“Our dog barks during the night!”

By |2018-09-21T11:09:06+10:00October 4th, 2017|Barking, Exercise|

Dear Sarah, Our dog barks during the night. Is there any way we can stop her? Rebecca C Hi Rebecca, Absolutely! There can be a number of causes for night time barking, so let’s take a look at each of them in turn. 1.      Is she getting enough exercise and mental stimulation throughout the day? Exercise needs (both physical and mental) vary from dog to dog. Is she getting enough exercise to make her tired? Perhaps exercising her in the evening (rather than the morning) and ensuring that she has to work for her evening meal (out of a [...]

“Our dog is out of control; he jumps on people, he destroys things… Help!!”

By |2018-04-04T09:26:33+10:00February 1st, 2015|Diet, Exercise, General Information, Reinforcement|

Dear Sarah, Our 12 month old Labrador x Kelpie is completely out of control. He jumps up on people, chases the cat, won’t sit still and destroys things. We would love to have him come inside but he tears around the house, jumping all over the furniture and knocking things off shelves. It’s making our lives hell. Can you help? Stacy J Hi Stacy, Nothing says “zest for life” like an exuberant adolescent puppy! These guys are often quite easy to train, if they can stop long enough to switch their brains on! Here are some tips that may [...]

“My dog is really destructive. What can I do??”

By |2018-04-04T09:02:09+10:00May 27th, 2014|Boredom, Exercise, General Information|

Dear Sarah, My dog is really destructive. He destroys all his toys and bedding and once he’s done that he goes looking for other things to chew up. Help!!! Brian A Hi Brian, Destructive behaviour in dogs can be a result of number of things including boredom, stress and lack of exercise. A good starting point to determining what is going on for your dog is to make sure all of their needs are being met. Dogs have both primary and secondary needs. Primary needs (like food, water and shelter) are necessary for survival. Secondary needs (like physical exercise, [...]

“According to the neighbours, my dog barks all day. What can I do?”

By |2018-09-21T12:27:41+10:00March 27th, 2014|Barking, Boredom, Exercise|

Dear Sarah, I’ve received a complaint from my neighbour about my dog barking when I’m at work. Is there anything I can do to stop him?   Elaine G Hi Elaine, Barking is a common and tricky problem to solve as dogs bark for a variety of reasons. Some bark because they are bored or haven’t had enough exercise. Others bark when someone (or something) comes close to or onto the property (as far as some dogs are concerned, leaves falling and branches swaying fall into this category!). Some bark because they are stressed or anxious when alone. And some [...]