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Jillian asks...

This question is about: Toileting

Hi there,rnrnI have a maltese/yorkshire terrier mix who is 6 years old. When he was a puppy, he was fine with other dogs and often went on doggy playdates with friends of ours. Somewhere along the way, he started to get really freaked out by other dogs. If they sniff his butt for too long, for example, or if they chase him, he will go ballistic on them and try attacking them. At first I thought it was him just being playful, but he growls and goes crazy and definitely tries to bite.rnrnWe recently moved into a new apartment and the "potty area" is for all the dogs in the building - it's basically like a mini dog park. My dog was ok with it at first but after a couple weeks, he rarely poops down there. Instead, he waits until we leave and then poops on the floor at home. He seems to be really freaked out whenever we go to the potty area and is anxiously looking around for other dogs. It is now a daily occurrence that we come home to dog poop on the floor of our apartment. I know he's still adjusting, but I hate to have to resort to keeping him in an enclosed space again so he doesn't poop on the floor.rnrnAny suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We are really worried about him. :(

Rachel asks...

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

Hi, so I just recently got this dog. She is absolutely wonderful, with humans that is. Great with kids. Very smart, well trained.. But, she was not well socialized with other dogs.. We got told this but we didn't think she would be aggressive towards other dogs. We recently introduced her to my parents dog, 8 year old blue heeler/Australian Shepard. And we'll at first things were ok, till her hair started standing up and she pounced on her and they started going at it. Same with the second go around but this time there was no warning. Long story short, would it be too late to start introducing her to dogs and get her socialized properly? Or is she past the point of no return. Ive already grown really attached, and we have plans to go camping (where there will be other dogs) Can she be helped being 7 years of age?

Morgan asks...

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

Onyx does display territorial aggression, however, she generally just barks. In the past 7 days, she has encountered two dogs (at different times) and bit me as a result. The first instance the dog did not confront her, she wanted to attack the dog and bit my jeans and tore them. Today, she encountered a dog the did confront here, in the attempt to get to the dog, she bit me on the knee and drew blood. What can I do to fix this? She did great at the training class I took her to, but that was not in a familiar setting. Please help.

Shirley asks...

This question is about: Toileting

Is it good, or not good, to have both an indoor(litter box) and the outdoor yard for potty training. Indoor for early morning after sleeping in crate.

Glenn asks...

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

Hello..rnWe recently adopted a new Greyhound. He has been with us now about 3 mos. We are not new to greyhounds and have adopted 3 others in the past. The hound I am writing about is Jack. He lives with my wife and I and our other Greyhound, Allie.rnJack is normally a very loving dog. He will come up to anyone and rub against them and ask for petting. He is never aggressive either when someone approaches him to pet him while he is standing or if he goes up to someone. However, If I try to go up to him while he is on his dog bed and start petting him, he will do one of 2 things:rn1)Put his arm out.. allow me to pet him and everything is fine.rn2)He will start to growl and bear his teeth - THIS SCARES THE CRAP OUT OF ME and I will retreat my hand quickly and give him a firm NO. rnrnMy other greyhounds have never been this way. I could also go up to them, sit down next to their bed and pet them. Allie actually loves this. I feel bad because I would really like to be able to pet him when i want to, but i will understand if its just the way he is. Is there a way to correct this behavior without getting bitten? :)

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