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Hillary asks...This question is about:
I adopted Lily just a few months ago. She is generally extremely friendly, albeit timid at times. But our neighbors across the hall, she doesn't seem to like for some reason. She raises her fur, growls, and keeps her distance whenever she sees them. I feel bad that she acts this way towards them, because they're apparently afraid of dogs. I don't know if this is important, but our neighbors are two tall black men. Maybe she had a bad experience before? This is very unlike her.
Katie asks...This question is about:
We got our dog as a young puppy a and worked incredibly hard with him. He knew several tricks and commands both vocal and hand signals, and was the best behaved dog. He was fixed and has all his shots. It didn't change his temperament. Around the time he was 9 months old, we moved in with my parents. My mom treated him like a grand baby and suddenly he no longer had to work for his treats, or anything for that matter. He refused to listen, got over excited, and started acting like the alpha of our family. By the time we moved into our own place a couple months later, it was like all of his training had been completely erased. Even potty training. We find out we were pregnant dieing this time as well. We worked really hard to try and reestablish his old training but several behaviors we have not been able to correct. He gets over excited and snippy when visitors come over. He snaps at us and growls when it comes time to kennel him for the evening or if we're leaving the house. And frequently marked his territory in our daughter's nursery with urine and feces. I am now pregnant again and I feel like he resents me completely. He growls at me often, or ignores me, and any commands or rules we've set, completely. He is very timid around our almost 1 year old daughter, and will growl at her if she gets too close. He hasn't bit her yet but we're worried he might. We love our dog and want to help him, but I'm completely out of ideas. Please help!
Reigan asks...This question is about:
I have had my dog since he was 8 weeks old. He was completely potty and crate trained within three weeks. My husband just came home after being gone for two months. My dog is used to being in his crate while I am at work. When my husband was home everyday my dog was out with him. Also my husband forgot to move my dogs crate off of a tub and put my dog in it while up there. The crate and my dog fell. Ever since then my dog will not go near or in his crate for any reason. It's a fight to get him in there. I don't want him to associate negatively with his crate because his crate has been his safe place and bed since he was 8 weeks old. Is there any way I can nip this in the butt fast? When I leave for work I put a treat or two in his cage and reward him for being in there. I put a few toys. I leave a light on and he radio. He used to be fine with that and how he goes crazy and tears up things in the crate out of frustration and tries to get out. I don't want him hurting himself or negatively associating with his crate as I said above. Can you help?
Juan asks...This question is about:
I HAVE QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO TRAINING OR HOME TRAINING. MY DOG LIKES TO JUMP ON PEOPLE THE MOMENT THEY STEP INTO MY PROPERTY I TELL HER AND YELL "NO" AND SHE STOP BUT COMES BACK AND DOES IT AGAIN. SHE LIKES TO STAND ON CARS FOR WHATEVER REASON AND DOES NOT LISTEN TO MY COMMANDS. I RECCENTLY GOT SURGERY ON MY KNEE SO I HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO WALK HER OR ANYTHING BUT MAYBE THERE IS A WAY YOU GUYS CAN HELP ME. rnrnTHANKS
Cammae asks...This question is about:
I've had Skyy since she was a pup and it's been just over 9 years. She's a very strong character and has been around other dogs her whole life. We have two other dogs as well. Emma is a black lab and German Shep. mix and is a year and a half old. Our newest addition to our home is Jameson, a 3 month old West Highland Terrier. Skyy and Emma, the lab, have never had issues with each other but today, out of no where, Skyy went after Emma and Emma fought back. IT WAS BAD! We seperated them for a while and let things calm down but once back in the house together Skyy once again attacked Emma and a big scary fight broke out. Emma is fixed but Skyy is not. I can't understand why they did this and now can not be in the same room together without a scary fight breaking out. rnrn This is so hard because we are a family and we are always together, even sleep in the same room. Now, I can't have them in the same space. I don't want to get rid of either of them and least of all Skyy. How can i make this better? They seem to just hate each other now =(. I'm so stressed. Please, any advice would be appreciated. We took them for a walk to calm their energy and they walked together ok but once off the leads it was back at it. rnrnThank you,rnrn~Cammae