'Ask the Dog Guy' with John Wade

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Anxiety and Fear

Cane Corso Dog Nervous Around Child

– Posted in: Aggression, Anxiety and Fear, Around Children, By Problem, Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff), Dogs and Children, Mastiff, Molosser, Towards Children
dog nervous around child

I recently acquired a 2-year-old female Italian mastiff. She is a great dog, acts great around the adults, but something freaks her out when someone is on the floor. She is great with our 8-year-old grandson but nervous of the 1-year-old who spends a lot of time on the floor, she sometimes abruptly butts him [...]

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 [...]

House training problem with 2 year old dog.

– Posted in: Anxiety and Fear, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Newsletters, Separation Anxiety

Hi John … I am looking to adopt a 2 year old unspayed female dog. She doesn’t seem be to potty trained despite the current owners best efforts and the efforts of their ‘dog psychologist’. She is “trained” as far as that she won’t soil inside her cage. I’m told that she comes to you, [...]

Why Does My Dog Have Separation Anxiety?

– Posted in: Anxiety and Fear, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Newsletters, Separation Anxiety

Reasons for Canine Separation Anxiety Hi John: My sister’s dog is a 50 pound, 11 year old mix Doberman/shepherd. Molly has always suffered from separation anxiety but in recent months has become destructive. She has totally chewed up sofa cushions and more dangerously, wires! She seems to be having trouble adjusting to my sisters new work [...]

Paw Licking Golden Retriever

– Posted in: Anxiety and Fear, By Problem, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Fear and Anxiety, Separation Anxiety

Paw Licking Not Always An Allergy We have a two-year old, male golden retriever that about once every four or five months licks his paw until it is balding and slightly red. It always heals over but we are puzzled by what is causing this paw licking behaviour. He gets exercise and plenty of mental [...]

Options for an Aggressive German Shepherd Dog – Part 2

– Posted in: Aggression, Around Children, By Problem, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, German Shepherd, Newsletters, Towards Children

Regarding your column: Options for an Aggressive Dog You really are crazy! I’m a Veterinary Technician. Don’t ever say Euthanasia is one of the options for an aggressive dog! Its not. And it shouldn’t be one of your four ridiculous so called “solutions”. I don’t hope to ever see your ridiculous scenarios in your column again. Your title [...]

Options for an Aggressive German Shepherd Dog

– Posted in: Aggression, Around Children, By Problem, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, German Shepherd, Newsletters, Towards Children, Towards Unfamiliar People

We have a 3 year old German Shepherd. One throw of the rope and she’s a friend forever, if you’re an adult that is. When she gets near a toddler or a small child, she gets very aggressive. Our neighbourhood has a lot of young families and I’m scared to death that if she gets [...]