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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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Celia Keehn
Celia Keehn

Hi Cesar,

I am a regular watcher of both of your shows. I have implemented many of your techniques with my own dogs with great results. However, I still struggle with my mixed breed dog Bear and his jumping, barking, and general hyperness. Even after having him completely calm and submissive before having someone enter the home or before taking him into another place, as soon as he sees the person or another animal, he gets very excited and starts jumping and pulling. He's a very sweet dog and I could use some extra guidance on how to get him to calm down more so that I can effectively walk him and take him into other places.

Also, my sister has a pitbull/lab mix who has become very aggressive. He's attacked their other dog, their cat, and my dogs during recent visits. My sister is in the process of trying to find a new place to live and may need to move in with us until a place is found. However, if we can't get her dog Buster under control with his aggression, she's afraid she will have to get rid of him and it breaks all of our hearts. Please help us with this heartbreaking situation so that no one, human or dog, gets hurt.

Danielle Akers
Danielle Akers

My best friend is about to lose her dog to his 3rd strike if he doesn't clean up his act,he just got his second one today from attacking a random person walking by for no reason.we have no idea what causes him to do this because he's a very loving dog,he is also dog aggressive but only with certain dogs or has random moments of aggression when he snaps and starts attacking.he's been threw training and the E-collar does not stop him when he's in his "Mode" we can't lose him he's her best friend and baby and we're out of options.please help:, (

Shauna Wimberley
Shauna Wimberley

I have a lab/pit mix that has a few issues: 1. He only seems to get along with alpha female dogs.  This is a problem because I really want to be able to take him to the dog park.  But the last time I did, he attacked a small male dog.  That was 1-1/2 years ago.  He will also attack puppies.  2. I travel quite a bit for work.  So when I'm home, he doesn't want me to leave.  Sometimes he even follows me around the house.  3.  He just doesn't seem happy anymore.  He always gives me these looks, which I have even caught in photos that seem like he is annoyed or sad.  4.  He has become very difficult to predict when around strangers, which makes it difficult to take him to public places because people always want to pet him.  I have seen him give "warning" bites (he will bite at someone without actually biting them).

Nic Everett
Nic Everett

Our big beautiful rescued German shep/Siberian Husky suffers from separation anxiety.  We never have to leave him for more than 2 or 3 hours during the day, but in that time he howls constantly and chews up the stairs in the basement.  We know that he suffers when we leave, and we are worried about long term health effects because of his anxiety.  He is also an escape artist.  He has jumped through two different screened in windows at two different residences.  One was from the 2nd story.  He is 5, and not aggressive.  We have tried seemingly everything.  We walk him twice a day, and sometimes run with him.  We love him A LOT.  Any suggestions?

Kathy Fambrough
Kathy Fambrough

We have a 2 year old female Shapei who barks, growls, spits, snarls the entire time we have guests.  It does not matter if they stay 1hour or 6.  It is nonstop.  Also she almost hurts herself trying to break out of the crate.  What can we do?

Anne DeMaria
Anne DeMaria

My son, Greg, moved back home and brought his Australian Kelpie with him. My son is attending an intense nursing program and I agreed to help him with his dog walks since Greg has 12 hour clinical schedules. My problem is that the Kelpie, Sylvie, is more than half my body weight at 70 lbs. The dog is wonderful but sometimes she is too strong for me. This breed is a high energy, high jumping, cattle/sheep herding dog and we now live in a large metropolitan area with little backyard space. Even though I walk the dog 6 miles per day, I have trouble with the dog pulling on my arm. I'm physically exhausted and my arm ligaments are tender. How can I keep this dog from hurting me any further? Thanks!

Anne DeMaria
Anne DeMaria

My son, Greg, moved back home and brought his Australian Kelpie with him. My son is attending an intense nursing program and I agreed to help him with his dog walks since Greg has 12 hour clinical schedules. My problem is that the Kelpie, Sylvie, is more than half my body weight at 70 lbs. The dog is wonderful but sometimes she is too strong for me. This breed is a high energy, high jumping, cattle/sheep herding dog and we now live in a large metropolitan area with little backyard space. Even though I walk the dog 6 miles per day, I have trouble with the dog pulling on my arm. I'm physically exhausted and my arm ligaments are tender. How can I keep this dog from hurting me any further?

Brandi Rodgers-Sherrill
Brandi Rodgers-Sherrill

Sad story. I have a pit that bites feet and drags people. She was once a sweety and now she is a monster. I want her gone my husband wants her here because she will be put down. He refuses to hear that his dog is a monster. I cannot train her because she was not socialized as a puppy because my husband did not want an over friendly dog that would let a robber into the house. I regret letting him have his way because I want this dog gone. I have to take all of the responsibility for her and I cannot take her to the vet because of how she is with other animals and humans. I would hate for her attack anyone else. I could use some help.

Marie-Elaine Bosisio
Marie-Elaine Bosisio

Hi Cesar,

I have a 4 year old Jack Russell who is, to my opinion. nervous and insecure. He has a very hard time socializing with other dogs. I have applied the techniques you talk about in your DVD on socialization (when he plays I don't let him get to a level of excitement that gets him in a red zone), but he will never let himself be smelled by another dog. I am not sure why but he's become protective of the kitchen when my brother's dogs are around. He bit them a few times already where before he would let them eat his food in his bowl without a problem. He is also very very nervous around kids. He has nipped my nephew and neighbor (they are about 5 y.o.). This makes me very nervous myself because I want to have kids some time soon and I am not sure how I will make him respect that little human. I am a rehab professional and so my motto is that one is never helpless. I've come a long way with this dog, but I don't have the knowledge and tools that I need. I know him inside out and I just want him to be relax. I wanna be his packleader. 

I am trying to be calm and assertive. I am trying to follow through, but something is missing and I don't know what to do. Thanks for you help! 


Marie

mariebosisio@gmail.com

Meg Hockstad
Meg Hockstad

Hello Cesar, I have a 4 year old border collie mix named Zoe Renee and honestly she has a lot of problems. Zoe was attacked by another dog roughly 8 months ago and since then she has become more aggressive. She has yet to bite another dog but she has bit my seven year old neiece and not once but twice now and broke the skin the second time. I was not around when these incidents occurred. I know Zoe has extreme toy excitement and she can nip when overly excited even at me and my family she has done this. She also has an issue with growling. I know it's not something to serious but it has gotten worse and the last time I brought her to my parents house she snapped and growled at their dog Bear. She has never done that before and I'm not sure what is making her act this way. At the dog park she seems fine but due to my work schedule I have not been able to take her as much as normal and I'm afraid that due to the attack and not socializing is causing her to be more aggressive. I have had Zoe since she was 4 months old and I have never seen her act like this even to strangers. Also Zoe is horrible on the leash. She pulls and doesn't listen but off the leash she is a golden star kind of. She listens and doesn't wonder far unless I say go. I'm more worried that her aggressive behavior towards my family's dogs and my niece wI'll get her kick out of my brothers house and if that happens she won't have anywhere to go. She won't have a home and I can't let that happen to her. Please help us Cesar. Zoe is my whole world and I can't lose her due to this behavior. Thank you for your time.

Meghan

email:hockstad.meghan@gmail.com

ELAINE TREMBLAY
ELAINE TREMBLAY

I am the one who wrote about the pug that chases cars, I just want to give my email and phone#. It is etremblix2@verizon.net. 401-463-6164 

ELAINE TREMBLAY
ELAINE TREMBLAY

Hello Cesar, I have a 3 yr. old pug who is close to a perfect dog:however, he chases cars wildly while on the leash. My fear is that one of my grandchildren will open the side door and he would get out and actually chase the car. That could be ending in him getting hit or run over, Help! I love that little dog. I try to remain calm and hold up the leash but he continues to bark and tries to run. I am really desperate because i don't want to loose him! Thank you, Elaine in RI

Khristina Brown
Khristina Brown

Hello Cesar , love the show. I have a 3.5 mnth old puppy and no matter what we do he shreds anything he can get in his mouth . Help!!!!! What do I do to stop him ?

Teri Whitley Upchurch
Teri Whitley Upchurch

Hello Cesar I started out with one at 6wks love him.never been treated bad at all.his name is juager monster supposed to be a dachund and chiwawa.he did come from a chiwawa mom whom you cant even get near.she used to be mean to him.if that has anything to do with his bad attitude?he chases people walkn down the street,anyone who comes over he barks at them all the way to the door,nipped at one persons back leg.very jelous wont even let my husband in bed,he gets attack mode,bit him on several occasions.ok several months into moving into a gated community home from under our back fence a petite i beleive chiwawa female shows up in our house for 3 days and left.only a month later shows back up scratching the fron door to get in.she seemd as she could of been abused.i put sighns up know one claimed her.nor did she try going back where ever it is she lived.very lovable good,smart.i dont know why she pickd us.we love her shes been with us now for 4 years,juager 6 years.well they mated and moma i call her had three babies sister,son and weenie.i wanted to keep all of them cause i felt they wouldnt  have any better home than ours.that was three and half years ago.i love them dearly they all have their own personality. i wish i would of known then what i know now.ive grown up with a dog or two the most as a kid.my husband wanted to say a few things warnings,but he knew how much i love them.ive had trouble with the potting in the house and still do. my carpets are horrible constantly cleaning them.they have a doggy door. i dont understand why they stil potty in the house.only been a couple times females fought scared me bad.had a hard time gettin them appart.after 2nd litter all given away.we had the 2 boys fixed .was route to go not to have any more puppies.3 females,until i was at a friends and herd a weird noise well it was a puppy.so i went over and pickd it up,my friend translated to the women who spoke no english about the puppy.she aked if i wanted her.i thought sure il take her so my husband can have persay his dog.beings that juager was mine before marriage.well now i know why that lady put that puppy on the sidewalk and shut her door,gingin we call her was wining to get back in.and that lady wasnt letting her back in.she has turnd out to be a hellion.we thought she possibly could of been chow.infact we still dont know what she really is ,she thinks shes the boss of the house tho.we think possibly some couragy?what ever it is she has cow hurding instincts,tryn to herd all the dogs around even me.she get this growling going on which is making the dogs fight amongst each other.not so much the males.for the last 2 weeks,havent had much sleep,everytime i do sleep the 2 sisters get that growling and start fighting,its gettin worse.that gingin needs to be around some cows.my patience span for her is waring thin.i never hit  the dogs.used to squirt them.she just starts drinking it.she has been gettin in there tryn to stop the 2 from fighting,so does juager.i was really surprised to see that. these past 2 fights wennie has gotten bloody eyes.i worry bout leavin the house anymore.i dont get it their family.ever since ive brotten that stray puppy into our home she steeles their chew items.etc. i feel so bad its so unfair for them have to endure we should of named her cujo2.i do care for her shes very smart constatly dog talkn to you.she goes on and on .just dont know what shes sayin.my husband isnt here all day long,to see what i go thru.he keeps sayn oh gingin is a saint .she dont do those things.theres a conflict and hes not helpin with it.of course i call him dr doolittle.theres a spitten image.lol.and my neighbors behind us probably catacorner as well as next to us maybe sometimes down the street?i was watching game of thrones and dogs were barking for nothing i was yelling at them to stop it now,well my husband was out back,he herd the neighborlady behind us saying oh shes just yelling at her husband again.my husband replied back to them letting them know he herd her shes yelling at her dogs not her husband.we dont fight or argue.we might be if he keeps sayin oh gingin dont do know wrong always.he askd why should i have to get rid of my dog.im really tryn to deal with it,im at my wits end. please,please please help me i dont want to become a person always yelling.or to feel the dogs are running my life.i love them with all my heart.im beyond desperate. thank you for your time......dog sos in arizona. my email is terilwup@outlook.com or 602-615-1415 please,and thankyou for your time.

Larry Skellenger
Larry Skellenger

Hello Cesar  we adopted Chester last September and Cookie shortly after, sadly after the fact we come to find out that Cookie is dog aggressive. She is great with humans and super good to Chester, but awful to any other dog. As soon as she sees other dog, even a puppy, she blinds herself and attack with no mercy. We tried to correct her using your tips in Cesar 911 but nothing seems to work. Our veterinarian says there is no cure and wants to put her on prozac to ease the situation, we are just not sure what to do. We run a rescue and we often have dogs at home, forcing us to crate cookie and rotate her around the house. We are desperate, what can we do? We can be reached at lucrecia.skellenger@gmail.com or at 570 220 1711. Thank you for your time!









































Randi Johnson
Randi Johnson

Hello Cesar Millan.....I keep trying to get pointers from watching "The Dog Whisperer" and yet I can't figure out how to get my dog to "come" when I ask him to.  I wish I could learn to give him the discipline that he deserves so that he may live a more fulfilling life.  I plead for assistance!

Randi Johnson
Randi Johnson

Hi Cesar Millan,

I do not think that anyone beyond you would be able to assist me and my dog.  I have tried unsuccessfully to have my dog to "come when I call him" and this is so important as it could save his life at some point.  I just don't have the knowledge or "right stuff" to help him be the excellent dog that he can be with training assistance.  When he has snuck out accidently...he plays some sort of "catch me if you can game" and it is just not safe under this circumstance.  I have a problem trying to train and get him to listen to me.  I sure could use your help!  Thank you for hearing me.

Randi Johnson

334-762-2165

4405 W County Road 72

Ariton, Alabama  36311

lina mendoza
lina mendoza

Hello Cesar,

I have a beagle dog, her name is Zoe. We have taught her basic demands and at home she is pretty good but the second someone comes into our home or we leave, she panics and begins to whine excessively. So much that i can hear her past my garage. We don't crate her, what we do is place a gate in our kitchen and she has plenty of space to walk around and play with her toys and bone. She has her bed and food bowls as well. She has done this since we got her. She has never liked being alone. Her whining turns into a screeching  whine and yelp. Also when she encounters other dogs, she whines, pulls and tugs on her leash in excitement. At that point, all commands are out the door. We cannot comfortably be around other dogs and owners because she becomes intolerable. She paws at other dogs faces and sometimes humans. Other dogs end up disliking her, they growl at her and bark. I cannot take her to my moms without anticipating her trying to overpower my moms chihuahua/poodle mix. She will try to play with her while my moms dog does not stop barking. Zoe pounces around her and at times has barked at her. There is no way i can control her unless she is on her leash. Zoe was given to me as a valentine gift last year when my spouse was deployed and she means way too much to me to give up on her. All i need is someone to properly train us on how to address these issues. We walk her at times twice a day and even though she should be more calm, Zoe still continues to terrorize my moms dog and others we encounter. Cesar, please help us. I want Zoe to live a good life and all it seems to be is stressful for her.

Thank you!

lina mendoza
lina mendoza

Hello Cesar,

I have a beagle dog, her name is Zoe. We have taught her basic demands and at home she is pretty good but the second someone comes into our home or we leave, she panics and begins to whine excessively. So much that i can hear her past my garage. We don't crate her, what we do is place a gate in our kitchen and she has plenty of space to walk around and play with her toys and bone. She has her bed and food bowls as well. She has done this since we got her. She has never liked being alone. Her whining turns into a screeching  whine and yelp. Also when she encounters other dogs, she whines, pulls and tugs on her leash in excitement. At that point, all commands are out the door. We cannot comfortably be around other dogs and owners because she becomes intolerable. She paws at other dogs faces and sometimes humans. Other dogs end up disliking her, they growl at her and bark. I cannot take her to my moms without anticipating her trying to overpower my moms chihuahua/poodle mix. She will try to play with her while my moms dog does not stop barking. Zoe pounces around her and at times has barked at her. There is no way i can control her unless she is on her leash. Zoe was given to me as a valentine gift last year when my spouse was deployed and she means way too much to me to give up on her. All i need is someone to properly train us on how to address these issues. We walk her at times twice a day and even though she should be more calm, Zoe still continues to terrorize my moms dog and others we encounter. Cesar, please help us. I want Zoe to live a good life and all it seems to be is stressful for her.

Thank you!

Rayna Brueckmann
Rayna Brueckmann

Hello,

I am having a huge problem in my home with my dogs. have three dogs, two of which do not get along with each other. Our female boxer and our female lab/Shepard mix must be separated from each other at all times. We have baby gates separating them throughout the house. They have gotten into bad fights in the past and now keep them perminately separated for their safety and ours. I could really use your help with my situation because we also have two children at home as well. We have all become used to the daily routine but its not fair to the dogs. Giving one up for adoption is not an option. We love them all too Much.

Please help!

Barbara Salvadore
Barbara Salvadore

Hi , 

I breed and show Alaskan Malamutes, for almost 38 years, so have lots of experience with this breed, However I am perplexed by this situation.  A puppy I bred who is now one year old was a singleton.  He went to the stud owners to socialize for about 4 months, but unfortunately they did not do the best job of it, he was great at home, but when they took him out he was barking at people and hiding behind legs etc and didn't want anyone to touch him.  So I talked my daughter into taking him to her home( she trains and show alaskan malamutes)  to work with him.  She had issues with him as well and called me to tell me she didn't know if he would make it as a show dog, but was getting him to get some manners but he was a really tough dog.  Anyway we worked with him and did get him to trust women and he was liking showing, however unfortunately she was unable to keep him anymore as she had another client coming in.  Soooo... we sent him to a friend who sleds and thought this was ok, but he did not fair well there at all , and in two weeks I told the girl to send him back to me ( breeder)  He was great with me, but I kept him outside in a run with my other dogs, and am older now and we are trying to retire to FLA.  A couple called me and wanted an older mal, and decided to take him.  Well all was great except he screamed and howled all day while they were at work , so after getting turned in and people calling 911 , they decided to get him debarked.  Ok all well  but now he growls at them for no reason and has started make a fuss in the kennel while they are gone again. We are having blood work done but think its some sort of behaviour problem and no one seems to know what to do.  I don't think I can rehome this dog again, and unless we get some help we may have to let him go.  Any ideas or comments would be appreciated.  He has not bitten anyone.  Just growls.



Cassandra Puccio
Cassandra Puccio

Please help!

I have 2 HUGE American Bulldog brothers Skillex, and Rusko. They have the WORST aggression issue with other dogs. When I had them trained in the past I was told I was the source of their aggression towards other dogs. He had told me my boys were over protective of me and that's why they attack.

When they were puppies I had taken them to the dog park ALL the time, at least 3-4 times a week. Skrillex had gotten attacked by a smaller dog on 2 different occasions. 1) a smaller dog tried jumping on my lap and skrillex backed him up, when doing so the smaller dog attacked and my dog locked on him for a good few mins and everybody was hitting my dog to let go. It was terrifying and once he finally let go the other dog wasn't even hurt at all. He was just showing domestic I beleive. 2) the second time another small dog just ran up and bit skrillex on the face, which caused Rusko to jump in. That dog as well ended up not hurt which was crazy because my boys are 130lbs and 110lbs.

Well..... Now they are the ones that run at any dog now and attack to hurt. Skrillex put a 6 month old pit in the vet hospital which cost me $450. And Rusko put a German Shepard in the vet hospital which cost me $800. And when they attack, they attack together and it's impossible to get them off, and I always get bit or hurt in the process. And they have tried attacking a bunch others for no reason. I want my friendly pups back! I miss watching them play with other dogs and having fun. I definitely don't want them isolated the rest of their life. I also would be completely heart broken if they end up getting put down because of hurting or killing someone else's dog or hurting someone trying to break up a fight. I just had a baby and I would love to take my child and pups on a walk together but fear for all of us if we run into another dog. Please help!

Veronica Bernice Oliver
Veronica Bernice Oliver

Hi. We recently rescued a pit, Blue. She's the sweetest thing ever, but she doesn't respect our personal space. she jumps on the furniture, on our bed, on our kids' beds, and chews up all our kids' toys. We've bought her her own toys, but doesn't take to them. we give her lots of love and attention, but because of my son's allergies, we can't have her on the furniture. so when she doesn't listen, we have to put her outside. Our other puppy, which is a 6 month old boxer, also doesn't listen to us. she's pretty mild for the most part, but when the two dogs are outside, they fight. Since my husband and I work long hours, we can't trust them in the house on their own, and I'm afraid they will hurt each other, or one of our 5 kids because of their fighting. Also, when we're not home, our dogs like to run away when the kids open the door. If we don't get help with their fighting, and their running away I'm afraid we will have to send Blue back, or end up losing one or both of them when they run out.

Janett Porter
Janett Porter

Hi, We recently bought a Dog that was just a year old. Bandit has a wonderful personality. But, is afraid of everything. He recently got out of the gate for the third time a while back. Chased my car for an hour and a half in our neighborhood. Every time my husband got to our gate for me to bring him in, he would start running again. I finally caught him in a neighbors yard. When I got back to our house I tied him up. I will go out and bring him in on a leash. I will brush him and talk to him. He loves being petted.  He refuses to do anything you want unless he is on a leash. On the leash Bandit is very good.  Without the leash he will jump and run around like he has no cents at all. We believe who ever had him before us, and, the man we bought Bandit from, would be very mean to him. He acts like a dog who has been beaten. He has no idea how to act with other dogs.He is a heard dog so he tries to heard them by heeling them and that just pisses them off. I don't like tying a dog up. I don't want him to get out and get hurt. Bandit almost got ran over the last time. We have a nice size yard for him to run in and get rid of his vast energy. I would like for him to trust us.No matter what we have tried there is no trust. The fear is over whelming. Because of his fears and anxiety we may have to end up putting him down. I am thinking of talking to the Vet a bought some meds. to calm him down. To see if that would help his anxiety.  We are at a loss.  We have has other Australian Shepherd. They are wonderful Bread of dog. Someone poisoned our last dog. So we thought we would start with an older dog this time. We are at a loss. I watch your shows thinking I might get a clue.  Thanks I will continue to watch hoping to get some answers. Janett from Oklahoma

Jill Maynard
Jill Maynard

Hi I'm hoping you can help me with my Doberman pincher she's two. She is super hyper all the time. She's crated during the day while I'm at work for eight hours. I also have an eight-year-old miniature pincher he doesn't seem to mind being crated all day, but the Doberman on the other hand is like a bull in a China shop moment she gets out of the crate for the rest of the day. I letter outside frequently to play and even when she's in the house we play fetch and tug-of-war with rope I also have her do tricks and she still constantly hyper jumping in your face jumping on the kids constantly in the trash I'm at the end of my rope I really don't want to have to get rid of her I love her very much and the girls do too but don't know what to do about her being so hyper constantly. I also have a problem with the eight-year-old miniature pincher he never was fixed and has a tendency to Marcus territory all over the house and he goes out frequently when we're home as well what can I do can you help.

Thanks sincerely Jill

Samantha Griffin
Samantha Griffin

My best friends have a pit bull that they took in about 2 years ago. She has gradually gotten worse in behavior. She is about 3 years old and lives with another pit that's about 2 and they get along good now other than jealousy over attention and that's after months of work and many fights. Other than that she is deadly aggressive with all dogs, cats, and people. She has bitten people before and she goes for blood. Recently she ran out the door and attacked the neighbors puppy. Luckily she was stopped, but it could've been worse. I've tried to help and we've all attempted to work with her, but she doesn't seem to be showing any signs of getting better. The worst thing is that the father is worried if she can't progress then she will have to be put down. The youngest boy took to her very quickly and would be extremely heart broken if it were to reach that point. And I agree with Cesar that no dog is too far gone, any dog can be saved. Please help. Any suggestions would be wonderful.

Joanna Iltis
Joanna Iltis

All Pooped Out!!! 


We recently rescued a lovely Chihuahua named Maisy. She is 1 years old and brings so much joy to my growing family. My 2 boys love her!!! We are due with baby #3 in June and I have tried potty training her, but to no avail, my efforts are not successful. She is not your typical chihuahua...super friendly with strangers, loves kids, rarely barks, somewhat friendly with other dogs, but loves to poop in the house. With a new baby due in 6 months, I hope to have Maisy potty trained by then, but we need help!!! I dont want to have to clean poop from a baby and my lil Maisy too. What do we do to potty train a dog that is walked 6 times a day and will pee outside and prefers to poop inside?

Rosemarie Valentino
Rosemarie Valentino

 My Name is Rosie Valentino and I have a 4 year old English Setter/ Lab and possible Pit Bull mix.   His name is Jake.  I have had him since he was a pup.  The dog was given to my ex  who abused both Jake and myself when he drank.  So Jake has some behavioral issues that I need help with.  Jake is aggressive to anyone who tells him NO.   He tears up stuff, he bark constantly ( never stops barking when outside) and he shows aggression to other animals.   He was never taught manners so he jumps up on everyone and knocks them over.  He weighs about 80lbs.   During his growth he and I were abused by an alcoholic who has been in prison now for 2 years.  I have tried EVERYTHING I can to help Jake but it isn't working.  I don't want to give Jake up.   I have Fibromyalgia and I have a difficult time controlling Jake.  I can't walk him anymore so I drive him out to the desert and just let him run,  However, he doesn't listen he won't come back and I end up chasing him for miles and then I can hardly walk or hold him to get back to the car.  As I get sicker and my body gets weaker, I need some help.   This dog saved my life.  When I was with my ex, I had an allergic reaction to some medication,  Jake woke up his Dad ( my ex) who was passed out from a drinking binge.  He nudged him and barked and nudged and barked until he work up and found me unconscious.  I KNOW that Jake has it in him to be a good boy.

Jake won't let the groomer groom him anymore, he won't let anyone NEAR his feet.  I have to pay the Vet to sedate him completely out to clip his toenails.   Please help me...  Please help Jake!   He is on Prozac and it still isn't helping him..  I need your help desperately.  

Rosie Valentino

Saint George, UT 84790


Alonna Morrison
Alonna Morrison

I have a 3 year old female Pit mix named Penny. I adopted her 2 years ago from a shelter in Savannah, GA. This is my first bully breed, and I have always treated Penny like any other dog I owned. We'd run together, walk through the park, go to the dog park a couple times a week. She has been the perfect dog, up until about 5 months ago. She randomly started showing aggressive behavior on the leash. She had always been very excited to greet other dogs on walks, but never shown aggression, so I thought she wasn't getting enough exercise. Unfortunately, it's only gotten worse though. About a month ago now, I took Penny to our local dog park that we visit regularly, but she had a outburst, and attacked a small dog. Luckily she was only biting the dogs collar and when I grabbed her and said her name she immediately let go. However, she did make contact with the other owner's finger which lead to me paying out of pocket for her emergency room bills. I don't want this one episode to make me loose trust in Penny, but I just need to know that she isn't unpredictable. I want to get her back to the time I didn't feel like I have to protect her from herself. I'm afraid that if we have another incident, than I could loose her, and I would be devastated if that happened. She's my best friend.

Mark Saxton
Mark Saxton

We have a 6 month old Havanese puppy. He has started nipping/biting at younger kids(2 and 3 year olds) in house. He also has a habit when playing with the older kids of going for their faces. What is the best procedure to break these bad habits before something bad happens?  

Cassandra Puccio
Cassandra Puccio

Cesar 911 my fur-babies need you!

I have 2 male American bulldogs that are brothers. They LOVE each other, but HATE all other dogs. They used to be so good with other dogs, I took them to the dog park at least 3-4 days a week. But a few times they were attacked by smaller dogs and now they are just aggressive towards all dogs. Each one of them has put another dog in the animal hospital to get stitches and one needed staples. I just had a baby December 7th 2014 and we are moving from Hawaii to Texas April 1st 2015. My goal and what I would love is to be able to walk my dogs with my baby without fear and without my fiancé. One of my boys is 130lbs and the other is 110lbs, and I'm only 125lbs so it's impossible for me to walk them and because of this their walks have become more limited which makes me sad. I would also like help because I would hate for my child to ever see or be around if they attacked another dog. Please help! Either here in Hawaii or in Texas! I just want them to be dog friendly again and be able to play with others like they used too!

Thank you!

Cassandra Puccio
Cassandra Puccio

Cesar 911 my fur-babies need you!

I have 2 American bulldogs

Shari Dudzin
Shari Dudzin

Dear Cesar:


I have a 4 year old pit bull who I feel I have tried everything with.  Some of my methods my have not been the best.  Overall he is a well behaved dog.  His first issue is walking on the leash.  He is so head strong and it seems like no matter what we do he is determined to be ahead of all of us when we go on a family walk.  His second issue is with the door, anytime someone comes to the door he takes a "protective stance" and barks and chargers at the door.  I dont know if he is just going to jump on the person in excitement or hurt someone( either way no one wants an 80 lbs pit in their face).  So as a result I have to put him up until he slightly calms down.  He is not aggressive and he is great with kids.  However I dont want to lose control of our pitbull.  We cant even take him to the dog park anymore.  He was picked on so much one time that he finally had a enough and the last dog to start with him, he struck back.  Nothing major happened but given his breed and the reputation they have I dont want to take the chance.  I dont know if he is "coming into his manhood" or if its something else, but his behavior is changing.  WHAT SHOULD I DO???  Any info would be awesome!!  Thank you.  

tierra scott
tierra scott

I have a 6 month old male pitbull who was recently diagnosed with Demodex Mange. He currently has all he's necessary shots and has been handling his skin illiness very well with very few symptoms of the skin problem bothering him. However today he has been acting very strange and aggressive and distance towards me and my family. (Growling snapping etc) today my little sister and him were laying down in the bed and he all of a sudden begain grawlinh at her and even very lightly bit her on her nose to the point were the skin slightly broke. My husband yelled at him and when he did so my dog ran to his cage and hasn't come out. He is normally a very loving playful puppy. We have had him since he was about 8 weeks so this behavior is very out of his character.  I'm considered because I love him and dont want to result in giving him away. Could there be something triggering his behavior and what can I do to help solve the issue. Someone please help no negative comments please. Respond/communicate as adults. :-)

Nancy Borrillo
Nancy Borrillo

Cesar 911 your my only hope!

We had a very submissive old black lab and decided to adopt another dog. Buddy was a rescue dog from Puerto Rico, he grew up tp be more dominant. We have been watching you for years so we knew to be calm and assertive and make sure he got plenty of exercise. After our older dog passed we decided to adopt a female pit mix. She was a puppy and we applied the same discipline of exercise and calm assertive behavior. At some point it went wrong. Bella is very timid, dog aggressive and protective of our home and property. She has bitten people and she has also attacked our older dog multiple times. The worst time she bit the tip of his ear off. We are now down to muzzling her at all times if they are both out of their crates or doing the doggie shuffle of 1 in and 1 out of the crate all day. We have tried a dog trainer and a behaviorist who prescribed prozac. All to no avail

Ivy Mummert
Ivy Mummert

I own 6 dogs. It was fine in the past but when I was diagnosis with MS all *ell broke loose. They push me down, they refuse for anyone to visit my house. I have 3 family members who are allowed to visit everyone else refuses to come from fear. These are not small dogs. Raven (F-Pitbull-14 yrs,70 lb), Bubby (M-Rotty-11yrs,105 lb) then there baby Itty Bitty ( F, 9 yr, 85 lb). Then someone gave me Racket (F-Shepard- 6 yr, 60 lb) and she also got pregnant by the Bubby which gave me Jo Jo (M-3 yr, 90 lbs) and BJ (M-3 yrs, 115 lb). They threaten anyone that walks on my property. I had to build a 6 ft fence with padlocks on the gates so ppl will be safe. My husband is allowed in the house but not allowed near me at all. My husband dog is BJ well I should say BJ owns my husband. BJ doesn't allow Bubby any where near my husband. Every time Bubby tries to get near him, BJ growls at him which starts a fight. You ever try to break up 2 dog that are over 100 lbs. up. Believe me its not fun. We both have been bitten trying to break them up. I wish we could all just get along LOL. Hopefully this year is going to be better.  

patty capener
patty capener

I  was gone for two weeks and my german shepard stayed at her day care When I got back last night she was happy to see me but she is acting strange she wont eat and she threw up the last meal she had there. She is just laying around  what do you think is the problem

Michael Budd
Michael Budd

HELP!!!  I have a pittbull shepherd mix who is 7 months old.  She will not permit me to put her on a leash.  When I do put the leash on she cowers and lays down shaking.  I have never hurt the dog or kept the leash taught.  I have tried everything down to positive motivation with treats.  Even if i try to give her a treat she won't take it.  She is due for shots and I don't think I can get her to the vet because of this problem.  Anything helps

Kayla Sowards
Kayla Sowards

I have a little mixed terrier and she is now almost 15 years old. I got her when she was about 2 weeks old and bottle fed her trained her everything. She has been the most well behaved dog I've owned but when I moved away from home she stayed with my parents which completely spoiled her and treated her like a human. So her whole life she has lived with them then 2 years ago my mom suddenly passed away and my dog Sadie was right by her side but I had to bring her to my house to live and she did very good up until a couple weeks ago. She now has started using the bathroom in the house doesn't even scratch to go outside like normal, and is now starting to bite for no reason and with no warning. I went to grab her collar to put her on leash and she threw herself on the ground wrapped her legs around my arm and using biting over and over where I had to pin her down til I could let go and get away safely. And now if u go at her like walking towards her and go down to touch her she snaps. I don't get why she is showing this behaved now. Is she just started to get oldsive or is she going through something from my mom passing away? I have a 4 year old son too

Mariah Griess
Mariah Griess

 Hello,

I have a 5 year old pit bull named Raja. We rescued her about 2 years ago just before me and my husband got married. We adopted her from a woman who had her about a year and trained her somewhat while trying to find her a permanent home. She had Raja living with her family and many other dogs. So when we adopted her we felt comfortable that she would be dog-friendly. Unfortunately that is not the case. She has attacked 2 dogs and charged at 2 others. Several of our friends won't allow their dogs around her and are nervous about bringing their children to our home. She has never bit anyone and is amazing around people and children. Obedient and loving in many situations...except on walks or with other animals. We want her to be healthy and socialize! We don't know how to make that happen and are desperate to learn so she can be a happy, at peace dog.  Please help!! 

Mariah Griess
Mariah Griess

Hello,

I have a 5 year old pit bull named Raja. We rescued her about 2 years ago just before me and my husband got married. We adopted her from a woman who had her about a year and trained her somewhat while trying to find her a permanent home. She had Raja living with her family and many other dogs. So when we adopted her we felt comfortable that she would be dog-friendly. Unfortunately that is not the case. She has attacked 2 dogs and charged at 2 others. Several of our friends won't allow theirdogs around her and are scared to bring their children to our home. She has never bit anyone and is amazing around people and children. Obedient and loving in many situations...except on walks or with other animals. We want her to be healthy and socialize! Please help!! 

Mariah Griess
Mariah Griess

Hello,

I have a 5 year old pit bull named Raja. We rescued her about 2 years ago just before me and my husband got married. We adopted her from a woman who had her about a year and trained her somewhat while trying to find her a permanent home. She had Raja living with her family and many other dogs. So when we adopted her we felt comfortable that she would be dog-friendly. Unfortunately that is not the case. She has attacked 2 dogs and charged at 2 others. Several of our friends won't allow their dogs around her and are scared to bring their children to our home. She has never bit anyone and is amazing around people and children. Obedient and loving in many situations...except on walks or with other animals. We want her to be healthy and socialize! Please help!! 

Jennifer Clements-Rhoades
Jennifer Clements-Rhoades

Hello...About 9 months ago our family adopted a 6-7 week(our vets opinion based on teeth) pit bull puppy through a local rescue after our 14 1/2 year old greyhound died. Athena is a beautiful red nosed pit bull that came from a high kill shelter in South Carolina. We wanted another companion for our German Shepard dog as he was never an only dog before. All was fine until she was about 4 months old and began displaying food aggression. She only showed food aggression towards our GSD not us or our children, one of whom is differently abled. She is now aggressive with our GSD all of the time inside our home to the point that we keep them separated in the house by gates or with a leash. Outside the home on walks or in the fenced in backyard she is fine with him and relaxed,never aggressive. We have consulted our vet and have two separate dog trainers...Athena has been through 3 puppy classes and is about to start her fourth. Both trainers agree that she is not aggressive but fearful. The private aggressive dog specialist we hired will not work with her yet because he says she has no confidence. Our regular trainer says that Athena is guarding everything in the home and for some reason Atlas or GSD sets her off. We felt that the best way to honor a life was to save a life but we need help and want peace to return to our home. If they can get along outside of the home they should be able to get along inside the home. We want our whole family to be in one place at one time, not separated by gates!

Hannah Wilson
Hannah Wilson

I have 2 German Shepard mix. One of them, molly, She's a puppy, about 1 years old. She has a bad barking problem. Every night when it starts to get dark she will start barking. We would tell her to be quiet and stop and tap on the glass. She will stop barking for a minute but then she starts to bark again and it's non stop. We don't know how to stop it. She also will jump a lot. When we go out side she will jump on you and not really calm down until a while later. I understand she's just excited, but it's annoying that she won't stop. Also both of my dogs won't heal when we walk and it's really frustrating. We don't like to walk them because they frustrate us so much when we walk them. We are also so busy it's hard to walk them a lot.

Michelle Lannon
Michelle Lannon

Hello!

I rescued a lab/hound mix on Christmas Eve (5 days ago). If I had not done this, he was set to be euthanized today.  He had been brought in to the shelter twice already, and was kept there longer than they normally do. The estimated age is 2 years- however I feel he may be a bit younger. He is good natured and social, but I feel like life running and being dumped has taken its toll. Snowden will not listen too well, he has sit (for the most part) and part of "stay"- but this is where it ends. If he even hears another dog, and most especially if he sees one-he wants to get to them so badly that nothing I say or do seems to help calm him and keep him in line. His separation anxiety is completely off of the chart- I cannot even go to the bathroom alone before he starts crying. I have been using every training method I know of (have even taken some of Cesar's training methods to use) and nothing seems to work. I tried to let him in my small yard (its not fenced) with a tie down - he escaped the tie down. He escapes harnesses and basically anything I have tried to use over the last 5 days. I am frustrated to the point of tears right now and have no idea what to do about him. Any help would be appreciated.

Brent Lafont
Brent Lafont

I have a 11 month old pit cross bullmastiff that is stubborn, one thing that concerns me is he plays to rough

and is hard to correct, gets carried away. Ive own pit bulls before but never like this one and I do make sure,

I am in the boss, I read to never hit a bulldog with your hand to correct it will cause it to get mean, I have done this with my other bulldogs to correct with no problems, I didn't beat any dog a quick slap to get there

 attention. What is the best way to correct a really stubborn hard headed dog? thanks

Karen Day
Karen Day

I have a six month old scottish terrier puppy who is fearful of people. I was able to get her to be unafraid of me by holding her against her will the whole first night and next day. It took almost six weeks for her to come to my husband. She is still fearful of him at times. She is starting to sniff peoples hands with coaxing of treats, but won't let them pet her. She hasn't bit or hurt anyone. I just don't want it to happen. 

Some other notes:

She won't willingly let anyone but me put her collar, harness or leash on.

She isn't afraid of dogs or cats

All of her litter mates were also shy/ fearful. Perhaps this is heredity or poor socializing by the breeder?

I have thought about taking her to dog parks, but I have a four year old boxer that is aggressive towards other dogs.

Help! What can I do?

Vikki Myers
Vikki Myers

I have a wonderful dog with a really bad greeting habit I can't seen to break. When he greets he bites . Im a dog groomer and I need help with this . Please can you instruct me , I will do what needs to be done to stop him from doing this. I have 4 Cane Corso's . 3 males and the momma . They are very well behaved except this one that greets badly. His name is Austin . He is 2 . He was not breathing when he came out of the womb so I helped him and fell in love at the same  time ,lol He has always been a handful ( hyper) but gets walked all the time and has his rules he abides by . Please help. Thank u , Vikki Myers from Canada

Gramma Vikki's Dog Grooming . 

Harold Rojas
Harold Rojas

Alright, I took in a 6mnth old (confirmed by dental examination) Mastador pup, black short coat weighing in at 46lb, thin, a lame leg that has gotten better and giant paws from my friends at the FDNY EMS Station 3 in the Bronx.

They found him and his assumed brother in front of the base when attempting to respond for a call. I asked to take one of them and to stay in touch with who ever takes the brother to avoid the pound. In response I want to thank them for not sending these guys to the pound.

The supposed theory is that someone in the area near the EMS base was breeding mastiff mix to fight and throws out runts. Which I guess these two pups were.

The first day he slept like a log and had to check if he was still breathing. I fed the pup twice a day (0600 and 1800) to avoid a distended intenstine cause he ate as if it was his last meal. Paid for a vet appointment and got his shots, skin tissue samples and fecal samples and thankfully it all checked out well.

I'm a realistic and patient individual as my job (EMT) forces me to be. I live in NYC in an apt and this pup is going to be huge. I'm trying to train him now that he is young and small. We established the chain of command and he does a good job obeying and submitting. Eliminates where I tell him to minus outside....which leads me to my main issue.

This pup refuses to walk outside. I can't blame him, you can only imagine the mentality of a dog that has been outside during winter for god knows how long and probably figured "been there, done that". He has nightmares and wakes up barking as if he's being attacked and calms down when I hold him tightly (which I'm amazed I was never bitten)

I got him an anxiety vest and a non pulling harness and the best results I got was him not barking at the sound of metal or key jingling, reduced the times he yells at events occurring outside the door and getting out of my apt (5th flr) to an elevator and outside the lobby....but then he stops.

Won't budge, won't move, treats only work for so long. I try not to push or nudge him cause I'm afraid he wont learn and I want walks to be a positive thing.

I want to do my best to keep him but if I can't get this pup who we names Seu out for walks and exercise for his own health I can't keep him. So any tips or help would be greatly appreciated. I save people for a living, I want to save this pup for a change. And hopefully enjoy a great relationship with him for the rest of his existence.

Thank You for whatever advice or tip anyone has to offer.

Harold Jorge

Harold Rojas
Harold Rojas

Alright, I took in a 6mnth old (confirmed by dental examination) Mastador pup, black short coat weighing in at 46lb, thin, a lame leg that has gotten better and giant paws from my friends at the FDNY EMS Station 3 in the Bronx.

They found him and his assumed brother in front of the base when attempting to respond for a call. I asked to take one of them and to stay in touch with who ever takes the brother to avoid the pound. In response I want to thank them for not sending these guys to the pound.

The supposed theory is that someone in the area near the EMS base was breeding mastiff mix to fight and throws out runts. Which I guess these two pups were.

The first day he slept like a log and had to check if he was still breathing. I fed the pup twice a day (0600 and 1800) to avoid a distended intenstine cause he ate as if it was his last meal. I try to make him sit and wait to be served but if Intake to long I get tackled and make a mess. Paid for a vet appointment and got his shots, skin tissue samples and fecal samples and thankfully it all checked out well.

I'm a realistic and patient individual as my job (EMT) forces me to be. I live in NYC in an apt and this pup is going to be huge. I'm trying to train him now that he is young and small. We established the chain of command and he does a good job obeying and submitting (Or I think I do). Eliminates where I tell him to minus outside....which leads me to my main issue.

This pup refuses to walk outside. I can't blame him, you can only imagine the mentality of a dog that has been outside during winter for god knows how long and probably figured "been there, done that". He has nightmares and wakes up barking as if he's being attacked and calms down when I hold him tightly (which I'm amazed I was never bitten)

I got him an anxiety vest and a non pulling harness and the best results I got was him not barking at the sound of metal or key jingling, reduced the times he yells at events occurring outside the door and getting out of my apt (5th flr) to an elevator and outside the lobby....but then he stops.

Won't budge, won't move, treats only work for so long. I try not to push or nudge him cause I'm afraid he wont learn and I want walks to be a positive thing.

I want to do my best to keep him but if I can't get this pup who we named Seu out for walks and exercise for his own health I can't keep him. So any tips or help would be greatly appreciated. I save people for a living, I want to save this pup for a change. And hopefully enjoy a great relationship with him for the rest of his existence. I have a supportive community who try to help whenever we bump into each other and there's a dog park that is vast and highly enjoyable for all dogs in the neighborhood. My goal is to have him go for walks then runs and lead a healthier life.

Thank You for whatever advice or tip anyone has to offer.

Harold Jorge