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Nichol asks...

This question is about: Puppy Management Toileting Other

To Whom it May Concern,rnrn My name is Nichol Van Dorn-Cook and my husband and I live in Rupert, Idaho and back at the beginning of this year, in January, my husband and I adopted 2 puppies from a lady he works with who had found a stray pregnant dog near their work and took her in. The puppies were born on November 15, 2017 and were a little over 7 weeks old when we adopted them. My husband and I had a 15 year old dog that we adopted from the pound 2 years ago and very sadly, we had to put her down last September due to seizures and cancer. We weren't sure we were ready to adopt again, but felt in January that we were ready. I (Nichol) have never had a puppy before and my hubby has some experience training prior dogs of his. Our puppies (Thor and Brindi) are both 5 months old now. They are mixed breeds...their Mom appeared to be a wire haired terrier and father or fathers are unknown. Thor, the boy appears to be a Wire Haired Terrier/Pug mix and his sister Brindi appears to be a Pug/Chihuahua Mix. Thor has done really well with housetraining. We did the crate method for a long time and after many accidents inside that I know was to be expected (and lots of carpet cleaning), we have a problem. We don't understand why, although Thor has no problem going potty in the yard and his sister who is always with her brother, who even watches him do number 2 outside and he gets a treat right after everytime and lots of praise, absolutely refuses to go number 2 outside! She is so distracted outside by EVERYTHING, always looking off into the distance, even though we try to get her to look at us and listen to us and behave. My husband and I even separate them, take Thor inside after he's done pottying and him and I have taken turns working with her diligently and try to get her to poop outside. She absolutely refuses, you can see her hold her poop in and then she ends up going inside, we even grab her mid poop and run her outside and set her down and tell her to go potty. She freaking holds it all the time outside. We are at our wits ends, don't know what to do. She is good about not going pee or poop in their kennel, in their bed ever. But for some reason she thinks her toilet for pooping is our carpet in our living room. She smells the poop outside, we walk her over to it, she watches her brother poop outside, but still she refuses to! We are desparate for any advice you could give us to correct this situation. We would love to sign up for your puppy training, but until my husband gets a summer job (he works for Transystems, driving truck for sugar beet season and just got laid off at end of season), we can't afford formal training at this time. rn I know you are really busy this time of year and even if you can't respond right away, we would appreciate a response as soon as you are able to. Thank you for your attention to this matter. We are eagerly awaiting your response.rnrnSincerely,rnrnNichol and Kenneth Cook

Emma asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household Separation Anxiety

Astro has always been semi-aggressive/ territorial and even as a puppy was always attacking our other dog Amigo. He has gotten into fights with other dogs on the sidewalk before and is always barking or growling at other dogs as we pass on walks. He has also attacked me multiple times out of self defense and snapped at my father recently. We want him to be more used to other dogs and other people, but we fear taking him to the dog park because of any worry of him attacking other dogs. Is there any way to change this?

Emma asks...

This question is about: Other

My other dog Amigo is very anxious. He is very afraid of my father for some reason; skittering on the wood floor or running away when my dad starts to walk somewhat towards him. He is always cowering in fear and looking over his shoulder. Other than his anxiety he is a very friendly warm hearted dog. Ever since he had a traumatic haircut where he was shaved to he bone, he has seemingly acted differently. His fur also never truly grew back, only in patches. He also is very boney and skinny. Astro our other dog is a cockapoo and weighs the same as Amigo, which is not very good.

Dulce asks...

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

Molly isn’t my dog she’s my boyfriend dog. I’ve knows Molly for a few years now but recently she’s been staring at me a lot everything I do and go she will follow me with her eyes. I feel like she wants to attack me . I’ve noticed her eyes get very black and she stares me right in the eyes. I look away to avoid eye contact but I could feel her looking at me and my every move. Like I said I’ve known Molly for a while and she’s never attracted this way towards me . My bf sister and mom have noticed her do that to me but not as bad as she does to me . Today I noticed her looking at me and I looked away because she was scaring me and she then attacked me from the back. She got my arm and since I reacted fast I lifted my arm and although I felt her teeth on my arm she didn’t get to bite down . Sadly my bf had to kick her many times to control her and not come after me . I was terrified but I didn’t run and walked away. I don’t know what to do with her. I’m always at my bf house and I’m terrified to go keep going and for her to sense my fear.

Dulce asks...

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

Molly isn’t my dog she’s my boyfriend dog. I’ve knows Molly for a few years now but recently she’s been staring at me a lot everything I do and go she will follow me with her eyes. I feel like she wants to attack me . I’ve noticed her eyes get very black and she stares me right in the eyes. I look away to avoid eye contact but I could feel her looking at me and my every move. Like I said I’ve known Molly for a while and she’s never attracted this way towards me . My bf sister and mom have noticed her do that to me but not as bad as she does to me . Today I noticed her looking at me and I looked away because she was scaring me and she then attacked me from the back. She got my arm and since I reacted fast I lifted my arm and although I felt her teeth on my arm she didn’t get to bite down . Sadly my bf had to kick her many times to control her and not come after me . I was terrified but I didn’t run and walked away. I don’t know what to do with her. I’m always at my bf house and I’m terrified to go keep going and for her to sense my fear.

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