December 13, 2017

Dog Behaviorist Training

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Mary asks…

Dog Behaviorist/ Dog Trainers Please Will you please answer this?

I have a 1 yr old female chihuahua (spayed) who is having a few issues. I had read that dogs go through a fear period around 9 months old, is this true? Anyhow her issues are common ones, but ones I am DESPERATE to fix. I have paid a few hundred dollars for training, but am not noticing much improvement. The first one is car rides. If the whole fear @ age of 9 months is true, then it certainly applies to her. Right before age of 1 yr I started to notice a BIG change in her. I’ve never been able to figure out if it was an age thing, puppy to dog transition? or a car accident she & I were both in around that age as well. But since then she shakes & pants very heavily on car rides :( And I always take her to happy places ie: petsmart, parks, etc. I am very worried about her, she shakes terribly and her paws get really sweaty. What can I do to help her get over her fear of being in the car? I bought her a doggie booster and have tried treats in the car etc. Nothing is helping, in fact it even seems to be getting worse. I did hold her in the car today while someone else drove and that helped quite a bit, but I can’t hold her while I am driving.
And her second & last issue is aggressive reaction out of fear. She reacts aggressively to strangers, mostly men, who come to our home and to other dogs. Out in public a man could walk by and she is fine. It is only at our house that she will growl, bark, hackles up & panics!! And with dogs, it’s lunging and barking & hackles up usually only to dogs who are barking first. I have been able to put her in a sit, stay when a dog is walking across the street. Usually if the other dog is calm, I sometimes can control her. But most of the time she begins the behavior on her own without provoking. PLEASE PLEASE help me fix this. I would give ANYTHING for her to trust me and NOT react to barking aggressive or excited dogs. To have strangers come in the house without her wigging out!! And not have to close the front door every time someone walks by cause she is growling and barking. What can I do?? Should I see a behaviorist for training?

admin answers:

I wouldn’t call it a “fear-period” exactly.
Around the age of 8-9 months is when a dog matures, and begins to leave puppy stage for good. They become more alert and concerned of the surroundings they belong to, thus leading to certain issues in some cases.

Transport is a common fear in most dogs. It’s big, it’s loud and half the time it takes them to scary places. The vet for instance. Next time you get into the car, take along someone with you. Together lure the dog inside. Get your friend to drive to a local park- not too far away, while you sit with the dog, comforting the trip down and back. This should help boost her confidence. You will need to do this every so often.

Her second issue is the foremost reasonable, and common. It’s her territory, she doesn’t know you, back off.
Aggression is a hard one to get around and can’t often be achieved without the help of a trainer specialised in the matter. I would suggest you see someone for this.

Mandy asks…

Where do I find a good dog behaviourist? Does my dog need a dog behaviourist? Tips for training my dog?

Back in January of this year we moved into our new house. On the day we moved in we saw an advertisement for a puppy. It was really cheap and we thought we’d check it out. We went to see her and she was gorgeous but you could see she had been treated badly and I couldn’t leave her there. Her collar was too tight and when we took it off she had a bright red mark around her neck. She had been fed on adult food so her stomach was bloated and she smelt horrible.

After a few weeks of nursing her back to health she become our baby. But I think because she was treated badly we didn’t train her properly instead we just cuddled her. We did our best to train her but the cracks are starting to show.

So I’ve got her to sit, lie down, say please, hi 5, paw, other paw and all that but the house training just isn’t going anywhere! We live in a 2nd floor flat and take her down first thing on a morning, after breakfast, before we go out, when we come back in, after dinner, before bed but she’s still going when we’re not there. We keep her confined to the kitchen area when we are not there and most of the time she is still pooing. So we changed her feeding schedule so she eats earlier and she’s still pooing at night. Every now and then we’ll get one where she’s good and has had no accidents and we praise her lots and lots. If she’s done something we ignore her and clean it up then leave her in her bed for an hour. The weeing is better – we take her water away from her when we are out! She’s also started sneaking off when we’re at home with her and doing it. She never used to do this – she’s usually good when we are in and she tells us she needs to go out. Any tips?

The other thing is pulling on the lead. Tried everything! Tried all the different pull harness’ and she still pulls. Tried taking treats out with us and she still pulls. Tried turning around when she’s pulling so that she’s behind us and we end up walking round on the spot! Any tips?

It’s starting to get to my partner a lot as he is usually the first one up in the morning and first one home from work so he has to clear the mess. He thinks we should take her to the re-homing centre but I really don’t want too! I recently lost my baby at 25 weeks and since then Bailey has been my rock. I can sit and chat to her about everything and she doesn’t moan! She gives me cuddles when I’m in pain and kisses when I need cheering up!

Also if you say she needs to go to a behaviourist – any ideas of a good one? I’m in Northamptonshire in the UK.

We’ve manged to stop her chewing as much now but she’ll still do it if we forget to give her toy or something to do. Any tips on how to stop this? We’ve tried the sprays – she licks the area it’s sprayed on…
I don’t know if I want to lock her in a crate. It seems cruel?? I could be wrong…
Thanks John. My partner is always 5 mins away from the house and we have a friend who lives just round the corner who has our key. So if either of us was delayed she always helps! We very rarely leave her alone for more than 4 hours.

admin answers:

Agree with the crate training. Crates are not cruel – they are the dog’s very own little safe place.
I don’t think it’s a good idea to withhold water when you’re out… What if you were to get seriously delayed?
Have you tried Citronella essential oil (from health shops) ruubbed into where she chews, my dog really detests it. Make up a stuffed Kong and freeze it over night – that will occupy her for ages.
Leave a radio on quietly when you go out, she then should not be so nervous of being alone.
As you are on the 2nd floor, the toileting issues might need a change of diet if you are already anticipating her, taking her out and waiting as long as it takes in a grassy area where she feels secure. You may need to ask the vet about the toileting frequency.
The lead walking issues: as a distraction try poking her gently in the ribs with your heel if she is doing something wrong. You can also cancel the walk and just sit down on bench, which will be the last thing she wants you to do.

Paul asks…

Dog Training Galore!?

1. How does one become a renown dog trainer?

From my understanding there are no recognized programs that teach training…its more or less having a mentor and training dogs for years and YEARS and YEARS

Sorry to all you 20 something dog “experts”…but ,,,,eh NO

2. How does one become a dogbehaviorist” and who came up with that “title”? WTH is a dogbehaviorist“? Dog trainers KNOW the behavior of dogs…end of discussion.

3. WTF does training dolphins, primates and chickens have to do with dogs?
I’ve been told by several people here that “oooooh, my trainer has a phd in animal training“…uhuh! There is no bachelor / master/ doctorate program for the behavior of DOGs..NONE.

PS. To all you little trolls….how long will it take you to delete this question? Do you take weekends off? or are you still busy on Sudays?
*Sundays ****
*I have had a chicken for a pet before…it lived for a couple of days in my constant “care”…lmao…..I keep telling myself ” NO I DIDNT KILL IT”

admin answers:

1) You are correct.

2) A bunch of crap. Sorry. I have met 2 so called *behaviorists* when I was fostering. ~Talking to my rescue organization coordinator~

*Sandy, Ralph is dog aggressive*

*Glen, we had him checked*

*Sandy, Ralph is dog aggressive*

*Bring him to Petco tomorrow. The *behaviorist* will make that decision*

Fast forward to Petco:

*Hi, Susy. I am glen. Ralph is dog aggressive*

*I checked him out. He is not dog aggressive. How do you know that?*

*He attacked 4 of my dogs*

*Your dogs started it*

*No. Everyone was introduced properly. He went after the fist 4 and I wasn’t gonna let him go after any more of my dogs*

*glen, dear…….it takes time for adjustment*

*I know, Susy dear. But these were full blown ‘I am gonna to beat the crap out of you’ attacks*
*Ralph cannot be in a multi dog household*

*You have a muzzle on him. Has he had this on the whole time at your house?*

*No, he has been kenneled at my vet. I can’t have him in my house. He would be dead*

Fast forward to the behaviorist taking the muzzle off Ralph and walking him through Petco where he goes after a customer’s GS and before I could get him away from the GS he turns around and goes after me then he proceeds to go after the behaviorist at which time I had to pull him up off the floor via his leash and collar while trying to get the muzzle back on.

The behaviorist was in shock. I was pissed. Ralph went home with another foster person. I wished her much luck.

3) I have never seen a trained chicken but I have a bird who will tell you to F~OFF if you get too close to her cage.

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