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Jullaney asks...This question is about:
My dog has just bite a 2 year old in the face, I feel he was just scared and trying to protect himself but other people think different. He also has a habit of not getting along with other dogs which is really hard because we have 3 dogs and I'm all about taking the dogs out for fun. Please Help me I do not want to put my dog down. I have had him sense he first came into this world and he is my everything. He is a very bright dog great with hand signals and basic commands althetic and loyal. He is my dream dog and I am his world as well. Please any advice or if we can set up classes anything please help.
Magda asks...This question is about:
Hello! I adopted Buddy 5 weeks ago from a rescue group. He has been sweet so far but recently has started doing something that worries me. Sometimes when we go on a walk, he gets very excited (with no specific stimulus as far as I can tell) and he starts wriggling his whole body and pulling on the leash, trying to get out of his collar. He now accompanies this with barking. I always carry treats and try to have him sit down and stay, so he can get calm. He does it for a minute and then he starts again. At the end he is sometimes usually successful getting out of his collar and when I try to put it back on, he keeps wriggling his body and mouths my hands. He sometimes really holds tight on my hand with his teeth, even though he hasn't broken any skin yet. I told him to Stop it! but he is out of control. I try to turn my back to him and he just keeps barking. What do I do to have him calm down and prevent him escalating and biting me? I think he gets plenty of exercise - we go on two long walks every day, and two short ones, and he is always tired when we get home. Thank you.
Colleen asks...This question is about:
Our dog loves to go after cars, will pull uncontrollably. Barks at everything and jumps on anyone coming in the door.
Sarah asks...This question is about:
Hey! We recently rescued a 9 month old mini Aussie mix from the shelter in Rockingham County. He came in as a stray on 7/06 with a hurt leg, and to prevent him from being put down we adopted him on 7/11. We were hoping for just a sprain, but unfortunately this sweet baby had a broken leg and dislocated hip. He was able to have surgery this past Thursday, and came home Friday. He had his femur repaired with 11 screws, and his hip joint removed. The vet said this poor pup had probably been hurt for a minimum of 4 weeks :(. We've had him for 8 days now and overall he is a sweet dog who likes to cuddle, and reaches for your hand if you stop petting him. We currently have an 8 month old and 8 year old female Aussies as well. The 8 year old is spayed, but the 8 month old is not (the new dog has not been neutered yet either.) Before surgery we crated the new dog at night, and when we would leave the house. He seems to be happy there, and crate trained from day one. The problem we're having is he seems to be possessive over this crate at times. It originally belonged to the 8 month old, so of course she tries to enter from time to time. If the new dog sees her he sometimes gets upset, so we've tried to watch that. He even bit my husband last Sunday after our female went in the crate and we did our best to break up any potential altercation. Looking back it's obvious we handled it wrong, but when your baby is in danger it's hard not to react quickly and without thinking! I was just looking for some advice on how to help everyone get along, and stop the growling and aggression towards the crate and sometimes the other dog. We haven't had any problems when they were all out together, it really seems to be the crate causing issues. He is currently in the crate for 6-8 weeks, and only allowed out to go to the bathroom. He's in a room downstairs to himself, but we walk by frequently to check on him. Sometimes he's ok with that, but sometimes he growls if we get too close or try to open the door to feed him or give him water. I've never had a problem hand feeding him though, so that's what has me puzzled. I feel like it's probably a combination of being hurt, pain medicine, and new surroundings, but I worry we're enabling him somehow with this crate. When he growls we try to stand our ground and let him know we're only trying to help, but reaching in after he's already bit is not something we're comfortable doing now. We do try and get him calm before we walk away, so that he doesn't feel like he wins so to speak. I wish we could bring him to you, but since he's hurt we feel stuck and want to do whatever we can to help him transition and nip this aggression in the bud. Sorry for this long list of information, I just want to do whatever I can to bring back the peace and help this sweet boy heal inside and out!
Aprill asks...This question is about:
I've done everything I can do including scooping up the poop and putting it outside and give him treats as I show him where good boys go. He has 24/7 access to the doggie door and we have grown dogs he sees go potty outside. I've reached my limit now I shove his face in it screaming NO and slapping his bottom. This is not the kind of dog owner I am I'm gentle and my other dogs never had this trouble I just don't know what to do I am going to get rid of the dog if I cannot help this but I worry that the next home might treat him worse if he goes in their house I worry he may be abused in another home and although I get rough I've never hurt him but this has got to stop or I will have no choice but to put him in a shelter