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Krystiana 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 Hyperactivity Puppy Management

My dog Lucy is a crazy female terrier who only likes her owners and few other people and dogs she sees regularly.rnShe has a terrible problem with barking/growling at strangers. rnIf she is on her leash outside and sees someone walking she'll bark constantly until they're gone, causing her to delay or even not go to the bathroom at all. She also will bark at anyone she sees while out the car window, as well as people she meets. Even worse when she meets some people she'll growl disgustingly.rnHow would I go about attempting to fix this without people getting scared? No one gives her a chance when she's really a cute dog. I want to be able to take her out and go on walks without her seeing someone every 5 minutes and freaking out. rnThank you!

Andrew asks...

This question is about: Toileting

I'm curious what I can do to guarantee my dog always uses the bathroom outside. She has a dog door that she knows how to use very well, she pees on command outside as I've rewarded her every time she goes, but she still pees and poops on the tile somewhat near the back door if I don't personally take her outside. I've tried using pee pads and slowly moving them toward the door, but she always goes back to that spot.

Natalie asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Toileting

I have 3 Boxers. Recently, I came across a dog whose owner was going to take him to the pound, so I convinced my husband to let me rescue him before that could happen.rnHe is a supposed Boxer, was told he is full blood, although we suspect he is actually mixed with either pit bull or American Bulldog, as he has features that are unlike my other 3 Boxers or any other Boxer I have ever seen.rnAt first he was very timid. But now he is different. rnHe is a great dog, very sweet and loving to humans. He stays by my side all the time. He is excellent with kids, he LOVES my 6 year old son. He even loves the other dogs, he loves being outside and playing with them. He gets excited and begs to go outside and play with the others. He has several behavioral issues though, and one of them is a huge one.rnrnFirst, he urinates in his kennel. His former owner kenneled him, and it is the exact same kennel he has always been in, as his former owner gave it to me. I have never had a dog that urinated in the place he sleeps before? (He is only in his kennel at night and we make sure he goes outside before we put him to bed). rnrnSecond, he has this issue where he tears up blankets. We used to put a blanket over his kennel to help him stay warm and also to help him go to sleep. He pulled it through the kennel and tore it to shreds. His kennel is also next to our youngest puppy Boxer (7 months old), and he even has tore up the blanket over my puppy's kennel somehow. On the other end of his kennel is my son's bed, and Opie (the dog in question) even tries to tear up the blankets on my son's bed. It makes me wonder if this is some kind of nervous habit or something?rnrnThe biggest issue...is now he is becoming aggressive with my other dogs. My 11 year old Boxer has gotten into 2 fights with him in the last week. This morning, he fought my puppy, and my puppy is shy and timid, wouldn't harm a fly. We have never had a single dog fight before Opie came around among any of my dogs, and none of them are spayed/neutered (Opie is, however, neutered). These fights come out of nowhere. I have tried to figure out triggers, but I can't seen to identify any. There's never food or a toy or even a person around, so it can't be about jealousy or food/possessions.rnrnIs there anything I can do about Opie's aggression toward the other dogs? I really love him and I hate the idea of having to rehome him. It will be his 3rd home in less than 6 months. Plus he has become "my" dog, he loves me so much.

Jade asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Puppy Management

He always thinks we are playing with him and I have tried telling him no or eh eh. He's not quite understanding that he can't do what he is doing. We have a shock collar for him and a squirt bottle but we can't constantly carry that around but those are what he listens to.

Micki asks...

This question is about: Other

Hello. My dog has a behavior that I am simply curious about. Her name is Lucy and she is a (very sweet) 4 year old black lab. Lucy has a habit of bringing a Christmas decoration into our bed every night. This started last year. We have a stuffed Christmas moose that sits in an old trunk as a decoration. Every, single, night Lucy would bring this moose into our bed and leave. She didn't bother it during the day or even when we left for the day. We didn't quite understand why, but it definitely gave us a chuckle every morning. Fast-forward to this past weekend. We pulled out the decorations and I was so curious what Lucy's response to the moose would be. But, she didn't even acknowledge it. She didn't sniff it, didn't look at it.. nothing. We just figured she lost her interest. That is until we woke up the next morning with the moose in our bed! It happened the following day as well, which was this morning/ last night. I know you can't read Lucy's mind... but is there any reasoning behind what she is doing? I have it in my head that its here little gift to us. :) Thanks for taking the time to read. Sorry if this is not the appropriate place for a question like this.

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