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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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Loretta Woolfolk
Loretta Woolfolk

Dear Cesar Milan,

Two years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and was receiving weekly injections of chemotherapy. Half way through my treatment I rescued a beautiful 80 pound red nose bull mastiff from the street. He was injured, bitten, had a broken leg and was almost dead. I have nursed him, trained him, and and he has proven to be a most gentle, loyal friend. He has been a blessing and gave me the courage I really needed to finish my chemotherapy at that time.

Now, two years later, due to the liver damage my cancer medicine contributed to, I am again taking chemotherapy and struggling with my health. About two months ago a very large white English Bull dog mix moved in next door. I did attempt an introduction in the beginning but both dogs did not respond as I would have wished. They have tousled two or three times since they moved in however neither dog was seriously injured during those events.

However, last week, the neighbors 8 year old daughter forgot to completely close the gate and this led to a very serious fight. I was exiting my car in my driveway and had my dog with me in the car as well as two pizzas. I exited the car and was holding the pizza, I opened the back door of the vehicle to grab my dogs leash and the neighbors dog was behind me jumping toward the vehicle. At that time my dog jumped over and above my shoulder and right into the other dog. The pizza went face down. I found myself in the gravel driveway trapped underneath about two hundred pounds of fighting angry dogs for about two minutes. It took three very big men, myself, and finally the hose to separate the dogs. The neighbors dog had a few scratches only but was so exhausted right after the fight he couldn't stand up for about ten minutes at all, seemed to actually stop breathing as well from pure exhaustion. We cooled him down, gave him air, helped him through it and he recovered.

My dog has only a few scratches and bites but did require a visit to the vet because one bite actually has become infected and he is on antibiotics.

We are at a complete loss as to how and if we could socialize these dogs in a healthy, safe way at this point. We would love to see these two dogs play and become friends if it's possible. They each play well separately with a small puppy my son has so they are capable of gentle non- aggressive behavior. We just don't know how to get them to respond this way with each other!

We are desperate for Cesar's special help and techniques. We live in a small town in Northern California and I have searched for professional help without success. I am scared for the safety of my neighbors dog, for myself, and for my very special friend who has been my constant companion and strength while I have tried to recover from my own serious illness.

Please consider assisting us because both of these beautiful dogs deserve to live without the stress and fear that we all constantly have lived with since this serious fight. I do exercise my dog regularly and he is very calm without pent up aggression or nervousness that I can detect at all. He has never bit or growled at any person and is a calm relaxed dog.

I am completely open to learning the skills and investing anything it takes to remedy this very scary situation.

Thank you!

Loretta W.

DoggyDesperation

Loretta Woolfolk
Loretta Woolfolk

Dear Cesar Milan,

Two years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and was receiving weekly injections of chemotherapy. Half way through my treatment I rescued a beautiful male 80 pound red nose bull mastiff from the street. He was injured, bitten, had a broken leg and was almost dead. I have nursed him, trained him, and and he has proven to be a most gentle, loyal friend. He has been a blessing and gave me the courage I really needed to finish my chemotherapy at that time. Now, two years later, due to the liver damage my cancer medicine contributed to, I am again taking chemotherapy and struggling with my health.

About two months ago a very large white male English Bull dog mix moved in next door. I did attempt an introduction in the beginning but neither dog responded as I would have wished. They have tousled two or three times since they moved in but the dogs weren't seriously injured during those events.

However, last week, the neighbors 8 year old daughter forgot to completely close the gate and this led to a very serious fight. I was exiting my car in my driveway and had my dog with me in the car as well as two pizzas. I exited the car and was holding the pizza, I opened the back door of the vehicle to grab my dogs leash and the neighbors dog was behind me jumping toward the vehicle. At that time my dog jumped over and above my shoulder and right into the other dog. The pizza went face down. I found myself in the gravel driveway trapped underneath about two hundred pounds of fighting angry dogs for about two minutes. It took three very big men, myself, and finally the hose to separate the dogs.

The neighbors dog had a few scratches only but was so exhausted right after the fight he couldn't stand up for about ten minutes at all, seemed to actually stop breathing as well from pure exhaustion. We cooled him down, gave him air, helped him through it and he recovered.

My dog has only a few scratches and bites but did require a visit to the vet because one bite actually has become infected and he is on antibiotics.

We are at a complete loss as to how and if we could socialize these dogs in a healthy, safe way at this point. We would love to see these two dogs play and become friends if it's possible. They each play well separately with a small puppy my son has so they are capable of gentle non- aggressive behavior. We just don't know how to get them to respond this way with each other!

We are desperate for Cesar's special help and techniques. We live in a small town in Northern California and I have searched for professional help without success. I am scared for the safety of my neighbors dog, for myself, and for my very special friend who has been my constant companion and strength while I have tried to recover from my own serious illness.

Please consider assisting us because both of these beautiful dogs deserve to live without the stress and fear that we all constantly have lived with since this serious fight. I do exercise my dog regularly and he is very calm without pent up aggression or nervousness that I can detect at all. He has never bit or growled at any person and is a calm relaxed dog.

I am completely open to learning the skills and investing anything it takes to remedy this very scary situation.

Thank you!

Loretta W.

DoggyDesperation

Rebecca Arney
Rebecca Arney

HELP! I am having some major problems with my 2 year old 100lb female Rottweiler.   She was an excellent puppy, very smart, heeled off leash and very affectionate. She has always been just a little timid in general but responded very well to commands and treats.  In the last year there has been quite a bit of transition, I got divorce, moved to a new home and have a new roommate.  I try to work with her every day on her commands but she has become quite onry and will bite the leash and pull, try to play tug of war which I do NOT allow her to do.  I ask her to stop and after a fight, she will stop.  She recently started jumping on people when they come in and I’ve tried all the tricks to get her to stop. 

More concerning is she has started lunging at kids on bikes, skateboards, scooters and an occasional car.  She has barked and lunged at people (mostly when they are afraid of her and hesitant to walk by). Although she doesn’t do anything, she knows they are afraid of her and she scares the daylights out of people.    She chases cats, birds and other dogs.   She has initial dog aggression but once she smells the dog she is totally cool, but that consists of her trying to drag me across the street to get to the other dog.   By that time, tension and fear is high and she can sense that.  The other dog owners usually freak out and I have to explain and apologize.  I am starting to dread my time with her and do not enjoy being a pet owner as much as I used to because of this behavior.

I don’t take her to dog parks because I feel that is a free for all and filled with neglectful owners.  I do take her to my friends, family houses and she plays nicely with other dogs, no issues at all.  She is actually quite passive.  I have had Rottweiler’s most of my life and put the others through training and used those techniques with her as well. But I have not specifically taken her to a training class.

I personally walk her in the morning and evening and I hired a neighborhood kid to walk/run her 2 times a day for 30 minutes (each time) during the week.  I play brain games with her and hide her balls, she has plenty of toys in which she plays “golf” with, I spend a fortune on the toys with treats inside and nothing seems to mellow her out.  Going home after work is sometimes a nightmare because she won’t leave me alone and walking her is almost worse.

I also have a little Yorkie and Chihuahua and all the dogs get along very well.   They try to play together but it’s more of hide and seek or talking (barking) to each other.  They are all respectful of each other.

Any ideas, thoughts or helpful hints? 

Kai Rio
Kai Rio

My boyfriend and I own a 19 month old full bred German Shepherd name Kai. There are a couple of problems that we are struggling with. I believe that Kai is very hypersensitive to any noise or movement around him. I feel horrible because he never enjoys his walks, he's always so worried about the truck passing by, a person riding their bicycle, an airplane flying over, another dog walking by, a person walking by, or someone shutting a car door. Literally anything gets to him, and at times it gets to a point where he is so overwhelmed that he becomes aggressive towards people that are just walking by. I have tried taking him to areas where there wont be many distractions, but realistically there's always something going on. It has gotten to the point now where he just shuts down. The other issue we have is, Kai is VERY territorial of the apartment complex where we live. There are many dogs that live around us, and it makes it SUPER difficult to take him out. There are many  times where I have to drive him down the street just for him to use the bathroom. Kai gets very aggressive towards the other dogs. The other dogs are minding their own business, and Kai believes that the whole complex is his. Kai begins to approach low to the ground which I know that is a hunting stage and then tries to lunge forward at the dog. There were a couple times that he pulled so hard he snapped his harness twice and got loose and went after the dog. We got very lucky both times were he didn't hurt any of them.  I want Kai to know that he can really enjoy his time being outside, please help me so my dog doesn't have to live in stress everyday.


Thank you so much,


Alba 

Kristina Galloway
Kristina Galloway

My friend is giving up hope for her 3yr old Lab/Pit mix foster dog "Juniper".

My friend is an amazing advocate for animals - along with her husband, she owns and operates a small pet hotel/ doggie daycare for income, fosters numerous dogs/cats for a small local animal rescue she works with, and runs a cat TNR program in her rural county. Hard worker! Juniper came to her last September and has been living in their pet hotel ever since. Juniper is extremely dog aggressive though and has to be separated at all times from her customers' dogs and her own dogs. My friend works hard with and exercises Juniper individually. As well as being dog aggressive, Juniper is a car chaser. She has had several bad injuries prior to her rescue as I understand.

Last week though my friend accidentally forgot that her geriatric terrier was still in the dog common area when she let Juniper out for her exercise. Within 3 seconds Juniper badly attacked him and probably would have taken his life if hadn't been stopped immediately. It was a close call.

THE PROBLEM NOW: What if my friend or a staff member makes another mistake with Juniper? Can she realistically foster Juniper, therefore putting her customers' dogs and her own dogs lives at risk? I confess, I too am really worried about the safety of my 2 dogs that I board there often. Needless to say, she is giving up hope on Juniper and running out of options. Finding another foster home is almost impossible, but finding a forever home is next to impossible now. Especially finding someone who is strong enough to take on all her issues, keep her safe from injuring herself and killing another dog, and from possible euthanasia. Can Juniper be helped?

Thank you for your consideration,

Kristina from Asheville, NC

Maria B.
Maria B.

My daughter adopted a Doberman mix in February.  She had wanted a dog for a long time and it was love at first site.  Barkley (not his real name) has the most adorable personality and is a happy dog.  He gets along great with my daughters and myself; however, around others he is very aggressive.  He has attempted to attack or bite relatives or strangers.  She has put Barkley in 3 weeks of obedience training, plus pays a wonderful trainer to work with her.  She understands she needs to remain calm and be the leader.  Barkley goes to a doggy day care and is fine with the workers and other dogs, but when he sees the other owners come to pick up the dogs he gets aggressive.  My daughter has tried keeping treats and has strangers offer them to try and help him overcome his fear of strangers.  It took her a long time to find a rental that would allow her to have a dog and she is worried she may not be allowed to stay when her lease is up.  She can't even have the handyman come over without Barkley trying to lunge after him.  Recently her little sisters spent the night and when her youngest sister tried to play around with her, Barkley started barking and scared her little sister.  He was trying to protect her but we don't want Barkley being aggressive towards family and are worried about him hurting someone on accident.  She loves this dog and doesn't want to give him up and I don't think anyone will love him as much as she does.  Also, if she loses her apartment she is afraid she won't be able to find another one.  Cesar, I hope you can offer some advice or help.

Faerielove Ortiz
Faerielove Ortiz

I have 2 German Shepherd mix dogs, had him and his sister since they were 7 weeks old! There is no real knowing their mix, mom was onsite, and purebred Shepherd, father is said to be Rottweiler but other littermates had other possible breeds.


They are going to be 3 this August, and Nero, the male, has bitten 2 people. The first was when we had a family staying with us, and they had a little teacup Chihuahua puppy and she could fit through the picket fence in the front yard, and one day the puppy was heading for the fence and my friend went after here to keep her from getting out and she grabbed the puppy which yipped. Next thing she knows, Nero is right there no sound and darting right at her then bit her in the thigh and kept jumping up at her, then her teenage sister came out of the house to see what was going on, then Nero turned and darted after her but she ran back into the house.


The 2 time was just the other day. Another friend was coming over with her boyfriend, they greeted them, as they know them cause they come over often.  But my little dog, Peaches she came darting out of the house barking and she passed up my friends and went straight to the fence just barking at which point my friend says Nero turned and started attacking the little dog Peaches and when my friend yelled at him telling him to get back, he turned and jumped up at her and then bit her boyfriend on the leg, requiring 20 stitches! It was like something snapped in his brain and he just turned, then my friends came back today and was just barking and growling at my friends' boyfriend.


Just to clarify, I was not present during these 2 events, the first I was at work, the second I was inside the house, I was not outside until after. As soon as we heard Peaches yipping from Nero. Peaches had no injuries.


I would really like to know how to identify the problem and what the possible ways to address them. I am willing to try everything. I am committed to fixing whatever it is I am doing wrong.


Thank you for any input.

Hannah Wilson
Hannah Wilson

My sister has a bull terrier/blue heeler puppy. She's very sweet to my sister and me, and she's fine with other dogs and strangers. The issue is that she is strange around the rest of our family members. At one moment she will come up to them in a calm, happy state of mind, but then she'll leave the room, come back, and start barking at them. It's very confusing. Most of the time she loves my sister's husband, but when he first enters the room she will start barking at him and it's come to the point that she has started biting him. Our biggest concern is that my sister is pregnant and we don't want there to be an issue with the baby. She doesn't want to get rid of the puppy because there is so much potential for her to be a great dog. She could use some help from Cesar!

Tahnie Brown
Tahnie Brown

We have a Poodle X Australian Sheppard mix. We got her from a breeder 7 years ago at 8 weeks old. At that time, I had been working as a Speech Therapist and have had dogs my whole life. I had years of experience going to obedience school with my dogs and participating in dog sports. My dream was/is to have a dog that I can use as a therapy dog, to get children reading more (READ Program). You would assume I knew what I was doing. But along came Storm. I was never a fan of poodles, but we chose to get Storm because of the low-shedding aspect (my father-in-law is allergic to dogs) and I had had an Aussie Sheppard (crossed with Rotti/Lab/Collie) before, that was amazing at dog sports and a loving, gentle dog. And along came Storm. From the get-go, Storm was very loving, very loyal and easy to train. She loves people. She gets VERY excited (still!) when she meets people. But also from the beginning, Storm did not like other dogs.  I made the mistake of not socializing her much when she was young, but there were a few barriers to that. Where I live now, we don't have any opportunities/dog parks to socialize her in the community. Also, the trainer we went to was actually against off-leash dog parks, so I didn't take her to nearby towns to do that. I regret that now. Now, whenever Storm sees a dog, she barks and goes ballistic.  I don't think it's aggression, but is pure curiosity, excitement and a lack of social skills... she does NOT know how to approach or to communicate with other dogs. She becomes very on-edge (defensive?) when approached by a dog.  Nonetheless, I did the training with Storm and we prepared for the test to become a therapy dog with St. John's Ambulance.  Storm passed with flying colours through all the tests involving humans, strange objects and noises.  As soon as another dog came to check her out during that test, she snapped at it. We were immediately dismissed and my dreams of having a therapy dog were shattered.  I had a very hard time emotionally after that and even distanced myself from Storm for a while - I had "given up" on her in a way. We also believe that Storm must have separation anxiety or some kind of general anxiety.  She paces in the house if even one of the family members are outside or have left. She barks like CRAZY (sounds like she's wounded or dying) if we leave her in the car or house. We have used bark collars, but she cannot resist letting out that first bark. She gets zapped and then will hold off, but continue to whine or "boof" low enough to not get zapped. She barks at dogs that are across the street or on their own lawn when she is in the car.  Her barking is driving us crazy!  Being an Australian sheppard, we understand her instinct to herd and to nip, but she has caught skin on our daughter and friends in some of her herding episodes. My sister-in-law actually purchased a dog from the same breeder about a year after we got Storm. Storm and this dog, Brady are half-sisters, coming from the same mother (the Australian Sheppard), but different Poodle Dads. Family functions and cottage time is becoming stressful for everyone. Both dogs get overly stressed if even one of their pack is swimming, is out on the boat, waterskiing or kayaking.... they pace the dock and shore, they bark, they whine... and when they are both stressing, they end up colliding into a full-out dog fight.  We need help!!  How can my sister-in-law and I (and our families) help our dogs both individually calm down and be calm, happy canine citizens in our communities AND be able to come together and have calm, relaxing family get togethers..??   we need help!

Tahnie Brown
Tahnie Brown

We have a Poodle X Australian Sheppard mix. We got her from a breeder 7 years ago at 8 weeks old. At that time, I had been working as a Speech Therapist and have had dogs my whole life. I had years of experience going to obedience school with my dogs and participating in dog sports. My dream was/is to have a dog that I can use as a therapy dog, to get children reading more (READ Program). You would assume I knew what I was doing. But along came Storm. I was never a fan of poodles, but we chose to get Storm because of the low-shedding aspect (my father-in-law is allergic to dogs) and I had had an Aussie Sheppard (crossed with Rotti/Lab/Collie) before, that was amazing at dog sports and a loving, gentle dog. And along came Storm. From the get-go, Storm was very loving, very loyal and easy to train. She loves people. She gets VERY excited (still!) when she meets people. But also from the beginning, Storm did not like other dogs.  I made the mistake of not socializing her much when she was young, but there were a few barriers to that. Where I live now, we don't have any opportunities/dog parks to socialize her in the community. Also, the trainer we went to was actually against off-leash dog parks, so I didn't take her to nearby towns to do that. I regret that now. Now, whenever Storm sees a dog, she barks and goes ballistic.  I don't think it's aggression, but is pure curiosity, excitement and a lack of social skills... she does NOT know how to approach or to communicate with other dogs. She becomes very on-edge (defensive?) when approached by a dog.  Nonetheless, I did the training with Storm and we prepared for the test to become a therapy dog with St. John's Ambulance.  Storm passed with flying colours through all the tests involving humans, strange objects and noises.  As soon as another dog came to check her out during that test, she snapped at it. We were immediately dismissed and my dreams of having a therapy dog were shattered.  I had a very hard time emotionally after that and even distanced myself from Storm for a while - I had "given up" on her in a way. We also believe that Storm must have separation anxiety or some kind of general anxiety.  She paces in the house if even one of the family members are outside or have left. She barks like CRAZY (sounds like she's wounded or dying) if we leave her in the car or house. We have used bark collars, but she cannot resist letting out that first bark. She gets zapped and then will hold off, but continue to whine or "boof" low enough to not get zapped. She barks at dogs that are across the street or on their own lawn when she is in the car.  Her barking is driving us crazy!  Being an Australian sheppard, we understand her instinct to herd and to nip, but she has caught skin on our daughter and friends in some of her herding episodes. My sister-in-law actually purchased a dog from the same breeder about a year after we got Storm. Storm and this dog, Brady are half-sisters, coming from the same mother (the Australian Sheppard), but different Poodle Dads. Family functions and cottage time is becoming stressful for everyone. Both dogs get overly stressed if even one of their pack is swimming, is out on the boat, waterskiing or kayaking.... they pace the dock and shore, they bark, they whine... and when they are both stressing, they end up colliding into a full-out dog fight.  We need help!!  How can my sister-in-law and I (and our families) help our dogs both individually calm down and be calm, happy canine citizens in our communities AND be able to come together and have calm, relaxing family get togethers..??   we need help!

Tori Pennington
Tori Pennington

my red nose pit has only been pregnant once, by my male pit, now I have counted since 7th of July 8 times they have been locked up. Today a stray came along and without notice he was stuck to her possibles seconds and someone got them apart fast. Is this going to hurt the blood line of her having full blooded pits? Please help me I am mad at myself for not keeping closer attention to her.

anand lal
anand lal

I HAVE A MOTHER AND A DAUGHTER LAB. INITIAL ONE AND A HALF YR THERE WAS NO PROB AND THEY BOTH USED TO PLAY AROUND AND SLEEP TOGETHER SNUGGING INTO EACH OTHER. HOWEVER THE PEACE WAS NOT EVERLASTING AND ONCE THE DAUGHTER STARTED TO HAVE HER FIRST HEAT, SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HIT HER. IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT SHE STARTED MOUNTING THE MOTHER.  INITIALLY THE MOTHER TOOK IT PLAYFULLY BUT AFTER A FEW TIMES SHE STARTED GETTING ANNOYED AND STARTED TO AVOID HER.  IT WAS DURING THESE MOMENTS THAT THEY BOTH STARTED GETTING AGITATED AND HAD A FEW HEATED FIGHTS BITING INTO EACH OTHER. WE HAD DIFFICULT TIME SEPARATING THEM AT TIMES. THIS ACT SLOWLY BECAME THEIR HABIT AND A TIME CAME WHEN THEY DON'T EVEN SEE EACH OTHER AND BECOME AGGRESSIVE EVEN IF THEY SEE EACH OTHER.  WE HAVE BEEN LIVING LIKE THIS SINCE LAST TWO ONE YR KEEPING THEM SEPARATED AT ALL TIMES. ONLY DURING MORNING AND EVENING WALK AND RUN THEY ARE TOGETHER AND NOT BOTHERED ABOUT EACH OTHER. WE ARE REALLY VERY TIRED TO KEEP THEM SEPARATED AND WANT THIS ARRANGEMENT TO END. 

CESAR PL HELP. 

THANKS

ANAND

Karin Bourdelais
Karin Bourdelais

We researched for 3 years the breeder and type of dog we wanted. Husband had emergency open heart surgery at 42 so we waited to get our dog. Now we all take allergy shots so we can have our loved pet. Bandit is a champion breed black and red german shepherd born 3/2/14. He just turned 4 months and is 50 lbs. expected to be over 100 lbs. he is a love bug and very smart however is afraid of meeting new people and dogs. We have him in a puppy class for socialization but even the vet is concerned with his fear and barking , hackles raised that he will be a big dog with the potential to seriously hurt someone or an animal if that fear he is displaying isn't addressed. We have waited so long and are committed to our pet - we don't know why he is displaying this behavior. He usually would just sit on the floor quietly at the vet and now they rush us into a room given his size and anxiety. Not what we want for him. I myself have heart issues, fused neck and Lyme disease so having Bandit pull me when he freaks over a person walking across the street with a dog is unsafe and we have 4 teens/young adults in the home. We all just want him healthy both body and mind. Please any suggestions. I have read your books and watch the shows it's just so hard to redirect a puppy of this size. If he even draws blood because of his nails (that is considered a bite) our county can deem him a dangerous dog. We have waited for so long and did our home week even daily allergy shots. We have to do what a can to help him. We are open to any suggestions.

Alyssa Hurley
Alyssa Hurley

**Running Out Of Options** 

My parents adopted this adorable fluffy pup after their toy poodle passed away last year, he was so sweet and playful my mom couldn't resist! Marley is a Wheaten Terrier mix who is about 20lbs and can jump as high as my head. He was only in the shelter a few days before he was adopted by my mom so there wasn't much information on him. Turns out he had some aggression issues, an when he was disciplined (never beaten by my family, he would mainly hide when we tried to kennel train him) or scared he would run under beds or anything he could find and when you tried to get him out he would attack you. He also has a broken rib from a previous owner that apparently does not hurt because Marley jumps 4 times his height with no problem. Mom and dad couldn't handle his aggression and gave him to me thinking I would have better luck. Which I have, Marley has been great and no longer snaps at adults or strangers but we have recently found out that he does not like young children AT ALL! A child can't even approach our window without Marley freaking out, I mean Bi-polar Cujo flipping out. he has nearly bit at least two kids(hasn't actually gotten a child yet) We always have him on a leash and warn those with children if they try to come near. The issue is, we are moving in with my brother and his family and they have a young son, and I am scared to death that he may bite my nephew. My nephew is too young to tell to stay away, and I don't want to have to leave Marley locked up outside or in our room all the time. I don't know how to break this aggression! I believe a young child may have been what broke my poor puppies ribs, I need him to trust children again, or at least know to stay away. Most of the time Marley doesn't give any warning to a child that he doesn't want them near, he just suddenly snaps, this is what worries me the most.

Margaret Calabrese
Margaret Calabrese

My friend has three male dogs and needs immediate help. She has two 5 year old boxers that are litter mates and one of them is deaf. She also has a 1.5 year old Rottweiler. Recently the Rottweiler and the boxer that's mot deaf have been fighting.  After one of the fights, she had to take the boxer in to get stitches. It is to the point now where they are keeping the dogs separate in fear of the Rottweiler killing the boxer.  The Rot had some other issues before all of this and I truly belief that he thinks that he is the alpha in the house.  How can my friend become alpha again and bring her pack back to a balanced state?

christina lehan
christina lehan

I have three dogs, a pit bull, border collie mix and a daschund. Our pit bull suffered from a blunt force trauma to the head at the handsof our neighbor while in our fenced backyard. She was paralyzed but is recovering and is starting to walk again. Since this she has become dog aggressive, especially with our border collie. The border collie tries to ignore our pit bull but if they are outside together the pit bull will charge our collie and she will fight back. It is difficult having to rotate them and take turns. They never had any problems in the past. Our pit bull is ok with the daschund, she will growl at her sometimes but that's it. Do you think this is something that will pass once she is back on her feet and normal again? Please any advice would be great!

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SYLVIA BARONI
SYLVIA BARONI

I REscued an australian silky terrier, kinda like a big yorkie.This dog means the world to me-when i first saw him i thought gee he is kinda of big(i had just  lost my yorkie of 13 years) but as i got to know this sweet animal i thought, boy i really score- this dog had such a sweet temperment. very loving but had alot of issues. One thing i noticed right away, he does not take to men right away, do not know why, he knew how to use the doggy door but you had to supervise him because if you left it up to him he would pee and poop all over my living room floor-i had just put hardwood floors in and all i could see was $70,000.00 OF a remodel going downhill. My neighbor is an AKC breeder ,so i sought some advise from her,she told me i would need to confine the dogs to an area and supervise their potty visits which i have done and things have gone well. I also have a 2 year old Yorkie.Knute is my Silky Terrier, he is  7 and a half years old.He had a pretty severe cataract in his left eye, so with part of that refinance money i spoke with my vet- he referred me to a place called EYE CARE FOR ANIMALS IN PASADENA.I had a consult with a Dr. Conrad who told me that he was a perfect candidate for cataract surgery,and that the success rate is 98%. So i wanted my baby to have the best sight possible ,part of it was my own selfishness that i wanted to see his beautiful brown eyes again,so i went for it-they made it sound so simple-i mean 98% percent -perfect candidate,what could go wrong? The cost was $6,000.00. Well,everything went wrong-the good eye did not have a pocket that they could slip a contact lens in so all the could do was correct his eyesight-he cannot see closeup but he can see far away barely now. The bad eye had a pocket but did not take well to the surgery-he is completely blind in that eye now.They suggested to me that i should laser down the good eye so it would not detach from the retina so we could save his vision if at all in this eye they mention some other procedure for his blind eye that they said would likely only be a 40% chance of correction, but at this point i felt so full of guilt i was willing to do anything to give him some sight back and after another $5,000.00, in which his left eye hemmorraged when they tried to open it,they lasered his right eye semi-successfully in the beginning but for some reason the eye would not heal right- there was alot of swelling -we tried different types of medication but nothing seemed to bring it down- it got to the point that i just wanted them to just let him be comfortable-not destroy his liver as well. Well this year has been difficult having a dog that is blind-last year on July 4th he had sight,he was a little freaked out about the noise but this year OMG!!! REALLY I AM IN TEARS AS I WRITE THIS!!It is horrible to watch your baby try to squeeze in every little corner SHAKING LIKE A CRAZY- breathing heavy, toungue hanging out..OMG we had some real jerks here because the BOOMS kept going off until last night at 3:00 in the morning. I called the police- they had already been called by others that is what the receptionist told me. I just do not know what to do when this happens next year what to do. i tried everything for 3 days and he did not respond to anything not even medication to calm him down-nothing stopped this trembling..i felt totally helpless..I could really use your help Cesar Millan,this is not the only thing he trembles about but this was by far the worst. He trembles in the car as well. Please help me..I regret everyday ever getting him that surgery....

Jennifer jaladal
Jennifer jaladal

5 years ago my friend found a stray dog, we think it is a mix breed of a black German Shepard and perhaps chow mix. She could not keep him so I took him in for a few months until I could find him a home. I lived in an apartment that would only allow 1 dog and I already had one. My brother came over and met him and they instantly bonded. He decided to take him. He had a son who loved star wars so they named him Kenobi. He was such a sweet dog and loved to cuddle and be close to people. That closeness soon turned into something else. Kenobi became very anxious around strangers he did not know along with any unknown noise. He is not aggressive at all and has never bitten but gets very on edge and barks nervously. Noises especially caused him to hide. My brother asked my boyfriend and I to watch Kenobi over 4th of July and warned me how he would react to fireworks. I know many dogs are scared of fireworks but in this case it was mixed with an already anxious dog. Kenobi ended up avoiding going outside all the next morning after the 4th. I knew he had to release himself so dragged him unwillingly outside. He immediately ran under the deck and stayed under there all night, even before the fireworks even started! We tried everything to get him out, from treats, to a leash, to loud noises. Afterward the 2nd night of fireworks, we saw that he had gotten closer to the opening of the deck. We took advantage and grabbed a flashlight, broom, and leash. We finally got the leash on him and dragged him out! I am writing because not only does Kebobis behavior affects relationships with family and friends, he shouldn't have to feel the nervousness and anxiety he feels on a daily basis. Apart of me feels responsible because I gave him to my brother. I don't know what has caused his anxious behavior or what happened to him as a stray dog or with previous owner. We need help in finding a solution and helping Kenobi overcome his anxiety!

Teresa Jones
Teresa Jones

I have a blue female Pit Bull that is spayed and 1 year old.  I have 8 other dogs that vary from a 5 pound chihuahua to an 80 pound Boxer mix. All get along great and all are either spayed or neutered. My problem is that when my dogs see a person or another animal outside the house or if they are in our fenced in yard , they will bark at what ever it is they see. Sometimes the bark may just be from one dog and just one or two small barks or several will bark,When they bark, my pit bull will attack one of the dogs. She always grabs at the neck and holds on until I break it up. When I get them apart , she will do her best to get back at the dog she had attacked. I have to immediately put them in separate areas until they settle down. This of course terrifies me and I have tried several suggestions from other people to try to  help. I at at the end of my rope with fear that she will seriously injure of even kill one of my dogs. I never let my small dogs alone with her and I am always near by when she is with the larger dogs. So far there have been no serious injuries. WHAT WILL HELP CHANGE THIS BEHAVIOR ? We love her and she is a very loveable dog to everyone she meets and even if we got to petsmart , she is well behaved around other animals. However, I do not trust her and will not let her get too close to other animals . PLEASE HELP ! We don't want to re-home her, but if this behavior does not quit, we may not have a choice. 


Rebecca Bosarge
Rebecca Bosarge

Hello. I have four dogs they are all pitbulls. Mom, dad, son and old lady. My best friend got one of my puppies. He is 3 years old now. On Dec 10, 2014 her 18 month old son passed away unexpectedly my husband and I drove to their house and pick up their dog and brought him so that he wouldn't be with familyhis name is tank he does pretty good he's very well behaved with my other dogs but he's very high strung Houston et when he played

Victoria Ives
Victoria Ives

I have an Akita who I adopted at the age of 10 months. She has grown up around our pug and recently she first started playing ruff and then about 1 month age she tried to kill the pug. We have separated them now and only let out one at a time. Now I wonder if this will be a permeant thing and will I be able to ever trust her.

Reena Soni
Reena Soni

I adopted a Blue Tick Coonhound from a shelter about two years ago. The dog is a great dog inside the house. Outside, any time I take her out for a walk and she sees another dog, she gets totally out of control. She starts to bark and drag me towards the other dog with a power of a sixty-pound dog. It becomes a wrestling match for me each time. Many a times I've fallen off and dragged. Not only is this embarrasing, but I've been humiliated by others and threatened with calling police on me. I've given up on walking this dog. I love her at home, but hate to be with her outside. I've been defeated way too many times and can't take it anymore. My husband walks her as he is powerful, and can control/restrain her (not without wrestling though). However, no amount of walk and play tires her to walk without exhibiting this behavior. Feel stupid in having opened our hearts and house to a dog that we can have no control over.

Reena Soni
Reena Soni

I adopted a Blue Tick Coonhound from a shelter about two years ago. The dog is a great dog inside the house. Outside, any time I take her out for a walk and she sees another dog, she gets totally out of control. She starts to bark and drag me towards the other dog with a power of a sixty-pound dog. It becomes a wrestling match for me each time. Not only is this embarrasing, but I've been humiliated by others and threatened with calling police on me. I've given up on walking this dog. I love her at home, but can't walk her. I've been defeated way too many times and can't take it anymore. My husband walks her as he is powerful, and can control/restrain her (not without wrestling though).

Emily Cantacessi
Emily Cantacessi

I have a two year old mutt and last year he was attacked by another dog. My family and I are thinking about getting another. However, whenever our dog sees another dog he will start barking but then as the other dog walks away my dog will start crying and jumping like he wants to play. I cant really tell if he wants to play with another dog or be mean to it. Can someone please help me? 

Catherine Femyer
Catherine Femyer

We rescued a 10 month old male, neutered, Husky/Shepard mix from the Humane Society.  He is such a loving and smart dog, but he is suffering from some serious separation anxiety.  We have tried everything...open crate...enclosed crate...calming tablets...calming collar...thunder shirt...you name it we've tried it.  He gets exercise before the crate in the morning and has a special treat for the crate only. We've worked with a trainer but she thought it was improper crate training vs separation anxiety. We used the ASPCA Weekend Crate Training...he did great up to the point of leaving him alone in the crate for more than 15 minutes and we were out of the house. We have to work so being home with him isn't possible. He has banged up his nose, and we have set up the webcam to try and identify the behavior and find a solution. We are at a loss.  We love him and returning him to the Humane Society is NOT an option...but we need help with his anxiety. Suggestions?

Iris Francis
Iris Francis

HELP!!! My daughter & granddaughter received a beautiful lab mix dog from the SPCA. Who was very nerves & jumpy when we first received her. She is not as jumpy but she is now biting the family. At first she would bite the men & boys of the family which made us believe that she must of been abused by a man. But she has now bitten me the nanny of the family & broken the wings of their white belly Caique bird name Yellow. We have grown to love brownie & would hate to take her back to the SPCA. My daughter & granddaughter has just lost their husband & father to cancer on October 2013. I don't want them to be hurt with another lost at this time. When Brownie bit me my granddaughter said please don't tell mom because Brownie will have to go back. We need Cesar's help desperately. Obedience classes, daughter, & granddaughter is not working. Please HELP!!!

Karen Morrissey
Karen Morrissey

I lost my husband last year.  Since that time, my German Shepherd has become over protective when inside the house.  She barks and jumps on the windows when someone is walking down the sidewalk.  If she is outside, she just watches and no big deal.  It is when she is inside the house.  She is not a agressive dog. She loves playing, doggie day care, small and large, great with people, etc.  I just cannot get the jumping and barking to stop.  I have tried training collars, she knows when it is off or on.  If on, listens more to quiet command.  When off, forget it.

carol bateman
carol bateman

On the internet there is an article about a dog given up with six other dogs in an animal shelter in Kentucky. The dogs name is Russell and is so frightened he has not moved from the corner in days.

they can't evaluate him and are afraid they will have to put him down. My first thought was Cesar Millan-i watch the show and see the extraordinary way he helps dogs. Is there anyway to put him in touch with this poor animal.

Charise Foderaro
Charise Foderaro

I adopted a Chihuahua 4 years ago that had been rescued from a puppy  mill.  I didn't know at the time but she came with a lot of illnesses due to the many litters she had in her short life. As a result of being abused (at least I think that's why) she has over the top anxiety when ever anyone strange comes into the house.  She has an enlarged heart and a heart murmur. The heart issue is getting worse and the anxiety she has with strangers makes the heart issues worse. She has already had an episode o f atrial fib after we had family spend the night. I thought she was dead but her heart went back to a normal beat and she came back to us.

She is such a sweet loving creature I hate seeing how stressed out she gets when there are strangers around. the strange thing is while she is barking and backing away her tale is wagging. It doesn't make sense her body language versus her stress level. I would like the rest of her life to be a peaceful one and not one filled with such terror and fear. She has overcome so much in  just surviving the first 7 years of her life in the horrible conditions and cage of the puppy mill. I am afraid just the anxiety alone is going to end her life. I don't know what to do to make her see that all humans are not going to abuse her.

Crystal Krogulski
Crystal Krogulski

I live across the street from the biggest challenge you'll ever meet! My neighbor has three rat terriers and a small poodle. These dogs bark constantly! Whether they are in the yard or on a walk. No one can walk by or take their dogs out without being tortured by the barking. There is no pack leader in this family. The dogs run the show. I borrowed their lawnmower once and when I returned it one of the owners was on the deck with the dogs. I reached over the gate (probably wrong move on my part) to pet one and was bitten. Got me pretty good. I haven't gotten anywhere near them since. I really used to like my neighbors but now have considered moving because I can't stand the barking. I have sopped talking to them because of the dogs. I LOVE dogs! I've had them my whole life. I am starting to really hate these dogs and don't want to. When I have asked my neighbor to please do something about the dogs she tells me to wait until winter when I can close my windows. She has zero control. Even closing the windows doesn't help! There are small children on the block. Don't know what she'd do if they bit a child. I and my neighbors are miserable!! I really don't know how much longer I can live across from this. Please help Cesar!!

Teresa Sanborn-Lovell
Teresa Sanborn-Lovell

I have a 3 year old Min Pin who is a rescue dog. She was in a situation previously where she had to fight for her food but now she is not food aggressive.  However, she growls at everything she hears & jumps on people & will occasionally nip at them.  I always walk her on a short leash & whenever we come upon people, I have her directly next to me so this doesn't happen.  I have taken her to dog training & that has helped her a bit but doesn't correct the problem.  Every time she is aggressive towards people or other animals, we stop & I discipline her & don't go forward until she is under my control.  Her previous owner said that she was socialized (which is wrong) & that she was fine with other dogs & animals (also wrong).  I can't go forward with this situation & have tried everything to train & socialize this dog but it isn't working & I do not want to surrender her because she will be euthanized because of these issues.  Do you have any suggestions?  I am open to any advice out there that sounds reasonable.  Thanks for your help in this matter. 

Melody Baker
Melody Baker

My neighbors have a new Alaskan Husky that is about 1 year old. He is beautiful, smart, and energetic. What I think I know is that this breed is high energy and a working dog. My heart is breaking because they have 2 little dogs that are in the house and Ramsey the Husky is outside chained up and miserable. He gets loose every chance he gets. When they go outside to feed the dog or briefly give him attention, they are just yelling at the dog. I've shared with them (a nice young couple) that this dog wants to run, take him for jogs...they just smile and say they know. Even when they try to bring him in the front yard and walk him, the dog is so doggone excited to be out, he is uncontrollable. He will come jump on me to say hello. He jumps on my dog wanting to play and always wants to mount my dog which ends up with a very stern barking and biting at the neck from my dog. My dog Preston is a 7 year old English bulldog who doesn't mind other dogs but he is a dominant dog and will not allow any dog to mount him. I love these dogs and want them to be able to walk together, but most of all I want Ramsey to reach his potential as a dog and not have to spend his life on a chain. It is not fair to him and I know they are going to blame the dog for bad behavior that my one day lead to an aggressive angry dog when really the truth is these nice folks have a great dog and just don't know what to do with it.

Connie Collins
Connie Collins

Hello everyone!  I have a Lab/Pit mix dog that will be 1 year old June 26th.  He is the smartest dog I've ever had, but he is the wildest/most excited dog I've ever had.  His name is Max.  Because Max has such high energy we walk him almost everyday (we don't walk him on days that the weather is bad).  But although we walk him and even let him chase the laser light for a while sometimes he is still very hyper.  The main thing he does is grab our shoes or pieces of laundry or anything else he can get his mouth on and runs with it and some things (like wash clothes or towels) attempts to rip it apart.  When you try to take it from him he grabs it and runs full speed throughout the house.  We don't know how to stop this behavior.  He also jumps up on the counters to see what he can "steal" off it them.  He used to pull really bad when we walk, but that has been alleviated a lot only with a dog training collar.  But we have to keep the training collar on when we walk b/c he will pull every time without it.   

We really need to find a way to calm him down some and keep him from taking things and running.  Oh, and not listening sometimes.  He gets in his moods where you can call him or ask him to sit and he just ignores you and keep walking or run away.  HELP! 

Simone Turner
Simone Turner

hello i am a  household with a  German Shepherd Shar Pei mix and a Pomeranian and a miniature schnauzer. the German Shepherd and the Pomeranian got in a fight the German Shepherd bitten the  Pomeranian so I had to take him to the vet to get stitches and a tube in him to drain it . I love all the dogs I wish they could get along without fighting.now not together anymore so that don't happen.  Please help the vet and my husband told me we should take the german sheoherd to the dog pound.  I don't want to see that happen . If you can help I would be so grateful.  Simone turner. My e mail stiner28@msn.com or azjim73@MSN.COM


Tonie Woods
Tonie Woods

Hello Cesar: I am not sure this is in the right area, if not I am sorry.
I am writing you this because I have tried everything that I know to help my dogs. I will keep my story brief but I have to give some details because it is a specialized story. I have three children with Mitochondria disease. One of my children is 16 she is unable to walk very well and she does not noramlly leave my house. I am recently divorced and my x was not supportive of children with disabilities. When I divorced he didnt fight me for my kids he fought me for my dogs. I didnt have the money to get them so currently he has them.I have moved on and my boyfriend knew that I have heart broken losing my dogs. As a suprise he got me two oldenglish sheep dogs.The dogs I had were the same breed.  He himself had to black labs. So now I have a pack that are all around 1 to 2 years of age. To my daughter these dogs have become her life, but now that they are a pack the dynamics have changed and I am at a point where I am not sure what to do. They fight all the time. I have alot more to tell you butI am going to stop there to adhere to your 500 word limit.  If you have any time to help me please contact me. Thank you for your consideration. Antoinette

Leah Lackey
Leah Lackey

Does Cesar or his staff really look at the blogs?  Our dog Howi came to us as a pup with severe separation anxiety.  I have read all of Cesar's information on the subject and Howi has "real anxiety," not a learned behavior.  As a puppy, he was extremely destructive when we would leave (we tried to crate train and he PULLED THE METAL BARS THROUGH and escaped and tore up the place anyway);   the first year of his life was tough and after trying to work with his behavior, we started Prozac and has been on it for 4 years


He turned a corner and has been amazing the past 3 years - just a different dog who actually listens and does not destroy the house, however, if he is boarded at the vet, he rubs his nose off and acts like he has rabies.  He hates the cage.


We had 2 of his pack members die over the past 18 months.  Ruby (12 year old shep/lab/standard poodle) was his foster Mom for 5 years.  She died suddenly;  Howi was VERY attached to her.  About a week after she died, the destructive behavior started again and he has gotten so much worse.  We have to take him wherever we go and we have not taken a family trip, because of his extreme anxiety and fear.  Not only has he destroyed parts of our home, but he has hurt himself in the process. 


We have exercised him before we leave the house;  for example:  we take him to the lacrosse fields for several hours and think he would be worn out and tired--but as soon as we walked out the door for dinner the incessant barking, crying and destruction starts.  He is also fearful of other dogs and people, so we have been trying to expose him to a variety of situations. 


Recently, he tore up my library curtains and ate the doorframe to our garage door - so much so, there was blood spatter and splinters everywhere and he hurt all of his bottom teeth and gums.


The dog whisperers we've talked to are concerned they can't handle such separation anxiety.  :( Others have suggested that he is so mentally ill, that he is miserable and we should put him down.  Our family would never do that, as he is a loving part of our pack and because he is SO good when we are here -- we think he has great potential.  We are desperate for him - it is so obvious he doesn't like living this way and we can't have our house destroyed or the potential of him hurting people or other dogs because he is so fearful.  At this point, we are at a loss and Cesar is our ONLY hope.  I am sure others have said this, but it is true.


PLEASE help us.  (We are still grieving the loss of Ruby;  she was our "Junior" -- calm, stable, easy to train, wonderful foster mamma to several dogs.  Jake - the dog who died a year before Ruby was the same way.  Just awesome.  We would like Howi to be the same way - but are truly at a loss.  If a local dog whisperer doesn't know what to do;  if our Vet is intimidated by Howi's extreme behavior - WHERE do we turn?  I REALLY hope someone on your team sees this.


--Leah - desperate in Atlanta, GA

Victoria Ives
Victoria Ives

Hi I am the owner of an Akita, who we adopted at age 10 months. We also have a pug who was here when Hope arrived. For the past couple months the Akita has started going after the pug in an aggressive manner. Then last week she actually attacked him and we spent 300.00 dollars at the vet to get him stitched up. I tried for quite a time to open the jaws of the Akita and she kept going back at him, I finally found a pot of water and threw it at her and she let go. I just don't understand how she has grown up with him and how she could do this. Some people believe we should put her to sleep and we do not want to that we want to work with her. Please consider giving me some help of how to help her. Thank you, Vicki Ives

Emily Khodayari
Emily Khodayari

Hi. I have a human aggressive and dog aggressive 2 year old (neutered) pitbull that has been to multiple private trainers and vets to try to fix this. He has started to bite my brother who has lived with him since Blaze(my dog ) was 5 weeks old. My brother has never been mean to Blaze or even hurt him, and I have no explanation to why he would do this. I am terrified my dog will severely hurt my brother and maybe even myself. He has always been aggressive towards strangers, but now is turning on family. My dog means more to me than anything.. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a crazy dog lover. I put my dogs before anything & anyone. I came to this site trying to find a solution other than putting him down. The thought sickens me and I would do absolutely anything to fix my Blaze. This dog is a wonderful animal when it is him and I. Very lovely, playful, and smiles all the time. I want Blaze to be friendly to others, too. I don't know what else to do or who to go to. when I say I will do anything, I mean anything. I want to save my dog and let him live a happy life. I am willing to do whatever it takes. Please, I am very serious about this. I don't want to be on the show, I want to have someone help me with my dog. If being on the show means fixing him, by all means, but my main focus isn't being on a show. I want my dog to be fixed. Please, I'm begging< for help. Khodayari.emily@yahoo.com is my email. I check it all the time. I live in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but I am willing to travel if needed or pay whatever is asked.

Email - Khodayari.emily@yahoo.com

My dog is my world. Please, I am in desperate need.

Cyndi Salomon
Cyndi Salomon

We have a 2 yr boxer and 10 month pitbull, they are great dogs and I love them to death. I can't seem to figure out how to stop him from peeing in the house (well condo). We take him out and a minute later he is walking around and peeing. His body language changes as though he knows it's "bad" but I don't know how to correct it or make stop. I have a baby on the way and I'm so concerned about having a sanitary space for the baby. It has started to get out of hand lately where now both of the dogs are acting up and I brought up moving as a solution so that they could be outdoors rather than indoor, however my significant other is set on staying and giving the dogs away because of the mess and odor. If someone has encountered this problem please please help! What worked for you, I really don't want to split our little family.

James McLaughlin
James McLaughlin

two problem dogs.  One a beagle and in typical beagle fashion, he will bolt after a scent and be missing until we get a call from someone who found him.  We are at a loss on how to get him to stay in the house unless he is on a leash.  the other problem is our male pit mix will attack the youngest and smallest of our beagles.  I have gotten bitten prying Chances jaws off little Beans head

Alice McPhee
Alice McPhee

I am 64 years old, my sole support with no savings even after 30 years of being an RN. I rescued my Bull Terrier, Waldo after his owners abandoned him at my vet. He is now almost 10 years old. He kills small animals. It started when another cat got into my yard and threatened Nefertiti, my Calico cat. He was truly devoted to her. When she died he stopped eating and drinking, and without my other dog, a Catahoula named Wooster, he might have died. He killed a possum family that got into my house through the dog door when I was in the hospital. Now he kills any animal that comes into the yard uninvited. I was forced to move by eminent domain in 2010. I chose a mobile home park in Lakehills, Texas. My neighbors have an unsprayed Rottweiler. She had 6 puppies by a pit bull. The puppies are able to get out of their yard and two got into mine. One pup escaped, but Waldo mangled the other. I was bitten by the pup trying to save it. The sheriff had to confiscate the puppy and make the owner put her down because she-nor any other of the puppies-have ever seen a vet. I don't know if mamma dog has. My neighbors are poor. I live paycheck to paycheck, but I love all animals. I mourn the skunks and feral cats that Waldo has killed, but I certainly do not want any puppies getting hurt. I offered to neuter Sadie and her pups, but the owner turned me down-the usual myths about neutering I presume. I'm also afraid that when mature the animals will get into my yard again and hurt my dogs. I have several questions: (1) Can Waldo stop this behavior or is it too late? (2) How do I best protect my dogs? The fence is the typical 4 foot high farm fence. I am still working as an as needed RN, but I don't make a lot. Has anyone had any experience with electrified fencing? I don't want any animals seriously hurt, but my grandson was an electrician and could do the work for me. I'm afraid to leave home and I must work.I will not put Waldo down. He loves people and his friend Woo and Goldie, my cat. Thank you for listening-I am heartsick and frightened and welcome all suggestions.

Stasia McCarthy
Stasia McCarthy

 We took in a puppy that was dumped at our friends vet clinic. Lily is about 10 months I think, she is proving to be extremely hard to train. I am having a hard time to breaking her habits of jumping on anyone that comes through the door. She also  chews up everything, especially in the backyard she has destroyed all of our children's outside toys and we have had to replace the sprinkler wire three times. She is also destroying the tress we planted. We have three children, oldest is three and youngest is 9 months. I am starting to fear that she may bite one of them by taking food or thinking they are playing with her. I would hate to rehome her, but is looking like the only option we have left. 

Robyn Nagle
Robyn Nagle

My dog buddy is have a lot of issues with training in general, hes a good dog in general and my 6 month old daughter loves him to death. When he was new to the home he was easy to train and didnt have any problems at all! But.in the last 7 months hes turned around, a complete 360. The only thing he chooses to do now is sit on ocassion when I ask him to. Im getting so frusterated and just need sone tips on what to do! He pees EVERYWHERE including on people occasionally. Hes peed on me twice. Once while sitting in my lap once on my foot, hes peed on my dad and husband as well. No matter what I do he refuses to going back to using his potty pads. I love buddy and id really regret getting rid of him because hes family, but I cant have him peeing and pooping everywhere my daughter crawls around!!! Please PLEASE give me some tips!

REBECCA SMITH
REBECCA SMITH

I have a  two dogs and they are both two and half year old. Jasper is a little dog that is a Min Pin / Corgi / "Hot Dog" dog mix and Jackson is a  Shar Pit (he is 3/4 pit and 1/4 shar pei). Aside from needing an enormous amount of exercise each day,  Jackson is very dog aggressive toward all dogs except Jasper. What I have noticed lately is when we go for a walk, in the distance Jackson will see a person walking with a small child and  initially he thinks it's a dog and he starts to go red zone. I worry about him hurting someone if he ever got away from me. He is not mean at all, I just don't know how to tell him to behave. 



Loretta Paris
Loretta Paris

My parents, who have a lot of medical issues, adopted 2 large dogs (a Border Collie and a Siberian Husky) about 5 years ago.  They have spoiled them rotten.  Since their adoption, they’ve moved to assisted living.  One dog barks when there is a knock on the door.  This may cause them to be kicked out.  Also, they have to take the dogs out on a leash to “do their business”.  The dogs are so uncontrollable that my dad can’t manage them.  He has severe back issues.  My mom is in a rehabilitation hospital and will be wheelchair bound for the rest of her life.  When she gets back, she will probably be the one taking the dogs out.  My worries are:  1. They need the assisted living because they can’t live out on their own.  What if they are kicked out because of the dogs?   2.  How can we find a way to train the dogs and my parents (yes, I said my parents) to behave?

Fostering Hope WY
Fostering Hope WY

My wife found a baby Pitt and brought him home at about 5 weeks. We have 5 other dogs and people and kids could come over. At 3 months of age we aren't sure what really happened. He chased a ball down our stairs and slid when he hit the wood floor, cried out once and couldn't walk. Our vet said it was a stroke. We faithfully got him a wheelchair and started hydro therapy. After that he became fearful and can be VERY aggressive with Any dogs not in his pack. He will try to bite small children and sometimes attacks dogs in his pack. My wife has Multiple Sclerosis and keeps getting in the middle of these dog fights. She has been bitten pretty bad. Our friends and neighbors won't come over to visit anymore and our 3 children can no longer have friends play. My wife loves this dog. She has been working with a trainer but not much progress has been made. He is unpredictable. I'm afraid one of the children or my wife will get attacked. Something happened when he got hurt. We aren't sure what really happened. The vet said he had a stroke. We found out 6 months later that BOTH of his back knees were broken and healed funny..... We don't want to give up on him. My wife won't.

Heidi Pickett
Heidi Pickett

I have an aggressive, insecure, excited, dominant German Shepherd. He lunges for dogs, pulls so hard that my hands are bruised from rope burn. He stalks other dogs when he goes to the park; he'll duck down really low and slowly creep like a tiger then lie flat and wait for the dog to move and then he lunges for it. He has a high prey drive, in our garden his tail is like a rattle snake and he jumps like a kangaroo after foxes, squirrels, bees, flies and anything that moves. Yet he is insecure and makes horrible moaning and screaming noises on the bus, in the car, whenever he feels uncertain. At the vets he is a nightmare and the vets order people and their dogs to stay away from him and they put him in a room with no other dogs. He has been band from a small pet grooming place for being difficult to handle and dog aggressive. He has separation anxiety and dominants me, his respect for me is 0 and when I try to correct him he will protest or try to nip me or show his teeth.


I am a 19 year old girl and I find it really hard to discipline him. The occasional dog owners at the park leave when he's there or they have a go at me and tell me that girls -especially my age- shouldn't own German Shepherds and there are men with other German Shepherds and 'power' dogs that laugh at me when I walk by. I suffer from depression and anxiety but I want to live in the now and face the problem. I do not avoid situations, I am eager for them and try all the methods I can think of. I am a Buddhist and I always meditate before I try to walk the dog to remain clam but it never works. I can't find the balance between being calm and assertive. My dog is my best friend and the only one I trust (I do not trust humans), I would be mentally destroyed if he had to be taken away or put down for my mistakes. I know 'What' to do, I just need to know 'How'.


Heidi from London

Lori Carro
Lori Carro

Hi,


I have a nervous dominant lab and a nervous excited beagle mix that I rescued from the shelter. Generally we bump along ok, though the lab doesn't have social skills. Recent events have me emergency fostering a year old pit bull. My lab is extremely protective of me and this has increased with my pregnancy. Right now I am rotating the dogs in and out of the house. However, my lab tries to attack through the door. But when the pit is in the house, in the kennel, my lab just lays down with her tail between her legs. I have to gently pull her from my room. She won't venture anywhere in the house or yard the other dog has been. Both dogs are isolated and this does not seem healthy for either. Right now being 6 months pregnant I lack the physical strength for introducing this new pack member if a fight should occur. This arrangement could end up being semi -permanent and I desperately need Cesar's help to heal my pack.

Patricia Dotson
Patricia Dotson

@Connie Collins I have the same breeds of dog. He will be 2 in July. If you figure out how to tire these dogs down to where you can walk them with out being dragged down the street, have all the toys destroyed. (even the ones they say cant be chewed to bits) And ripping the soft ones into little bitty pieces please let me know. I would love to walk my 4 dogs as a pack as Cesar seems to do with his.  We run mystic several times a day by throwing a ball or letting him play fetch in the pool. So far he is still a ball of none stop energy.

Alice McPhee
Alice McPhee

@Robyn Nagle  Buddy is reacting to second place now that your daughter is there. He;s marking his territory. Maybe if you put baby and dog side-by-side and love on first one, then the other, one then the other it will help him understand he is still an important part of your life. You didn't mention what kind of dog Buddy is, but most dogs need to feel like their a partner with their human.