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Angela asks...This question is about:
Why is my dog so anxious? She is constantly nervous. She has no health issues that the vet can find, she doesn't have fleas or skin issues, we run daily, walk in the evening most days, and I have three active boys so she gets plenty of play on top the regular exercise. She is still nervous. She paces and whines if she can't see the entire family at once, she is miserable the entire time my husband is at work. She tries to herd my kids (and sometimes other kids) into a tight little group when we go to the park. But even when the whole family is together she just stands there and whines. She is not left home alone at all on most days, maybe for an hour or two once or twice a week. She is a very well behaved dog in general, never has accidents in the house, is gentle with the kids, doesn't take food from them, etc. Pretty much a perfect dog except for the whining. I feel bad for her because I don't know what's wrong, or how to help, and honestly I'm very frustrated with her because she just won't stop whining! She has always been a bit anxious, but it has become worse over the past year. Any advice?
Grace asks...This question is about:
GeGe has learned to escape and we simply cannot get her to return to us until she is ready. She doesn't seem to go far but rather stays within view but when approached she will bolt. She suffers from idiopathic epilepsy so we can't risk her escaping due to her need for anti seizure medication 2 x's / day. She actually has learned to scale a wall to escape! Can you help? Please we don't want to lose her or risk her being injured during one of her "adventures".
Michael asks...This question is about:
My family and I live in the suburbs of a small city and recently decided to get a border collie puppy. Most of the time, he is delightful, well behaved, intelligent, and is very happy. However every now and again his attitude will suddenly flip (usually at inconvenient times) and he will be extremely boisterous and bite/jump all over people, and any attempt to get him off or move away and calm down just invites more biting and terror for my younger children. Once he is in this state, we have tried following steps we have read in various sources which all suggest to make it clear that play time ends, and don't let him act like the boss. However it is increasingly difficult to calm him down and ignore his attempts to jump on us whilst we sit down on the sofa for instance as he is getting more cocky for some reason (probably age). All his other training is going quite well, he responds to "sit", "lie down", "come" and various other helpful commands, yet these all go out the window when he gets in this strange mood where he bites, jumps and mounts aggressively. Any help or advice would be extremely kind as we are struggling here and I can see this becoming a problem if we don't root it out now, thank you if you have any ideas as to what we should do.
Phil asks...This question is about:
We have had Bruno for 2 weeks now. He got out of his home and bit somebody. His previous owner did not want the liability. Bruno has been an amazing dog with us. He is gentle, obedient, and very intelligent. We are learning more about him everyday. He has a couple of issues, the biting, he attacks the inside of the car when he sees a person approaching the car, and when he sees a dog or squirrel, he hops on his hind legs trying to get out of the leash. Our main concern is the biting. A friend of ours came over to meet him. She stepped in the doorway and immediately bent down to pet him. Bruno grabbed her sleeve, and growled. We have learned that he needs to not be allowed to answer the door with us, and he needs to be invited to greet people when he is calm. Because he bit once, and the police were called, he has been deemed a "dangerous dog" and has to wear a muzzle whenever in public. We absolutely cannot let him bite again, or he will be impounded. Any suggestions to help us with us with giving this amazing dog a second chance?
Merritt asks...This question is about:
Hello, my puppy has recently become territorial over his toys and bed. If my shi tzu gets near either of those things he kind of lunges or pounces at her. He has never opened his mouth, but its still concerning. He has also bitten someone before when they startled him. He has bad separation anxiety and fear of people. He has completed basic obedience training and the trainer gave us advice to fix the issues, but they are still persisting. Any help on how to lower his territorial aggression and fear biting would be great! Thanks!