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"Hi Daniel, I am actually using your expert advice this week. A while ago I wrote in that my mother's dog, a four year old brown lab named Molly, was coming to stay with us for a week. My husband and I have a 1-year old beagle named Bernie. Bernie is very playful. And Molly is receptive at first but after a little while, she tires of Bernie and her constant source of energy. Molly is very much "Let's rest a while" and Bernie is "Play with me! Look at me! Why aren't you playing or looking at me!" When it gets to be too much, Molly tries to show her dominance in creative ways. I feared that I would have to keep them apart the entire week Molly was visting. So I wrote to your site and was advised that by already treating Molly like the dominant dog (even though it was Bernie's house) Molly wouldn't have to take matters into her own paws. By greeting Molly first and feeding her first, both dogs would get the hint. And it's been working!

TestimonialBernie still loves to play but thanks to your techniques, my husband and I have been able to give Molly some relief and keep her from acting out too aggresively when she has had enough of our Bernie. Now Bernie and Molly can pal around without much trouble. Attached is our picture with Bernie. I can send one of Bernie and Molly if you'd like. Thanks and best wishes."

-- Tahara Lo (USA)

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Hi Daniel,

My Shar Pei/Lab mix has recently discovered that he can jump our fence. He is not a very big dog, but can jump higher than we ever expected. My husband and I are at work all day and are terrified that he will wander onto the street and get hit by a car, or stolen. What should we do?

Thanking you in advance.


Secrets to Dog Training Reply:

Hi Charlotte,

Thank you for your email. Some dogs are very good fence jumpers, even if they are quite short. Take the Jack Russell terrier as an example. While this breed is adorable and very bright, they are incredible jumpers. Now, you don't typically see a dog sail right over the top of a fence (though it does happen) but you do see them use everything they've got to scamper, climb, and crawl up and over.

Fence jumping is frustrating from the perspective of trying to keep the dog in the yard but this behavior also poses a risk to the dog. For example, if your particular fence had any type of spike or pointed area on top, your pet’s collar could become stuck, resulting in strangulation. Therefore, if you have any pet that loves to jump fences, you need to do something to correct the problem.

The perfect scenario would be having a puppy that you can train from the day you bring him home. However, even if you have an older dog, successful training is possible. The thing with dogs is that once they get over the fence, they quickly gain a burst of self-confidence and power that comes from the freedom of being out of the yard. To him, getting over the fence is merely a way of exploring or chasing critters beyond the normal barriers. To you, fence jumping is annoying and potentially dangerous to your pet.

In most cases, a dog will begin to jump fences because he sees another animal on the other side, he spots a person that appears to be friendly, or he is simply bored. Identifying the reason your dog is jumping the fence will help you determine the best course of action for fixing the problem. For instance, if your pet sees another animal or person, you may need to invest in a higher or different type of fence. Now, if you are home where you can work with him on an on-going basis, you have other options but for most people, this is a challenge. If your pet is bored, you could spend quality time playing with him outside, purchase new toys, or even consider adding another dog to the mix.

Another possible connection for fence jumping is the male dog looking for females, especially when they pick up the scent of her being in heat. In this case, it would help tremendously to have your male neutered. In addition to this, you will need to keep a close eye on him, possibly securing him to a long lead. This way, he can have the run of the yard while the lead controls just how close to the fence he can get. Most people find this option a good one.

In all cases, make sure your dog is getting plenty of exercise, as this is the root of most behavior problems. Most people under-estimate. Consider a 15 to 20 minute walk, fetch session, or playtime an absolute minimum. Beyond the puppy stage, most dogs will function - and behave - best with about and hour and a half of physical activity each and every single day.

Good luck with your Shar Pei’s fence jumping.

Kind Regards,

Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team

"Secrets to Dog Training - STOP Dog Behavior Problems!"

Hi, my name’s Daniel Stevens, I’m the creator of Secrets to Dog Training.

I've been a professional dog trainer for well over 20 years, and in that time I've helped thousands of dog owners just like you to get the friendly, well behaved, slipper fetching, best pal they always wanted.

But it didn't start out that way. I've always loved dogs, some things never change. But when I first started my professional dog training career I relied on the so-called 'best practices' when it came to dog behavior training. It was only when I heard people tell me over and over again that they just weren't seeing results that I started to question the old accepted wisdom. So I started a journey, a quest to search out the best, most effective, techniques, tips, and tricks that really work.

And that's how I came up with Secrets to Dog Training. Year after year I found new techniques that achieved the results I wanted. Eventually I had a whole book worth of great resources: Secrets to Dog training...

So, if you want to:

  • TRAIN your dog effectively
  • CARE for your dog the way they deserve
  • UNDERSTAND just why your dog behaves the way they do
  • NURTURE a life-long relationship with your dog that you'll cherish

Then Secrets to Dog Training is just what you've been looking for!

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