Member Questions 6-15-24

Bailey H

I am adding a 2nd dog to my home in August. The dog is a 2yr Beauceron, it will be a foster to adopt to ensure that the dog is able to blend in with the current pets (5yr old Pekingese, 7yr cat) in the

home. The new dog already is crate trained, housebroken, knows place and walks well on leash, current dog has these skills as well. What other ways can I ensure the transition from a single dog household to 2 dog household goes well? New dog will not be left out of crate when no one is home and will have limited interactions with the cat.


 I have a 13 months old male Mal, which is very friendly and kind, but also hyper active, also during training. I went for a trial at a club that focuses on german shepherds, but also trains Malinois. The

trainer, who made a good impression on me, said that they train their dogs old school, with sprenger chain collars that don’t have a pull stop, so the dog would feel the correction unlike with a regular collar. Now i am unsure, because my dog is so hyperactive and might strangulate and hurt himself. He is super friendly to other dogs and humans, so to me that collar as a tool seems harsh.

Ashley F

My dog knows come but will only come to me when I have treats. You said in one of your videos Goofy will come when you simply say come. But for now use treats to make him want to come to you. Then you use compulsory to really make it stick. Is there a video for that? I need

to know the next steps. To really make it stick. Also Do you still use treats for Goofy? When you tell him a command and he listens do you still reward him with a treat? Or will it get to a point where you don’t reward with a treat? My dog seems to not want to listen unless I have a treat.

Sharon R

I have a 3.5 month old Belgian Malinois. When I attach a leash to his collar or to a harness, he immediately latches onto it and tugs at it. I cannot do any training, walking or even playing while there is a leash involved. When he begins tugging, I have tried dropping the leash, he will no longer tug, but will not pay attention to anything except the leash, he will continue to chew on it until it is removed. I have also tried to put him into a position, sit, down etc, but he will not pay attention until the leash is removed. What can I do to overcome this issue?


Hi Robert, We have got a 4 month old Labrador puppy which is my first dog and our obedience training is going really well she has all the basics (sit, stand, down, stay, break, recall is a work in progress) however after watching your puppy training videos I am now concerned I am perhaps being too aversive with her as I have introduced the no command particularly when she chooses to ignore a command she already knows (which happens regularly on walks) but its been very effective

in correcting her. Is it too soon for me to do this? As I worry I am taking the fun out of training for her.


Good morning Mr. Cabral. I have a 1 Yr female GSD that’s pretty quiet. She has an amazing tracking drive and I’d love to teach her to track/trail people for fun. I’d like her to alert when she finds the

person. But I haven’t been able to get her to alert on command. I’ve tried teasing her with her ball, being very animated, and with chicken. She simply won’t make a single sound that I could mark on. Any tips to help me communicate to her what I want? Thank you for your time. Take care.


My daughter just moved here with her 6yo Mal mix. We want to train our dogs together. Lance is also 6yo now, shepherd mix. Both have very good obedience skills, but both respond to cues meant for the other dog. Any suggestions on how to teach them to only respond to commands used with their name? We also want to have a “name” to use when we want both to respond, like “Kids, sit.” They are both soft dogs (except when the Mal’s prey drive kicks in!), so we don’t want to do too much correction. This is just fun stuff – no competition or anything serious. Thanks!


Hi Robert, I live in a very rural area so don’t get many opportunities to put your training into practice with my rescue GSD Bitch 2yr who is frustration based reactive to other dogs(not all). I’m new to my area, don’t know any ppl with calm dogs (all local dog training groups are +ve only!) There is a local low key dog show coming up, would you advise it as a good opportunity to put my training into practice. Getting her to focus and respond to me in sight of other dogs etc, i don’t let her interact, key focus is neutrality. Would this setting be too overwhelming? at a loss as to other ideas.

Ash W

Could you please discuss the transition from a long lead to a shorter leash that Siggy makes from lesson #6 to the proper socialization lessons where she is walking around town with you. I noticed the corrections are made at a much shorter distance and the walk is much more focused. What is the proper way to make this transition with a puppy? Thanks for all the great lessons.

Riley W

Why does my chorkie aggressively bark at my parents everytime they come to talk to me and my brother or if they make a movement?

Jessica W

Hi Mr. Cabral, I volunteer at a shelter and we have a reactive rottweiler female. She’s pretty bad. I FINALLY was able to walk her with another completely non reactive young male hound dog and she was doing great with him. Someone really wants to adopt her but they have another rottweiler. All I know is they said it’s really trained. They are bringing the dog to meet our shelter dog to see if it will work. I have little faith(not to be negative). How would you go about doing the meeting of these two dogs when they come? Please be specific. Thanks!!

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