When dog owner asks for advice about a behavioral issue, oftentimes, the first thing a trainer or behaviorist needs to do is ask the owner questions in order to get additional information.
A dog owner wrote with this question: “I have a problem with my 3-year old dog (a small terrier type). My dog gets very upset when I leave her in the car in her crate. She goes nuts if I leave her. Traveling with her is very hard, especially if I have to go into a place to eat. Other than this, she is a very good dog.”
Here are a few questions that I’ve asked her:
* Has this always been a problem? Was your dog ever okay in the car?
* What kind of crate do you have?
* What is the temperature in the car when you leave the dog?
* How long do you leave the dog in the car?
* Are we talking about long road trips, or when you run errands around town?
Readers, what questions would you ask? Later this week, I’ll give some suggestions for dogs who have problems related to the car.
Note: With behavior problems, while general information can be provided to the dog owner via phone or email, a suggestion to contact a trainer or behaviorist who can actually see the dog is often appropriate.