'Ask the Dog Guy' with John Wade

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Jealous Great Dane

– Posted in: Aggression, By Problem, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Fear, Fear and Anxiety, Sounds, Thunder, Thunder Fireworks Gunfire Hot Air Balloons

I have a 4 months old jealous great dane. At home he’s great but can be a little timid. I had him to puppy training to learn some simple tricks and try and socialize him. Now he has some jealousy issues when other dogs are around and is starting to growl at men who come [...]

Dog Is Scared of Thunder Maybe But Very Very Smart

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My dog is scared of thunder. She is a 5-year-old Border CollieX that hides under the bed when the weather gets bad. I came home from work last Wednesday, and called for her. The weather had been bad, so I gave her a few seconds to get out from under the bed; I called, and [...]

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

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Fear of Balloons 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 [...]

Border Collie Cross that Fears Thunder Storms

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Hi John I have a 5-year-old Border CollieX that hides under the bed when it thunder and storms. I came home from work last Wednesday, and called for her. The weather had been bad, so I gave her a few seconds to get out from under the bed; I called, and called, but no Shelby. [...]

Dog Anxiety and Fear of Thunderstorms

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Dog Anxiety often occurs during or even before thunderstorms 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 [...]

Tail Chaser

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Hi JohnAn elderly friend of mine acquired Hope, a miniature dachshund when her original owner passed away. We have two questions, the first being why does she chase her tail? Could it be a flea on the tip of her tail??The second question is how to get Hope to stop licking. For example, if Hope [...]

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

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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 her food [...]

Thunder Revisited

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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 [...]

More Dog Anxiety – Thunder

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Hi John. My dog does not like thunderstorms. I don’t know if you can help me or not but I am at my wits end. His anxiety is through the roof. Lisa Dear Lisa, Thunder phobic dogs often have specific characteristics and other distressing symptoms. In addition to their anxiousness as a result of the [...]

Dog Anxiety Due to Thunder and Fireworks

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What advice do you have to help with dog anxiety due to thunder & fireworks? Sam is a 5 year old lab/rotti female. If she hears these sounds in the house she immediately hides in the basement. If she hears it while we are already walking outside she wants to run home. She has even [...]