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2015-08-26 14:22:49 -0600 answered a question What if my dog doesnt like other dogs?

My one dog is the same way. I often have to carry her when around other dogs. I have tried training and therapy but I don't foresee her ever warming up to playing friendly with other dogs. I always hire a sitter on Rover that is willing to come stay at my house to watch my dogs overnight. I've never had a problem finding someone to come to my house for overnight sitting.

2015-08-26 14:17:26 -0600 answered a question Inexpensive, hands-off puppy boredom cures?

Kyjen brand toys are amazing. You can usually find them on Amazon for fairly cheap. They have many different puzzles or hide an animal games. Also, depending on what breed of dog you have you can also try bubbles. My one yorkie loves popping bubbles so I just bought a bubble gun and he will pop them for hours. You can also try a cheap option of putting a plastic waterbottle into a tube sock. Something about the crackling of the plastic gets my dogs all wound up.

2015-08-26 14:08:35 -0600 answered a question How does a dog sitter handle a stay with a dog who is shy and shakes when he gets nervous?

My one yorkie is a very fearful dog around people. I have learned a few of her triggers over the years and before leaving her with a sitter I give them instructions on how to calm her. I always make sure she meets the sitter before leaving her alone with them. I usually have the sitter do a meet and greet at dinner time so my yorkie associates them with something positive from the start. My yorkie doesn't like people making eye contact with her so I warn them not to. If your yorkie is food motivated then treats are a good icebreaker. If your dog has a favorite toy I would leave it within playing distance, mine likes to fetch so when she's ready she always brings her toy to someone to throw it for her. She warms up on her own time so even if you think your yorkie is shy and nervous just warn the sitter not to force it and your dog will likely come around.