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2017-02-23 10:35:12 -0500 commented answer My dog is eating poop?

What a good answer!! Thanks for sharing!

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2017-02-23 10:31:41 -0500 answered a question Why does my dog sleep on my clothes?

Dogs's sense of smell is far more advanced than humans and they will find comfort in familiar smells more than we do. If you put out some new clothes and your dog will constantly sit on them, it could be either to show you they are in charge or simply to get your attention as I assume you will have some sort of reaction to them doing so. If they will sit on top of your clothes when you are away then it could very well mean that they miss you and they feel safe around anything that smells like you.

2017-02-23 10:28:35 -0500 answered a question Why does my dog howl in his sleep?

Dogs will have dreams just like we do. They sometimes run, shake their tail, cry or drink water in their sleep. Our rescue would cry most times and it broke my heart but you have to give them space so they don't get startled by you going to give them cuddles. I am happy to report that lately she has been wagging her tail and running more than crying, which I think is a direct result of us doing our best to make her happy in her new home.

2017-02-23 10:25:42 -0500 answered a question Why does my dog shake off so much?

I discovered our dog shakes more when she has her harness on or her winter jacket. She simply hates any piece of clothing on her back. She will also shake after she gets even slightly wet (rain drops or snow). She will shake sometimes when playing with larger dogs after they jumped over her.

2017-02-23 10:22:53 -0500 answered a question Why does my dog chew on wood?

Anxiety and Teething are the most common reasons. Our pooch will never give up a good stick found at the park but she will not chew furniture. We make sure she gets plenty of exercise every day before we leave the house and she has a couple of chew toys that she loves every time we leave.

2017-02-23 10:21:13 -0500 answered a question Why does my dog keep barking for no reason?
  1. Attention seeking - boredom, invitation to play or acknowledge them.
  2. Fear (if they hear loud noises and they are not familiar with the place)
  3. they can sense /smell/ hear another dog. Our dog does that and I didn't know what was going on until I looked out the !!closed!! window and saw a dog sniffing the fence.
  4. Anxiety because they are alone.

Try teaching the "Speak" command and "Quiet". Also if your dog bark when you leave the house, try to get them a Kong toy and some treats to put inside to keep them busy while you sneak away.

2017-02-23 10:14:09 -0500 answered a question What do I do if my dog has had diarrhea for 3 days?

Do not wait longer than 1 day. Plain white rice and lots of water (try mixing it with low sodium/ no sodium chicken broth) is option 1. Be careful to check what the water intake is to be able to provide that info to your vet. Remember that this is simply a symptom and while it is very unpleasant, the reasons for it might be quite serious. If you have abruptly changed their food then this might be a consequence. It could also be related to something your dog ate at the park (food he/she found) , maybe chewing someone else's treats to which they might be allergic or even sniffing the wrong dog who has a stomach bug.

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2017-02-23 10:03:30 -0500 answered a question Why is my dog not eating?

I have seen dogs who are reluctant to eating the food you offer because of the type of food - especially if they know that there are better options out there or simply because they are feeling full due to treats. Before you get too worried about them not eating, try to feed them a treat that you know they love. If they will eat that, then maybe they are simply not hungry. If your dog will avoid the food you are putting out for a longer period than just a couple of hours, then you might want to check the food. There are instances when even if you buy your regular dog food, the conditions in which the food was kept, shipped or delivered might have altered the freshness of the food or exposed it to substances that you cannot sense /smell yourself. Your dog will know the difference and they might refuse to eat it. Whenever I get a new batch of food I test it first before finishing off my previous batch, by giving our dog a taste of food from the new bag. If she refuses it, yet it is the same food as before, then the batch was not kept properly and you might have to return it. If treats don't work and usual dog food doesn't work, the last option is plain white rice until you can get an appointment with the vet. Do not wait more than 18-24h if your dog refuses to eat anything.

2017-02-23 09:55:19 -0500 answered a question Why does my dog eat crap?

This is normal behavior if your dog is still a puppy or if your dog is a female with puppies and she cleans up their poo. In any other circumstances, as far as I know, it isn't normal. They can get all sorts of diseases from eating poo including some intestinal parasites. Our rescue dog used to do that when we just got her and it was quite disgusting to put my hand in her mouth and scoop it all out. If your dog does this then there are several ways for your to solve it. 1) train your dog to leave it. Reward them after each successful test at leaving either poo, food or toys. 2) make sure your dog is fed before taking them out on a walk where you know they might encounter poo. 3) you can look into holistic treatments with plant essence drops. I have seen it work for some dogs, but not all. If it bothers you a lot and you have no success with the "leave it " command, I would suggest giving it a go.

2017-02-23 09:48:16 -0500 answered a question How can I get my dog to drink more water?

I get our pooch to drink more water if we make it taste good. We use filtered water, just like we do for ourselves, and put in a piece of ham to give it some flavor. I also carry a bottle with me when we go out for a run. She tends to drink more immediately after running than if we wait until we get home. We don't mix water with her normal dry food because it makes her food sticky and reduces the effectiveness with cleaning her teeth while chewing it.