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My Pet World: Conditioning A Dog Around Skateboards, Fixing A Cat During A Pandemic


Last updated 6/3/2020 at 4:12pm

Dear Cathy,

My eight-year-old, 80-pound boxer/pit mix reacts horribly to skateboards. I have tried everything. A recent column of yours addressed methods of stopping dog fighting. One example was spraying citronella to deescalate. Might that work to calm a dog from overreacting to a skateboard?


Long Beach, N.Y.

Dear Elaine,

Citronella spray won’t work in this situation and will only make him more fearful when he hears or sees skateboards, depending on what triggers his response. I don’t know under what circumstance he is encountering skateboarders, but I assume there is no way...

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