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Randi 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 Other

So My heeler pup, is pretty well behaved off and on the leash. However being on a ranch like we are, she has to deal with 3 other working dogs in the house and around the place. Along with my Dad who comes off as a gruff guy. rnrnNow the problem we hare having is her hackling up while in the house, at mom, dad and the other dogs, while growling and backing up (most the time) Other times is a blunt challenge to the other dog who is the Queen bee of the place. But We don't get why she is doing the constant growling at everyone, Every time dad comes into the house or mom. Sometimes, just when dad moves from his chair or the other dog moves she gets to growling. rnrnIt's making life really really hard at the moment. rnrnCritter- 8/9 year old Blue heeler, top femalernBristol -7/8 year old blue heeler, female, more of a push over and a rug really.rnBig D - 2/3 year old heeler/boarder collie mix.rnrnHer and Big D play all the time out side, they get along fine. We haven't had any fights, But Chili has been scolded by the older dogs a time or to for being too pushy. But we have no idea how to stop the growling. rnrnDo you guys have any suggestions?

Claudia 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

My Harry was rescued from a puppy mill. I was told he had been caged for most of his life, he was only 2 when rescued. Never an opportunity to socialize, when I took him home he only responded to me. He would not let me pick him up, I had to be on the floor or in a chair for the first 2days. After that he would not leave my side. He was like a cat clinging to me, kneading my chest, snugging my neck, etc etc..He has aggressively attacked anyone that enters my home. rnHe is only 5.5 pounds but he could hurt seriously someone.rnI love him as does my husband, however we cannot have company without him In his crate or when I hold him. rnIn public he is totally different. Not aggressive, walks well on his leash. He’s calm with other people, dogs and even children. rnHe’s protecting me in his, my home.

Carolyn asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

Currently my boyfriend and I are living with his parents. His little sister decided to get a Pitbull mix dog a few months after we got Luna. He seems to bully Luna and she can only handle it for so long and then becomes defensive, why is he bullying her?

Kayla asks...

This question is about: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc

Hello,rnrnI am hoping to get some advice about a chewing problem with my puppy. Zara is an 8 month old pit/Shepherd/Aussie cattle dog mix. Overall, she is a very sweet and obedient dog and has successfully been through a dog manners class at the humane society. I felt like it did her wonders. However, we are unable to leave her alone in her playpen with a blanket or bed because she chews them up when we leave. Her teething stage is technically over and all her adult teeth are in. She has tons of quality chew toys we leave her with but she loves tearing apart fabric & fabric/soft toys. She rarely chews anything she is not supposed to when we are around (we’ve had a couple accidents but nothing serious - she is a puppy, after all!) but I’m not sure how to stop her when we aren’t home. I feel bad leaving her without even a blanket or bed to lie on but we’ve gone through so many. I try to buy cheap blankets when I can because they ultimately get destroyed. I was thinking it could be a sign of mild separation anxiety but she doesn't show other signs and we take her to the dog park for an hour daily for exercise. We’ve tried some pretty nasty chew deterrents that bother us humans significantly but don’t even faze her. I doubt a punishment would work considering when we get home she will already have forgotten what she has done...Do you happen to have anything I could try? Is this something she will likely grow out of?rnrnThanks for your time! 🙂

Kaitlyn asks...

This question is about: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Digging Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household Other

What's a good way to stop a dog from play biting so much? Our puppy is a rescue who loves to play bite me and my other 2 dogs. It's never aggressive it's just a puppy thing but he does not listen to clickers,training collars or water squirt bottles.

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