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Alexa asks...This question is about:
Our German Shepherd puppy is very teachable and has been a pleasure. However, last week while at the dog park as soon as we entered Shiloh suddenly started frantically jumping up on me, scratching me, and biting me. I realized a male dog kept attempting to mount her and she panicked. We go to the dog park often and have never had a problem. She is very well socialized and very well behaved. It seems that Shiloh was very scared or did not know how to handle the situation and wanted me to pick her up or save her from the male dog. I thought maybe it was a one time thing: then it happened again tonight. Same park, same male dog, same reaction from Shiloh. I am covered in scratches from Shiloh and even bite marks where she broke the skin. It does not seem aggressive, more fearful than anything. Can you help me? Shiloh will only get bigger and I'm afraid I'll be knocked over or bit worse. Please help
Jessi asks...This question is about:
My dog has suddenly become bored with everything. She won't play with any toys, chase a ball or Frisbee or play with my husband and I without being aggressive. She previously was very easy to amuse with rawhide, a ball or rope. Now she barks constantly and roams the house looking for trouble. I've tried to add more training time, longer walks and new treats and toys but nothing is helping. What should I do?
Lindsey asks...This question is about:
I have 2 dogs a home, my mom's dog (the pit boxer) and my dog (a choco. lab). They have been together since my dog was one. In the past, before they were neutered, they would get into fights. It would start out as playing, then one would get hurt and turn it into a fight. They haven't been into hardly any fights since they got fixed. It has been a couple years now and a fight literally just went down in my kitchen. My mom had spilled some food when her dog was cleaning it up. My dog had walked in and her dog attacked mine. They are both fine, but a chipped tooth on mine. My dad always threatens to get rid of the pit boxer, buthas never followed through. This time I think he will.rnrnMy mother's dog also has a problem with barking at night. We run him everyday to try to get out his energy, but he still barks at us for no reason. That with the fight has pushed my dad over the limit. I don't want to get rid of him because we are the only one's who understand him. At this point, I am willing to protect him to the best of my ability, without sending him to the pound, where he will most likely be euthanized, or go to a family who doesn't understand him. rnrnI don't know how to fix the fights or the barking. Is there any way that you could help? Thank you for your time.
Mackenzie asks...This question is about:
my dog is really aggressive towards food and bones and hes already bit my brother and friend and it was really bad, what should i do?
Maria asks...This question is about:
We recently rescued a toy poodle that is 7 years old. She was used as a breeder and kept in a kennel with other dogs during those 7 years but had little interaction with people. We have had her for 2 months and she is doing much better when it comes to allowing us to pet her and has even wagged her tail and given me kisses but she literally sits on a corner of the couch all day. She will now take treats from my hand which was a big step for her. She rarely will venture off the couch and into another room of the house. If she does it is just to look to see where I am and then she RUNS back to her spot on the couch. She will not eat, poop, pee or drink water in front of us so she will hold it all day if we happen to be home for the day and wait until we go to bed. I have a fenced yard and decided to see what her reaction would be to being outside. She ran while crouching low to the ground under our deck into the farthest corner possible and wouldn't move. I had to crawl through the mud and spider webs to get her. She has never been on a leash and freaked out and tried to get free so I tried a harness and got pretty much the same reaction. She will pull on the leash to try and run and hide in a corner somewhere. I have had her wear a leash in the house to get used to it and she was fine until we try and bring her outdoors. Our entire living room carpet is lined with pee pads until we can figure out a way to get her to potty outside. We do not have any other pets. We did have 3 wonderful male poodles that our daughter grew up with but our last boy passed away in April at 18 years old. We weren't planning to get another dog and then Ruby entered our life. She literally gets ZERO exercise and we so want her to enjoy walks & car rides so we can bring her along and spend lots of quality time with her but she is a couch potato with many fears and I just don't know where to start. I don't have any experience with this sort of thing. I have taken her to the vet for shots & had her spayed. The vet said she had Pyometra and had I waited another day she might not be with us today. She is on a healthy diet and got a clean bill of heath physically but mentally is a different story and I could use some expert advice. Thanks!