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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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Amanda Cundiff
Amanda Cundiff

I volunteer at the Animal Adoption Center in Lindenwold, NJ. There is a dog there, named King, who has been there for almost 4 years. Since we are no-kill, he will stay there until his life is over, or until he finds the right adopter, or we raise the funds to send him to a sanctuary. King is scary, he lunges and growls at the kennel fence at people passing by, and only lets you touch him if he has known you for a very long time. He has bitten multiple times, but the staff at the shelter think he is still adoptable to the right experienced owner. Most people are afraid of him, because of how large, aggressive, and intimidating he is. Volunteers that walk him on the regular (the experienced volunteers) think he is just a big loving baby once he trusts you. Apparently, before he came to us King was probably abused, and had a large chain on his neck that made it hard for him to move around. This may obviously be why he is so weary of trusting people. He is about 5 years old and has been living at our shelter for FOUR years. Cesar please help King!!

Natalie Velasquez
Natalie Velasquez

My husband bought a pitbull (bolt) about 2 years ago because my son wanted a dog. Everything was great at the beginning we were able to take him to the dog park and he would get along with other dogs. Then about a year ago my husband had surgery on his leg and was unable to walk the bolt as much. After recuperating a bit from his surgery he tried walking bolt but he would start pulling and trying to lung at every dog he saw. My husband was no longer able to walk him because of the pressure the pulling would put on his leg. I have tried several times to walk him but it's so hard he pulls and it scares me that he will knock me down and get loose and attack. I am having a very hard time controlling him. I would love to have a peaceful walk with him. If only he could remain calm I would love to do so much more with him. He is becoming more aggressive and has tried to attack several people. I am afraid one day he will harm someone very bad. I need help to control him... Please!!!

Kyle Seiler
Kyle Seiler

My girlfriend and I both owned dogs when we met. Our relationship has grown strong, but our dogs do not get along. As we plan the next steps in life, including marriage and making a home together, we're constantly stumped on the problem of our dogs. We don't want to give either dog up when the time comes, and we're skeptical of local "experts" who claim they can socialize our dogs for a hefty fee. 


I own a 2 year old Pitbull named King, and my girlfriend, Kaitlin, has a 2-year-old Shar-Pei/ Mastif mix named Grey. King is a very laid-back, fun-loving pibble who gets along with people and dogs. Grey, on the other hand, is very much a shar-pei: aloof and independent, fiercely loyal and protective; and a downright jerk to all dogs, especially King. 


We knew from the beginning that Grey wasn't going to like King. That said, we still tried to get them together. They do fine on walks to the park as long as King doesn't look at Grey the wrong way or get too close to Kaitlin. They cannot be together, off-leash, indoors. Grey will snarl and bark and be very aggressive from his kennel if King is inside. King will do what he can to avoid Grey's kennel. Grey has bitten King once, but we've never been brave enough to introduce either dog to a situation where an outright brawl might occur.


We both want to make a home with these two dogs, we do not want to play the separation game with these two. We're willing to put in the work to socialize these guys, and we're looking for just the right teacher to lead the way.  


Please come to Oklahoma City and give us a hand, Cesar! 

gina brown
gina brown

our 12 year old dog has been going after the family cat three times in the last two days.

we are afraid that the cat will leave and not come back.  He has always gotten along with the cat but he now goes after him with teeth showing.  

Mary Slabe
Mary Slabe

My daughter volunteers to groom dogs at the local dog pound and she fell in love with "Pointsetta" a pit-mix after 5 months of pleading with me to adopt her I caved and adopted the dog for her birthday.  Pointsetta is a delight most of the time.  She has learned to follow simple comands (sit, stay, waits for food) however, when she wants to play her excitement level goes from 0-10 instantly and we aren't educated enough to bring her down to calm and submissive, she begins jumping at us, and biting, she hasn't done real damage yet but has us becoming fearful of her which I know from watching your program we have to stay calm.  Easier said than done.  Also, she has not had experience socializing with other dogs and when we walk her and she spots another dog the pulling, and barking begins, she's only 40lbs but when she pulls she feels like a mac truck.  She doesn't respond to a side tug on her leash or a poke to her side, we can't seem to snap her brain out of it.  I know from watching the program that we need help not so much Poinsettia and I have chosen to ask for help because just today my daughter was walking her and 2 dogs came from across the road that were not leashed or fenced in(here in Youngstown, Ohio we do have a leash law but nobody thinks it applies to them) the owner yelled out and said "Oh they won't hurt you" and my daughter yelled "but my dog might" and that moment her dog began to sniff Pointsettia, causing her to growl, then the ladies dog attacked, of course Poinsettia attacked back and my daughter was left alone to break it up.  Fortunately she wasn't physically hurt, Poinsettia wasn't too bad, we took her to our vet as a precaution (she had just been neutured a few weeks ago, so I had concerns)  There was a lot of blood so it must have been the other ladies dog, which should have been leashed or fenced in.  Well my daughter suffers from ptsd, and severe social anxiety, the dog was a good companion for her and helped her to get out of the house and even talk with other people now she is terriefied to walk the dog for fear of the next loose dog.  I want for my family to be comfortable around Poinsettia so she can be comfortable around us.  We're afraid to play with her and now very aprehensive to walk her.  She doesn't belong in the pound but she needs to feel secure and know that she can trust us and for that to happen we have to learn how to become good dog owners.  I know we live out of your district (about 3000 miles) but is there anything you can do to help us from so far away?

Dan Suarez
Dan Suarez

I have a 3 year old Belgian Malinois. He is trained in arson detection and should be getting his certification in September. He has always been food aggressive, but he is getting worse. He actually snapped at my wife this morning. I've consulted multiple trainers and have tried just about everything. If he is not able to get past this, I'm not sure he will be able to work in the field and it would be years of training and thousands of dollars wasted. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Dixie Chalmers
Dixie Chalmers

My Sister owns FIVE problem dogs.  These dogs are from the same litter and have been raised together.  They are a mix of Jack Russell Terrier and Blue Heeler among other breeds I am sure. It is very hard to visit my sister anymore because this pack of dogs has taken over her home.  They jump on me and will not stop.  I can't sit down because they all maul me.  I guess it feels as if I am being attack except they are all licking instead of biting.  My sister does not do anything to stop this behavior.  She only laughs and says aren't they cute.  They jump on me while I am walking up or down the stairs.  I am scared they are going to push me down the stairs.  Beyond that that have completely chewed the cushions on her couch.  There is no place to sit in her home anymore and they are not fully potty trained so her home smells now.  She crates these guys for over eight hours a day five to six days a week and sometimes more.  Her neighbors have called animal control twice due to barking.  I can't help but think she is being selfish by keeping all these dogs.  She has gotten them spayed and neutered as well as provides excellent medical care for them, however I don't believe she has the space, time, or skills to keep these dogs safely.

Ryan Hipol
Ryan Hipol

I'm writing in regards to my dog Cody. He is a pit/boxer mix and is 4 years old. I adopted him from a rescue organisation in Oregon. He was already ten months old when I got him. His issues I believe stem from the lack of sacralisation that his previous owners did not give him at the age he should of learned many things. He does not know how to properly meet and greet other dogs. When I take him for walks he get overly excited and hyper when he sees another dog approach. But the problem has just recently started. I currently live with my parents and they have two dogs Dutch and buck. Cody does nothing to Dutch, he respects the old man. However, until recently Cody and buck were best friends. Cody recently went after buck. Then a week later he did again. After that we started having Cody wear a muzzle when he is with the boys. Later even with the muzzle he went after buck again, so I got a new and better muzzle. Even with that, he again went after buck when he was just walking by. Now he is kept completely separate. I love my dog and want to do right by him. He has already made tremendous progresses from how bad he used to be but still needs work on certain things. If this issue with buck especially is not resolved my parents say we will have to get him a new home. THAT IS NOT AN OPTION, over my dead body!!!!! PLEASE HELP ASAP!!!!!

Ruth White
Ruth White

Writing again to beg for help. My 2 Shepard mixes continue to attempt to attack our alpaca. I have been leash walking, leash swimming and now muzzle training them. The younger, smaller dog Charlie, has now bitten our neighbors' pony through their fence and acts aggressively towards them.m I am concerned someone will walk by and put their hand through fence and get bitten. The larger dog, Ashburn, a feral dog we picked up on a road trip In Georgia, cannot be controlled on leash by myself near alpacas. My husband is able to control her off leash near them so I must be the problem. We are located in Plant City Florida just outside Tampa. Please please help me!

Baseema Smith
Baseema Smith

I have my first puppy, (Presa Canario), how can I train her not to jump on people. Only 4 months old, already 50lbs. I would really like some tips on training her properly.

Sandra Browning
Sandra Browning

What should a person do if a large and/or dangerous dog is loose and is about to attack them?

Lianne Swanson
Lianne Swanson

Please help us!  A neighbor had three very peaceful good dogs (a chi mix, a chocolate lab and a Dutch Shepherd) , and rescued an AmStaff that was abandoned in the area....the AmStaff and the Dutchie formed a bond, and killed (they think) the chi mix.  A few weeks later, they took on the chocolate lab and she died from her wounds.  They do not know definitively what happened, but the boyfriend insists both dogs be put down and it is now a critical situation.  The body of the chi mix was dragged to their back door, and there were also predators in the area.  They live in a rural area, there are coyotes and a mountain lion around, and nobody's sure....The Dutchie was also a rescue, kept because the chocolate lab loved her so much my neighbor couldn't bear to separate them.  This scenario is critical, and it is located in the rural area near Cesar's HQ.  Could you please help save the life of at least one of these dogs?  

Veronica Oldham
Veronica Oldham

I have two friendly French Bulldogs, Brody 4yrs and Abbey 2 yrs old.  They are from two separate litters and raised together since puppies, our issue is with Brody, when someone comes to the door he gets so excited he runs lunges at the door and now Abbey is now picking up this problem.  When she is alone she is fine. They actually popped the door open one day. 


Thanks Vern

jeremy cooke
jeremy cooke

My fiancé Jen and I own a Chihuahua/yorkie that Jen rescued about 2 1/2 years ago.  He is insecure and fearful around large dogs and acts out with aggression.  The main issue we have with him is that he growls, lunges, bites small children.  Children want to pet him all the time, but  we can't let them because he will snap at them and possibly bite.  How can we address this issue with children?

angie burdick
angie burdick

Hello, my name is Angie and I am the owner of a beautiful yellow lab shepherd mix named Max. I

I got max when he was 12 weeks old from a rescue and I am desperate for help with him, he is 1 now and I just love him so much. I have had some issues with max since I brought him home, he is very  loving and playful with our family. Max is very aggressive towards people outside our family. He will growl bark and lung and try to attack anyone who comes into our house or around our house. I usually take Max with me everywhere I go and I have to be so careful with him. I am terrified he will bite someone. He is even aggressive towards children. I hired a trainer and that didn't help and I try socializing him as much as possible that doesn't work I don't know what else to do. Can you please help before its to late for Max! Thank you.

Lurena Martin
Lurena Martin

I am a first time dog owner. I have a 10 week old pit bull puppy who is smart and adorable. Problem is...he is teething like crazy and biting everything!  My fingers and hands are scratched up, I can not sit down unless he is locked in his kennel or else the legs are fair game. I can not take him out yet until his 3 series of vaccinations are completed. What can I do to start teaching him not to bite?

Jean Miller
Jean Miller

My German Shepherd is a rescue dog and the third dog to come into our home.  He's very dominant - wants to play all the time with our other dogs and always wants to be the dominant one.  I've been taking him to training classes and he's very smart and learns very quickly but my problem is if another person tries to get close to him, he with growl, lunge and bite.  He has bitten a couple of people and now I'm not sure what to do with him.  I'm afraid I'll have to put him down if I can't figure out how to cure this one behavior.  He's got a high prey drive - wants to change all the time.  I need help with this dog - he's only about 16 months old and we've had him about 6 months.  I'm sure animal control will be involved very soon due to the bite he inflicted today.

Jordyn Eckersley
Jordyn Eckersley

i have a 1.5 yr old female german shepherd, and ive had her since she was 6 weeks old. she use to love all people and other dogs. ive had her in training since she was about 6 months old. but when she hit about 8 months old she started showing dog aggression, and more recently she has started showing aggression towards some people, kids included. im so worried because I don't want her to hurt someone or another dog and then her be put to sleep because of it. it would just kill me if that happened. through our training classes, we think her behavior is based on her being protective of me. im worried that I have caused this since I was overly attached to her when I got her (I got her 2 weeks after my last GSD passed away). she has gotten slightly better in the past 6 months with the dog aggression, but still has issues.  the nervousness around kids worries me because I have a daycare license in my home, and I would like to advertise to watch more kids in the future.  I currently just watch my nephew (6 months old) and she is perfectly fine around him. I also have a 2nd dog (male german shepherd - 6 months old) and they are pretty good buddies. my female seems to be okay with dogs that come to our house, but not dogs that she meets outside of our house. Both of my dogs are fixed as well. Please please help me help her. Help me be the owner I can be, and the owner she needs so that she can be the best dog she can be.

Mar Gee
Mar Gee

I have a dog that attacks all male dogs that are not neutered. he is real good around other dogs that are neutered, but becomes very aggressive when approached by an un neutered dog.

Amanda Parker
Amanda Parker

My boyfriends dog Sadie is a German Shepard and Whippet mix. In the last week something drastic has changed in her behavior. On two separate occasion, upon coming home from work, he has come home to a disaster. She has torn the blinds from his windows, the frame down from the front door. The drywall around the frame of the windows has been ripped up so much the metal frame is coming out. There are holes in the drywall. Kitchen cabinets are scratched up. The trash can is mangled. She has chewed on the bathroom door. The couch is torn to shreds. Sadie has always had issues with mild anxiety. Just recently my boyfriend moved from our home together here in Ohio to Arizona. He took his two dogs Sadie and Taila with him to Arizona and I stayed behind with my dog Sophie and three cats. We had minor issues with the dogs, but they got along great and maintained balance in our home. Since moving to Arizona in January, my boyfriend hasn't had too many issues. There were a few times where one of the dogs chewed on the door, but nothing else and that was shortly after he moved in. He is convinced that she isn't happy, which I can't disagree with, but plans to either take her to the Maricopa County Dog Shelter or have her put down this weekend. He did call two rescue groups but they won't take her. She is such a precious dog. She is so gentle and enjoys being around people and other dogs. What can I do?!!!!

Lisa Lewis
Lisa Lewis

I have a 3-year-old bloodhound.  He pulls me everyone where he goes.  Its all about the nose with him and I've tried everything -- stick in front of his face (he just barrels through it), spiky collar, tapping his rear to get his attention -- nothing slows him down.  I walk him for an hour every morning and we have a large yard, so enough exercise is not the issue.  Worse than all that is that he is aggressive.  We live on Galveston Island and any dog we pass makes him go ballistic.  He barks like crazy (and a bloodhounds bark was made to be loud) and jumps and runs circles around me and pulls the leash.  Did I mention he weighs over 100 pounds?  If he got off the leash, he would hurt any dog he came in contact with and probably any person. Everyone is attracted to him because he looks so cute, they even come up to the fence and try to talk to him. He barks and bites the fence the whole time. We lock him away when people come over because he is so aggressive.  He is as sweet as can be with our family and a really beautiful dog, but I'm worried he will hurt someone if he ever got off the leash or out of our yard.  


Robert Campbell
Robert Campbell

Our dog is a 1 1/2 year old lab mix and she jumps over our 6 ft tall privacy fence, we recently have had the cops called on us and if they get called again because she's out we have to pay a fine that we can't afford. When she does get loose she doesn't listen and runs down by the river and some times we have to chase her 4 or 5 blocks away. We have a cable that we put her on outside but she's not happy when she's on it and cries and wimpers until we go get her off of it even if it's only for a few minutes, then she's mad at us and chews on things even more than she already does. She will get into the trash and drag it out every where in our house. We can take her for a walk but when we get home if we let her out without chaining her up she still jumps the fence to run. We hate to have to get rid of her but that's what it is coming down to.

Nancy Sabol
Nancy Sabol

We rescued a dog from PAWS almost a year ago. Shadow was listed as a "Lab/Mix", but you only need to look at her to see, she has "Pit" in her. She has a few problems, like excessive barking, and an extreme fear of fireworks, but the thing that frightens me most, is her dog aggression.   We sent her to Obedience school, where we were told her problems had been corrected, but once she came home, she went right back to barking.  When she's indoors, she either lays at the back door, and watches for squirrels, she has an obsession about squirrels too,  or sits on the couch looking out the big window. If someone walks by with a dog, she goes crazy, and keeps barking until the other dog is out of site.   Normally we keep her in the back yard, but occasionally we let her in the front yard, where the street is right in front of our fence.   If someone walks by, she races up and down the fence barking viciously, until they move past the fence line. Yesterday, the thing I feared the most happened. The weather was nice, so Shadow was running around the front yard with our other dog, when a couple walked by on the street. They had a Lab that looked very much like Shadow. She started her routine of running back and forth barking, and the other dog was barking back, when all of a sudden she climbed over the fence, and went for the other Lab.  The other dog's owner and my husband were able to separate them immediately, and luckily no injury happened.   Now, I am terrified that since she figured out how to scale the fence this time, that she will do it again, and really cause an injury.


I don't want her to be labeled vicious, and maybe have to have her put down, but I don't know how to control her.  I am thinking that we might need to muzzle her whenever she is outside. It seems cruel, but if she hurts another dog, we'll lose her for sure. Can someone help us?


Nancy T.


Nancy Brooks
Nancy Brooks

We have a female building that just turned 4 years old and last month rescued an 18 month old Bulldog. They seem to really enjoy each other and even lie in the same bed. We do have some major issues that are have my husband saying we need to give our new puppy away. I don't blame him but myself and my kids are already in love with him! The dogs will be fine until there is a toy around or ones getting attention and then they get viscous toward each other. I am afraid that someone will get hurt so I don't let them have any toys unless they are physically separated. I know they need to chew and it's sad they both love to play ball but can't together. I brought my new bullie to the vet and there were no dogs in waiting room. He did great letting them take blood & check him out thoroughly. When we walked out of the exam room there were several dogs waiting and my dog instantly turned from a very lovable bullie to a severely viscous dog! He was trying to get at all the dogs and it was scary. I had to put him in the car while waiting to check out. My husband tried to break them apart tonight and got bitten, not badly , but there were puncture wounds. He's fed up and doesn't like coming home from work anymore. I want this to work out so badly. I've just had my 9th surgery since 2003. 4 have been during the last year. When I found out that a tumor I had removed in 2008 was back I was so shocked because there was only a 4% chance it would. I also closed my childcare center after over 10 years and the stress of losing my business was completely overwhelming & stressful. Giving this puppy a new home and getting a friend for my 4 year old was so

such a happy thing for me. These dogs are really helping me through the depression this past year has caused me and have been keeping me going. If I have to give away this puppy that has my heart it will be devastating for me, my kids & my husband. I know he wants this to work but he's at a stressful job all day & stressed about $ and me. We really need help to save our family!

Kimberly Waggoner
Kimberly Waggoner

I have a Thai Ridgeback that is almost 3 years old that we have had since she was 6 weeks old. Within in the last 4 months she has started fighting with our other female dog. Animal Control took one of the dogs for 10 days after the fight. These dogs used to sleep together and get along. Now they can not be around each other without fighting.  I do not know what has changed. I have bought muzzles which keeps them from biting each other but they still go after each other. I do not know what has changed.  I can walk them individually but she has to wear her muzzle.  I hate what is happening.  They are good dogs but I do not know how to fix their behavior. I do not want to find a new home for one of the dogs because they are family. My family is very frustrated.  My son wants to be able to play with our other dogs without the fear of a fight starting.  I hope you can help.

DAVID DOLEMAN
DAVID DOLEMAN

I have 2 Dogs one red nose apbt and a pitbull husky mix the bully is the younger dog and a few months ago I brought arnold (the pitsky) along and introduced him to saeed (the rednose) about 2 moths ago they were out and got into a really bad fight and again about a week later then there was another incident saeed had gotten into a fight with a neighbors dog who got out the fence now its so bad saeed is aggressive with all dogs and I have to keep them seperate it breaks my heart because arnold and saeed were the best of friends now there mortal enemies and I have to keep them separate any advice I refuse to put neither one of my boys down or rehome them ill do what it takes for them to become friends again -David

Michelle Grua
Michelle Grua

I have a 12 year old Labrador that I am having problems introducing to a newly adopted cat. The lab has significant cataracts, but is still able to see movement and objects well enough to avoid trees and chase my other dogs while on walks in the forest. My housemates and I are very familiar with Cesar's techniques...we try having the lab lie on her side to achieve a calm state ( which takes about 30 minutes!) but the instant we let her up, she's alert, ears up, barking, lunging at the cat, despite consistent jerks on the choke chain, "tsssst," sounds and using our hands to " bite" her. We have tried to " desensitize" the lab by having her lie on her side and stroking her with the cat ( he's exceptionally calm and compliant) We have been at it for over a week, but have not succeeded in making her accept the cat and not try to lunge or grab it with her mouth. the cat is so mellow that he doesn't strike at the dog when she licks his face ( which we nip in the bud, because we know that's not affection, it's the dog " claiming" the cat. I don't want to have to keep them separate and we fear for the cats safety. HELP !!!

Linda Brownlee
Linda Brownlee

"This is just one of the letters that this woman has written about my service dog...most of which is not true, and she also called in Animal Protection who I had knocking on my door today!  Please help me so I don't lose my service dog, I need him and I love him I can't bear to lose him.  Tucker is a good dog, lots of people have said to me I wish my dog was as well behaved as yours is. I have even had people tell me that they wished their Service dog was as well behaved.  Granted he has some issues but he certainly would not hurt these dogs. Check out his FaceBook page at Tuckers Pack he is with all kinds of dogs, and has never tried to hurt any of them.  The problem is narrow minds and fear based hate for large dogs and especially Rottweilers and the like.... 

Yesterday, Sunday April 6, 2014 I had another encounter with the supposed service dog, 135lb Tucker the Rottweiler. I believe this is the 5th or 6th incident!!!  I reported each incident in email to mgmt..

When I opened outside door to go outside, he charged me and my dogs, actually entering bldg. hall.  There is no doubt in my mind that this dog would've hurt or killed my dogs had it not been wearing the muzzle that I insisted he wear in the common areas!  Once the dog was retrieved by owner, I stepped outside and had a brief conversation about how relieved I was that dog was wearing muzzle.  Owner said he doesn't understand why his dog attacks mine….my dogs have never run up on, or even barked at this Rottweiler!!  I noticed that the owner did not have the dogs leash wrapped around his hand and questioned if he was sure he had control of dog and was assured he did.  I started to walk away from dog and got about 10 feet away when I heard him start to bark aggressively and saw that he had broken away from owners control and was headed our way!!!!  Once again dog made contact, but muzzle prevented any serious physical damage to me and or my dogs.   This has gone on way to long!  Someone is gonna get hurt by this vicious dog!!!!  I first reported this back on October 23rd, 2013!!!!  I feel that I have been more than patient with Vintage staff.  When will this issue be resolved???

This is my home and I do not feel safe here with this uncontrollable Rottweiler!!!!  Do I have to get an attorney to get this dangerous issue resolved??

I don’t have the funds to move…..and I shouldn't have to move!!!!  This is FPI Mgmt responsibility!!!!  There are a lot of frail dog owners that live here…..someone is going to get hurt or worse!

Keli Gatlin
Keli Gatlin

Hi, I have a 4/12 year old pit//lab very smart, army crawls gets his bye bye=leash! roll over! jumps and kisses me many other tricks! problem is I try and walk him but he pulls me and at 74 pounds it's too hard, so I take him to dog park with many dogs, he never has a problem, oh when I try and walk him he will sometimes jump on people, I'm scared he might bite someone, great with kids as always had kids around, I would love to take walks with him but I can't, I've tried different collars, a harness, I need help.

Thank you

Alexis Peterson
Alexis Peterson

I need your help Cesar! My husband and I recently adopted a Blue Heeler from a local shelter. The day after we brought her home she almost died from aspirated pneumonia a condition we weren't told that she had. After nursing her back to health we have discovered she has severe dog aggression. We've only had her a couple of months and she has already bitten about 4 dogs. She does not even hesitate before attacking, she goes right in for the kill. I don't know what to do with her at this point. We have two other dogs that are super friendly and we live a really active lifestyle that includes camping, going to the beach and the park etc. With this new dog ( Vada) we are limited to what we can do. I am terrified that she is going to severely hurt another dog! My husband thinks she is a liability and the last thing I want is to have to get rid of her when I just worked so hard to save her life! She is the sweetest dog to humans, but hates other dogs! PLEASE help us!

Heather Abeyta
Heather Abeyta

I have a female Border Collie who doesn't interact well with other peoples dogs. We have 3 other dogs 2 male 1 other female. She doesn't like to share any toys she takes over they all belong to her and she doesn't like being sniffed. All of this is just strange dogs she isn't familiar with she will share at home. So we cant take her to dog park anymore. Also we are planning a cruise in Dec and are going to have to board them and i don't want her to have more problems on top of her severe separation anxiety.  

Bonnie A.
Bonnie A.

I know that you get hundreds of people asking for help everyday, but I wanted to at least try to contact you. I have followed all of your shows throughout the years and have tried to understand why my dog interacts the way she does.  I own a chocolate Staffordshire terrier named Kaiya. She is a little over 4 years old. She is an amazing family dog, and even has a great relationship with my cat Mr. D, but when she is out in public with other dogs I literally hold my breathe the whole time.  It's gotten to the point where I don't bring her out anymore unless I know she will be the only dog. On dog walks, if she sees another dog, person or cat she immediately starts whining, growling, barking and even jumping up in the air, twisting around and pulling the leash extremely hard. She even has a sensible harness, which doesn't seem to work anymore when she really wants or is intimidated by something.  Her anxiety level is extremely high while even in our back yard. We have an iron fence, so she can see people and other dogs on the path back there and she runs up and down the fence barking and kicking the ground with her back legs.  It's like she is always in a state of high alert, for lack of a better term. Whenever she sees another dog, she immediately does this army crawl position and I know that if she had the opportunity, she would probably pounce but I don't know if that's aggressive or nerves. All I know is that it's not playful, and it worries me. I am an actress, and a few months ago I was cast in a dog food commercial with her.  We ended up having to leave the set early, because she became extremely overprotective and aggressive. I had never seen her like that before and it seems to be getting worse.  I adopted her from the SPCA 3 years ago. She was a stray and they didn't know much more about her past other than she had been on the streets a while and by the time she got to them she was in bad shape physically.  She was just a tiny thing. I have had friends to my house that she does fine with, and others we have to keep her in a different room. It doesn't seem like there is any pattern, although I notice that she takes much better to females, with the exception of one or two male friends. I love my dog with everything I have and I want her to be happy and fulfilled. I don't want her to have to beheld back from going places or doing things, but at this point I can't even bring her to the vet.  When we go to the vet, they have to take her back without me and then she will be fine. If I'm present, they have to muzzle her.  She has never bitten anyone, but I fear that every day may be the day.  Given the kind of breed she is, I know that people would judge harshly.  She is a great dog. She is loving and so loyal to us and she is so smart.  I know she is capable of learning anything. I just wish I knew exactly how to teach her that everyone is not the enemy. She has gone to training classes in the past, but they did not help.  She seems to be the kind of dog that does well when introducing one dog only and doing it VERY carefully, but even then it's very shaky. I truly believe that she was extremely under socialized before she came to us and although we had tried to socialize her, I think it all backtracked when she was attacked by a german shepard at the dog park one day. I really fear that one day she will take it too far and I will end up losing my dog.  I would do anything for her and I just want her to have a safe, good, quality of life. If there is any advice that you can give, I would greatly appreciate it.

Kristin O.
Kristin O.

I am writing this for a friend who has been ordered to put down her dog because her neighbors are scared of him. She is trying very hard to get training for him, even giving him up to a training facility only to be called later to tell her they lost the dog. They found him a couple days later still in the facility so she took him back home. He is very sweet and loving to her and her family and their other dogs but not anyone else. The scheduled euthanization is for tomorrow 4/9/14 but she is going to hide him and continue to try and find someone to train this dog. She is really in need of help so she can keep her baby.  You are her last hope.  He is a pit bull mix and as you know the state of MD does not shed good light on pit bulls here.  Please help. Since I am writing this for her I don't know the details about how bad he really is just that he has already bitten someone or another dog.

Angela Talias
Angela Talias

I am writing this for my 10 year old granddaughter --

"Dear Caesar -  Hi, I am Alexis Giddens and we need help fast.  We have 3 dogs - Willow, 12 years old Rat Terrier, DeeDee a five year old Lab/Sheltie Mix and Angel a 2 year old Beagle  After we got Angel, our 5 year old Dee started attacking 12 year old Willow like trying to kill her. We have to keep them separated and Willow is sad in the basement.  Angel gets along with both other dogs but gets really anxious with the fighting at the basement door.  I am afraid DeeDee will start attacking Angel because she's really jealous when people play with Angel and I'm scared DeeDee will hurt Angel like she has Willow.  We really need help so Willow can be part of the family.  She was here first and it's not fair she has to live in the basement to be safe.  Please can you come help!!!!  Thank you - Alexis Giddens"""

Joann Damante
Joann Damante

Need Help!  We have a 3 year old female boxer 50 lbs and a 1 1/2 year old male boxer 80 lbs.  They are really great dogs, caring, loving, and love to cuddle as if they are pups.  Its amazing how they know when my husband is going to get a seizure and they don't leave his side.  My problem with them is that you cannot come in or leave my house.  They jump on you and can knock you off your feet, more the male than the female.  My mom will be coming home from a long stay in Florida and she is 87 years old and weights 130 lbs.  I am afraid she will get knocked over and hurt.  How to I stop them from jumping on everyone who enters and leaves my home.  We also have trouble walking them they pull and walk us.  NEED HELP FAST...

Nancy Ayles
Nancy Ayles

We have 2 rescued Dalmatians. It is not our first time with the breed so we knew what to expect. Unfortunately these two are very aggressive, And by the scars they have,  it has been suggested that they were probably used as bait dogs.

They are only allowed out in the yard muzzled, to protect all the wildlife in the yard and in case the break out of our 12 ft privacy fence, which they have done. When we take them anywhere else, they are muzzled and we avoid anywhere there may be another person or animal. They try to kill any animal including our own cats and lunge very aggressively at people. They are very difficult for us to handle so we can't even walk them anymore.

We have always had perfectly trained dogs of many breeds that were welcome anywhere and these two have us changing our entire lifestyle around their aggression. We can't even vacation anymore because we have been banned from the places we go,

They also have separation anxiety, only in hotels and strange places, and have destroyed a mattress and box spring and a wall to wall carpet which cost us thousands. We have always traveled with our dogs or if going overseas, they were cared for by family. Now, family can't help us and we have the entire house gated and blocked to keep our cats and our 88 year old mother safe.

We have tried 4 different trainers but I think they are too dangerous for anyone but you Cesar.

Maybe you can help the terrible duo.

Linda Bohrer
Linda Bohrer

I'm in desperate need of help!!!  We adopted a 5month old miniature dauschund (now 1 year old).  He was and still is very skittish but has improved greatly.  He barks and all of us.  If you enter a room he barks and sometimes charges us.  He cannot be kept in a cage.  First he cries for hours and I mean 3 to 4 hours (barking, whining, howling) and if that's not bad enough....he hurts himself.  The last time he was in the cage he dug so hard with his nose to get out that he made it bleed!  The biggest problem is that he is using my furniture as the bathroom!  I'm at my wits end.  I don't know what to do with him.  My family is ready to throw him and me out.  Any help you could give would be most appreciated. 

linzie langkafel
linzie langkafel

We rescued a shepherd mix before Christmas, he is a sweetheart with us but not so much with other people. We are beside ourselves and don't know what to do, we can't have anyone visit in our home,if we are out walking and anyone approaches him he starts barking. He is great with other dogs and OK with people that have dogs with them. PLEASE HELP

Linzie Carmel, NY 

Debbie Bybee
Debbie Bybee

I don't know if this is where I can communicate with Cesar. I KNOW your swamped but I am begging. I have started a local French bulldog and English bulldog rescue in Colorado Springs, CO. Still working on the entire process and very new. I have been contacted to help an 8yr old neutered male frenchie with SEVERE people aggression. He has been turned down by all other rescues. He has bitten over and over. His owner lives in a retirement village and can't keep him due to the severe aggression. He does not cower or act fearfully aggressive. He charges full on with intent. He also has issues with cats and big dogs. I have not seen him with smaller dogs. He has bitten so many people in his owners retirement village. He is now on quarantine until 4/12/14 due to the aggression. Please, trainers locally have been tried, all other local resources tried without improvement. You are his last hope.  I do not want to see this dog euthanized which is the outcome if I can't help. Please Cesar. God Bless.

Irene McNulty
Irene McNulty

My husband and I are both in our 60s and 2 years ago decided to rescue a dog.  We have had 2 other dogs in our lives, but this one won't learn.  He is part coon hound and very independent.  He does not respond to praise like our other dogs did.  We tried the dog park for a while, but he kept getting into fights.  He is very dominant.  He is uncontrollable around other people.  We have to put him in the basement when company comes to our house.  He will eat anything.  We cannot leave anything laying around.  If we take our shoes off, he eats them.  We cannot have pillows on the furniture because he will eat them.  We have tried for 2 years now to correct his problems, but are making very little progress.  It is very disheartening for us.  We have tried so hard.  He gets at least 3 long walks a day and a few short walks in between.  I think he is getting enough exercise.  If he gets a hold of something he doesn't want to give up, he will bite us to keep it.  He will growl, snarl and actually bite.

We are too old to bike, roller skate, skate board, etc.

We love this dog and definitely want to keep him, but our lives are out of control.

Please help us!!!

Carrie Millican
Carrie Millican

Dear Cesar,

I have a Chocolate Lab, two Beagles and a Jack Russell.  I live in the city and anytime someone walks or rides a bike by the fence they all go crazy and end up fighting.  If someone walks by with another dog its ten times worse.  My jack Russell was bitten on the neck so bad she had puncture wounds.  I love my dogs and want to keep them all, but I'm scared that if this reaction continues someone will complain the local animal shelter.  We have zero control and nothing we have tried has worked.  I find myself not wanting to go outside because of the lack of control.  Please help!!!

Ariana Zeiner
Ariana Zeiner

Dear Cesar,


My name is Ariana Zeiner, i'm 16 and have two cavachons. One of my dogs, BamBam, who is 4 years old now, gets aggressive when it comes to anyone but me, my mom, my dad, or my brother. He started acting like this when he was about 6 or 7 months, after we got him neutered.  He acts like he's going to bite people when they come over. If someone rings the doorbell he barks and won't stop even when we close the door and they are gone. When our landscapers come and are in our yard he wines and if they get anywhere close to our doors he starts barking and tries to attack. The only reason my other dog, Shaggy, who is 3 years old, will growl at people is if BamBam starts it, he is the only reason Shaggy will growl. I cant take them anywhere or have anyone come over to my house due to how he acts. Me and my family desperately need your help! 

Brenda Woish
Brenda Woish

I have a 4year old schipperkei that will bark in the house when he sees something outside of the house.   I have tried everything to get him to stop.   He even barks when people come to visit.  It is come to the piont were I can not have people over. The only thing that has come close but not quiet is the spraying of water at him when he barks but this does not always work.  Help.

Sandy Harcrow
Sandy Harcrow

HELP..My Dad has a 3 year old German Shepherd. She is SO hyper-Cant get her into a calm submissive state EVER..She  bounces off the walls-Cant get her Attention-We can NOT get her attention at all, And She is Not deaf she is a hearing Dog..Yesterday my Dad was trying to walk her and she caused him to fall backwards hitting his head-He lovers her SO much but she is going to hurt him sooner or later if we can not get her Hyper activity under control.  My Dad is in his 80's and For sure needs her to calm down. She is his companion and he would be lost without her but More so We are going to be Devistated if she hurts our Daddy. Any suggestions as how to CALM a very Hyper Dog down a bit before she hurts Dad.

Linda Martinucci Colesanti
Linda Martinucci Colesanti

Hi Cesar,

I was just watching the show about the two boxers. I adopted a female( 5 yrs old) and a male (8 yrs old) over a year ago...I have used a lot of the tricks I watch you do but lately the male who use to be the calm one has become the aggressive one. I take them to a dog park  but lately the male who is older seems to attack the smaller dogs. I don't think he is trying to hurt them but he is too  aggressive with small ones. This afternoon I had to leave  the dog park  because this man was having a fit about my dogs and making it harder for me to control the two of them. Do you know why all of a sudden he has become so aggressive? Thanks for any help you can give me.

Jeff Crist
Jeff Crist

Cesar,

my wife and I have a 2year old German Shepard (Scout). He is super agressive towards other dogs. We would love to take him to the dog park, due to his agressiveness that is impossible. He has lunged toward people in the past only after they moved towards my wife and I. He barks at every noise. I think he hates trucks and motercycles.

He listens and is fairly obident until he gets into his zone then all bets are off. Im afraid he is going to hurt another dog or person. Can you help?

Dorothy Zold
Dorothy Zold

We have a Yorkie Chihuahua and he is 10 and a Half,he is the dominate one always in control doesn't listen.We have tried to be dominate but it doesn't last.We can't groom him,walk him,bathe him,we can't even Love him.We take him out to use the restroom and he just walks off we call his name and he just keeps walking.We can't groom him,we can't even take him to the groomers.I live with my 14 year old daughter and my Brother and his family,my brother and his family TERROISE him and my daughter tries training him but NOTHING works.We need your help!I ALWAYS have him,he is always in my lap and he ALWAYS needs to be in my lap.If I leave he is anxious and won't stop crying and wining.I can't leave and if he is on my lap NOBODY can touch him.WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Patti A.
Patti A.

My daughter rescued a puppy off the street of Karachi, Pakistan about 3 years ago. The dog "Lila" has attacked other dogs, and has bitten multiple people including my daughter.  She consulted a behaviorist while

living in Africa, who wouldn't even meet the dog.  Lila can be antisocial with people and other dogs, and then be just fine. The only person that the dog hasn't tried to bite is my son in law of 10 months, she loves him, and he her. Sometimes Lila won't even let my daughter near her husband, Lila will growl, and lounge toward my daughter. Recently my daughter moved back to the states, near DC. My daughter was reluctant to even Lila into the USA given her history, but my son in law is very attached.  They build a fence to surround their back yard but my daughter is still afraid that she may escaped, and Lila barks constantly.  My son in laws mother recently visited and Lila chased her down the stairway. PLEASE HELP !!!

Kacie Stalter
Kacie Stalter

 We are in need of help with our 4 1/2 month old German Shepherd.  We are a military family and we would like for our dog to break his current habits before my fiance leaves for another deployment.  Since my fiance comes and goes with work a lot, I have taken the lead in training and socializing our puppy.  He is a very timid dog when it comes to other dogs and people.  With other dogs he tries to hide behind us and with other people he tries to bark forward toward them. I walk with him at my side to ensure that he isn't in front of me and feels like he needs to protect me.  I am also a very calm person and his behavior doesn't cause my energy to change, but he doesn't seem to respond to any of the training I have tried. I have tried making sure that he is in a calm state before taking him for walks or having him meet people and it doesn't seem to change. I have also tried snapping him out of his excited state right before he starts to bark at someone and that doesn't seem to work either.  He also mouths a lot and we have tried so many ways to teach him that his mouthing hurts.  We have tried yelping like a puppy would and then ignoring him, redirecting his mouth to one of his chew toys, getting up and walking away until he calms down, directing him to his bed to calm down and not get up until he is in a calm state, we are running out of options.  Being a military family and having a lot of the responsibility fall on me since my fiance is gone a lot is hard enough, I just want to be able to take our dog places and have company over without our dog scaring them.  We would greatly appreciate any type of help from you!!! If you could reach out to us we really would appreciate it.