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Jenny asks...

This question is about: Toileting

Hello! I live in a high rise apartment, so we have been training our little guy to use a pee pad. When we aren't around, he is confined to a smaller area and goes on the pee pad like we want him to. Nonetheless, we are never there to actually reward him for it. We want to give him more and more space as time goes on so he can have full run of the apartment. Is it possible he will keep going to the pee pad as we expand his space even though we are unable to reward or give him a treat for it right as he finishes his business? When we are around in evenings and weekends he holds it or we take him outside frequently enough that he doesn't need to use the pee pad. (I don't think he wants to pee on the pee pad while we are around). Thanks.

Judy asks...

I recently adopted a 2 year old German Shepherd. My granddaughter has a dog which we watch while she works, so the dog is here a lot. Hank plays very rough. We have kept him on a long lead so we can keep it somewhat under control. What she we do to settle this down a level.

Matt asks...

This question is about: Puppy Management Toileting

Hello. I have a 7 month puppy who has been doing an absolutely amazing job with potty training. We had gotten to the point where he wasn't having any accidents at all. All of a sudden, he has been completely refusing to use the bathroom outside. At forst, we figured it was just the rain. But he held it for almost 24 hours!! After the rain had passed, he still wouldn't go outside and started having accidents in the house. I've tried taking him on long walks, letting him out in the backyard (which is where he usually goes) and nothing. I just sat out back with him for 45 minutes and he didn't do anything but stand by the door to get back inside. The moment he got inside, he peed and pooped. I'm not sure what the problem is and I'm not sure how to fix it.

Daniel asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Hyperactivity Other

Hi, I have a 5 year old cat to go along with my dog. I've had the dog about 9 months now, the cat longer. The dog has had basic training (sit, stay, lay down) but he's still a little knew to it. His previous owners were an older couple who just sort of taught him the basics. Anyways, he cannot get used to the cat. At home we have a large play pen set up for him in the living room whenever he isn't outside. So he and the cat see each other a lot. Whenever he sees the cat, he has a dead eye lock on him and refuses to listen. If the cat males any sudden moves or meows, the dog whines and barks. I try and correct this with a spray bottle (water with a hint of lime juice) but it hardly works. His barking and whining become even more amplified when my girlfriend is involved, she has known the dog longer so he is more attached to her. rnrnI know these things take time but is there anything I can do to help the dog get used to the cat? rnrnI've also had the dog out on a leash with the cat about 3 feet away. The dog just stared a hole through the cat while the cat sort of minded his own business. When the cat began to walk away the dog started to lunge towards the cat. We tried to correct it but he kept doing it.

Roxanne asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Separation Anxiety

Hi, rnrnI have miniture poodles, they know how to sit and listen but my problem is they bark alot. Especially when anyone at the door. I love with my mom for now and my bed room is my the front door. I know I made a mistake by not teaching them early and giving to much love but I would like to help them feel calmer and more relax, letting them know not everyone is bad and they are safe. My neighbors have been great about the barking I guess because we do not get alot of people coming but when do, forget it. I am trying to train them by using the pennies in the bottle while they are in the room since that is where most of the problem is. I just think some expert advise will help. Becauae I do not want to get frustrated and give up on them. It is not their fault, its mine for not teachimg them early. Can you please give some expert advise to help me continue. I know they are smart and will learn. I just want to do things the right way now.

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