"Ask the Dog Guy" with John Wade

"Ask the Dog Guy" with John Wade

Puppy and Obedience Training Without Food or Fear

Behavior Problems

Father Knows Best

– Posted in: Aggression, Behavior Problems, Columns

John, My daughter and her husband have a dog (probably about 2 years old) that demonstrates a lot of aggression, particularly when confronted about taking objects. He has been briefly around their nephew (age 1 year) and growled at him.  My daughter is pregnant, due in January. We had the dog at our house this [...]

Dog is afraid of eating and drinking out of a bowl.

– Posted in: Behavior Problems, Columns, Fear, Fear and Anxiety, Sounds, Sudden Onset Fear Of Water and_or Food Dish, Thunder
hydrophobia

Hello John, Could you please help me figure out why for the last 3 years my 12 year old mixed black lab refuses to drink out of a bowl and now even a flat platter. She approaches her food bowl with fear as well. If there is even the slightest bit of noise or if [...]

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

– Posted in: Aggression, Behavior Problems, Columns, Fear, Fear and Anxiety, 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 [...]

Thunder Revisited

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

Dear  John,My min schnauzer, Olive, has increasingly become fearful of various noises – fireworks noises in particular.  She pants heavily, will not settle down, and her whole body shakes.  Her shaking and panting became so extreme that I thought she might have a heart attack. Any suggestions on how to resolve this problem?Eve E.Fireworks and [...]

Neglect vs Abuse

– Posted in: Aggression, Behavior Problems, Columns

Hi John,I adopted an abused dog from the humane society in April and tried a couple of training classes but it wasn’t specific enough to her needs. She is approximately two years old and was rescued from the states.  She is ok with my kids but not with myself or other adults and children. She [...]