Tag: dog problems

  • Dog Problems: Food Guarding

    Part of: The Most Common Dog Problems. The idea of taking away food or toys as you please by using a gruff voice, smacking or other physical measures designed to suggest ‘dominance’ is not  good advice.  It may work for the head of the family, or even for other adults – but what about children?  What about…

  • Dog Problems: Come – Using a Long Lead

    Part of: The Most Common Dog Problems. The rewards the environment provides an off lead dog – scent trails and interactions with other dogs are often too great to be countered with a small food treat.  Long lines are recommended throughout the world as an intermediate step between on lead training and off-lead freedom.  A long…

  • Dog Problems: Dogs & Kids

    Part of: The Most Common Dog Problems. Most problems with dogs and kids are predictable and occur as a result of poor socialisation with children and/or rough handling especially around food or sleeping areas.  Children look, move, smell and act differently to adults and may unknowingly encroach on a dog’s space, move erratically, make strange noises…

  • Dog Problems: House Training

    Part of: The Most Common Dog Problems. Help your dog to understand  when and where to toilet.  The essential tools are supervision and a positive attitude. It’s best to confine your puppy to one area of the house where you can supervise him easily. For puppies, take them to your chosen toileting area after feeding, sleeping, and playing;…

  • Dog Problems: Digging

    Part of: The Most Common Dog Problems. Digging is a natural behaviour for dogs.  They bury bones “for later”, hunt edibles by digging, and dig shallow holes in sand to lie in when it’s hot.  Of course, when they live in a human community, their digging can be inappropriate. Causes of inappropriate digging may include: To help your…

  • Dog Problems: Barking

    Part of: The Most Common Dog Problems. Barking is a natural behaviour for a dog; it becomes a problem in a human community when it’s inappropriate. Causes of inappropriate barking may include: To help your dog, yourself, your family and your neighbours …TRAIN, DON’T COMPLAIN! Don’t react to your dog’s barking:  don’t shout at him, don’t throw things at him, don’t pat…

  • Dog Problems: Separation Anxiety

    Part of: The Most Common Dog Problems. The symptoms of separation anxiety include: You love your dog, and she loves you – but she needs help.  You’re driven to distraction by coming home to find your house and possessions in tatters.  Your neighbours are complaining.  To help you, your family, your neighbours and most of…