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
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.
My neighbor is getting rid of her sweet Terrior mix after one day! And I’m conflicted….
So long story short two days ago my neighbor who lost a dog several months ago a dog that was almost in every way perfect he loved her from the start though at first skiddish warmed up quickly, loved her and was perfect for three years old. Three years later he sadly passed away unexpectedly. After several months our kind elderly neighbor decided to get a new dog.
My mother and her went to the Shelter to find her a new dog two days ago. She was interested in a Yorki mix, who was said at the time to be 3yrs. Shes sweet but skiddish, came from Hawaii, with unknown background and licked my neighbors hand which she fell in love with. Before the people besides her who also wanted her could put down payment she smacked itdown andnfilled out the forms.
Next day she invited me along, as a college student and of sorts a step in granddaughter I help walk her dogs throughout the years and care for them when she vists family. She wanted the dog to thus know my mother and my own scent as friendly.
However she was nervous (a very nervous over thinking woman) by the fact that the vet put her around 7-8yrs, making her elderly even though her breed lives for ten or more years after the fact. Though her background is so far unknown, Ive made theories do to quirks I’ve seen in her. Her neves and uncertenties were heightened by the fact that she has some missing teeth….and the fact that on the srcond day, pick-up visit, even with us a distance away so not to intimidate or worry her she was more nervous then she was the day before.
So anyways, while distillingnher fears as family friends, and dog owners our whole life (shes only really enjoyed having dpgs that I know of since her husbands passing and she didnt like her husbands Scottie as much cause he was to active and gave him up)…
Well I should start by saying this song and dance we’ve been through with her once before. Before her dog that was perfect and lasted three years she had a dog that was a year old pr so, not trained and barked a bit, she hated all these things so mipuch that within a week regaurdless of us telling her what to do, helping and such she got rid of it and gave it to her gardener. So let me say personally I see it as a pattern now after this latest finding. She gets herself in a worry and everything so to speak falls apart so to speak.
Okaay so after we convinced her that 7-8yrs was still not bad and seeing no other dog she lied at the shelter. She decided to take her home. She waas very skittish, and made the poor decision to have my mother and I hold her (I was gone working with my dog and didnt have a say to tell her it was a bad idea on the first day to do for long periods while she shopped cause she sorta bonded with my mom, and later dog when I brought him by do to the really hot wheather not being ablr to keep him in a hot car).
Well after she marked her territory, she got really mad and thinking she’d take her back. We explained that dogs dont generally especially if from a shelter come house trained, even then she is most likely marking her territory, all my history of dogs even house trained on first day with mark their territory in some way. Claiming the house as theirs. Her previous dog was a rare case.
Anyways, after we left, apprantly they had a good night. Watched tv, etc. Except she stayed up herself till 2 am. Putting the dog to slep late. She ahd already been sleeping at her feet and didnt want to go in the cafe. She hadnt bought a ticker or anything like that but two toys that crinkled and I swear were cat toys. I guess around 4am she started barking ro waking her. Onky when she said no would she sop then start again.
She called my mom this morning saying she couldn’t do this. We rushed upnthere both with a piece of mind and eart in this for the sweet elderly dog that has had a hard life and was either on the streets or an abusive home and or both (most likely both)She was happy in her new home, and quiet when we arrived. She had bonded obviousky with her neighbor by her actions and distance from us, which I was relieved but soured by. We were going to watch her as my neighbir had a hair appointment. But we convinced her even when it made her anxious to wait it out two weeks, let the dog get comfortable with her sepchedule, and holdin ideas on how to fix the problems she worried over (despite our advise she still kept the dog in a small crate in a small spare computer room not in her room with her since its worked for all previous dogs).
Despite this, i had to leave to give the fedex a signed paper and tale care of our own dog, who had Sunday (six days ago) lost his mate our baby from the same farm, a year apart. (This comes into the question later).
Were doing our best to keep him acticpve on wakjs, especially since in her last few days she andnhim dug holes for the first time ever in our fense gates to escape (probably out of nerves for our house being painted and some parts rewooded/fixed). So walks were the only way to get him out and about since he did this again since her death.
Anyways I feel bad, during this time I suffered a severe headache from walking the new neighbirs dog upat the neighbourhood above us, somthing she enjoyed. But with the smoke from fires and general allergens and lack of usual morning pills since we flew up there I was really having a hammering headache and needed some time to cool in the hosue before returning. Whi ch I giess I now feel bad for an hour before i actually went back uo almost two I had a feeling to go up immediatly and didnt. Heres the thing, my mom walked the yorki mix and she bolted gking to the cul-di-sac I walked her in and rested in the shade of the trees by the pond/swamp. Where two boys helped my mom catch her.
During this time I unknowingly was getting better, got the coffee my mom asked for and walked our dog a bit.
Heading back up after my own few mishaps I came to find them both, espxasperated and my mom got out of the elderly neighbirs car to tell me that she just got back a hour ago from running. As we went in the neighbor said befpcause she took off (kinda like her husbands dog would, though she says she could catch him, even my mom coukdnt catch him in those days) that she was takingnehr back to the Shelter tomorrow.
The problem is this morning my mom asked if we coukd take her in to me. I want to but shes smal and the fense even without the unusal hole ahs had rabbits come in and such, where we havent found their hooes but know its near our back fense, meaning she wouldnt be able to be out for long periods like my dad perfers when were gone or to let them out for outside time.
With that said we have a mourning dog. Our precious baby female died sunday at exactly 11pm, the first not to go to the vet to be put down due to illness and no light in the eyes. She passed in our house surrounded by all of us. Even he watched (though first chose to ignore all that was going on). He didnt show the signs I read about of depression till two days later, though I already started doing long walks and the like. I read about how long to monitor and till a new dog can come in, and it said most vets and stuff suggest three months at least. She was his literal mate since the day we brought him home??? Litterally the first thing he did when he saw her… even the moment after being well you know? first thing hes a funny boy but they loved each other when they werent mad. Even though he got along and is friendly in the neighbors hoke with this new dog, I fear bringing in a new female especially elder is to soon for him, andnits not even been six days. I dont want him hatingnher or think were replacing his mate. But also my mom fears therunning as shes not so spritsy maybe my dad is, but their both in their Golden Years/senior rate years. I love her two, she even played a game with me today where she walked one way then soon as I neared she jumped playfully and jumped happily playing keepaway with her leash hadle it was cute.
Thing is my neighbor after having me ask facebook friends and the like addmited having an agreement with the shelter if she wasnt going tonkeep her to bring her back… so there that goes. But my mom and I are watching this sadly feeling lost after such a loss in our family and yet unsire really wanting to help this swet girl.
What is your best suggestion knowing the circumstances that we should do, Im in college and live at hoke so Im not going anywhere and care and love my dogs… Should we take in this dog not even a week since the death of our Baby girl? Should we let her be at the shelter for another family? Or is there something we can do to help both my elderly neighbor and the yorki be happy living together and fixing the possible problems????
They aslo now are worried that her poop was dry and brittle outisde her cage.
Please let us know, and thank you for taking your time to read through my overly long explanation, for everything that you do, and putting up with my many grammar and writting errors thanks to the limitednview on my tablet.
Hello, a few days ago our family adopted a 2-year-old dachshund-terrier mix. It is a trail to adopt and we are adopting from a foster family who found him as a stray so he is still a bit skittish, but the foster family and the rest of my family agree that he is warming up to us nicely, however, this is only during the daytime. His previous foster family recommended and let us borrow their ex-pen for nighttime and time that we are away. The first night we were unaware of how to stabilize the ex-pen and he destroyed the bed we provided for him and he also moved the ex-pen enough to be able to claw a little at the furniture, but I have not seen him try to damage or go back to the spot he damaged the first night since then (while outside of the crate). The second night since we did not have a way to stabilize him we brought out our old crate from our previous dog to put him in because at least he could not move that around until we found a way to stabilize the ex-pen, but he continued his barking and destruction from the night before and even chewed off his harness that his foster family recommended to leave on at all times for at least the first week. Today we got him a new harness and know to take it off before putting him in the crate. Things I have noticed is that he’s not hostile when I take him out of the crate nor when we put him in unless we surprise him because again he is still a bit skittish, it is only when we all leave he will start barking and tearing stuff up, and we were told to not give into his barking. Tonight I decided to let him now he wasn’t alone by sitting by the crate while he was inside for a good 30 minutes, and for those 30 minutes he only seemed to whine once, but he still whines occasionally anyways outside of the crate since he is in a new environment. I have now snuck away and he has been quiet ever since I left but it leaves me with the conclusion that he hates to be alone and since it has been the weekend we will also have to start leaving him in the ex-pen during the day as well. I want to know if my methods of staying with him after being put in the crate are something I should continue, and even if putting the crate in my room so he is a bit more at ease is recommended. I would also like to ask what is the best way to secure and ex-pen and what we should be doing about his bed destroying habits. As one last piece of information, his old foster family did use the ex-pen a lot, so it seems that our new doggy has separation anxiety and we all want to help him feel comfortable.
Hello! My sister is going to be sending over her staffordshire bull terrier puppy. She’s tried to crate train the puppy, and complains about the puppy chewing on furniture, not being potty trained, and running away. I’m going to have the puppy for 2 weeks to teach it simple obedience. It’s a non-aggressive dog who lives with 2 cats, a boxer, and a child. Is there anything I should know of while/before training the puppy that is breed-specific? Any issues that anyone has come across with this specific breed? I’ve trained pets before but they were all mutts, and I want to be warned of any breed-specific behaviors I should be aware of and/or correct or keep an eye on.
so Chester has been with us for 5 years. 2 years ago I adopted a dog myself. He is 2 years old and his name is bear. He is a Great Dane/ black lab mix. He is in training to become a service dog. I love Chester and bear with all my heart. Anyway my dog was a rescue and spent his early puppy hood around cats. And in Chester’s kitten hood he was around quite a big dog. With Chester bear wants to chase him, sniff him, and gets jealous if sees Chester anyones lap. He has a constant need to be the center classifies of attention and if he doesn’t have it, then he makes himself center of attention. he has tried to nip at him but Chester is quick to slap back with the paw. I think sometimes they do play. For the most part if Bear gets close to chester for his liking Chester hisses. Sometimes chester does nothing. Chester can slap at Bear and bear doesn’t get. Chester likes sleeping in bears crate, and eating bears food. What is that about? Also has this being my first experience having a cat and dog under one roof. Does it get better? How do I work with bear and correct his behavior so he knows Chester is his big brother and to not nip and bark at him sometimes. Will this always be there relationship. I know cats and dogs are natural enemies but I was hoping that they might get along at some point. They could be getting along now it’s hard to tell what’s playing, and what’s fighting. Any advice I would gladly take on how to make things better between them. Any body have a situation like this? How did you handle it? And why are Chester acting like this.
In October 2017 my mother adopted a Yorky at a shelter. They estimated her age around 11 months but since she was found wandering the streets they couldn’t be sure. She’s had a few mishaps, mostly potty training, but there is one major issue (well, there’s chasing cats , but one issue at a time) that we are trying to train her out of that I would seriously appreciate help on .
Abby is a doll during the daylight and absolutely loves everyone she sees; but at night it seems like something is switched. She likes to crawl underneath the small tables in my parents living room to sleep. As my mother is crate training her , she needs to get Abby out from these Hiddy holes. Abby in turn turns very growly and snappy. Mom has since begun to lure her out of the spaces with treats and toys, but this can be a very long process.
I took some throw pillows a month ago and covered all the spaces the Abbey could squeeze into, effectively blocking her from barricading her self like this. This semi worked for a while, but last night she was very snappy to me, lunging up toward me and growling, even standing on my thigh ( I was kneeling near her) To do so. Wonder if I made the mistake of appearing to be blocking her in a corner. After bearing her teeth and looking like she was going to bite me a few times she rounded around and licked my hand.
But after mom throws the ball she is back to playing again. I don’t live at my parents house so it’s up to my mom to mostly train Abby, and I think she’s doing a great job. But this problem just stumps us, we don’t know what about at night triggers her aggression. I don’t want to discourage her warnings as I don’t want her to feel that she can attack without any warning. But on the other hand this aggression issue has to be nipped in the bud. Please advise.
I have an 11 month old Chihuahua/Jack Russel mix. She is so good when i am home with her and she hardly ever does any barking unless someone walks in the door. I live in an apartment complex so when other people are leaving their apartment it peaks her interest as well. When she was a younger puppy and we lived in Arizona, she would do great with being left alone. She wouldn’t bark, cry, or scratch at the door. She would just chew her bones and do her thing until I would come back. Well about 6 months ago we moved back to Colorado and i lived with my parents for about 4 months. Luna became spoiled with my moms dogs and was never really “alone” anymore. Now that we live in our apartment complex, its almost like all of her behavior training has gone out the door. I have a roommate and sometimes our work schedules cross and sometimes they don’t. So on the mornings when Ashley (my roommate) gets to sleep in, Luna usually wakes her up with her barking and pacing. Luna is crate trained and is very comfortable in her crate but i have read on multiple websites that leaving an anxious dog in a crate when alone doesn’t actually solve the problem. I have tried my t-shirt, her favorite toy, getting her comfy in her dog bed with her blanket, her favorite bones, calming treats, and even the tv on. My roommate has a dog so in the mornings she lets Simone out to be with Luna and she says it helps Luna but only for a short period of time before Luna is back to pacing and being anxious. She says she barks but i am unsure of how often she is actually barking. I am going to try the webcam idea so that i can see her behavior and body language while i am away. I am desperate at this point because barking excessively is definitely a problem that needs a solution right away. Any advice? Thank you in advance!
We have a 10 week old Great Dane puppy and are trying to find the best way to start potty training her. Me and my husband both work full time more than an hour away from home and we have no one that can come let her out, to puppy sit her, and we can not afford for doggie day care. I know trying to crate train her is impossible right now seeing how she can not hold her bladder or bowels for long (and I totally don’t expect her too let me just put that out there). For the time being we made a SAFE large pen (about 8’Lx8’Wx4’H) for her is our basement where she would be able to move around and have a separate area for potty, bed, and food/water. Does this seem like a good option or am I just setting myself up for failure once she is old enough to be crate trained? Also, she is having an issue with stepping her is poo and trailing it all around and most of the time it ends up in her bed how could I prevent that?
Been crate training my 12 week pup. He was fine with being in it while im home. He would sleep. But now while im away i put him in he went in yesterday. I left for work. Now today he wont go in and he screams when i leave after i have coaxed him in. Will this stop eventually? I feel so bad. I know it takes time for then to get used to it for sure
is is possible that I have an untrainable dog? And am I doing the right thing? My mother in law thinks my rat terrier is a bad breed and also a bad litter. My fiancé made up his mind a few months ago that he’s just done with her and now I’m starting to feel the same way and it’s making me feel guilty. I’ve tried reward training, obedience training, training to show dominance and I’ve even tried letting her be a free range dog and still she can’t seem to understand her place in the household. In my eyes I see a dog who truly loves me and loves adventure but when we are home she just can’t behave. Here are some examples of what she does and no matter what she just won’t stop doing ; Running off, being aggressive towards guests, walking up to my cat and staring at his throat , constantly growling at cat or nipping at cats balls, throwing a fit that will last weeks if she doesn’t get human food, refusing to eat her very good quality dog food for days on end because she wants human food or treats, jumping up and scratching me and my fiancé, trying to boss me around (staring me down when I’m eating and no matter how many times we say stop she continues sometimes even outing her paw on me or when I’m taking a walk outside and I’m speaking to someone she’ll try to walk off multiple times even though I told her to stay put. Now if I’m doing something wrong please tell me because I’m lost. I’m trying to get her in order as I am order as I am pregnant and fear for my baby’s safety. I have continued showing her who’s alpha which means she only gets treats when she has a good day not an off day. She must sit and allow me to leave or come in first, she had restricted areas in the home (furniture) of were she is not to go, and if she bully’s the cat she goes straight to the crate. Since she is a dominant dog she is very aloof so I do not give her attention unless she comes to me instead of coming to her which are all things that are supposed to help. But now I’m seeing a different side of her, I’m hoping this will subside but I see that she is depressed , she also submissive pees which has outraged my fiancé. As of now she is not allowed on the furniture as she has not been behaving so earlier this morning i caught her in our bed I did not yell I just firmly and fairly told her to get off the bed and she peed, on our bedding. This is what she’s been doing for the past couple weeks sneaking on the couch and bed and when we catch her we tell her to get off and she pees on our things. My guess is that with our pregnancy even though I take my time and walk her I do not waste all my time on her anymore and I believe she may be acting out because of it. She seems to need to be the center of attention and has a hard time fitting into our family as a member. I am beyond frustrated and anything helps. Thank you