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2019-05-28 05:46:39 -0500 answered a question Why is my dog pooping in her crate?

This ultimately cannot be answered without further detail...When you take her out to potty, are you confirming what she's specifically doing in order to know what might be to come? Does she have a solid feeding schedule, or is food left out for her when she's out (or left in the crate)? How big is the crate, compared to her? Those details could help us to answer your question with more specifics. Thanks!

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2018-07-02 12:49:15 -0500 answered a question Is my dog aggressive? Is there anything I can do?

It's always difficult to tell without seeing the situation in person, but it sounds like a territorial issue on the other dogs' part to me, more than anything else. Thing is, once that first incident happens it can light all dogs involved afire. It sounds like this should be a temporary situation? I agree with others' comments that a behaviorist/trainer would be a good option, but ultimately prevention in the meantime is key. It might be annoying as heck, but if you have to consult with everyone in the house before opening your door, then do it. If you don't own the house then it's your responsibility before anyone else's, but you can most certainly ask everyone else to at least do the same before opening the door to your area. Otherwise --do you guys have a foreseeable timeframe on how long you'll be living there? And in the meantime, be certain to keep your dogs socialized outside of the home, so they don't begin to transfer these behaviors elsewhere.

2018-07-02 12:49:13 -0500 answered a question Am I doing enough for my dog before, during and after crating??

I agree with Nancy's suggestions...And since you have a camera at the ready, you'd be able to tell if a baby/puppy gate is enough. Perhaps you can borrow someone's for a day, or find a used one on Craigslist so that it's not such an investment (since a larger dog might be inclined to climb over it --whether that day or quite some time from now). Some more busy toys might also be an idea; with the kong, have you tried freezing the treat inside (such as peanut butter or the Kong brand filling)? That could make that particular treat last longer. There are also a great amount of dog puzzles available on the market now. Amazon is a great source for those. Anything that works the brain can be great for stimulation. You can leave multiple items, rotate items, rotate a group of multiple items...Whatever seems right for you as long as it's okay for your dog. From your post though, it sounds like your dog is doing okay (even though they might seem sullen or bored) but it's more regarding how badly you feel for leaving them there. Try taking a look around your living area to see if there's puppy-proofing you can do in a particular contained area that might help with leaving them in a larger space. Otherwise, it will likely come with time. Every dog is different, and so is every situation. I've been working with animals for over 28 years; It sounds to me like you're doing the best you can, keeping tabs on as much as you can, and that your dog is doing okay. It's difficult to see them locked up during the day even for a few hours --and especially with all the access that we have to them now with the newfangled cameras, apps and everything! :-) Just keep thinking baby steps. You'll be alright!

2018-07-02 12:49:11 -0500 answered a question Does my puppy have anxiety at my parents’ house?

So it sounds like this is her third(?) living arrangement with your in a year, even though it's the second time for her living at your parents' place? Separation anxiety can definitely be triggered by a move, or even any change in living situation (such as a person moving out of the home you're in, a new baby coming in, etc.). It sounds to me in your description like she's having this issue when you're there. If that's the case, could you describe a scenario or two to me, including what she did, where you were at that time and what your reaction was? Sometimes our reactions, positive or negative, are all rewarding in their minds --hence the need for details to give you as much info as possible. :-)

2018-07-02 12:49:10 -0500 answered a question Where should I put my puppies crate?

Part of that is preference; where do you want it? Where can it be that allows for some normalcy for the dog while you're away (smells, sounds, etc.)? Where can it be that it will bother you the least during the crying phase of crate training? On the note of the latter, can it be moved from morning to night, etc.? Just take your needs and the dog's needs into consideration and do what's best for you all, together. :-) Best of luck!

2018-07-02 12:49:08 -0500 answered a question Can you shower with your dog?

Depends. Ultimately, if you want to --go for it! However, as the others said, keep an eye on temperature and on your dog's skin. Even for us humans, the water --especially the warmer the temp --can be drying. You may simply need to add a skin supplement to your dog's diet, or be certain that it's an occasional occurrence.

2018-07-02 12:49:07 -0500 commented question Help, Puppy Won't Stop Pooping in his Crate?

(continuing with potty breaks and outdoor training), and if you decide to eliminate that larger containment space and have the potty pad in a larger area as backup until they're trained within the space you'll have them in full-time while you're away during the day. Best of luck!

2018-07-02 12:48:56 -0500 commented question Help, Puppy Won't Stop Pooping in his Crate?

How big is the crate? Typical recommendation is only large enough for them to stand up, turn around and lay down. A divider or smaller crate may be needed in the meantime. If that doesn't eliminate the issue or you go with something larger I'd recommend puppy pads (comment continues)


Not necessarily; aggression is typically shown with a number of little signs. Each dog can also have its own routines for communication. How long have you had these two together?

2018-07-02 12:48:53 -0500 commented question How do you crate train a senior dog?

Kudos for adopting a senior!!!! <3 The process is ultimately no different than training a dog of any other age, including a puppy. Are you doing this because the dog is not potty trained, or just to be certain that he doesn't get into trouble?

2018-07-02 12:48:52 -0500 commented question How to get more bookings? (Beginner sitter)?

Keep advertising! :-) Think of the people you know who have pets and send them direct messages. Who do you know that is most likely to pass along your information? Ask them to pass along your Rover info and discount code! Just keep it up; something will hit! :-)

2018-07-02 12:48:51 -0500 commented question I got a dog walking request but the person does not have a profile picture nor do they have one for their dog. they also do not have a lot of information about the dog. Should I accept it or not?

Send them a message and ask more questions; then decide. :-)

2018-07-02 12:48:49 -0500 commented question Help, Puppy Won't Stop Pooping in his Crate?

your puppy might have its body on the pad but rear end hanging off; something you should be able to guage during the time you're home). From there, simply keep reducing until you have the one pad...And the process goes from there depending on how long they're able to hold it...

2018-07-02 12:48:48 -0500 commented question Help, Puppy Won't Stop Pooping in his Crate?

...completely covering the space, then reduce by a pad. The idea here is that hopefully your puppy will continue pottying on only the padded space. Once you know that's reliable, slowly take a pad away until again, you know that's reliable (keeping in mind there could be a random accident where...