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Jana asks...This question is about:
We rescued Gershwin about 4.5 months ago from the animal shelter. Since that time he has become very attached to me, despite my husband's and son's attempts to get close to him. About 3 weeks ago my husband and I went on a 5 day vacation and left Gershwin home with my adult son. Since our return Gershwin will not go outside in the backyard anymore to pee or poop...even if we go with him. He will only go to the bathroom if we put his leash on and take him for a walk. It seemed obvious that he has separation anxiety in general, but it seems exponentially worse since we left him for a few days. I think he thinks we are going to leave him again and so doesn't want to go out the back door for fear that we'll leave him out there and not come back. I'm not sure how to alleviate this problem. He seems to get worse every time we leave now even just to go to work every day. Do you have any thoughts on what may be happening and how we can get our Gershwin back on the right track?
Kendra asks...This question is about:
I need some advice.rnMy dog is 1 year old as of this month and she does not get along with my parents 4 year old girl black lab (we live in the same house as my parents for the time being).rnThere's been about 4 fights between the two of them since we moved in with my parents in February of this year. Two resulted in injury, the first one my dog cut my parents dogs ear resulting in stitches, and then the second wasn't any injury to the dogs themselves but to me because I broke it up and I got cuts on my hand. rnMy dog seemed to react when the other one yelped, but the last "fight" (it wasn't an actual fight as it was stopped before my dog even got to the other, and I actually wasn't even there at the time) but apparently the other dog didn't yelp, or anything to cause my dog to "lunge" at her. rnMy dog gets along great with my friends two female dogs, and her male dog, and then my dog does perfect with my parents male dog.rnThere was an incident when my dog was 3 months old, the black lab either scratched my dog with her nails or bit her, resulting in my dog needed stitches on the bottom lid of her left eye. I don't know if my dog remembers that and that's why she fights her?rnOr if the other dog growling at mine to protect her things has caused my dog to react how she does.rnIs there any hope for my dog?
Emily asks...This question is about:
I recently broke up with my boyfriend and moved to a new apartment, taking my dog with me. She was totally housebroken, but since the move she has started peeing and pooping inside once I leave the apartment. She goes out at least 4 times daily, and on many walks just doesn't potty anymore. She waits and goes inside. I think the life transition might be a factor, but I don't know what to do to solve it.
Tori asks...This question is about:
I just adopted a 1 year old male pit terrier a little over a week ago from a shelter. He was found on the streets but he is very well behaved and doing well with no accidents and crate trained to be in the crate at night and for work days. He is just starting to recognize his name as well. We are starting his behavior training now, and he is responding when I do training work with him outside (so far working on sit and lay down, as well as trying to work on calming him down when all riled up), but not responsive even with treat rewards inside the house. Is this normal? Also when someone other then me puts him in the crate he is resistant and actually let out a low growl at my roommate (We have not heard a sound out of him up to this point) I feel like he has a little separation anxiety when I am gone. Any words of advice as to how to continue training and correcting?
Erica asks...This question is about:
Hello, rnrnWe just adopted an adult dog from the shelter. She immediately used a pee pad when we put it down and she always goes potty on the pad. We take her out 2-3 times a day (at the same times) and sometimes she is out during the day with me. Even if she pees outside, she will come right in and pee again. She rarely poops outside and when she poops on the pad she has always runs to us excited about her poop.. so we say "yay" because we are glad she does it on the pad.rnrnWe live in an apartment and could set up an outdoor area with a baby gate, but she would need to alert us that she needs to go outside. rnrnWhen we first got her we penned her during the day and at night and she would not go to the bathroom.. now that she has more access, she pees probably 4 times during the day and 4 times most nights.. rnrnWe need help figuring out how to detour her from using the pad so much without her feeling like she is doing something wrong. rnrnThank you for any help or resources specific to a 5 year old.