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Melissa asks...

This question is about: Other

I've got a chow mix dog that I adopted as a puppy at 6 weeks old. I know a lot about dog training and behavior, but there's one thing I can't figure out. He will NOT kiss me or my husband. He loves to kiss my kids (I have four teenage boys). I assume it's because he knows I'm the pack leader, but I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something important. He used to kiss me as a puppy. He stopped doing it around the time that one of our other dogs started attacking him over food a lot. He's now scared of all dogs. He lets them bully him constantly, even our 9 lb dog and our 2 legged dog. He's 85 lbs. It's a long story as to why they fight. Anyway, do you think he stopped kissing us once we asserted ourselves as pack leaders? My husband is deployed a lot, but the still know he's a pack leader when he returns.

Karmen asks...

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

Hello! My dog paco just turned one this past month and has recently shown some sings of agression. When he lays on the couch with me and someone even walks into the room he is growling at them and if they come near he will nip at them...Also he is becoming very agressive towards my kids sometimes for no reason at all which is very concerning. I understand how some dogs get aggressive over food and toys and bones which he is also doing so my question is if i get him fixed would this help? Also what other suggestions do you have for this breed. We have another mini dachshund that is also male and not fixed and has never showed this behavior.

Scott asks...

This question is about: Puppy Management

I have a brand new Siberian husky puppy. I brought her home and she has very quickly taken to my other dog, but she will not pay attention to anyone in the house. We gave her a name and say it to her constantly, but she does not even look in our direction. If anyone tries to go by her and pet her she becomes scared and finds a place to hide. Again she is very active and playful with the other dog, but will not respond to calls from a person in the house at all. I'm on the verge of returning her to the breeder, because I want a family member, who loves, cuddles, and comforts. I fear she is not what we are looking for, but wanted to see if anyone had any quick fix sugestions to give me hope. Otherwise I will return her in the next 24 hours per my contract.

Cheri asks...

This question is about: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Digging Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead

I let him outside to play,he pulls me so hard I fall, and I have KneeReplacements,I'm disabled and I want him as a Service Dog for myself. But with as hyper as he is I'm thinking about getting rid of him. He's neutered, but that didn't work,he's a huge dog bigger than the original owner said that he was supposed to be. I'm thinking that they lied. I'm in desperate need of a Service Dog,because I have seizures,I'm not sure what next I should do. I don't have a lot of money. Can you help me? PLEASE!!!!!!!!! Thank You, Cheri Henderson

Nichole asks...

This question is about: Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

We rescued/adopted 2 female lab mixes in decmeber, they arrive to us at just 8 weeks old.rn And like most humans, we adopted 2 so they would never get lonely.rn For the most part they are pretty well trained, within the first 3 weeks of getting them there were no more messes in the house, at all. They were taught not to chew on the furniture, and they do not, and they come when called and sit. These were our main training goals, we are all for lay rolling over and tricks.rn They are a little over 9 months old now, and about a month ago they got into a fight with each other, and one was brought to the vet for a minor wound.rn Never heard of littermate syndrome until I started researched female sister fights on the interent, that same night.rn Nevertheless, all my hours of research that night was not the most pleasant. I was angry, sad, and felt so stupid that with all the research we did before getting them, we did not know about this.rn I started immediatly following training tecniques that I had found, and started crating seperately, feeding seperately, bring them places seperately, walking seperately, individualized attention sessions, having them go outside in their yard at individual times, and also, showing the dominant one that she is dominant, by, giving her a treat first, feeding her first, petting her first, letting her out first, doing everythign that i have read.rn One sister is definately more confident than the other, and the submissive one, only always aims to please me and her family. I have made myself known as the pack leader/boss. There have no signs of aggression towards strangers or our family, which consists of my husband, myself, and our two children 11 and 8.rn I have always noticed that the dominant one will try and take a toy away from her sister, and the dominant one will start the rough playing.rn They are crated during the day seperatly while we are work and school, and they sleep with my husband and i, in our bedroom. We did not crate them at night due to the fact they were crated during the day, I believed that is too much crate time, and we do not have animals to crate them.rn Like I said I have just started everything recommended training wise for sister littermates at 9 months old.rn Do you think its too late for them or are they young enough to reverse the damage we have already done?

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