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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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Victoria Jones
Victoria Jones

my mom came from the hospital with a pacemaker, ever since Sophie (my Shih Tzu) has been avoiding her and acting fearful, doesn`t really want to stay in the house(and it is winter now) and if she needs to go past her she makes a wide arc to go around my mom. She won`t even come near to beg for food at mealtime (this is a good thing)... she cowers away at all times and sticks really close to me, even under my desk.Have you encountered this before and is it just a time thing or will this be permanent situation. Sophie and my mom were great friends before this.

serina bullock
serina bullock

my name is serina bullock, i have two dogs a 1 year old border terrier chihuahua  mix named peanut, and a 6 1/2 year old pomeranian chihuahua mix named fush. i am applying for a service dog for ptsd and my dog seems to be afraid of dogs (when we are at the dog park he never leaves my side) he runs around my house super fast, he barks at everything even if there is nothing around or any noise. if i touch his bottom right paw he bites me, when i do my laundry he gets our underwear and carries it around. my dog Fush runs the house. i get so frustrated because she doesn't listen to me she my grandmother and i fight because i get mad when she acts like this, she wont eat unless its in a certain bowl certain room and with a person around her. my biggest worry is peanut. he is always following me and if i shower he sticks his head in the shower, he has to sleep with me. i am worried that if i do get accepted for an assistance dog, my dogs will scare off the organization and i will lose my chance of getting help. on occasion the dogs will fight, most of the time they are great but their has been some tension between them since i first got my dog peanut, after being in a psychiatric  facility. i put them in obedience class we do walk them (separately) if they walk together they have to pull and be in front of the other, with food one tries to steal the others food even if they still have food. i live in Albuquerque New Mexico.

Lauren Tobin
Lauren Tobin

We have a couple of issues. We first had gotten a german shephard mix and a boxer/pitbull mix when they were both about 8 weeks old, both males. They both grew up together and got along great until about 2-3 years of age they started to became aggressive and violent with each other. They used to get into very bad fights over nothing. My sister had taken the boxer mix to her home and we still have the shephard but they both do not get along with others dogs. A couple of years later, I adopted a jack russel/pug mix when she was about 3 months old. I brought her home to meet our german shephard and they get along great!! The problem is, my sister is over our house all the time and the boxer mix is home alone because he does not get along with our two dogs. My sister feels torn that she has to keep him seperated from all of us. It would be great if she could bring him over when she comes over but we are afraid of the dogs fighting like they used to. PLEASE HELP ME!!!

Leslie Lessig
Leslie Lessig

We adopted a 5yo boxer from a foster family where she had been bit. I've had boxers my whole life and never knew an aggressive one. Now I have one. She loves people, hates animals. We tried a similar trainer to Cesar but she still is too unpredictable to allow to be with other dogs. How can we get a visit with Cesar?

Kayla Overfield
Kayla Overfield

Cesar please help!! My pitbull is the image of a dog who has been through the worst, and still is loyal and loving to his fullest. His name is Niki, and I adopted him at 4 years old after being in a shelter for 9 months. He was sleeping and I made the mistake of going to kiss him on the head. I startled him and he bit me in the face, resulting in 20 stiches. He is now going to be put down, and my brother is going to try and take him so this doesnt happen, but we need help. We need to know the signs and we need to know how to socialize and get his energy out. Please please, this is my last resort to save this amazing dog. He is seriously an amazing GOOD dog. Please, help me and my pitty!!!!

Amber Kay Lainhart
Amber Kay Lainhart

I have two dogs. The first is a male Chihuahua  I've had for 13 years. A little over three ago I got a female poodle. she was my uncles dog who unfortunately passed away. I was told she was fixed but turns out she wasn't. Well we had a littler of pups ,all males, and unfortunately she passed away about a year ago. I kept one pup, the middle one. Ever since she passed away him and his father have non stop fights. we have tried separating them in different rooms, locking them in a cage together letting them fight but nothing has worked other than my mother leaving the room. when ever she is around the two fight. we have ended up sending the father to live with my older sister in Kentucky. I wish to have the two getting along like they did when the momma was alive. I fear that if this continues that one will end up killing the other. Please if there is anyway someone can help get my loving dogs back I would be supper grateful.

Tammy Jordan
Tammy Jordan

My husband wanted a boxer and I found him one. The problem is she is a woman's dog and does not want to have any thing to do with him. She shows signs of aggression toward him when he tries to make her do things. Please help as I do not want to have to choose between the two of them. There are no other animals or children in the house.

Amanda Biggs
Amanda Biggs

My Name is Amanda, I recently got my husband a baby pit bull and is name is GatorPig. We have 2 other dogs and they are chihuahuas named Baby Girl (girl), and Taco (boy). GatorPig almost tore out Taco's eye yesterday while GatorPig was eating because he got territorial over his food with Taco. Gator is not like this with us nor is he like this with Baby Girl....only Taco. I need to know what to do in order to get this to stop. Also, Gator has bit my leg a few times while playing and he has also ripped my pants in the act. PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE CESAR HELP US, WE DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO! AND I DONT WANT TO TRAIN HIM WRONG AND RUIN HIM.


amandabiggs8488@yahoo.com

Kathya Guerrero
Kathya Guerrero

I just got a puppy like a week ago, she is a labrador/husky mix and 7 weeks old, she know how to sit on command but the only situation is that she bites a lot. At first I thought it was the teething but then when I tried to carry her , she gets aggressive and starts growling, like if she's frustrated or something and she bites my other 5 year old chihuahua. I am not sure on what to do, I just started to take her on walks in the morning and afternoon so redirect her attention to exercise instead of her problem but I'm not sure if that's a good idea. I need help quick , because if my parents think that I can't train her they are going to put her in a shelter and I seriously don't want that! Please help!

Email me at kathyaggg@yahoo.com if you can

Jenna Banks
Jenna Banks

Hello.  My name is Jenna Banks and I am a model and business owner in Southern California.  I am having an extremely hard time with my beautiful boy, Bishop.  He is an amazing dog... he is a blue nose pit bull.  He is extremely intelligent but I have always had issues with him since he was a puppy.  He is currently 2.5 years old.  He is very very well trained.  He understands commands, sits before entering doorways, waits for his food, etc.  He has always had an issue with his toys so we don't give them to him anymore unregulated... he tries to kill any toy he has and is very aggressive with them.  He also does NOT like other dogs and most other humans.  He always tries to lunge at other dogs and hunt them.  We try to make him respect guests but he isn't trustworthy around anyone we have over and usually have to separate them.  He has gotten worse lately... he understands commands but always tries to test us.  He is the most stubborn dog I have ever been around.  He is CONSTANTLY testing EVERY DAY ALL DAY.  His posture has become very tense and he just stands in a room, very tense, with his tail raised and head lowered and stares at us.  He just  sits there and stares.  He isn't a happy dog, he doesn't smile or do anything carefree.  He is always trying to go into a room he isn't allowed to go in, but very skillfully... he seems to get mad if we tell him to do something and will then do something to prove he isn't submissive.  I have a 7 year old daughter and am concerned that one day there will be an issue.  I feel like it is my responsibility to help him & raise him as he is my pet... I just would feel like a bad pet owner giving him up & it would break my heart... plus he is a pit and I don't trust anyone that wants him to give him a good home.  But at the same time I feel ignorant if I keep a dog that is a red flag.  He is just such a smart dog but there is just something about him that seems like he has mental problems or something.  I honestly feel like he is bitter that he is a dog or something, like he thinks he should be a human.  We are strict with him and he was taken away from his mom too early so we bottle fed him as a tiny puppy.. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it...  I don't know what to do with him.  I feel like an awful person if I give him away, he is my baby... but then I also feel like an irresponsible mother and community member if he is clearly showing he has issues.  I will not turn him into a pound or give him to someone that cannot properly care for him.  I would only feel comfortable putting him in a home or ranch where he will be loved and cared for.  Somewhere like your ranch.  If anyone can help me or has advice or information it would be greatly appreciated.  He is an amazing and beautiful dog, and EXTREMELY smart.... almost too smart lol.  Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read this letter.  You can reach me at coastalbeauties@gmail.com



Kathryn Appleton
Kathryn Appleton

I own three dogs, 1 I've had since 2012, she is a pit bull, the other one i had in 2013, he is a dachshund mix, and the other I just took in as a rescue this past year is also a pit, they have gotten well together for the most part, they wrestle here and there, and play... but just recently I went out for maybe a half an hour and came home to my room covered in blood and feces and my dachshund injured with 44 bite wounds, somehow my rescued pit bull broke out of his cage and attacked the dachshund... I am not one to give up a dog to a shelters knowing that most pit bulls don't make it out, but I need help, I am not sure I can deal with it if it were to ever happen again. They are all good dogs, the dachshund seems to be a little possessive, and I am not sure if that could have started something between the two of them.

Chrissi D'Arcangelo
Chrissi D'Arcangelo

In June my family of 5 decided to get a puppy.  We had a friend who had Shepard/husky mix puppies and we got an 8 week old girl.  Jessie was a very fun loving puppy, but now that she is 8 months old, she is becoming very aggressive.  This aggression mostly involves jumping and biting.  She listens to my husband most of the time, but she displays this behavior mostly toward me and my 6 year old daughter.  I have never had a dog and am scared by this behavior.  I think my daughter has seen my reaction and picked up on it and she too is afraid of the dog.  Jessie does not bother my 4 year old or my 18month old as they don't react at all to her being in the house.  I love Jessie and do not want to get rid of her.  I desperately want her to be a member of our pack, but after reading countless internet articles and two of Cesar's books, I am running out of ideas.  We can't afford to hire a professional to help but desire to make this work.  Please help!!!

Chrissi D'Arcangelo
Chrissi D'Arcangelo

I am the mother of three children and we decided to get a puppy this summer.  We had a friend who had shepherd/husky mix puppies and got a girl at 8 weeks.  My husband is a stay at home dad and thought that it would be a good fit for the dog.  Now, Jessie is 8 months and we, mostly me, can't control her.  She is aggressive to one of my children and this happens to be the child that wants to play with her the most.  We have a 6 year old, a 4 year old, and an 18 month old and the 6 year old is the one who want to play with her the most.  This is only our first issue with the dog.  The other main issue is that I can't control her.  She listens most of the time to my husband, but not at all to me.  She tends to bite and jump on me any time I acknowledge she is there.  I have never had a dog and am scared by this behavior.  I love her and want to make her part of our family, but I don't know how we can all live together.  We have to put the dog outside when she goes crazy on me or my daughter.  (By "go crazy" I mean the jumping and biting.)  This only makes the issue worst because now she is outside rather than learning how to be a part of our "pack".  I am very committed to making this work, but I am not sure where to start.  I have read, I'm pretty sure every article on the internet, and two of Cesar's books, but I am having a hard time getting Jessie to respect me.  Please help my family and Jessie!  

Janett Porter
Janett Porter

We just bought a 11 mo. old Australian Shepperd from an individual who said he didn't have enough time for him. We think he was a puppy mill dog. He is very nerves about everything. My grandson brought he's German Shepard over, we then realized not only does he have problems with humans, he has no idea about how to react to his own kind. I could use some direction on how to bring him around. I am at a loss.He is lovely, and has a wonderful personality. I can handle him, but is afraid of men.  Thank you for any advice you might have. Janett Porter

Debbie Gordon
Debbie Gordon

We rescued a male potcake from Puerto Rico when he was only 3 pounds and 2 months old.  We have no idea what this dog went through in his early days. He was skin and bones when we got him. Unfortunately, this dog has a food aggression and aggression toward possessions. We have hired a behavioral specialist to work with us and the dog, we have given him puppy classes but his aggression is still very bad. This dog bites the hand that feeds him and breaks skin. We are extremely sad that we may not be able to keep him, and if we don't keep him we would not want to see him put down. We need help. He is a sweetheart 99% of the time, extremely smart, and beautiful. How do you keep a dog like this....we are at our wits end and feel that we have tried everything.



Sarah Taylor
Sarah Taylor

My new puppy will scream and howl when left alone in her crate. I have tryed everything and do not know what to do I live in an apartment and she is so bad the lady downstairs is thinking about moving, I wand to get her fixed so I wont have to re-home her. What do I need to do?

Joyce Whalen
Joyce Whalen

We’ve come close to the end of the line with our dog, Katie. She is a 4 ½ year old blue Chow that we’ve had for the past 3 years. She is a puppy mill survivor. She was 18 months old when rescued and had just had her third litter of pups. She was a mess – afraid, thin, depressed and sick. In addition to her puppy mill problems she has thyroid disease and is allergic to foods and the environment. She gets monthly allergy shots, and is only allowed to eat fish.

She gets along with our 3 Shih Tzu’s, but seriously wants to kill our 2 cats. She hates men, and barks, growls and still bares her teeth at my husband daily. It is frightening, and I am amazed that she hasn’t bitten him. She charges him from behind, barking and baring her teeth. Once my husband lies down, she walks over to be petted. She’s Jekyll and Hyde in a dog suit. Because she’s so aggressive to the cats we put up gates. One day the cats jumped over the gate and Katie attacked them. One cat urinated and defecated during the attack; the other cat couldn’t get away and I had to kick Katie 5 or 6 times before she let him go. He was limping and obviously badly injured. The vet said Katie tore the muscles off the cat’s shoulder. We put up taller gates. When she couldn’t get the cats, Katie began killing everything she could catch in the back yard - birds, chipmunks, rabbits - and then she eats parts of them. It’s horrifying. Once inside, she charges the gates to get at the cats. The vet has warned me that she will kill them next time. I believe him.

Yesterday my husband started to walk into the kitchen and noticed some black and white fur on the rug and wondered out loud what it was. He picked it up and we examined it, only to discover it was part of a cat’s tail. My husband scoured the fenced-in yard but didn’t find any dead animals. It was the tip of a tail, and I am hopeful that the animal she attacked was able to get away and will be okay, but it haunts me.

We’ve had 4 trainers at this point. Katie is very smart and obedience trained, but still aggressive. I am at the end of my rope. I love her but can’t trust her. It is exhausting. We have been through a lot the past 3 years and have come to a crossroad. While it breaks my heart, I cannot continue to live with the stress that Katie is causing in our household. I am her person and the only one she loves and trusts, so it is even more difficult for me because I have to make the decision whether or not to have her put down. I have spoken with rescues, the vet and anyone who will listen to me, but no one will take her. I can’t blame them.

I wish a miracle would happen and Cesar would take Katie. She has no other hope really. I feel sick knowing that I will have to make a decision soon about taking her to the vet that last time. I am afraid euthanasia is the only avenue left to me. I’ve exhausted everything else. If anyone knows how to contact Cesar, please tell me!

Bree-anne Buhler
Bree-anne Buhler

hi my boyfriend has 2 pitbulls 2 years old ... when he first got them he was away from home alot and didnt give them the attention they needed..... evey time we leave the house they chew everything and pee and poop in the house even when were just in the otrher room ! i dont know what else to do ... i always take them outside and make sure they get lots of attention but its not working ... any ideas ??

Aislinn McCarthy
Aislinn McCarthy

My family of 6 rescued an 8 month old Great Dane, Jack, in November of 2013. We found out that his previous owners should have never had dogs. They left him in a crate that was too small for him for most of the days and it was clear he wasn't properly fed. When we got him he had never or barely been walked on leash he was like a "bucking bronco". After lots of leash training and an easy walk halter he's become pretty good at walking on leash until he has an episode... His episodes go like this, we'll be walking and he'll be fine then we'll cross the street and something will just click in his mind and he starts jumping up at whoever is walking him biting their arms or whatever he can get at. We try to step on the leash and and make him lie down, we turn our back to him but nothing stops him!!! We just have to wait it out and try to keep him from hurting us until his episode is over. And it is not every time we cross the street, it is random. Sometimes it's not even when we're crossing the street but that is where it happens the most. I don't know if he has some sort of dog PTSD but we don't know what to do. At the house he does nibble but not hard like outside. Besides that he is a good boy, he gets lots of love and care and he is the centre of attention. We need HELP because we don't know WHAT TO DO! Any help or input would be very much appreciated.

Erin Gironda
Erin Gironda

I need help and or advice. I rescued my now 7 year old female pitbull Jasmine in June of 2013. Since I have had her she had been very very well behaved, but in the past 2 months, I have been taking her with me to visit my boyfriend at his house. He lives with his grandfather, both parents, two brothers, and his sister. And they have two dogs and three cats, all of which she gets along splendidly. He lives 45 minutes away from where I live so I don't want to leave her home alone, but now we are having the issue of she is either peeing to mark her territory in his house, or out of separation anxiety. The only options we have at this point is either leaving her home alone at my house, with my grandparents letting her out periodically but with no regular interaction, or crating her if he nor I am able to keep her by our sides. She won't do it if either of us are near her, but she will if it's anyone else. I am at a loss, I don't believe in crating but at the same time I don't want to leave her home alone. What can I do?

Jen kilburn
Jen kilburn

Desperately seeking help!!  At a loss here.. We had 5 in our pack a Sheppard male mix 11 yrs (had for 10 yrs), a Chihuahua female 7 yrs ( had since a pup), 2-Plott hound mixes 6yrs male (had for 2yrs) and 2yrs female  (had for 1 1/2 yrs) and a lab mix 3 yrs female (had since a pup).  We had been having a problem with the lab mix being aggressive to towards the chihuahua for the past few months. the 1st attack the Chihuahua had a couple of scratches and bruising. the second attack was bruising and more scratches (this time the wounds were not stitch worthy but more severe) . The 3 attack It was a different dog the older Plott mix With much more severe wounds and bruising. The last attack was Nov 21 by the lab mix she attacked her so badly we had to put Lola (chihuahua) to sleep. I was doing everything to keep them apart and it was in a small moment this happened.  I am at a total loss with a broken heart!   None of these dogs had ever been aggressive towards each other or any people. I know this was not rough housing but felt the Lab really wanted to hurt her.  I never knew what led to the 1st attack and I am scared not for myself but not to let another little dog into our lives or let my lab mix go near little dogs. Or could small children be hurt? We have young grandchildren. Both dogs that were involved were female and thought themselves to be alphas. I have been watching Cesar's show and have tried to use techniques but have had no luck.  I really need help here. They know commands but are stubborn when listening. There is excessive barking from young Plott hound  when she wants attention. The older plott hound is to rough when playing. I don't know how to get him to play not so roughly.  I want and need harmony. The lab mix has always been good for most part a little pushy and bossy. I will never forgive her for this 

Jessica Meding-Slone
Jessica Meding-Slone

We have a female Jack Russell is now five years old last month we adopted a five month old male husky our problem is the husky has separation anxiety and is using the bathroom when we leave. He get diarrhea if we leave him in his house or if we leave him in a room by himself even if only for a few minutes. Also our Jack Russell is terrified of the Husky. Our jack Russell has become destructive breaking out of her metal cage and eating threw our garage door or chewing on door facings. She hides all day under our coffee table and will snap if anyone tries to come near her.

Anne Tasker
Anne Tasker

 Please help!

We have just introduced a new puppy to our pack, our first dog was a pug, she is now 8 yrs old. Then I rescued a 9 month old boxer who is the most amazing and loyal companion. She is now 7 years old.  A couple of years ago we bought two cats and they were accepted without any problems at all. So, we now have a boxer puppy (male). He is now three months old - training started really well, he will sit for me, give me his paw and wait nicely for his food.

But, we are having problems. 

When out on walks, Jessie, our older female boxer is so protective of the puppy that she warns other dogs to keep away from him. At meal times we have to separate the pug because she and the puppy fight over each others food. And now, our puppy has started 'nipping' me. This morning he bit the back of my leg, and just now whilst I was holding him he nipped my face. 

I am beginning to think that he senses my disability and is taking advantage? I'm afraid that when he bit my face just now I just dropped him onto the floor and left in tears. 

If I am honest - this behaviour frightens me. I have always considered myself to be very assertive with animals, and to date have been very proud of my dog handling skills. I'm afraid of being really bitten - I am on blood thinners and so a bite could be disastrous. I'm also worried that he could bite another person.

Our vet won't castrate him until he is six months old.

Thank you for taking the time to read this plea for help.

Tiffany Haskell
Tiffany Haskell

My dog is a rescue dog he is a bull mastiff, and very loyal and protective.  I have no real problems, except one person that visits our home daily, he hates, barks at even tries to attack, he doesn't do this to children, people on the street, anyone but this person and I don't know what to do. any advice?

Dusty Dubberly
Dusty Dubberly

I have a 21/2 year old female pitbull we rescued from the animal shelter in may 2014 cannot walk her in public because she will go after other dogs and cats.We have tried everything but nothing works she is fine with other  dogs in the home.We would love to take her out but cannot.Please help.

Cat Morrison
Cat Morrison

I have a 1 year & 6 month old Miniature American Eskimo puppy named Kato. I have owned him since he was 4 months old, I got him from a pet store. Since I've had him, he has developed several behavioral issues (that  I probably let happen to be honest), and I have no clue how to stop it or teach him how. He will pee & poop in the house when we are not home or while we are sleeping. It doesn't matter how long he is left alone, I have seem him go threw a whole night (9:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.) without doing it, and I have seen him do it when he has been only left alone for 3 hours. During the day it is hard to crate him because we work long hours and leaving him outside is more of a hard option which leads to two more problems; Kato has VERY high anxiety issues and is a very high energy dog. He get's very excited every time I come home to where he barks in a high pitch and will not calm down for 10-15 minutes after the fact & tends to break something because he runs a marathon around the house & jumps on me & everything else. He also barks at EVERYTHING, if he hears some type of knock regardless if it comes from the door he goes nuts, he even barks at our friends who come over all the time and he does not stop. If someone is delivering food to our house, forget it, he goes off & we have tried everything to get him to stop but nothing works. If he sees someone walking pass the house or just our neighbors in their own backyard he goes nuts! He keeps going until we assure him 100 million times that the person is gone or it's ok or to just stop. He barks at everyone & everything. He used to play with my niece when he was younger but now barks at her constantly. He barks at other dogs. As a younger puppy he showed no signs of any of these issues. Now it's at a point where they have escalated & are some times too much to bear. I do not want to feel like my dog is a nuisance or overwhelming, but sadly it does at times. I don't mind that he barks because it is a very protective feeling, it's just doesn't stop no matter what or who. I would LOVE & could desperately use the advice, any advise that I can get & would be FOREVER grateful!  


Sincerely, 

The dog owner who is close to losing her mind & does not want to be resentful towards her precious baby boy!!!!!!

Irene Moruzzi
Irene Moruzzi

My son has 3 dachshunds,Bella a nervous puppy mill rescue, Red a calm submissive therapy dog, and gunner a hyperactive dog that wants to attack rex  at first he would attack randomly, but now it is every time he sees rec he goes into this attack mode. We don't know what to do...please help

Rachel Cisneros
Rachel Cisneros

I have a 6 month Rottweiler female dog, who is aggressive towards the family, she wants to play with us but she throws us down and bites us, im afraid she ll end up hurting my mother who's blind, I really, really,really need your help Cesar!

Kami Voertman
Kami Voertman

My middle daughter got a Black and Tan coon hound when she was 8 weeks old ( 2008-09), and due to unforeseen circumstances my daughter and the dog moved (2013) in with my husband, myself and our 2 chihuahuas, and my husband 80 lb lab/shep . When they first moved in we played the dog shuffle. Moose my daughters dog spent most of the day in my daughters room, and when we needed to let her out we'd put the lab/ shep ..Bronco in our room and did this for a months, until I inadvertently thought bronco was in our room and I let moose out, of course there was a dog fight, bronco let had to be stitched up and from then on i thought I was being more cautious, the last straw was my husband was coming out of our room and moose was in the living room and pushed past him to attack bronco again, thankfully there were 4of us to break up the fight. Shortly after that it was decided that moose needed to go somewhere else, that somewhere was with my oldest daughter and her husband in Colorado, where they have tried just about everything but moose has knocked my daughter down when there walking, they don't trust her at the dog park, she try's to attack every dog she sees, now she has started barking while their gone, they've already received one notice about the dog from their apartment complex.

She has also attacked her uncles dog that was just sitting on the floor minding her own business.

Moose's background she was attacked several times growing up, and we believe she was not treated well by my daughters boyfriend at the time.

They and we are all afraid that she will hurt or kill another dog, please help them if anyone can help them and moose it would be you.

Amber Hickman
Amber Hickman

I have a 2yr old pit bull rescue and he is just an amazing dog but he pulls so hard I can't walk him and he jumps on ppl and has personal boundaries issues how can I help him

amanda qui
amanda qui

 I recently got a year old pomeranian pug mix from our animal shelter and he basically running our house. He doesn't listen to any commands even if I'm firm or nice he also has seperation anxiety he'll cry the second I leave the room. We also have a 5 year old chihuahua and they do not get along, they'll fight over just looking at each other. My pomapug always goes for my chi's neck and could easily kill him. I'd rather have them get along then have them separated or a death. I dont know what to do anymore

Anissa Gutierrez
Anissa Gutierrez

i have two pitt mixed dogs,my problem is my younger pitt bull/bull mastiff mix is too hyper when it comes to taking a command, i find myself having to tell her more then three times in order for her to get the hang of a simple command as "sit" or "down" , she gets hyper for anything let it be a door of any kind, she goes off with barking very loud if she doesn't get her way. i dont want to lose her cause i have had her since she was 8 weeks old but she just can't seem to learn anything. please help me, show me how to reach her in order to teach her n show her there is a calmer life. 


Cathy Christoffersen
Cathy Christoffersen

My husband and I have always been a two/three dog family. Last year one of our neighbors moved out of his home, leaving all his pets behind with no one to take care of them. There were a few cats and a small chihuahua that had been neglected for years. Once we realized that no one was feeding them, we started to feed the dog and cats. The cats were easy ~~ except for the surprise kittens.

The dog, that we have named Bobbie, had been roaming the neighborhood for months and was slowly starving to death. We began to feed her and slowly gained her trust, but she wouldn't come to us. Things came to a head when she was hit by a car and she lost one of her back legs. In our attempt to catch her, we discovered that she had a puppy. My husband finally caught Bobbie and we got her to the vet so that they could amputate the rest of her leg, but we still couldn't get the puppy to come to us. Once Bobbie got out of the hospital, we were able to catch the puppy and bring them both home.

Our problem is that our two dogs that we've had for years do no get along with Bobbie and her puppy. Bobbie is afraid of everything and it took weeks for her to to trust us. Our current situation is that Bobbie and her pup live in a large kennel in the front room while our original dogs, Django and Kaylee, are separated from them. The two times that we've tried to get them together have resulted in my husband getting bitten.

My question is: how do we get all of the dogs to get along with each other? I don't want to keep Bobbie and her pup in a cage forever and even though they get a lot of time outside of the cage, it requires planning to make sure no one gets hurt. Can you please tell me how to get these dogs to get along?

Best Regards
Cathy Christoffersen

Jennifer Gray
Jennifer Gray

Hi there,

My friend is a foster for a local rescue. She rescued a pitbull mamma who had puppies who have since all been adopted. She is now living with the mom who is basically unadoptable due to aggression issues. She has attacked dogs and also has bitten people. My friend also has 3 dogs of her own so she is dealing with keeping them separated etc. To make matters worse one of her puppies have been returned due to aggression towards the adopters previous dog. This pup is only 9 months old too. The rescue is offering little help stating a trainer would probably recommend the mom to be put down. I am hoping for help for this wonderful person who has done so  much to help these dogs. She fostered another pregnant pitbull before this one and successfully found wonderful homes for all of her babies. She ended up being a "foster failure" and kept her. Can Cesar help her out?

Georgia Saucedo
Georgia Saucedo

our meibours dog all ways rushes the fence when i put mine out,It sounds like they are killing each other,I have to drag her away from the fence and back in the house.They leave her out all day even when they are not home.

lus aboytes
lus aboytes

im having trouble with my dog. She's well trained and out of no where she stared to destroy the house and pee and poop everywhere and get into the trash. she's loved and every spoiled. I don't understand what's going on with her.

Christy Moss
Christy Moss

i have a 4yr. old dashaund/chuiahuah mix and i know for a fact nothing has scared her but she acts as though something has scared her to death. this has happened 3 times in the past month..she is just acting too weird and doing things she never ever does such as trying to jump up on tables and hiding in corners and making every step i make..its driving me crazy !!!!! what could be wrong ???

Joyce Kim
Joyce Kim

Hi, I have a 1 year old boxer who I think has separation anxiety. He is for the most part well behaved when he is in company but when left alone, he can be very mischievous and destructive. Someone is usually home with him probably 80% of the time, but like most dog owners, I cannot be with him 24/7.


I've tried keeping him in my house alone, but he always manages to escape one way or another. He'll jump out and break through our screen windows and if he can't find a way out, he barks non stop. And he's a pretty big dog so the barking can be very loud. And I've tried tying him up, but then he will bark on and off which bothers the neighbors (and rightfully so). 


I'm waiting to get him neutered hoping this will help, but the humane society does not have an opening for another three months. And my only other option is a private vet but that'll cost be close to $500. Which is something I don't have right now. So if anyone has any suggestions on how to contain my boxer that would be very helpful. 

Brittany Beasley
Brittany Beasley

Hello,
I have 5 dogs. A female pit/dalmation mix (who is deaf), a female Belgian Malinois, a female Shih Tzu mix, a male min pin mix, and a male German Shephard/Husky mix. All of our dogs get along fine, except the pit and the malinois. We have to keep them separated at all times. The first chance they get, they fight. The fights are brutal and it takes forever to get them apart. It has not always been this way. Is there anything we can do to help them become friends again or to at least be near each other without wanting to kill one another?  


Any advise is appreciated. 


Thank you, 


Brittany

Kary H.
Kary H.

Hi! Out of our 4 dogs, the youngest (a French bulldog Morkie mix) is absolutely THE most obnoxious one. She just turned 1 but she's unlike any dog I've ever owned. When we go for walks (in a very busy city atmosphere, so lots of dogs) she naturally gets uber excited at the sight of another dog. Since she bites, it's easier (or so I thought) to keep her near me as the other dog passes by.

She goes ballistic but today was my breaking point, as she let out these SHRILL, banshee-like screams that were SO loud, they echoed!!! I got a crabby scowl from the "lady" who was walking by, as if I were beating my dog, though she could clearly see I wasn't! I have to say, embarrassment aside, it DID sound horrible & I've never heard her shriek & yelp THAT bad before?!! It baffles me, at how loud her yelps can be...like when she's in her crate & hears us coming home, you can hear her not only from outside, but a block down the street! She's not in pain & our other dogs seem as though they don't even hear her?!

I don't know what to do, as this screeching is not only loud but at a pitch so high, I'm surprised she hasn't broken glass. It's truly unnatural & done with quick, frantic yelps similar to when a dog is in SEVERE PAIN. She stops as soon as the dog passes by, eventually...or when she's let out of her crate....which she's hardly ever in for very long.

I thought maybe it was due to her age but even so, this is new to me & now has me wanting to avoid any public outings with her in tow. Any suggestions, please? HELP! Thank you so much.

Kelly Burton
Kelly Burton

Hello,


I have a sort of strange problem with my dog. She is a 6 year old Chow/Pomeranian/Lhaso Apso mix who is generally very sweet and well-tempered. She used to tolerate kids very well and we used to joke that she didn't even understand how to bite (she has run towards dogs growling at her with her tail wagging). She also used to be immediately submissive at the dog park and had no aggressive tendencies. 


Over the past year, she has started bullying the cats in the house (they will walk by her and she will pin them to a wall and growl and bark) and now she is randomly snappy at my son. She will come up and lay next to him, but then when he reaches out to pet her (not pull on her fur or anything, just pet), she will snap at him. Today she was lying on the couch and he walked up and stood next to her (not touching her and she saw him approach) and she scratched his face. 


The idea of getting rid of my dog is heartbreaking since I have had her since she was a puppy and we have been through a lot together. However, i can't have her snapping at my son or the other kids at my mom's (we are living there temporarily and she does day care out of her home). For now she is locked in the back or in the back yard and I don't like that solution either. 


I have tried exercising her more and that hasn't helped. Since her behavior seems so sporadic I am not sure how to address it moving forward. Sometimes she will lay next to him and let him pet her with no issues, other times he walks by her and she snaps. She isn't that old and has a clean bill of health (I thought maybe she was in physical pain and that was causing the behavior change, but it wasn't). Maybe she is stressed out since things have been so tense in the house, I'm not sure. 


I want my dog back in the house with my family where she belongs and have my son and cats safe. Anybody have any ideas?

Ashley Loury
Ashley Loury

My problem is not just with this dog I own, it is with any dog I have owned or fostered. I always have issues with them being aggressive whether it be towards me, another dog, or someone else. I had a doberman I adopted from doberman rescue and after a year and a half of having him, $1,200 on training, I ended up having to surrender him back to the rescue as he bit my husband's finger and he had to have it sewn back on, and then started to nip my daughter, and finally myself. He never got along with my husband for some reason. I fostered a few bully breed dogs, again, always had issues with them respecting me, listening to me, and with aggression. Of course my husband did not have any of these problems. He is very "alpha" and we do not agree on how to train a dog. We do have a dog who is very laid back and  easy going. 

My current issue now is I got a English Great Dane from a horrible breeder I know now. She was 6 months old when we got her. Her and her brother were purchased and returned to the breeder as the man had a death in family and could no longer take care of them. She had a lot of marks on her, most are healed now and you cannot see. She also had whip worm which I found out 4 days after having her and was very malnourished and underweight. She lived on a farm next to the highway. 

She is terrified of EVERYTHING! She was even scared of car rides and stairs. She is leash aggressive and reacts to any sound when outside; cars, dogs, planes, people, bicycles. She tries to go after other dogs, bicycles and sometimes people too. She is afraid of my husband and will hide when she hears him walking upstairs and he has never done anything to her. She almost died when she was spayed and has had a few UTI's and ear infections, along with a very sensitive stomach. I tried basic obedience classes with her but was not able to do them as she was too reactive and leash reactive to all the other dogs. I had a private trainer come in and help me with her and he is the one who told me she has no self-confidence. She now knows "sit", "crash", "heel", & "come". She does not always sit when I tell her to and when she does, she backs away before she will actually sit. The other commands it seems to be when she wants to listen to me, she will do them. My husband of course has no issue. She sometimes listens to my 10 yr old daughter. My husband says my daughter does not have any problems with her when she takes her out on leash (we do not have a fenced in back yard). I make her sit every time before I open the door to take her out. She seems to be not reacting as much with bicyclists and some people, however, just when I think she is fine, she reacts and nearly drags me into the street or I have fallen flat on my face. I try to remain calm and ignore the other dogs, people, or bicyclists, but she will still react. I am trying to teach her to "focus" where she watches me, but she is very stubborn, and seems to have a hard time grasping the concept. I eat before they eat and make the dogs wait to eat until I am done. The one word she does know is "kennel". I do not take her on walks as much as I should because of how she reacts and how strong she is. I try to run her up and down my driveway but I had surgery on my knee back in Dec 2013, so if my knee isn't hurting I will do this even though I am not supposed to in order to try to burn up her energy. She appears very aggressive if she is in her kennel and someone comes in the house, I am too afraid to let her out of the kennel if I know people are coming over for fear of what she may do. 


Today my husband's employee accidentally let her out of the house and she bolted. She ran across a busy street and luckily did not get hit by the cars which fly down the streets in our neighborhood. She then spotted a lady walking a German Shepard and ran across the street and attacked him. She latched on to his leg and I was able to prior her mouth off his leg. I guess she ended up pulling some of his hair off him too and punctured his chest but just barely missed his muscle tissue. I of course had to pay the vet bill. I want to take her to the dog park but am too untrusting of her and how she will be with other dogs. She gets along fine with our other dog although he doesn't like to play with her as she plays too rough for him. He used to stand up to her, but now over the months of having her, he backs down. He is a neutered 6 year old weim. 

I was talking to a neighbor and he came closer to me so he could hear and wasn't in the street. He had is 4 month old male bulldog on a leash and she did the puppy bow to him and then attacked him even when he went and laid on his back. No damage was done. She attacked this dog before the german shepard incident happened today. She was bit by my dad's bosten terrior on her lips and bleeding but she continued to want to play with him even though he wanted nothing to do with her; this includes my dad bringing him over another time after she was bit, again she wanted to play with him, and he wanted nothing to do with her.

I am at my wits end and feel very helpless as this seems to be a pattern with me and dogs. I have always been an animal lover and wanted to own my own rescue, but I seem to have issues with being the "pack leader". I am desperate and really need help as I do not know what to do. I am a sergeant in the military too so this just makes me feel even more worse that I cannot get her or a dog to listen and respect me. It is embarrassing! She is the neighborhood bully and people will cross the street to avoid her. Kids will run the other direction if they see her. She will sometimes be okay if someone pets her (I of course make her sit first and they ask permission), and when they stop, she tries to nip them. I really need Cesar's help. I rent the home we live in and if the landlord were to come over and want to come inside, I would end up having to get rid of her due to her appearing aggressive even when in the kennel. I also do not live in the best neighborhood as there happens to be drug deals going on a lot, and but it isn't the worst neighborhood either. Can Cesar please help rehabilitate me so I can rehabilitate my dog and help other dogs because I am obviously the problem. I am at a loss of what to do to help her. She is not a bad dog, she is just very scared and insecure and always on "alert" to every sound or thing she sees. Someone please help me, please?! 


Cindy Tejada
Cindy Tejada

Hi my name is Cindy and I have a 5 year pitbull who likes to dominate other dogs when we go to dog parks and we get way too excited when we see a dog walking pass us as well. I've tried to control the situation by being calm and assertive but he won't snap out of it. I do try to walk him as much as possible and i've been trying to get him on a treadmill but he won't get on. He refuses to go on and another issue that I have is that he is really panicky when I try to cut his nails. I really do need some extra help with him because I don't feel like what I'm doing is not enough.

Veronica Valentino
Veronica Valentino

Hi I am a retired Philadelphia police officer and live in Philadelphia.  I have 2 boxers Angel 10 and Thour 5.  Love and spoil both my boxers.  Angel seems to be calm, walking is an issue as of late she seems to be getting a little aggressive. Thor seems to also be calm at times, is afraid runs and shakes at the sign of strangers, walking is an issue, however when he gets into the yard (I have a big property) he turns into a monster and becomes extremely aggressive on me and others.  If I turn my back on him he will attack and bite my ankles.  He has bitten others who have gone out in the yard and I keep telling myself he wants to play.  Neighbors dogs on both sides of me are also a challenge, he will run right into the fence just to get at them.  I have tried some of Cesars tactics and Thor has just barked at me louder when I use it.  I have also tried to calm him and "snap" him out of it while in the yard still unsuccessful.  Throwing a ball has gotten me bitten at times also since he will not drop it.  Walks are a challenge for both and I have even taken them to the park to socialize still I get nervous because I am not sure of their reaction to other dogs.  I always get them to sniff butts etc.  I am looking into adopting/rescuing another white boxer who is deaf, however I am not sure how to train a deaf dog since I have never had one, but I am up for the challenge.


I am seeing Cesar on November 16, 2014 in PA in a group setting, I am looking to get in on the Q&A and asking questions, my ultimate goal would be to bring Cesar to meet my Angel and Thour in person, so tired of getting my ankles & hands bitten. 


Any and all help would be greatly appreciated


Sincerely

Veronica V

Veronica Valentino
Veronica Valentino

Hi I am a retired police officer who live in Philadelphia, I have 2 boxers Angel 10 and Thor 5.  My Angel is pretty docile and calm walking is an issue, however Thor is my challenge he seems to be calm in my home when it comes time to go out in the yard he turns into a monster as soon as I turn my back he will attack me or others, I keep telling myself he wants to play.  He does become aggressive and has bitten and will not allow anyone to go out in the yard alone without me.  I absolutely love my boxers and would really love to nip this attitude.  I have tried to calm him or snap him out of it and I am still unsuccessful.  Walking is another challenge and I have taken both of them to the park with other dogs to socialize them yet I still get nervous. 


 I am seeing Cesar on November 16, 2014 in PA in a group setting.  Hopefully I can get in on the Q & A and seek some guidance.  My ultimate goal, would be to have Cesar come to my home and meet my Thor and Angel.  In addition I am looking into rescuing/adopting another white boxer who is deaf, which I am looking for guidance in training a deaf dog, never had one and reality don't know what to do when it comes to the dog being deaf, however, I am up for the challenge.  I absolutely love and spoil my boxers.


Any and all help and guidance will be greatly appreciated.


Thank you 

Veronica

ash bartels
ash bartels

Ever since our neighbours have started building a new house, my 3 year old Boxer has become soo anxious that she will jump the fence, dig under it, anything just to get away. It is soo bad now that even when there is nothing going on next door, she will still run away, even when im home and she knows im inside. Im soo worried and dont know how to stop her or help her.

Margie Stearns
Margie Stearns

Haven't heard anything about Mic.  Still trying to work on the situation. Because Mic (23lbs.) (Irish Cocker Spaniel) can't see well, & when it is dark in the room it is even harder for him to see.  I had asked my husband to make a sound Mic knows is him before he comes in, but he didn't.  He had put Mic in earlier, and than barged into the room to get a tie.  Of course Mic started barking and snarling when my husband came in. It was only after the light was turned on Mic realized he was snarling at my husband.  I am trying to train both my husband & the dog!  Any ideas?  One idea is just to put Mic in the wash room in the morning so there isn't a problem to begin with. Make it comfortable for him so he can go back to sleep & my husband can have his "space".  Might work! Will let you know what happens.  I have been exercising Mic a lot through out the day, walking at least 3 miles.  Am buying a backpack for his back to help him feel like he's working.  He really likes to help.  Hoping this might bring extra peace at home.  Thanks for any ideas.( P.S. Mic loves everyone, especially my husband. But just needs help in this situation because he can't see too well.)

Michelle Wolff
Michelle Wolff

Hello Ceasar, 

This is a question about how we can influence gentle play between our two dogs, We have a 3 year old female Boxer named Zoey and we also have a 5 month male old blue nose Pit Bull named Tank. They love each other however Zoey in our our opinion is too submissive to Tank.  Zoey allows Tank to take away her toys, food and many times gets too rough and bites her while playing.  Zoey rarely yelps when he bites her.  She just puts up with his dominate behavior.  My husband and I watch closely and if things gets too rough we stop the play session and its over.  However, how do we get Zoey to stand up for herself?  

Kem Hughes-Davis
Kem Hughes-Davis

@Kelly Burton

You mentioned that there is tension in the house... Dogs are very much like children....they act out when there is tension or fighting in the household. Usually this is in the form of aggressive behavior.

Its best to keep the tension or disturbance behind closed doors and at a minimum...

Janet Dickson Martinson
Janet Dickson Martinson

@Michelle Wolff I had SAME question but with 2 Boston Terriers.  We have Dude, 8 years old, 22 lbs, who LOVES to play....2 days ago we brought home Marcie, 3, who is 15 pounds.  She is sweet, but Dude just lets her take his toys, and he just mopes around.  Totally NOT himself.  Marcie is not mean, but her play style is more " in your face"  and she growls a bit and gets right in there. We've only had Dude 1 year.  He was raised by an elderly woman and is quite well mannered.  Marcie is spayed, but she did have a litter of pups 45 mos ago.  We love Marcie, but she is just  little go-getter and Dude us just sad.  We thought Dude would love a playmate,  he does love other dogs....but she is just running him over in spite of his 7 pound advantage.  Helllpppp!