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Dogs are very territorial creatures, and they often defend their territory by barking. Nathan Lowe, The Indy Dog Whisperer, joined us today to answer an in-person viewer question at Grateful Fest. Watch to see his solution to stopping a dog from barking when neighbors pass their yard.

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There are a few reasons why your dog may be doing his business in the home instead of outside. Nathan Lowe, The Indy Dog Whisperer, joined us today to breakdown those reasons and how you can stop it from happening.

1. Why Dogs Often Continue Urinating in the Home

     – To indicate “claim” of the home by increasing their scent within it

     – To let other animals/people know which scent runs the home.

     – Because your “scent” is not in charge

2. What NOT to Do

     – Don’t get angry! (defecating/urinating is not a disciplinable offense in the canine world)

     – Don’t punish this in any form

     – Don’t show frustration

4.  How to Address the Issue

     – Rule out medical issues first

     – Take charge of your home (your scent should be “king”)

     – Don’t let the dog wander out of sight

The dog seen in this video is up for adoption.

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If you’re a dog lover, you may not mind a bit of affection from furry friends, but Nathan Lowe, The Indy Dog Whisperer, says it’s best to not allow them to jump on you, and here’s what you should do instead.


  1. Avoid vocal excitement
  2. Stand still and upright
  3. Allow the dog to sniff you
  4. Walk calmly into the home

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Are you looking to improve your dog-walking experience? Nathan Lowe, The Indy Dog Whisperer, joined us today with tips to improve some of the biggest mistakes you may be making when it comes to walking your dog.

1. Pre-walk Conditioning

     – Don’t cue excitement (“wanna go for a walk!?!”)

     – Decondition leash excitement

     – 3 steps and “sit” in driveway for first 5 minutes

2. The Walk

     – Attention to YOU is the key

     – Change direction abruptly if pulling

     – YOU choose when to “stop and sniff”

3. Post-walk ritual

     – Controlled entry into home

     – No excitement upon return 

     – Sit the dog and remove leash calmly

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There are many things that can cause your dog to bark, and Nathan Lowe, the Indy Dog Whisperer, joined us today to share what they are and how you can get them to stop!

1. Reasons a Dog Barks

     – Possessive protection

     – Threat protection

     – Demand

2. “Styles” of Barking

     – “Machine Gun” bark (to ward off)

     –  Paced bark (to alert the pack)

     –  Yipping bark (indicates excitement)

3.  How to Address Unwanted Barking

     –  Face the dog

     –  Step into the dog

     – Make the dog back away

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Your dog may not be able to talk your language, but your body language speaks a thousand words to them. Nathan Lowe, the Indy Dog Whisperer, joined us today to fill you in on how to speak to dog’s through your body language. He was here with Clifford a shelter dog available for adoption from Greenfield Hancock Animal Management.

Nathan also answered a question from an Indy Style viewer. If you have a question or concern about your dog, comment here on Facebook or send an email to

1.  Enforcing Your Personal Space

2. Claiming Objects and Food

3.  Utilizing the Dramatic Stare

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