a local dog trainer - Pam Hixson - that gives a free dog obedience classes to people who adopt our shelter dogs. It's a simple 1/2 day class about what to expect from your dog and what your dog expects from you - basic… more ›