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Gwen asks...This question is about:
Tank is digging up the back yard. I have tried everything.We put in a doggie door so he can go in and out while we are working, We got him toys to play with when we are gone. Now he is dug up the back yard so we are forced to crate him again while we are gone. But when we let him out of the crate he runs right out and starts digging again. He will dig anytime he is alone out back. PLEASE HELP, my landlord is going to make me get rid of him.
Kate asks...This question is about:
My work schedule is every afternoon from 1 to 6, but I also two hours in the mornings ONLY on tuesdays and thursdays. Chelsea is fine during the 5 hour periods every afternoon -- usually she naps the whole time -- but during the two hours in the mornings on TUE/THURS she is consistently destructive, chewing up whatever she can find in the house. I've tried walking her, having another dog over with her, giving her chew toys, etc. If I crate her, she howls and the neighbor calls animal control. I don't know if it's the inconsistency that makes her anxious, but I would love some advice on what to do.
Diamond asks...This question is about:
We have four English bulldogs and a Maltese. Our four English bulldog are all related, Mother (lola), Father (rocky), Daughter (Penny) and Son (Charlie). The puppies are a year old, and from one day to the next the two males can't stand each-other. At first, the son was the aggressor and now the father is the aggressor. We have tried keeping them separate, and tried doing positive reinforcement where we give them treats when they are close to each other, so that they relate each other with treats and reprogram the way they feel about each other. However, they keep fighting. Is this something that training will fix, or will we have to eventually give one up?
Sean asks...This question is about:
My girlfriend and I just adopted a 2 year old cockapoo mix from an adoption agency in NY. The dog was perfect but there was one issue. The volunteer described that the dog would be "defensive" in front of other dogs and people on walks. Apparently the other couple who owned her tried to put her on behavioral medication. We understand that no dog is perfect and my girlfriend and I were up for the challenge. rn The first walk our little Zelda did really well. In the house Zelda is the perfect dog. She understand all basic commands. Has been great, friendly, loving. rn The second walk didn't go so well. She seems to bark and lunge at every passing person and dog she sees. It seems as though the previous owners had some issues with her socialization. She was never trained well enough to play with dogs and people and she lunges at everything. rn She has poor leash obedience and tends to not stay at side during walks. She never bites or nips at myself or my gf. rn We do like her very much and her personality changes greatly when it comes to socializing with other unknown dogs/people. Any tips to help retrain her to get along with other dogs? I've read much about behavioral and clicker training which we will be implementing as soon as possible. I also want to get a 1:1 session with a trainer to help get a better grasp on what is the root of the behavior. We do still love her very much we are just trying to find a way where she can get along with everyone.
Cynthia asks...This question is about:
Lola thinks she is a gieselle and had jumped fenced since she was a puppy. I installed a 7ft privacy fence and she went over , then impaled herself on the neighbors chain link fence post. 1700$ later she's doing well but after the cone came off and she was off the leash she went right to the fence again. I do not want an instant replay as I'm afraid the next time she won't be so lucky. Her sister duchess does not do this, she did alert us to the fact that Lola had gone over. Is there anyway to protect her from going over again, maybe teach her not to jump? I have a disabled daughter and all of our dogs are resue dogs, we love our baby's and want to protect them. Please help us