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Lauren asks...

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

My dog, Bear has always loved to be outside. My boyfriend and I recently moved from a 1 bedroom to a 2 bedroom apartment and suddenly Bear is scared if everything. It is a struggle to get him to go outside. The apartment complex is nice, and very quiet. He doesn't even like to go to the dog park anymore. We put him in a crate when we both leave. I turn off the light, put a bone in his crate and turn on the TV. The past few days I've come home to him barking. My neighbors say he barks for hours. What has changed in my dog, and how do I fix it?

Alexis asks...

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i am a vet tech. my husband and i have 6, 6 week old chihuahua puppies that were orphaned at the age of 3 weeks by way of the mother dying and me and my husband bottle feeding and getting healthy after they were all close to death with a zillion fleas.....as of now they are super healthy and happy. my question now is in regards to their proper upbringing mentally. i will not seperate them at this point but at what point is ok considering they have only had eachother and myself and and my husband? what can i do to make them into confident and secure dogs i have read its not a good idea to keep littermates but we are really wanting to keep 2 and if we could all of them as we have grown so attached. ive read these next few weeks are imprinting weeks for what they will grow to be like and i cannot find anything except to keep them with their mother and littermates until atleast 8 weeks or more BUT what if the mother is gone? What can my husband and i do at this point to help? they are ofcourse indoors and let in and out of their play pin with a secure spot (bed) in the back with a heating pad under it they go to on their own. they are now peeing on pee pee pads and dont go near their bed. their physical health is great. im more worried about behavior and how to help these guys. i have application and contracts put in place once we start looking for homes to guarantee the best i can the best forever homes, but coming this far with their health im not going to allow them to be mentally unhealthy if possible.. any advice would be great thank you so much! Alexis

Jenna asks...

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

My dog came from a rescue at 5 months, and he was already nervous around large men and some women. I brought him to dog parks and took him on walks to try to socialize him, though recently his aggression has gotten a lot worse. He barks, snarls, and bristles at people going past during walks (he seems to act better with a mesh muzzle on but he still shows aggression) . He has also started snarling and bristling at people he used to be fine with in the family. Im incredibly worried as I don't want to lose him and we have a new baby in the house. My dog is incredibly gentle and respectful to the baby but I am still afraid.

Karen asks...

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

I adopted Bonnie 2 weeks ago. On a pre-adoption trial day at home we went out for a walk, and she behaved perfectly with other dogs. At the dogs home she socialised well with other dogs (both those from her section, who she knows, and those from other sections, who she doesnt know) so she is not aggressive by nature. Now when we go out (park, beach, street) when other dogs approach, she lunges, snarls, barks...total opposite of what I have previously seen of her. She's fine with people, affectionate, playful, but now not good with dogs. I realise a change of environment can affect behaviour, but how do I stop this now unpleasant behaviour when we go out? I have another dog, an 8 year old female Maltese Bichon, and the two dogs are fine together, sleep in the same bed, no conflict at all. She had lived with a previous owner until she was 1, then 6 months in the dogs home. He had at least housetrained her and taught her to sit. I know nothing more about her previous life.rnThanks in advance

Julie asks...

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

She is anxious in the car also. What can I do?

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