Posts Tagged ‘DOGS’

Please tell me your opinions on electric fences. I have 3 dogs im looking to fence in my yard for. Im not sure

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Question by Yenny V: Please tell me your opinions on electric fences. I have 3 dogs im looking to fence in my yard for. Im not sure
wether to go with a traditional fence or electric. What are the pros and cons? What companies do you recommend? What arethe costs? Any information you give me would be very beneficial. I have a chihuahua, a yorkie , and a 40 pound golden retriever. I like the wooded look of my yard.

Best answer:

Answer by Lavaaa<3
Sry i cant tel l you brands an stuff, but i would reccomend an electric fence- my neighbors have one for their dog and its great! Thier dog is big and scary haha so ik he wont be crossing into my yard. After they are trained, the fences are awsome, becuase u dont have to put up a normal fence and ruin the look of your yard.

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Scared of boyfriends dogs?

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Question by Maci<3: Scared of boyfriends dogs?
Sorry for the re-post, I just wanted some more answers

My boyfriend has two German Shepard’s who I am very afraid of. The only reason I am scared of his dogs is because they constantly bark, jump and scratch at me. I am not typically afraid of dogs, but I am always very uncomfortable as soon as I walk in the door because that is when they get all hyped up. Every time i walk into the room they are in, they will jump and scratch as well. I have a Yellow Lab, so they are about the same size as my dog, but mine NEVER jumps and scratches. I really like my boyfriend and don’t want to break up with him over his dogs, but they really scare me. We are both 15, and i don’t want to sound rude to his parents considering my dog is the exact size (probably larger) but just way more well behaved. I have told my boyfriend that they scare me but all he does is just try to get them off of me, and by that time i am already scratched up. I am very tiny at only 5 foot tall so they probably look at me as a large toy. His parents get mad if we lock them in a room so we cant do that. Any suggestions?
30 minutes ago – 4 days left to answer.
Additional Details
I don’t feel that it is my place to be attempting to “train” his dogs since they aren’t mine. I really do enjoy going over to his house, because he just has a fun house to be at in general. And we cant be locked in a room together (were both 15, our parents don’t allow it..yeah you get the picture lol)
18 minutes ago

@Suki – exactly! i don’t want to tell his parents how to train the dogs. Plus i they were rescues and they didn’t get the dogs as puppies to train them. His parents just yell at the dogs, thinking it will do something. I don’t want the dogs to get hurt, but cant they just grab their collar and at least pull them down?
15 minutes ago

I have told my boyfriend they scare me, and he really does nothing about it. His mom already doesn’t like me (apparently my shorts are too short and i talk about inappropriate things) so I don’t want to give her another reason to not like me. In all honesty, he has an odd family. They cant exactly see the obvious, such as how I am uncomfortable when the dogs jump on me.
9 minutes ago
11 hours ago – 4 days left to answer.
Additional Details
@Foon – No, they arent calm at all when they see the dogs on me. They yell at them, which I think has an even more negative effect.
11 hours ago

@Foon – When his parents walk in, they seriously ignore them. The dogs are just generally wild. It is a male and female, i dont know if that has anything to do with it as well.
11 hours ago

Best answer:

Answer by I love my Doberman Pinscher!
You NEED to voice this to his family.
Ask them to start training with them not to jump, and ask if you can join in the training sessions. The dogs have no manners, and they need to be taught some.
If you’re not comfortable voicing this, don’t go over. Suggest spending time with your boyfriend at your house, or somewhere else. Make this clear to both him and his parents.

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2 strict on my dogs….?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Question by Dragongirl: 2 strict on my dogs….?
I have a 25 week old male intact reg. (trialing) border collie. I will be trialing him this summer, and will be going to a clinic with Fonsie Bason (african trainer) and a few others. I have started him lightly with little pressure on sheep and he is doing WONDERFUL. I work allot with my 2 year old male reg. intact cattle dog and my border collie and both are reliable on and off leash, and are very friendly OR neutral to all dogs, depending on the situation and the personality of both dogs. Fighting IS NOT tolerated in the least. My male cattle dog is in PPT.

I have had a few people tell me i am to strict with my dogs, and that one day they will bite me for not having enough freedom. Im curious am i to strict with my dogs these are some of the things i do with my dogs as training “touch ups” or just to make sure they know i am alpha and they are to listen.
Sit before eating
Randomly have sit sometimes during meals. (not everyday)
Wait for a certain amount of time before being released from kennels(crates)
Walk beside/behind me on and off leash. NO PULLING
No couch or beds. They sleep on doggie beds on the floor.
Raw hides and toys (valuables) are not to be guarded from me.
Umbilical till dog can behave in the house, or crates if unable to be loose.
20 mins twice a day EACH on basic commands.
Not allowed in the kitchen or bedrooms or dinning room.
And a few other things.

My dogs seem happy enough….but im a little worried i am being to strict.
another thing: When i say stay and walk out of the room i EXPECT the dog to stay where he was when i left. I can leave my dogs in a bath and they wait etc.
Yes they get like 3 hours at the dog park and both do agility, fly ball and my heeler does dock dogs and disc dogs. They have an outdoor pen to play and be goofs in (2 acres.
Yes they get like 3 hours at the dog park and both do agility, fly ball and my heeler does dock dogs and disc dogs. They have an outdoor pen to play and be goofs in (2 acres They get lots of love when sitting and watching tv in the suiet area of the house with us while we watch tv and play game.s
i have alot of people over to the house, some who dont really like/want dog hair on them. Keeping them out of the main living room (we have 2 in the house) Keeps that room clean as well as the kitchen. They generaly have free roam if we arent busy (the pup stays on umbilical)

Also, he is only just PLAYING, we dont force him to do it. We let him run and play on the courses we dont make him race. We also keep him on a lunge line when letting him play.

Best answer:

Answer by Nicky
maybe your should give it treats and play with it instead of commands 24/7. with dog the only commands she needs is : down, sit, lay and stay. just start out with those.

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How stop my dog’s destructive behaviour? Help!!!?

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Question by : How stop my dog’s destructive behaviour? Help!!!?
I have a year old corgi mix adopted from a rescue as a stray 3 months ago
We leave her alone at home 4 times a week for 7 hours each
Please understand that we are a normal family that has parents that work full time and the children go to school. I know a lot of families just like us that have dogs
So when we leave her alone i give her a walk before
I leave 3 toys and a deer antler for her to chew if shes bored
I ignore her 10 minutes before we leave and 10 minutes after we arrive to reduce her anxiety
I give her a frozen peanut butter and treat filled kong
During the summer we did the exercise where we left her for gradually longer periods

Ive tried anything possible
Weve started leaving her alone longer at the beginning of september and after a month later she started this destructive behaviour
She has never had an accident since she came into our house
She is well behaved when we are home

So today i told my dad that she ripped a wooden sheet or something that HE put back on the coffee table where our dog could easily get when left alone
Two days ago she ripped two dog training books that will cost us 50 dollars
My dad says that if she does it again he will surrender her back to the rescue
Ive put so much work into her and my family put alot of money too
We give her an hour of exercise a day
When we got her she was a high-medium energy dog and now shes much calmer
When i told my dad he used his “chinese dog training” strategy and “showed” her the broken thing and closed her muzzle and smacked her, wasnt hard but i kno his method is not the right thing to do
The method i use is just to be my usual self when i see the broken stuff because what else can u do? U cant just correct her way after shes ripped it apart
Oh and we cant have someone to petsit her because our neighbors wont and the things she rips cost less than the fee of $ 20 a day so my parents obviously wont consider it
What is she missing?
I will be using the bitterapple spray to spray things
But what if she starts chewing things shes never chewed before like the couch or her own bed or our shoes?
We cant do anytjing after she rips things when we arrive back home
She never chews things shes not supposed to when were home
Should we get a puppy fence to block her from the rest of the living room? She can easily jump over things
And we cant leave her outside because there are racoons even if shes had her rabies shot and the weathers getting colder
I know its very long but i just want to tell u how many methods i have tried.
From the very first day we got her she hates the crate
We tried treats, chews anything to make her like iit and it was never used for punishment

Best answer:

Answer by Andrea
You could block her off from certain rooms, but it would be best to crate train her. Dogs relax when they have a “den” for themselves, and usually as the dogs get older, and you dont need to crate em every time u leave, they still go in there.
you need to be consistant with the crate training. most dogs take time to adapt to their crate, especially if you are home and they are in it. what you do is, before you leave, take her for a walk, tire her out, then put some treats and toys in the crate, put her in the crate and leave, if she is tired she will sleep while you are gone.

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Scared of boyfriends dogs?

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Question by Maci<3: Scared of boyfriends dogs?
Sorry for the re-post, I just wanted some more answers

My boyfriend has two German Shepard’s who I am very afraid of. The only reason I am scared of his dogs is because they constantly bark, jump and scratch at me. I am not typically afraid of dogs, but I am always very uncomfortable as soon as I walk in the door because that is when they get all hyped up. Every time i walk into the room they are in, they will jump and scratch as well. I have a Yellow Lab, so they are about the same size as my dog, but mine NEVER jumps and scratches. I really like my boyfriend and don’t want to break up with him over his dogs, but they really scare me. We are both 15, and i don’t want to sound rude to his parents considering my dog is the exact size (probably larger) but just way more well behaved. I have told my boyfriend that they scare me but all he does is just try to get them off of me, and by that time i am already scratched up. I am very tiny at only 5 foot tall so they probably look at me as a large toy. His parents get mad if we lock them in a room so we cant do that. Any suggestions?
30 minutes ago – 4 days left to answer.
Additional Details
I don’t feel that it is my place to be attempting to “train” his dogs since they aren’t mine. I really do enjoy going over to his house, because he just has a fun house to be at in general. And we cant be locked in a room together (were both 15, our parents don’t allow it..yeah you get the picture lol)
18 minutes ago

@Suki – exactly! i don’t want to tell his parents how to train the dogs. Plus i they were rescues and they didn’t get the dogs as puppies to train them. His parents just yell at the dogs, thinking it will do something. I don’t want the dogs to get hurt, but cant they just grab their collar and at least pull them down?
15 minutes ago

I have told my boyfriend they scare me, and he really does nothing about it. His mom already doesn’t like me (apparently my shorts are too short and i talk about inappropriate things) so I don’t want to give her another reason to not like me. In all honesty, he has an odd family. They cant exactly see the obvious, such as how I am uncomfortable when the dogs jump on me.
9 minutes ago
@Foon – No, they arent calm at all when they see the dogs on me. They yell at them, which I think has an even more negative effect.
@Foon – When his parents walk in, they seriously ignore them. The dogs are just generally wild. It is a male and female, i dont know if that has anything to do with it as well.

Best answer:

Answer by Stephania
That really sucks. I mean what CAN you do? You can’t lock them up nor train them and apparently the parents are snotty and don’t like you. All i can think of is trying to calm the dogs down when you’re there; Like, maybe giving them treats when they sit or just really getting them calm. Try petting them or gentle playing. Have the learn that you’re good, but not a chew toy. get them to respect you.

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My dogs will not shut up please help me i am going crazy!!!!!?

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Question by : My dogs will not shut up please help me i am going crazy!!!!!?
OK, i have a lab/chow mix dog(onyx). he lives with me and he is very calm. we have had him for almost 5 years. My aunt has a rottweiler(bentley) who is pretty big but isn’t mean or aggressive. he is just always playful and is distracted easily. he is about the same age. my aunt travels a lot and she leaves Bentley with us. ONyx and bentley know eachother and are used to eachother becaus ebentley is here often. the kitchen and living room are next to eachother and we always put a gate up and leave bentley in the kitchen and onyx in the living room. onyx likes to pick with him by going up to someone and have them pet him, or play with a toy, or sit in front of the cage and eat a treat. can i make him stop this? and every single teeny tiny move onyx makes, makes bentley go crazy. if onyx blinks or lifts his head, than bentley starts jumping, growling, running around in circles, and he barks so loud i feel like i am gonna go deaf. this happens every time we are here. and even if he can’t see onyx, he is constantly whining and this is VERY annoying… how can i make him shut up and onyx stop picking. since they aren’t puppies anymore i can’t really “train” them the same as i would if they were younger. please please help me he is here for a week and my aunt goes outta town a LOT.
Ok, some of you said to take them on walks but i am 12 and not allowed to go unless i am with an adult : ( and i tried to walk just onyx when i was with my dad and he pulled me along the whole track! and since bentley is a lot bigger and heavier, i don’t even wanna know what would happen!! i can’t leave them together because like i said, bentley is VERY playful and gets overexcited easily and my dog is calm so he will lay down and bentley will come and jump on him and try and bite his ear off…or onyx usually just goes up and humps him….so i don’t think that will work…
and also, some of you said to tell her to find another dog sitter, bentley is a dog of his own and another dog sitter couldn’t handle him. and it costs money and my aunt wouldn’t trust anyone. and i pay more attention than anyone else in my family. i play with onyx for a while and then i go play with bentley and i switch on and off for like 3 hours. or if they are in separate rooms i just play with them both alot or something..
and….. if i give them a treat at the same time, onyx saves his and just sits next to it, and bentley nearly swallows it whole. after he sees that bentley is gone, he goes and sits in front of him and eats his slowly…

Best answer:

Answer by rescue member
Get off the computer and take both dogs for a good long walk to tire them out. Tired dogs are quiet dogs.
Problem solved.

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Are there some male dogs that are just impossible to house train?

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Question by Jem: Are there some male dogs that are just impossible to house train?
Do you think that putting a cloth diaper on the dog is a solution to the problem, OR just a quick lazy fix to the problem. The pic is of a dog wearing a specially made diaper to prevent him from marking in the house.
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I’ve been seeing MANY small male dogs that are over a year old that are being re-homed by their owners because of their problems marking in the house.

I’ve heard some say that house training and marking in the house are two diffrent things, and that its “OK” that he tries to mark everywhere because its his “territory” , and that he “is fully house trained” if he poops outside, and marking in the house doesn’t count. Is that BS to you?

I think that if a male puppy is strictly house broken while hes still young, he won’t mark in the house when hes older, and if an owner is too lazy with training a male pup, it’ll be too late after he matures, and it’ll be extremely hard to train it out of him.
Am I right?

To note where I came up with that idea, I was conned years ago into buying a dog at a yard sale for a deal of a steal, he was a very cute toy Poodle. He was very friendly and outgoing, but when I brought him home, he wouldn’t stop marking everywhere, and he’d hold it in and pee just a little to leave his scent on everything, no form of punishment would get it though his head that it wasn’t OK, and that peeing was for outside only. I was at my wits end and re-homed him to someone else that I remembered that wanted him at that same yard sale that I first got him from.

I had a male Chihuahua when I was a child that would never mark in the house, I thought that it was maybe because we were so strict with his training as he was a pup.
Is neutering after a “cure” to it???

Best answer:

Answer by greg b
yes dogs that are not neutered are harder to house train

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