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  1. Thank you. I’m going to try heel training. Tell me about it! It’s like having a toddler! πŸ™‚ Thanks, I’m going to try and distract her with a toy- hopefully it works. I feed her Taste of the Wild puppy formula. Yeah, they aren’t fond of her as it is. They do keep their distance. It’s fine, though, I’m not fond of their angry-looking dogs lunging at us either. Sorry, I’m confused on what you mean (the bolded part). My girl is potty trained. She doesn’t eat her poop- she eats cat poop she finds outside. I don’t have cats. I would like to find her a companion, but we can’t afford that at this time.
  2. Hello! Been gone for a bit, but in back. Sorry for the long post My fur baby is currently 8 months. She is getting stronger and more energetic each day. However, with that have come some behavioral issues. I'm not sure how to address them. There's a few: 1) Xilo loves walks, whether it's with her harness or collar. However, as soon as we go down the porch stairs, and at times while we walk; as soon as she feels she's pulling me (or she sees something/ someone and I don't quicken my pace to go chase it too), she turns around and bites the leash. She bites it, pulls it hard, and sometimes she growls I assume it's at me because I don't let her run free to chase a car or another dog. Very rarely, she has jumped at put her two front legs on the arm with the leash, the proceeds to try and bite the leash when she lets go. (Hope that made sense.) How can I get her to stop pulling and biting while we walk? It's embarrassing, and as it is, I don't think the neighbors (that saw her do this today!) like her very much. They keep their dogs as far away as they can. 2) (Sorry for TMI) The eating of cat feces. I have seen this three times recently. I think it's cat feces. She sniffs dog feces, including her own, but will make no attempt to eat it. I have seen her eat two dry cat poops and one fresh one. The fresh one she threw up right away. Thank goodness, but she didn't learn her lesson because she ate the second dry one after that. How can I get her to listen when I tell her to leave it? She listens when I tell her to leave other things on the street, but not cat poop. 3) The paper problem. Xilo has taken to eating paper. It's only been about a week. She started with receipts. It looked like she was only chewing them, not eating them. Then it seemed like she stopped after we finally caught her in the act. Then, she started grabbing any paper she could find. And actually ingesting it! I caught her and tried to correct her. She did it again. My solution: I have closed the bedroom door. What could be causing her to suddenly want to eat paper? And poop for that matter?! Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you. Xilo at 8 months.
  3. Sorry for the super late response. I had visitors. πŸ™„ Anyway, she didn't handled the stairs okay. Once she figured out how to maneuver with her cone head- she was going down the stairs no problem. She refused to go up the stairs during her cone days. She didn't like the cardboard cone very much. She started chewing it that same day. I went out and bought her an Elizabethan collar the next day. CHewed that one a bit as well. All is well now. She made a full recovery and is back to her crazy self. It lasted a day. πŸ˜‚ She chewed her Elizabethan collar a little as well. Thank you!
  4. Update: I've made a temporary cardboard collar. Hopefully this will keep her at bay. I tried a towel and duct tape collar, but I think she felt it too heavy. (Yes, she hated them all.) she is doing much better today.
  5. Yes, I meant cone. Lol I thought we could without one. I was wrong. I tried putting on a t-shirt. She hates it.
  6. Thank you!! A t-shirt hadn't occurred to me! πŸ˜›
  7. Hello! So my girl got spayed yesterday. I was wondering if anyone had any insight or advice on aftercare- how did it go? So far, so good. She's tried to lick at the sutures twice. I was able to stop her. (No e-collar, rookie mistake on my part- I know.) I have tons of stairs, and I tried to block her from coming upstairs, but she was up here the minute I ran to the restroom. She is taking meds. I'm scared she'll hurt herself. Im concerned she'll want to run and jump when she isn't supposed to. Im a nerve wreck! 😩 thanks!
  8. Well, I thought maybe she did hit her nose on something, but i can't think of anywhere she could have hit her nose. Vet told me to keep observing it. It could be a bite. I haven't seen any changes.
  9. Hello! So, last night I noticed a small bump on my puppy's snout. I'm going to try to attach a photo. She still has it today, and it doesn't seem to have changed size. My husband said he thought he may have seen the bump a few days ago. He didn't tell me 😠 Until last night. I have to go to the vet this week and was planning on asking her what it could be. Has anyone else had an experience like this? Could it be a bug bite?? Thanks.
  10. Unfortunately, I don't. I've seen other dogs around the neighborhood that I know are friendly, but they either don't get walked or they stay away from us. πŸ˜” Im just a ball of stress. It irritates me to be stressed out like this. Thanks. I've tried taken different routes, with the same result- I freak out. I only feel okay when my husband walks with us.
  11. Hello! I'm hoping this is posted in the right section. Not sure. It's about both my dog and myself. My 4.5 month old dog was attacked a month ago, and while she seems to have made a full recovery (fur growing back where the bite mark was/is), I cannot say the same for me. I think I'm traumatized and I'm affecting my girl as well. I have become fearful on our walks in the mornings. Any bark, even off in the distance, makes me tense. Dogs outside, if I don't immediately see the leash, I'm tense. I'm always on alert-mode instead of just enjoying the walk. My girl normally enjoys her walks, but today I messed up really bad. We were walking down the street, and two men saw us and as we were passing, I picked up part of their comments. "...attacked a dog. A Boston terrier... Grabbed it by the neck and wouldn't let go." It got under my skin, as I was pretty sure they were talking about huskies. Then we kept walking and before we reached the end of the street (our target), I saw a Doberman behind a 4 foot chain-linked fence (that I had never seen before) and I freaked out! I did a 180, and I ran back up the street! It was stupid, I know! It was then I realized how seriously afraid I am- "what if the dog would have jumped over the fence?" Was my thinking. Since yesterday, I have noticed Xilonen's hackles go up, when they didn't before. She used to look at cats in curiousity, now she goes into predator mode. This morning she saw the neighbor's son waiting for the bus, and her hackles were raised. She's seen him before, don't recall if he's pet her though. She's no longer curious and outgoing, I feel. Is this my fault? Have I caused her to be on alert mode all the time? What can I do to overcome this issue? Thank you.
  12. Update: Xilonen seems fine, she was acting kind of lethargic yesterday, but it could be because she just wanted to be next to the A/C vent. Today, she played with and possibly ate a dying carpenter bee. I hope it was the male because the male doesn't sting. πŸ™„
  13. Hello! So, this morning I let my dog outside to do her business, and I had to step away from the yard for a moment. When I came back to open the door for her, she had what looked like a feather sticking out of her mouth. She dropped it on the carpet to show me I guess. To me, it looked like the entire WING of a robin. We have a lot around here. No blood, and I found no feathery corpse outside. I found some small feathers by a bird bath we have out back, but that's it. My question is, did she eat the robin (I hope it got away), and if she did will my Xilo be okay? image of the "gift" she brought me, it's probably a little grainy, but if anyone could let me know what they think. I'm freaking out here! thank you.
  14. Thanks. I am proud because I remained calm during everything. Very hard to do. The guys wife didn't, and I don't think that was helping. I mean I freaked out when I got to my car and again when I got home. I am sticking to my neighborhood walks like usual.
  15. I do have their info. But No offers to pay the bill. I wasn't charged because the vet said she didn't need medication. So, hopefully I don't have to take her back. We both had leashes on our dogs. It was a perfect morning, until that mean mastiff showed up. The guy was already struggling with the dog. I noticed, and every time I replay the scene, I think of 100 things I could've done differently. πŸ˜” Thanks. She seems ok now. I thought she wasn't going to say hi to the neighbor's dogs when we got home. They have 2 smaller dogs and a 3rd that looks like a lab.She ran over to the fence and did her normal routine of running from one of the yard to the other along the fence next to them. I feel like I'm the traumatized one.
  16. So, my 3.5 month old husky was attacked today. Dog bit her in the face. I took her immediately to her vet. Vet says she's ok, but to keep an eye on her over next 24 hrs. Her face looks swollen where she got bit. I'm feeling terrible because I took her to a regular kids park, not a dog park. We did our morning walk and she was on leash, resting. No problems. When this couple with a big dog (I'm looking up the breed), came to try and smell her, she ran away from him. He followed her, I guess he didn't like her, and attacked her. I feel so guilty and horrible. So, no lectures, please. I can't stop crying, I feel so bad. She seems to be doing fine. Better than me anyway. I guess my question is, has anyone ever been through a similar experience? Please, if your gut tells you to keep your puppy away from another dog, do so. Even if the other person claims their dog is friendly. Possibly a Mastiff.
  17. That's the other thing I'm afraid of. Last week a dog got out of his house as I was walking my puppy; he looked like a lab. As he approached us at a stop sign, puppy and I both freaked out because I don't know anything about this dog. A 6 year-old boy comes running behind his lab, trying to coax him to come back, but even the boy looked apprehensive. The boy was able to grab him by his collar after a few attempts, and go back home. I stared at the ladies waiting at the other stop sign. What the heck?! Don't send your little boy to get your BIG dog. I'm apprehensive about bigger dogs that I don't know (long story). I've noticed two other dogs that roam loose- I don't know who they belong to, but that kind of makes me apprehensive as well. Many people in this neighborhood don't leash their dogs when they let them outside. It's very lax in my neighborhood.
  18. How the other dogs are being raised comes into play as well, I agree. Thats exactly what I would like! πŸ˜‚ To find an adult husky that's been well trained and can show my puppy how to properly socialize. πŸ€”
  19. Thank you. I'm definitely going to look into those alternatives for her water bowl.
  20. Your dog is beautiful! She could my baby girl's twin! Thanks, I'm going to see about teething toys. We had a vet appointment yesterday and she told me she'll start teething soon.
  21. Hello! So, my husky has started sleeping in her crate. Still whines, but subsides eventually. I'm concerned because the weather here is starting to get hot. I don't normally have the air conditioning on at night because It makes me ill (runny nose, sore throat, etc.). Should I leave my puppy's water bowl in her crate? Or is she okay without it during the night? The temp inside the house 75 degrees Fahrenheit/ 24 degrees Celsius. I know it's going to start getting hotter, and I would like to be prepared. Thanks!
  22. Oh how right you are! It's difficult to compete with so much beauty... and fluffiness! When people pet Xilonen, they seem to forget they have their own dog a few feet away! πŸ˜‚
  23. Thank you! Any tips on how to approach the other dogs? She's not too vocal, but she is a jumper. I'm scared she might try to bite the other dog. I don't honk she ever would, she only likes biting her humans. πŸ™„
  24. Hello! My 3-month-old puppy had an interaction with two dogs today. The first went well. However, the second interaction didn't go too well. The other dog snapped at my Xilonen- not 100% sure who instigated the snapping. The other woman just said "it snapped." I apologized and we went our separate ways. On the way back from the walk, we encountered that dog again and it started barking at us (I made sure we kept our distance this time) and my puppy wanted to approach, but was not aggressive. My puppy is usually very playful, but I didn't feel her snap at Coco or whatever his name was ... I know this is a dumb question, but is it hard-wired in a dog how to approach another dog? (dogs don't approach each other face to face or make eye contact etc.) πŸ€” Or does my puppy not know how to greet other dogs?
  25. Thanks everyone! Update: she's still biting, but not as often and not as bad. I think removing her might be working. She seems to get the hang of chewing toys is ok, people not ok. 😁
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