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Adrienne asks...

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

I have an abnormal situation. I live in a church and am one of several women who take care of the pastor's dogs. My pastor, her owner, is very loving, but does not discipline her dog, Sadie. When it is time to go outside and Sadie must be taken away from her mom, she has been getting severely aggressive. She lunges and bites, snarls and growls. She used to only snap at everyone but her owner, but now she has even started biting her. However, again the owner does not discipline her, but has resorted to bribing Sadie with cookies so that she does not get bitten. Sadie will also pee on herself during this ordeal and this can occur 3 times a day. Even when her owner is not around, Sadie has a hard time going outside and will resort to hiding places. She is normally not aggressive when her owner is not around.rnrnMy question is, how should I handle this situation? I know my pastor will not change her ways, so I feel it is up to everyone else who takes care of the dog to disciple them (for our own protection). I should add that we don't discipline to dog in front of the owner because she is more worried about the dog than us, so how can we discipline to dog aside from the owner and the dog still know what she is being disciplined for?

Tara asks...

This question is about: Toileting

I have popped my puppy 2 times now for going to the bathroom outside. I fear that I have permanently instilled fear in him now from doing this. It is not my preferred method of training and I know it’s not the right way based on everything I have read online. Honestly it was out of frustration and I my stomach is sick over me reacting that way with him. He’s only 3 months old, but I’m wondering if going forward I make the conscious effort to NOT discipline and train him this way if he will be ok and trust me and not fear me?

Tabbi asks...

This question is about: Toileting

My not yet neutered English bulldog incessantly pees on the legs of the dining room table and on the corner of my bed what can I do to prevent this?rnHe will be fixed on April 12,2018

Jonathon asks...

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

My dog is agressive around my 3 year old neice. He is perfect around my 7 year old daughter. He is 2 years old and we have had him and raised him around our daughter since he was 8 weeks. He sleeps in bed with her every night and they are beat friends. When my 3 year old neice comes over, he acts afraid of her and growls and snaps at her. This is kind of understandable considering an event that happened with him. rnAt our last home, we had a neighbor who had their 3 year old son over. The kid was just not raised right. He snuck up behind our dog while he was laying down and hit him with a bat. Later, the kid kicked our dog when he had his backed turned. I know this is why he is so fearful and aggressive around my neice. How can I assure him that she means no harm and ensure my neices safety? U have tried keeping the dog with me as I follow my neice around the house for hours and having her pet him. He seems skiddish, bUT is OK with me around. As soon as I sit down and keep a distance, she tries to pet him and he growls and tries to get away. Our dog is neutered.

Meg asks...

This question is about: Puppy Management

I just got a dog 6 days ago. She is a rescue now I don't know much of her background. She was super calm the first 2 days, slept with me through the night, did fine her crate, etc. Then, my roommate came home with her dog after being gone for the weekend and my dog revealed she still is a puppy (no surprise - I expected her "true personality" to come out once she got more comfortable). However, now she won't sleep in my room - she paces and whines and will not calm down. I've waited at least 30 minutes and no change. I don't really want to crate her because she's crated a good amount during the day. She wants to sleep on the couch only, but as she's still a puppy and new to the house I don't trust her on her own (she's had a couple accidents, wants to chew, etc.). I've slept with her on the couch for a few hours and a couple of times she'll go to my room around 2AM, a little anxious, then finally calms down. Last night she wouldn't - probably because I wasn't able to take her on a walk (I've been walking her about an hour every day except yesterday). What do you suggest? My room is really small, so I'm wondering if that's part of the problem. I've tried putting her crate in there, just her bed, etc. She doesn't love her crate yet and whines, but if it's best to crate her I'm willing to try it, but read that they should not be crated during the day and night. I've read letting dogs sleep in your bed isn't the best but I think she would need more companionship since she is crated a good amount. Advice is appreciated!

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