“My dog bit another dog. What do I do?”

By |2018-09-21T11:13:05+10:00June 1st, 2017|Growling, Punishment|

Hi Sarah, My dog growls and barks at other dogs when we’re out walking. I’ve been giving him a correction every time he does it (which has worked). The other day he bit another dog and he’s never done that before. Now I don’t know what to do. Please help! Shane P Hi Shane, I believe there are a number of potential issues when using corrections in training. Firstly, when using punishment like corrections, you usually get a suppression of behaviour, rather than a change to the underlying cause of why the behaviour occurred in the first place. Kind [...]

“My dog growls at the kids when they go and hug him. What should I do?”

By |2018-09-21T11:17:49+10:00April 27th, 2016|General Information, Growling, Safety Concerns|

Dear Sarah, My dog growls at the kids when they come over to hug him when he's lying down resting. How do I stop him from doing this? Paul R Hi Paul, Growling is your dog's way of letting you know that he is uncomfortable with something. My guess is that your dog is either uncomfortable with being hugged in general, or with being interrupted while he's sleeping (or both!). Nando Brown, a well known force-free trainer from Spain was quoted at an Australian conference last year saying "punishing a dog for growling is like taking the batteries out [...]