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Lynn asks...This question is about:
We just adopted Sugar from a rescue group about 7 weeks ago. She is very anxious and totally afraid of my husband. She hides either under the bed or end table - only coming out when he's not home. She cowers at loud noises or activity. What can we do to help her get used to her new home and to be less afraid of my husband?
Kathryn asks...This question is about:
Hi, I have a 3 year old hound mix who is an absolute sweetheart, until I leave him alone. Once I leave him he gets into the fridge, chews the cabinets, and goes to the bathroom all over the house, on-top of howling. I've gotten complaints from my neighbors about the noise when I'm gone and I'm on the verge of being taken to court if I get another complaint. I don't want to re-home him so I'm trying every option I can think of. I've also thought of trying to get him another dog to play with, but unfortunately he's not friendly with other animals. Please anything will help.
Taylor asks...This question is about:
Hi there!rnrnI am having a bit of a problem. My boyfriend of 7 years has a 17 year old neutered chihuahua mix named Colby. Last year my pooch (7 year old neutered collie mix) moved in with my boyfriend. Colby and Leeroy (my dog) get along great and have know each other since Leeroy was a pup. Now, Colby has always been the type of dog who is kind of a jerk. If he gets mad at someone he will pee on their stuff. For the past 3 weeks he has been consistently peeing inside my boyfriend's shoes and I am not talking about typical marking, this dog is fully relieving himself inside of BOTH shoes. My boyfriend has been putting his shoes up where Colby can not reach them, but if the shoes are on the floor for a minute Colby will pee inside them. rnrnWe are at a wits end, we don't know why he is doing this or how to get him to stop. It can't be out of jealousy because Colby gets doted on from nose to tail.rnrnPlease send advice!rnThanks!
Molly asks...This question is about:
My dog was attacked by a bull dog when he was a baby and now he HATES any dog that has a stocky body and big head like a bulldog...this is especially problematic with pit bulls as he starts fights with any males of these breeds that he comes across. He doesn't have a problem with any other types of dogs so I'm sure it's from his past trauma with the original bull dog. Is there anything I can do about this, it makes taking him to the dog park out of the question and I am very anxious anywhere where dogs are off-leash.
Rena asks...This question is about:
My dog has been aggressive to my 14 month old daughter for a few months. At first, he would only growl at her. He would then occasionally nip at her. In the past 2 weeks, he has randomly started stalking her and has been super aggressive, showing teeth about 5 times. Every time, I have gotten between them and he's ended up biting me. When he does bite me, he does it very fast but multiple times. It used to only leave a mark for a brief moment, but the last time it actually broke the skin. I've tried to see if a certain thing was causing it, because 99% of the time he is very loving. He will be sitting next to her one minute and the next he's growling and about to attack. Usually she is walking by him, not bothering him, when he does it. He has been on medication for 6 months because he barks at everyone, even on our walks he tries to pull away from the leash to go bark at people that are simply getting out of their car. We think that's due to him sneaking out of the house one day and immediately getting hit by a car. However, his vet says since the medication isn't helping his aggression, the only solution is euthanization. I definitely DON'T want to do that. Do you have any advice at all to save my boys life? He absolutely does NOT like strangers, obviously. So, rehoming him is not a safe option either. Please help!!