Today, dog trainer and author Tamar Geller will take a stab at some of your questions. Geller has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Today." Her latest book is "30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog: The Loved Dog Method" (Simon and Schuster/Gallery Books, New York, NY, 2010; $25.99). Geller also founded Operation Heroes and Hounds, a nonprofit that provides injured members of the U.S. military with the opportunity to coach and live with shelter dogs, many of which would otherwise have been euthanized. The program saves dogs' lives and enriches the spirits of our returning soldiers with a canine mascot at their side. Learn more at http://www.tamargeller.com.
Q: My Labrador retriever loves people but it seems like he always tries to dominate them. He jumps on people when they enter the house. Is this because he feels it's "his" house? What should I do? — L.K., Los Angeles
A: "Your dog is not trying to be dominant," says Geller. "What's love and joy have to do with dominance? Your dog is happy to greet people face to face, and jumping up is the best way to do it. Your dog is not attempting to dominate anyone."