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Miles Cabrera - 2012-09-15
I recently adopted a 5 year old male pit bull mix ( I think he's mixed with a lab) he's well behaved and shows manors. I walk out the door first and got him to stop tugging the leash on our walks by simply pulling the leash up instead of back ( thanks to the dog whisper). He's a friendly dog but I feel he may be to friendly. How do I know if he will protect my family if we are in danger? There are also sometimes where I'll give him a tug  and and he doesn't respond, I've asked how to change this and people have told me to hit him hard. Is there another way to get this pit to respect and listen without beating him? I don't want him to become vicious I have a 4 year old and I don't need dog to attack. I just need him to respect what I say and protect my family. Are there any other methods ????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-15
    I do not know how you train a pitt bull - I do know that you should never hit or beat a dog -
  • Anonymous - 2012-09-16
    Thanx but that really doesn't help much. Does anyone else know what to do ?
  • Robert - 2012-09-16
    Many say they have a  pitt bull lab mix - and I am not quite sure if I believe there are that many pitt bull lab mixes running around. In any case - you are saying you do not have complete control of the pup - then I would under no circumstances have him around a 4 year old child. Kids play, they make noise, they throw stuff animals for fun, and you do not know what will set the pup off - too many articles with these dogs hurting children. In some cases killing them. They are all friendly - till they are not. They require a strong, knowledgeable consistent trainer with a lot of experience.
  • Tabitha Boggs - 2012-11-23
    I personally use a 'pinch collar' to walk my pitbulls, both my pits are males, one neutered ones not. And without a pinch collar they pull me all over the place. With a pinch collar, it does not choke the dog in any way if fitted properly, and causes no harm IF used properly. It just causes a 'pinch' to the neck of the dog if they are pulling, 9 times out of 10 one little 'tug' (PLEASE never ever yank or pull extremely hard on the leash when using a pinch collar as it could cause damage to your dogs neck) a quick snap of the leash always puts my dogs right back at my side. Without having to use any type of 'hitting' your dog, you should never hit your dog, that will only cause him to become afraid of people and possibly even aggression. Hope this helps. Literally the first walk with a pinch collar had an amazing difference my dogs, Blade and Kadar now enjoy daily walks, and I now enjoy them as well because I'm not being pulled every which a way. :)
  • Tabitha Boggs - 2012-11-23
    As Far as protection goes a 'pitbull' or 'pitbull mix' become very attached to their owners. And though they may never show any signs of aggression or protection once your dog has had time to bond to you and your family I can ensure that he will protect you and your child. My dogs have had no training other than basic training (sit, come, stay, heal basic stuff) and I have no doubt in my mind they will protect me and they have proven it time and time again. 'Pitbulls' are naturally protective, but it would be wise to be extremely aware of your dogs body language around other dogs, no matter how friendly he seems with other dogs, some dogs can be fine with 100 dogs then for no reason whatsoever attack the 101st dog. If you don't put your dog in a situation to fail then he can't fail. Example: Pitbulls especially males can be dog aggressive so for obivious reasons my dogs don't go to the dog park. If you don't put your dog into a situation where something bad could happen and cause more people to fear the breed then you should have no problems with your new dog. I'm not saying keep him away from every other dog, i'm just saying it is wise to very slowly introduce your dog to any other dog you'd want them to play with. You need to be very aware of your dogs body language as almost always they give warning signs before they bite/attack.
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pete walsh - 2012-11-15
I just rescued 'cutie pie' and my life has been changed. She is a long haired cutie who is now the love of my life. She is always happy to see me and is very affectionate. I have had her for 6 days and can't imagine my house without her

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-15
    Good for you - glad
  • Jim - 2012-11-21
    Sounds like everyone LOVES the outcome and each other. GLAD for you and the dog is very glad, too.
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willow - 2012-01-28
I love Pomeranians to bits, but I am greiving as I have had to make the hardest choice I or any of you will ever have to make and that is to put your best mate to sleep when their time comes. Our girl was 20 yrs old.And we still miss her and will for a while yet. Leuka passed away Dec 21 2011.
Now she is at peace.

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  • Lori - 2012-02-19
    How wonderful you had 20 years with your girl! That is a wonderful long life and you and she were blessed to have eachother all those years. She is in a beautiful place in heaven. We have a girl Pom that is eight and I hope we are blessed like you were to have her for 20 years. Her name is Piper. We had collie whose name was Willow. I hope you find a new Pom to share with what you had with your Willow and give another Pom a long happy life with you too!
  • John Guysinger - 2012-05-28
    I know how you feel , I lost my Pom 4 weeks ago, she was killed. I had her for 14 years, she was my best friend , my traveling buddy .i miss her so much. Does the pain ever go away! I would like to get another , but will it be the same or am I just trying to hang on to her memory
  • Pat - 2012-11-20
    Hi Willow, google 'rainbow bridge. It's a poem that always makes me cry and feel better at the same time. Your Leuka will be there when you get there. Take care
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Anonymous - 2012-07-16
Hi there, I might be late but my daughter loves shih tzus and she was wanting one for her birthday possibely a female puppy so could you email me and tell me is you still have any please

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  • samantha steeden - 2012-11-20
    i ;love you
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greg t. - 2012-03-02
I have a yorkie mix named Peoples that is the best thing in my life! He is getting heavy and his diet is chicken and rice and veg. I know that that is not a good diet to have but I spoil him. What can I do to reduce weight?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-02
    There are adult dog foods which contain lower calories - As they mature their matabolism slows and a yorkie just isn't very big. Treats???? Are you giving him what you consider a small amount of treats - just a little piece of toast or maybe a chip? Might want to think about a different treat too.
  • chelsey - 2012-11-19
    i would like to buy a mixed dog that is taen plesse
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Becky Burnett - 2011-01-11
We have a mini dachshund and he has a gagging and mucus problem. He is always coughing and acting like he is going to throw up. Is there anyway to treat this problem?

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  • ron - 2012-02-23
    Our minis would do the same thing when they would eat or drink try raising the dish off the ground some
  • dukieball - 2012-11-17
    My doxie had this issue his whole life. He lived a full 12 or so years but he died with lung disease I think. He panted a lot and breathed really rapidly during the last few months it got better then worse I think he had fluid in his lungs. Check hs lungs keep an eye on his heart rate and breathing. Mine lived a full life but I always wonder if it could have been longer... if I had known I wouldn't have waited as long as I did to get him cheked out. I would get a loan or something for even just 1 more month with my lil dookie
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Nicholas - 2012-09-02
Hi, Im 14 years old and planning to buy a Bull Terrier. I study from 7:45 and get home 3:15. I have a huge yard and other dogs which don't fight to other dogs. Should I buy a male, female? Should I buy a Bull Terrier or it is a bad idea, considering I study a lot of time and I would walk him about 1 or 2 hours?  Please respond me ASAP, thanks

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  • Charlie - 2012-09-02
    No one can tell you what you should or shouldn't do. My daughter has 3 Bull Terriers and she is 28 and she - regardless of the training - has no control over them at all. They are all 3 - 5 years old now and extremely difficult to do anything with. Me personally, would be concerned about the other pups - when all is going well - maybe leave it alone. How firm a trainor will you be as they require firm training - not hitting or beating just a firm voice that is consistent and is a good solid dog trainer. How much time do you have to socialize this pup to other people, places etc. How many activites for school are you going to want to be a part of and not be home for the pup? You are going in to middle school and then highschool and do you want to be walking and training or do you want to play basketball, go to friends homes, go to the dances, date - so how much time will you have left for a pup that is extrmemly pack orientated, requires firm and consistent discipline and training.
  • Megan - 2012-11-15
    I have an 8 year old bull terrier that I have had since I was 12 years old. Females tend to be less aggressive towards other dogs. Males are very territorial, and may try to fight another male. My bull terrier is the best companion that I could ask for, and she is currently living with me in an apartment as a college dog and she has never been happier. I do go to school, and work but when I get home she is always waiting for me to lay on the couch with her. On my days off, I do take her for car rides and to go walking. I highly recommend the breed to younger people bc bull terriers love human attention. Just remember they are terriers so they are very stubborn, and hard to train but they will learn tricks with a lot of patience.
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Michelle - 2012-11-13
My little Chihuahua is named Chico, he's so sweet and unlike most of his breed he loves everyone! He prefers mommy still, but he adores dogs, cats, and humans of all shapes and sizes. I don't know if this is normal in his breed, the only time he barks is when someone approaches the door and he's not sure of the situation. He's learned tricks fast, and barely barks, he's almost Litter Box trained as well, since I live in Maine and its way too cold now a days to take him out. I am trying to afford a doggie coat for him. Do you think it will work? Anyways he's adorable! I didn't actually think I wanted a Chihuahua, my grandmother had one who died, and I loved him. But he was so small I was scared, then I saw Chico and I fell in love instantly, I just had to have him. I got lucky he was only 250 dollars! He's the BEST dog I've had, next to my child hood dog of Ginger who was a collie. Michelle

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  • Jim - 2012-11-14
    My wife brought home our dog when he was about 6 weeks old. I wear a size 12 gym shoe(because of my wide feet, not length) and he could fit inside. Forgot to take pics but... My first words when my wife came home and said 'Look what we got' was 'AWW SHIT!' (love him to pieces though).
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Jim - 2012-10-20
Well, all I can say is this dog is like a little baby. DAG, he finds twist ties, strings, and other things. When I say 'What do you have now?' He runs behind the chair and the little bouger knows what he has in his mouth... he 'shouldn't have.' NO! I do NOT yell at him. Hell, he's only a puppy/baby.

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  • Michelle - 2012-11-13
    I had a similair situation with my puppy Chico, and now he knows how to drop it. Patience will pay off, but do not yell just use a very stern voice. A simple 'Chico drop it' works. Michelle
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-14
    We NEVER yell at him. We just say firmly 'DON'T' or 'NO' but he thinks we are playing and 'runs' behind the couch when he gets anything he 'knows' he shouldn't have(I say this because he/they know) gotten. Another thing we have to be careful about is leaving Kleenex/paper towels laying around. He tears them up in strips and when we go to get them from him he runs behind the chair. It takes both of us to catch him and them I will 'try' to open his closed mouth and get the stuff out. A couple of times he actually swollowed a piece of a Kleenex so we couldn't get it from him(that little booger).
  • Jim - 2012-11-14
    Jim here forgot to add his name.
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Anonymous - 2012-09-14
My little guy 3mo. long haired Chi is positively adorable. Trouble is I think he knows it and pretty much does what he wants when it comes to using my entire house as his toilet. I take him all many many times. He watches the older ones do their business and just scratches and whimpers constantly at the door till I let him in. It seems that he thinks its wrong to go outside to do his business or else he just likes the soft carpet on his butt whichever the case can someone please help me. The older two look at me as if to say what are you gonna do about this mom? I have read and tried just about everything. I watch him like a hawk and when he starts to circle or make some movement like he's ready to go I run him outside. I can sit there with him for a good half hour with no luck. As soon as I bring him in and turn my back he leaves a little gift for me. Please help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-14
    Many swaear by those wee wee pads.  The dog goes on the wee wee pad inside the house and then you take the wee wee pad outside and it will go on the wee wee pad outside. 
  • Michelle - 2012-11-13
    I have a cat litter box, he doesn't eat the stuff in it. We are still working it out but Chico's getting the idea. I tried the puppy pads he wouldn't even go on them. Michelle
  • Jim - 2012-11-14
    Our spoiled guy will walk around and around before he goes #2(he doesn't do that when he pees). After he's done he will smell it. He does not lick it or eat it like I have read some dogs do. He will come in and just look at us like 'Hey, I did 'something' aren't you going to give me something?' Well we usually give him a treat when he does this.
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