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Dennis asks...This question is about:
I need help with Binky -- all that she wants do is eat and bite my meetrnShe is not my first bulldog.
Taylor asks...This question is about:
My dog gets very nervous around new people and dogs, and even ones she's known for a long time. It's always 50/50 though, sometimes she'll do just fine with a new person or dog. She's met my brother a hundred times and she's always been scared of him and recently when he came to visit she lunged out and bit him. A lot of times when meeting new dogs and people she gets really anxious and tries to nip at them. I want to be able to take her to a dog park to socialize, but I'm afraid of her nipping at the other dogs. What can I do to help this? rnThank you for your help, Taylor.
Sherrie asks...This question is about:
My friend has two lovely dogs. The younger of the two (Cleo) has had a drastic change in behavior in only one, very specific context: The bed. My friend and her husband are separated as a couple, but the husband is still living in the house. He's just not in the same bedroom anymore. So Cleo has become frantically stressed out with the bed situation. It's just her, my friend and the older dog. The vet agrees that the cause of the stress and confusion is the separation of the couple, because the husband is still in the house, and Cleo doesn't understand why he can't just go back to his normal routine of all four of them being in the bed. So with the stress, she's trying to create the new normal herself. Every time the older dog moves - at all - on the bed, Cleo now attacks her. It's traumatizing for everyone. The husband is very dismissive and can't be bothered to help, and the wife is recovering from surgery, and is spending a lot of her time in the bed. Before her surgery, she was crating Cleo overnight, and it was going well, but afterwards, she doesn't want to crate Cleo all day and all night while she's recovering in bed from the surgery. The wife is in no condition to begin training both dogs to be off the bed at all times, physically or emotionally. She'll then be entirely without company in the bed. The wife is in a state of extreme anxiety over all of this, which Cleo is picking up on as well. The husband isn't on board, and thinks the idea of Cleo changing behavior due to a change in routine is stupid, so he won't be expected to do anything as far as retraining goes. So what does one do when the human owner is injured, extremely stressed out, and unable to do anything to change the cause of the change in behavior (since the husband is still permeating the house - just not one particular room in the house). The trigger is still there, the extreme anxiety is still there, so Cleo's behavior is still there. The wife (understandably) is very inconsolable and difficult to calm right now, and Cleo needs to find comfort in a new normal, but the wife isn't able yet to be the initiator of the new normal. And her being now petrified of the bed situation adds all this anxiety surrounding the trigger location (the bed itself). It's bizarre. The dogs coexist perfectly in all other situations. They hang out in other areas of the house, they eat, they walk, and all with zero complications. It's just the bed, and only when the wife is in it with the two of them. They can even be on the bed together, just the two dogs, and they're totally normal. But the moment the wife gets in that bed, Heidi (the older dog) is no longer allowed to move. Any suggestions would be helpful. We've already done the overnight crating for Cleo (and she loves her crate - it's her little comfort place when storms come, or when she just wants to chill out).
Reba asks...This question is about:
I have a house full which I love but they were all unexpected. We have Bella who is a husky mix, she's approximately 1 1/2yrs came to me berg malnourished and food aggressive and jumped the fence daily (been here 7 mo), Midna is approximately 2yrs old and a Rottweiler, she came with the habit of eating EVERYTHING and not potty trained( been here 6 mo) Dante is a great Dane mix, who came from the same home as Midna and were supposed to be temporary he is 4yrs old (been here about 2mo) I also have 2 cats (a stray who was pregnant she's been here about 3yrs with her baby) then I have 2 children. That's just the back story, Prince tho I know nothing about he's only been here about 1week and he is a small dog, way smaller then the other 3, he was brought here because his owners lived in a apartment and couldn't keep him so they just threw him outside and he was living in a neighborhood garbage area, he yipped when I tried to touch him, peed on himself, just made a scene I bribed him and got him to go, well he's doing better, has had a bath, eats well, love a the kids, he isn't a big fan of the cats but they taunt him and stay up high on thier beds, the other dogs are all much better, no food aggression, all potty trained, friendly, know most basic commands now etc they are happy to welcome him, he on the other hand hides behind me and if they get close he bites them aand growls/barks. Not knowing much about him idk if this may be a trigger of some kind, but I need to correct it but not sure how to approach it. I believe he is older as he has a hard time controlling when he pees but will go when put outside. Any help?
Christopher asks...This question is about:
How do I train a dog not to jump on top of the car when it's sitting in the driveway? The tricky part is that he only does it when I'm not home. He will not do it while I'm here so I can try to correct him. I need advice on this issue please because he is doing alot of damage to the cars.