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Cory asks...

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

Molly was a rescue from a farm that had about 14 dogs, living basically like a wild pack. They were fed almost nothing besides a little spent grain, loaded with ticks and mange, and judging by their demeanours and fear of people, were quite frequently abused. rnrnI got her at about 6 months old, made a room for her in my house, and spent every spare minute with her in the room to let her get used to me. Over the last year, I have mostly gained her trust, but she is still somewhat fearful of me. rnrnIn comparison to when I got her, it's night and day. She now follows me around the house, sleeps at my feet, for the most part listens, and loves belly rubs. Honestly, a year ago I never would have imagined that she would have come this far. rnrnShe is very clever, and seems to know when she can get away with breaking the rules. Negative reinforcement is extremely difficult to employ because she becomes fearful and is then won't respond to commands, toys, or treats. rnrnShe also seems to act very differently in different situations/settings. rnrnExamples: rnOn a short leash, she pulls like crazy. Always wanting to sniff around or chase whatever animal she sees. rnOn a long leash, she mostly stays close to me and almost never takes out the slack or pulls. rnrnWhen she's inside the house she seems fearful, but given space, she will come curl up with me on the couch or lay by my feet or sleep with me in my bed. She obeys sit and stay commands quite well, even without treats now. rnrnWhen she's outside and off the leash, she still mostly stays close, but is easily distracted and will wander off and ignore my commands, as she seems to know I can't catch her out there. She seems to be quite independent and strong willed, but always ends up coming with me eventually. rnrnWhen left alone, she gets into everything. Being that she mostly scavenged for food for the first 6 months of her life, she always seems to be looking for something to chew on or anything food related. She has amazing climbing abilities, and such precision that she can remove a single book from a shelf without disturbing the picture frame beside it. rnrnSorry for the novel, but I am wondering if these type of behaviours can be attributed to her breeds, the fact that she's basically a wild dog, poor training, or a combination of all of the above. I am also looking for any tips about training wild dogs, as it seems to me that she has a type of intelligence rarely seen in your average house dog. rnrnThank you very much for your time. Sorry again for the novel. rnrnCory S.

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

Is there any kind of a harness I can use to walk my dog? She pulls so bad!

Courtney asks...

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

My dog tears up everything after I leave the house . I even put him in his kennel when he leaves and he gets out of it . He's fine to tell me he has to go potty through out the day however he Potty in the house when I'm gone . How do I go about fixing this before I give up and get rid of him ?

Renae 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

my dogs are from the same litter female and they have started getting into fights. not sure what is triggering it. jorgia has diabetes so i have to crate them to give her insulin. it is getting me nervous and i know they can sense that. the fights are usually when i open the fridge to get a treat.

Brittany asks...

This question is about: Puppy Management

I have a 3 year old beagle mix who only weighs 20 pounds and we just rescued Cinnamon a week ago. My older dog and her and good together but when i take her out to the park( the puppy) and she sees bigger dogs she lets out this huge cry and starts barking and the hair on her back raises? Why does this happen and what can i do to fix this problem?rnThanks you

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