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Brittany asks...

This question is about: Toileting

My dog doesn't like to go outside sometimes. He doesn't show any signs of anxiety but sometimes just won't go out unless forced and then he sits on the deck and doesn't go to the bathroom. I know he does have to go because he had been locked up for a few hours and whenever we finally do get him onto the grass he goes. Again, no signs of anxiety or any other problem. And he does occasionally urinate inside, very seldom, but it does still happen from time to time.

Shelly asks...

This question is about: Toileting

We adopted Josie at 2 from a neglected situation. She had never been potty trained. We have done everything known and she continues to pee all over the house daily. What can we do to make this stop?? She can't be kenneled as she goes insane from memories of her first two years. She was in one up to 18 hrs a day. Please help make this stop. She is a very loving dog!!

Timothy asks...

This question is about: Other

What is the best way to socialize my dog?

Simon asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger

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Susan asks...

This question is about: Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

Two years ago, we adopted an Australian Cattle Mix dog from the Humane Shelter and named her Ellie. She was 1 1/2 years old when we adopted her. Ellie had been a stray, was adopted, and was returned to the shelter after her owner decided she couldn't afford her. We soon learned why. Ellie, though never a "cuddly" dog, became my shadow. She looks at my husband and my stepdaughters with general indifference, but she follows me wherever I go. She has never been one to jump up in anyone's lap, but she did like the occasional belly rub and back scratches. She also sleeps on my feet at night. When we'd leave, however, she experienced great separation anxiety. She's tear shoes, pillows, books, anything she could. She'd urinate on the carpet, even though she was house trained. We decided to adopt a second dog a few months later. We thought this would help with her anxiety. We found our Sophie at a shelter in a neighboring county. She was supposedly 5 years old when we adopted her. We have no idea what breed she is. She is larger than Ellie, but not by much. Both, at this point, weigh about 60 lbs, though Sophie is taller than Ellie. Sophie had been owned by two previous owners. She was brought in when her owners had to move. She had a partner dog who died while at the shelter. Unlike Ellie, Sophie IS a snuggler. She loves people, especially their laps. While she prefers mainly my company, she loves everyone in the family. Our decision to adopt her paid off, as Ellie's destructive behaviors did eventually subside. Plus, she has been couch companion to all of us in the evening.rnrnThe two get along well, for the most part, but here is where my question comes in. Sophie, even though she has a sweet temperament, can often be aggressive toward Ellie. This is especially evident during meal times, and when Ellie is receiving attention. I've read about the pecking orders of the doggie world, and I have surmised that Sophie considers herself Ellie's alpha. I've adjusted my thinking accordingly, doing things like giving Sophie the first treat, letting Sophie eat first, etc. But I still want to give Ellie the attention that she needs. Every time I try to do so, Sophie is there to scare her away. You can feel Ellie tense up every time I bend down to pet her, and she doesn't even try to get belly rubs or back scratches any more. She is missing out on some important socialization because of Sophie. How do I solve this? Sophie recently had to have a procedure done at the vet, which left Ellie alone with us for a night. I thought Ellie would be relieved to have our full attention, but instead, she sulked, and it was obvious that she missed her sister. So, I know she loves and needs Sophie, as far as dogs need and love, but what can I do to help poor Ellie get the attention she needs from us.

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