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Shawn Ramsay | 6 years ago
I Adopted A Rescue Dog A Few Months Ago With A History Of Abuse/neglect. …

I adopted a rescue dog a few months ago with a history of abuse/neglect. I still can’t get him near the door of the house so he lives in an outside kennel and has a dog box. For example, last weekend I sat down and threw treats his way to get him closer to me but he got halfway to the house and ran back to the kennel. He won’t tolerate a leash and just lays on the ground. The next problem would be house training due to the leash phobia and not wanting to go into the house. This Newfoundland/Boxer mix is the sweetest dog I have ever owned and I want him to be happy and healthy in our home!

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Jana Rade
5 years ago

Hi Shawn, so great you gave this guy a home. Unfortunately, you cannot really speed the process up. The more you try to rush him, the more counterproductive your efforts will be. It has to happen in his pace. Please check out A Guide to Living with & Training a Fearful Dog http://dawgbusiness.blogspot.ca/2011/10/book-review-guide-to-living-with.html  and/or Fearful Dogs FB group https://www.facebook.com/fearfuldogs Getting a fearful dog over their fear(s) is a painstaking (but highly rewarding) work. It takes patience and consistency. If you have any BAT trainers in your area, you could bring them in to help you out. In the meantime, you… Read more »

Micha Michlewicz
5 years ago

Jana gives good advice, however, I additionally recommend investing in a professional’s help to see if you can make more headway. 

I typically recommend professionals ONLY from one of the following directories as they practice using humane behavior modification based on up to date science.

This will be your most expensive but possibly most helpful option: 
http://www.dacvb.org/about/member-directory/

Or typically less expensive but still helpful and most can also subscribe medications (psychotrophics):

http://avsabonline.org/resources/find-consult

Still expensive usually, and very helpful, but most not able to subscribe medications:
http://certifiedanimalbehaviorist.com/page6.html

From here on, fees vary:

https://iaabc.org/consultants
http://www.associationofanimalbehaviorprofessionals.com/directory.html

http://www.petprofessionalguild.com/PetGuildMembers
https://www.academyfordogtrainers.com/aboutgrads/Academy_Graduate_Referral_List.pdf
https://www.karenpryoracademy.com/find-a-trainer
http://www.trulydogfriendly.com/blog/?page_id=4

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Amy Collins | 6 years ago
She Is Just Over 2 Years Old And A Belgian Shephard Cross With (I Think…

She is just over 2 years old and a Belgian Shephard Cross with (I think) Podenco, due to the fact she has very large ears and was born on the Canarian island of Tenerife. It did grow quite quickly, it seemed to appear overnight almost and it hasn’t really grown much since I spotted it.

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Jana Rade
5 years ago

Hi Amy,

it does sound and look like one. The important rule with bumps, though, is KNOW, DON’T GUESS. So please do have your vet evaluate and conclusively identify this.

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/skin/c_dg_histiocytoma

Christina Chambreau
5 years ago

Dear Amy, The conventional approach will be well covered by another, and probably will be to do a biopsy. The blood will probably show eosinophils so that may be the first thing to do. I am holistically trained so I have a few different suggestions for you. We often find that any type of tumor is triggered by vaccines and toxins, so for now, avoid all vaccines and other toxins (flea control, house and yard chemicals). We often see tumors resolve when you discover the ideal diet – usually a fresh meat (raw or cooked) and pureed vegetable diet. Since… Read more »

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Sharon Gainer | 6 years ago
Mid July I Rescued A Chihuahua, 1-2 Yrs, Male, Not Altered. Within 2 Weeks Of…

Mid July I rescued a Chihuahua, 1-2 yrs, male, not altered. Within 2 weeks of rescuing him, I had him neutered. For 6 weeks afterwards, I wore a belly band on him, because I have 2 other males, and didn’t want to risk him marking till his hormones straightened out. Everything was going well, till just recently, now he has started to poop in the house at least once a day, and I have caught him lifting his leg. What in the world is going on??? And how do I remedy this problem?? Thank you!

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Pam Williams | 6 years ago
Cooper Has A Swollen Eye And Nose. He Gets Into A Lot Of Things…

Cooper has a swollen eye and nose. he gets into a lot of things. Is it ok to give him Benadryl once to see if this helps solve the problem?

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Brian Bowers | 6 years ago
I Have A Female Pit Bull Terrier (spayed) That Is 10 Months Old. Pearl…

I have a female pit bull terrier (spayed) that is 10 months old. Pearl generally has a great disposition and gets along well with everyone including other dogs. The “problem” is that she is showing less and less interest in her dog food when first provided to her. And it’s the meaty stuff (Alpo cans)! I’m not too worried because she usually eats it eventually but she often will wait hours. Yes, Pearl is spoiled with treats and bits of human food but it seems so odd that she would rather eat whatever we might be having (e.g. a french fry) than this wet, meaty food. She weighs about 55 pounds and gets one 13 oz can in the morning and one in the evening. She also has a constant supply of dry food in a dish but she just picks at that upon occasion. She has a regular place to eat near where we eat and spend most of our time and her Alpo is given to her each time on a new (clean) dinner plate. We have one cat that ends up eating some of the food and Pearl doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, Pearl seems to be more interested in trying to eat the cat’s plain dry food than her own. In short, she seems to like eating most anything except her own dog food. Thoughts?

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Jana Rade | 6 years ago
Can A Mouse Bite Pose Any Risk To A Dog?

Can a mouse bite pose any risk to a dog?

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Justin Pitts | 6 years ago
I Am Hoping To Get Some People To Answer Some Questions For Me To Help…

I am hoping to get some people to answer some questions for me to help with my new dog running business. Your help would be greatly appreciated the info is for demographic purposes only.
http://dogrunner530.weebly.com/survey.html

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Laura Tomaschefsky | 6 years ago
Trying To Help 6mon Old Feral Kitten The Was Attacked By Something Last Weekend. He…

Trying to help 6mon old feral kitten the was attacked by something last weekend. He was treated at Jarrettsville Vet Mon & today. He will not move his body, hasn’t been to the bathroom since this AM, pupils large, constant meowing. ER?

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Reggie Turner | 6 years ago
Why Is Dog Bleeding From Penis?

Why is dog bleeding from penis?

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Jessica Alpha | 6 years ago
My Italian Greyhound Puppy Named Iggy Is Showing Signs Of Skin Allergies. Is It…

My Italian Greyhound puppy named Iggy is showing signs of skin allergies. Is it possible he has both a grass/pollen AND a food allergy? How common is that?

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Jana Rade
5 years ago

What signs is she showing? Some dogs indeed can be allergic to about everything under the sun. Typically, if problems occur year-round, you do need to consider food allergies, though there are things in the environment, namely indoors, which are present year-round also, such as dust mites, smoke residue, even things such as carpet cleaners, laundry soap, dryer sheets and other things which need to be considered also. Don’t forget fleas. Just because they cannot be seen, doesn’t mean they cannot cause problems. Flea allergies are extremely common. If your dog is allergic to flea bites, just one bite can… Read more »