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I have a six month old yellow lab, male, not fixed yet, and all he wants to do is dig in my backyard.  Just spent a lot of money this past summer having the yard landscaped, and he is destroying my hard work and investment.  I am trying to punish him only when I catch him red-handed, but I am afraid he is going to get scarred.  How do you use positive reinforcement in this situation?

We adopted Patches in May of this year without much knowledge of his life prior to the shelter, except he does not do well with cats. He is a neutered male I will stated here. When we brought him home he was great, the only concern was his leash pulling. He was introduced the next day to my parents three females labs and seemed a little timid/scared at the first meeting but since they have become the best of friends, especially Patches and the yellow lab Summer. When we would take him for daily walks at our apartment (3-4 times a day) at least 2 miles a day, he did not pay attention other dogs at all. He then met another male dog and was much more energetic and would hump the other dog when they saw each other. Another night he came across a mix breed dog who was very aggressive and working with a trainer outside. When the trainer approached the other dog snarled and lunged at Patches, Patches did nothing but cower a little. Now we are in a new apartment complex and Patches has progressively been getting worse and worse with his aggression towards other dogs. The past month or two we have been actively working on leash training him, his pulling has gotten better but is not consistent and also he understands sit pretty well indoors but is very distracted when we are outdoors. His walks are enjoyable as long as any sight of another dog or deer is near. The second another dog walks by us or is in our view he begins to pull and whine, he has even begun barking very aggressively with snarls mixed and lunges at the other dogs, does not listen at all when he is told to sit or he is pulled in the direction of the walk we were on. He resists forcefully being sat down by myself or my boyfriend. He is a big boy, at about 75 pounds and pure muscle. Our worst fear and encounter took place this evening on our routine walk back from to our apartment from the complex dog park. A smaller mixed breed female dog and her owned came walking down the stairs. When we saw them we forced Patches to sit, he then resisted began jumping and snarling so much and lunging that he was able to make me fall over and get lose his leash from my wrist.. He attacked the other dog. No blood was shed and thankfully the owner is not pressing charges or anything. We have a very real and big problem. Is this territorial? We think we have made him into the aggressive dog he has become? Could our energy be what he is completely feeding off of when he gets like this? Please help us save Patches life.

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xynacinth

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Hi, good morning. I just want to rely my dog's condition, my dog is vomiting and having a diarrhea, and I noticed that he's poop having a blood. What do you think the problem is? What will I do? Can you give me an idea of what should I do. Please do response. Thank You..

I am in desperate need of some guidance. We have a 3 y.o. pit bull rescue we got when he was a year old. He is absolutely full of self will. He is very territorial around his kennel and the bedroom where the kennel is. He will show aggressive behavior when being put into the kennel or if he thinks his space is being violated.Example: If he is standing by the bed and I approach he will growl and then go into the kennel.We have had near misses and he has actually bitten me on a few occasions when he has felt his space is being threatened.Not bad bites,thank God. But I need to correct him and I am at a loss as to how to do this.Any suggestions?

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lhutch

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My dog Ava is about 41/2 now I picked her up running down the middle of hwy about 2 1/2 years ago someone just did not want her. I had her for about 24 hrs looking for owner then she started having seizures rushed her to the vet been on Phenobarbital since then she seems to be having more violent ones lately she has cluster seizures. My vet said we can't increase the pheno. And I agree anything else I can do my vet may not be aware of? Ava is blind also. Thanks

I have read that Irish Terrier can become excessive barkers if it's not controlled through training. My question is: Has anyone seen first hand if an Irish Terrier is given training and frequent play time from an owner that is home almost all day- will the pet very likely still be an excessive barker?

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Stephanie954

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I have had my jack russet pug cross for just over 8 months. Gus, my dog is very energetic, my mum and I channel this energy through walking him regularly, he had lots of toys and gets chews regularly. When we just got him he was chewing everything at night.. carpets, shoes, furniture.. Everything!! He now sleeps in a cage. My mum works nightshift so she takes him out when she comes home about 8am then she sleeps through the day. I begin college in August and I am worried Gus will be home for long hours during the day from about 9am to about 3pm as my mum needs to sleep. We are worried that he will not cope and wreck the house. When we go out he is put in his cage with toys and chews but when we are home he ruins shoes and everything. We just don't know why.. He gets lots of attention of us so we don't know what is wrong. WHAT SHOULD WE DO? People have suggested sending him to a new home but he is like my baby it would break my heart but is that best? IF ANYONE HAS ANY SUGGESTIONS IT WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!! Thanks, stephanie 

A silent disability.
Deafness in dogs can generally be accounted due to genetic defects (congenital) or it can also be acquired due to trauma, accident, disease or old age. It can either be partial or complete hearing loss which could affect a single or both ears of the dog. Although breed is not a factor when it comes to the nature of disability, some breeds according to some veterinary medical articles are common to less pigmented dogs such as dogs with albinism condition or some commonly known white dog breeds like Dalmatians, Boxers, Maltese, toy and miniature poodles, Boston terrier, Australian shepherd, German shepherd, Jack Russell terrier, West Highland White terrier, Dachshunds, Collies and Cocker Spaniel.

Senior dogs are the most prone and likely to endure deafness during their old age. In some cases, deafness on dogs can be accompanied by other conditions such as low vision, partial or absolute blindness. Here are some insights and information why deaf dogs are equally capable as other abled dogs

Dogs are born deaf.
All dogs are effectively deaf when born because only after a few weeks that their ears would open. Through time, they will be able to develop their natural instinct on reacting to movements around them using their keen sense of smell and later on once their ears open, the hearing advantage follows.

Deaf and mute is not the case for dogs.
It is a myth and there is no truth that if a dog is deaf, it doesn’t bark and although there are certain breed of dogs that are sometimes called ‘barkless’ dogs They still bark, yodel or yelp because most dogs bark by their strong sense of instinct and their extra ordinary sense of smell reacting and sensing on movements around them and not necessarily through hearing. And although they don’t have a complex system of communication like us humans where most of us are equipped with all five senses. Dogs have a phenomenal sense of smell as much as 100 times better than us humans.

Right training.
Training a deaf puppy might be a little challenge using the right technique but it is not that unusual and impossible. Since deaf dogs have that generally the same phenomenal sense of smell dgets with that of the regular hearing dogs. It will just be a matter of knowing the right training and use of the right deaf dog signs could prove and enhance their ability and adaptability both on dogs born with hearing incapacity and those dogs who lost their sense of hearing over their lifetime. Remember that they only lost hearing of your voice but not their keen sense of seeing, excellent smell, instinct, obedience and adherence to your partnership remains. Aside from training a deaf dog through a professional deaf dog trainer, the treat reward system plays a vital role in training a deaf dog the correct way for enhancing his learning abilities.Technology.
In today’s modern world, gadgets and accessories that are enhanced with electronics and technological automation comes in handy also for especially handicapped pets like dogs with hearing incapacities. Some of these gadgets include vibration collars, laser pointers, etc. helps in catching their attention.
Some of these gadgets include vibration collars, laser pointers and others that help in catching their attention. But do not be fooled by the notion that these gadgets will do all the tricks for you. Your constant pet parenting attention and training will still be required as guidance. Your dog’s adaptability to these gadgets still matters most. If it creates disadvantages instead of positive effects, discontinuance and switching to other training ideas can always be an option.

A loud cry for help and LOVE.
Caring and adopting a deaf dog maybe a bit different from those dogs who are able to hear. But deaf dogs are absolutely and equally capable and able dogs. Through awareness and education and the right training, deaf dogs are capable of giving someone who are on the need for a true life companionship. Remember that they only lost hearing of your voice but not their keen sense of smell, excellent instinct, obedience, loyalty and their unconditional love for you which matters the most. A deaf dog may not be able to hear your voice but it definitely can see you through their loving eyes, smells and sniff your scent of companionship and hears you through their throbbing heart. Can you not hear their loud cry for help? Theirs was a world of silence, a world of empty noise but their affection, loyalty and obedience can be loudly felt with their greatest cry of LOVE. All it takes was just a pat, a hug and a HEART SHAPE hand signal from you!

An amazing battle with death.

The dog came to the shelter last August 19, with cut and bloody after his owner dropped him off after surviving a car accident as told by Capt. Bobby Blankenship, the city shelter supervisor . Even the Vet wonders how did he survived the accident. The shelter tried to find him a new home but nobody wants him. Thus on the evening of Sept. 10, the Vet came to conduct the procedure to euthanize the dog who nobody wanted to adopt. As the shelter policy, if the dog has been up for adoption for over a week and nobody would adopt the canine, it will be scheduled for euthanasia. His tag noted that he was scheduled to be put down and the procedure schedule will be administered on Sept. 10, 2014.

Nothing but a nap.

Euthanasia is nothing but a restful nap to this black and brown ,mixed breed mutt where officers and staff of the shelter saw what they believed as a miraculous ‘risen from the dead’ ordeal of a 4 year-old male dog using a dose of lethal chemical injection. But the procedure somehow failed and the dog survived.

Once is not enough.

Animal control officer Wanda Snell witnessed the Vet injected the lethal injection. After the injection, the Vet checked the canine’s heartbeat the first time but felt a faint heartbeat still thus he administered a second dose of the deadly substance and injected it once more. And as he lay still and thought to be dead, Snell head for home that night. The dog’s dead body was left overnight in a pen

What she couldn’t understand was how the dog could survive the killing effect of the drug injected to him twice and bounce back to life overnight?

A risen dog named Lazarus.

After all what he has gone through, the shelter staff found him a fitting name – Lazarus, the man Jesus brought back to life in the Holy Bible.

The risen dog found a home.

When Cortney Blankenship posted and campaigned the story of the dog on Facebook, the fate of the unwanted dog twisted anew. Other claim for the dog surfaced. But Lazarus now was now under the care of Jane Holston of Helena. Lazarus was happy with his new housemate Tucker, another rescue dog living along with the Holston family.

A puzzling new life.

Although diagnosed with a heart worm disease, Lazarus was under medication. The damaged leg from the car accident was mended and casted. Life to Lazarus may have been going through all those ordeals. Although many may not survive what he has gone through as science still find its way how things have happened. Dr. Robert Lofton of Auburn University said such cases are rare but could also be the case of mishandling due to improper dose of the lethal chemical or needle procedure.

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