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Des asks...This question is about:
My dog is potty trained and when we moved into our new home with a dog door we taught her how to use it. Then We discovered that she only uses it when we are home. If we aren’t home she poops and pees in the house. So I assume she thinks she isn’t allowed to use it while we are gone. When we trained her we praised her and gave treats but while we aren’t home there really is no way to do that. She doesn’t do it every time just usually if we are gone for a few hours. If she didn’t go on the floor while we are gone, she greets us at the door but if she did she is in her kennel. She knows she is wrong but really thinks she has no other option. Not sure if it is relevant but our cat uses it constantly whether we are home or not but the dog won’t. Should we just go back to crating her while we aren’t home or is there a way to break this habit?
Ali asks...This question is about:
We have a 2 year old german shepherd/husky mix. We are trying to potty train her by taking her outside regularly, rewarding with treats and praise when she pottys outside, and also has a kennel we keep her in when we are gone and at night (which she loves to be in all the time anyway) but there are still messes in the house almost everyday.
Donna asks...This question is about:
My pup is not technical pooping in her kennel. She backs her butt up to the side and poops outside her kennel? she goes out before we put her in and give her little food in the morning so that she is not full. What can I do?
Allie asks...This question is about:
Hello, my dog is a year a couple of months. I got her from a shelter when she was around 10 weeks old. She is a lab/catahoula mix. She has always been shy and stand offish towards strangers. But recently she has started barking at people and even launching at them. She has never tried to bite anyone, but I want to make sure that never happens. I am trying to find ways to calm her anxiety when people come to my house just so she can tolerate people. Any ideas?
Tanya asks...This question is about:
Malibu is a sweet, affectionate, playful dog. She chews everything - mostly when we are not home. To day she has destroyed the sprinkler system, 8 feet of deck railing, the hose, several patio chairs, the outdoor umbrella, the cord from the lawn mower, the hose from the BBQ, all of our potted plants and their pots.... Today she chewed the hose on the hand sprayer in the kitchen sink. She and our other dog have many many toys. I just got new nylabones yesterday in fact. As you can see from the list of mostly outdoor items destroyed, we have to lock our dogs in the back yard so they don't destroy the house when we are gone. today it was rainy so they had kitchen and yard access and she ate the faucet hose. (We are super careful to leave NOTHING on the counters.) We are at our wits end. When we are home, if we catch her chewing the wrong thing, we corrected her and gave her a toy to chew. We scold her for going on the counters, etc. She's mostly fine when we are home. How do we fix her behavior when we are not home? We crate the dogs over night and so I really don't like the idea of crating them when we are not home. We work, so that would be many hours at a stretch. We hired a dog walker to come by 2-3 times a week during the day, but that make no difference. (She destroys just as much on those days) I have never given up on a pet and I don't want to now, but honestly for the first time I am considering doing exactly that.