"Ask the Dog Guy" with John Wade

"Ask the Dog Guy" with John Wade

Puppy and Obedience Training Without Food or Fear

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

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

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 the last couple [...]

Dog Anxiety and Fear of Thunderstorms

– Posted in: Anxiety, Behavior Problems, Columns, Fear, Fireworks, Free and Inexpensive Ask the Dog Guy Puppy and Dog Training Resources, Puppy Stuff, Sounds, Thunder

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 played at lower levels, gradually increasing in volume can [...]

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

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