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Steve Warner - 2014-02-10
I just adopted a 6 yr. old char pei/ pit bull mix. She is doing well in our household but we can't eliminate her odor even with a bath once a week, we even spray her coat once a day but that is only temporary. Have tried different dog food, now my wife thinks it was a mistake to bring this dog home. Any ideas to remedy this, the dog is very loving but if I can't solve this she will have to go back to keep peace at home!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-12
    Vacuuming regulary is one suggestion, and there are lots of products to help with pet odors and their elimination. Also sometimes extreme odor is allergy related. Keep researching,  reading, and learning... cuz yeah, having pets comes with its own set of adjustments... And be sure to tell us your story when you get it sorted out. Good luck to you and your sweet pup!
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A Jodoin - 2014-02-06
I rescued my chion from the SPCA when he was eight months old. His previous owners decided he was 'untrainable' after abusing him. He is now 18 months and the best dog I've ever had. Within a month he was fully pad-trained, walks without a leash, hardly barks. He is the sweetest, most spoiled little puppy I've met and my favourite cuddler. However, due to his past, he is terrified of most men and all strangers. He also has serious abandonment issues and cries when left alone. A dog, especially a small one, needs a lot of time and love. Please don't get a chion if you don't plan to treat it with the sweet caring heart that he/she will treat you with.

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  • Mandy - 2014-02-09
    Hi I just adopted a female dog. That appears to be a long haired chihuahua. But I suspect she may have some papillion cause her ears are more angles than straight like a chihuahua. My email is mandiluv23@gmail.com I can email pictures of her I just would like to know if I have one of these wonderful babies also. She weighs about 10 lbs but is a little overweight.
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cjd - 2014-02-08
We own a black pug and she is a funny dog. She is stubborn but loving. She has some strange habits like she loves to sleep under a blanket. Sometimes we lose her then see a blanket walking across the floor. She has snoring issues which some people think she is growling. But she doesn't bark. She has had some allergy issues but nothing that can't be taken care of. We have 2 other large dogs and she holds her own with them. Pugs make a great inside dog.

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david watson - 2014-01-11
hi i got my english bull terrier 5 month ago as she was left tied up in a back yard and the owners didnt want her iv took it day by day with her and she came 2 and was doing brillint up ntill last 3 week she is not eating proper and he as nibbled the fur off all her 4 paws i took her to the vet n he said she as the worest case ov exma so i gotsum tablets off him cost 54 pound and they never helped 1 bit so i rang bk my vet n he said best thing to do is to put her down so i av not gone bk with her dose any1 v any advice 4 me plzzzzzz dave

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  • NN - 2014-01-21
    Hi Dave, You have done the right thing ignoring your vet, that is so extreme and should only ever be considered in dire cases. Once you take them in they become part of the family and that doesn't become an option. There are lots of treatments available and I found the best to be the natural ones. Our old English use to get sore feet as they tend to wee on them when they go and it burns the skin. Firstly try washing her feet often and drying properly. We also found antihistamine work to help with inflammation. Humans use a oat bath to soothe skin complaints so that may be worth a try?!? Soak oats in some tights in warm water then use that to wash with. Lastly you could try Manuka honey, it's expensive but can work wonders for lots of things for man & dog. You can try melting a tsp In warm water (not hot as you'll damage the goodness) and rinsing the area with it and also feeding it to the dog can sometimes help their natural immunity. I really hope one of those helps and if in doubt you can always contact a reuse center before you put a dog down for advice.
  • G.Baker - 2014-02-05
    Hi. I am so glad you did not listen to your vet.English Bull terriers are prone to a lot of skin problems and vets tend to want to stuff them with drugs. Our bull terrier is suffering from inter digital cysts which is common also in bull terriers. The vet recommended all types of drugs for this complaint which when we researched them they caused all kinds of problems in the long term. I think it is better to try more natural treatments to cure the skin infections that this breed suffers from. Firstly look at the diet you feed your dog as a lot of these breeds have allergies to certain foods and a lot of them do not get on well with grains in the commercial foods. I would try a more natural diet if that is possible and if you can get some pure salmon body oil not salmon liver oil. If you can obtain this add a little to the food each day, start it gradually then build it up to the correct amount for your dog. Again as the other person suggested try an oat wash, as this soothes the skin. Hope this helps,
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Terrell - 2013-09-03
I have a 16 months year old red nose pitbull. What is the best time to mate him, now or should I wait another year? Last, is he a truly sneak red nose potbelly cause he has a white and red body?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-04
    It is said that pit bulls shouldn't be bred until they are two years old. I would talk to the breeder you got yours from to find out about its actual type. If you don't know who the breeder is, or much about your pet, it's  not a good idea to breed it. You won't be able to produce the breed type and essentially the offspring will be mutts and there's so many in shelters right now that need good homes.
  • Jamie - 2014-01-07
    The best time to mate him is never. Millions of Pit Bulls are euthanized every year for being homeless so you would only be contributing to an already huge problem.
  • Eddie - 2014-02-02
    I have 2 rescues, don't breed.
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Angel - 2014-01-30
We just bought an 8 year-old long hair chihuahua. He is wonderful! The only issue we are having with him is that if he is in the room with me, he barks and growls at anyone else who walks into the room. If I am not in the same room, he loves on anyone. How can we break him of this habit?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-31
    Barking is one of the most common problems reported by Chihuahua owners/ The are very defensive of their territory. The first thing you do, no matter what its age, is spend the time and energy to teach them basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, and come. Teach them one command at a time. Obedience is accomplished by speaking a command firmly to them and rewarding them by offering a treat when they obey. Once they achieve a basic obedience level, then you're will be able to work on changing the barking behavior. When they bark you can follow through with obedience training, teaching them to be 'quiet' on command. A good suggestions I've read  is to also remove distractions that seem to cause them alarm, resulting in barking!
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Dorothy H - 2014-01-29
I am adopting a Belgian Malinois soon . A beautiful male . He was a Navy pup in training but went on to a breeder. So he has been trained very well. I already love him. I do plan on having him be a stud because he is not fixed and he has excellent blood lines. But no cross breeding.

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cyndy - 2014-01-26
my red nose pit does not pee or poop when being walked around the school path he waits till he get home and uses the back yard. Is this usual? If we travel with him is there going to be a problem?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-26
    Sound like you have a very well behaved Red-nosed Pit Bull! I imagine he will travel just fine, but do let us know how he behaves when you travel with him.
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Kamilla - 2014-01-21
(There is also a maths question in 2.) This is sort of like a quiz : What kind of small and shorthaired dog is perfect for: 1.A kind but busy man who works on his computer at home most of the time? 2. A nice girl who has a cat and a rabbit and goes to school from 9:00 and stays at school for 6 hours? 3.A funny 16 year old older-brother who plays on his computer most of the time? 4. A caring mum who does the housework all day and cares and cooks for her 2 children and her husband?

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sharon - 2014-01-24
I've had my adorable long haired chihuahua for about 3 weeks and we have really bonded. She is an awesome little traveler in the car and a perfect companion. She is 3 years old and very well trained and obedient. My only concern is that she doesn't like any hard dog food I've given her. The vet gave me some healthy samples, but she turns her nose up unless I coat it with cottage cheese. I don't think this will be good for her long term. She wants people food but I'm avoiding that habit. The vet thinks she might have some skin allergies, which restricts her diet even more. Any suggestions??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-24
    Sounds like you have a great little companion. As far as allergies... here's some thoughts. 1 in 5 dogs suffer from some type of allery, but it's hard treat until you know what the allergy is. There are two different categories of allergies, internal and external. One of the most common types of internal allergy triggers are food. It can be alleviated by avoiding foods with a high gluten content, corn and 'filler' products. When choosing a dog food, the most important ingredient is should contain for your Chihuahua is meat. It can be chicken, beef, fish or lamb, but they need roughly a 40% meat content.Some of the most common Exernal allergies are reactions to Shampoos, conditioners and soaps as well as Flea bites.
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