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  2. First is he neutered? Are all your other dogs neutered or has anyone else started marking? Is he actually urinating or is it marking to claim.. This is mine...in a house full of dogs it's a common thing! Is it possible there's a female in heat nearby? Lots of possibilities. Belly bands will most definitely help solve the marking but still finding out why would be better.
  3. You might want to try a belly band on him - the boys usually accept them quickly. I think we have folks here who use them.
  4. He was vet checked, very healthy. I’m beginning to think he’s lazy. He is not an active dog
  5. I have a baby girl English bulldog. She is a week shy of being 1y6m. When she was little everyone said to try and potty train her with the pee pads. She only peed on them a few times, and the rest of the time she'd rip them up like it was a toy or something. Ever since then we caught her squatting on area rugs, etc. She gets crated every single night for bed time and whenever we leave the house, and has since day one (we got her at 8wks old). I went through a time of a few months where I took big blankets and cut them into smaller pieces for her to have something in the lay on at night. I eventually got sick of washing them because she would pee on it and lay in it. So I started just having her lay on the plastic bottom tray of the crate with no blanket. She hasn't peed in there since. We never did any official dog obedience training (which I'd still love to be able to do at some point sooner than later).
  6. Welcome, Roberta! I agree with Jo-Anne. Any time a trustworthy dog starts having accidents the first step should be a vet visit to rule out physical causes. There are quite a few things that could cause it, and of course a UTI is at the top of the list. If he checks out okay then I'd start wondering if something outside scared him, and now he's reluctant to go back out.
  7. Hi, did you have him checked out by a vet? He could have a uti (urinary tract infection).
  8. My 4 yr old boy has suddenly started going in the house. Nothing has changed in his routine. He has a fenced in yard open to him at all times through a doggie door he is one of 5 dogs, he is the only shih tzu. They all grew up together and sleep and play together. Never any tension. I have no idea what is going on in his little mind, he seems to know that he did wrong. Help
  9. Oskar270

    No potty in New Place

    Thanks Pawz4me for taking the time. You are lucky your Yogi can go outside anytime but us up north is not easy in the winter. We still have a few months before the winter and we hope by then she might go back to her old habits
  10. Pawz4me

    No potty in New Place

    The same thing happened to us -- at our previous house Yogi would both use a pee pad when needed and go outside when it was convenient. We moved three years ago and he never used a pee pad after that. At this house he's always wanted to go outside. For us it's no big deal other than the rare times we're gone for a long time. Our climate is fairly mild, so weather isn't a huge issue. So I don't have any advice, but I wanted to let you know that Molly isn't alone in that bit of doggy weirdness. And I wouldn't make her hold it. That might trigger a UTI or other health issue. It's really not good for her at all.
  11. Our Molly was 2 on June 4th. She's very well house trained & has no “accidents” in the house. We trained Molly from the start to still do her business inside the house on a training pad & also outside as we take her for daily walks. However, we moved about 1 month ago & although we set her up with the training pad (we kept one that she had used) in one of our bathrooms she has used it a couple of times but now refuses to do so & holds it in for over 24 hours until we bring her out for a walk & them she's ok with outside. As our winters get very, very cold we would like to keep the habit of the training pad in the house. We've tried making her stay on the pad for 5-10 min but she still refuses to go. We think the couple of times she did in her new place is because she couldn't hold it any longer & we happened to be in the bathroom with her. We want her to be happy in our new place & keep the habit of doing her business inside & outside. Besides the above problem Molly seems to enjoy the new place, she is playfull, eats/drinks well and sleeps with us like before Does anyone have any idea how to handle this? /Thank you for your help.
  12. angie418

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    • Marlene

    Hi Marlene, I hope all is well! You have given me great info in the past so I got a question. My 6yr old baby was bitten under her right front leg. I've no idea what bit her (that's my guess she was bitten by an insect).  Vets are so expensive I'm trying to home treat her. She's licking it like crazy obviously she is in some pain or discomfort. I took her to the groomers on Tuesday, on Wednesday notice excessive 'licking'. Took her back to groomer to inquire is maybe accidentally cut her. Of course they said "no" and said it looked like a bite. As I looked at it in more detail, it really looks like a bite. So wondering if you can suggest some home remedies ( as I said I can't afford a Vet at the moment). I've been using Coconut Oil (because she licks the area), it seems to help sooth it. I put NEOSPORIN on yesterday and made a homemade collar...using a towel around her neck to prevent licking. She is still in discomfort - it was suggested by the groomers to give her Benadryl (according to her weight and size). I haven't done that yet. I hate to see my baby so uncomfortable. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  13. Marlene

    leash walking

    We have found Shorty G (the G stands for gangster) walks much nicer on harness than leash. Maybe it just makes us feel better that he's not pulling with a collar on his neck and tiny trachea. But Shorty is always the path finder....zooming around out front - he's not sure what he's looking for but he is busy, busy, busy. He never moseys anywhere - from first time in the morning to last thing at night, racing me up the stairs.......he is IN CHARGE!
  14. Elliottpup

    leash walking

    I feel Elliott is doing pretty well. I think it helps when I have Lyla out because he tries to keep up with her
  15. Pawz4me

    leash walking

    I don't remember! I think what he's doing is normal for his age. I can tell you that somewhere along the way--and fairly early on--Yogi turned into an excellent leash walker. And it was much more from constant practice than due to formal training. He doesn't formally heel (I've never been a huge fan of that, except for when walking in crowds) but he never pulls and he stops/waits when I tell him to.
  16. How long did it take for your pups to walk on a leash. Elliott seems to take to it sometimes while other times tries to lie down and attempts to eat grass and whatever is on the ground. I finally found a harness that fits him without him wiggling out of it.
  17. Just my experience: Shorty G was seized by animal control. I have 2 pieces of info from the shelter - one says 2 years, one says 7-8 months. I don't think he was a puppy so have to wonder if he was 2? I believe he was closer to 2 yrs and had been confined to a crate for that long. That being said.....he has some problems (biting) but has been no problem going potty outdoor since we've had him. Recently, we stayed in a rental for a month......and he marked 2-3 times in the house. When we caught him, we scolded him and that was the end of it. After that he knew where he needed to potty and also had his regular 3-4 walks a day and where he needed to scratch at the door to go out. I know that's not a lot of help with a Shih Tzu baby so I'll just share how I've done it with many, many Boxer puppies - healthy and sick that I've fostered over the years. Feed on a regular schedule - 3-4 times a day. After feeding and first thing in the AM take out for a walk (even if it's a small yard like I had) walk loop de loops until the exercise and smells produce pee/poop. Do again when waking from night or naps, after playing or just because it's been 2 hrs. It's not good enough to plop them outside and wait for potty - you must go with them, even if that means walking around w/umbrella in the rain. You MUST potty just before bed. My experience was (usually) that would hold until 6AM or so - but it's not unusual to have to get up and potty in the middle of the night. A story.....just cuz I'm old and have a lot of stories. I had an adorable Boxer puppy I named Romeo because it was the first of FEB - hoping to find his forever home by Valentine's Day. I took him to bed with me (even though I could have crated him - but he was SO CUTE!).. We snuggled down with him close to me under my chin. At some point I was sleepily aware he had walked away. But then was sleepily aware he had come back to snuggle under my chin. I soon felt something wet on my face......he had walked to the end of the bed - went poopies and come back topat me on the face and snuggle with Mama. I well remember that night....washing my face in cold water in the middle of the night and warming it up to wash off Romeo. So many memories like that of foster puppies.....so glad it happened.
  18. Ellie took those pee pads everywhere and never used them to pee? We use the artificial grass and i wash them out every few days and have extra to give them drying time - thats for peeing - for number two its either the area rug at the front door or on her walks so anyone with a shih tzu knows that any kind of wet weather and our little tzu’s do not mix so it’s a lot of “who did this bad thing ?” LOL i would rather clean up that little mess then a whole dog lol
  19. I know its not pain. Hard to describe. I have had dogs my whole life. This is more of a play type thing..I should correct myself it is not a growl but a play type noise. He will try to bite fingers not anywhere else. And once you distract him and put a toy in front of him when you hold him he will continue playing with toy.
  20. I had a foster puppy that was deaf. I had a really hard time trying to "translate" my words into hand signals AND to get down low to her level all at the same time. I quickly adapted to having a blind dog (foster failed with one we had for 11 years) but find deafies very hard. Unfortunately, my mouth works very quickly and too well sometimes. I am a little worried that Elliot is growling and thinking about biting when being picked up.......that's not good. Wonder if something is hurting him? Are your kids picking him up? We musn't let him get away with naughty behavior with the kids, especially the 3 yr old.
  21. I worry too if clicker training would be time consuming for me. I have 4 children of my own 11,10,8 and 3. Plus 2 dogs I would probably give up after a week!
  22. Well, I am far (FAR) from an expert. I know the basics, but I just don't have the coordination and timing to use a clicker effectively. Never have, and especially not as I've aged. I have at times over the years rather accidentally trained dogs using more or less the same method by simply using a word (like "Yes!" and trying to use the same tone/inflection each time) as a marker every time they did what I wanted, or did something that worked them toward a behavior I wanted. My mouth, unlike my fingers, always seems to work fairly well. I'm sure there are many helpful videos about clicker training on YouTube. Watch a few and you'll soon be able to tell which ones are "good" and which ones aren't.
  23. I don’t even know how to clicker train or where to begin he’s been doing this thing when you pick him up he growls and tries to nip. I want to stop that behavior. It’s almost like he’s trying to play. Once I put a toy in front of him when he growls plays with toy. Teething a ton too so will try to chew on finger. He’s mostly doing it when I pick him up to keep placing him on pad to pee
  24. It's never too early to have fun with it! If you don't have a clicker, or if the noise of one is a bit too loud, then use a pen that clicks. Works the same but makes a softer sound. Or you can even use a verbal "click" (any sound you want to make that's easy to repeat) or a word in the same way.
  25. I want to try clicker training. Never used it with my pugs. It is easy? What commands have any of you taught?
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