Update: When I was a child we had a family dog I worked with. She had some heeling problems as well. I was so young then there wasn't much training I could do. I have had my dog since a puppy - I've been the only owner along with my boyfriend. I … more ›
August 5, 2009
A: Take a deep breath. How long have you had your dog? When did you get him? How old are you? I mean do you have more family that interacts with your dog? If the dog is cowering when you go to touch him - that is from fear..... someone in his past has … more ›
I need help!! We just baught a new home in the country on a fram with other animals(dogs,cats, and horses) our move in date is dec.1st. Im really excited but not for my dog. She hates other animals and goes nuts if she sees one. I can't even open my … more ›
November 25, 2008
A: You really owe it to your dog to make some time for training and exercise. In the mean time, put up a fence for her so that she can't harm herself or your other animals.
HELP!!!! I have a 14 month old Aussie that is eating EVERYTHING!!! She was SOOOO good up until about 4 months ago, now I want to kill her!!! I have raised dogs forever, had Aussies forever and I am at my wits end!!! I dont know why she is doing thi… more ›
July 29, 2009
A: Here is a trick one of the veterinarians I used to work for had clients try (me included). Take a large (very thick) soup-type bone that you get from the pet store and scoop in some peanut butter. Now freeze the bone. Try giving that to her when y… more ›
My pug is going to be 2 years old in January...He loves loves loves people, animals, and anything that might give him attention. I have successfully trained him to walk next to me and ignore squirrels and such when on leash. However, the moment he is… more ›
October 24, 2008
A: In a confined area like someones yard, I would first see if maybe the lack of the leash makes your dog thing that he can run wild. Assuming thats correct, you need to train to have him walk by your side WITHOUT the leash. This should do it.
Hannah was a rescue puppy. From the beginning she showed signs of seperation anxiety. In our day to day routine, she's made a lot of progress. However, I am stuck as to a solution for confining her when we need to be gone outside of the routine. I.E.… more ›
July 27, 2009
A: well, at least she's young it can be fixed. ( do this when you are home) lock her in the crate. leave room. (dont go to far) you hear her trying to get out rush into room spray her then leave repeat until it stops worked for me.
My BF and I adopted a third dog from the local SPCA and we're already having issues. My other two dogs(shih Tzu - Lhasa Mixes) are only a year old and we've had them as babies. Our new dog is a 5-7 yr olds (SPCA estimates) Yorkie Mix. He was just … more ›
September 24, 2008
A: When our latest rescue started this we would put him on the floor the minute that he growled. After afew minutes of holding the other dog we would invite him back up. After a few tmes he realized that if he wanted to be with the family he had to be n… more ›
Of my 4 dogs, two have issues with other dogs and of those two, one hates everything. It's been challenging working with these two.
December 11, 2008
A: Hi Joann! We have a program in NYC for dogs with behavior problems...We work them in Packs and had rehabilitated over 500 dogs including Red-zone cases! Check out our website at ZEN-K9.com or find utube clipp!:) Let us know if theres anything we can … more ›
I have a yellow lab which i rescued from abusive owners, he's about 3 years old and I can't even walk him because of how aggressive he is toward other male dogs. I have a female pit which the lab showed some dominance over at first but nothing extr… more ›
November 4, 2008
A: Hi, I'm not certified in agression behavior in dogs, but do seem to sense a couple of issues in your lab's behavior. 1) Does he know that you are the alpha (leader) of the pack? That is, when you let him in or out the door -- who goes first? I… 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 ›
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 ›
Why do dogs sniff one another where they do?
July 12, 2010
A: Despite dogs’ infamous interest in all things fecal, that’s not why dogs sniff the rear ends of other dogs. Canine scent pheromones are secreted from glands named for their location: the anal glands, the circumanal glands (located around the anu… more ›
How should I perform introductions — new cat to resident dog?
July 12, 2010
A: Introductions between a new cat and a resident dog should be performed with consideration for each pet’s feelings — with care and without impatience. Put yourself in the new cat’s place: “I agreed to go home with this nice human. No one ment… more ›
As the sunny days of summer arrive, more pet owners will be heading outdoors with their dogs. And while most of these pooches are warm and neighborly, it is important to know how to protect yourself and those around you in case a risky situation ari… more ›
Diversity is the rule on most spring Saturdays in New York City's Washington Square Park. Newly-minted New York University students test-drive their bikinis alongside grizzled old-timers in faded protest shirts, while pit bulls – their tongues loll… more ›
Now that I have been going into work later I notice that almost to the minute at 9:00 am the kids get a burst of energy. I sometimes wonder if this goes on even when I am not here and have wondered about the cushions being messed up al… more ›
I am a certified dog trainer for PetCo and have been training certified service animals for 30 years so if anyone has any behavioral problems and need advice feel free to contact me.
Back in the old days when all dogs were wild, barking, chewing, and scent-marking were natural among dogs. However, since dogs have become a part of our household and society, they had to be taught on how to act accordingly. These natural behaviors h… more ›