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Samantha asks...

This question is about: Pulling on the Lead Other

What is the best thing to use for a pitbull( I.e. right now I use a harness when walking my dog because I think that using a collar can cause issues with their necks if they pull to much.)rnrnAlso wondering on how to get her to stop pulling so much when walking.

Christine asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

Hi, I have two small dogs, a shitzu female Molly (5) and Maltese Bailey male (12). They get into serious fights frequently and I no longer know how to deal with this problem. One time before I knew how bad it was I use to leave them together at home, one time I came home and my maltese was covered in blood! I rushed him to the vet and he had to have like 10 stitches or something on his neck. It was horrible! Since then I always separate them when I leave, but every now and then an attack will happen and I will have to break them up. Today, Molly's paw was bleeding after a fight. I am at a loss, and don't know what to do! HELP!!

Kelsey asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Other

I am considering adopting an Australian Shepard/Chow mix from the shelter and have concerns related to the two breeds more than coming from what I actually witnessed temperment/personality wise from this specific dog. rnrnShe is very submissive and doesn't seem to bark or react to other dogs barking at her nor does she seem to dislike any people. The shelter said she is good with children, cats, and other dogs according to the previous owners. To me she seemed like she is just very loving, just medium to low energy dog, but with a very good attitude and curious. She seems she reacts to new things by feeling afraid instead of ever acting out aggressively. I am hoping that there is a strong possibility that this dog got the friendly happy kind demeanor from the aussie side of her but is just a lot less hyper or agile due to the chow chow in her. rnrnThe kind of dog I am looking for would be one I can train. I am more than willing to put in the work. And one who is generally kind to anyone unless provoked or at least can be trained if any behavioral issue arrived. It would be very hard for me with my life style if she were to end up getting snappy with children, strangers, or other animals because I socialize and go to public parks and go for walks in town a lot. rnrnFrom what I have read chows can be stubborn and aussies usually arent. I am willing to but in work into training a dog but a dog who doesn't listed after a lot a lot of work on training would be very problematic. rnrnHer previous owners (according to the shelter) were likely abusive and definitely neglectful. They said they have it on good authority that she was provoked (likely was being abused) and snapped at someone and after that was left outside all the time. And nearly starved to death. She doesn't seem to carry any anger, she just seems loving and a bit wary at times. rnrnI am willing to do the work on building her confidence up again, doing lots of physical and mental exercise and socialization. I am just wanting to know if there is anything I might need to be prepared for once she is out of the shelter and in a new environment. rnrnThank you so much.

Kelsey asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Other

I am considering adopting an Australian Shepard/Chow mix from the shelter and have concerns related to the two breeds more than coming from what I actually witnessed temperment/personality wise from this specific dog. rnrnShe is very submissive and doesn't seem to bark or react to other dogs barking at her nor does she seem to dislike any people. The shelter said she is good with children, cats, and other dogs according to the previous owners. To me she seemed like she is just very loving, just medium to low energy dog, but with a very good attitude and curious. She seems she reacts to new things by feeling afraid instead of ever acting out aggressively. I am hoping that there is a strong possibility that this dog got the friendly happy kind demeanor from the aussie side of her but is just a lot less hyper or agile due to the chow chow in her. rnrnThe kind of dog I am looking for would be one I can train. I am more than willing to put in the work. And one who is generally kind to anyone unless provoked or at least can be trained if any behavioral issue arrived. It would be very hard for me with my life style if she were to end up getting snappy with children, strangers, or other animals because I socialize and go to public parks and go for walks in town a lot. rnrnFrom what I have read chows can be stubborn and aussies usually arent. I am willing to but in work into training a dog but a dog who doesn't listed after a lot a lot of work on training would be very problematic. rnrnHer previous owners (according to the shelter) were likely abusive and definitely neglectful. They said they have it on good authority that she was provoked (likely was being abused) and snapped at someone and after that was left outside all the time. And nearly starved to death. She doesn't seem to carry any anger, she just seems loving and a bit wary at times. rnrnI am willing to do the work on building her confidence up again, doing lots of physical and mental exercise and socialization. I am just wanting to know if there is anything I might need to be prepared for once she is out of the shelter and in a new environment. rnrnThank you so much.

Alyssa asks...

This question is about: Separation Anxiety Toileting

Hello! My name is Alyssa. I recently adopted a dog who is a Lab/Border Collie mix. He is SUPER attached to me, which I don't mind. What I do mind is that he is escaping from his closed crate while I do small errands like grocery shopping and refuses to eat for anyone but me... also when I go into the basement to do laundry I can hear him upstairs pacing back and forth. How do I stop the escaping from the crate and the anxiety?rnrnThe other issue is that I cannot allow him in the basement because he will mark/pee down there. I have a pomeranian/Chihuahua who uses pee pads down in the there... how to I stop him from marking down there? rnrnThanks

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