"Ask the Dog Guy" with John Wade

"Ask the Dog Guy" with John Wade

Puppy and Obedience Training Without Food or Fear

Anxiety

When does the rescue stop and and the rehabilitation begin?

– Posted in: Anxiety, Behavior Problems, Columns, Fear, Newsletters

Hi RMM, Often the biggest thing standing between many rescue dogs and and significant recovery is their owners. Time and patience is part of the process but the prognosis is far better regarding time-line and extent with the right sort of skills and effort. Sometimes the effort required is more then the owner has time [...]

Dog Scared of Hot Air Balloons and Is Afraid to Go For Walks

– Posted in: Anxiety, Behavior Problems, Columns, Fear, Newsletters, Sounds, Thunder

Hi John: Our dog was frightened by  hot air balloons flying very low. However, two weeks ago whilst out on a walk she came practically face-to-face with a balloon about to take off and since then I can only describe her behaviour as verging on paranoid. The situation is now rapidly deteriorating.  Over the last couple [...]

Efficacy of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer vaccine demonstrated in dogs

– Posted in: Anxiety, Contact Ask the Dog Guy, Health, Newsletters

An experimental vaccine is the first veterinary cancer vaccine of its kind that shows an increase in survival time for dogs with spontaneous non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The work shows for the first time the feasibility and therapeutic efficacy of this alternative cell-based vaccine, which could be employed in the treatment of a number of different cancer types.

Dog Anxiety and Fear of Thunderstorms

– Posted in: Anxiety, Behavior Problems, Columns, Fear, Fireworks, Free and Inexpensive Ask the Dog Guy Puppy and Dog Training Resources, Puppy Stuff, Sounds, Thunder

Thunderstorms can create low to high dog anxiety. There are a variety of different things to try to help reduce thunderstorm related fear. I have a very high quality downloadable soundtrack of thunderstorms that should be used as part of your strategy to desensitize your dog. Initially played at lower levels, gradually increasing in volume can [...]

Cocker Spaniel Cross is “wonderful” except he “goes after” bicycles, skateboards and some children.

– Posted in: Aggression, Anxiety, Behavior Problems, Columns, Fear, Sounds, Thunder

Dear John, I adopted a now two-year old cocker spaniel/poodle mix and he's just wonderful, loving and full of life for me, my husband and most people.  There is, however, one problem I am having and that's with small children. I don't know if it's just that he's rambunctious or what but I have some [...]