Help! My dog…. Q & A With Dog Trainer Mark Tipton

Q: My dog jumps on everyone. How do I get him to stop?

A: Dogs jump to seek attention. Teach your dog something you DO want him to do, instead of an undesired behavior. Substitute the behavior by giving him something to do instead when he greets people.

Q: Help! I’m having barking problems with my dog. He barks at everything when he’s in the backyard and my neighbors are complaining.

A: You have to put the “Quiet” command on cue, so your dog knows what you are asking him to do. You can make the backyard more fun to be in by giving your dog a job to do, too. Try an electronic treat dispensing trainer such as a Pet Tutor, which will reward your dog with treats for being quiet.

Q: Our dog ignores us whenever we call him. What can we do?

A: Recall is the most important thing you can teach your dog. Make it a fun game so he wants to come when called. Basic obedience training is important, so that your dog will always come when called. It is especially critical when there is urgency, or to avoid a dangerous situation, to always have your dog respond to your commands.

For help with each of these challenges, work with a certified professional positive reinforcement dog trainer. You can reach Mark Tipton at AngelDogs Training by calling 661-803-8461 or visit