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Joan asks...

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

When people come into my home Murphy snaps at their legs and actually nipped 2 people.

Lacey asks...

This question is about: Separation Anxiety

I have a GSD who has extreme issues being separated/is very nervous by nature. He is crate trained and has no issues going into his crate, however, when we leave, he has ripped the sides in (collapsible crate) to escape. We fixed this issue by wrapping all joints of the crate in thick wire to keep it in tact. Once we did this, he physically ripped the door in and escaped the crate again. We now have 3 padlocks on the door in various places in order to keep the door from going in enough to get out. Since doing that, he has started physically breaking the individual wires of the crate off, to the point that I can easily reach my arm in. He has broken his claws doing this, and has just about destroyed the crate. We thought that perhaps the crate was causing extra stress since we have another dog who doesn't need to be crated as he behaves when left out. We recently started trying to keep him out of his crate while we are gone. Anything more than a couple of minutes out of his sight and he completely DESTROYS our home. We have closed all doors and left trash outside. I recently came home to all of the dishes removed from the sink and chewed up, items (fish food, chicken food, etc) taken off of book shelves 3' tall were chewed up, he pooped and peed twice in the dining room (has no issue with eliminating in the house or chewing when we are home) and taken bottles of crystal light and chewed them all up on the couch, thus staining it. So the next day we took everything off of the counter and put dishes away, and moved items up to higher shelves. When I came home, he had reached up to those higher shelves and removed items and chewed them up, again, pooped and peed in the house, and found some items from the TV stand and chewed those up all in just over 2 hours. During all of these times he's had a Kong toy stuffed with treats, hooves, nylabones, regular hard bones, and other toys to play with. He basically only has access to the living room and kitchen but he completely destroys anything in sight. He WILL not chew on his toys while we are gone. They're always untouched and in the same place I left them, however, as soon as we come home, he lays on his blanket and chews his bones all evening until bed time. I am at a loss as to how to fix this as I don't think that keeping him crated is working since he's always injuring himself. We have also tried putting him in our back yard (fenced in). He has ripped out our sprinkler system and chewed the cable off of the house. We since added in a chainlink run to make the space a bit smaller and reduce the amount of damage he can do. He took to digging under the fence, ripping at the chainlink and started eating his own poop in there. He has also taken the boards to our wooden privacy fence and broken them off in an effort to get out. My husband and I are so frustrated just because we aren't sure what else to do to rectify the behavior and I am not sure how much more we can afford. When he was neutered, he chewed off his cone while we were gone and ripped his staples out. He wouldn't leave the sutures alone and kept chewing up cones until we ended up having to get a huge oversized cone and put a spandex body suit on him (by this point he'd licked at his incision to the point of being extremely raw and infected...3 vet visits/$1200 later).

Nicole asks...

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

Hello how are you doing today? This is Nicole Picarda, i will like to know if you are available for puppy training classes and do you accept credit card for payment ??rnrnRegards rnrnNicole Picarda

Sophia asks...

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

Looking for some advice on hysterical barking with the ball comes out. This is not my dog but a dog sit.rnrnThank you!

Allison 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

Hi, rnWe need help.... My boyfriend and I are attempting to combine our families ( our animal children) but my boyfriends Bull Masitive does not like other dogs and we are having touble getting him to get along with my two dogs. Mine are still puppies at just about 1 yrs old. My dogs are very friendly and get along well with other dogs. We attempted once to have them meet but Angus tryed to attack my dogs.rn Any suggestions on how to get them to get along?rnThanksrnAllison

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