'Ask the Dog Guy' with John Wade

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Separation Anxiety

Maturing Cocker Spaniel Puppy is Starting to Bark and Becoming Fearful

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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.

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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?

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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

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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 [...]

Separation Anxiety in Nova Scotia Duck Toller

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We adopted a one-year-old Nova Scotia Toll. We knew she would be a handful, but never expected the issues we have inherited. The big one is separation anxiety. She has really bonded with my husband and she gets totally stressed when he leaves. We’ve tried crating her when he leaves. Not successful, she howls and [...]