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Jo asks...This question is about:
We just moved into a condo. How can I get my dog to occasionally use the terrace for bathroom breaks?
Marlene asks...This question is about:
I've had Snowball since she was two months old, now she's 6 and she's a sweet dog and obedient when she wants to be. I moved in with my boyfriend around 7 months ago. She's always been around people and other pets I've had (I also own a cat and they love each other) and we've never had her biting anyone but she does snap and bark at my boyfriend a lot. He treats her good but she still snaps at him when he tries to get her off our bed or off furniture. It's gotten to the point where she snaps at me too when I'm trying to move her off the furniture too. I needrnhelp and advice on how to get her to stop. She's rna hyper dog and does jump up, especially if we're sitting down, she'll jump into our laps. I haven't had issues like this before. I don't know if it's because of my boyfriend's presence or rnstubbornness. I come from a single mother home. Male presence wasn't common. I love my rndog. She's a member of my family. I've had a rnrough life with Snowball. She's been through a lot with me. I want to do whatever it takes to make sure she's where she needs to be so that both her and my boyfriend are at peace with each other. What can I do for her to not snap at both of us?
Beverley asks...This question is about:
I recently moved to Seattle with my roommate and his dog refuses to potty in the park, or in a patch of grass along the sidewalk. Instead, she will potty on the pavement right beside it, usually after takin a nice long walk in the park. It started yesterday when we were a little late with heading to the park. She did a little potty halfway there but we managed to move her to the grass. She pottied in the park once we got there too. today she has refused to go potty at the park and pottied many times on the pavement. We haven't been able to find any answers on why she would be doing this now or how to stop it. It's really embarrassing and we're usin so many water bottles cleansing up after her. She doesn't defecate on the pavement tho. I was wondering what I could do about it and why she would have just begun doing it?
Shelby asks...This question is about:
I recently adopted a dog from a shelter. He was picked up over a year ago as a stray. We were told he is aggressive toward men. At first we will give the man (for example my dad) a treat and Raff will be fine and eat from him and let dad pet him. Then after about a minute and all the treats are gone and without growling he'll just snap and lunge/bite etc. It's hard to tell when his boundaries are being pushed because he doesn't seem to have any warnings that he's about to bite. He seems to get along with my fiance but I'm afraid he'll come home and get bit some day. How do I train him to be less aggressive? I was told to try a muzzle and just expose him to men with treats.
Cortney asks...This question is about:
My boyfriend and I just adopted Buffy. She is extremely sweet and a well behaved dog. The shelter told us she gets along with other dogs and is very friendly. Buffy and I go out to her "spot" to go potty during the day instead of crossing the parking lot (which is easier) we have to go all the way around because she's scared to do it. Everytime I try she pulls the leash the opposite way and sometimes just sits down to avoid crossing. At night when I take her to potty and she sees someone in the dark she gets in an aggressive position and will growl at them only at night though. I've taken her to our local dog park and shes only socialized with one older dog with me and did just fine. But this recent time I took her an overly excited puppy came running at her while I had her on the leash she was sitting down and stayed that way.the puppy nipped at her face I could tell she was getting aggravated I tried to make the puppy go away it came back and nipped Buffy on her ear and Buffy bit the puppy. It was a quick bite the puppy yelped and ran away. The owner said everything was OK the puppy was not hurt and I removed Buffy from the park and walked her somewhere else. I'm worried that Buffy is fear aggressive. She doesn't go out looking to attack she's very sweet and is in a new environment. I would just love to know any information to slowly socialize her in a safe manner so that she can warm up and become more confident.