Ask Alecia: My Dog is Selectively Aggressive!

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Dear Alecia, How do I keep my dog from behaving aggressively towards other dogs while on walks? My dog is an 18-month-old golden retriever male, dominant, and not aggressive with people. He is not aggressive when playing with a dog in an enclosed yard but will become aggressive when other dogs go near food or […]

Ask Alecia: How Can I Stop My Dog From Barking at Visitors?

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Dear Alecia, I have a 3-year-old Cocker Spaniel. When the door bell is rung, she charges to the door and starts barking relentlessly to the point we have to shut her in another room to open the door. This does not stop the barking but just prevents her from seeing the people at the door. […]

Ask Alecia: I’m Worried About My 5 Dogs Fighting!

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Dear Alecia, I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask this question. I have 5 dogs: 3 German shepherds, a border collie and a Sheltie. My female shepherd and Female collie have had a few fights (no more then 8) in the 5 years they have been together, usually over food but […]

Ask Alecia: My Dog Hates Other Dogs

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Dear Alecia, I have a dog who is selectively aggressive. When inside the home and he knows the person, well, he is friendly (but jumps). Outside the house, everyone is typically an enemy; all dogs except our other dog, are a target. Constant barking, biting, and growling. Any advice? (Putting him down is not an […]

Ask Alecia: Dealing with Separation Anxiety

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Dear Alecia, I bought a dog from a breeder (7 months old now) and had no idea that it has a pretty good case of separation anxiety.  I have been working with this dog for over a month, with behavioral modification, desensitizing and obedience training.  This is all going on with the assistance of vet […]

Ask Alecia: My Dog Bit a Child!

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Dear Alecia, Our dog Maya, a 2-year old Bali dog, attacked a 6-year-old child this morning who was playing in our yard (his father is our gardener).  She jumped up on him, arms on his shoulders, and bit his face and neck.  Not a bad bite, but blood was drawn and clearly the kid was […]

Ask Alecia: My New Dog Is Jealous Of My Other Dogs!

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Dear Alecia, I just adopted a one-year-old German shepherd. She’s a very sweet girl. Playful, doesn’t pull on the leash, and is very affectionate. However, I have 2 other dogs that she is ridiculously jealous of: a 10-month-old German shepherd and a 2-year-old American Eskimo. She’s showed more aggression towards the German shepherd. Mostly when […]

Ask Alecia: My Pup Shows Signs of Separation Anxiety!

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Dear Alecia, My husband and I adopted a 5-month-old mixed breed puppy from the pound last week. Two days after we adopted him I had him at the vet’s office for shots and upset tummy issues. He tested negative for Parvo so they gave him meds (but no shots) and sent him home. The next […]

Ask Alecia: My Dog Plays Too Rough!

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Dear Alecia, My family played rough with my lab when he was a puppy. I said no more. Now my dog is two. He wants to play rough. He pushes is toys in your lap, and gets almost aggressive. He is a sweet boy most of the time. How do I get him to stop? […]

Ask Alecia: My Older Dog Wants to Climb the Stairs at Night

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Dear Alecia, My dog Mickey is a 9-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever. At night, Mickey sleeps either on the floor next to my bed or in his dog bed a few feet away. Mickey is a heavy dog and is getting up in age. That said, he recently began refusing to come upstairs to the bedroom, […]