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Roni asks...

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

We recently adopted Dexter and his pal Charlotte. We have had them for a little 2 weeks. We also run a home for elderly/disabled adults and both dogs have adapted quite well...however, my question is, Dexter will huff and then begin barking short barks at my 2 of my clients...if I am not in the area or he can't see me, Dexter will go and stand outside their room and do the same, huff then short barks I can tell him leave it or quiet but he continues until I physically distract him by touching his rear end or stand in front of him. . He doesn't appear to do this in an aggressive manner but it's unsettling all the same; There are other times Dexter completely ignores the clients. Why does he do this?

Stephen asks...

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

My dog will randomly destroy things in the house. I have had her a year and a half and this has never happened before. In the last month she has destroyed her bed that she has had over a year, the couch, and then I put her in a closed off room and she tore the carpet up and scratched at the door until her paws bled. She won't touch her chew toys just the door. She freaks out when I leave. She has done all of this behavior when I leave for the day. I really don't know what to do and after I saw her bleeding from scratching at the door I am seriously wondering if I have to give her away. I want what is best for her.

Julie asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Digging Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Recall or not coming when called

My dog keeps attacking me on walks it's getting worse and I have taken him to two different trainers and they say it is all about prevention. but while he is doing it (he is bigger than me) it is so out of control I can't get him to stop and he jumps and pushes me and bites my arm and doesn't let go and growls and freaks out and just absolutely doesn't stop and I can't get him to the truck it is so awful I want to rehome him (but I don;t because he is perfect everywhere else but walks). He is 11 months old and has been doing this since 4 months old (now 100 lbs) and he also does not come back when called and he does perfectly well in the house, but outside goes crazy. How am I supposed to exercise him if he can't go outside? Are we just wrong for each other? I don't have a fenced yard and I run and hike a lot so thought it would be great to take a dog with me on runs and hikes.

Lauren asks...

This question is about: Toileting

Clark has begun eliminating (#1 and #2) on the floors in the house, starting a year or two ago. It seems confined to two areas: the dining room, and the upstairs hallway. He only does it when we leave. We come home from work and find puddles, sometimes two a day, and piles of poop. He never used to do it. The first time it happened, we cleaned the area thoroughly with enzyme cleaners, so it wouldn't become a habit. It has anyway. Now it's a daily occurrence. I'm fed up because after a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is pick up dog poop. If I try to barricade the dining room, he just doesn't it upstairs instead. I'm afraid to block both areas, lest he start doing it on the carpet too. I've suggested crating him when we're not home, but he's old, and my husband is afraid to come home and find him dead in a cage. I can't punish him because I never discover it until long after the fact, and he won't make the connection. Nowadays, it's not just after a work shift, but even when I run to the store, do yard work, any time I leave the house for 10 minutes or more. He in not incontinent and has no infections. I'm beginning to think it's spite. Please, what can I do to make him stop?

Shyla 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

I have 3 dogs, 2 Dachshund/Yorkies: Rinn 2 and Theo 3 and 1 German shepard: Lincoln 7mon. When we first got Rinn and Theo they were fine together, they lived in almost perfect harmony. Rinn would attack Theo whenever she was guarding something, mostly my wife. It would be a bite and then Theo would run away and the attack would be over. My wife got more stern with her about it and it almost stopped. A few months ago we got a German Shepard and he and Theo are best friends, they sleep together, and they play all day together, they are never aggressive towards each other. Lately Rinn has been attacking them, it's not triggered by anything we can see. She will be just sitting there (no where in particular) and if one of them walks by she will attack them. If she is cleaning herself and she bites herself too hard she will run over to where ever they are and attack them. If she hurts herself like falling off the couch or bed, she seeks them out to attack them, it doesn't matter which one she finds first she just attacks whichever one she can get to. It's not a small bites she backs them into a wall and attacks them until we stop it. It's gotten to the point where if she yelps for some reason the two boys hide their faces or jump on us to get away. If we are on the couch and she stands up and looks at them they hide their faces. Even when they hide and submit she still attacks unless we intervene. She's a loving dog otherwise, she takes care of them and cleans their ears and eyes all the time she will sleep in the beds with them, she never fights over food, it seems like she just snaps.rnrnTheo and Lincoln are so loving, goofy and playful. They just love being loved and playing together, but they are scared of Rinn. It makes me so sad, cause I would never get rid of my dogs, but the boys live in fear of her.

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