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Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Canine CliqueDear TCC,

My dog won’t go to the bathroom in the rain or wind!! I can walk him for 10 minutes or an hour and he will not go to the bathroom. If I let him out in the backyard and I go outside with him, he will sit and look at me. If I let him out there without me, he will ram his head into the door until I let him in. Any suggestions on how to solve this issue?

Beth R.

Baltimore, MD

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Dear TCC,

Maggie is a very “Excited Dog” and I think she has separation anxiety. It starts when:

1. We leave the house and leave her home. She will bark & bark & bark, with some pacing in the backyard. But our neighbor says once I leave she stops barking.

2. When I  leave her at a friend’s house for the day for a “Doggie Play Date.” I see her pacing again in the back yard. When I pick her up at the end of the day she does this “Excited barking scream.”

3. If my husband or I leave the car and she stays with one of us in the car. She will do the “Barking scream” like we are killing her.

I try to be calm when I leave. I offer her treats when I leave. I suggested to my husband that we take a day and just practice leaving and coming home. She gets walked every day, sometimes twice daily. Every night we play keep away with tennis balls for 30-45 min. So she has a lot of opportunities to get her energy out. What am I missing?

Nerissa B.

Crestline, CA

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Dear TCC,

My cocker spaniel, Ginger, has LDS: Little Dog Syndrome. She gets in people’s laps without being invited, jumps on them, etc.. How do I teach her some manners?

Karen S.

Rockville, MD

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