"Ask the Dog Guy" with John Wade

"Ask the Dog Guy" with John Wade

Puppy and Obedience Training Without Food or Fear

Fear and Anxiety

Pit Bull Extremely Fearful of Thunderstorms and Fireworks

– Posted in: By Problem, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Fear and Anxiety, Fireworks, Newsletters, Pitbull (Pit Bull), Thunder
fear of thunderstorm and fireworks

My 8-year-old pitbull Nala started to become extremely fearful of thunderstorms and fireworks a few years ago. Every summer after the first few storms and fireworks happen she turns into a nervous dog. She doesn’t want to go out past 6 pm. She is constantly looking around “waiting” for something to happen. She starts shaking [...]

Fearful Bulldog Around Food Dish After Fight

– Posted in: British (English) Bulldog, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Fear and Anxiety, Newsletters, Resource Guarding
fearful bulldog

Hi John, We used to feed our English Bulldogs (two of them) together, and then the female began to get really aggressive with the food. We started to feed them separately and for a while it was working out fine, until a few months later, the male dog is refusing to eat from a bowl. [...]

Maturing Cocker Spaniel Puppy is Starting to Bark and Becoming Fearful

– Posted in: Anxiety and Fear, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Fear and Anxiety, Newsletters, Separation Anxiety
Barking Cocker Spaniel Puppy

Hi John, My cocker spaniel puppy is 4 months old today. We adopted her from a breeder when she was a little over 6 weeks old (but at the time I had thought she was 8 weeks old–it was a miscommunication between us). She’s a wonderful puppy and very easy to train. I waited until [...]

Calming Your Dog’s Anxiety During Thunderstorms and Fireworks

– Posted in: Fear, Fear and Anxiety, Fireworks, Newsletters, Thunder

A lot of dogs suffer from anxiety during thunderstorms and when there are fireworks. I’ve written about it frequently. There was an article recently in Science Daily on the topic as well. Here’s an excerpt and a link to the complete article. “Dog owners everywhere feel a pang of anxiety as the Fourth of July [...]

Puppy Socialization Related – Why Wolves Are Forever Wild, but Dogs Can Be Tamed

– Posted in: Fear, Fear and Anxiety, Newsletters, Workshop

Puppy Socialization is Important – One of the topics I’m most passionate about from an educational perspective is puppy socialization so I keep my eyes peeled for new research. I found this recently: Jan. 17, 2013Β β€” Dogs and wolves are genetically so similar, it’s been difficult for biologists to understand why wolves remain fiercely wild, [...]