Emmaline Duffy-Fallon is the head trainer at Citizen Canine Ireland. She is an expert dog trainer and a certified behaviour counsellor who graduated in the USA from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers under the guidance of Jean Donaldson and Janis Bradley.
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Is there anything we can do to reassure her and calm this initial reaction down? She has been the fastest trained of all our GS, but this cross attitude is not what we are used to. Away from home she is very good on the lead or off, comes back when called and doesn’t bother with people or other dogs, it’s only when she is at home. I understand this is her protective nature but we need to calm her if possible.
Your help with this would be much appreciated. Emmaline’s answer…
Enter Lady… Lady strayed in to where I work, to be honest I couldn’t leave her behind. We only have her about 3 weeks and to be fair she is learning. The problem we have is since we put them in the run together. After the first few nights, Juke has done nothing but howl, bark, chew and pull at the gate. He won’t go into his kennel, which is completely out of character. Obviously I know there is something wrong I just don’t know what exactly or how to fix it.
Last Monday he was very down, with his tail and ears down and he would eat only a few little bits out of my hand. He just slept all day and didn’t respond very well. He worried me so much I considered calling the vet but when we brought Lady in that evening he bounced back. We never had any issue like this with him before. We brought him in a couple of nights when he was really unbearable and there was no problem inside, he just sat down and slept. We did recently put a light up over their run for security. Juke has had a lot of change in the last month and I just want to put it right. Any advice would be gratefully appreciated. Emmaline’s answer…