Understand your dog

Understanding common dog problems and how to solve them.

Can I stop my puppy barking at my children?

Canine Behaviour Officer Kate Ellam says: Dogs can bark for a number of reasons. When it occurs in response to children, it can often be because they are worried or overexcited and wanting to play.

Why does my dog eat his own poo?

Eating poo is not uncommon and no one has discovered a fool-proof answer to this problem.

Why does my dog always want to play ball?

Behaviourist Steve Goward offers some training tips to a Your Dog reader, who's dog gets overexcited and begs to play...

Why does my dog bark through the night?

Does your dog bark during the night, even though he's had plenty of exercise during the day? Tony Cruse may be able to help!

Why doesn't my dog like walking at night?

Many sound-sensitive dogs become worried when it gets dark in the evening. They quickly associate this time of day and the darkness with the occurrence of fireworks and so their anxiety starts as the light fades. Many of these dogs refuse to go outside at all after dusk.

How can I stop my dog rolling in poo?

Does your dog tend to roll in poo when you take him out for a walk? Elizabeth Kershaw explains why...

Why is my dog scared of cars?

Elizabeth Kershaw offers her advice to one of our readers whose dog is frightened of passing traffic. If you're experiencing the same issue with your own dog then these training tips may be useful...

Why does my dog hate motorbikes?

Do you find that your dog's behaviour changes when a motorbike passes him while out on a walk? This is probably because he is scared of them...

How can I cure my dog's food aggression?

Elizabeth Kershaw offers some tips on how to stop your dog being aggressive during mealtimes...