“We got another dog! What should we do to make sure both dogs learn to get along?”

By |2018-09-21T15:15:43+10:00January 16th, 2018|Dog Ettiquette, Dominance Myth, General Information, Play Styles, Training|

Dear Sarah, We’ve just brought a second dog into our home. We’ve never had 2 dogs before. Is there anything that we should do differently now that we’ve added to our furry family? Nick B Hi Nick, Firstly, congratulations on your new addition! You are now what’s known as a “multi-dog household”, and yes – there are some things that are worth mentioning. Now that you have more than one dog, it is tempting for the dogs to do everything together. After all – you got them to be company for each other, right? It’s actually really important for [...]

“My dog only likes to play with certain dogs.”

By |2017-08-24T13:08:07+10:00August 29th, 2015|Dog Ettiquette, General Information, Play Styles|

Dear Sarah, My dog likes to play, but only with certain dogs. Why is that?   Beth F   Hi Beth, Dogs possess the ability to play with each other in a number of different ways, but many will have a preference for a particular play style. The most common of these play styles are: Chase and be chased – where one dog runs and the other dog chases after them Rough and tumble – where dogs will roll around jumping on top of each other Leap out and surprise – where one dog will hide and then jump out at [...]

“My dog says hello to everyone, but sometimes it gets her into trouble. How can I teach she can’t run up to everybody?”

By |2018-09-21T11:41:50+10:00May 1st, 2015|Dog Ettiquette, General Information|

Dear Sarah, My dog is a very friendly 9 month old Golden Retriever. She loves everyone! The other day she ran up to a dog on the lead who had a go at her, and that dog’s owner got angry at me! She wasn’t doing anything wrong – she just wanted to say “hello”. How can I teach her that she can’t just run up to everyone? Maryanne P Hi Maryanne, Friendly, exuberant puppies like yours – while a joy to watch and interact with – can be down right scary for dogs who are fearful or anxious of [...]

“How do I stop my dog from jumping up on people?”

By |2018-02-22T11:18:46+10:00April 29th, 2014|Dog Ettiquette, Jumping Up, Reinforcement|

Dear Sarah, My 2 year old Boxer has a bad habit of jumping up on everyone she sees. She even knocked over a child on the beach the other day. How do I stop her from jumping up? Amanda B Hi Amanda, Jumping up on people is one of those problem behaviours that drives everyone crazy! It’s usually rewarded heavily with attention when the dog is a young pup – party because it’s more convenient for us as humans to not have to bend down so far and partly because there is something instinctive within us that tends to [...]