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Senju asks...

This question is about: Other

Hi. I'm thinking about adopting a dog, specifically an older dog: I want to adopt a dog with a lower chance of adoption; however I'm a bit concerned about the challenges that I assume come with obedience training an older dog. Can you provide some insight into this? Regardless of my intentions I don't want to adopt a dog that I can't provide a nurturing, safe and structured environment for. Oh and this would be my first dog

Darrell asks...

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

I have two dogs. Joe a boxer mix (65pds) and Red a Rat Terrier (15 PDFs). They get along 98% of the time. Occasionally Joe will attack Red. We thought it might of been about food or attention, but he has attacked him randomly. Just the other day they were both outside and he attacked Red. There is no teeth marks but Reds neck is wet and it looks like his ear was hurt from it. This wetness is typical, but the last time was the worst so far. We discipline him by putting him in his crate. This happens about once every 3-4 weeks. We don't know what else to do. They get along perfectly the rest of the time. We are afraid he will eventually do some damage and are actively looking to put him in another home. What can we do?

Mandy asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Other

I just got this adorable dog 2 months ago but he is agressive attacks other dogs mostly. Bites, jumps up, bolts, disobeys commands. Ignores. I take care of him completely and walk him although its tiring! Although all of this when my husband is around he turns on me growling and biting. It breaks my heart cause he is so sweet when my husband is not around. What do I do?

Tara asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Separation Anxiety

Two weeks ago I rescued a very shy 1 year old tibetan spaniel/jack russell (?) mix from the shelter. I was told that he was found wandering the streets with his siblings and mother, all of which had been adopted from the shelter by the time I met him. When he looked into my eyes and walked over to me, I knew that he chose me. I saw past his timidness and saw the dog that he is and wants to become. In the past two weeks, he has made great progress after constant rehabilitation and training with him. He has a very strong bond with me, which is good because he also recognizes me as the pack leader, but has become a problem in another area because it has led to separation anxiety. He lost his family in a matter of weeks or maybe even days, and he is terrified even if I leave the room for one minute. I make it a point to not coddle him so that I don't make it worse, and I still can't leave him alone or with other people without him crying and howling and barking. He is the sweetest thing, and has already gotten me through a very rough spot emotionally in my life already in the past two weeks. He has come far with the other dogs in the house, and will run around and play with them. But he's very skeptical of new things and of people other than me. He is not aggressive, he is just very fearful. rnToday my landlord/roommate said that if I don't fix the problem very soon of him barking when I leave the house, I win't be able to keep him. This is not an option for me. I will not give this dog up for adoption, I have already earned his trust and I'm not about to take his life away from him again. If it comes down to it, I will move out. But I really don't want it to come to that, because we have no where else to go right now. rnI have researched that to help separation anxiety, the dog needs to build confidence. So I have been doing exercises, walks and hikes and runs with him, obedience training, play dates with other dogs, and I'm building him an agility course. But the separation anxiety doesn't seem to get better. I realize that this is something that will take time, and I have tried to explain that to my roommates-- that it is a process of rehabilitation, just as our recovery is in our twelve step program that we are all in involved with. But they don't understand, and after our argument this morning I took Marley to Petco and started crying while speaking to an employee. I need help, please. I can't lose this dog-- any advice would be greatly appreciated. rnrnWith love,rnrnTara and Marley

Shari asks...

This question is about: Toileting

My dog has been "litter box" trained since he was a puppy since we live on the upper floor of an apt building. He has been great for years but now he is peeing in the wall beside the "grassy" area. The pee pad is in a closet and he is peeing around the corner so he is not even on the pad when he is peeing. I have tried punishment, time outs, ignoring the behavior and only rewarding when he pees on the pad. He is destroying my flooring and the dry wall. Why the change in behavior and how can I change it. (this is not simply because the area needs cleaning. He has done it at all stages of it being clean and needing to be cleaned and it is not every time...but there are times when it is more often than not). I have tried putting something in that space infront of the wall and he just pees on whatever is there. I really am at the end of my rope with this.

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