Q&A #133

jacob garcia
2/11 08:55PMhey everyoneboutta post videos of my puppy cj



its just a basic demonstation of his biting but sometimes he'll go crazy and bite my ankles and arms and even my chest, hes just playing around but i can see that he enjoys biting my skin alot more than his toys. i havent incorporated any sort of punishment or anything because im not up to that parts of the coarse material, so far ive just practiced diversion tactics like putting a toy infront of his face or just making biting me really boring, he is chewing on my ankles as i am writing this

Shoko Mizutani

Hi Mike! Thank you very much for your answer you gave me about Gonchan and Ashle on the previous Q&A. Now I have more questions.


Ashle has a habit of ripping apart the black Kongs. She can do it in a minute or so if left unattended. Is there a way to teach her that Kong is for chewing and not for ripping? If I am with her, I can stop her by taking the Kong and playing fetch with it instead. But sometimes I just want her to lay on a mat and chew the Kong without ripping it...


I have heard that there are two different fighting styles when dogs fight. One is called a scissor fight where they stand on their feet and growl without much biting. The other is lock and hold type of fight where they lock onto each other and shake.

Does one form of fighting mean something different from the other form of fighting? I am asking this question because recently Ashle and Heidi (her sister) had a scissor fight. They stood on their hind legs and growled at each other. I reached for Pet Corrector (a compressed air that makes a hissing sound) and made some hissing sound behind my back. They let go of each other and went around sniffing as if nothing happened. It was the first time they really fought and the first time I used the corrector ever. I'm wondering how I should be interpreting the situation. The fight erupted because they found themselves stuck in a narrow place between the furniture and they were both too close. Heidi is my mom's dog so I don't have a full control of how she is trained.


How do people who work 9 to 5 live with their working line GSDs?

I live with my mom and 6 working line dogs (5 GSDs and a Mal). There is always someone in the house with the dogs. I really can't imagine how people with full-time work away from home live with working line dogs even if owning just one of them. It must be impossibly hard for a working-line dog to have an owner who is away 9-5! There’s always the option of sending the dog to a doggy day care, but I feel like that would dilute the relationship and potentially lead to leadership issues. I'm just so curious as to how normal people with 9-5 jobs who is not a dog trainer live with working line dogs.
Thank you so much for your answers! I’ll most likely be watching the replay of the Q&A.

Allie McCain


Here is the PP training log, I thought it would be easier to post this than for me to write 10 pages of notes here. This sesh felt really good to me, I feel like I got really clear signals from the dogs on where they were. We will see if I was right lol!

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Mitch Fletcher

Hey Mike, It's been too long since I've chatted with you and as always I appreciate everything you're doing for us and for the dog industry as a whole!

So I do have a question and scenario that I would love your input on. I have a long term client whose dog we know well. We've done training over the years and we board her often. (Female Pitbull named Ivory (6 years old).

Her Mom emailed me recently saying that Ivory shows serious and concerning behavior towards her husband. Admittedly he doesn't have a relationship with Ivory nor does he have interest in creating one.

Her email explained multiple scenarios where things were peaceful, Ivory even sleeping on a dog bed in the living room, when with either a small stimulation (like a receiving a phone call) or no stimulation at all, Ivory will get up and aggressively lunge and try to attack the husband who is "just sitting in his chair".

They keep her on a leash often and keep her dogtra collar on so they can stop her when this happens. In all my years training I just don't really see things like this happening "out of the blue" so it's a bit confusing.

My question is what to recommend next or how to continue to help them. Does this sound like Dominance Aggression?

When Ivory is boarding with us we have a loving dog who is great with myself and my staff as well as other dogs. - video is just for reference of who Ivory and her mom are:

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Thank you my friend!

Christina Wong

Hello! Lucy nose work check in. I was having a hard time with timing, praise and treats this week so decided to try something different. I am asking her to find it, praising when she has her nose to the bottle and then sending her to bed and treating her there instead. I think she has the nose to the bottle part down but she only sits sometimes. For your consideration this week. Oh and check out the box I made for her little nose bottles! I’m so proud of myself

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And just for fun, I tried nosework with Figgy.

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Allie McCain

Hey Yoda! This is the contract that I have my girls in the bite club sign. I would love your thoughts on it. I really try to stress in person and on the contract how important on going leadership is to relationship inside of bite club and with regards to the dogs confidence in general, like storm and her fear aggression wouldn't be able to be humanely dealt with, let alone teaching her to bite, if I was not practicing leadership.

Like words are hard, but im trying to tie leadership, LIMA, and aggression all up with a neat little bite club bow!