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James asks...This question is about:
My dog snickers is 9 months old he loves to eat anything he can an won't give it up even when told to leave it or stop in nicer firm voice or more in a mean deeper voice or even yelling an I can't pick him up because he will run away an keeping running when trying to pick him up to put him in the crate or to be held how can I get him to stop an let me pick him up
Annushka asks...This question is about:
I am in Germany at the moment and would be grateful for a response on email.rnrnWe have a four-year-old 25-pound rescue mutt who was born a stray and picked up at four months old. He was in a shelter and then with a foster for nine months each, and then we adopted him two years ago. rnrnAt the beginning, he was very fearful, barked and growled a lot, and feinted at people's ankles. We did a lot of research, followed all the experts' tips for socializing and training, and were happy to see him transformed in just a few months into a very well-behaved dog who can be confidently taken not only on the sidewalk but into a crowded bus, a party, etc. He'll even approach well-meaning strangers who try to interact with him, and he doesn't blink an eye at screaming kids, a sudden jogger appearing around the corner, large men, loud voices, or other triggers that used to frighten him in the first few weeks. He is still acceptably shy with most strangers but has really transformed socially, and he's extremely intelligent and picks up a lot of commands and vocabulary. We continue rewarding positive behaviour. rnrnRecently, however, he had two episodes of regressing to the original aggressive behaviour: he suddenly ran snarling at a person, once in a home, once in the dog park. While I am quite sure he was bluffing--and he has never actually snapped at or bitten anyone--both times the person was understandably frightened and very angry, and we were shocked, embarrassed, and worried. Nothing has changed in our home or family, and we can't see any pattern--99% of the time, he's wonderful! But twice now he has really flung himself on a random person who didn't interact with us in any way or exhibit any threatening behaviour. What do we do?! What does it mean?!
Margaret asks...This question is about:
ANNIE WAS ADOPTED A YR AGO FROM ALABAMA.rnSHE IS AFRAID OF CARS, TRUCKS, BUSES AND VERY WARY OF PEOPLE. SHE WILL NOT GET INTO A CAR. HOW CAN I HELP HER OVERCOME HER FEARS.
Lexi asks...This question is about:
My Maltipoo is not a consistent barker, but he barks at EVERYTHING. rnrnWe have two larger dogs and when we play fetch with them he likes to chase them and bark and bite at their heels. They're great with him and do not react to his aggressive behavior, but I'm afraid this will cause him to be an issue with stranger's dogs. We pause play when he acts like this, but I don't think it does anything because his focus is the chase the big dogs, not to get the ball. rnrnHe'll also barks at random noises in the house and he'll bark if he can't join the big dogs outside. He also goes off like an alarm if he hears any other dogs barking. rnrnI work from home and am with him constantly. He gets lots of play time and exercise throughout the day. I have errored in the sense that I "Shhh" him when he starts to go off. He stops once I "shhh" him so he understands that I wish him to be quiet. But how do I stop him from panicking and barking in the first place? Long-drawn out noises (even if scary) are not his issue since we did do noise de-sensitizing with things like the vacuum and hair dryer. Its when a car pulls into the driveway, or the front door opens, or the pipes make a weird sound, or the outside dog is chasing a bird, or he hears voices outside. rnrnWe live in a high traffic house so I'd like him not to bark at every little thing.
Maria asks...This question is about:
My dog won't go potty anywhere except on his training pads inside the house. I've tried moving the training pads outside but he just sniffs it and keeps it moving. He literally holds in his potty needs during every walk and won't go until he's back inside the house. I even tried making his walks longer so he'll have no choice but to go but it hasn't really been working. I also heard to keep the dog on a leash once back home and if they try to go to their favorite potty spot to take them back outside so they can do their business there. It doesn't work either he just sniffs around and does nothing until we're back inside. I even bought a pheromone spray to encourage him to go potty outside but nothing. Please help!