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billyjack

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hey everybody,
my wife and i have a 16 week old boston terrier puppy named rico. we love him with all our hearts, but he's a real handful at times. he's very smart, and tends to act like he can't hear us when he's doing something shady. he chews a lot of stuff up, including the "replacement" bed we just got him, and had to toss out. he playfully nips people, sometimes pretty firmly, causing pain. we walk him a lot, and even have him walked 2x daily while we're at work. but he still acts out. lately he's really been testing my nerves. i try to be a good caretaker, and when i come home from work, i always sit down with him first for at least 20 minutes. i know a lot of this stuff is just puppy behavior, and puppies are like babies. when he gets me angry, i try to keep calm, knowing that punishing a dog can confuse them. i know it makes dogs act even more stubborn. someone told me that getting rico clipped will calm him down a little bit.he does try to establish dominance with me, which is rather comical at times. i've held him down several times, pinning him down for 3-5 minutes at a time, which has changed his perspective. someone told me that even allowing a dog into your home first gives him the impression that they have the reigns. not sure how acurate that is. i really love this dog, and i hope we have him for a long time. i'm def. willing to do what's necessary to improve our relationship. ANY BOSTON TERRIER OWNERS WHO COULD THROW SOME ADVICE MY WAY? ANY TWO CENTS WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

BILLYJACK

I have a 6.5 month old puppy.  I got her at 2 months. When I first got her I noticed she would occasionally Yawn and Whine/Yelp when she was tired and we were walking.

Now at 6.5 months she seems to do this Yawn/Whine/Yelp more often.  I take her to run each morning for 30 minutes then we go on her 15 minute slow walk in the neighborhood. A few hours later the Yawn comes in, with the Whine sound.  

She seems to be fine, no limping, loves to eat her meals, and play.  Could she just be a vocal dog, or bored,  Just trying to understand.   Thanks


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chipperdogSF

In Dogs

whats everyone's favorite type of breed?

house with kids
moderate activities 
new to owning a dog

thanks!

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overwhelmed

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my yorkie pup is 5mos and is full of playfulness. we do walk and play. he barks, jumps on me, biting....nipping at my heels, pulling at my pant legs. my house looks like a 2yr old lives here. he has a lot of toys and plays with all of them. He will not come to when he is commanded  he is a very needy pup. he is coming close to the age to be fixed...will this help in his behavior?
I am thinking about a trainer, what is you opinion? I am open to suggestions.

Hi,  I just purchased a shih tzu maltese mix.  Her nose is gun metal, eyes are light grey and she has shed much of her newborn coat (she is 11 weeks old).  She looks like she has bald spots, but hair is growing back.  Her hair appears black until she is in sun and it looks more dark grey.  The new hair is lighter.  Will her hair grow in good?  She is perfectly healthy and seems to be very smart.  She is affectionate and playful.  Should I be concerned?  I was told she couldn't be a blue because she is mixed, but everything points to otherwise.

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titanxoxo

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My neighbors have 3 dogs they stay in cages all day outside they are fed and watered and occasionally let out to roam but they are left outside all day and all night it's summer so it's hot I'm kind of scared they will get heat stroke or something like that I haven't called because they a shaded by trees but it's still hot and they have a daughter Should I call please Help

I've been feeding my dog kibbles n bits since he was 3 weeks old when I adopted him he likes it I want to know if it's healthy for him he's a pitbull and I can't really afford expensive dog food so I get that for him I just wanted to know if it's healthy 

I am looking for a female dog for my dog so they can mate 

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duncandog

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I have a westie who  is twelve years old his skin is turning black and he's loosing his hair.  Can any one relate to this problem please help

duncandog

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chipperdogSF

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Not sure if my dog ate something strange or if he is sick or if something more serious.  I always base decision on vet similar to if I would go see a doctor for myself.  For example, he is responding to me, responding to food, and is getting better... or at least i thought.  I decided to feed him dinner because he had not thrown up for a fe hours.  After feeding him dinner, four hours later he puked the food, and then about 20mins a large amount of liquid puke without any food.  He is now laying in bed and seems "off", I would say sad and I think other owners can relate.  Anyway, I am going to hold off on breakfast and just hope its not a long night of scrubbing carpets.

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