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

David asks…

How can I bring home a new dog when I already have a cat?

Hello all. I have a male cat that has been with my family and I for about 2 years. He’s a very good cat. He doesn’t bite, scratch or “terrorize” myself or my kids. We are looking at adopting a 1 year old terrier dog. The dog is bigger than the cat. I was told by the SPCA that this dog is good with cats and already house trained. I don’t want to bring home this dog and have my house destroyed or my cat injured or the dog injured.
My cat is declawed and only goes outside for a few minuets at a time. He likes to be indoors.

Any ideas?


New Niche Finder answers:

There will probably be an adjustment period but they should get along fine. My cat and two dogs do. If you have a cat that has lived for awhile without feline companionship, a dog actually may be more readily accepted than another cat. The old adage of “fighting like cats and dogs” is usually a mistaken concept. In fact, it’s trendy to have both species–nearly half of dog owners and nearly half of cat owners actually have both.
P.S.–Our cat is declawed on all 4’s and good thing. There have been numerous occasions when the cat–for no particular reason–has taken a swipe at one of the dogs right across the face.

Sharon asks…

How do you deal with a dog that damages things due to separation anxiety?

How do you stop a dog from chewing furnitures and walls when you’re not home? The dog has severe separation anxiety from the family. Most of the time, there’s someone home, but when everyone’s out, the dog gets really anxious and scared. There are literally puddles of drool all over the floor. The family decided to keep the dog in a big laundry while the family’s away, but the dog manages to bite off the door frames and the wall. They’ve had this dog for 14 years, and he’s just begun doing this. The vet told them it’s old age. Does anyone have any solution?

New Niche Finder answers:

A fourteen year old dog is very old. At that age, training isn’t going to help. Unless he’s always been this way, severe behavior changes like that are often a sign of a medical problem like a brain tumor. If he’s that distressed, it might be kinder to put him to sleep.

Otherwise, the only safe thing they can dog is get a pet sitter or a large, sturdy airline crate. Get the plastic kind – too many dogs like this either break out of a wire cage or severely injure themselves trying. Leave a tv or radio on. Fill a rubber Kong toy with peanut butter to distract him.

Laura asks…

What would make a dog start whining for no apparent reason?

We are in the middle of moving to a new home. My dog got up in the middle of the night, grabbed her toy,started walking through the house with it in her mouth crying.This has been going on for a few days now. The toy in particular belongs to my moms dog who recently visited for a few days. Do you think she misses the dog or is she feeling insecure about the move?.

New Niche Finder answers:

She’s feeling insecure about the move. Dogs can get really upset at seeing things packed into boxes or the boxes themselves around the house. Try and leave all her stuff until last, then when you get to the new place, unpack all her stuff first. It’ll help make her feel a bit less uneasy to have all her familiar things around her. Right now she doesn’t understand what’s going on and it’s stressing her out.

Michael asks…

About the UK home study dog behavior course?

Just wondering if the UK home study dog behavior course is still in existence and, if yes, how could I enroll?

New Niche Finder answers:

Take a look at this website
The first 5 options/colleges are distant learning ones with their prices
Then you can inquire more about the courses and enrollment

Steven asks…

How can I teach my dog some good matters?

Every time some friends, family members or some stranger comes home my dog gets very jealous and starts to bark at them, whine and wants to bite. With me and my family she is a great and lovable dog but with other people she is a BEAST! How can I teach her to trust other people and be nice to them.

Can I do something psychological with her to change her bad behavior?

New Niche Finder answers:

To begin training your dog to have good door manners, start with nobody at your front door. We call this the “guest-less” door. Put a leash on your dog, letting him drag it around. Without warning your dog or taking him with you to the door, go to the front door and knock to simulate a guest knocking on your front door—you do the knocking. No matter how your dog reacts to the knocking, ask your dog to sit as you normally would if you were not at the front door. Do not open the door until your dog sits.

Note: You’re inside your house when you do all of these steps. When you knock on your front door, you’re inside, tricking your dog into thinking there’s a guest outside your door, when really, it was you doing the knocking the whole time.

When your dog sits, open the door. If your dog breaks his seated position, immediately shut the door! If your dog breaks his sit as you reach for the doorknob, withdraw your hand from the doorknob and calmly tell him to sit. Then try it again: let some time pass, then go knock on the door, reach for the doorknob, and open the door. Repeat this sequence: let some time pass, knock on the door, ask your dog to “sit” or “sit—wait”, then open the door.

Remember: the door does not open until your dog sits; the door does not STAY open unless your dog holds his sit.

If your dog breaks his sit, shutting the door immediately or not opening the door is the consequence. Conversely, opening the door is the reward.

Once you see your dog go through the whole sequence successfully, praise with a treat, but don’t go banana’s here. Stay warm and calm as you don’t want your dog too excited at a door greeting situation; you want calm.

For a dog that has a serious “door manners” problem, I start with the “guest-less” door and get to the point of mastering just that. Many people try to train their dog after the guest is already in the house. I believe it is easier to teach your dog what to do BEFORE you open the door. I call it putting on their “thinking cap” before you turn the doorknob—not after. This makes it so much easier for your dog to give you an obedient act before you open the door rather than opening the door, allowing him to sniff, allowing him to jump for joy or all over your guest. In the latter scenario, you end up trying not only to get your dog’s attention, but also perform an obedient act.

If your dog does not know how to control himself before you open the door, odds are he will never master the “guest at an open door” scenario. Take baby steps here, one at a time, and start with the knock on the “guest-less” door.

We all know this scene too well. The doorbell rings. You open the door while holding your dog’s collar. You invite your guest inside. You and your dog do the “wiggle” dance as he just about contorts your elbow into a figure eight! This is really not the time to teach him what you expect from him—because you have no control.

Control the dog first—control the door second. When he masters what he must do, before the door opens, the rest gets easier. You need to remember that he needs the whole picture—not just what NOT to do, but give him the picture of what he needs to do so you can open the door.

Usually, once he masters the “guest-less” door, you’ll have a calmer greeting when the door actually has a guest behind it.

Once you and your dog have mastered the “guest-less” door, have a friend or family member go outside and knock on the door. The steps are exactly the same as with the “guest-less” door. Warn your “guest” about the training step where you don’t open the door OR immediately close the door because your dog has broken his sit position. With a real person outside the door, you will be slamming the door on your friend or family member!

Remember: This is why we train our dogs using our friends as “bait”—so we don’t have to slam the door when the boss comes to dinner!

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