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Karla asks...This question is about:
I had an incident today that has me doubting my previously well behaved and gentle dogs. A fight broke out, and I was not there to witness it. I can only speculate to what happened. Only one dog sustained serious injury (she's the more hyper and least laid back of the three) the other two are usually more well behaved and mellow. I don't know what started the fight and the injuries aren't life threatening but she neded surgical wound repair on her front legs and base of her ear. The damage they did was alarming because not only have they never shown and signs of aggression, I would have called them my most gentle dogs until today. What could be the explanation for this situation?
Karly asks...This question is about:
Why is he growling at me when I try scooting him over or grab him by the collar or try to redirect a behavior?
Daniela asks...This question is about:
Why does my dog pee in my bed? She is 6 years old which means she is an adult now but when I go out if I forget to shut my bedroom door she will pee on my bed and if i do shut the my room door she will pee on the living couches and sometimes even chew toilet paper. I don't know what to do as we love her very much but the house reeks of urine and trying to get the stench out of mattreses, sheets, couch cushions daily has become exhausting. Please help me understand how to fix this.
Robyn asks...This question is about:
I recently adopted a female yellow lab from a rescue. They had not had her for very long, so they didn't have too much information on her. She has a very calm demeanor and is very sweet with humans and kids, so I took a chance bringing her home, hoping she would get along with the cat. She has only shown aggression toward the cat since we brought her home. She doesn't seem like she wants to play with the cat, she growls and barks and snarls at her. We are taking things very slow and have mostly had them in separate rooms, slowly bringing them in the same room. My question is... is this behavior correctable? I would hate for them to not be able to be in the same room, as we live in a one bedroom apartment and I Hope that they can both have free roam of the place eventually. I have known a lot of dogs that jump at cats and even bark, but they mostly seem like they want to play or they are just very excited about the cat. Our dog looks like she wants to eat the cat!! Thank you!
Parker asks...This question is about:
I got my dog when he was 10 months old from a shelter. For about the first half year i had him he was perfectly fine meeting any new people and dogs. After I brought him home to meet my parents he loved them. But now any new stranger he meets at our house the following occurs. He approaches tail wagging and appearing to be happy or calm. The person typically pets him/talks to him/ might even bend down to him as anyone would to a friendly dog. After they pet him and he has smelled them a few seconds his hair then immediately raises on his back. His body becomes tense and still. And then he either barks, or worse lunges and snaps. I'm not sure how to train this because it seems its a delicate matter and i dont want to accidentally train him to be aggressive. I should add hes not aggressive in anyway towards me or my family. But outside of my family or people he sees regularly he acts this way. When he meets dogs the same occurs with his hair standing up and his body becoming stoic but then he always immediately takes off running and playing with the dog. He's never shown aggressive behavior towards dogs. The most effective way I have introduced him to people is I tell the stranger to completely ignore my dog. They go on about their business talking to me etc. and after a few minutes of completely ignoring him they can interact with him and he behaves normally. This is really confusing to me so any advice or insight would be much appreciated.