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Dawn asks...

This question is about: Toileting

Am trying to pad train Baxter. He goes out side just fine. I have a disability I need to pad train. I have tried for 2 weeks. He will go a day and a half with out going. I then take him out. Am thinking he will get bladder infection waiting so long. How to get him to go inside.

Marissa 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 have an 80 pound pitfall who is the absolute biggest baby. He adores all people, even strangers, and is great with kids too. Everybody loves him and I have never once worried about the way he acts arounds humans - even when my nieces get ahold of his ears and tail. I got him from a shelter about a year and a half ago and at first he was great with other dogs too. I would take him out in the field without a leash and he would play and happily prance around other dogs. My dad took him to a dog park one day, against my advice, and he ended up getting into a scuffle with a husky. Nobody got hurt but Combat's eye started bleeding and ever since then he has been unpredictable with other dogs. I always keep him on a leash when there is a chance he will be around other dogs just because I do not want to risk anything. Sometimes he is great and reacts to them just fine and other times it seems as is he is very anxious which makes me nervous. I want him to be able to be around other dogs but don't know how to re-socialize him without putting another dog, and him, at risk in the process. When I go home from college, my parents have a miniature schnauzer and another blue pit and he gets along with both just fine. Sometimes the pitbulls start to wrestle past the point of our comfort so we have to separate them but it is always playful. How should I go about providing a safe and supportive environment for my dog to grow and trust other dogs?

Shey asks...

This question is about: Recall or not coming when called

Good Morning, rnrnMy boy Titan has been fixed since he was 4 months old. I have had him since he was 8 weeks old, and have been training with him since the day I brought him home. We have done on leash and off leash training, I used to take him horseback riding with me, biking, hiking, running...etc..both on leash and off. He was doing really well with his recall. However, in the past 2 months Titan has decided he does not want to come back to me, or it is very difficult to get him back. He is constantly nose to the ground, even when he is on leash. I attempted to incorporate ecollar training in our walks. He responded really well when I was teaching him what the ecollar was and working on the lunge line. As soon as I tried him off leash it all went downhill, he does not respond no matter the stimulus, now it seems even on leash, if he's on a lunge he ignores any stimulation or command. I am completely at a loss with what to do. He know's so many commands, and is such a great boy...when I am home he is very attentive and eager to pleae... but when he is out to walk he completely ignores me. I can no longer take him riding with me, I used to take him anywhere I went with him off leash and never had a problem, now I am afraid to do so. Please help. rnrnThank you,rnrnShey

Shey asks...

This question is about: Recall or not coming when called

Good Morning, rnrnMy boy Titan has been fixed since he was 4 months old. I have had him since he was 8 weeks old, and have been training with him since the day I brought him home. We have done on leash and off leash training, I used to take him horseback riding with me, biking, hiking, running...etc..both on leash and off. He was doing really well with his recall. However, in the past 2 months Titan has decided he does not want to come back to me, or it is very difficult to get him back. He is constantly nose to the ground, even when he is on leash. I attempted to incorporate ecollar training in our walks. He responded really well when I was teaching him what the ecollar was and working on the lunge line. As soon as I tried him off leash it all went downhill, he does not respond no matter the stimulus, now it seems even on leash, if he's on a lunge he ignores any stimulation or command. I am completely at a loss with what to do. He know's so many commands, and is such a great boy...when I am home he is very attentive and eager to pleae... but when he is out to walk he completely ignores me. I can no longer take him riding with me, I used to take him anywhere I went with him off leash and never had a problem, now I am afraid to do so. Please help. rnrnThank you,rnrnShey

Matthew asks...

This question is about: Separation Anxiety

Our sweet puppy has been getting separation anxiety. He has never liked his kennel or being left home alone. We let him sleep outside his kennel for a couple months, but he kept waking us up once or twice a night to go to the bathroom or play. We decided we really needed to get him kennel trained. We've been keeping him in his kennel every night for a week now. He cries on and off all night. My wife or I will sleep next to him some nights to comfort him or gently rebuke him for barking. When we put him in the kennel, he shakes. When we get him in the morning, his chin is covered in drool. We leave him in the bathroom when we leave the house, and he will sometimes shake and usually drools. When we get him, he acts overly excited to see us. I worry the kennel is making the anxiety worse. But we also see the benefits of it to his training. We want our puppy to be happy, how can we best help him?

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