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Michaela asks...This question is about:
So there's Nikita, we've had her since she was 3 months old. Then there's our tiny chihuahua/yorkshire terrier puppy named Lucy, who is 7 months old and we've had her a month or and she's already super attached to my sister and I.rnNikita and Lucy play, barking at one another, chasing. Lucy will jump up and nip Nikita's face. Nikita will often pick Lucy up by the skin of her neck and run away with her like that, and Lucy will squeal, and I just don't see how that is nice playing, I think Nikita is unintentionally hurting Lucy but I can't tell. and also why does Nikita do this to Lucy? is it the size difference that makes her feel like a alpha? being that she's a stubborn pack breed. Or maybe like how wolves in the wild hold their young like that.rnMy Dad's friend lived with us for awhile, and he brought his female pitbull/terrier dog, named Nono, and she was very friendly and very sweet but with Nikita she'd get a little rough while playining but we watched carefully and they enjoyed playing all the time, both with so much energy. She liked Nono, who unlike Charlie, our female rat terrier, who was 13 years old and not a fan of other dogs or people, tbh, (she died a couple months ago). Nono was around from the time Nikita was 4 months-6 months old. idk if that pitbull attitude rubbed off on her and that could explain why she gets a little rough. At the dog park, it doesnt matter much, most the other dogs are bigger than her and she mostly likes to run in that case instead. Nikita is already a bit rough with our cat (the other ones she leaves alone, they attack her) but the cat is calm and able to hold her own. But now I feel like Nikita is already turning Lucy into an obnoxious puppy too. rnWhat do I do to stop this behavior of Nikita's toward Lucy if it's dangerous?
Chrissy asks...This question is about:
So, I ended up moving into a new house where I had the space to get a dog (Jerry). I already owned a cat (Beefy) and when I first moved in, I kept the cat in the basement for a couple of weeks until I could get him fixed. When I would go down to the basement, Jerry would come with me. He showed curiosity towards the cat, but there where no signs of aggression on his part. My cat was okay with him unless he got too close. My cat ended up swatting his face up pretty good one time, and ever since then, my dog will freak out if he sees a cat. My girlfriend moved in shortly after that and brought her two cats as well. We decided to try to get the dog and the cats acclimated to each other. We have tried multiple times with her cat Bowser, because he is naturally calm and shows no signs of fear. Still my dog panics. We put him on a leash with a mussel, and give plenty of space, but he will bark and whine non stop. He also tries to either back up, or charge at the cat. I was wondering what I might be able to do to try to help this process because I would like my cats and dog to have free roam of the house. It is also confusing to me because while my dog freaks out, his hair is not up on end, his tail is not tucked, and there is not growling. Hopefully you can help shed some light, because sadly I am out of ideas. rnI would appreciate it if you could respond when it's convenient for you. Thank you for taking the time to listen.rnrnChrissy
Katy asks...This question is about:
I bought a pair of puppies male and female siblings at 8 weeks old. I am working on potty training. Last night the female just starred at me and peed in the floor so I went to spank her she ran in the create when I went to get her the male got in front of the create and growled at me. I got angry and just locked the create well the same thing happened today. I don't know what to do I'm to the point that she will become an outside dog or sold off this continues they are way too young to be showing aggression. I have had many pit bulls but never a pair together.
Jenn asks...This question is about:
We rescued our dog almost 4 weeks ago. He was in a foster home since about 10 weeks where he was with about 10 other dogs of varying ages and sizes. He came to us crate trained and housebroken. He did great with meeting our 9 year old Pit mix and has had great play dates with my fathers 1.5 year old lab and my mom's mini dachshund and beagle. He was very well cared for in his foster as we got to become close with them while we waited for his transport to our state, but it seemed he had more dog pack time than his interaction with people. He is however very well tempered and mannerly with people and our two small children. Basic puppy curiosity, stealing some kids toys left laying around, he has been a dream. Lately though we are noticing while walking on his leash and most recently when in the car, he barks at other dogs. He is fine when we meet the other dog on leash (neighbors who we are familiar with have brought their dogs to meet our new boy) and is great once he can get to the other dog. However the barking has made some people hesitant. I know he is well behaved with other dogs but the barking doesn't exactly let others know they don't have to swerve away from us. He has also started barking more while at home and looking out our all glass French doors. Our other dog does not behave this way, so I'm confused what brought this on with Nero? He is very socialized, and was responding well to the quiet command but it seems totally useless these past two weeks. We don't want our sweet boy to give the wrong impression and don't know how to break this developing habit.
Matt asks...This question is about:
Hello, we leave molly home each morning with her favorite toys and a small treat. Lately she has been bringing shoes or boots from the entry way and dragging them to the living room. She doesn't chew them up anymore but when we return she knows she had done something wrong and just runs to her crate. If she knows it's wrong why does she do this and how can we stop it?rnrnThanks