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Chris asks...This question is about:
HirnMy dog is known as the gentle giant in my neighborhood. Very docile and loves people and all animals. Hes very socialized, he knows Im dominant and he is well trained. Recently over the last 3 months hes become more aggressive with new people and animals both in and out of home. And have noticed when walking him hes always looking. For dogs walking or in windows, people etc. Where he use to be laid back when walking, not caring who was where. Why is he doing this now and its getting worse. Is it because I haven't got him fixed yet. Please help
Mary asks...This question is about:
She is a very small dog especially for her age and breed. She will urinate all over a new house as soon as she goes inside. After a while, she settles and her potty training kicks in. She doesn't come when called either. When she does come she seems fearful and will sometimes urinate. Even though she's underweight it's a struggle to get her to eat something. My question is how can I fix some of these things?
Amber asks...This question is about:
I have a male dog who will be 2 in April. I have had him since he was 8 weeks old and he has grown up around my son as well as my niece and nephew, and several other children in the neighborhood. Over the last few months, he has developed a strange anxiety when around children. He will stop wagging his tail, lower his head, and put his ears back. He also started growling. At first, I only noticed it around my son, but lately he's been growling at any and every child who comes anywhere near him. All they have to do is enter the room with him. They don't have to touch him or even come very close to him to trigger the behavior. He even growled at my 6 month old who was playing on the floor near him this morning. He is over 100lbs and could seriously injure a child in a matter of seconds if this problem were to escalate. I don't know what to do. No one has hurt him, he has a very good life, and I don't understand why this suddenly started. I have heard several recommendations like make sure that we give him and the kids equal attention, let my son be the one who feeds him, don't punish him for growling and instead praise him when he's behaving...none of it has worked. I don't want to have to get rid of him but I'm scared that he will hurt someone. I hope you can help. Thank you.
Morgan asks...This question is about:
HI,rnrnWe recently found out from our neighbors that our dog barks about once a day, but for 30 minutes straight. My neighbor said that there was nothing that triggered it as far as she could tell, and it wasn't the same time of day either. rnrnPreviously, we could hear our dog barking when we came home. We used a sonic egg to discourage his barking, which worked. Except now I think he's realized that if he barks continuously, he can't hear the egg over his own barking. rnrnGuass stays in a crate while we are away from home. Since finding out that Gauss barks we've started take him for long walks in the mornings before we leave or play fetch so that he gets plenty of exercise, and we leave toys stuffed with food. We've also started feeding him in his crate, as well as putting him in his crate while we are home, so that he doesn't necessarily associate the crate with us being gone. Additionally, we've started practising extended "stays" as well. rnrnWe've tried doing "set-ups" as in pretending like we are leaving. Get ready and drive the care out of the driveway, but so far, he has yet to bark. I even tried knocking on the door, which usually causes him to bark. So we haven't been able to correct him yet. rnrnWe've also worked on leaving him in his crate and rewarding him by playing with him when he's been quiet for increasing amounts of time. rnrnSo I guess my actual question is, is this once a day barking something that can be addressed by training? And if so, are there other things we should be practicing with him? rnrnWe've considered getting a bark collar too. The only other technique that I know of that we haven't tried is teaching him to bark on command so we can easily tell him "quiet" and not to bark otherwise. We haven't tried that yet, for fear of annoying our neighbors more. rnrnThis is a pretty recent development, so I know it will take time to work with him, but I just want to make sure that I am not missing something that would help.rnrnThank you,rnMorgan
Amanda asks...This question is about:
My husband and I are thinking about rehoming Benson. We live in a one bedroom apartment with two cats and 1 other dog named Fry. Benson is high energy and young and has taken to some bad habits we thought we trained him out of. He's pooping and peeing all over the floor even after we walk him, he's taken to whining all night (which keeps me awake and I've tried using a water bottle to squirt him each time hr whines but he's persistent.) I take him to daycare everyday where he runs and plays from 730 until 530. I'm at my wits end. I adopted fry after we got Benson, thinking he'd like a playmate but all hell has broke loose. We plan on rehoming Fry to a one dog household if possible as he's timid and needs a lot of training and attention. As for Benson, I feel as though he deserves a house with a yard-not an apartment. Im also stressed beyond relief since I get little sleep and spend most of my day chasing dogs from eating something they shouldn't or defecating on my floor.