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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

Answer:

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

Answer:

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

Answer:

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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