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TJ Flanagan | 4 months ago
My 5 Year Old English Setter Has Just Barking Viciously At My 15 Year Old Dog They Have …

My 5 year old English Setter has just barking viciously at my 15 year old dog They have gotten sling for the past four years but the past 2 evenings I’ve had to keep them separated. My old dog was just diagnosed with kidney disease.

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Krista Magnifico
3 months ago

Hello,
I’m not sure what your question is?

Laura
3 months ago
Reply to  TJ Flanagan

It could be the sudden change in smell, certainly. I think I’d keep them separated for awhile, then reintroduce. If reintroductions go poorly, expect to separate until your older dog passes.

(The older dog might want to be separated from the younger while feeling ill, as well.)

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Erin | 4 months ago
My Dog Was Recently Attacked By A Small Offleash Dog. We Were Able To Keep Anyone …

My dog was recently attacked by a small offleash dog. We were able to keep anyone from getting hurt and it was mostly just noisy barking. Since the attack my usually friendly dog has been extremely leash aggressive to any dog passing on the street. Barking and growling, extremely over reacting. I have also avoided the dog park she usually enjoys bc I am afraid of how she will react. How can I help her get back to her confident friendly, less traumatized self?

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Sarah
4 months ago

It sounds like you might need to hire a behaviorist to help you out….I do know that positive reinforcement is your best friend- so if you pass another dog and she reacts, then no reward, but if she is calm, then reward. I am sure that it will take time and patience. Maybe your vet can put you in contact with a trainer or behaviorist that will be able to offer some help or even come work with you. Good luck!!!

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Juilan | 5 months ago
We Have Two Italian Greyhounds. The Older, A 16-year-old Neutered Female, Is Nearly Blind From Cataracts (…

We have two Italian Greyhounds. The older, a 16-year-old neutered female, is nearly blind from cataracts (can only see shadows) and almost completely deaf (responds to loud noises with one ear). She is otherwise healthy having recently had some teeth removed with the vet commenting on the great shape she is otherwise in. She has always slept in the bed with us at night, however, with her lack of eyesight, she cannot judge the edge of the bed and has fallen off so we stopped that practice. She now sleeps on the ground floor of the house in her own bed on the floor. In fact, she spends 24 hours a day in that bed except to eat and when she goes out.
The problem is that at night she will awaken every two hours and begin to bark making it necessary for me to come down to her. I usually will take her out, but often she will just stand there barking until I bring her back in, so I do not think it is a bathroom issue. I think she realizes she is alone and that is what causes the barking. We have tried leaving lights on all night, or the TV, we even got her a heartbeat pillow, but still she will get up and bark every two hours at night. During the day, she will sleep all day without the barking.
The only thing I have found is if I sleep on the couch in the same room she will not get up. What I do not understand is that she cannot see or hear me sleeping in the room yet my being in the room seems to prevent her from waking.
If someone can explain to me how she knows if I am or am not in the room when she cannot see or hear me? It is uncanny. If I am sleeping silently in the room she is fine, but as soon as I leave the room, she is awake and barking within two hours. Better still can someone tell me how to deal with this issue. She is afraid to walk on a lead any more so ‘taking her for a walk before bed’ is not an option. We have tried several different feeding schedules (I make all their food) with no success. Now she is fed in the morning and in the evening. She is not on any medication. It is truly bewildering. Any help would be appreciated.

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Krista Magnifico
4 months ago

Hello,

You have a greyhound. Emphasis on “hound”. She can lose her hearing and sight completely but that nose of hers is a secret weapon. I would guess she knows you are there by all of her sense most importantly her nose. I would either move downstairs or use a gated play pen upstairs for her. It’s safe. She’s with you and it might be a solution. Keep us posted. Also look into cognitive dysfunction in older dogs. There are lots of tips and helpful supplements that might help. Good luck. Keep us posted.

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Sukhpreet | 1 year ago
Hello, I Am Very Interested In Getting A Dog, However Where I Live I Might Have …

Hello, I am very interested in getting a dog, however where I live I might have an issue with our neighbours. They have two dogs, both primarily live in their back garden, they have had them for about several years and have never taken either of them for a walk. Whenever I go into my back garden they start barking incessantly, they are often left alone for hours despite one of the couple who live there not working. Would still be possible for me to get a dog, take it into the garden for toilet-training and to play under these circumstances?

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Laura
1 year ago

You COULD, but it would take work. I ‘d also look into reinforcing your fencing, and making it impossible to see through. I’m sorry your neighbors are terrible dog owners. 🙁

Laura
1 year ago
Reply to  Sukhpreet

Well, if you keep a pup engaged with YOU when outside, they’re less likely to be distracted by the other dogs.

I wouldn’t leave a dog out in the garden unsupervised – I don’t with my 6 year old, and I certainly wouldn’t with a puppy. If pup starts barking like a fool, the fun ends and everyone goes inside.

Sarah
1 year ago

Hi there😊 I’m in agreement with a Laura- it will take work on your part. But it’s possible. You will just have to work a lot on proper training to get your dog in the mindset he or she needs to be in. You’ll almost ha e to somewhat desensitize them to your neighbors dog(s). That will be hard work, but again- with time, patience and training, anything is possible. And also- I would test the fence and make sure there is no way dogs can get in or through it… just to be safe. Best of luck!

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Mary | 1 year ago
Hi All, I Have A Six Year Old Jack Russell Mix Presented With Neck Pain About 5 …

Hi all, I have a six year old Jack Russell mix presented with neck pain about 5 weeks ago. The vet did xrays and saw calcifications in the c2-c3 area. I can’t afford to go the neurologist, so my vet is treating him with prednisone, tramadol, diazepam, methocarbamal, and gabapentin. He had a few days last week without his “episodes” as I call them after we upped his diazepam. Also last week we lowered his prednisone. I have had to hand feed him soft food because crunchy causes an episode, and him eating from a bowl causes an episode. These “episodes” are him screaming in pain, his neck thickens up, his back arches, it is so gut wrenching to see my baby go through this. Well after 5 days of no events, he had an episode yesterday and he hurt all day. It seemed to be worse than when it all started. Today is awful also. He is taking his meds but cries when he does. I have him on crate rest. I even put a note on the door asking people not to knock or ring the doorbell as barking also causes problems. I guess my question is with all these meds and rest, should we further along than where we are? I will call my vet in the morning for his opinion, but I was curious as to how others have handled this timeline.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, These cases are really hard to fit a normal. Everyone is different and each has its own twists and turns. Also I get concerned when we don’t have a firm diagnosis. Has your vet done xrays and bloodwork? If so I think it’s best to ask for a recheck ASAP and go over your pets medications and plan. It might need a little tweaking based on the pain your dog is having now. Also please inquire about cage rest. It sounds like you are on a good pain regimen but rest and sedation might be needed now. I hope… Read more »

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Charlotte | 1 year ago
I Have A 5 Year Old Male Maltese And All He Does Is Bark We Have Tried …

I have a 5 year old male Maltese and all he does is bark we have tried everything I have done training with him I have tried anxiety meds for dogs I have tried bark collars thunder vest and even leaving a tv on with dog music a blanket with my scent toys bones and nothing at all works and my neighbors get really upset and complain about his barking and have even threatened to call animal control but I don’t know what to do any more please help

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, I firmly believe that every dog barks for a very good reason. The challenge is spending enough time and effort to figure out what they are trying to tell you. Start at the vets office with an examination and diagnostics. Look for any signs of pain, infection, allergy, inflammation, discomfort, etc. I always (ALWAYS!) also do a rectal exam to check anal sacs. Then we talk about the home life environment. How much exercise and attention is your dog getting? Has anything changed in the household? A recent arrival or departure? Anything? If the barking is becoming obsessive and… Read more »

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Ashleigh | 1 year ago
My 9 Month Old Puppy Keeps On Chewing His Tail Relentlessly And Chewing His Feet. He Also …

My 9 month old puppy keeps on chewing his tail relentlessly and chewing his feet. He also sticks both his tail and feet down his throat as far as they will go. When he is playing with toys he keeps squashing them and trying to swallow them whole. He seems frustrated when doing this but he will be playing and then will break away to chew tail or feet. He won’t stop trying to eat EVERYTHING. Three trips previously to the vet to remove large things he has swallowed. He has so much energy and not just normal pup energy.. he does not nap at all through the day. He can go on hours of massive runs through the day and does not even lie down once through the day. Constantly on the go, no off button at all. Becoming quite dominant with other dogs and has started barking at me for attention when he’s not getting any. He has started mouthing people when he meets them, not aggressively but more for attention. He isn’t neutered but people have told me that may be a good start. The behavioural issues are a new thing, he’s been perfect up until the past couple of weeks. Chewing his tail and feet has been going on months. Have been to the vets about it but they don’t seem interested and basically said to think about having his tail docked, he will still attempt to chew what is left so it would never heal!

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
Wow. This is a lot of worrisome issues. At this point I think that I would say to: Please seek a second opinion from a different vet who will actually help you both. I also strongly advocate a trainer and loads of exercise to help keep him from developing other abnormal behaviors. Training, exercise and an understanding of what is going on in your pups head and environment are all crucial to long term success and safety.

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Michelle Martinez | 1 year ago
I Have A Labrador I Don’t Know If She Is Pregnant She Has Excessive Barking…

I have a Labrador I don’t know if she is pregnant she has excessive barking because sometimes we put her in the garage and she has her house there and she sleeps with my boy dog golden retriever the point is that I don’t know if Labrador is prevent and I really wan to place a barking collar on her but we don’t want that to get in the way of her puppies she might have but we don’t know if she is pregnant

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Laura
1 year ago

Hi Michelle, you have multiple issues happening. If your lab is pregnant, please get her spayed. You are not equipped to handle a litter of puppies. The other issue – the barking – is managed by giving her more to do. She is most likely bored! This is a smart working breed, and they need mental work regularly. Instead of using an aversive like a bark collar, work your dog!

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Dear Dr Krista, Thank You For Connecting Me To This Site. Just Learning How To…

Dear Dr Krista, thank you for connecting me to this site. Just learning how to use it.

We are picking up a pup this weekend. She will have her initial vet visit.
Information you can provide is appreciated. Your staff is a treasure trove of information. I learned so much from our corgis.
I plan to bring her right in for you to evaluate. She is a Havapoo and is 9 weeks
This little lady will need to be trained to have her teeth brushed every day, nails touched by the dremmel (?), and cost brushed daily. It’s important that she be really comfortable with all this process.
1. So, what tooth brush to
start with?
2. What nail tool is best?
3. What brush/comb to start her on?
4. How about a harness, restraint, leash, etc?

There are a few things I want to really get RIGHT: potty training, low barking, just woof and huff, and possibly hand signals.

My intention is to train her to be a cancer support dog for myself and later for others. I have read the book on potty traning a support dog and plan to use that method. It will be helpful to have something to prove or show that she is “in training” even at this stage as I will be taking everywhere until she gets the potty box pee and poop routine down pat.

Also, i picked up a soft side carrier with a seat belt hook up, a pouch snuggle for pups, and I am not planning to use a crate.
5. what kind of chewy toys, green meanies, etc should I get? I have concerns about strings.

We have small ceramic food and water bowls we use for kitties. Will these be sufficient?

I will find out what the Breeder is feeding her, how much, how often and bring some home. What food should we use?

-Lots of questions, I know. Everything will be helpful.

Blessings,
Connie K

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, Congratulations on your new puppy. All of these can and should be discussed at your first puppy exam. But I’ll try to answer them here for you and to help others here to. 1. As a puppy I recommend they get used to nail trims and teeth brushing just by playing with the feet, starting to trim at home with small nail trimmers and putting your fingers in the mouth to acclimate them to brushing down the road. I’m not a dremel person but the same pre exposure practice applies. 2. Glass, ceramic or stainless steel for bowls is… Read more »

Laura
1 year ago

Oh yay! I LOVE hearing about local puppies! Have you considered looking into obedience classes and/or puppy pre-k for your pup? 4paws up near you has an excellent obedience trainer, Kathy Forthman. I see they also have socialization stuff with Bob Chenoweth – I don’t know him, but I know the caliber of trainers who have used 4paws and I wouldn’t hesitate to use any of their trainers. We at Best Friends Dog Obedience also have a Saturday morning puppy pre-k at Roland Park Country School.

Good luck with your pup!

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Sarah White | 2 years ago
How Can I Teach My Dog To Bark? She Is A 2 Year Old Labrador…

How can I teach my dog to bark? She is a 2 year old labrador. The only time she ever barks is when she is in her outside pen and sees me drive home from work. That’s when she barks continually until she sees me come out of the house and walk towards her pen. Once she sees me head her way, she stops barking. I always bring her in the house with me when I’m home. When I let her out to pee, she does her business then comes back to the door and just sits there waiting to be let in. She doesn’t bark to let me know she’s back. I thought that because she can see inside because it’s a glass door, she just waits until someone sees her, so I tried waiting her out. I hid and waited. She just sat there staring inside. I’ve tried sitting the curtain. I’ve also tried just sitting on the sofa and ignoring her, hoping she’ll bark to get my attention. She just doesn’t bark. What can I do?

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, Training and behavior are almost impossible to treat effectively via online advice. There are so many little intricate messages that pets send and receive that it is impossible to provide the nuanced advice that you are looking for. In general I can provide some basic insight on average behavior but I can’t specify why and how in this case without knowing you, your dog and the environment a whole lot better. I think your first mistake and issue is that you leave her outside all day. She has learned that no matter much barking she does outside (which I’m… Read more »

Laura
1 year ago

I’d suggest being more mindful of what she’s doing. Be GRATEFUL she isn’t a barker – once they start, they don’t stop easily! That said, you could always invest in a doggy door that goes in the open slider (assuming this is a sliding door). This will allow her to come and go as she pleases when you’re home.’