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  1. How can I stop my dog running up to strangers and jumping up to 'kiss' them in greeting.

    I am keeping my 18 month old dog on leash around people at the moment as he leaps up at peoples faces to greet them. This in not acceptable for most people. He has learnt not to do it to us and can be controlled at home but in the park it is an issue. Any ideas on the best way to stop this behaviour.

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    • How can I teach my dog not to be afraid?

      My dog gets skittish around random moving objects. If a piece of paper is blowing in the wind and comes close to him he gets extremely frightened, and I can't bend down to pet him with anything in my hand because he'll try to get away from it. What can I do to train him not to be so afraid? Strangely enough, he's not afraid of other dogs or people, just random objects.

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      • What is the best way to transition a dog who has lived with three other dogs her whole life, to being an only dog?

        I am moving out of my parents house and taking my chihuahua with me to my new apartment. What is the best way to go about transitioning her to being an only dog, and is there anything I can do now to help prepare her for the change?

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          • Treats become ineffective rewards for my dog when we're outside. I give one to him, but he drops in on the ground in favor of other things.

            He'd rather look at fire hydrants and trees than accept a treat for good behavior. How should I reward him when we are training outside so that he will be more motivated to repeat desired behaviors?

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            • My 12 yr old Ridgeback female just started peeing inside during thunderstorms. She has never been afraid before. Any advice?

              She is not an anxious dog, and appears self confident and self assured. After all, there are no more Lions left in our area of Connecticut. She feels she has done her job well.

              I take her out to *** at least twice before I go to work. She has never consumed more than 4 cups of water per day, despite clean water in her bowl. She has toys to play with - balls with treats inside to play with. I m unable to get home when a thunderstorm is forecast.

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                • My black lab female,Moana, seems to experience remorse after she misbehaves.

                  Hi, I completed the dognition assessment with our female black lab, Moana, and thought it was very interesting. She turned out to be an ACE. I wanted to know what you had to say about our dog who puts herself in time-out after she misbehaves. We started putting Moana in time-out (in her crate) when she was a puppy to correct misbehavior. Now 6 years later, when she occasionally sneaks food off the kitchen counter (usually when we're not at home), we come home to find her in time out. It doesn't take long to find the evidence of her…

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                  • I have read that the pack concept, the need to be alpha, has been completely debunked. What do you think?

                    The pack concept has become bedrock thinking. I have read that it has been debunked. Trainers I have talked to believe the pack concept without question.

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                      • What can I do to control excitement barking in Briar-Rose? Controlling her barking when she is learning, or when she is confused.

                        What can I do to control excitement barking in Briar-Rose? Controlling her barking when she is learning, or when she is confused. She learns, but it is difficult to show her new things through the cacophony of high pitched barking. Other instructors, like agility or freestyle have a hard time instructing me, as Briar-Rose is always barking. I've tried tugging, but as soon as I release the tug the barking starts. the same with feeding to keep her from barking - it just starts up again, when I stop. I have also trained her to go to her rug and…

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                        • why does my dog whine in the car?

                          Like most dogs my dog enjoys getting out to new places. However, unlike most dogs he whines in the backseat during most of the ride. But if there is another dog or a person in the backseat with him he is perfectly happy. Not a peep. What can I do to make him more comfortable? He has never had any trauma in a car,

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                          • How can I help my sensitive dog relax?

                            I have a 6 mo. old puppy named Pepper. She learns very quickly, listens to our commands, and is a very affectionate companion. Pepper is definitely a more submissive dog. Is that something she will "grow out of" or something that we should work on with her?

                            For example, Pepper gets very excited to sit and stay for rewards and was really enjoying the assessment. By the second game she started to seem wary of my intentions and eventually stopped listening to my commands and backed away. I've learned to stop the game at that point and let her relax.…

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                            • My dog has bad front door manners.

                              My 3 year old neutered male second generation wheaten/standard poodle mix is sweet, well behaved, gentle and affable. But when someone comes to the front door, he cannot control his excitement. It doesnt matter whether the person at the door is a total stranger or my mother, he jumps all over them in his exuberance. He often gets sent to his kennel as a punishment (which he hates but accepts). We could discourage his behavior with his electic collar but I am reluctant to use painful training techniques. Any ideas or insight you have would be appreciated.

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                              • Do dogs "apologize" to one another?

                                Our dog Pike was about 11 years younger than our older dog, Max. When Pike was about 2 years old, there was some kind of "thing" going on be Pike and Max, I think over a toy, if I remember correctly. Pike snapped at Max. Then,withink about 30 seconds or so, Pike seemed to purposely turn around, trot back over to where Max was standing, sort of quickly touch noses with Max, and then walk away. It was almost like a, "Gee, I screwed up when I snapped at you" kind of thing - I realize Pike might have been…

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                                • Does a dog understand anything he or she watches on television?

                                  Does a dog understand anything he watches on television or is he just responding to movement and sound?

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                                  • My dogs (mostly beagle) are very food-driven while others are not. How can these tests apply universally when food is used as the stimuli?

                                    For training, my dogs respond to nothing but food. They NEVER play with toys so toy rewards are not an option. Yet other dogs do not respond to food as a reward and have to be rewarded in other ways during training. How can these games, which use food as the stimulus, apply to all dogs, whether they are food-driven or not?

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                                    • In the tests my dog chose to always go to the right side. Why?

                                      While I was doing the tests my dog always chose the right side. In the results he says he got it correct 50% of the time but it was only due to default that the treat was located on the right. What could this mean?

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                                      • Sulking Noise

                                        My dog is a Shepherd and makes a whinging/whistling sound when he is around us but we are not playing with him, when we are in the car driving to a park around the corner or the dog beach or even just after we have been on a walk and put him outside?. Not sure if he is just attention seeking or if he is anxious?

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                                        • hiding big girl bones do other dogs do it too?

                                          she takes her big girl bone outside then buries it. then comes inside and barks at you until you follow her outside where she stands by it
                                          until you unbury it for her. do other dogs do similar things?

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