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Ask Alecia: My Dog is Selectively Aggressive!

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 …

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

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. …

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

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 …

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Ask Alecia: My Dog Hates Other Dogs

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 …

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Ask Alecia: Dealing with Separation Anxiety

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 …

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Ask Paris: How Can I Tell People to Give My Dog Space?

Dear Paris, My dog is shy and doesn’t like children to rush up to him when we’re walking. I also don’t like adults–who should know better–instantly stopping and petting my dog. What’s the best way to exercise my dog but, at the same time, let other people know that my dog doesn’t want to greet …

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