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Your Furry Worry: Escaping Dog

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How do I stop my dog from running away everytime the front door opens. She has 2 walks daily one morning and one evening for about an hour.

In Jumping/Chasing/Pulling on Lead - Asked by irishlucktv - 

Answer:

Hi. It sounds like your pooch sees the other side of the door as Disney land, a place that she is only allowed out for adventures. Go to the front door with her, open the door, the minute she tries to run out, close the door quickly in her face, making sure you do not hurt her, a little knock on the nose is ok as its better than a knock of a car. Repeat this excercise as long as it takes for her to realise the door is not going to open for her, that it only opens for the pack leader, you, and you have to invite her out. Put a long line on her...Read more

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Your Furry Worry: Cats and Dogs

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I got a new puppy on friday evening. My two rescue cats are terrified of her. We have the puppy enclosed in the kitchen (the cats can see her as it's a 'baby-gate' type gate) when we are not able to supervise her, and take her outside regularly. other than that we have not let her explore much of the inside house...

In Other Problems - Asked by Natalie

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Unfortunately cat and dog introductions can take a long time, up to 6 months for the cats to completely accept the dogs. Dogs are much quicker to sort out in this respect. You really just need to be patient and try to have them all in each others company as much as possible, making sure that the cats have a surfaces to jump up to. Always make sure you supervise these encounters but also remain calm during these encounters. It is also a good idea to...Read more

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Furry Worry: Get my dogs off the couch

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I would like to know how to keep the dogs off the couches and how to stop them from doing their business in my children`s bedrooms.

In Other Problems - Asked by ncoulsen

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The best way to get them to stay off the couch is to be consistant with the rules. Make sure they have their own bed to lie on so that when they jump up you can say "off" and "in your bed". Reward them for being in their bed, give them a treat, or just say "good girl". A clever trick is to booby trap the couch for when you are not around, so that when they jump up they get a fright and jump off, and its the couch that gives them a fright and not you. Put...Read more

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Furry Worry: Introducing my doggy to a new puppy

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Hi Bernice, I am so concerned about my baby Ozzy. He is a yorkie, aged 1 year and just over 2 months. I have just brought in a yorkie female puppy - Lilly, 9weeks old. He doesn't like her at all. He is not aggressive at all, but tries his best to not be near her. He is not eating, sleeps all day, very depressed. I am so worried about him. I try acknowledge him before i say hi to puppy, etc. I don't recognize my Ozzy at all : ( Please help.

In Other Problems - Asked by Leilani

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Hi Leilani. I am very happy that you have got Ozzy a friend. And do not worry, soon Ozzy and Lilly will be playing. Try not to give him any attention when he is acting "depressed" as you will just be reinforcing this behaviour and he will continue with it as in his mind acting "depressed" gets him lots of love from Mum. If he is not eating his food, change it to something yummy, put some gravy on it. Try not to panic too much. And try not to...Read more

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Furry Worry: Should we get a third dog?

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About two years ago we got two dogs from DARG. They are both spayed bitches and are about 2.5 and 4 years old. They were in the pen at DARG and have always got on well. I spotted that the younger one's sister is having to be re-homed, which got me thinking about taking her on. The question is, is it too risky in terms of the dog family dynamics? I have heard that introducing a new adult into a settled pack can be problem?

In Other Problems - Asked by jane

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This is a very tough question to answer. Normally I do not recommend getting 2 siblings of the same sex as they can fight over dominance, but, the fact that they have grown up seperately may make things easier. What you need to do is make sure that you are the pack leaders and that you find, amongst the 3, the next in line. Once you have determined this,...Read more

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Furry Worry: Walking Issues

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I have a problem walking my township recue, a Weimaraner mix. He pulls me all over the place and it is in fact a very unpleasant experience. When I first got him, I took him to puppy class, even though he was "too old" at over a year. It was a disaster. We ended up banished to sit and watch, because he was so disruptive.

In Jumping/Chasing/Pulling on Lead - Asked by Annemarie

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You have got 1 of 3 choices, the first one, the easier of the 3, is to use a halti, which sits on your dogs nose, and is what I call power stearing for dogs. They come in all sizes and you must make sure you use the correct size for your pooch. You can get them from most vets or vet shops, or pet shops. It can take about 5 minutes for a dog to relax with it on, but do persevere as it really is worth it. Your second option is to,...Read more

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Furry Worry: Aggressive Towards One Particular Dog

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We adopted Nuala, a Jack Russell, at 8 months (she is now nearly 2). At first she was very aggressive towards all other dogs, particularly when on a leash. We managed to get this under control, and have also found she is never aggressive when we let her off the leash, generally just has a sniff and moves on. HOWEVER, there is one dog in the park (Molly) that Nuala just cannot stand. If she sees this dog when she is on a leash, she will bark and tug and go wild, and if she sees Molly when she is not restrained she goes straight in for the attack. Is there anything we can do besides avoiding Molly?

In Aggression - Asked by khadley

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Unfortunately, like humans, we just cannot like everyone. I am sure you have someone in your life, who you just cannot stand, your friends like her, occasionally you have to see her at a party, and when you do you just want to scratch her eyes out...Well, Nuala does not like Molly and quite possibly, Molly does not like her. What you need to do is ask Molly's parents if they mind if you do a bit of work together so that hopefully they can bare each other. Before you arrive at the park arrange to meet for a walk. Do NOT walk up to each other but let Molly and parents come up behind you until...Read more

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Furry Worry: House Training My Puppy

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My puppy sleeps in a pen at night. Is it better for me to set an alarm and take her out to wee every few hours during the night or should I wait until she cries to go out?

I was thinking that if I wait for her to cry and then take her out that I am then teaching her that if she barks she can come out and be with me and may learn to just bark and howl when she's alone, but if I set an alarm and wake her to go out then she may get used to waking during the night and might take longer to learn to sleep through. Which is better for puppies development and training?

In Puppy Training - Asked by Natalie

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Hi Natalie. The way you are doing it is absolutely perfect. You want puppy to ask you to let her out, and so far she has always done her business when she has so she has only learnt that if she calls you to let her out to go the the toilet, that is what happens. Well done. Please make sure you...Read more

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