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2017-03-30 13:24:40 -0500 answered a question How to prevent 'marking.'

I agree with both forms of correction. Crated and if the dog marks, tether like the above poster said. If it starts again, go back to crating. The dog has to understand that this is your domain and you have allowed him privledges. Those privledges must be earned and respected. Above all, do not hit the dog as a form of correction and do not rub his face in it. Dogs live in the moment and if it is done when you are not at home he wont understand why you are correcting him later. Have lots of patience.

2017-03-30 13:11:28 -0500 answered a question Is your income limited based on a timeframe?

If you are in a city you could walk dogs building by building or a few dogs that live on the same block. Then move onto the next block at the next scheduled time, etc. I am in a rural suburban area. Traveling by car is the big killer as none of the communities are that close. So I limit my travel area and most of my requests have been for overnight care which I love the best! However, you may want to consider when heading out to do walks picking up your daycare pups and bring them home with you. When its time to walk pups in the afternoon take your daycare pups with you and then drop them off to their pet parents. Adjust the price to now include a pick up and drop off for daycare. Its worth experimenting to see if it worthwhile. Im happy for you that you are getting those requests!!

2017-03-30 12:53:43 -0500 answered a question What are some good dog bathing tips?

If you are not a professional groomer, be sure to not get water in their ears. Use cotton balls to block any water from getting through. Afterwards, use baby oil with the cotton ball and gently clean the ears. Be sure to not go too far down into the ear to avoid injury. I suggest laying your dog down after his bath at a time when he is already resting to place a few drops of ear wash and massage into the ear. Once massaged in and after a minute allow the dog to get up and shake his head to get out the left over ear wash. Then wipe down with a clean, dry cotton ball. Do the same for the other side. Don't forget to give your pup a hug and kiss for being good about it. Reinforce positivity.

2017-03-30 12:37:15 -0500 answered a question Why does my dog bring me toys?

Yes, your dog is looking for play time with you. Bringing you their toy is their way of saying, "I'm so happy you are here. Let's play catch." Or "Let's play tug of war." There are times with some dogs who are overly excited who accidentally urinated upon your arrival as a puppy who will now grab a toy and chew on that or even carry it around while "talking" when they see you walk in so they no longer have an accident in the home. They have redirected their focus on the toy.

2017-03-30 12:27:19 -0500 answered a question How can i get my dog to eat?

A dog picky or disinterested in eating does this for a few reasons: 1. Not hungry. 2. Ill 3. Motivated by something else. How to correct: Once your vet has expressed that the dog is just fine and there is no medical issue that is stopping his desire to eat then its time to become more disciplined with him. Start with a fixed schedule for his meal time. Place the food down and allow him to eat until he stops. If there is still food in the plate then that is because you gave too much or he was distracted by something else in or outside of the house. If its because his is full then lessen the amount you give him. If it is because he was distracted, then pick up the bowl and put his food away. If he looks at the food and walks away. Pick up the food and put it away until the next morning and repeat if he does the same thing. This is to teach him that when it is time to eat that is what he should be doing or else he will miss out. The food should not stay out so that he can graze throught out the day. This will also help narrow down when he will relieve himself as well. It could very well be that if you've been giving him treats that the treats are what he is waiting for and using those as his meals. Cut back on or eliminate treats. Only reward him after he finishes all his food with that tasty treat he likes so much. Lastly, you should try changing up his food choice. Try adding little bits of raw carrot or shredded chicken or at the very least chicken stock to just wet the bottom of the bowl. Sometimes if it a dog with a long coat they dont want to get dirty so try changing out his bowl for a flat plate. At some point the dog will get hungry and will eat what is placed in front of him. Only then reward him with praise and that treat he likes, but only one.

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2017-03-30 11:30:11 -0500 answered a question Why does my dog cower?

A dog that cowers is a dog that is lacking in confidence. He is unsure of the person or event. Either a bad past experience, his position of power in his pack. lack of socialization or traits of a the breed. Instill a solid foundation in confidence building will help them either overcome cowardice or at the very least improve it.

2017-03-30 09:35:03 -0500 answered a question Can I use regular shampoo on my dog?

So, I am a firm believer that when comes to Q&A forums I better make darn sure I know what I am talking about before giving advice on a subject because I would never want my advice to backfire and hurt or mame in this case people or their pets. I feel its my obligation not to put info out there without my expert in depth knowledge or experience because people are seeking real answers. I will not claim to be an expert on this subject and I certainly am not sure if any of the posters are either when it comes to this question or any other questions on this forum for that matter. But what I have found is an article which includes a lot of the science that I believe can help guide you with a detailed answer. Please click on this link ( . This is where I read about the science including the variables one must factor in about pH levels in shampoos and levels in humans and canines. Its not necessarily a simple question to answer, but with the info on that link you will be better able to understand why and BUST a lot of those myths that keep getting passed around. All in all, when it comes to your pet's health I would always seek out the advice of a reputable and trusted vet not an online Q&A board where anyone can post an unsubstantiated opinion. Yeah, for me (if you haven't noticed by now) its all about being loyal to the dog! Hope that helps! Good luck! Christina, Dog Gone Happy, Milford, PA

2017-03-30 09:35:02 -0500 answered a question Why does my dog like to sit on me?

I would add to that and say that dogs like to sit on you because in most cases you will pet or massage them and/or stroke their coat. They like the warmth of a body because its cozy and the interaction for the attention. These are great bonding moments. Naturally, you will pet or stroke them and that is soothing. When they get too hot the just will get up and leave to lie down in a cooler place.

2017-03-30 09:35:02 -0500 commented answer Why does my dog poop in his bed?

To add to Tully's reasoning & solution if a puppy or newly rescued place him/her in a smaller crate. Typically speaking, a "clean" pup doesn't soil their sleep area. The crate should be just big enough for your pup to turn around in to deter them from deficating in it. That's where you should start.

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