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Leandra asks...

I have had my sweet girl for quite a few months now. She is a joyful, sweet tempered girl. She is coming along in her training, sit, stay, come, etc. Potty training in progress with quite a bit of success. rnI am thinking about training her to be an ESA dog. For me, but perhaps for the benefits of others as well. rnAt this point, she has been exposed to travel and being near people. She adores children of all ages.....(my niece who is almost four adores her.....we are working on trying to teach her to use a toy when playing with her since Honey still does play nips. Doesn't bite down at all, and it's a habit we are trying to gently break) rnMy question is where would be a good direction to start with official ESA training. I would appreciate any advice that you have to offer!

Emily asks...

This question is about: Toileting

A little background: I'm a veterinary technician (have been since 2003), I've had Capcom since she was 12 weeks old, she is a purebred English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, spayed (at 6 months old), well behaved, crate trained, bell-trained to go outside. About 6 months ago she urinated in front of me on the couch, I took her into work the next day and she had a UTI, we treated it with antibiotics & everything resolved. About 2 weeks ago she urinated on the floor (not in front of me) in the kitchen, I took her to work & she was diagnosed again with a UTI. We did 10 days of Amoxicillin BID and then rechecked her urine (cysto) on the 11th day, which still had some debris but no WBC's or bacteria seen. Due to the amount of debris we sent the urine off to the lab for a culture & sensitivity & continued her on Amoxicillin for 4 more days (until the C&S results came back). The C&S results came back negative, nothing grew on the urine. So I took her off of the Amoxicillin, her last dose was Monday, 1/23/2017. I brought her into work again on Wednesday, 1/25/2017 to recheck her urine just because there was some debris in her urine that was collected for the C&S on 1/19/2017, the in-house urinalysis showed that she was clear, no WBC's, RBC's, bacteria, crystals or amorphous debris. Today, 1/26/2017, in the evening she urinated in front of me again. I plan on bringing her back to work tomorrow to do a repeat urinalysis but I suspect that it will be negative since we ran one yesterday that was negative. If it does end up negative I am to believe that it is a behavior issue. I don't know if it's a behavior issue from an original medical condition or just something learned. She has a bell and rings it regularly to go outside to go to the bathroom or just sniff around. She never eliminates in her crate when she's crated & when we leave her out to have free-roam of the house she never goes to the bathroom in the house. We are at our wits end since this is a rental. Some insight from a professional trainer would be great.

Jennifer asks...

This question is about: Other

Hi!rnI've had my dog now for about 2 1/2 years. When I got him, he was not allowed on the bed. My boyfriend at that time and I had split up. During the stress of moving and myself getting a new roommate (a lot of life changes), somehow the dog was suddenly sleeping in my bed with me all the time (completely my fault, I understand).rnOver the last couple of years, I was able to re-train him out of my bed.rnI'm married now, and my husband bought him an awesome and very comfortable bed, I kept it close to mine, and was able to get him to sleep through the night separate from me. The routine became that he would only hop in bed for morning snuggles, around 7:00.rnWe have moved again, and have been living in the new area now for about 3 months. I thought my dog would settle down/settle in by now, however he wakes up about 3-4 times a night whining for us. He gets adequate exercise, and we have days that we go on day long hikes that leave him absolutely exhausted but he will still wake up a few times to whine at us. My husband will actually tuck him in because he has very short hair and he apparently needs to sleep under blankets any chance he can, however its shifting from re-covering him up to the dog BEGGING to get in our bed at all hours of the night. Which usually by 4am we've been woken up so many times we give up. Now I have a dog trying to take over the bed and I'm sleeping with his foot in my back.rnScolding him to go to his bed is not working. We give him positive reinforcement when he IS in his bed. But most nights we are both up and yelling at him to go to HIS BED, which he does reluctantly but it takes a few minutes (usually i'm considering picking him up and putting him there because he's staring at us like we're crazy).rnrnSO! What would you suggest would be the best plan? Honestly I rnthink I'm okay with removing him from the bedroom at this point. rnThis is getting out of control and I need a plan to get my husband on board with also. My dog was a rescue and I don't want to give him the feeling of abandonment again. I have considered getting a bed with a "tent" over it for the sake of him needing a blanket over him constantly.. he also LOVES to snuggle and I know part of this is just him wanting to be near us. I really don't want to punish him or yell at him about his bed and his space. I just don't know how to reward him for waking us up all night.rnPlease help!rnrnJenn

Allie asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Other

We just adopted our dog and are trying to help him adapt to our home. Although he has been very well behaved in general, he is very needy for attention and acts out when he doesn't get it--barking, jumping, nipping, pawing, etc. I have read that the best thing is to ignore this behavior, and reward him with attention when he is calm. However, I notice that once he is calm and I try to get up to reward him (with either attention or a treat), he gets excited again. How can I reward him without getting him worked up? Should I wait a certain amount of time before rewarding him after he has calmed down? (We were told he was kept in a crate most of the day in his previous home and may have been a little attention deprived)

Ann asks...

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

Ziggy is our 4th golden retriever. We have never had this issue before. There are 3 people in the house, my husband, my 15-year-old son and me. Ziggy bites me and sometimes my son...never my husband. He will be sitting next to me while I pet him with no problem. Then, when I move away, he will start biting my hands, arms, legs, anywhere. He isn't biting to break skin, but it still hurts. I have tried holding his mouth closed and telling him no sternly. I have tried timeouts with him! Getting frustrated. Obviously, he sees my husband as the alpha. Can't figure out a way to get him to stop. We waited to get him neutered until after 1 year due to the new research on goldens and cancer. He will be getting neutered in the next month or so. Not sure if that will help.

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