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Trina asks...This question is about:
My dog has had a Scooby-Doo stuffed squeak toy for a couple of months that he plays with often, along with several other toys, some with squeakers and some not. When he gets the scooby toy, he whines and carries it around. It's only this toy, he hasn't done this with any other toy. Today, he kept carrying it into the bathroom. My husband is currently away for a few days, but he does it when my husband is home too. When he wants us to play with him, he is quite obvious, bringing a toy over and dropping at our feet and barking till we submit ;o)rnIs this just a special affection for this particular toy or is there something he's trying to communicate?rnThanks
Donna asks...This question is about:
I take my dog out quite often but I don't have any idea on how she tells me when she has to go. More accidents in the house. Tried the bell and so far not working
Laneta asks...This question is about:
We are so frustrated, and have no idea where to turn! We bought Mini Me in late September, 2015, at age 13 months. She is from a show breeder who, unfortunately, never lets her dogs outside. Until the day we picked her up, she had never been outside or stepped on grass before. Within 5 minutes of setting her down outside, she was running around and around the back yard, playing with our younger female Boston. A friend who shows dogs with this breeder told me this breeder puts down newspapers for their dogs to eliminate on in their house and in motels when they are showing dogs! Within an hour of us getting her home, I had Mini in the tub bathing her, as she stunk so badly! Mini spent most of her life in a small crate. We have three other Bostons, all housebroken. Mini is very sweet, and has become a member of our family. However...every day, I clean up poop and pee from the floor OR in our old dog's little bed in the living room or in the crate where he chooses to sleep at night. The other dogs sleep with us. I have taken Mini outside with the others to go to the bathroom, but she will come back in and pee and/or poop. I have tried walking her, praising her when she does her business outside, everything I can think of. If I crate her, she simply pees and poops in her crate, as she is obviously used to it. When we kept her in the crate at night,she just slept in her filth, and I had to bathe her a lot, and washed her blankets every day. Now, she sleeps in bed with us and two of our other Bostons. During the night, she often jumps down, does her business on the floor, and jumps back onto the bed, and we find the mess in the morning. I have had to steam clean the carpet at least 3-4 times a week, and used Nature's Miracle, Odor Eliminator, Odo-Ban, etc. I have also sprayed down Nature's Miracle No More Marking after I steam clean the carpet. It does not help or deter her in any way! It has been three months, and we feel we have made no progress! I set down our old dog's little bed he likes to sleep in in the living room about 5 hours ago, and Mini has already peed in it, so it is back in the washer. (I have not put that bed down for about 3 weeks, but decided to try it again today.) I have talked to my vet, the behavior specialist at a pet supply store, and even the 'pet vet' Dr. Fox, for suggestions. I have tried everything they have recommended, but nothing has worked. I guess I am looking for a miracle. We had Mini spayed three weeks after we bought her. We take her with the other dogs for rides in the car several times a week if weather permits, and they all love it. Even if they are in the car for 3 hours or so, she never goes in the car. Last night, she peed in front of me for the first time. Usually, she goes in a hallway or the walk-in closet in our bedroom, and also that is where she pees in our old dog's kennel. She seems to know it is wrong, so that is why she hides it. If we don't shut the bedroom and/or closet door, I usually have to change Bosley's blanket at bedtime, as it is soiled. I do not want to have this problem the rest of our life with her. Where can we turn? What can we do? We are completely out of ideas, and no one has been able to offer us any new suggestions. Can you help or point us in some direction for this? Thank you!
Jacob asks...This question is about:
Recently I boarded my dog for a few nights while I was out of town. The kennel seemed to be pretty good. Dogs would play with each other with supervision, and be fed and sleep on their own. When I dropped my dog off, he was a normal, fun loving puppy. When I picked him up, he seemed really tired at first, and I just though that was before of all the playing. Over the next couple days, he began to get really aggressive. If you approach him and pet him, he will tense up and growl and eventually bark. This is when he is in his crate, his bed, or even walk around the house. He is totally fine on walks, and when you first walk in the room, he greats us, but no where near as excited as he was. He might approach us and then we can let him, but it doesn't last long before he either backs away like he's scared or starts to growl. He is NOT the dog I dropped off. I talked to the kennel, and they said he was fine and happy while he was there. What happened to my dog? And how can I fix it? I've tried very hard to make sure he is well behaved and a fun loving dog. I've gone to puppy classes and work on training everyday. His personality changed overnight and it's really worrying me. I can't even let my own puppy without he growling. He is also isolating himself a lot and sleeping way more then he normally does. He was only in the kennel for two days... No clue what could have happened. Pleas help!
Wendy asks...This question is about:
We have a 2 year old English Bulldog (we got him 2 months ago). My niece lives with us with her boxer , her Boxer Jack is 7 and was very loving at first ... But now he is constantly attacking Bruce... Drawing blood several times ... What can we do? Please help