Changing a dog’s bad behaviour

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Hello Connie
We have adopted our daughter’s two-year-old cross terrier, Dave. He’s lovely but very much the ‘leader of the pack’.

He and our other little dog do generally get on although Dave growls at him at times. Dave constantly pulls on the lead, even though he’s choking himself to death, but our worst problem is, every time we leave the house, he gets so aggressive, barking and going for us, we now have to give him a treat just to get out the door!

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When friends visit he goes for them if they leave. He is loving at other times but thinks he’s in charge. He gets walked and isn’t left for long periods, all this is just ruining our relationship with him, but we love him so much. Please help!

Thank you, Julie

Hello Julie,


I was sad to read your e-mail.
Unfortunately you decided to train the dogs. Your problem is so common for those that decide to train their dogs without going to a school.
All behaviour problems you describe will get worse unless you seek professional help.

At a school they will show you how to stop the dog pulling, normally takes about one lesson. The attacking when you leave your home, and the attacking of visitors needs a home visit.

I would recommend Vivien Eales [[email protected]952923551 or 606611540. I know you would not be able to deal with this without a professional. If you do not seek professional help he will shortly be a dangerous dog.
Good Luck Connie


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