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Hellena asks...

This question is about: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household Other

I have a female 60lb 6 month old bloodhound pit bull mix (yeah I know, crazy combo) named Dixie.rnShe has taken to potty training and almost never has accidents inside the house anymore, and also has learned basic obedience tricks (sit, stay, lie down). I trained her myself, and I am no where near a professional, but paid puppy training classes aren't an option for me, so I need some advise on breaking a couple of her couple bad habits.rnrn1) Steals food of counters, table, plates, anything she can get her paws on. We're not able to leave ANYTHING out, otherwise its gone. I've tried spraying her with a water bottle and saying "NO!" when she does it, but she's stubborn. rnrn2) Raids trashcans. She'll knock over the kitchen trash can and scarf up what ever she can, especially when we're not home. Or even worse, she gets into the bathroom trashcan and eats dirty toilet paper, pads, tampons, etc. (eww) and we're very worried about it health wise. We now put the kitchen trash can in the kitchen sink (out of reach) and keep the bathroom doors closed, but we'd like to solve this problem.rnrn3) Runs out the door and won't come back when called. My little brother is confined to an electric wheel chair, so when we keep the front door open so he can get out and down the ramp, she bolts out and won't come when called. So far she's only going a couple houses down so we can get her, but she's fast and its very dangerous.rnrn4) Paying attention in public. She sits and stay when I tell her to at home, but anywhere else all of her obedience goes right out the door with her. She also pulls on the leash, but we're working on that.rnrn5) We have an older Pomeranian, and he's a grouch. Dixie, being the playful puppy she is, constantly torments him and forces herself on him. He's a lot smaller than her, but he definitely doesn't put up with it. He's bit her more than once. But most of the time, he just hides under the kitchen table to get away from her. He's always been a solitary dog, but its sad.rnrn6) Jumps up on people at the door. She's a big dog, that's only getting bigger, and this is a problem. We try to turn our backs to her when she does so, but then she just does it again the next time.rnrn7) Hates water, so I practically have to hold her down during baths. rnrnIf you can give me any tips at all, it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Nancy asks...

This question is about: Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks

she jumps on us when we get home from work i tell her down she seems to ignore it and she will be calm and come up to me at nip at me for no resaon she dose not do this with my husband. she is not spayed could this be the problem

Anita 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 Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Separation Anxiety

My husband and I are volunteering with a Shamrock Foundation dog whose owner died, and who also mistreated him badly.rnrnHe has random signs of aggression.rnrnWe are hesitant to bring him home with our other animals. He does love us and trust us - and we love him.rnrnWhat can we do for this dog to either help him get adopted or adopt him into our family of 6 pets?

Valerie asks...

This question is about: Toileting

Can a dog be too dumb to know when to urinate? Or, are we not patient and have different expectations? Former dog owners, we adopted Pepper this weekend from a shelter where she was for the last two months +. We will walk her outside several times a day and for 20 to 40 minutes without her going to pee or even act like she will. We are doing what we know and gently saying the word 'peepee' and "outside" then going out. We live in a condo with little yard but it is fenced in. She is active but we cannot determine a 'going' time even with pooping after eating. Have put up pee pads with her urine on in a couple rooms but that isn't working yet either. What can we do to have hope that this will work out?

Noah asks...

This question is about: Other

My dog seems to be too submissive to dogs at the dog park. When he plays with my other American Bulldog he stands up for himself. But when I take him to the dog park he runs instead of standing his ground. When hes running hes playing but it seems to be taken a dangerous turn. When he runs either the other dog/dogs knock him over or he throws himself down. He has done one of these two ways on a concrete edge the other day. Im afraid of him breaking a rib/ribs. I also know that this breed has a problem with their hips and with him throwing himself down on his hips so much I afraid hes going to seriously injury himself. He is 67lbs right now but it doesnt matter if its a chihuahua he ends up on his back. What do I do? I want him to play but not at the exspense of his own health.

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