My 17-month-old miniature schnauzer barks loudly and jumps at other dogs (on his lead) when out walking. He is neutered and not at all aggressive. Any advice?
Just like an unruly human teenager, your dog needs to learn appropriate manners. Speak to your vet about dog training classes that teach social skills. He needs to learn to stay calm and relaxed when other dogs are close.
One way to help is to get him to sit and focus on you whenever you see a dog in the distance. Reward him with praise and treats as long as he stays calm. The more time he spends being rewarded for staying calm around strange dogs, the more he’ll learn that there’s no point in getting so excited.
My garden is struggling enough already in this hot dry weather, but to make it worse, my two dogs are leaving burn marks on my lawn. I have many friends who also struggle with this. Can you recommend a solution?
Dog urine contains high levels of nitrogen which often kills the grass. You need to reduce the amount of nitrogen that remains in contact with the vegetation. You can do this by lowering the nitrogen content of the urine by feeding a lower protein diet (check the analysis on the food label) or you can try to dilute the nitrogen by drenching any dog piddles with water as soon as possible.
Alternatively, train the dogs to do their business in an out-of-sight corner of your garden that you’re prepared to sacrifice.
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