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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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Blair Altman
Blair Altman

I have four dogs Two min pins, a german shepherd and a cockapoo. One of my min pins is extremely scared. I got her for free and she is terrified of everything. I have had her about 6 months and it is slightly better. She trusts me to a point and has bonded with my german shepherd. The german shepherd is like her security blanket. When new people come over she will bark and run and hide and won't come out for anything. She is also very yappy. I don't know how to get her under control with three other dogs when people come over or in the car when we are in public. Please help.

tammy price
tammy price

I have 3 Dachshunds. 2 males and 1 female. They are brothers and sisters. The female is so scared when people come over she either pees or poops. One male is laid back and just barks for a few minutes the settles down. Then there is the one who I call the demon dog. He tries to bite everyone who comes to our house. I have tried to take him to a dog park near our house, but it was not a good experience. He tried to bite everyone and every dog that was there. I would really appreciate your help. We can't even let him outside when the neighbors are outdoors.

Ellen Conroy
Ellen Conroy

I adopted a Lab mix from PACC, Tucson, AZ, about 3 weeks ago.   His name is Albert, maybe 2/ years old. He has a giant case of separation anxiety.  While I was grocery shopping, he scraped the entire inside wood off the west door, chewed at the back door trim, loosened the carpet and ripped it about 6 feet down the hall.  Then he chewed a hunk off of the front door framing.  

I am 65 with back injuries, now in pain and I am exhausted, getting Albert his walks and such.  In my tiredness Albert now believes he is "The King", and can cruise counters (he manages to turn on the hot water), grab items and generally take over the kitchen...knowing full well this is a No-No.  He decides which commands he will follow.  I began to crate train him, and in 30 minutes, he showed me he is very accomplished and trained for the crate.  But, he won't go in there now, and I won't fight him for it.  I tie him up in the living room just to take a shower.  

He is quite a unique combination of Love Sponge, always at my side and a great bed warmer.  He also has his very own character....3 tiny dogs  yapped at us, as we passed, then he leaned over and peed on them.  We passed a dog in his yard who became frenetic, chasing us barking  even with froth.  Albert stood next to the fence and showed nothing, he was cool and then walked on by, almost without looking at the dog.  He knows how to use those beautiful golden eyes, and is irresistible .  I find myself stopping my chores, lying down on a pillow next to him and just feeling so calm and loved.

Albert needs to solve his separation anxiety, and a new Person who will instill good manners again.

Help Cesar, Albert needs you, and we need to find him his Forever home




Megan Hinderberger
Megan Hinderberger

I have a 1 year Rottweiler that has been extremely aggressive towards my children and other kids as well. Unfortunately he has bitten two kids in the face. I'm determined to fix this! Not only fix him but me. I know it has something to do with me as well so I am so willing to change and want nothing but the best for my Rosco!!! I lost my first Rottie a year and a half ago and i and desperately looking for him to stay with Me and my family and don't want to have to get rid of him. I'm losing furniture, shoes, pictures, trees my yard his destructive behavior is breaking my heart. I NEED HELP PLEASEEEEEEEEE.

Kadie Rudin
Kadie Rudin

I have a 1 year old red tick coon hound and a 2 year old beagle. They are fine as long as we are home, but as soon as we leave all hell breaks loose. They shred their beds, the chew the walls, they scratch the couches. Their latest venture they have chewed the ends of our Brand New coffee tables and have torn out the netting under our Brand New couches. Did I mention we just moved into a Brand New house? I love my dogs dearly, but Idk what to do with them. I hate to make them strictly outside dogs but I am out of options. We have taken them to training classes and have tried to train them myself. Me and my fiance are out of options!! Please Help!!

Isabella Collamati
Isabella Collamati

My family has recently adopted Cocoa, a female German Shepherd, and we thought she was the best dog ever. She gets along with our other dog Jellico, a shepherd mix, just fine. Sure there were accidents in the house and she had a severe chewing problem but we figured that, with a bit of training and discipline, she would grow out of those habits and be well-behaved. Unfortunately, it seems that we were extremely wrong. While she has grown out of the accidents, she hates almost my whole family. She has bonded to me and listens great to me (unlike Jellico who only listens when he feels like it and snarls when Cocoa comes and licks him). It has come to the point where she growls, barks, hides away from everybody (except me), and even lunges (though she has yet to bite anyone). She is always pacing and never seems to be comfortable in her new home. She refuses to go near both of my brothers and rarely makes it over to my parents. I love having a dog that follows me everywhere but it has become annoying when, every time someone moves or calls her over, she jumps up and growls or every time I move she jumps up and anxiously waits by my side. She also doesn’t know how to play with humans or enjoy being pet by one and if she is being pet she refuses to stay still unless she is able to lick you which is not always a welcomed thing. She takes treats very aggressively despite many different techniques as well. Any tips on how to get Cocoa to relax and be more comfortable with people would be extremely appreciated. Thank you!

Patricia Blume
Patricia Blume

We have an adorable 4 month old Maltese/Poodle mix named Cinnamon. I do not work, so I am home with her all day.  We are crate training her.  She is wonderful at night and can go for 6-8 hours without messing in her crate or whining to go out.  The problem is when she is out of her crate.  No matter how many times we take her outside or take her on walks, when she comes back into the house, within 5-10 minutes she will have either urinated or defecated.  Knowing this, we try to keep her out for a while longer after she has done her business outside. Doesn't work. She could be outside for an hour, done her business two or three times and still comes in the house and goes again. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.  We also have a problem with her biting us while she is playing. Help!

Paula Bolton Ryan
Paula Bolton Ryan

Hello my name is Paula.  I own 3 dogs a female shar pei mix, a male English bulldog, and a female English bulldog.  I rescued the female bully a little over a year ago and she has several problems.  When we first got her she had never been on a leash, never had a collar on and never been in car. I don't know what happened to her previously, but we have had several fights between the two females.  Sugar (the bulldog) is very scared of several things, but noises in particular will set her off and when she gets scared she attacks my little shar pei mix.  I am not saying the shar pei is an angel in fact I think her energy causes a lot of the problems.  I love them all and feel like Sugar is not getting the best life she can because I have to keep her separated from the other dog or keep a muzzle on her when they are together.  I feel so bad for her and try my best to spend time with her on her own.  I am desperate to find out what I can do to keep this from happening.  I have looked into rehoming her, but am afraid that she will bite someone or attack a dog and then be put down.  She is a very loving dog and listens very well except for her dog aggression.  The male gets a long fine with both females, but the two girls can not be trusted in the same room together.  Please help, I would love nothing more than for all 3 dogs to have the best life possible, but since my husband and I have both been bitten and my poor shar pei mix has been attacked so many times we are very afraid of it happening again and have to keep a muzzle on the bulldog or keep her in a crate when we are doing anything with the rest of the dogs.  She gets so excited and when she gets excited she does not know how to handle it so she attacks the shar pei.  I have no idea what to do, I have tried everything and am at a loss as to what provokes it sometimes.

courtney sharp
courtney sharp

Hi my name is courtney, we own 3 dogs, eddy the jack russle mix Chihuahua, Guss the Chihuahua mix dachshund, and clifford the English mastiff mix hound. Clifford is VERY agressive towards dogs his size and he is very difficult to walk because he drags me. Once he saw a cat down the street and he dragged me down the street and i couldnt stop him for the life of me. He has chased down a cat before and he was off leash and i thought he was going to kill it. Little dogs he is ok with he just likes to push them around with his nose. Guss on the other hand, he is aggressive to anything and everything that comes in our house that isnt me, my mom, my brother, or my sister. Anything els and he will attack. He has bitten all of us in the house making us bleed and leaving us with scars. Guss is out of control and we dont want to give him up to the shelter due to his aggression nore could we live with our selves if we did because he is family and can be very very affectionate towards all of us but his aggression is getting extremely bad and im afraid if we get another dog he will injure it very badly. Please help him i feel like hes suffering from his aggression and he cant escape it. We cant give him away and we are willing to do anything to help him. Please help us. I feel like this is a red zone case and he really needs help from cesar very desperately! Please get ahold of me at courtlynne143@gmail.com

Lori Stone
Lori Stone

Cesar I have 2 Pits that will not go for walks because of them hating little dogs plus they drag me. 1 is my female she is very alpha and goes after my daughter's 11 year old Golden my pit always loses I really need help they're my therapy dogs.

Laura McPhearson
Laura McPhearson

We have 4 Dachshunds 2 of them a female and a male will be 8 yrs. old in June. They are becoming aggressive with the 2 younger ones. Our vet thinks it may have to do with age and possible arthritis so we have started them on some medicine. The male has calmed down but the female has not and seems to be worse at times. I have taken some of Cesar's methods and have had some good success with all of there bad behavior until my husband decides to not go along with my suggestions. We are having difficulty with loss of energy for all of them due to weather and my health.  I was wondering if Cesar can suggest some kind of activity inside that would help we do not have room for a treadmill. Please help!

Lynn Vermillion
Lynn Vermillion

My family needs help. We have 2 Chihuahuas, a puppy mini dachshund, and 2 cats. My kids and I watch the Dog Whisperer show and try to copy his training techniques but my husband doesn't follow along. Our 11 month old puppy barks, jumps, chases and terrorizes the cats and the other dogs. When walking her on a leash she is pulling ahead the whole time. I am so frustrated that the puppy energy has turned into bad manners and aggression. I try to walk her often but it has been an average temperature of 9 degrees or lower the past two months. I need help training the puppy AND my husband to restore peace.

Thanks, Lynn

Jimmie Moore
Jimmie Moore

I HAVE A BOSTON TERRIER THAT IS 5 YRS OLD AND I JUST  GOT A 7 WEEK OLD PUPPY AND EVERYTIME THAT THE PUPPY GOES NEARS  MY BOSTON TERRIER SHE GRAWLS AT THAT PUPPY.. PLEASE HELP ME.. BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TOO HAVE TOO GET RID OF THE PUPPY BECAUSE OF MY 5 YR OLD BOSTON TERRIER?????

Emily Martin
Emily Martin

We own Yoshi. She is a Blue Heeler/Jack Russell X and we have had her since she was 9 weeks old. Yoshi was attacked by two dogs when she was about 10 months old. One of the dogs got ahold of her throat and ripped a hole in her throat. My Husband got ahold of the dog and held it down until it submitted to him, while I carried Yoshi to safety. She was fixed up and physically has been fine but ever since then, she has had major aggression issues that we can't seem to get past. She seems to see my Husband as the alpha and then sees myself and our children as who she needs to protect, myself especially. I am currently eight months pregnant and I am very worried for when this baby comes because Yoshi tends to get jealous and doesn't like anyone near me.  Yoshi will bite adults, but mostly small kids and other dogs. When she sees another dog, the fur on her hind end stands up on end and she snarls, lunges, foams, etc... I have tried breaking her out of it when she gets to that point but I haven't been able to. We have not been able to socialize her or take her to the dog park since the attack. I am not sure what to do and we could REALLY use your help as my 6 year old wants to be able to bring her friends over and I want to have this baby worry free.  If you would like to contact me, please do so at MoxieMuffin82@gmail.com


Thank you,


- Emily 

Dorothy Grossnickle
Dorothy Grossnickle

I have the sweetest little three year old Yorkie but she licks!!  Me mostly but visotors too.  How do I make her stop?  

Dorothy Grossnickle
Dorothy Grossnickle

Dorothy Grossnickle angles@lvcta.com  116 River St, Lehigh, IA 50557  515 359-2015


Jaqui Kroez
Jaqui Kroez

My name is Jaqui from Long Island, I am a dog lover who is the daughter of a father who loves dogs but a mother who has no patience or sentiment for animals (and she runs the house). Given this I was never really allowed to have pets. When I was 22, I moved out of my parents and I walk into my office at work and there is this little tiny puppy on my boss's lap. Needless to say I fell in love immediately. She had an issue however because she already had 2 dogs and a cat and ran her own business and didn't have the time to care for the puppy that her daughter and daughter's boyfriend got but couldn't keep because both their landlords wouldn't allow it. So reluctantly she gave me Diego at 3 months (she got him at 8 weeks). But during the whole time I would take him on the weekends and hang with him in the office. But now he was MINE! My very first dog that was mine to take care of and love! I did notice however, that he had an aggressive streak in him (he is a pit mastiff, I think). Where I lived there was another pit who was very friendly, but as Diego got bigger he started to become more aggressive, it escalated to where they would get into blood drawing fights to the point that they couldn't be together. I began to notice that it wasn't just my roommates dog, but all animals. He seems to overpower anything/body that he feels he can. It scared my when he was on a leash out on my parents' front lawn while my niece and nephew were playing and he was pulling against his leash until it snapped and he charged after my 5 year old nephew and bit his ear. Thankfully we got to him before anything really bad happened but it was so scary and my sister wouldn't let my dog around the kids anymore. Another thing is that when people come in the house he jumps and barks and is all over them relentlessly to the point that people don't want to be around him. He's not like that with me, but that's because he knows he can't get away with it with me. I moved to Queens at one point where Diego couldn't come, and my parents looked after him. My mom called me hysterically crying one day, and told me that she had taken Diego for a walk and a small dog ran off a neighbors front lawn towards them and Diego latched on and wouldn't let go no matter how much my mother yelled. The owner of the small dog began hitting and punching Diego. Eventually he released, but not before nearly ripping off the other dogs ear. It has gotten to the point where I am terrified to let anyone take him for a walk when I'm not around, and I can barely stand taking him for walks because he pulls and tries to walk me. The bottom line is that I love my dog so much, he is such a mush with me and my parents and I just want other people to see what an amazing dog he is instead of being scared of him.

Julye Griffith
Julye Griffith

Hi Cesar,

I need some help with our 14 month old pit bull mix.  Captain Jack Sparrow is now 75 lbs.  We rescued him at 3 1/2 mo. from some people that were raising dogs for fighting.  Jack was the only male in the litter and not aggressive enough so they were going to use him as a bait dog. My friend, who bred our first pit bull rescued him from that fate and called me knowing that we had just lost our 16 yr. old pit bull that we rescued at 7 months old and were looking for a puppy.  Jack has gotten into a couple of fights at the dog park with smaller dogs. (dogs that shouldn't be in the 35 lb and over area).  He's gone after a couple of puppies, one because it took his ball and the other I don't know why he attacked it. Most times he was fine, just wanted to play and chase balls.  But the few times he got into fights just put a fear factor into the equation.  So we haven't been to the dog park or off leash beach for over 2 months.  He deserves to be able to run and I just don't know what to do to make it possible.  He comes and sits when called in the house and yard but I can't trust him off leash to come when called at the park or beach around other dogs.  The electric collar works sometimes but I really don't like using it.  I want him to learn to listen to me without it if possible.  I don't know how exactly to reintroduce him to the dog part without incident, and any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated. He his such a great dog with the exception of this behavior.  He deserves to run and play.  I would love for him to like swimming in our pool, like our other two pits, but he just hates the pool.  I've gotten him in the pool and he can swim and knows how to get out in case he falls in just won't go in on his own to fetch his balls.  I love my pit bull.... : ) 


Karen Manning
Karen Manning

I have three dogs. We cant go for a walk because if they see or hear another dog they start to fight each other. Visiously fight no blood yet. Lily the bulldog mix is the worse. TJ will run up and want to attack another dog. If we go to the coast we have to walk clear around any dogs that are there or they will want to attack. How can I make them behave so we can go places without fear of massicure

Amanda Whately
Amanda Whately

I have 2 dogs.  A Border Collie/German Shepherd mix that loves to pull when I walk her and a Golden Retriever who loves to be the center of attention (even if she has to push our other dog out of the way or jump on top of the other dog).  She likes to zig and zag back and forth when I take her for a walk.

Colin Crocker
Colin Crocker

Hi, I have a dog that won't come when I call. He seems pretty submissive in the house, but when we go outside he puts is nose to the ground and won't come when I call him. He is a Pit bull,  some kind if terrier, Boxer and Grate Dane Mix.

Thanks!

Colin Crocker

Christina Dodd
Christina Dodd

Where do I begin! My mother and farther in laws dogs name is Duke he is a Doberman. He is 1 out of 4 dogs they have. He is a very scared dog and has snapped and tried to bite all the dogs and even my mother and father in law. I have 3 kids. When my 1st child was 6 months old he almost bite his face! Ever since then I have not wanted to go to their house especially with my children afraid he will bite them or even worse. If he bites his own owners what's stopping him from biting my children? He has also snapped many times at our nieces and nephews. My mother and farther In law are in their 70s. I am afraid their dog is going to really hurt them someday. Please help! I don't know where else to turn! They have taken him to obedience school which has not helped at all. Thank you for your time!

Christina Dodd

Rusty_dogg@sbcglobal.net

Ruth McDonald
Ruth McDonald

Dear Cesar,  

My family and I love your shows!  Before beginning my story,  I'd like to say that I am an avid follower of your work and a firm believer in your methods.  I've read your books on becoming a pack leader and on raising the happiest puppy. 

Almost a year ago my husband and I decided to get a dog,  and after much research we decided on a Harrier (Hound). We made contact with a breeder and since the breed is so rare in the US all that was available was a 10 month old from her litter the year before.  The mom and dad dogs were show dogs and the breeder was keeping the dog's sister.  We had some reservations about a puppy that old since bonding is more difficult and a slower process as the dog gets older.  Plus this dog had been an outside dog,  yet kennel trained,  and ran with the pack.  The breeder assured us that none of those would be an issue and that he was socialized well and would transition to living indoors easily.  We loved him after being seen pictures and wanted to give him a good home. 

Once he arrived,  we could tell he was nervous and scared and unsure of everything.  The sound of the TV scared him and our girls quick movements and jumping around made him worried.  He seemed to be adjusting but began a habit of baying and growling at my husband when he arrived from work.  After only 11 days with us,  he was spooked by a jogger charging down a rocky area at a national park and escape from his leash/collar.  We scoured the park for weeks, staying all day when we could,  and could spot him but he always ran off.  He finally left the park and we lost track of him.  We posted flyers everywhere we thought he might go and finally caught sight again, but he took off again.  The weather had been hot and very dry and we feared the worst.  

we had already been in the process of finding another dog to be his friend,  hoping it would make him feel more comfortable.  So we followed through with that,  hoping he would be found.  Around the time we thought something bad had happened we decided to get another dog so the 2 newest would have a friend.  Right after that (4 days) we received a call from a nearby city - they had our harrier. He was gone for 2 months. So there we were with 3 dogs,  2 of which were puppies.  Everything seemed to be going well but even with other dogs around he still was nervous.  He took a lot longer to get close to my husband but still hasn't warmed up completely.  He runs around and paces nervously, bays,  barks and growls,  but then will warmly come up to my husband and lick his face. 

Around the time the 2nd dog started to mature and had higher testosterone levels,  he and the harrier started challenging one another.  At first they would stop when I stepped in to stop the behavior but the harrier has recently become aggressive.  He tries to attack the two younger dogs,  over food,  toys or even just a matter of him not liking their posture and body language.  Then even more recently,  when I've tried to stop him and get him away from the other dogs,  he has started attacking me. ..viciously. he has not drawn blood but has come close.  I hold my ground and won't give in but it frightens me and my 2 young children.  He's hurt the other dogs and now I am frightened,  and I'm sure he senses my fear.  I've had to keep him separated and I feel bad keeping him life that but I have to protect my kids,  the other dogs and myself.  He is now pushing his boundaries with seeing what he can growl at me for and it had to stop.  When I try to correct him he either ignores me,  attacks me or lunges at the other dogs.  He growls at my girls (and me) when they try to take one of their toys away from him. I've tried to up my pack leader status but am failing.  I know I'm doing something wrong and need help.  I can't stand the idea of passing him off to someone else and him hurting someone or someone hurting him.  And I can't bear the thought of someone putting him to sleep.  He is very intelligent and very strong willed but I can see he wants to please.  He is a sweet loving boy but I need help getting our relationship back in balance. It's not healthy for him or me (and my family and dogs) to live in fear like this.  


Please help us Cesar. 


Sincerely,

Ruth Ann McDonald

Amy Marazzani
Amy Marazzani

Hi Cesar

I have a mini dachshund named Malia that thinks she is cujo's sister. If she comes close to another dog her first reaction is to attack. She has even bit the man that came to fix my refrigerator and a very good friend of mine in the nose....drew blood with both. We have tried to socialize her with numerous failed attempts. It breaks my heart because I tend to keep her indoors most of the time because of her behavior. She is so cute that other people want to socialize their dogs with her and it gets embarrassing when she attacks. She whines constantly, not because she wants something it's just because. When I get home she is a nervous out of control mess. When it comes to feeding time she inhales her food and usually starts coughing and choking because she swallows everything whole. I pick her up every time someone knocks on the door because I can't trust she won't bite. Apart from all the bad stuff which I didn't mention everything, with me & my loved ones she is amazing & a truly loving little companion. I am begging you to please help me, my wish is to be able to give her a good, healthy, balanced life. I want to take her to the dog park so she can run & not be cooped up in my apartment all day. If there is anyway you can help me I would sincerely appreciate you. I wil promise to do everything you instruct me to do.

Thank you very much,

Amy Marazzani

Amymupton@yahoo.com

Amy Marazzani
Amy Marazzani

Hi Cesar

I have a mini dachshund named Malia that thinks she is cujo's sister. If she comes close to another dog her first reaction is to attack. She has even bit the man that came to fix my refrigerator and a very good friend of mine in the nose....drew blood with both. We have tried to socialize her with numerous failed attempts. It breaks my heart because I tend to keep her indoors most of the time because of her behavior. She is so cute that other people want to socialize their dogs with her and it gets embarrassing when she attacks. She whines constantly, not because she wants something it's just because. When I get home she is a nervous out of control mess. When it comes to feeding time she inhales her food and usually starts coughing and choking because she swallows everything whole. I pick her up every time someone knocks on the door because I can't trust she won't bite. Apart from all the bad stuff which I didn't mention everything, with me & my loved ones she is amazing & a truly loving little companion. I am begging you to please help me, my wish is to be able to give her a good, healthy, balanced life. I want to take her to the dog park so she can run & not be cooped up in my apartment all day. If there is anyway you can help me I would sincerely appreciate you. I wil promise to do everything you instruct me to do.

Thank you very much,

Amy Marazzani

Gina Carle
Gina Carle

We recently adopted two sheltie puppies after we lost our beloved dogs and they are about 4 months old today.  Our problem is that while we try and keep them separated in their own crates when they sleep, they spend a lot of time together while they are awake.  My husband stays home with them and the puppies have begun to bond.  We do not know how to train them separately because one cries when the other is away.


My husband is thinking of returning the puppies together because he doesn't know how to handle the two together.  Please do not get me wrong, he and I adore our puppies and I do not want them to go back.  Can you help us to train our puppies so that they remain together but look to us as their means of bondng?


Please help us.  We love our puppies ad would be heartbroken to ever have to return them.


Gina

Carina Lucero
Carina Lucero

 Hi Cesar, 


I have a lovely 1.5 year old lab/border collie/american bulldog mix named Ryleigh. Ryleigh came into my life when at the young age of 6 weeks old. Since she has become a part of my family we make sure she gets daily physical activity and mental stimulation, and have her in training one - two times a week. Overall, she is a great dog; however, she excessively barks. The barking has caused conflict with myself and neighbors forcing us to move. During the daytime she stays with my in-laws who both work from home she will randomly start barking almost obsessive. It is no longer only in/around the home(s) when the barking is out of control it is now occurring in the car, and if she sees another dog walking down the street, during play dates. 


We've tried redirecting her, pheromones, bark collar (both electric & citronella), seeking guidance from our trainers and well respected people who work with dogs frequently. All I can think is it is something that we are doing wrong. 


Please help us!


Linda Cook
Linda Cook


Hi Cesar, my name is Linda Cook. My husband, Jason, and I live in Glen Allen, Virginia.My dog, Loki, a Rat Terrier mix, for some reason attacks me. Only once has he gone for my husband. We were settling down to go to sleep. My husband kicked the sheet close to Loki, and Loki went for the face. Since then Loki has slept in a cage in our room. We have tried everything including 4 week training program for him. (He would go to daycare center and the trainer worked with him everyday then we would pick him up in the evenings.) My husband and I are at our wits end.  Some background, info on our household. In January of 2014, we lost our 19 year old terrier mix and in September 2014 we had to say goodbye to our 17 year old Pekinese/sheltie mix.I had known both of these dogs since they were puppies.In March of 2014, we adopted a long hair chahaua mix.Thor is the sweetest dog even if he makes it his mission to find anything to chew on. Then in June 2014, we decided that we would adopt another shelter dog.This time, my husband left it totally up to me as to which dog we bought home.I picked Loki. Loki is 5 years old and we were told that he was returned to the shelter twice before because he did not “get along well with children”. Since we were never blessed with children we thought he would be a good match for us. (Loki loves my 9 year old nephew and does whatever Matthew tells him to do.) We took him home and for 2 weeks it was wonderful at home.Then for no reason that I could see or realize, Loki bit me.He was in my lap doing the circle thing that dogs do before they lay down.During the circle process, he just looked at me and attacked.He bit my hand and I couldn’t get him to stop. The other dog, Thor, jumped in and got Loki off of me.Another time, he was sitting in my 21 year old nephews lap. I was pulling up to the gas pump and as I put the truck in park, he attacked my hand again.Again Thor came to my rescue. Thor is 2 years old and he is definitely the alpha dog.Loki has bitten my feet a few times and once he threw me off balance and I fell and hit my head. Again Thor saved me.I could only keep pushing Loki away and thinking, please don’t bite my face.

We were all set to take Loki back to the adoption agency but we consider our dogs as our family.We wouldn’t take a kid back so it was my choice that we not give up on Loki. Even though I was very scared of the dog.

I really had never watched your show (sorry, must be an east coast thing) but after seeing one show, I was hooked.Since discovering you, I can now get Loki to back down.He growls and barks at me anytime I decide to walk by his area.I just put my hand up blocking him from my view, stand tall and wait for his barking to lose its vigor. (and I can’t see what big teeth he has)Then I give him a command and he calms down and I can go by.I do have problems with this at times.I have MS and I can’t think of the commands. (MS has affected my brain) With coaching from my husband, I can remember the command, OFF.Another thing, we spoke to a trainer at a dog expo and she suggested that I hand feed him his dinner for 2 weeks.It took all of my courage but I was able to do it. In the mornings, he and Thor both like to wake me up with kisses. Loki also comes to me to be “loved” for about a minute. The instant I hear a hint of a growl, I stop. He still gives me a hard time if I need to go past his area.I try to walk both dogs every day. But this past week has been either too cold or snow too deep. Our treadmill is in the garage (no room in garage to use it) but I hope I can get it back in the house soon. Now this brings up the 2 year old, Thor.He has to be 1st, has to lead, he takes Loki’s toys and Loki’s treats away from him,I can’t give Loki “love” without Thor being up in the middle of it.I decided to do 2 separate walks. When I came back from the 1st walk with Loki, I discovered Thor had jumped up in my recliner and marked his territory on my pillow.

I just want to have peace of mind, I want to have people visit without locking Loki in our bedroom. I want my husband to be able to relax and not feel that he has to be ready to step between us. With my MS, stress is not good for me and Jason worries about this.I hope I can become a full time pack leader before I have to give up.Thor doesn’t always listen but he’s not mean, just devious. We seem to have a house full of pack leaders and me.

Cesar, I hope you will help Loki thus helping me. I think Loki had a rough life before coming to live with us.My guess is that he was mistreated by a female owner in his past. Even though I have been told that a Rat Terrier doesn’t have the best disposition.I wish for him to have the feeling that’s he finally found a happy forever home.I want him to sleep on his back with all his legs splayed open. The indication that he feels totally safe in his environment.I found Thor sleeping like this last week and it made me smile.

Thanks for reading.

Linda Cook

10636 Courtney Rd

Glen Allen VA 23060

Robyn Lynn
Robyn Lynn

 PLEASE HELP!

Cesar I'M CALLING YOU, 911! 

 I adopted a dog from a shelter about a year and half ago, Azlyn. She's a lab/pit/hound mix and is currently about 3 and half years old. She was such a sweetie and for the first month or so it was great!  I took her to the dog park, on doggy play dates, basically wherever I went she would tag along. Then one doggy play date she got attacked by a friends dog, very badly, and that's when things started going down hill. She was limping for weeks and when I took her to the vet they didn't see anything on x-rays so there was really nothing I could do other than take it easy. So we didn't go to the dog park for about a month or so and no doggy play dates until she was no longer favoring her leg. After the attack and once we started taking long walks again I noticed she was no longer friendly towards other dogs, and her aggression kept getting worse and worse as time went on. It went from growling and barking at other dogs, to she will literally try and go after every dog she sees. I couldn't even take her on a walk without her trying to attack and murder every dog she saw. It was so heartbreaking seeing her go from being such a friendly dog, to wanting to rip the head off any dog she sees. She even got into a few fights with dogs (one of the times because she broke the connection from her collar to her lease and took off after a dog). Thankfully she has never seriously injured another dog, which I was very surprised about after a few of the fights she got in. I didn't want to give up on her because she is so very sweet to people, children, and even my cats! So I researched some local trainers and found a group that specialized in behavior issues. She was so good with the trainer and after a lot of practice she got ok with walks, but the habit for her is still there and despite using my "training techniques" she still tries to attack every dog she sees. I did everything I was supposed to, in order to establish dominance and be the Alpha, but she still shows so much aggression with other dogs and it just makes me so sad that I can't take her to dog parks or even on walks in fear that she might accidentally get off her leash and really hurt another dog. It's so embarrassing the way she reacts to other dogs, and honestly it makes me feel like I'm a terrible parent. There are times I just get so mad about what happened to her and mad at myself because maybe I didn't handle the situation after she got attacked correctly and that's why she is the way she is. When I correct her on any other thing she listens and behaves but when it comes to other dogs she's out for blood. I have grown to love her so much I don't know what I'd do if she hurt another dog so badly I had to put her down, and what if her aggression transfers to people?,,,,, Well unfortunately tonight it did. She bit me on my arm tonight. I don't know what to do Cesar. I paid over $500 for training that helped with some things but didn't help with the main underlying issue. I just don't know what to do, I'm at my wits end. And there's no way I can take her to a shelter, with her aggression issues I don't know what would happen to her and I love her too much. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get her back to the dog she used to be! I know I'm what needs most of the training to help her become a better dog and I'm willing to do it!



Lynda Z.
Lynda Z.

We have a beautiful 1.5 year old pit bull/mix rescue, Tucker! He has been with us for just 3 weeks. He's very friendly and loving but he is afraid of his crate (for when we are out of the house) and my husband. Because of the snowy weather, my husband, Dan, has been home, Tucker will not get close or stays in the same room with Dan. My husband has tried offering a treat when he walks into the room but Tucker just paces or backs away from him. However, if either myself or my daughter is in the same room, Tucker will go to dan and allow to be patted and accepts food. Tucker is not like this to myself or Emily or other males who have come into the house?! Two nights ago, Tucker let out a fierce growl when Dan approached Emily our daughter. Any suggestions? It will break our hearts to have to find him another home, but I certainly don't want to bring my husband into the hospital either.... Thank you!!

Manuela Traversi
Manuela Traversi

Paco's American Staffordshire Terrier 2.5 years old brother and sister from Italy need your help in Colorado! Thunder and Storm are great with us but won't accept anyone in or around the house, and we have to keep them crated any time we have guests to keep them out of trouble, and keep our guests safe. We need to give their protective behaviors a much more positive spin. Please help! Manuela & Antonello, Monument CO

Charlie Gregory
Charlie Gregory

We are fostering a 3 year old Cocker Spaniel who is so scared of people that if one picks him up and places him outside he will remain where you put him until you pick him up and move him elsewhere.  He is just so scared that to feed him I have to put food directly in front of him and then walk away; when alone he will eat.  He'll urinate and deficate outside but I must again pick him up and put him outside.  He will not walk on a leash; it is as if he has never been on a leash and has no idea of what is expected of him even though he sees our dog a 4 year old Cocker poo rescue go walking on the leash.  Can you suggest treatment that will help him to break out of his fright?  He is a great pup but may need help beyond our capabilities

Cheyenne Hayes
Cheyenne Hayes

We need your help Cesar!! MY brother has a 100lb gsd that is 3 years old and very aggressive towards people and animals. He has attacked my mothers dog twice and ripped her dogs ear in two and almost killed him. He also has bite two people and almost bite several other people including a little girl in the face but my mother was able to pull him back. I know i can correct the dogs behavior but my brother will not take any advise from people that are not qualified to give it so he wont listen to me. If he cant get the guidance and help to correct his dog soon i fear that soon his dog will end up seriously hurting some one or their pets. My mother is dog sitting my brothers dog for the week while he is out of town and is being pulled all over the place and the dog doesn't listen to any one not even my brother when he is called back. I will be videoing the dog this week in hopes that i can figure out how to send you the videos and hope that you see that we really need your help. PLEASE CESAR HELP US!!! 

Diana Pepper
Diana Pepper

Hi Cesar!

I am asking for your assistance for my son Mike and daughter in law Lexi and their pitbull lab mix Tyson. Mike is an MP serving in the Army and currently stationed in Honolulu. Mikes neighbor would leave Ty outside all day, so Mike would play with him over the fence and eventually ended up buying him. Tyson is a good, smart dog and a great companion to Lexi since Mike is on patrol or on training maneuvers a great deal of time. The problem is Tyson has separation anxiety and when he is home alone he will whine and cry and disturb the neighbors or if they leave him outside he will dig or go crazy when people or dogs go by. Those kids could greatly benefit from your miracle training to help them get their little family in balance!

Thank you for your time.

Dutchess Besco
Dutchess Besco

I have a problem dog dutchess is almost 4 and she has had 2 litters of puppies 7 then 8 ... we live with my mom,her dog who is dutchess and Gucci mom...  my brother owns Gucci and saber who is dutchess daughter... they are all pit bull and blue heeler mix... maybe some lab... not sure... but my problem is my dog dutchess for no reason, in season or not, will attack them... she has never hurt anyone unless they deserved it such as punching her in the head b4 she way a year old but that's another story...  my point is that dutchess, I have about had it with her... I kennel her when she does that, but she is kennel trained so that's not very affective, we live in a small apartment and my room is her room,  not a punishment to her... I need some tips n tricks... for the most part she listens very well until she attacks. She's getting fixed once she comes out of this cycle, I was thinking of getting a shock collar or tazer...  it's gotten to that.  There has been countless times she has bit me when I'm pulling her off her mom or daughter or jumping in-between them plz help...

Janet Alaniz
Janet Alaniz

CESAR MILLAN,  You will find that i just posted my story right below this post.... I JUST  WANTED  TO  LET     YOU  KNOW  That you can ALSO  FIND ME ON  FACEBOOK  as i  am  not  that  KNOWLEDGEABLE  with  the  INTERNET  ,  I am  still  learning..   PLEASE  HELP  ME  CESAR,  PLEASE...  I  HAVE  NOWHERE  ELSE  TO  TURN. !!!  Again,  THANK  YOU  !!!

Janet Alaniz
Janet Alaniz

***  CESAR  MILLAN  PLEASE,  I  AM  CRYING,  CRYING  OUT  TO  YOU.   PLEASE,  PLEASE  HEAR  MY   ***  CRY !!!                                                                                                                                                                               *      Dear Cesar,  my name is Janet and I am a 53 year old DISABLED and VERY DEPRESSED lady with such  SERIOUS PROBLEMS that has me at my wits end, I don't even know where or how to start my story, BUT here it goes........... Due to the severity of my depression as I lost my mom,  my 2 mo. old great niece and my brother having a major heart attack all within the same year i fell deeper into my depression.  Anyway,  about 4 years later  a friend of mine insisted on giving me a chihuahua puppy to give me something to love  and to take care of as i don't have any children and I always feel so alone and had isolated myself from everyone.  This puppy i got at 4 and a half weeks old and i named him Lucky, well everything was fine he was a very loving and affectionate pup up until he turned one yr. old and then   " BAM "  he turned crazy,  I mean like something out of the movie  " THE EXORCIST "....!!           I TRULY, TRULY LOVE LUCKY and I KNOW LUCKY LOVES ME TOO I JUST KNOW HE DOES,   Lucky is 18 mo. old right now and for the past 6 mo. on a daily basis I HAVE BEEN DROWNING IN MY TEARS.        Lucky not only attacks my great nieces and nephews , and they are babies ranging from  2 yrs. - 10 yrs. old but also attacks children and adult on the street and in my home and i mean like a wild dog in the woods or something.   But wait it doesn't stop there,  Lucky  ALSO ATTACK's ME, and has been attacking me for the past 6 mo. on a daily basis having me scared, and i mean so scared out of my mind that i dare not move let alone breath as he paces back and forth right in front of me as if he's daring me to move.  Hell i can't even get up to go to the restroom afraid he's going to leap at my face.   You should see the way he  looks at me when he snaps like that, as if he doesn't even know me,  I am telling you worse than a wild dog with his fangs and growling IT IS SO , SOO UGLY and when my siblings, friends and strangers see this they say they HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE !!!   I even went to PET's MART and spoke to their Trainers and they said he just needs to be Nutered  and he will be fine... NO... That is NOT THE PROBLEM, I know that, that is not the problem NOR will it solve my problems.... Lucky also attacks if anybody bends down to try and pick up anything off the floor regardless if they he is in my apt. or someone elses house.  I live in a small apartment and it is just me and Lucky and I can't have anyone come to the door or come visit because he just goes insane especially if i do let you in and you don't sit down right away O' my god IT is So Terrible..  Lucky is a Miserable , very Miserable puppy, and I AM A VERY MISERABLE PuPPY OWNER and with every day that passes every problem has and continues GETTING WORSE..  I don't want to get rid of Lucky,  he is all I have and i Love him so much and i know he loves me.  I don't know what makes the devil come out in him, one minute me and him are playing and the next minute he is attacking me when we are in my apartment.    PLEASE,  PLEASE  HELP  ME  MR.  MILLAN,  PLEASE !!!   I  AM  TIRED  OF  BEING  AFRAID,  TIRED  OF SCREAMING  and   YELLING  at  LUCKY  with my  voice  being  heard  by  every  Tenant  throughout  the  Apartment  complex....   I  JUST  WANT  MY  LOVING  PUPPY  BACK  THAT  HE  ONCE  WAS...  Everytime  i take him out to use the bathroom or for a walk it is so embarassing as all i do is scream and drag him...   I WILL BE PRAYING,  PRAYING  THAT  YOU  WILL  COME  AND  RESCUE LUCKY and I....  ***  THANK YOU, for Hearing MY Story *** *(     lovngmothr@yahoo.com   )  is my e-mail

Fahmi Moh'd
Fahmi Moh'd

@Janet Alaniz oowh i feel sory for you mother..but this cesar is out of his mind too...because he have to help you..if i was there i would have helped you


Janet Alaniz
Janet Alaniz

I can't seem to be able to post my serious problem dog issues so this just a tes post as i am tired of having to keep retyping and not being able to summit it. thank you

Melisa Cole
Melisa Cole


When my boyfriend and I broke up I was completely lost. A good friend of mine recommended that I have a love spell cast to bring him back by ultimate spell temple. I thought that idea of a love spell was strange, but was willing to give it a shot. When I contacted Dr.OLOKUM for the first time I was scared because I was not sure if what they did went against my religion. he assured me that they only use traditional voodoo which is safe and has no side effects. I felt a little better and decided to do the return lover spell. I did not think that it would work considering my ex and his whole family hate me and told me never to contact them again. Within 3days he showed up at my job and brought flowers to me. He said that he missed me more than he could describe and decided that the good out weighed the bad. We got back together and our relationship has been better the second time around. I have to give ultimate spell temple all of the credit in the world for helping us get back to a better place than where we began. The new found love that he has for me is incredible and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!” he can also help you his email is LAVENDERLOVESPELL@YAHOO.COM

Tyler Morgann
Tyler Morgann

I have a begal pit bull mix . His name is knuckles . He's not 1 yet but he has this problem with barking and biting . He has bite my bf before & pretty bad . He has this problem where i can let him out by his self because he barks at everyone & everything . I thing is i'm scared he'll bite a stranger . He's a good dog and very loving but it's a problem because i have a 5 yr old niece & she is smaller then him . I would really love to break him of this before he turns one yr old . Please help .

Barbara Watson
Barbara Watson

My 1/2 husky 1/2 timber wolf tars up everything from wood to paper what can i do please please help

Heaven Lucas
Heaven Lucas

I recently moved in with my boyfriend and his 3 dogs and I brought my 2 dogs, 2 cats and a snake with me. He has a female yellow lab( that 5 months ago had a litter and we still have one of), female black lab and a male golden/lab mix. My dogs are both female pit mixes. We have many issues going on right now. As of this moment basically all of the dogs are sectioned of by pairs. The male golden mix with the black lab, the yellow lab with the puppy ( however he can go with whomever), and my girls with each other. The first 2 have to be alone with each other because my younger pit and his black lab want to tear each other apart. My younger pit has a lot of fear aggression issues and boundary aggression issues. The male gets along for the most part. The yellow lab and my older pit have had a few nasty spats but none worse than just yesterday. I was at work when my boyfriend called me a million times to tell me that they were fighting and wouldn't stop. I raced home to help him, he said that they were fighting for about 20-30 min before they would stop. Both of them are torn to shreds. His yellow lab has many puncture wounds and lacerations on her face and legs and my older pit has a torn ear and many punctures and lacerations. It's a nightmare. His yellow lab can't go with his other 2 dogs because they gang up on her and will sometimes attack her or send her into seizures. I used to love taking my girls to the dog park or to work with me but for some reason within the last year my younger pit will start fights when we go out so I don't feel comfortable going there anymore. As for the cats, only a select few can deal with them, otherwise they are locked up in their room all day until we have enough money to have a better set up for them. I feel like my family and my life is being torn apart and I don't know what to do or how to handle it. I need help... if anyone can... if things can't be solved, then I'm looking at a broken heart no matter what I do.

Linda McRae
Linda McRae

In Aug of 2014 - we rescued a 5 yr old female Chihuahua from a situation where she was being terrified by another dog in the house where she lived. I have an 8 yr old female Shi Tzu that is very mild mannered and they get along fine. Jessamine, the Chihuahua, has adjusted I would say 90% to our household. She is not aggressive or territorial as I know that breed of dog can be at times. The only thing is that at mealtime -10% of the time- with no one (Shi Tzu or I or any family member ) being harsh with her in anyway she will suddenly act very cowed and put her tail between her legs and go to her bed just like she is being punished for something - which she is not. I cannot get her to eat at those times. I feed my Shih Tzu by hand up on the cabinet and Jessamine has her food bowl down on the floor. There is no dog or anything to keep her from eating.


Then, after 10 or so minutes she will act normal and friendly just like she always does. My way of handling ti is not to push her to eat and just remove the food when mealtime is over. She does have kibble to eat most of the time.  


Do you have any suggestions regarding this weird behavior?

angela martinez
angela martinez

Ceasar PLEASE HELP ME!! I own two pit bulls a father and son..we also used to have the mother but we had to find her another home. She would periodicly fight with the father. And she did not get along with small dogs. Now the father and son are fighting. They have not had any issues with eachother before. .. And recently can't even be in the same room or area without fighting. I love my dogs and have called around to try and get professional help but they are so expensive. I am doing my best to be a responsible put bull owner and I desperately need some help with my boys before the situation gets worse

Ronnie Rosales
Ronnie Rosales

If he finds a toy he wants rips to shreds,leaves stuffing every where and then pees on it he refuses to listen, due to his unwillingness to use the bathroom outside we have to change the looting in two rooms. 

contact us at noniiiii3825@gmail.com 


Ronnie Rosales
Ronnie Rosales

Hi,

I have a two and a half year old beagle,Cowboy, who has been showing signs of aggression since he was a puppy.He constantly attacks other dogs if there is food around. Everyday we put the garbage and dog food on the island or else he pulls it out and eats whatever he can. We are terrified of him attacking or being attacked because of his bad playing habits. PLEASE HELP!!!!!

Ariel Fischer
Ariel Fischer

My boxer has been showing worse aggression signs lately. She growls and barks at any person she doesn't know. She will charge at other dogs and will bite them. Luckily there has never been a severe injury. Recently, she has been running out of the yard and charging at people. About a month ago a fireman was evaluating a fire hydrant across the street and she ran out of the yard and chased him down the street. Today a girl was riding her bike and she chased after her on the bike. She didn't bite her, but I'm afraid that her aggression is escalating and she's going to bite someone soon. I can't take her anywhere to exercise her because she tries to lunge at people, kids riding bikes or that are playing, and she's out of control when she sees a dog. I need help! I don't want my dog to bite someone then have to be put down.  

Nola Rossiter
Nola Rossiter

I rescued a male Chihuahua puppy from a shelter and he has the territorial habit of not wanting anyone except my grandson, daughter, or myself allowed into the house.  He is aggressive but afraid of people whether he knows them or not.  If my grandchildren come and hug me he has been know to bite.  He seems to get along fine with the other 2 dogs but I have had to put him in his carrying case when visitors come in including my husband. He barks so loud and won't stop so it's back in the case for him. He also has a condition where if he gets excited or if I raise my voice (even if I am not calling him) he spins in a circle and bits his tail or chews his hind leg while making the most horrible high pitched ear piercing sound. We are also having a problem with urinating/pooping in the house. Please help me.  I don't want to have take him back to the shelter because I don't think he is adoptable and would have to be put down. We can't have a conversation when someone visits because of the noise and I am afraid he will bite someone.