Dog Problems Message Board

lea956 Saturday, May 12, 2016 10:11:15 AM
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      I took Ginger, my three-year-old Lhasa Apso, to an animal trainer for an advice about her aggression toward my children.  She has been growling, did not want to be handled, and had bitten twice my 5 yo son.

      She has never been abused or punished harshly. I was at a loss: What was causing Ginger's aggression?  The trainer lay Giner on her side to check her reaction to being handled.  While stroking her, she noticed there was something wrong with Ginger's left knee.  She said later that luxating patellas are common in Lhasa apsos.  She suggested that we take Ginger to the vet to evaluate her health and especially her knee joints.  The vet confirmed the trainer's suspicions and a few week later Ginger's knee was repaired and she is now fully healed from surgery.

      After the treatment we noticed a huge change in Ginger's attitude toward our children and all other family members.  She  is much more tolerant of my kids play, although she often likes to let them know who is the alpha dog.  But it's a big difference.  Please... before you decide to put your dog up for adoption because of aggressive behavior, take him to the vet to see if there is a health problem behind it.
    
      
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gpateam8 Thursday, May 7, 2015 10:11:15 AM
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        Dogs suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) just like humans. Tail chasing is a classic compulsive behavior in dogs. A variant of tail chasing is "spinnin"”, in which the affected dog spins rapidly in tight circles without apparent interest in the tail. Tail chasing often occurs in bouts when the dog stares at its tail quietly for a while before he starts chasing it again. It is believed that this type of behavior is more common in certain breeds, such as Bull Terriers, German Shepherds and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. In Bull Terriers tail chasing occurs together with extreme aggression and fear. Some dog owners are able to stop this behavior, while others have less success. The more the dog chased its tail, the more difficult it was for the owner to stop the behavior. Sterilized dogs, especially females, had less tail chasing compared to intact dogs. A recent study suggests that tail chasing in dogs might, at least partly, result from lack of activities, exercise or mental stimulation. Tail chasing dogs are usually shy and less aggressive to humans and were separated earlier from their mothers and experienced lower quality care from their mothers.

      
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cockie Tuesday, February 3, 2015 12:56:33 PM
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        I had a toy schnauser Moses who passed away recently, he was 14.  Our Maltese who is 14 will not go poop outside anymore.  We have to stand out there and force Jody to poop.  The dogs grew up together and Jody had no problem going outside and pooping until Moses passed.  Can some tell me why why why.  Other than this we have no issues.  He will pee outside but he will not go poop without being made to do it.  Can anyone give me a suggestion or tell me hwy he would do this after 14 years.
      
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highdollarnana Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:16:46 AM
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        I have a 3 year old Lhasa-poo and I need/help with why all of a sudden he stands up and he has a hard time staying steady and it appears that he can't make himself stand up for long almost like he has lost all control on his back side and back legs....please someone help me out.
      
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skynate Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:57:12 PM
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        my dog is 8 years old and looks to be having breathing problems. When she breaths at certain times she is like a sniffing breathing and she whines. she started this today and it seems to be hurting her to breath. she also has cancer ,,
      
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pattielee Monday, August 25, 2014 5:13:08 PM
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        why does our 11 year old husky follow sniff constantly bothering my 6 year old grand daughter to the point that my grND DAUGHTER IS CRYING OR IF PUT IN DIFFERENT ROOMS THE DOG CRIES AND WHINES    PLESE CAN SOMEONE HELP
      
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pammyd Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:34:45 PM
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        I have the exact same issue.  5 yr old intact male irish wolf hound and 6 yrs old daughter.  driving us crazy!
      
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purplemoon Tuesday, April 09, 2014
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        I would try and coax him ouside with a really tasty treat and tell him "Go potty!" If he is used to this command, he will do his business, if not try to teach him the command. If he does well and obeys, give a jackpot: a handful of cheese crackers or whatever his favorite treats are. I would go with real cheese, it's worth it! It might take a few trips outside, but it worked for my dog. Hope it helps.
      
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brocksmommy Tuesday, April 09, 2014
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        My bullmastiff seems very sensitive to cold/snow. So much so  he won't pee or poop outside. Then once warm and inside he does his business. What to do?
      
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mikey Tuesday, April 09, 2014
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        "I have a female English Mastiff that I've had for about a year. She gets along great with my male boxer and male English Mastiff. We just got a little 6 month old English bulldog (female). My female mastiff hates her. We can't even let them be in the same room together. My mastiff tries to bite her and get at her, she has Never been agressive like this before. What can I do to make them like each other and get along?"
      
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drspock Monday, April 08, 2014
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        i have a 1 yr old black lab male and have recently found an abandoned rott mix male puppy about 6 weeks old, i have brought the puppy home and my lab grawls at him and when the pup gets near my 10 month old baby my lab gets very territorial and runs into the rott, so far no biting has occured but im kind of lost on how to handle this, my daughter loves the puppy so i dont want to have to get rid of him. i cant afford a professional so hopefully this will help me. 
      
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moonsky Monday, November 10, 2014
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        Hello, We have a 6 year old male dog at home and we just got a new puppy which is a female and 8 weeks old. we brought her home and our male dog will not leave her alone. he is not mean he want to play and he sniffs her and tries to lick her and he will hump the air and lick the floor where she just gets up from. I don't know what to do to stop him. He hasn't been neutered in hopes that someday we could have pups. Other than that they get along, the puppy just wants to cuddle up with him but he just won't leave it alone long enough. What should I do? Thanks, Audrey. 
      
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rudolf Monday, November 10, 2014
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         I have a seven year old neutered Westie who is very territorial. He has lashed out at the new female Golden puppy twice and I am terrified. Would a muzzle be a good tool to protect the puppy so I can let them spend some time together? Thanks, 
Jane
      
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molly Monday, November 10, 2014
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        We adopted a springer spaniel from our neighbour 3 mths ago she is 5 years & called Sally. Recently she was spade as had phantom pregnancies & carried soft toys around in her mouth as her puppies. So we got a springer spaniel puppy yesterday, Sally meet him on her own in the garden & is not very happy, she growls at Zute the new puppy & seems afraid when he tries to play. We have seperated their sleeping area & only allow the puppy be with Sally when we are there, have you any other advice? 
Deirdre
      
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chinadoll Monday, November 10, 2014
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        I have a 1.5yr old Chinese Crested. He is a very scared dog, and when we 
have visitors he often growls and barks at them. We have just recently got a brand new White Shepherd pup. As you can imagine she is very active, and is very eager to play with Jerry my other dog. The crested appears to be really scared of the Shepherd, and he growls at her when she try's to play with him. He shakes and quivers when she barks at him, and he runs away from her, often jumping on tables that she can?t get to. I am very concerned; as I know he is snapping and growling at her out of fear. How do I make this work? Thank you! 

Sharon 
      
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maxi3872 Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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        My German Shepherd is obsessed with digging, how can I stop her. 
My 4-year-old GSD has completely destroyed our garden with digging. Our yeard looks like a minefield. As soon as my husband fills up the holes, she digs them up again. How can we stop her from doing that? Thanks for advice! 
      
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crystallight Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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         Many dogs love to dig in soft dirt or sand. Your dog probably enjoys a lot doing all that digging. You probably have heard that in the wild wolves and any other canids dig to create dens for their pups or to hide food. The instinct to dig remains strong in many dog breeds who bury their bones and toys and scratch out in cool places to rest in summertime heat. Some dogs dig to burn off energy and relieve boredom. 
Before you can fix your dog's digging problem, you need to understand her motivation for digging. Does she spend a lot of time alone in your backyard? Do you take the time to play with her? Is she exercised regularly? German Shepherds and Labrador retrievers are high-energy breeds who need fun and mentally stimulating activities to help wear them out. If you don't provide something for a dog like yours to do, she will make her own fun, most likely in a way you would not appreciate. 
Digging can be a difficult habit to break because dogs enjoy it. The key to fix it is to give your dog less destructuve ways to burn off her energy while also discouraging her to tear up your yard. 
Start protecting your garden by putting large rocks on top of the areas where your dog likes to dig. 
In addition to the above try to compromise with your dog and give her her own turf to tear up. Try a kiddy plastic pool, filling it with dirt and hiding a few biscuits for your dog to sniff. If you catch her digging on your turf, do somethig to startle her so that she will stop digging and look at you. Then direct her to where she is allowed to dig. 
I hope this will help.
      
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paloma Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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        Our 8-month old Australian shepherd lunged and nipped a friend in their home without warning. Pebbles is a very reserved and usually very calm puppy, but as he was growing up, he developed a mixture od dominance and fear aggression towards strangers. How can we make sure that he won't bite a stranger again? 
      
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aussiwolf Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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         I have a 2-year old border collie who occasionally eats grass and then a few moments later vomits it. Why do dogs eat grass anyway? I thought they are meat eaters.
      
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chriswindsor Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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        Well, dogs are omnivores which means that will eat anything, including meat and vegetation, and even kibble (cat food has special appeal to them) and all sorts of other things at which humans turn up their noses. 
Some dogs frequently eat grass and do not throw up after that. They may simply like the taste and feel the need to add some roughage to their regular meals. This is about those dogs who actually chew the grass blades. Grass can also act as a healthful aid for dogs with upset stomachs who need to purge their system. In that case you might have even noticed that they gobble the grass without really chewing it. The prickly little stalks irritate their stomach and cause them to vomit. That sounds like the case with your dog. 
If this occurs only occasionally, let nature take its course. But if he is vomiting daily and is not eating well, you need to talk to your vet. There may be a medical reason for this behavior. 
      
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blackfox Wednesday, January 02, 2014
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        We are desperate! We currently have 3 dogs, 2 females and 1 male. The male is a Husky and very energetic, where the 2 females are not and get annoyed with him. So, we got a border collie puppy. When the husky (McGraw) tried to play with the pup, one of the females attacks him. A very scary kind of attack - something she has never done before. We realize she is probably mothering the pup, but when the pup tried to play with her, she attacks the pup. It's because the pup is grabbing her ears, tail and whatever she can get a hold of to play. I know we should let the female show her dominance to the pup, but she is biting to the point the puppy screams and cries and runs away from us. We even thought her eye may have been damaged. We don't want to put the pup anywhere near the other dogs for her safety, but at the same time, we don't want to isolate her. Because of this problem, she is spending all her days in my daughter's room or in the room we fixed up for her (she won't stay in a crate - she gets hysterical). 
What can we do?? We don't want to take her back, but we don't want any of the dogs to get hurt! Thank you! 
      
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tanya19 Sunday, January 13, 2014
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        We have just introduced a new long haired girl chihuahua puppy to our two current dogs. Our boy black lab is fine with her, but our boy pit bull mix is not so good. He tries to bite her and he barks and growls deeply. We have tried putting her in her kennel and letting him sniff it but he buts the kennel so it falls and we are worried she will get hurt. We are not ignoring him or favoring the new dog. Any ideas? 
      
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ninya234 Friday, February 08, 2014
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        Hi, 
I am writing to you out of desperation. My husband and I have a 6 about to be 7 year old male Maltese named Shadow. We just got another puppy as of yesterday, who is a Labrador Pit mix, who we have named Shottas. I am so worried and confused. The first night Shadow slept on the same blanket with the puppy and things just seemed fine. However, on day two my Maltese is growling all the time at the new puppy and Shottas is whining for Shadow and wants to be around him however Shadow doesn't seem to want anything to do with him. Can you please help? 

We also have other issue with Shadow (i.e. the his constant need to be the center of attention, and his constant whining, etc..) we just knew things would go well but they appear not to be and my husband is already fallen for this new dog and things that things will change. I am unsure about this, Please help! I am scared because of the rep that pits get however I understand that he is a mixture- he seems sadden when Shadow ignores him and I really don't know what to do... 

Please any advice is greatly appreciated. 
      
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Guest Wednesday, February 13, 2014
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        I bought a new puppy, a weimarainer. I have an 4 year old sheperd mix, the new puppy wants to play and be social, but the sheperd mix runs away from him, and hides in the bedroom. He shows no aggresion towards the pupp, he justs seems afraid. If the puppy runs up to him to play, the older dog runs and hides. Does anyone have any advice on this situation???? 
      
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Guest Tuesday, February 19, 2014
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         I am looking for thoughts on introducing a puppy and a 5 year old dog. I have the 5 year old dog and my mom is picking up a 9 week old puppy this weekend. They will spend a lot of time together but they won't be living together. Sholud we do it right away or wait for a while? My dog has always been good around other puppies she has met (she is an Aussie, so she is vocal and usually herds them though). Any thoughts? 
Thanks, 
Kate
      
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Guest Sunday, March 09, 2014
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        "My puppy (Cookie) will be one year this month. Gabe brought home a puppy Saturday and my sweet loving cocker spainel has turned into a growling mouthy overbearing dog. This dog is only going to be here until we can find him a home. He belonged to a little girl who ended up in the hospital due to alergic reaction to the puppy. He is almost 3 months. I am not sure of the breed. He looks kinda like scooby do! Some have speculated he is a Rotty/Doby mix. He is dominated by Cookie but he keeps coming back for more. I have a cage in the basement but I don't think it is healthy for him to be isolated until we find him a home. He needs lots of attention in the housebreaking area. How can I get back my sweet loving Cocker while fostering this puppy. 
New to the dog world."
      
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Guest Friday, March 29, 2014
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         Hope you can help...FAST! Did a poor job of socializing my peekapoo, now 2 yrs. old. Thought a new playmate might help with her fear of sounds and other dogs or people. Bought a yellow Lab puppy but haven't picked him up yet. Need to know best way to integrate him into our family of two...my very antisocial dog and me. He is precious with me, has been a huge comfort since my husband died, but I didn't know I was supposed to socialize him. I want this to work....Please help!!!
      
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Guest Saturday, March 30, 2014
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        I have a 2 year old mixed Black Lab Male. we just adopted a 9 month old mixed black lab puppy- female. The male will no walk by the female. He will approach her rarely to check her out. If he wants to come in a room where he has to pass her, he will not enter. The hair on his back has been raised from time to time, a sign of defensiveness. He also also growled & bared his teeth. The puppy has not exhibited any sings of aggressiveness. But she wants to play. Whe she approaches him, he backs away. 
They haev seperate kennels & sleep in seperate rooms. They have seperate bowls for water & food but in the same room. Just his toys but we picked them up. 
Advice?  Thanks. Ken D 
      
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Guest Monday, April 01, 2014
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        We are bringing one of our male Yorkies new male puppies into the house in two weeks. Any special instructions for bringing male offsprings into a house. Our resident Yorkie is very social with other dogs and people. We are both retired and have two homes and move back and forth between both for days at a time. Sometimes we are together and other times at separate houses with either person keeping the dog. Our resident Yorkie grew up with this movement and adapts well to both houses and moving back and forth. 
Stan 
      
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Guest Tuesday, April 02, 2014
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        Hi, We have a problem with the new puppy we got. We currently have a 1.5 year old American Staff. and he is the most docile dog I ahve ever met. He has his terrier bursts of uncontrolable energy, btu other than that he is very calm and never show agression. We just brought home a new puppy last week of the same breed. She is 6 months old. Well being the puppy that she is she insists on playing with our older dog, and when he feels like playing they romp around and the only thing I worry too much about with him is him being clumsy and falling on her. But she has taken to biting at his face, ears and legs. He has started to get scratch marks on the sids of his face from her puppy teeth and I worry that she is being to rough on him. He has not made any attempt to put her in her place other than some gentle pinning which she easily squirms out of. Should I worry about him being hurt, or will he put a stop to it if she gets to rough for him to handle? 

Thanks, 
Bill 
      
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Guest Tuesday, April 02, 2014
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        My boyfriend and I have an eight month old lab who we love very much. He is training her to be a duck hunter and also involves her in the local retriever club. I would really like to get into training my own puppy and would also like to get a friend for our baby. I was just wondering at what age we should introduce a new puppy to the current puppy. I am going to school now and graduating in June so we would be waiting until this winter, probably December or so, which would put our baby over a year. Do you have any suggestions? I don't want to introduce one too early for fear that all of our hard work would go down the drain and she would revert back to her old annoying puppy ways. Thanks! 
      
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Guest Wednesday, April 03, 2014
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        I have a five-year-old dachshund, and recently found a two-year-old dachshund that looks almost identical. The new one is from the pound and would have been put down if I did not get her; however, my older dog has decided to spend more time alone, and does not want attention from me. When I pet her, she walks away, and if I call her, she comes and sits with her back to me. I feel like a traitor. 
      
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Guest Thursday, April 04, 2014
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        I have a 3 year old beagle. He was the 2nd dog to come into our house and we had no problems with our black lab. Our lab died last year and now we would like to adopt another lab. Our beagle has become the center of attention for a year, but he was very upset when our lab died. He wouldn't eat or play. He seems fine now, but I don't want to go through that again. Our beagle is not great with other dogs and I don't want to adopt a lab unless I know that he will behave. The breeder is in our neighborhood, but if I bring the beagle to their home, it will be their territory. Should I ask if I can bring the puppy to our home and see how it goes. 

Thank you, Karen 
      
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Guest Thursday, April 04, 2014
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        I have a question concerning the adjustment of an older dog to a puppy. I have had my Boston Terrier puppy for about a week, and am very concerned about my 2-year-old Boston's treatment of her. She is a very mild-mannered dog who is so excited about her new little sister that she goes wild with enthusiasm. She pushes her and jumps on her in an attempt to play. Our feisty little puppy wants to play too, but soon becomes overwhelmed and begins to snarl, bite, and chase. After a short itme she comes to me for protection. Any ideas on how I can get my older dog to calm down and develop a more peaceful relationship with the puppy? 
      
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Guest Friday, April 05, 2014
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        Hi, I have a 9 year old miniture poodle named Deedee. Whenever she sees other dogs or cats she goes crazy! She'll start barking and pull on the leash. She isnt used to other dogs because she doesnt see them very often. Is it possible to introduce a new puppy to the family? Theres this 12 week old boston terrier puppy that we are looking at. And we were wondering if she'll get along with the puppy. Please help! Thanks! 
      
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Guest Friday, April 05, 2014
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        I was thinking of introducing a new golden retriever puppy to my family which already has a 10 year old golden that has been my whole life. I do not want to upset him or hurt his feelings. Is it possilbe he gets so depressed he will just die? I just think having a puppy around so my older golden could teach him his great habits would be nice. 
      
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Guest Friday, April 05, 2014
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        Hello. We have introduced a new puppy (minature bulldog) to our two existing dogs (English Bulldog and Chocolate Lab), which are two and one half years old and have been raised together from day one. We have had the pup for two days now and the EB and CL are not warming up to the MB yet and, in fact, have each growled at the MB a few times when the MB has gotten close. The EB and the CL are both acting distant and are not their normal selves. We really would like to keep the puppy, but are concerned as to whether we have an impossible situation on our hands. Any suggestions? 
      
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Guest Saturday, April 06, 2014
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         I have a 4 year old yorkie who is a delight and has always played well with other dogs. My son brought home a 6 week old chocolate lab puppy this week and my yorkie is not happy about it at all. If the puppy gets close to any of us, Peanut (Yorkie) would charge at the new puppy and try to snap at it. We have managed to get Peanut to stay put when the puppy approaches my son or I by rewarding him with praise and petting. However, while he is now staying his distance, he is salvitating (slobbering) to the point that it is dripping from his mouth. I have never seen him have any signs of salvitating in any situation in the past 3 years and 8 months that I have had him. Is there any explaination for this? Please advise.
      
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Guest Saturday, April 06, 2014
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        My mom just got a new mixed breed puppy and I'm trying to make the transition run smoothly for my 14 year old Shih Tzu Scooter. Now Scooter in all her life has been afraid of other animals (The Guinea Pigs when we had them for example, despite eventually warming up to them because they stayed in their cages.) and to new puppy Lucy this is no different. I really want them to be friends, and apparently Lucy wants to as well as whe hopped to the edge of her playpen when I brought Scooter over. Is there anything I need to do about introducing a new puppy to a dog who has been afraid of other animals? 
      
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Guest Saturday, April 06, 2014
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         I have a 2 year-old miniature poodle (although she's about the size of a large toy poodle) and we've recently got a 4-month-old standard poodle puppy. 
They seem to get along until the puppy will try to play with the older, smaller dog. The puppy will snap and bark at the older dog in a playful way, and the older dog takes it as a threat and goes all-out to get the puppy to be submissive by growling, snarling, chasing, and snapping back. The puppy continues to taunt the smaller dog because it thinks that the smaller dog is playing when she is obviously not. 
Help PLEASE!!!! We keep thinking that the older, smaller dog will get the point across that she is the alpha dog in this home- but the puppy thinks she's playing!!! 
What should we do? Let it go on? 
Help!
      
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Guest Sunday, April 07, 2014
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        Hi, 
I have a small 1 year old dog and I'm not really sure what breed she is but i believe she is a chihuahua mix. She is very playful and is not aggressive at all. I'm planning on getting an akita puppy in about a month but I'm worried that they won't get along especially after reading that akitas don't do well with other small animals. Would the puppy's gender be any problem for socialization? Would it even be possible to have them together? 
      
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Guest Sunday, April 07, 2014
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        Hello, I currently have a 12 mnths old westie called Leo, he is really good when not with other dogs, otherwise is goes really excited and sometimes, we are not even sure if it was an attack or just rough play. But recently, my neighbors, whose got a whippet or something, which is also crazy, got another dog- a yorkie. And I was walking to her and she told me her whippet was also a lot like Leo before she got the yorkie,he wasnt socialized enough when he was a puppy, just like Leo. My family and I have been considering buying another westie for a while now. Do you think Leo would appreciate this companion? Will the puppy suit our life? Is there anything I should do before bringing the puppy home?? 

P.S.- Leo has attended puppy training and hence has improved a lot, but still not perfect, so we are thinking that getting another Westie would socialise him?? 

Thank you very much. 
      
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Guest Sunday, April 07, 2014
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        We used to have two dogs. I had to put one down because of a stroke, the doctor thinks. He would have been 14 years old this last Sept. He was a purebred German Shepherd. My other dog is a 4 year old purebred Golden Retriever. He is doing great as a very loving and affectionate dog and for having the house to himself. I was just wonder how it would be for him if I got a new purebred German Shepherd as a companion.Both dogs would be males.As before both dogs where males and where the best of friends.My question really boils down to, will the German Shepherd grow up and dominate him? I know, its really sad that I am worried about the feeling of the older dog. Is this wrong to feel this way. Or will eveything just find a way to work itself out? 
      
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Guest Sunday, April 07, 2014
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        Hi my name is Amanda and we have brought our new puppy home today and introduced him to our female 9yr old staffy, and I am a bit worried, she doesn't get along with female dogs but always had no problems with males, so our puppy is a male,she seems ok with him but she wont let him do anything, she keeps walking in front of him and stopping him from going anywhere, she wont allow him to come to any of our family, she is fine when he is lying down. This is day one should I be worried about this behavior from the 9yr old female or will it settle down , and do you have any tips on making things a little easier for my little pup? 
      
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Guest Sunday, April 07, 2014
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        Hello, I hope you can help because I am worried about introducing my new puppy to my two older dogs. We have two outside dogs, a 5 year old Border Collie mix and a 10 year old Rottweiler/Chow mix, and just a few days ago took in a 11 week Yorkshire terrier puppy. The new puppy will spend most of her time inside but I am worried about the other dogs showing aggression when we let the puppy out to go pee. At the moment, she hasn’t been introduced to either of the dogs. The Rottweiler mix is used to being the alpha female and has shown aggression towards other dogs in the past (biting, snapping, and growling). She acted this way when we introduced our Border Collie to her years ago and I am scared that she might go too far since the puppy is so tiny. Just wondering if you have any suggestions that might help this situation. 
That you, 
Christina 
      
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Guest Monday, April 08, 2014
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         Hi, my name is Laura and I have a 1 1/2 year old neutured male Pekapoo, he is spoiled rotten and loves everyone! I have been looking at getting a Female Yorkie puppy but my pekapoo is a little ruff with other dogs... Especially females. He doesn't want to hurt them, he is just playing but so ruff and spastic. I'm worried about the size difference and I don't want him to hurt her. How do I get him to be more gentle and less spastic? Please help!
      
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Guest Monday, April 08, 2014
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        Hello, We have just brought a new female bulldog puppy into our home with 2 cats and an older, female terrier cross. Both the cats are reluctant to come inside the house and my older dog wont even look at the puppy. The puppy is being really playful towards my older dog but she keeps running away and is really scared, she has even started growling and snapping at the puppy when it gets too close. I am giving my older dog loads of attention aswell. She is fine in the park with other dogs so I am confused as what to do. Please help! 
      
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Guest Monday, April 08, 2014
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        hello, My name is Kaitlyn, and our family just rescued a 12 week old shephard/lab mix. We currently have a 3 year old Chesapeak Bay retiever. Our Chessie named Brandy has had the run of the house for 3 years. While she has tolerated other dogs from time to time, she has growled, snipped at and ran off other dogs out side of our home. We really never had occasion to bring another dog into the house, but felt that if she could accept this one, then maybe she could have a playmate while we are out of the house. I am just interested to know about specific what to dos and what not to dos as far as behaviors. I don't want to make Brandy anymore jealous, or cause the puppy Sophie and undo trauma. I read about keeping them separated and gradually having them spend more time together, and separate eating areas. But what else can we do to ensure that the dogs get along. What should we look for in the older dog as signs of having had enough of the puppy? Should the puppy have her own toys only in her play area? Should we allow Brandy to play with the Sophies toys? At what point should we intervene when Brandy is showing dominance over the puppy? 
Thanks for any help or advice you can give us. 
Kaitlyn 
      
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