The Canine Clique, LLC – Positive Dog Training and Behavior Consulting

Ask the Trainers: “Help! My dog has LDS!”

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Dear TCC,

My cocker spaniel, Ginger, has LDS: Little Dog Syndrome. She gets in people’s laps without being invited, jumps on them, etc.. How do I teach her some manners?

Karen S.

Rockville, MD

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Ask the Trainers: Dominance or Needing Help?

Dear TCC,

Because the dogs are so competitive with their space and their toys, if one  is on the sofa with a toy, the other one is afraid to jump up there because she will get growled at and snapped at.  So, when I am upstairs, I will hear one of them whining.  She will keep it up until I respond.  So, I peak down the stairs to see if she wants to go out.  But she is usually sitting in front of the sofa and I go down and pick her up and put her up where she wants to be.  Should I be “obeying” her or ignoring her?

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Ask the Trainers: “Is my dog food aggressive?”

Dear TCC,

My Chow Chow, Little Bear, seems to be getting a bit food aggressive/protective. This is only toward other animals, not me or other people. I am able to take things away from her easily. I noticed it first when my brother’s dog, CoCo, came over. Little Bear nipped at her while my brother and sister in law were there, but once they left, Little Bear was fine. I was able to give food, water and treats with no problem. CoCo even found one of Little Bear’s hidden bones and Little Bear did not mind her chewing on it. Then when my brother and his wife came back, Little Bear went after CoCo again! I picked up the bone which helped, but she still nipped at her once or twice more. She isn’t full out biting, just doing that annoying “nip at your face” thing.

She has also been chasing the cats away from her food bowl. I gave her a rawhide bone last night and she seemed to chase the cats more, like she was making sure they stayed away from the bone. I was able to take it from her without a problem.

Over Thanksgiving, Little Bear also attacked Bert (my sister’s dog). I was in my bedroom with Bert and I was petting his bum and saying things to him when Little Bear went after him. It made his head bleed and he got a cut under his eye. My sister pulled them apart, getting a puncture wound in the process. I think this may have been her protecting me (thinking I was getting attacked in our bedroom) but I am not sure if it is connected somehow. There was no food involved. 

Just wanted to put these out there and see if you had any suggestions. I do not need her getting food aggressive!!!

Meghan W.

Hampden, MD

 

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