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Betsy Saul – Petfinder Foundation

  1. My 12 yr old Ridgeback female just started peeing inside during thunderstorms. She has never been afraid before. Any advice?

    She is not an anxious dog, and appears self confident and self assured. After all, there are no more Lions left in our area of Connecticut. She feels she has done her job well.

    I take her out to *** at least twice before I go to work. She has never consumed more than 4 cups of water per day, despite clean water in her bowl. She has toys to play with - balls with treats inside to play with. I m unable to get home when a thunderstorm is forecast.

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  2. What can I do to control excitement barking in Briar-Rose? Controlling her barking when she is learning, or when she is confused.

    What can I do to control excitement barking in Briar-Rose? Controlling her barking when she is learning, or when she is confused. She learns, but it is difficult to show her new things through the cacophony of high pitched barking. Other instructors, like agility or freestyle have a hard time instructing me, as Briar-Rose is always barking. I've tried tugging, but as soon as I release the tug the barking starts. the same with feeding to keep her from barking - it just starts up again, when I stop. I have also trained her to go to her rug and…

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  3. Bored puppy

    My nearly year old Yorkie gets bored frequently. He gets at least 2 walks a day (1-3 miles each time), is taken outside numerous times daily, has tons of toys and a couple of brain games for dogs, gets playtime and trick training daily, and has bully sticks and slices to chew on. Since my husband and I are retired, he is not left alone very much. So if he is not engaged in these activities or napping, he goes in search of things to get into. (He is very good at that!) He also has a puppy friend close…

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  4. How can we help with dog-reactivity?

    Chester is a 6 year old F! Labradoodle we adopted from a rescue at 3 1/2. He appears to be dog-reactive and becomes semi-aggressive on walks when other dogs are nearby. We have tried all types of training and are wanting to make it a pleasant experience for him on walks, can you advise?

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  6. Have you performed testing on non-spay/neutered dogs and determined any differences in intelligence, problem solving, tracking,etc?

    Most folks spay/neuter their dogs and are encouraged by society to decrease unwanted population, etc. Is there any research that provides clarity on the effects of not having normal hormones (testosterone and estrogen) in adult dogs on their problem solving, intelligence, skills, etc. How does the lack of natural levels of hormones effect their brain and functioning?

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  7. Now that I know Buster is an Ace, how can I apply that to change a behavior?

    Now that I know Buster is an Ace, how can I apply that to change a behavior? pants, whines in long trips. We have tried medication, one didn't work, the other makes him too dopy; I'd rather change his behavior than drug him.

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  8. Indecisive dog?

    In the exercises with finding the hidden snack, Lizzie would just sit in front of me, right at the middle sticker, and stare at me instead of doing the exercise, as if she was waiting for me to tell her what to do. Why is she doing so?

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  9. Sulking Noise

    My dog is a Shepherd and makes a whinging/whistling sound when he is around us but we are not playing with him, when we are in the car driving to a park around the corner or the dog beach or even just after we have been on a walk and put him outside?. Not sure if he is just attention seeking or if he is anxious?

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  10. Has there been any research on dogs in Northern communities that pack and attack humans? Does this happen anywhere else?

    I would like to know why dogs in the North (and possibly elsewhere) do this, if they're provoked or so feral, they're almost wild and it's their way of surviving - are the news reports accurate? I can't help but link this to socio-economic issues and probably many other factors. Just wondering if you know of any research to direct me towards. I have read some of Dr. Boitani's work but nothing from Canada's North. Thanks.

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  13. My 7 yr. old adopted spitz/spaniel neutered male shakes uncontrollably when we go anywhere in the car. Any ideas?

    My 7 yr. old spitz/spaniel is terrified of travelling in the car. Would hypnosis help?

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  15. My black lab female,Moana, seems to experience remorse after she misbehaves.

    Hi, I completed the dognition assessment with our female black lab, Moana, and thought it was very interesting. She turned out to be an ACE. I wanted to know what you had to say about our dog who puts herself in time-out after she misbehaves. We started putting Moana in time-out (in her crate) when she was a puppy to correct misbehavior. Now 6 years later, when she occasionally sneaks food off the kitchen counter (usually when we're not at home), we come home to find her in time out. It doesn't take long to find the evidence of her…

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  17. Is there any difference in the ”working” versus “show” lines of breeds in the profiles. Has this been tested for? It could be measured

    I have owned and know many of both lines of border collies and they are like two different breeds. The working lines seem to have a much greater sense and respect for personal space when running together in groups. By working lines I mean dogs still being selected and bred for their original function.

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  18. why does my dog whine in the car?

    Like most dogs my dog enjoys getting out to new places. However, unlike most dogs he whines in the backseat during most of the ride. But if there is another dog or a person in the backseat with him he is perfectly happy. Not a peep. What can I do to make him more comfortable? He has never had any trauma in a car,

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  19. Excessive Pulling On Lead

    I own a very loving male English Setter. In the field and around the house he will try(mostly succeed) in doing what I ask. He is happy, confident, gentle and mild manner dog. Daily(most days twice) I take him to a field and release him from his leash(he's very good at following directions off lead). This is by far and away the highlight of his day. I need to take him on lead to the field through a highly urban area and he pulls excessively - he is in a hurry to get there and extremely focused on the matter.…

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