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Do you own or know someone who owns a problem dog?  Share your story below and let us know what are the main issues you face with dogs in your life!

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Sadye Mejia
Sadye Mejia

I have nine month female labrador retriever, Maya. She is sweet, smart, and too friendly. She had behavior problems before she got sprayed, but they were minor compare to the ones we're having now. She goes into this destroying mode that we can't leave her alone for a second. For example she destroyed our new grass, and plants into pieces. She will bark like crazy when left alone. Another quirk of hers that is confusing. When we try to play with her. She won't let the toy go to play catch. We've done walking, and taking her out, but it's always a short term solution. Me, and my brother want to keep her, and get educated, but my parents are at their wits end with Maya destroying their garden.

Sue Giafaglione Wirtz Picciano
Sue Giafaglione Wirtz Picciano

Dear Cesar,

I have an American Bull dog that we've had since he was 9 weeks old. For his 1st several years, we lived in the country and he had very little socialization, but when he did, he was fine.Now we live in FL, near Davie, where your institute is, and we have a better climate to be outside more. He's 5, and I can't take him anywhere without him seeming like a viscous bully. He pulls and barks and growls at almost every dog we see when go for a walk. I've spent nearly $1500 on classes to get him socialized, not including trying everything I've seen you do. We went to a dog park once, and that was a disaster! All the smaller of the bigger dogs (there's a small dog section and a larger dog section) just went right after him and of course, he protected himself. That was that. Now I walk with him around the neighborhood where I don't think other dogs will be b/c at 70lbs, I don't feel like having to hold back all that dog! I'm sure he'd like to be friends but there's only 1 or 2 dogs he even seems half way capable of being calm around. I don't like that he's getting to be know as the neighborhood bully. It's bad enough everyone thinks he's a Pit Bull, which are not even allowed in the next county down from us, but his behavior doesn't help. He's a sweetheart to people, but other dogs, forget it. I really need help b/c I am out of ideas and frankly, running out of money for useless classes too! I don't believe it's too late to teach an older dog (or it's owner) new tricks! HELP!!!

Chief's mom,

Sue

Janelle Clevinger
Janelle Clevinger

Dear Cesar,

We have a 10 yr old female stafford shire that is in dire need of help. She is very dog aggressive when my mom and I are around (my aunt has said that she is not when we are not around her), however we have a 13 yr old malamute that she has been with since she's been a puppy and is totally fine with. She bullies him around sometimes such as eating his food while growling at him even when he is right in front of his bowl. She also thinks she has to be the first one to get anywhere whether that's going outside, going to bed or going on walks. She will push him over trying to be the first. Also, she is completely obsessed with food. She's constantly going around the house trying to find little scraps of bird food and any other type to food she can find. She eats her bowl of food in about 30 seconds and then tries to go over and steal my other dogs food. We have had to take her to the vet twice for eating (one visit because she ate a whole jar of honey roasted planters peanuts and her GI tract completely shut down because the sugar coating got blocked in her stomach and was extremely bloated and another visit because she ate about 5 lbs of milk ones in one sitting and was again extremely bloated). Everyday we have to put the trash can out in the garage when we leave the house otherwise we will come home the trash torn up all over the house. It's extremely hard to take her on walks because she constantly pulls (she's very strong) and lashes out whenever we pass another dog. Finally, she has an obsessive behavior where she nibbles on her babies, edges of the couches, peoples clothing, pretty much anything she can find when she gets excited, we leave, or if she gets jealous from someone showing affection to my other dog and not her.

Cesar, PLEASE HELP US!!! at this point we just cope with her behaviors instead of trying to correct them because it is almost impossible to do. PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!!

Sincerely, victim of uncontrollable dog (Janelle)

Cathy Glad
Cathy Glad

What is the best way to get a dog to stop being so aggressive to my dogs without hurting the feelings of the aggressive dog owners. I have taught my 2 dogs never to attack and they do not but I am tired to my dogs being bitten.

Cathy Glad
Cathy Glad

My neighbor/friends dog attacks any other dog she encounters and they dont see a problem with it. I have trained my 2 german shepherds not to do that under any circumstance and I am tired of my dogs being attacked and so are other neighbors, how do I contact Cesar 911, we need help.

Bryan Richardson Jr.
Bryan Richardson Jr.

We have a 1 yr old pitt/boxer that we just got 1 week ago and the previous owner said he has been great with kids and only seems to growl at my 3 yr old, my 3 yr old didn't do anything to hurt him or anything but it only happens with him what should I do, I don't want to give him away

Valerie Suhoski Loveall
Valerie Suhoski Loveall

Hello,

I have a pack of 4 small dogs. 2 are rescues. I just recently brought my newest rescue in and he is a 7 year old toy poodle that is partially blind. My other rescued poodle has been "my baby" for a couple years already. The blind dog was scared for a while and used my other poodle as his "seeing eye dog" and they seemed to be buddies, but now that he is more comfortable with his environment, he has gotten aggressive and growls and tries to start fights with him. I don't know if its jealousy because the other poodle is really close to me too, but with him being almost blind, I am unsure as to how to correct the situation and keep him from trying to fight. I know he gets startled at times and reacts that way, but I dont know why the growling and aggression all of a sudden mainly towards the one dog that was his friend. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you. Valerie Loveall, Arizona 

Teresa Edwards
Teresa Edwards

I have a female lab-sheppard that is one year and half. She is sweet and not aggressive, but she is making me crazy. All the time she wants to eat my food. I tried to do what Cesar advices, but she does not get it. If she is unsupervised, she pees and poos on the carpet. She has to stay in her crate while I work. I would like she could stay in the house without destroying things, and that she doesn't want to lick everything all the time. 

Mandie Goertzen
Mandie Goertzen

I have a 3 year old german shepherd that I worry about. Although we try our best to provide rules, boundaries and limitations, she is quite dog aggressive. She has some dogs that she plays well with, but mainly she tends to display aggression and ceases to listen to us when we leave the house. She is such a perfect dog inside! Attentive, obedient, sweet with us and our cats. Barking is not an issue, even when someone knocks at the door. She exercises on the treadmill often and we also exercise her outside regularly. The problem comes when we encounter dogs outside. She will not respond to leash corrections at all and it's almost as if we cease to exist for her. She doesn't even seem to hear us, let alone obey us. I would love to take her out to play with friends without a muzzle. I would love to control the mind instead of attempting to control her body.

Mandie Goertzen
Mandie Goertzen

I have a 3 year old german shepherd that I worry about. Although we try our best to provide rules, boundaries and limitations, she is quite dog aggressive. She has some dogs that she plays well with, but mainly she tends to display aggression and ceases to listen to us when we leave the house. She is such a perfect dog inside! Attentive, obedient, sweet with us and our cats. Barking is not an issue, even when someone knocks at the door. She exercises on the treadmill often and we also exercise her outside regularly. The problem comes when we encounter dogs outside. She will not respond to leash corrections at all and it's almost as if we cease to exist for her. She doesn't even seem to hear us, let alone obey us. I would love to take her out to play with friends without a muzzle. I would love to control the mind instead of attempting to control her body.

Chanelle Beecher
Chanelle Beecher

I have a 3 year old American Pitbull terrier (Lady) who my family adopted over a year ago after a family discussion about her needs. My father committed to supporting her veterinary needs and her food, etc, and my mother promised to help me walk her (I have an injury and our previous family dog passed away from old age). My mom kept her promise for one year until she bought herself a fancy laptop mutt, and has since relinquished herself of walking Lady, who I am unable to control when we come across other dogs. I have a chronic pain condition (endometriosis, sciatica, chronic sacroiliac joint dysfunction) and recently after having an encounter that led to a bad flare up (I tried taking on walking Lady myself) my physical therapist told me to stop because of the careful care that my injury requires for proper rehabilitation. My dog has attacked another dog while my father was handling her. 


She is a DOLL in the house, and I am the pack leader in the house, but once we go out, she must feed off my apprehension and turns into a leash reactive warrior. I I do walk her, but only laps around our house in our yard (that has no fence). She is not getting the adequate exercise her breed/age/behavioral issues requires and so I feel selfish for keeping her. 


My parents will not get me a treadmill for her (I am 26, yet I live at home because of the nature of my disability), and they will not pay for training. I want to rehome her if I can not get her on Cesar 911, but I am worried that she might be adopted by someone who would use her for fighting as she might have been before we adopted her. She had been removed from the adoption list at the local shelter and I only was able to inquire about her because I saw her photo right before she was taken off. The shelter staff told us that all she does is bark at other dogs, and we visited her multiple times and had an informed, family discussion. Now my mother is breaking her promise and I am left feeling hopeless, weak, and unable to offer Lady the proper life a dog needs. 


I am nervous about rehoming her because she has successfully attacked another dog. My dad was ignoring the protocol I use for her personally but because we were in an area where many dogs congregate, my dad was handling her and he simply let the leash go when she charged. How will I find someone who is either willing to help me walk her for free, buy my a treadmill, or adopt her with love and trust and promise for her future? 


I hate this. The laps around the house are not enough and I was trying to take over myself but my pain and bodily condition is compromised every time we go out. 

Mitchie Rodriguez
Mitchie Rodriguez

I have a one year old German Shepherd (Bailey) and she now has the tendency of barking, running, and jumping on the fence everytime she sees someone walk by... The problem is that her head now pops out of the fence because of how high she jumps and many of these people walking by become frightened. She's a really good and sweet dog but that's one issue I have to fix before someone either gets hurt accidentally or intentionally by her. Any suggestions? I really need to fix this!! Thanks!(:

Penny W.
Penny W.

My friend and I have walked our dogs together every morning for years.  When her dog passed away earlier this year, she got a new puppy.  My dog doesn't care for the new dog and has attacked it several times.  We still walk each morning, but can't let our guard down as my dog could go after him at any moment.  I don't know how to fix this problem, but we want our dogs to get along and not have to worry about the safety of the new puppy.  Help!

Penny W.
Penny W.

My friend and I have walked our dogs together every morning for several years.  Her dog passed away a few months ago and now she has a new puppy.  For some reason, my dog apparently dislikes this new dog and has attacked him on several occasions.  This is very unsettling for us as we really enjoy our morning walks together and want our dogs to be friends.  We do still walk together, but we have to keep our dogs separated and can't let our guard down, or my dog goes into attack mode.  Help!  We don't want to keep living like this.

Nina S
Nina S

My uncle has two male american bulldogs. I have their sister. They are very good dogs and know my uncle as the pack leader. Two days ago my uncle was trying to get them off of my little cousins. They are the most hyper dogs I've ever seen. My uncle is a very tall man and they yanked him to the ground and attacked him. Went straight to his throat in order to kill. Somehow he got up and ran in the house. He had bites everywhere and was bleeding a lot. He's tried to adopt the dogs previously to this. His only option is to put them down and he loves them more than anything. Please help his boys. He would never forgive himself if he had to do that. We all love them so much and my uncle wouldn't be the same without them. My dog, Bridget their sister, has some aggression issues too but not like that. PLEAAE HELP US NOT HAVE TO EUTHANIZE OUR DOGS...!

K. Cope
K. Cope

I rescued a American Staffordshire I call her Beauty... she is an EX fighting dog I think! I have to keep her COMPLETELY apart from ALL other dogs. Beauty is a WONDERFUL girl.. an Angel Baby Doll with even very small children! But if she sees another dog at all her eyes change she gets intense and turns into a the Spawn of Satan. There are no other words for what she becomes. Due to her issues she is not adoptable so I am her guardian for life no matter what. But she needs more to life than a back yard and being apart from our family and our other dogs! She is a "dream" dog when it comes to obedience and intelligence... If I could have only one wish in this world it would be to help our Beauty be able to be around and with other canines! Beauty is my Angel girl and as I said she will ALWAYS have a home with me and I will always be her guardian for the rest of her life no matter what but it makes me sad that for her safety and other canines safety I have to keep her almost quarantined! 


Stephanie Apolo
Stephanie Apolo

hi my names is stephanie and i have a 4 yr old olde english bull dog. i absolutely love and adore my pet as my own child. after losing my pitbull boxer mix after 14 yrs i was ecstatic to know i had received my new pup chowder as a graduation gift. after having my pup only a few months i had a physical altercation with my step father (fyi i was living at home still) where as a result my puppy was kicked by my step father. as a result of this i was forced to leave my home and forced to sleep on park benches with my pup. the only help i had received was of my boyfriend who found me a place to stay. willing to exhaust all options i moved into my new home where the owner of the house which i was co habituating with is not a animal lover. but she agreed to let me stay as long as the dog stays away from her. as a result of this 4 years later she is not a social with animals or humans. and i know this is my fault but i did not want to lose her to a shelter especially here in ny or to another owner not knowing if she would be treated as well as i know i would treat her. now that she is older and i am better off she is much happier but i know i have failed her as her owner t=by not having her calm enough to enjoy a full and joyous doggy life. please help!

Ryan James
Ryan James

My name is Ryan and me and my fiance (Kait) got a German Shepherd last year. She's currently 11 months old and from day one we have had issues with her. Marley is the sweetest, cutest dog but she goes absolutely nuts when around new people and most of all, around other dogs. Because Marley is a very large female, she is hard to control and as she gets older she gets smarter in her ways of throwing a fit making her harder to control. We have attended training classes but nothing seems to work. I think of one the main issues is that when she was three months old she was attacked by another dog and suffered a severe leg injury. She then had to spend two months in a cone and could not socialize with other dogs. She was kicked out of a day care because she would not let the other dogs play rough and apparently was playing referee. I believe Marley definitely suffers from some severe separation anxiety as she tends to destroy things in the house when we are gone for too long. She has cost us a lot of money but we have not stopped loving her. We are at a loss on what to do or how to fix our problem. We know that we ourselves are probably the problem but we also believe Marley might suffer from anxiety and maybe she needs some medicine to balance her energy. Help us.

Paula Cisneros
Paula Cisneros

My husky boy in my avatar pic died from a tragic accident last December (2013) and I surprisingly ended up adopting a Tamaskan (Finland husky-mixed w/Malamute) named Buddy. He was treated terribly and hit/beaten a lot in his first home. It's taken 7 months for him to get to a good trust level and learn to obey without fear--he is a very fast learner but slower with trusting. I've been able to train all our family dogs since I was a child--it came naturally--and I know huskies are very unique in learning styles, but my youngest canine-pup has me confounded. He has EXTREME separation anxiety to the point that he'll make himself bleed by trying to bite through and paw at the back door with his heart racing and drooling excessively until I return. I've left him twice for 45 minutes and it was a disaster on his body. I can replace the door, but his well-being keeps me from leaving him without having to pay sitters to stay with him. He has full access to the house and yard, but that's not what he wants...he wants to be with me. I've been watching lots of old Cesar shows and episodes trying to find a way to help Buddy, but I'm not getting it right. How can I help him and be able to leave him for short periods of time when needed? It's both frustrating and heart-breaking. He also still has a couple of other 'small' behavioral issues that we're addressing which are minor at best, but the separation issue is overwhelming. Please let me know what works! Thank you.

Lynn Riley
Lynn Riley

My dog, George, is a lab/boxer (might have some pit in there too) mix about 9 months old. He has progressively gotten worse over the last couple of months, where he was showing some dominate behavior with our minature poodle (3 year old male) by grabbing him around the back of the neck. Recently in the last couple of weeks we have noticed that he has started biting him in the middle of the back. Right now he's just grabbing skin, but we need to stop this before he does some damage. From the time we got him at 9 weeks, we have used your techniques, including putting him on his back and using the claw method on his neck. Putting him on his back or side as discipline, he has progressively gotten more and more combative. He will fight the restraint for as long as you are willing to hold him and be scratched and he will also continue to try to bite whatever he can get hold of -- usually your hand. When he finally calms enough to be let up, he will get up and start snapping at me. Through this whole process he has this wild look in his eyes and it is bad enough that we are no longer sure what to do about it. I don't know if this has any relation to this, but he doesn't seem to like to be petted on top of his head when facing you -- okay with it if you are in back of him. Please help with any suggestions as we have other small animals on our property that may need protection also.

Lynna Nguyen
Lynna Nguyen

I currently own 6 dogs. All of them are around the same age (they're puppies). I haven't had any issues with at least 4 of them. There are two that have recently started fighting one another. One of them is a Great Pyrenees named Penny and the other is a German Shepherd named Kaizen. 

*Small back story on Penny*
We bought her and her sister from a farm down in Texas. Her sister has a nice temperament and has been a relatively low energy dog. Penny on the other hand was very outgoing and mildly active. She enjoyed being around people and liked being pet. However, recently, behavior has begun to change dramatically. She will often run away when we try to come pet her. She has shown signs of food aggression, but besides that, she is quiet and stays away from the main crowd. She seldom lets me pet her anymore. She seems anxious and scared and I can't imagine what could have happened within the last week to make her so afraid.

Back to the issue...
Kaizen will often bark at Penny continuously for no reason whatsoever. Kaizen hasn't showed any signs of aggression towards any of the other dogs unless he is eating. He also has food aggression. They will fight each other late at night. Now Kaizen is a very friendly dog towards people he knows. He is also very protective of me. He gets jealous easily from what I can tell. If I'm trying to pet one of my other dogs then he will lunge in and demand that I pet him instead. He becomes even more aggressive if I attempt to pet Penny. Barking at her even if she hasn't done anything at all. 

Today they got into a huge fight. They're puppies so the fight wasn't that bad, but still bad enough for both sides to lose blood. This fight was due to the food aggression between the two I believe. I was inside at the time they started fighting so I'm not 100% sure. Anyway, I rushed outside to see if I could stop them from fighting. The way they were going at it, I didn't see any possible way for me to stop it. I rushed over to get the water hose in hopes that spraying water on them would help distract them from the fight. It only half worked. They slowed down the fighting, but still kept going at it. Penny seemed to be fighting in self defense whereas Kaizen was taking the offense.
Eventually I saw the opening I was looking for, they had slowed down the fighting just enough for me to grab Kaizen's hind legs. He let go immediately and I separated them by putting Kaizen in his crate. I gave both of them a bath to clean the mud off and put them both in their separate crates. Penny was fine with it, she didn't whine and rested peacefully in her crate. Kaizen on the other hand continuously barked at the sight of her. Even when I let him out on a potty break he darted right for her crate and immediately started barking and aggressively pawing at the crate. Penny snarled at this, but did nothing else. I dragged Kaizen away from Penny and at this point he started snapping at all the other dogs nearby. He even started snapping at my Labrador pup named Pai. Pai was barking at Kaizen as I tried to calm him. I don't know her reason for barking at him, whether it be trying to protect me or attempting to discipline him. I don't know. All I know is that their fighting started recently. They were both fine a few days ago then something caused everything to drastically change. I really need some advice on this. My mom is threatening to get rid of Kaizen if he keeps being this aggressive. I'm afraid if we try to give him away then he may be aggressive around the new owner and may be euthanized if they drop him off at a shelter.


I'm really hoping I could get some help on this. 

Thank you to anyone who read this entire thing.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  


Kathleen Babbin
Kathleen Babbin

I run a small rescue in West Michigan and have been fostering a pit mix that lived the 1st 2 yrs of his life in horrid circumstances. He has had fear aggression issues. We have gotten him to be an almost perfect dog in our home environment but when we take him into the public, he reverts to the terror that he used to be always. In a recent situation, when my husband tried to correct his behavior by putting him on his side, the dog bit my husband. Now, my husband wants him put down as a dangerous dog. I am desperate for help- maybe - can I dream? placement at the "ranch?" We leave in early November and this dog must be some place else by then, MUCH earlier if my hubby has his way. He does not deserve to die. At home, he is just an overgrown puppy.

Kathleen Babbin
Kathleen Babbin

I run a small rescue in West Michigan and have been fostering a pit mix that lived the 1st 2 yrs of his life in horrid circumstances. He has had fear aggression issues. We have gotten him to be an almost perfect dog in our home environment but when we take him into the public, he reverts to the terror that he used to be always. In a recent situation, when my husband tried to correct his behavior by putting him on his side, the dog bit my husband. Now, my husband wants him put down as a dangerous dog. I am desperate for help- maybe - can I dream? placement at the "ranch?" We leave in early November and this dog must be some place else by then, MUCH earlier if my hubby has his way. He does not deserve to die. At home, he is just an overgrown puppy.

Kathleen Babbin
Kathleen Babbin

I run a small rescue in West Michigan and have been fostering a pit mix that lived the 1st 2 yrs of his life in horrid circumstances. He has had fear aggression issues. We have gotten him to be an almost perfect dog in our home environment but when we take him into the public, he reverts to the terror that he used to be always. In a recent situation, when my husband tried to correct his behavior by putting him on his side, the dog bit my husband. Now, my husband wants him put down as a dangerous dog. I am desperate for help- maybe - can I dream? placement at the "ranch?" We leave in early November and this dog must be some place else by then, MUCH earlier if my hubby has his way. He does not deserve to die. At home, he is just an overgrown puppy.

Shannon Cila
Shannon Cila

I don't understand why these questions to Cesar never have answers from him.  What's the point?


Tracey King
Tracey King

There was a dog fight in the local bark park last week.  I have pictures of the dogs before the fight broke out.  The Rottie mix did a long stare at a young pitbull that had just entered the park.  The Rottie attacked and locked it's jaws on the pit.  The guy who owned the pit jumped in to try to get the Rottie to let go of his dog but the Rottie held on.  I ran to my vehicle and got a can of pet corrector (air) and ran back into the park and sprayed it near the Rottie.  It took him about 5 more seconds to let go.  The Pitties' owner left the park quickly with blood on his hand and arm (I'm not sure who's blood it was) and the park quickly emptied.  The lady that owns the Rottie inherited it from her father when his health declined and he moved in with her, she has two other smaller dogs that act fine.  The Rotties' behavior has been slowly escalating over the course of just over a year yet she refuses to see that the problem is her dog.  She is in deep denial.  She is a nice lady to talk to but she looks away every time the Rottie poops, so she never cleans it up.  I am very involved at the park and I'm not sure how to deal with this.  Is there a way to make her keep the dog out of the park (police maybe)?  Would you take her on your 911 show?  You can see the series of pictures (6 frames) on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PocatelloBarkParkRegulars.  Thank you for any help.

Shawna Ball
Shawna Ball

We recently inherited a 5-6 month old female Pit Bull. She has a pleasant temperament and is loves affection and attention. We are in the process of training her and she is learning to obey. She does however, like to play bite. She tries to nub on your fingers (gently) and at times gets a bit carried away. I realize that we need to stop this behavior because I believe that someone will likely get bit and hurt. When attempting to stop the behavior with commands and using her choker, she is slow to obey. She continues to try to nub no matter how strong the command and correction. Suggestions on other strategies to end this type of "play" are appreciated.

Carolyn Bombard
Carolyn Bombard

Please Help! My dog Harley Mae is 9 years old.  She has been an inside dog for her whole life with several problems she is terrified of thunder and fire works.  When these two things happen she chews threw doors, metal pipes basically anything that is near her.  We recently moved out to the country into a house of our own and my boyfriend wants her outside so that she doesn't tear anything up.  It's a fenced in 3 acre yard with a shelter for her bed and food.  However she keeps getting out of the fence.  I don't know what to do I love her dearly but I don't want her to get hurt and my family is at it's wits end.  Please any advise would be appreciated.

Kelly Heitkamp
Kelly Heitkamp

I have a 6-month old lab/husky/bernese mountain dog mix.  He's cute, adorable and I love him, but the damages are getting expensive. He's eaten shoes (what puppy hasn't, but we are talking 5 pairs already), 2 garden hoses, a nozzle, deck chairs, the lattice work off the deck, 4 kiddie swimming pools, comforters, blankets, magazines and a phone book.   He has also dug around my young trees, my clothesline pole, the shrubs, and in the yard.  He's pulled the down spouts off the house, tore up 2 screen doors, chewed on the aluminum framing to a door, and to top it all off, last week I came home and the tree was missing from my front yard.   I had planted it this spring.  He literally dug up the entire tree, and pulled it out of the ground and drug it around to the back of the house, where he proceeded to chew it up. 

I've tried all kinds of things.  I have the bitter spray, I've staked items down, I've put garden fencing around everything, but he's figured out that he can just pull that out.  I had put in the underground fencing system so that he could have space and freedom while I worked, but after the continuous damage, I can't let him out any more.  He's now basically under house arrest.  He's kept in his cage all day while I'm at work, and he's not out of my sight when I'm home.  If I have to leave, he's either back in his cage or put on a line outside (however, he's figured out how to work that loose, so it's only good for about 2 hours).   I sometimes work long hours, and I hate to keep him locked up, but I don't what else to do.

Dwayne Harrell
Dwayne Harrell

I am a cop and often see dogs that are dropped off at our station for whatever reason. Some our found pets others are just not wanted. I have taken home one of these dogs, a pit. That was nine yrs ago. She is well adjusted and I have had her for nine yrs. I recently, 2 weeks ago, taken on another dog. She is a small chow, border collie mix. The vet says she is about 3 months old. She was dropped off at the police station because the owner didn't want her. I was going to call animal control when in noticed that there was a problem with the puppy. Instead of making the call I took her home. I took her to the vet and found out she is blind. The pup was very withdrawn and wouldn't eat. After two days the pup became aware of my voice and smell. She now acts more like a pup and is eating. My pit has taken time to play but doesn't want to be the pups chew toy. She knows there I something wrong with the pup, but she is not at all aggressive towards it. The pup has come to work with me at times and my dispatchers have watched her while I am at work. The station gave her the name Helen. My issues are how to properly train this pup using sound, smell and feel. She has gotten under my skin and I can't see her going to another home. However I would be willing if it was a true foster home. I need help in ideas on how to train her. I have no problems with keeping the house layout the same. She has done well in learning the way around the kitchen and the fenced in back yard. What I need is ideas or techniques on how to get this pup to really be a pup. Any and all suggestions welcome. I am 6'4 and 260 lbs. this tiny dog has just taken all of turned me into jello.

Monica Reddy
Monica Reddy

I have a very dominant aggressive 7-month old German Shepherd. He has a very egotistical personality.e We have taken him to training classes, he understands all the commands. He only listens to the commands if he's in the mood otherwise he wont even for food. He does not like anyone except the four people living in the home including myself. He has bitten people and he is really vicious. We cannot take him anywhere. Even in the car he will be barking at people parked next to us. We are afraid if he continues this behavior we may have to put him down. Because he has a very egotistical personality it is hard to train him, he almost outsmarts us. He is also really strong, it is even hard for men to control him when he gets crazy. Our vet said that he may never change because of his personality and strength. At home he is nice except when he does not get his way, he has lots of attitude he will bark at us and bite us when hes annoyed or upset. It is hard to keep a dog who doesn't like anyone around or in the home, he will bark at the neighbor kids playing outside all day. He does not have food aggression, he actually does not eat much, we always have to mix other food in his dog food just so he doesn't loose weight. He is fine with other dogs, he doesn't really care much for other dogs unless they are willing to chase him. He will get mad at dogs if they show dominance towards him or if they go near his toys. He will growl, bark, and attack. We cannot go on vacation because we are scared to leave him with others. When he bites, he doesn't understand how rough he is being. We see other dogs and how they playfully bite or nip but Zeus bites really hard. One of our neighbors sprained her foot because he accidentally got loose, but she was actually lucky because he had a muzzle on or he would have bit her really bad. We always have to be careful because people are always walking around especially in the summer and Zeus doesn't mind his own business he wants to run out and attack anyone he sees. Please help us.


Thank you.


- Monica K. 7323550952 NJ

Christina Stoddard
Christina Stoddard

I have a Chihuahua/ weenie dog 8 months old. He has taken 2 sets of classes. However, he barks, growls and lunges at other dogs. He nips me when he gets excited. My grandson thinks he's stupid and won't come over to my house. Chico always pees when Mateo is around.

Please help me.

Christina Stoddard 785-760-5224. Lawrence, Kansas.

balabuela@yahoo.com

karen Ray
karen Ray

DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST AND ASK YOURSELF SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU GET A DOG 


1. DO I STAY OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR LONG TIMES OF PERIOD?

2.DO I HAVE YOUNG KIDS?

3.DO I EXERCISE?

4.DO I HAVE THE BUDGET TO OFFER VETERINARY CARE TO MY PETS  DOING EVEN YEARLY CHECK UPS?

5.DO I HAVE A FENCED BACKYARD?

6.DO I LIVE IN AN APT?

7.WHAT KIND OF DOG DO I LIKE?

WHAT KIND OF DOG WILL FIT IN MY LIFESTYLE?

8. CAN I GET SOME HELP MAYBE GET A DOG WALKER IF I WORK ALL DAY?

9. IF MARRIED HOW CAN I GET MY HUSBAND INVOLVED AND HAVE HIM HELPING ME WALKING THE DOG

COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS WELCOME! 

 


Barbara Canales
Barbara Canales


We adopted a Doberman Pincher about 2 months ago from the Fillmore Rescue you had televised once. We love him & don't want to take him back. He is very sweet BUT, he PULS ON THE LEASH a lot AND the worst thing is that HE ATTACKS OTHER DOGS whether at the dog park which we only went twice because of his attacks, or on a leash. We love him so much & he is our dream dog. He would be perfect for us if he could only get along with other dogs. He does however, get along with our Chihuahua. PLEASE CESAR WE NEED YOUR HELP. I am partially disabled & my husband is in remission from Leukemia. Our 16 year old son will soon be going to college GOD WILLING so we need your help ASAP. Please. We are willing to be on your show for free even. The training classes that we are going to are not helping one bit. THANK YOU & GOD BLESS YOU.

Phoebe Clark
Phoebe Clark

My boyfriend rescued our beloved Jack from a drug den of a house at ~6months old and he is now a 3ish yr old Pit bull Terrier. He has a lot of strange  triggers for aggressive behavior such as wearing gloves, the sight of even play guns and deep distrust for new guests. He is amazing with my boyfriends 6, 7 and 8yr old niece and nephews gently lays with them taking all sorts of torture without as much as a growl. Im afraid for his life because he has lunged toward strangers and bitten guests with no warning! Unfortunately I'm having a hard time resolving his behavior because he attacks people he is not familiar with only after a family member has left the room. He goes from wagging and licking the guest for hours to a fast deep growl accompanied by a bite. He will only allow family members to walk him and occasionally snaps when too excited. If he bites one more person there's a high possibility that we will have to fight to prevent him from being put to sleep! we love our dog, his behavior has made leaps and bounds since he came to us but anxiety and fear are keeping him from living a happy life while his unpredictable aggressive fits threaten to end his life! Please help us, any suggestions are greatly appreciated! 

Nancy White
Nancy White

This is an emergency! A feral dog has taken up residence in the neighborhood. Recently she had puppies at a residence owned by a hoarder. The puppies were removed by animal control, but they were unable to trap the mother dog. She has become aggressive and protective- attacking anyone who ventures near the property. In another six weeks or so she will be again in season. The downward spiral will continue unless someone who is experienced with dog behavior intervenes on her behalf. She's a pretty little pit bull that deserves a chance at life. Please Caesar can you help?

angela stuck
angela stuck

Dear Cesar,

I need some help. My daughter and I have rescued a dog 2 months ago, the dog is 1 year old and very dog aggressive and dominant. I got the dog neutered about a month ago and was hoping this would help some but as of now it hasn't helped at all. My dog is Rottweiler/Shepherd/Akita mix. I introduced him to my neighbors dog as soon as we brought him home and it took about 4 sessions of introducing them for him to stop being dominant aggressive toward the other dog. The issue is when I am out walking him and he sees another dog even if it is 100 feet away, if he sees it he gets all puffed out and makes himself as big as he can (dominant) but while we are walking if we are any closer to the other dog he gets very aggressive and tries pulling at the leash barking/growling/snapping at the other dogs.

I have a chain collar that I use and I keep it at the top of his neck while we are walking and when I correct him I pull to the side. I have tried using my foot to touch at his flank to help redirect him but either i'm not doing it with enough assertiveness or something as it doesn't help at all. I have tried having him just sit with his back to another dog and not let him look at the other dog but again this isn't helping. I have no idea what else to try so if you could please give me some tips I would appreciate it.

thanks

angie

savanna moustafa
savanna moustafa

Dear Cesar,


Please help!! My name is Savanna and live in Toronto, Ontario Canada and my aunt and her boyfriend own a 2yr old Boxer terrier named "Scooby" that they rescued last year from the pound and has a past of being abused by previous owners. He as an amazing sweet dog besides this one thing his Teeth!! Every morning when her boyfriend wakes up to go to work he goes absolutely crazy because he doesn't like him leaving the house. Right as he wakes up and goes in the shower Scooby will wait outside the door and grunt and run back and fourth down the hall way like a raging bull and barks uncontrollably and no one can stop him. Then when he comes out to leave after he's done getting ready Scooby will bite! anything he can to keep him from leaving and leave bruises, bite marks and even rips in clothes. They have tried every thing like distracting him with food and even shock collars but nothing will stop him

Cesar please helppp!!

Veronica Rex
Veronica Rex

Blucifer was a rescue pit bull found tied to a street corner in Brooklyn. I fostered him for a month, but we both knew at first sight that he was home with me, Veronica. As most pit bulls, he is very loving and loyal to their owner. Problem is that he's caused mild damage to some friends' faces, and limbs without ever growling or showing aggression. His first and worst incident was a bite to a girl friend's face, which needed 110 stitches! He didn't growl or show teeth or give any kind of warning. In fact, right after the bite he just turned back around wagging his tail, as if nothing had happened. Triggers such as interference of his food or toys, hovering over him, and direct eye contact are my main signals and points of avoidance. It's not always easy because Blu is a very handsome dog with interesting features that attract humans to him. While he is very friendly towards humans and welcomes their petting and touch, I consistently worry about his inconsistency with certain triggers. I feel like the safest way is to deprive him of that contact, but it's saddening because he wants to play with others SO badly. I need to figure out how to train him to stop the dominance aggression and the biting. Please help! 

Erika Lizeth Bohorquez Trujillo
Erika Lizeth Bohorquez Trujillo

  1. Hi, I am ERIKA and I live in Bogotá, Colombia. i have a doggy her name  is FRULA and  she is very fearful with the others dogs, when she watch others dogs she run and hiding under cars or she run for the house. Have to much fear and not let then come near . I would be grateful if you help me with this problem and this is my email ERILIZ03@HOTMAIL.COM us if you see this message soon hopefully answer.
  2. Thank you for your help and your atencion 

Dianne Allingham
Dianne Allingham

Hi, I am Dianne and Live in Delaware, Ontario Canada, we have a 75 pound rottiweiler named Madison, as a puppy she was wonderful and came in top in obedience class, she has been socialized and responds well to dogs she knows playing and having a good time. Her brother is 95 pounds and they get together all the time as he is with my neice.  when both dogs got to be around 9 months they began lunging at other dogs, skateboards and rollerbladders.  it is very frightening as they lose total control and are very hard to control.  we contacted a trainer who came and worked with us to become dominant in the home which we are.  she is very good in the house but when walking he used a jerk technique that increased the aggression of both her and her brother.  unless she me tthe dogs when she was a puppy she is not good and will attack and in fact has gotten away from me once and attacked a dog who was on its property but not on leash and another dog twice who lives by my parents and was just standing on front lawn of their property.  I am fearful of her hurting a dog.  She hasnt drawn blood and seems to want to dominate the dog and then walk away until it moves then she will attack again.  we have been working daily with her.  she gets two long walks/bike rides a day and plenty of play with balls throwing and is excellent with kids.  we have been using treats as incentive and works when she is on leash to distract her from lunging 80 percent of the time.  she is worse in our neighbourhood and not so bad when outside her area.  we have walked her in the park without issue.  no dog parks for her tho even tho she went a lot up until she was 7 months old.  I am at my end with her and am ready to just muzzle her on walks and not let her off leash to play ever due to the risk 


Please Ceasar if there is anything that you could do !! both she and her brother are beautiful animals and I will nver give up and will do anything I have to.  I am afraid she is a red zone dog as is her brother who at this time we are afraid to walk due to his having had a TPLO already when he tore his ligament playing with my sisters dog and limps ocassionally on his other leg.  


We are willing to do whatever is needed.  Note that I have another dog that is an austrailian sheppard cross with no aggression issues that get along fine with both rottis and when we got maddie we had a 15 year old mix pitbull breed that she was wonderful and she was very submissive with him.


desperate for help!!

John Morse
John Morse

I  have a issue that has already reached worse case scenario. I had a dog that has already has had a incident with my 7 month old child that caused him to go to the hospital. Fortunetly my ex wife could take him since were  not allowed by n.y. to state. My rotty/doby mix is a 9 yr old. Hes always been a little defensive and bad w other dogs outside our other dog. Also tended to be food aggressive and on edge around other men. I need help for my ex wife cause she has been looking to move and not sure if she can handle the 90lb dog if she needs to b walked in populated areas. I'm greatful he didn't have to be put to sleep after my son spent a wk in the hospital but I still care for my dog tooie also. He is great w my family but he needs extra help he has never worked well for other trainers. Everyone including my vet says he is very lucky cause any other person would have had him put down before. Just want him to b safe now that I cant always b there to keep him out of trouble situations.

Kathleen Babbin
Kathleen Babbin

@Carolyn Bombard We inherited a dog with similar SERIOUS problems with loud noises and even separation anxiety at times. Seriously, get this dog to a vet. There are meds that solve the problem. Ours get acepromazine and it calms him completely. No more chewed up doors, water pipes pulled out of walls, nothing. It literally saved his life.

karen Ray
karen Ray

@Monica Reddy well Monica I don't want you to get upset but seems like your dog is controlling your life and you don't make him exercise how these guys are supposed to , he still "technically a puppy" he needs to run, I can tell your dog is very stressed out and depressed best advise get a good robe kinda like one that cesar always takes to his shows or get a chain and start correct him on every single walk, the first time ,try to take him out very early in the morning when nobody is walking their dogs so you will avoid trouble in the first place  and again  very late in the evening 10 pm or 11pm all the best


if you have any question don't hesitate to write

karen Ray
karen Ray

@Barbara Canales 

hola Barbara yo te puedo ayudar si lo deseas que Dios te bendiga por salvar la vida de un inocente. Mira tu problema es que este perrito recien ha salido de otro ambiente and you have a lot on your plate right now! te entiendo mira lo que te recomiendo es cambiarle el tipo de collar a tu mascota y corregir cada vez que quiera ir contra un perro una tocada en la nuca o un punta pie por la pierna no lo vas a maltratar pero el se dara cuenta que esta mal lo que hace dale credito, yo trabajo con rottweilers en mi pais cada vez que voy ,tu perro no es agresivo simplemente esta estresado e inseguro sacalo 2 o 3 veces al dia junto con tu chihuahua si tienes mucho problemas para sacarlo consigue una muchacha o alguien q te pueda ayudar pues es bastante carga la que tienes en tu casa me puedes escribir con preguntas o comentarios 

gracias 

karen Ray
karen Ray

@Nancy White 

Hi Nancy what is happening with that dog is that she knows the puppies were removed from her so off course she is acting very protective and ,animal control shouldn't have taken the puppies you can try by offering food and water  but is not going to be easy unless somebody familiar with dogs goes and takes control of her. SHE IS SCARED