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Molly asks...This question is about:
Hello,rnrnWe are bringing home a Brittany Spaniel puppy next week and I had a few questions.rnrnWe currently have a 4 year old female dog and I was wondering if you had any tips about making the transition easy for both our resident dog and our new puppy. I have read a lot online about introducing them but nothing about what happens after. For example, we plan to crate train our puppy but we usually give our resident dog free roam of the house when we are gone. Will that cause problems between the two because one will be crated and the other won't? Is it okay to give our new puppy "hand me down" toys that our resident dog no longer plays with? Any advice is welcome!rnrnThank you,
Chad asks...This question is about:
We moved into a new house two months ago. Our old house was a 1 story, with hardwoods all throughout. Our new house is a two story, with carpet in the stairwell and upstairs, hardwoods on the main floor like our old house. rnrnOur Ella has been potty trained for quite some time, and never makes messes on the hardwoods. And when she can see the door to go out, she'll go up to it and whimper so we know she has to go out. Well now that we've moved into the new house with carpet, she hasn't been warning us as much, and has been going and making messes on the carpet. She also used to wake me up in the middle of the night by licking my face to let me know she had to go, but now has stopped and just goes on the carpet instead! rnrnMy question is what happened and how do I correct it? She knows better than to go to the bathroom on the hardwoods or on the first floor, but I feel like she is confusing the carpet for grass or something! She's a clever dog so I'm very surprised. rnrnThanks!
Kaitlin asks...This question is about:
I have a puppy who just loves to nibble on kittens and chase cats. She doesn't hurt them, but I hate that our cats have to go through that and the only way she seems to understand that she does something wrong is when we put her in a cage or outside, but now it's hard to get her to do either normally when she isn't in trouble. I really need help because I need a punishment that will actually work and how to teach her not to mess with the cats. We also have an older dog who is amazing with all animals, but refuses to come and runs off, but I believe we got this handle. She was abused but she is starting to trust us, but if you have any tips please tell me. Thanks so much!!!
Savannah asks...This question is about:
Hello! Oakley is highly intelligent, which doesn't surprise me at all due to his breed. He is very well behaved, knows tons of commands, and is a total playful sweetheart.. until the front door opens and he goes outside. If he sees a person he does not recognize or other animal he immediately goes into a frenzy. He starts barking uncontrollably and blocks out all of my commands completely. Although his appearance looks agressive, I know it is fear because as soon as anyone/anything approaches him he'll run and make some distance, but continue to bark at them. I know it is my fault because I failed to teach him to walk on a leash/introduce him to other animals & people when he was a puppy but due to his high intelligence I believe it is not too late to train him.. I just dont know how and get so embarrassed when he acts up. But I want more than anything to be able to walk him and take him to dogs parks, etc..
Elizabeth asks...This question is about:
I've had my dog since he was a puppy, unfortunately I never socialized him with anyone outside my family. He grew up with my mother's dog who passed away and we've moved into an apartment complex. Rocky barks at anyone he hears coming into the building. My main concern is when I take him on walks. He's not really aggressive but overprotective. He lunges at people or dogs when we walk by. When he does this I make Rocky sit or lay down right there until he seems calm, then we continue our walk. I feel like there is more I can do but I'm not sure what that is.