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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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Snezana Knezevic
Snezana Knezevic

don t have a problem with dogs because I love them very much, but have problems with people who doesn t love dogs.


:)


Snezana Knezevic
Snezana Knezevic

don t have a problem with dogs because I love them very much, but have problems with people who don t love dogs.


:)


Rachelle Cowley
Rachelle Cowley

Hello!

I have an nine month old blue pure Great Dane and I have a five month old mixed Great Dane and mastiff and feeding times are unbearable. My five month old will bark and growl and attack my nine month old while they are both eating two feet away in their own bowls. The five month old will eat the others food then go back to his own bowl. It's progressively getting worse, now to the point my nine month old will go meals back to back without eating and is scared to eat out of his own bowl. He backs away when the other one even looks up at him. My husband and I now have sit and watch them eat so the five month one won't attack the other one. We need help we've tried separating them, feeding them at different times, and farther away, but the nine month one still won't eat. He whines. Help please I'm running out of ideas and options :(.

Sincerely,

Rachelle C.

joe hassett
joe hassett

i have a  11yr old miniature  jack russell  and she recently started licking the radiator by her bed so we moved her to the other side of the room and she`s started to lick the wall for 20 /30 mins and chewing the skirting . our two dogs sleep in the same room in separate beds and she started being aggressive with our other dog any ideas please

Lori G.
Lori G.

Hello. My name is Lori and I am in need of help as I am sure I am not alone. I have a Siberian Husky who I drove to Ohio for when he was only 6 weeks old. Now Saber is 1 and still can not be trained for my husband who is a wounded warrior. We have a 9yr old daughter who Saber attacks but I think he just really wants to play with her but ends up hurting her instead. He attacks my husband as well as anyone else who comes in or out of our home. I spent a lot of time with our Husky while I was pregnant and even took him to a trainer spent or should i say that I have wasted so much money on a trainer.... My son is now  8 months old and loves Saber but terrified that he will bit my son or hurt him badly. Saber is a great dog for me but the point of him and me driving to Ohio was for my husband who really needs him. I am completely tired and warn out of trying different things. If anyone out there has some real advice please ill be the first to take it and try it. I really want this dog to be all he can be for my husband please. 

Heaven Lucas
Heaven Lucas

Hi. My name is Heaven. I live with my two lovely and beautiful pitbull girls. I have my 4 yr old Athena and 1 and a half old Bonzai. Bonzai is extremely submissive. My problem is she's too submissive that other dogs immediately attack her. Now she's fear aggressive and attacks ANY dog that she sees immediately . She fence fights all the time so it's impossible for me to take my girls on a walk and in the car if she sees another dog she loses it, she's jumped out of the car when I had the windows down . Bonzai used to love other dogs I worked at a boarding kennel and I would bring them with me to work and the girls would have a blast playing with everyone and Bonzai even had some best friends. I used to take them to the dog park bbut now I can't because she wants to start fights with everyone. My boyfriend has 4 dogs of his own but it's stressful for us because there's almost always a fight between someone and Bonzai. Also Bonzai loves people never had a problem with anyone until my brother moved in with me and now she's terrified of strangers, funny thing is though she's met my brother before and never used to be afraid of him until now. I can't get through to her and I don't know what to do to calm her down. So Bonzai is a menace outside of the house and inside a neurotic mess. I'm at a loss I really need some help.

Patti Overpeck
Patti Overpeck

Hello All :) 


My name is Patti and I have a 4 year old pit bull. I was given coal when he was just days old due to the mother pushing him off for dead. He has turned out to be a beautiful dog and he is very intelligent. He knows his commands and has no annoying habits. He just has two major problems... 


My problem with coal are..... 1) AGGRESSIVE TOWARDS CHILDREN - when he is around children he tries to herd or separate them from the adults, drools excessively and his jaw starts chattering uncontrollably. He hasn't bitten anyone because since this first event I do not allow him around children. However, I need to figure out how to fix it as we travel a lot and there are small children in every campground we go too. And 2)AGGESSIVE TO ALL DOGS - he is red zone aggressive and has bitten me several times when he cant get to them. I have tried everything from choke collars, harness, muzzle, collar vibration (shock collar) to get his attention when he gets in the zone, but nothing seems to phase him...not even treats. I also hired a dog trainer who says he was personally trained by Cesar. After watching him work with my dog I realized he was not personally trained by Cesar and I was out $400.00.


Coal seems to be getting more and more dominate. He is 4 and just started tearing up the ground every time he pees. He is protective of my vehicle and of certain people. Coal and I both were victims of a home invasion/assault by a family member. I was beaten and knocked unconscious and when I came too Coal was being choked. I do not know if this has had an affect on him as a result of the attack or if it is because of my mind frame due to the attack.


Any suggestions would be so helpful and I want my dog to live a happy social life. I know he has it in him to play with other dogs. I just need to learn how to teach him he can do it without attacking them.

Sevda Gulea
Sevda Gulea

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Skarleth Chirinos-Castllo
Skarleth Chirinos-Castllo

Hola!! Tengo un problema con mis dos perros, me mude con mi perro PUG a vivir con mi esposo y mi el tiene un Pitbull los dos perros tienen 1 año, pero al pitbull no quiere al PUG cuando salen a caminar el pitbull no es agresivo con el pug pero dentro de la casa es demasiado territorial el pitbull estaba dentro de la casa todo el tiempo ahora tiene que estar afuera me imagino que eso le molesta mas el pitbull es demasiado territorial, que puedo hacer para que se puedan llevar entre ellos? porfavor ayudame!!!!!!

GRACIAS 

Skarleth

Amy Snell-Gladen
Amy Snell-Gladen

I have a big big problem! I have a boxer/pit bull mix named Yoda. He is approximately a very very strong 4 year old and was a rescue! He was a great dog until he was attacked by another dog on a walk and since then he is out of control! No one wants to come over and my 8 year old son can't have friends over unless Yoda is locked up! He is aggressive towards anyone who comes to the house, other animals, mailman etc.... I'm so scared he will hurt someone and I can't have that on my mind! I'm constantly a nervous wreck with him! I've already spent thousands of dollars on training and so far nothings worked! Going for walks is extremely difficult expecially if other animals are on our route! Please help! I don't want to loose my dog or have someone seriously injured! The vet has recommended putting him down but I can't do it! He's my family! Any advice would be great! Thanks so much for your time!

Amy

Katherine Varela
Katherine Varela

ALOHA!!!! Please help! I have a beagle/hound mix named Maximus and I've had him since 2006. He was a wonderful dog and got along with everyone including other dogs. We have moved a couple of times over the years and twice since 06, he had been placed in Quarantine (Hawaii is a rabies free state). Ever since he was released from quarantine he has changed. Maximus barks at any strangers that approaches our house, as well at bark at all the cars driving by our house. And he growls heavily when we tell him to stop. He also likes to escape now. There was one incident where he bit my boyfriend from trying to capture him and now he is no longer allowed in our neighborhood. We keep him here in secret because we have no where to take him. It frustrates my whole family because no one wants him anymore except me and I will not allow anyone to give him up. I need help. Quarantine has changed a sweet loving dog into an aggravated hound. please help me :(

Theresa Luperi-Koenig
Theresa Luperi-Koenig

Hi,

My name is Theresa and I despretly need your help! I had owned a jack Russell named Jackson since he was 10 weeks old, he learned how to sit stay and all the good stuff he should have but the the trouble began he wouldn't listen he started to bite when he was touched, I'm disabled I have a heart condition so sadly we re-homed him. A few days ago our dog pound called said he was found with my tags on I went to get him because I contacted the “new owner" and nothing they abandoned him he was in terrible shape anyways I need help if I can't get him to stop biting barking and to listen he may have to go but I'm afraid they will give him up to then the worst could happen I love my dog “jackson". PLEASE HELP US.

THANK YOU

THERESA Luperi-Koenig.

cassie billman
cassie billman

Hi i have a dog named rocky henisnsuper sweer but he has some issues my #1 issue is how he is over my 2 year old dont get me wrong i love that he is protective of her but i cant even have him in the room with ither people around just. A simple thing of someonr giving her a high five too play wrestling he will bite someone he does not like it so when someone is in the room with them bothenwe habe too tell them they can not make a movement that makes him think they are hitting her or harming her im scarred he will seriously hurt someone. Issue #2 i have a chorkie they get along but he doesnt realize how big he is so he is always hurting him and sometims he gets really rough wear he corners him and i have too pull him off my chorkie im scarred he is going too seriously injure him idk what to do too get him too calm down. Henis always runnung up too the fence at peopke amd barking at them not beimg agressive butnjust barks and thats a issue because with his size and breed the neighbors tell me if cant get him under control they are forced too call animal control on him. He also likes too j7mp threw are screened in porch he doesnt leave the yard but thats anither issue too wear people will call animal control on him i am in neeed of help im scarrred i will end up loosing my dog

if anyone can help me please email me at clfarmer94@yahoo.com my name is cassie billma PLEASEEE HELP

Naomi Flynn
Naomi Flynn

Hi, I have a 1yr. and 3no. old pit and sugar pia mix Trouble is his name. His name fits him well. I got him when he was 10 weeks old. At the time I was homeless. He went every where I went. He stayed at my side. We are now in a place. If I leave him at home he tears up every thing. The bed the couch any thing and every thing. Also if I go out side for a minute he hits the door and barks and cries till I go back in or bring him out. Also last I go a lot of miles every day. I had a wagon he rode in then I got a bike and trailer that he rode in. A month ago we were hit by a car. I can't get him back in the trailer now not even the wagon. I can't leave him at the house because if I do the house will not be standing when I get back. Please can you help us?

Toni Jennings
Toni Jennings

Two months ago I rescued a 5 year old French Bulldog, Vera. She was used as breeding stock in a puppy mill and spent her whole life in a kennel in a basement where she was severely abused. She is great with my other two dogs and other dogs at the dog park but she has become increasingly aggressive on the leash when she sees another dog or person on our walks. She lunges, yodels, and screams until I pull her away and she can't see the other dog. A few times she has redirected her energy at my smaller dog and nipped him.


Last night she ripped apart her kennel and my rat's cage door then killed my rat. I am afraid she may escalate and eventually hurt one of my other dogs or a neighborhood dog. I am afraid to touch her when she is aggressive on our walks in case she bites me. Please help us! 

Janet Poe
Janet Poe

I rescued a multipoo about a year ago. She's really a sweet dog except I can't seem to get her to stop barking and growling at every noise she hears. My neighbors are afraid she will bite them. Can someone please give me some advise on how to get her through all this barking.

mary granados
mary granados

Hi,

All of the sudden my dog started acting weird. She if a happy dog, eats well,plays,and walks..BUT now to do all that I have to pick her up from her bed if not she won't come..or when she comes in she just stands there

for me to go get her its been 3/4 days. I don't know what to do if I don't get her she won't do anything.

She was fine this happen over night.What should I do.

Thank you,

Mary


Katie Kelly
Katie Kelly

Hey Cesar my boyfriend and I have a one year old German Sheppard Huskey hound mix, crazy mix I know. He is a good dog for the most part besides some issues that are still being worked on.

Our biggest problem we are having with Milo is when we try to go to bed he will not let that happen unless he is taken outside every time he cries barks whatever. By the way we take both of our dogs out for a good hour hour and a half before bed so they can do there thing. But Milo will still want to go back outside. So we take him out he pees we wait for him to poop nothing so we come back in and he starts all over barks cries we try having him lay in bed with us he gets louder so we take him out but nothing happens, and we are outside for at least a 1 hour every time this happenes. I just don't understand were we went wrong other then doing what he wants. We need help.

PLEASE CESAR HELP US!!!

Thank you

Katie and Evan

Bridget Foust
Bridget Foust

We have an Australian shepard/blue heeler mix who has severe separation anxiety. Whenever we leave the house he will pee on the furniture, we take him for walks before we leave and we leave him toys and bones to play with. We don't know what else to do to solve this problem.

Rebecca Brawley
Rebecca Brawley

We have two really great female pit mixes. One (almost 2) has gone through several training classes and been well socialized with other dogs and people. The other (now 10 months) hasn't been socialized as well but we've done much of the same training at home. Within the last month or two they've started to become aggressive towards each other. It started during meal time so we started feeding them separately, then it changed to attention driven, or so it seems. They normally are inside the house with us but now they can't come in or they'll fight with blood. We've tried ignoring them but as soon as we touch one, the other attacks. We've tried leashing them to practice but nothing changes. Last night i sat outside, not acknowledging them and they nearly killed each other. I'm moving into my 7th month of pregnancy and we can't put our baby at risk or continue to worry about their aggression towards each other. All the advice we've received is to get rid of one but there has to be another way! They spend all day and night together fine and only attack when one receives attention. The puppy is about the same size as the other at this point and is obviously trying to establish a dominant role. We don't know what else we can do to establish dominance. Please help us keep our family together!

Molly Crowley
Molly Crowley

HELP!  I have a 7 month old PWD who has been doing great (very excited and active) but when I take him for a walk he will sometimes 'all of a sudden' charge at me and bite my arm, leg and back and try to grab the leash.  I will have him sit and hold his mouth shut and say "no bites".  He will calm down and right when I think he is ready to walk some more he will attack again. It is so embarrassing and scary at the same time and I am frustrated because I want to be able to fix it and know why he does this!  Please help!

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

Lori G.
Lori G.

@B. Waterman has anyone on here helped you? Sorry i have a husky for my husband that trainers can't train and he is for my husband with rbi, ptsd, and many other issues. I'm tired and warn out if you get help or know where i can please pretty please let me know. thank you for your time Lori G.

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.