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Brenda asks...

This question is about: Other

My dog is suddenly afraid to go outside in the dark alone. How can I get him to go out

Lannan 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 Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Puppy Management

I got a dog about a month ago. He behaved so well when I was gone, so I gave him run of a large portion of my home when I was at work. He never really got into anything. After I had him about a week, he was neutered and now he shows occasional aggressive behavior towards me and always gets into things when I am gone. I don't think he minds being alone. I have tried several toys and stuffed them with treats for him to work at while I am gone, but he doesn't mess with them. My stuff was getting ruined and I was concerned about him eating things he shouldn't, so I put him in my guest room with toys and water and bed and kennel and he ripped up the carpet near the door. My neighbor said he didn't cry, so I think he adapted. I am trying again today and put a small shelf with a weight on it where he pulled it up hoping it will deter him. Now I am nervous it will tip and the weight will fall on him while I am gone, crap! But my concern is why won't he keep busy with things I leave for him and why is he showing some aggressive behavior? We start obedience school this weekend. Will that aid with these issues? He keeps finding something new to get into!

Sandy asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Toileting

Travis is a rescue. He was 15-months-old when I got him. I now have an 8-month-old granddaughter who spends a lot of time at my house. When she was an infant, T seemed to take her in stride, but now that she is becoming mobile (cruising) he has lunged at her on a few occasions, and last night he actually snapped right in her face and she started crying. I reflectively pushed him away (hard) with my leg and grabbed the baby. We then put him in his crate. I don't want to get rid of him, but I cannot take a chance of him biting her. He has also begun peeing on rugs in the house.

Kaela 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 a boxer mix who has had skin allergy issues since she was a puppy. This causes her to be uncomfortable a lot and she spends a lot of time isolated and laying down. rnrnI also have another dog who she has lived with since that dog was 8 weeks. We currently blended families with my partner and she has two dogs of her own. The two had previously interacted with one of her dogs (chiweenie male) before in my home with no problems. Her second dog (weimeraner male) also had no problems when meeting my girls and lived with no problems for the first month and a half.rnrnRecently Hemi and the bigger dog of hers got into an altercation during feeding time. They had all been fed at the same time in separate corners of the room with no problem. We realized that was the issue at hand though because the bigger dog had not been getting enough food so he became defensive when Hemi approached him. rnrnWe now feed the dogs in separate rooms and pick up all dog dishes, however Hemi and this dog can not seem to get along now. Even if we have them on leashes next to us, they still give each other stare downs and appear to be in defense mode. This is always corrected. rnrnRight now they are being crated when they can't be watched, let out separately or at the same time on leashes. In general we are keeping them apart right now. I would like to try and resolve this issue before having to consider rehoming.rnrnplease help!!!!!

Jeff asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Puppy Management Other

Hi, my dog has two main issues which I have been trying to fix. She will bite when startled from sleep, or when her food is out and she hasn't eaten it all. I want to get a new puppy, and its a Alaskan Klee Kai(mini husky), so that she has a friend. But I am worried she might kill it. Obviously; I plan to keep them separated during sleep and eating periods, and my current dog has never bitten while awake and concsious. do you think this is a bad idea until I have her negative behaviors completely fixed? Thank you very much for any reply i may receive. I could really use the advice.rnrnBest regards,rnrnJeff

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