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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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Katie Colwell
Katie Colwell

I have a mixed terrier breed. She is a very excited and playful dog. For the past week, every time I take her out to go to the bathroom, she runs as hard as she can in the opposite direction. She shakes from head to toe, and I cannot get her to go to the bathroom. Last night I tried to take her to a different spot to go to the bathroom and she was so scared that she pooped while she was running away from me. She only does this on a leash or when I hold the leash. What should I do?

kim STENBERG
kim STENBERG

i have a problem dog he is a male pit bull and he was good puppy then he came down with parvo and got better now while him and our other female pit bull and sharpie mix is in the house he starts to fight with her and so we separated them while they was in the house and when they go out side they was fine  but now he started fighting with her outside to we would like some help on how to get them to get along in and out of the house  please help

Regan Dyer
Regan Dyer

I have a 9 year old All American Pitbull terrier. For most of his life, he has been outside in the backyard with no dog contact other than my other dog whom he is fine with. I decided that my dog deserved a better life so I started taking him on more walks and to the dog park really anything to just get him out and about. However, soon I realized my dog is extremely dog aggressive. I am well aware it is our fault and I know it is because he was not socialized at all. He is the sweetest most loving thing in the world to humans but as soon as another dog is around he won't listen, he is just focused on the dog. I have done my research. I have tried EVERYTHING to try and make him calm down and be friends with other dogs but nothing has worked. I want my dog to have a better and happier life without the stress of seeing another dog on the walk. Please help!

Suzanne Pylypczuk
Suzanne Pylypczuk

hey all I have a issue with my brothers dog whom is a grate Dane and my Aussie Sheppard and Mastiff, no matter where they are they start fighting. I think it stems from when myself and my Mastiff went on a trip and my dad had the Aussie. its to the point now that my dad has been bitten and the dogs cannot be anywhere near each other. I would love to have them back to being friends again. Help plz!

Denise Dunphy
Denise Dunphy

i've read other stories , however have not seen any replies . does anyone answer? 

Nicole O
Nicole O

My dog is suppose to be my service dog. (currently in training, for PTSD). But i'm very nervous that my dog won't make it through training and that i'll be left terrified to go out for who knows how long. Most times when i take my german Shepard for a walk she's fine, but other time, she starts shaking. You can literally see her whole body shaking, and then she tried to bolt to the car or anywhere but where we are. I don't know if she needs medicine or what. But it always stresses me out because i love her and don't want to get rid of her. But when she does things like that she makes my PTSD or anxiety act up. 

Lucie-mary Russell
Lucie-mary Russell

Whenever me and my boyfriend are in my bedroom, my rottweiler cross mastiff puppy, she's nearly a year and half, she lays outside my bedroom with her head in my room. I don't understand why. I have been with him before we got her. She sometimes cowers from him for no reason, other times she's eager to play with him.

Deann Moore
Deann Moore

I have a bull terrier and have had him since he was about a month old him and I were very close he slept with me at nite he would cuddle up with me every thing was fine the one of my friends brought and friend with them on day and she was telling me how her daughter moved in a house where the people before had moved and left this dog tied to the fence to starve and her daughter couldn't keep him so I took him in he's a Germany Shepard type dog and you could see ever bone in his body through all that longer hair even so I got some weight on him had him neutered but the problem at first was food aggression and my bull terrier had never been in a fight he was only like 7 months old so the other dog got into a fight with him leaving him I don't know how to put it I guess shocked it was only a few seconds but he yelped pretty good

but the new dog is better now but my question a problem is this my bull terrier is now total opposite of how he was if I call him to me he looks at me lowers his tail and walks the other way any one that comes to see me and is around for a few days he follows them every thing and still won't come to me won't sit by me nothing if I walk up to him to pet him he coward down like I'm gonna beat him and I've never laid one hand on him ever the other dog is the opposite I can't get him off my bed and he wants to sleep right next to me he'll growl at any one who reaches to hand me something and I'm sitting on my bed he'll even bite so what's going on with my bull terrier dose he need some one on one ma

Anne Yacoub
Anne Yacoub

I have a pit/AB mix, named Koda,  that I rescued two years ago.  I am having a very hard time socializing him.  He has severe anxiety issues and a very short attention span, I did have him evaluated and they suggested that I put him on Prozac, which I did.  It has helped with his anxiety issues somewhat but he still has a short attention span.  He is aggressive to everyone that walks into our house or on our property.  I have been able to get him to accept several people into his life that he is not aggressive with.  It is a lot of work to get him to do that. When I got him I was separated from my husband and now we have gotten back together.   He will not accept my husband into his life, he will be very loving to him one minute and then growl and threaten him the next.  My husband tries and tries to befriend this dog but gets frustrated and gives up.    I am at a loss on what to do with him, if I do not break him of this soon, we will have to get rid of him and I am afraid that they will put him down because he is too aggressive.  He did  bite one of our neighbors that came into our yard unannounced a couple of weeks ago, and since then I am worried that he is going to bite someone else.  I live in Allen Park, MI and would love any advice that you can give me. 

Linda Guest
Linda Guest

I live in Hungary where people seem to buy a dog chain it up as a guard dog and there it stays till it dies. No one ever takes their dogs for a walk so very different from the UK. The houses are very different in that they are bordered on both sides with a house and out buildings so the dog never sees anyone only what passes infront of our gate and this is her only view of the outside world.Our dog is a 4yr old Caucasian Shepherd dog whos breed was used to protect livestock from bears and wolves and her problem is barking at any sound and if anything comes in front of our gate even if its on the opposite side of the road she charges down to the gate barking. She barks at the neighbours car everytime she hears it go in their garden which shldnt happen after 4yrs and shes been know to bark at birds and nothing at all.

The problem became out of control when we went on holiday last week and once in the car everything and anyone who was near the car caused her to fly into an uncontrolable rage of barking. She would jump with every bark and spit and foam at the mouth. If we went to a petrol station everything around us set her off, people walking down the road or on bikes made her as bad and other dogs was the worst.If we drove into a car park it was a nightmare as every car and every person who was around caused her to go into a rage which became very embarrassing for us.

When we finally got somewhere she wld change when she got out of the car and walk well and have no trouble with other dogs but at the campsite everything that passed our caravan she wld grumble and bark at which made us very unpopular especially as everyone elses dog just layed there looking around. At the campsite there was a beach especially for dogs so we wld take her there for some peace and quiet. She was fine with the other dogs but never played with them she just stood there while they sniffed her but she never did the sniffing herself. I felt quiet sorry for her as she was missing out on the fun of playing with other dogs but shes never interacted with other dogs as we never see any around.

We now have a problem that unless her problem is overcome we cant go away anymore and putting her in kennels inst an option as there arnt any here.

K. Gilbreath
K. Gilbreath

We have a two-year-old malshi and she does wonderfully... When I'm the only person in the house.

When other people are in the house she acts out. Especially when my father is around; she goes ballistic. She growls at children, and she's afraid of men, especially men in hats.

We got our dog (Lily) after our previous dog died of chronic renal failure, so she was a bit of a "rebound dog". I confess that I didn't help her to begin with because I didn't treat her like a dog; I treated her like a human. I've since learned from my mistake and have actually built a much better relationship with her.

The only thing I can't seem to control no matter who's in the house is her defensiveness whenever someone comes near the house. They can be across the street and she'll bark and growl at them. I can get her to stop for a few minutes but then she eventually goes back to it.

Another thing that concerns me is that she is constantly getting fed from the table. I voice my concerns about it but my father constantly gets mad at me for saying anything because she's "not my dog" (she's the family dog) and he says I should "let him worry about himself" when it comes to feeding her people food. She has had problems in the past where she's thrown up from getting fed something bad for her, and he even feeds her CHOCOLATE. I believe this might be part of her problem, especially when he's around. Whenever he eats she barks and growls at him, and scratches at his legs and he STILL gives her the food. She has a weight problem because of this. I'm scared that one day I'll wake up and she'll be dead because he feeds her chocolate and other things dogs aren't supposed to eat. I should mention that she never does this to me because I don't feed her my food; I don't even look at her when I eat.

She wasn't always afraid of men, and I don't really know what happened there, but I'm thinking it's a lack of proper socialization. My male cousin would love to play with her but she's terrified of him, especially when he wears a hat. She just backs away or hides under a chair and barks nonstop, with growling in between. If anyone tries to get close to her she runs and hides under a different piece of furniture. This also happens with the door incidents. She has also nipped at my younger cousins for trying to pick her up.

When she and I are the only ones in the house, she's pretty well-behaved, and even the door barking is a rare occurrence. But when my father is around she just gets on whatever piece of furniture she pleases and if I try to move her she bites me and growls. My father empowers her and I can't seem to control her when he's around, and he won't listen to me whenever I try to convince him to stop doing what he's doing. He even intentionally made the dog overweight because he didn't want to feel her ribs when he picked her up. He says he hasn't fed her as much as he used to but it's a lie; he feeds her half of whatever on his plate. Both of my parents yell at her for barking at them for attention when they reinforce the behavior in every other way. My mother is more open minded about it but my father refuses to listen to me and thinks I'm disrespectful if I try to correct him on anything, especially when it's related to the dog. (I should mention I'm 18, I'm not some disgruntled 13-year-old who's mad at the world, I just want what's best for the dog.)

My father won't look at things from a dog's perspective and is afraid of hurting her feelings, and is convinced that she's too old to change her ways and that she's already ruined. I don't know what to do. I really would like to get a dog of my own but I don't want to introduce another dog to this environment. It breaks my heart because this will only get worse when I move out, and I know I won't be able to take her with me. I don't want to get a call saying that Lily has died at the age of 5 from something that was easily preventable.

B. Waterman
B. Waterman

Need help!  My PTSD Service Dog in training is scared of people!


I have a 2 yr old German Shepherd that I got 7 months ago from a breeder that kept her kenneled most of her life. 

She was VERY shy dog when we got her, and I thought "I can work with this."

Well, she was very shy and submissive (But also loving) for the first month or two.. But, then, while at the park with me, my friends mom walked up to her and she barked!! For the first time!  And would not let her come anywhere near.  I didn't know what was happening.. But, from there, she learned more and more that she can use her bark to scare away people that she is afraid of.. We cannot seem to get her over this. We have tried a trainer, but she bailed.  We have tried socialization with anxiety drops, helps, but she still isn't anywhere where I need her to be..  She was not socialized enough around people before we got her, and I think the woman's boyfriend abused her, because she is more afraid of men.

I love this dog to death!  And she is very well trained other wise.  She even started alerting me when I have an asthma attack or allergic reaction ON HER OWN! 

She is a wondering dog, and is GREAT with us!  It's just other people, mostly men.  

She has NEVER bitten, she has nipped, and growled, and barked, but that's it..  SHE IS NOT AGGRESSIVE! JUST SCARED!

I had to give up another dog before Sierra because she was abused, and we didn't know it, also.  I can't lose Sierra now, too.. 

This dog is my best friend, I love her to death.  She is the most loving dog there is! And bonded to me from the first day I met her,  She is so in tune with me, and what I need.  I know she can overcome her fear... She just needs help :(

PLEASE, CAN ANYONE HELP?  WHAT DO I DO?? WE REALLY CAN'T AFFORD ANOTHER TRAINER...


Jessica Kehrl
Jessica Kehrl

Desperate,

I have two dogs, both are rescue pits and both are obtained from the same place.They are two of the most lovable, playful dogs i have ever come across. Last oct, my husband, son and I sadly had to put down our first family dog due to liver failure, her name was Betty Davis and she was simply amazing. She was so very well behaved and we never once had an issue with her. The day after we put her down our family went back to the same rescue shelter we had gotten Betty From and we got Mini. her name is her description she is a very tiny blue nose and she was young to boot. Of course she had some bad puppy behavior when we got her but slowly over time she started to clam down. Once she had fully acclimated to our home we noticed the only bad thing she did that remained was she couldn't be alone. She would wine like she was being tortured and tear apart the livingroom over and over. Finally we decided that she may be having some trouble with seperation and since she was used to living with other dogs we went back to the very same place we got her and Betty to obtain anouther dog for our family. We explained the problems we were having with our current dog and that we would like a dog who was housebroken and would maybe rub some of thier good behaviors off onto Mini. His name is Harley and he seamed at first and even 2nd meet to be perfect. Him and mini fell in love and he played frizbee which made my son so very happy. Now i come to the reason for needing the help. Two days after we got Harley we decided to have a welcome to the house BBQ. We decided to cook inside but eat outside and we had over our adopted daughter and one of her friends. As night fell i flipped on the outside porch light and that's when i first noticed Harley's lets say quirk He became very interested in the wall of the house where the light had been casting shadows. After a few nins of him staring he began to lick the wall and pant. After almost an hour of him licking the wall and me trying to get him to stop i noticed this was an obsession for him, he continued to lick the wall, whimper and he was now panting uncontrollably, his heart was racing a mile a min and he was clearly stressed out and very unhappy. I eventually gave up and put him inside the house with Mini so he would be away from the shadows and hopfully calm down a bit seeing as how he was now covered in spit and extreamly keyed up. I only left him in the house with the other dog for a few mins but when i came inside to check on him and see how he was doing i came into a nightmare. Harley had knocked the dinner off of the stove but instead of eating any of it he simply urinated into the food, he then tore apart one of the couch pillows and strew the fluff all over the floor, he also defecated several times or at least once seeing as how the other pile may have been mini on our carpet and instead of being calmer he was even more worked up then normal. This took me aback and i didn't notice that as i had moved out of the doorway to start cleaning he had again slipped out the back door and onto the deck and resumed licking the wall instantly. This is our major issue and this story although parts of it may be unique to this one instance has alot of repeats since that first night. Harley continues to lick shadows on any wall of the house or the roof of the car and he also continues to go to the bathroom on our carpeting. We have contacted both the foster family he was with and the shelter that we got him from and found out that he was very badly abused by his first owner, we think this may have slightly broken him. We have tried everything. Long long walks, tuns of playtime both outside with mini,inside with mini and both outside and inside with us, scolding and praising, we reached out to the shelter we got him from and they in the beginning offered the possiblity of meds for him and then after a while said no meds just more walks. I don't think i agree with medicating our dog and i certainly do not want to treat train him as they had suggested either. He has a vet appointment soon, however i just know they are going to run tuns of very expensive tests to make sure he is physically ok (which i know he is) and charge me an arm and a leg only to find nothing. I really do need some help and as i explained all of this to my mom she sugessted that we contact Cesar and see if he was willing to help us, since this is surley a very odd case of obsessive behavior. However, any help from anyone or any suggestions might be very nice. At this point we are at a loss and the last thing we will ever do is give him back since he is now a member of our family and in our eyes family gets helped not tossed to the side. Thanks for reading my novel

 

Jessica Pellegrini
Jessica Pellegrini

Please help! My husband and I have two dogs. Murphy is a 6-year-old Newfoundland/Great Dane mix (95 pounds) and Moose is a 5-year-old chocolate lab mix (50 pounds). Murphy is super protective of me at the vet and can sometimes get cranky, but for the most part is a good, loving dog when at home. (He's even good at the vet so long as he isn't near me.) This summer, my husband and I rescued a litter of five really sick kittens and brought them back to health. We gave two of them away and now we have three kittens as well. Moose is great with the kittens, but is becoming protective of them and will sometimes interfere with Murphy when Murphy is trying to get to know the kittens. Murphy doesn't always appreciate it and will growl at Moose (sometimes they get in fights). Moose will also bark at Murphy and once or twice has even attacked Murphy is Murphy is barking at something outside or whatever. Meanwhile, Murphy isn't handling the kittens all that well, either. He has lived with a cat before and was fine with her, he really liked her. But with this kittens, it's hard to tell what he will do. He is super friendly with them one minute, trying to get them to play with him, and then the next minute he will growl at them and get aggressive (he hasn't hurt them at all, but he scares the daylights out of them), towards them. Like I said, he hasn't hurt them and he will stop immediately once we yell at him, but we obviously know that this kind of behavior can't continue. We are keeping the kittens separated in their own room for most of the day and they are only allowed to run around the house with the dogs when we are home and able to watch them with our full attention, but the aggressiveness between the dogs, and between Murphy and the kittens is NOT what we want. We have tried rewarding Murphy when he is good with the cats and that will work for about a day, and then the next day he'll be cranky. We have tried separating them. We have tried sending him to a different room after he growls. We have tried giving him extra attention and play time so that he realizes that we still love him (thinking it was jealousy that is causing the issue with him and the kittens). We REALLY need help. We love all of our animals and at our wits end trying to figure out how to solve these problems. So I guess I have two questions:


1) What do I do about Murphy's aggression and impatience with the kittens?

2) What do I do about Moose's aggression towards Murphy? 


PLEASE HELP ME!!

Tamara Ferron
Tamara Ferron

We have a 3 yr. old lab mix. In April we adopted a rescue after fostering her. Then in June fostered a Dane/Mastiff that we also adopted. Everyone got along especially the lab and boxer mix. That is until Aug 3. We were having a family gathering so the house was full of people all adults. The lab mix was out in the backyard and got a hold of a skunk. His face was sprayed so we bathed him and he was laying in the yard drying. The boxer mix went out in the yard and the lab stood up. The boxer stood on his back with her front paws, stiffened up and a vicious fight started. It took 4 adults to break it up and the lab was hurt and needed stitches. We thought maybe it was do to the skunk scent so we were keeping them separate. Three days later the lab was in the backyard and the boxer slipped by me and the fight was on again. I am not sure which one was the intial aggressor. The fight was vicious again and after finally getting them separated the boxer needed stitches. I almost believe that if we were not there to separate them the fight might have been to the death. We have since then keep them separated in the house by doors and kennels. They both get along fine with the Dane. This is no way for our pack to live and I would appreciate help and advice to help us become a peaceful pack again.

Cliff Ong
Cliff Ong

We kenneled our two dogs for 6 hours while we held an open house for co-workers.  A lot of people were in our house.  When the dogs returned after every one left our 11-year old shar-pei mix was just fine, but our recently rescued beagle female seemed to take one sniff and is now terrified of the main floor of the house.  What's the best response?  Deconditioning?  How?  Time?

tina sandford
tina sandford

My dog was perfectly happy and healthy until he went to stay with a friend and her dog for a week. I know she looked after him well but now back at home he seems to be very quiet and down. He goes out for walks and runs each day and I try to time it that we meet other dogs in the park but once back home he looks miserable.How can I help him?

Arlenia Moss
Arlenia Moss

Ceasar,

HELP!!! I purchased an American Pit Bull puppy for my 29 year old daughter. I also purchased a puppy starter kit from PETSMART. It's a coupon booklet that offers discounts on dog services. There is a coupon in the book for doggie day. I thought it would be a great way to socialize Bella to other dogs.

I called to make a reservation for her and was told by Erica, " because of her breed she would not be eligible for doggie day care with other dogs." REALLY!!!! She is a 5 month old puppy, not a man eater. I m so upset. How can a company that is in the business of pets be so ignorant about the commodity that they are suppose to cater to?  petSMART indeed?????????????

Cindy Hopkins
Cindy Hopkins

I have had a German Shepperd before and my husband always said she was a lab in a Shepperd body he might have been right, with this new German Shepperd, she is a lot more aggressive.  My pup is 4 months old and for one example is when we were in the car I was trying to make her stay in her seat.  I have a create that she fits in and gives he a good spot for now.  We were in a parking lot I needed to shut the back door and I think she was afraid I would leave here there.  (no I have not left her before but she just had her  first car wash experience).  I was trying to make her stay and she would lung at me with her mouth open. She did not bite if I don't get this handled I am afraid she might.  How would you handle this experience. 

Heather Wilson
Heather Wilson

My pit bulls always go to the same corner of the yard to use the bathroom. It just so happens that the corner where they go to the bathroom is right by my neighbors porch where they like to sit outside. They are always complaining about the smell.(I don't blame them) I don't know how to make the dogs use another area of the yard to do their duties. I have tried the citrus by cutting up orange, lemon, and lime rinds and spreading them over the area they went and tried to eat them, I tried the Ceyanne pepper, regular pepper, chilli powder, ammonia, and vinegar nothing has worked. Every time they went and licked up whatever I put down.....I need another idea please help me because my neighbors have called the city and my landlord is threatening to make me get rid of them. I couldn't bear with the thought of giving them up. Please help!!!!!!

doris spearman
doris spearman

I have a mix shuzi who will sneak down stairs and BM on the dinning room floor after using the bathroom outside ( why ) help...

doris spearman
doris spearman

I have a mix shuzi who sneaks down stairs and BM on the dining room door after using the restroom outside ( why ) help..

Norma Jean Doughtery
Norma Jean Doughtery

I have a very sweet pit bull until it comes to other dogs. You see when Eve was about a year and a half old,she was attacked by a huge pit bull. She never even saw him coming. needless to say since then it's become a real problem. She attacks other dogs. I believe that her attitude is that she is going to get them before they can get her. Now prior to this happening, she played fine with other dogs.It has hindered where i am able to live. I can't live with anyone who has dogs. When i take her on walks,if she sees another dog she tries with everything in her to get at them, I have had her since she was 5 and a half weeks old, she is now 5 years old. Cesar can you please help me. I am not working right now due to the economy so i can't really afford to put her through classes. I am all about learning to address this issue,#1 reason,it's not fair for her to not be able to play with other dogs #2 I can't take her anywhere without there being a stressful situation #3 if she continues to hurt other dogs i am afraid that Animal Control will come take her and put her down because she is a pitbull. we all know theyhave a bad rap. Any suggestions?  

Regina Wright
Regina Wright

Hi. We have a 7 year old rescue dog(got him in March of this year), a Siberian husky, 7 years old. Great dog. However in his previous home they must not have played with him much because he doesn't know how to play. We have been working with him and he is doing a little better there. But he guards his toy! . Recently we bought him a big squeaky toy shaped like an eggplant. He loves it. Doesn't play with it, just guards it. He also guards his rawhide chew bone, doesn't chew it ever, just guards it. We thought maybe it might make him a bit calmer to have these things-he has severe separation anxiety when my husband is not home-but now if he is separated from either the toy or bone he becomes anxious again. He hardly goes out to urinate unless he really has to go and rarely stays out longer than 2 minutes. We don't let him take them outside because he just buries them and we really don't want holes in the yard. We thought he'd outgrow it but it's been a month and he still is at it. If one of the cats is in the same room(who he previously got along with) he snaps and barks at them. Can you help us with our anxious obsessive dog?

Signed, Regina

Penny Marquart
Penny Marquart

 Mr. Millan,


We have a 3 month old Boykin Spaniel.  There are THREE issues, and one is major. #1 We cannot seem to potty train her! Just when we think she has caught on, she will pee right in front of us like its all "OK". #2 she can't seem to hold her bladder at night, we get woken up 2-3 times a night to take her out. We thought she might at least start sleeping through the night by now. #3, this is scary. She seems to have car aggression. When we walk her, if a car drives by, she begins to lunge and run toward the car. I have started making her sit until the car passes and telling her no. it hasn’t stopped anything, we are at square one every walk. 

Sadye Mejia
Sadye Mejia

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

Sue Giafaglione Wirtz Picciano
Sue Giafaglione Wirtz Picciano

Dear Cesar,

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

Chief's mom,

Sue

Janelle Clevinger
Janelle Clevinger

Dear Cesar,

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

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

Sincerely, victim of uncontrollable dog (Janelle)

Cathy Glad
Cathy Glad

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

Cathy Glad
Cathy Glad

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

Bryan Richardson Jr.
Bryan Richardson Jr.

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

Valerie Suhoski Loveall
Valerie Suhoski Loveall

Hello,

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

Teresa Edwards
Teresa Edwards

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

Mandie Goertzen
Mandie Goertzen

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

Mandie Goertzen
Mandie Goertzen

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

Chanelle Beecher
Chanelle Beecher

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


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


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


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


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

Mitchie Rodriguez
Mitchie Rodriguez

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

Penny W.
Penny W.

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

Penny W.
Penny W.

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

Nina S
Nina S

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

K. Cope
K. Cope

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


Stephanie Apolo
Stephanie Apolo

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

Ryan James
Ryan James

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

Paula Cisneros
Paula Cisneros

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

Lynn Riley
Lynn Riley

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

Lynna Nguyen
Lynna Nguyen

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

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

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

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


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

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


Kathleen Babbin
Kathleen Babbin

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

Kathleen Babbin
Kathleen Babbin

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

Jessica Kehrl
Jessica Kehrl

@Arlenia Moss 

This saddens me to hear. I just posted my pack problem up top and scrolled down to see if anyone had the same problem and came across your post. I would be livid with petsmart. my husband and i own two pit dogs and have throughout our lives owned countless others. They are a great breed. I'm not sure what you can do about it but i do not think all petsmart's have this issue. I would call corporate and complain if for nothing more then you purchased a coupon pack and now cannot use one of them, this may seam like the trivial argument but it may just get your foot in the door so to speak and then you can bring up the real issue of Bella being nothing but a puppy and also i have just learned that we ( pit owners) can now argue that Pitbull is not a breed or so my rescue shelter says. therefor you can not discriminate based on that name alone. Sorry I'm not much more help good luck.