Many of us have some problem areas when it comes to our dogs' training — but this woman has got it bad.
TeddyHilton.com reader, Petra, wrote to Dr. Patrick Mahaney and said:
My dog is probably the worst ever!!!!!!! She never goes on any walks. If she HAS to come I have to pull her out the front door. When my son forgets to clean the table she pushes the chair out and eats every last bit of food. She also bites my hand off if i have treats in it by jumping up and grabbing my hand. The last problem is she barks at everything! The worst part is 85 precent of the time she barks at NOTHING!! Please tell me what to do with my dog, Leila.
P.S. Help soon she is influencing my dog Loki who is beginning to pick up her bad habits.
Good thing we have Dr. Patrick to respond:
It sounds as though both YOU and your dog are in some serious need of behavioral modification. As our dogs do not train themselves, we humans have to call the shots as to what is acceptable behavior. As most people don't know how to best do this and considering that you are already in the midst of dealing with a behavior problem that is currently affecting your household and multiple pets, I suggest you pursue a consultation with a veterinary behavior specialist (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behavior). This specialist veterinarian will help you to explore the problem from both a physiologic (health) and behavioral perspective.
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