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Rhonda asks...This question is about:
I have a 2 year old neutured male german shepherd. Within the past 7 months he has bitten two kids. He seems to be very protective of his home and our family. I have 2 kids that he adores and I know he would never hurt them. I'm just trying to figure out why he has done this. The most recent one, the kid got down on the ground with him while he was resting, put her arm around his neck and went eye to eye with him. Maybe he felt threatened? I really don't want to have to give him up, but I'm terrified that he is too protective of us. I don't feel like we properly trained him and don't want to give up on him. He is very loyal and loving to our family.
Phil asks...This question is about:
I live in a house with an elderly person who has incontenance isssues, and I am handicapped with severe back arthritis.I try to keep things as clean as I can , but the dog has a spot he always poops in. H e will also pull over my mothers hamper that contains soiled or wet pads. I'm really struggling trying to get the puppy to quit bad behaviors and potty outside. I've tried several things but when we re asleep he sneaks out to potty in a corner. maybe i should keep him in crate at night. but he's so fast he will also potty when we are awake. any help would be appreciated thank you so much
Angie asks...This question is about:
For most of his life my dog Jackson has been caged while I'm at work. I've recently started leaving him out for short periods of time (around 4 hour increments) and he is not chewing on things & he is potty trained but he has broken through the windows in the front of the house 4 times. My guess is he must see a squirrel, mailman, another dog or something and then freaks out but how can I keep him from freaking out and jumping through the window when I'm not there? I've replaced 4 windows & two sets of blinds and it's getting very expensive. We have another dog in the house (13 year old pit bull) but he just lays around for the most part so I know it's not him. I would prefer not to cage him but I can't afford not to at this point. Any suggestions would be welcome.
Bob asks...This question is about:
We want our dog to be more social, or at least calm around other dogs. Would it be helpful if we walked with or near someone else walking their dog rather than just letting them interact for a short time, and then continuing our walk alone?rnrnPlease contact me by e-mail only. rnThank you.
Dede asks...This question is about:
She didn't like riding in the car and I had to pick her up and put her in the seat. Eventually all it took was my leading her to the car on a slip lead and telling her to get in and putting my hand deep into the car on drivers side and she'd jump in and get into passenger seat. Now, 6 months into doing fine getting into car, she's still doing that, but the first 10 to 15 mins of the drive she shakes so violently you can head hear her! She's shaking and nearly snorting. My question is...in want so badly to comfort her and pet her, but I'm afraid that will reinforce that behavior. I don't want that of course, but the human emotion in me what's to soothe her. What's best? She does stop and rides fine. She doesn't try to escape or jump around she just sitting there and shakes hard. rnrnThanks in AdvancernDede Vaughn