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Your Questions About How To Find A New Home For My Dog

James asks…

would choraphyl tablets fed to m y large dog in his diet control strong odor?

gt pyrenees,120 lbs ( in home dog has terrible odor. Insisted wife baith every couple day’s but see no improvement . Feed high quality dog food. Use oatmeal based shampoo with no results. About ready to get of dog or lady of house if no solutionn found.

New Niche Finder answers:

Actually bathing a dog too much is really bad for the dog! Its bad for their skin and coat.

I would see a vet about what is making him smell s bad. He could be allergic to the food or have a health issue. Many possibilities. I would not give him supplements before checking with the vet first.

Daniel asks…

Adopting a dog from shelter, what are some good ways to get your new dog used to your home?

We are adopting a lab mix from the shelter and he is already 2 to 3 years old. They say he’s a kinda shy guy but would do nice after some TLC and I plan to give him just that. But, since he is not a puppy would it be harder to get him used to his new home? Dogs I have had in the past have all been raised since puppyhood with me so I’m just wondering how this will differ. I have a pit puppy that is almost 6 months that stays with me during most days when my bf is at work, so how would I introduce them also? I don’t want to stress him. Also how long do you suggest I wait before taking him out for a walk or to the dog park?

New Niche Finder answers:

At 2 – 3 years old he should settle in fine after a few weeks (bear in mind this can take a few months though – it depends on the individual dog) Make sure he has a place he knows is his, like his bed/blanket so he can feel safe there. It might be a good idea to have this in a area you are in regularly so he can get used to you from somewhere that to him is ‘safe’.

For introducing him to the other dog. You can try the first introduction with them both on leads – but when dogs are on leads they can feel threatened (because they can’t move away from one another by themselves) and this can make them more likely to lash out/act aggressively to one another, also the dogs can easily pick up your feelings and if you are nervous about it they will pick it up straight away on leads and this can again lead to them acting aggressively towards one another, so it is important that you are calm when introducing them.

Another idea is to have him in one room (with his ‘safe’ place in) and have a stair gate separating them (one in one room the other in the other room) this way they can sniff one another/start getting used to one another, but if he feels threatened he can move away and go to his ‘safe’ place, without the other dog following and it solves the problems that the first meeting being on leads can cause. If they seem fine with the stair gate then you can remove it and see if they continue to be fine towards one another.

I’d advise on starting out with them on separate walks (unless the seem fine straight away) and keep them apart when feeding for the first few weeks, like in separate rooms.

You should be able to walk him on the lead to the park after a week or two, definitely keep him on the lead for the first week so he knows that he is with you in the park. If you have garden which is secure (and if it isn’t then you soon find out, dogs seem to find the smallest possible holes to get through, which you wouldn’t have thought they could) you can let him out their straight away.

Hope this helps, and it is all fine for you.

Ruth asks…

How can I train my dog to go forward instead of back when barking at people?

At home my dog german shepard/jindo mix is very territorial but when we are outside she barks and backs up.I will like her to stop doing that and go forward instead

New Niche Finder answers:

When you are outside you should not be allowing your gsd to bark at anyone at all unless you are being threatened by an attacker.
Your dog is barking and backing up because she lacks courage to go forward.
You only “train” a dog to go forward if you are training it as a PPD (personal protection dog) and it should only be done by a professional PPD dog trainer.
Also, Most dogs are all bark and no do when they are on their own property. Threaten them and most will back away.
PPD dogs have to possess the correct drives and a “very” confident nature.
Go to a Good professional trainer and get your dog assessed and “possibly” trained to do a “stand off” bark on command . Most dogs can be taught to do this as a game, but it looks the part and can deter most would be trouble makers.

Add: The BA on your other question is incorrect.
The dog is NOT trying to protect YOU….she is doing her best to protect “herself” when a stranger approaches. The fact she is on lead makes it worse, as she cannot escape. Your dog is fearful and if off lead would run away from the perceived threat.

Ken asks…

Cleaning advice for carpet exposed to dog feces and need to be clean enough for baby?

My irresponsible sister allowed her dog upstairs on our floor (she lives in our basement) where we have a 7 month old daughter. We have reminded her numerous times that she can’t have her dog here because he is not house trained and she’s gone for days where the dog won’t be taken care of (poor dog!!). Anyway, we were gone for 2 days and upon coming home, found dog feces in my daughters play pen and on the carpet.

I’ve taken care of the play pen and everything else…. I have a question about the carpet. Its late in the evening here so I want able to do a store run for cleaning products I need. But I wanted to clean right away. I just sprayed a solution of lemon, all purpose cleaner, bleach, and laundry detergent on the carpet and wiped it down a little with paper towels. Then I sprinkled baking soda all over the carpet… How long can I keep the baking soda on for? I was planning to vacuum it in the morning. Is that okay?

And is that enough cleaning? Or should I still buy carpet cleaning products or what else can I do to treat the carpet?

I’m slightly germaphobe and note I do have a crawling, putting-everything-in-her-mouth 7 month old daughter so I need it sterile.

New Niche Finder answers:

You need to have a professional clean it. The residue from the toxic chemicals you put on your carpet are far worse than dog crap.

John asks…

Why is my unneutered dog being aggressive towards my recently neutered dog all of a sudden?

I own two male dogs one of which is fixed and the other isn’t. I decided to fix one of the dogs last week at the vet. The two always got along until I brought home the dog from the vet. The unneutered dog has tried to attack him about 4 times so far, is growling at him constantly, and is freaking out at the sight of him. Will someone please tell me what is going on?

New Niche Finder answers:

Dominance. The un-neutered male knows the other is now not producing all the same testosterone as he is and now that they aren’t on the same “level” he is letting him know he is the boss. You should have him neutered also. Sometimes this happens when you have two males. One has to try and be the alpha. That alpha should actually be you. If you don’t get him neutered, it can escalate. Might not end well. Takes about 6 weeks for all the testosterone to leave the body and the dog to calm down. You should definitely have them both neutered or you might have to separate them permanently.

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