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Erika asks...

This question is about: Puppy Management Separation Anxiety

I don’t know what to do!!!! I have been trying to crate train her at night and it is going terribly. She goes in and out of her cage freely throughout the day and enjoys it. But whenever I put her in there at night she goes crazy. I let her out half way through the night but half the time she doesn’t even go. I never give in and take her out when she cries because I know that causes them to never stop. I have the crate right next to my bed. But I have work and it’s been well over a week and a half of sleepless nights and I am EXHAUSTED!!!

Alicia 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 one-year-old son and a four-year-old black lab. He seems to have issues adjusting to the baby. Most of the time things are fine, but sometimes for reasons unknown, he gets agitated with the baby. He has growled at the baby, he snapped at him one time. And sometimes the Furrer on his back will stands up. My son loves the dog, and the dogs generally seems like the baby. I’m just concerned that something might happen. I try to teach my son to throw the ball, to pet nice. I try to teach the dog to be gentle with the baby. And of course when he does something wrong I punish him. But it’s to the point that I don’t feel safe leaving them in the same room. I’ve considered getting rid of the dog

Sydny asks...

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

I just got a puppy yesterday (she's 4 months old and not yet trained) and Honey was fine with her-played with her even. That night, Honey started showing signs of aggression towards her by growling, then growling and bearing her teeth at her. Today, the puppy had a treat that Honey thought was hers so she bit her and drew blood when the puppy tried to take it back from her. The pup had been submitting until then and stood up for herself. And Honey bit her again tonight and the pup yelped (the pup rushed up to her wanting to play). How do I make Honey stop and be okay with her? I don't want Honey to hurt her but I'd hate to take the pup back to the rescue. Please help.

Nicole asks...

This question is about: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Pulling on the Lead Toileting

Our dog is a 55 lbs pure-bred Pit, and we love her to bits, but she has some training issues. We have had her since 6 weeks old, and she is now almost 2. 1) She is trained to do all sorts of amazing tricks...if I have a treat in my hand. No treat in my hand, and she won't listen at all! When I started training her, I would tell her it's time to "work", and we do lots of tricks, then I release her with "go play", and we're done. If I want her to come when it's not "work" time, she won't listen. I've even tried, telling her to "work" and grabbed the treats, but it's like she just knows that it's not really "work" time and she doesn't listen. I feel like I'm being out-smarted by a dog. rn2) If I come-in with arms full of groceries, she bolts out the door, and nothing will get her to come back. I just have to wait until she wants to come back. This is a huge problem with the neighbors to have a pit bull loose roaming the neighborhood. We've tried treats, and following her, and calling her, and if you try to get close, she runs off again. Neighbors have called animal control and threatened to shoot her if they see her loose. It doesn't happen often, but she is always looking for an opportunity to bolt. She was loose for over an hour yesterday, and neighbors were trying to help catch her, etc. She lets you get close, then bolts again. Once, I jumped on her and was able to get 1 finger in her collar, and she bolted so fast that she pulled me down the porch stairs headfirst and broke my finger. rn3) Can't be walked. She pulls the leash so hard that she chokes herself and coughs, but that doesn't stop her pulling. We got a harness that spins her around when she pulls, and that works great, but it rubs on her arm pit, so it doesn't work for long walks. She's fine in the yard, but as soon as you hit the sidewalk, she's pulling. So, for exercise, we take her to the dog park almost every single weekend, but I know she needs more exercise than that. I think dog park every single day is what she needs as a super fit athlete, but we just don't have time to take her that often. rn4) She doesn't respect my youngest daughter. I think she thinks her place in the pack is below my older daughter, but above the younger daughter. She chews all of that daughters shoes and toys, pees on her bed and cloths. She has even growled at her on a couple of occasions when my daughter tried to give her a command. For example, if that daughter gets up from the couch, Stella will steal her seat. My daughter comes back, and tells Stella to move or get down from the couch, and she will growl at her and refuse to move. I tell Stella to get down, and she immediately does so.rn5) She wants to go out at 4am almost every day. She goes out for the last time around midnight, but still wants to go out at 4am, and I want her to hold it until 6am. We started a text message chain with the 4 members of the family and we log who took her out, what she did, and what time it was. So, I know that she peed and pooped at midnight last night. This morning, she was whining at the bedside at 4am, I got up to take her out, and there was already a small pee spot beside the bed. I took her out and she peed 2 more times and pooped. Then, at 6am, I went into my daughter's bedroom, and there was poop on the carpet that was not there at 4am. I don't understand why she can't hold it until 6am, and if I took her out at midnight and 4am, why she still couldn't hold it until 6am. rnrnStella's daily schedule is that she is in the crate for about 4 hours a day. I get home around 3pm, take her outside for a bit, and feed her. We pick up her dish after we eat dinner, but it's usually empty by then. So, she doesn't eat after 7pm. She always poops before bed around midnight, but almost every day she pees and poops in the middle of the night. We tried putting her in the crate at night, but she whines and barks all night long, and we get no sleep. I don't know what else to do.

Aj asks...

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

our new puppy has been great showing no signs of food aggression until our friend's 10week old puppy was over and approached our puppies dish while she was eating. Our puppy gave a growl toward the new puppy. She didn't care about sharing her toys. I would like to work on this food resource guarding asap. Your tips are appreciated.

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