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Brianna asks...

This question is about: Puppy Management Toileting

My dog loves water. We are in the potty training phase and on days that there is no rain or snow he is perfect does all his business outside, but on days that it snows or rains he will not do his business outside because all he is doing is eating snow or licking the rain. is there somthing I can do to stop that

Lynn 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, my boyfriend and I have had our Cairn Terrier since he was 9 weeks old. He's always been kind of a stubborn little guy, but people told us that that was the nature of the dog. "Terroriers" everybody was calling them. I have owned dogs in the past so I have some experience training them and raising them. I stayed pretty firm with this boy knowing he could take advantage real quick if he had the chance. Well, I think he has become the boss right under our noses. He has just one major problem. When he falls asleep, no matter where he is, if you try to pet him, or pick him up, or do virtually anything to him, he will growl and show teeth. Then, if you don't back off he will lunge at you like he is going to bite. Now, he has never bitten us. We have even challenged him which I'm sure is wrong, but he tests our patience. He can be so loving most of the time, but then he shows his dominant side and it is a bit unnerving. Please tell us what we can do. We love him so very much. We just want to do right by him. He's our boy. He's our life. Please!!!!!! Thank you for your time.

Stephen asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Digging Separation Anxiety

My dog is literally perfect and we have a fantastic relationship. He's great in almost every way, except that whenever I am intimate with someone he loses his mind, paws at the door to get in, barks, scratches, even ripped up the carpet in my last apartment. My ex and I would just put him outside the door and close it and ignore him, but being newly single this won't fly when someone else comes over. What can I do to get him to stop freaking out even though he's outside the room?

Christine asks...

This question is about: Puppy Management Separation Anxiety Toileting

Is it ok to leave my puppy in her crate all day? I have an hour commute to my job 2 days a week (at home the rest of week). While I'm home, I'm practicing crate training and potty training. She likes to chew on everything and I have to constantly watch her and replace toys for woodwork, furniture, etc. so I don't want to leave her in a bathroom or "fenced" area for fear she will destroy everything. I also have a 2 year old Lab/Sharpei mix who is very good. He is able to be left alone with free reign of the house all day. Do you think crating her for 2 days will be ok? She would be confined for about 9 hours. If so, should I put food/water in the crate with her? Thanks for your help!

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 Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise

So Rocket is all of the above and a very hyper dog. He's very well behaved(mostly), has a love for learning, and the biggest love for his people, and that includes my boyfriend and I, and people who he knows well.rnrnThe problem is the people he doesn't know, however. If he sees anyone, almost no matter how far away, he barks. Incessantly. There is no noise that will distract him, and he knows it's bad behavior, because he will not come to anyone. He'll run towards the person and bark obsessively. Not stopping. He's never bitten anyone, but are scared that if he gets riled up enough, he might. And we would hate for that to happen.rnrnWe seem to have tried everything, from attention commands, distracting noises, trying to calmly meet the person, and even punishing him, but nothing has worked.rnrnThank you for your time.

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