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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

Answer:

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

Answer:

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

Answer:

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

Answer:

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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Furry Worry: Transition To New Home

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I rescued a dog with a broken leg in the township. She is with me for 1 week and will get spayed on friday. My sister in law will be her new "mommy". We all life & work on a lodge and the dogs always come to work with us.

My question is how will the dog know that my sister in law is her new owner and not me. She got very attached to me during this week. My sister in law will come and pick her up after she got spayed from my house. What will you suggest on how to introduce her to her new home and mommy?

In Fear/Separation Anxiety/Phoebias - Asked by Aus

Answer:

Thanks so much for rescuing this lucky Furkid. We as humans put our human emotions onto our pooches and assume that they feel or think things they almost never really do. So relax, and she will relax, be calm, and she will be calm, and it will be a painless transition going from her foster mum to her real mum. As soon as she has spent...Read more

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