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Shanae asks...This question is about:
Hi,rnrnMy dog has a schedule that we keep to every day, but he still eliminates in his crate. His crate is not top big or too small. He is only crated when we are not home (about 6 hours every day), but there are exceptions. I've never reprimanded him for it because I never catch him doing it; he usually does it while we are sleeping at night. We always find it in the morning. Is there any reason he might do this?
Doug asks...This question is about:
Luna is absolutely crazy when she gets out of her crate. She runs around like crazy while jumping up and nipping at us. How can we calm her down?
Margaret asks...This question is about:
Hello,rnrnWhat do you recommend doing if two dogs get into a fight? Also, if a dog runs away while in your care, what would you recommend doing to locate the dog?rnrnThank you
Katherine asks...This question is about:
Before i got Jack i had 3 dogs (now i have 5). One 4 year old Husky/Golden Retriever Mix and two 10 year old Chocolate Lab/Chesapeake Retriever Mix brothers. When i got Jack, he was 9 weeks old. He took to basic training well and i am still working on getting him leash trained. Jack has been afraid of his harness since i first put one on him but once its on he is fine and as long as its just me and him, he walks beside me and doesn't pull but when i have the others he pulls hard and won't calm down. We got his sister Lily about 3-4 weeks later. Everything was good until he was 4-5 months old and started nipping at the older boys and sometimes starting fights. We got both pups neutered/spayed at 8 months. The aggression towards the older boys has only increased ( he tries to pick a fight with the female husky but he is scared of her and backs off really quick). Whenever the one older boy Jessie (Jessie is a blind diabetic) comes towards me, more when i am sitting down but sometimes when i am standing, Jack will get stiff and growl and he will only lunge if Jessie keeps coming closer. Jack and Jessie fight more than the others but sometimes Jessie's brother, Jake, and Jack will start fighting. Jack will protect me more but when the other dogs approach other members of the household, he will race across the room to nip at the dog but as soon as they lay down he is a normal happy puppy, no more aggression. When i reprimand him he instantly falls over and shows me his belly. Separating them has not helped and neither has repeatedly reprimanding him. When i reprimand Jack i thump two fingers on his nose and tell him "no". There is some things he does that seems like he is submissive and other times, like with the aggression with the older boys or when he is the more aggressive player with his sister, that seems he is dominate. I don't want to give up on him but i don't know how to stop the fighting. I have not been able to take him on walks because right now in Alaska it is very cold and even booties won't let us get out the driveway before he i lifting his feet because they are cold. In the summer we do go on walks about 3 times a week. He plays with his sister all day while i am at work while my mother babysits. I have a set schedule for when i feed them and when its time for bed. All 5 dogs sleep in my room with me and when anyone but his sister tries to get on the bed he will lunge and nip their lips and if they nip back it starts a fight. What can i do to stop his aggression towards the other dogs? I have thought about doing a muzzle? I am told to use an shock collar but i don't want to resort to that if i can help it. He is a good dog and he does listen to me but it doesn't stop him from doing it next time. He will sit or lay at my feet when i am eating and doesn't beg for food. He has not harmed any of the other dog when they are fighting, even though he sounds so bad. I am worried our blind dog will not know how close he is to Jack and seriously harm him or Jacks aggression against the other pets will get worse. If i could get any advice on how to at least minimize the situation, i would be so happy. The training in my town either doesn't accept pit bulls or they do not help with behavior problems. I am desperate for help and if you need more information, please ask me anything. I am willing to try just about anything to stop this behavior.rnrnThank you,rnrnKatherine H.
Carissa asks...This question is about:
My dog has recently shown aggression towards unfixed male dogs. He is also unaltered. Besides neutering him, what else can I do to curb his aggression?