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Laura - 2010-04-19
My daughter has a 2 year old pitbull and she loves everyone but my husband. My husband has been loving toward her dog. The dog barks and is afraid to go near him for some odd reason. We have him feed her, walk her and everything else to help the dog stop barking. She will only get as close as an arm length from my husband and then runs scared. He has never raised his voice or hit her. We are bewildered. Before my daughter got the dog she was raised by a man that scolded her a lot. Does she remember this when it comes to a male figure although she loves other men/ boys just not my husband. Do you have any thoughts to the situation? Thanks

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  • Dave B - 2010-06-07
    Wow... this is a really odd situation. Especially since your husband feeds, walks, plays with him. It may be that the dog really thinks he is her former owner but that is hard to believe. I wish I had an answer and Im very interested if you do. If you find an answer please let me know.
  • Laura - 2010-06-06
    Please respond to my question if you have a solution for me!
  • leona - 2010-08-01
    You really need to contact cesar millan. He can help anybody. Dogs live in the moment. He will tell you that. He will tell you that she does not think of her past owner as your husband.
  • Jordan - 2014-04-11
    The reason why she behaves this way is because of the previous owner. She associates your husband as being her older owner. If an animal is abused they will associate negative experiences with somebody else. For instance if someone who always wears orange abused the animal then it is common that the animal will have problems trusting others who wear orange. This is something that will heal in time but it can take a while depending on how sensitive your animal is and how deep the abuse was.
  • kyliegh stevens - 2014-04-16
    Well... I have had lots of pit bulls in my life and I am only 1. So the solution is to get her to trust him first. Like let her come to him not the other way around. Let her have her own quiet place, preferably dark for her to go when she is scared and runs. Don't run after her. You can make it under a desk with a blanket draped over it. She will feel safe in there. If she does not come to him within one month, at least once then you can try having your husband around a corner out of her sight while you are walking her and bring her around the corner to see if she will react. Just test her a little bit. Don't push her. She will come to when she is ready. This all worked with my pit bulls. One other thing is find a more confident dog and tie them together with a rope about 3-4 feet away from each other and have that other dog come to your husband. First make sure that the two dogs get along before doing this. And the more confident dog will show your dog that your husband is safe not the bad guy. If you need more help find me on face book 'isabella marie blue' I have 2 facebooks so do both. And keep doing this until your dog comes to your husband by herself.
  • kyliegh stevens - 2014-04-24
    I meant 13 not 1 for my age.
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vineet mondal - 2013-08-10
In 2013 i.e. recently, I found a local pariah [street] dog puppy playing in the roadside and I brought it home. My wicked old grandmother told me to throw him outside but I did not listen to her.  For 8 to 9 months he stayed with me. But one problem was there and it was that he excretes in the home and therefore one day my grandmother secretly sent him somewhere with the help of my uncle. When I came to know about it I cried bitterly. Till today she didn't tell me where she left him. I miss my dog very much. Now I had decided to buy a yellow lab and I can gurantee one thing that no one can separate him from me.

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  • Nihar Gawand - 2014-04-19
    See I have owned 3 black labs, one still lives with me and 2 I gave to my 2 friends as they wanted dogs and their parents were not willing to pay keeping them. Was ok I daily meet them you won't have any problem with them  and try leaving your grandmother 2 days at old age home and then she will understand her mistake and even tell you where your dog is ;)
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Nihar Gawand - 2014-04-19
I own a 3 years old female black Lab Magie she loves walks swimming and especially sleeping. My dad feeds her rice mixed with chicken soup on somedays and sometimes bread (wheat) mixed  with milk is this diet ok she weighs around 65 to 70 pounds is this diet ok for her?

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Rebeccah - 2014-04-18
I just got a purebred AppleHead Chihuahua today, along with another mixed Chihuahua. Both are males. We already had a female mixed Chihuahua and are looking to breed her, but when I asked my roommate, he said she hasn't been in heat since he got her. Will we be able to breed or do we need to get another Chihuahua?

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Bobbi-Jo - 2008-07-10
Hey my name is Bobbi-Jo and my boyfriend & I have a beautiful pitbull named KOBE! He is amazing in every way possible! HE is extremely loving and well behaved! We also have cats-which he loves too...we actually raised kittens with him around all the time! In fact the kittens preferred to sleep with him! He played with them and watched over them! Anyways I would love to help you with your fight against PITBULL HATERS-as the saying goes people are scared of what they don

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  • kyliegh stevens - 2014-04-17
    I have been trying to STOP bsl and no one listens to me. When I am with my pit bulls people stop and drag their children to the other side of the road. They say that I will regret having my dogs. They say they will turn on me. I have been all loving to my dogs and they are loving to me as well. I want to STOP BSL FOREVER! I want to be able to walk my dogs down the street like every other person. I want to be able to have my dog with other dogs. And I want others to do the same. STOP BSL FOREVER! I want to make a change in the dogs life and others lives. I want a change in my life as well.
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Melissa - 2014-04-11
My husband and I have a friend staying with us due to divorce. It's okay HE IS GREAT, EX NOT SO MUCH. Anyhow, he is working out of town this week and this is my first time with his dog. My family also has a cocker/poodle who is 10 yrs old. She is also still peppy for her age. My pup tries to share toys and all which is great. But I was wondering, how do I help Lo Lo stop having gas? Also, would like to know how to make Lo Lo feel more comfortable in the house. I also have an 8 yr old child who loves them both. Any answers about the situation would be great because the dogs are so cute together. But want new pup to be feeling safe.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    What type of food are you feeding him? Just changing to a higher quality food type can help improve gas. To help him feel more comfortable, just give him time! If he's already playing with your other dog and your child, he is probably well on his way to feeling comfortable! :)
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Anonymous - 2012-04-03
I have a pedigree bullmastiff who is 8 months. He is sooooooooooo cute, very big and heavy, weighing 50 kgs!
Would recomend this reliable gentle giant breed to anyone.

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  • KRUPAL DESHPANDE - 2014-04-05
    Can you please mention how much is the average monthly maintenance cost for such a huge breed?
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nina - 2013-06-07
I have a long haired chichaua that i am keeping for a friend who has cancer. She pulls her hair and bites herself.I have tried everything. Can someone please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-07
    Skin problems in Chihuahua’s can be related to toxins released through the skin at excessive levels, or from a serious medical condition called seborrhea. But problems can also come from dietary allergies, fleas, bacterial infections, and other product specific allergies. Start by getting a check up by a vet to either identify the problem or help reduce the possiblities.

    Their diet is crucial for maintaining healthy hair and skin. Skin dryness is often related to diet. Foods that are rich in vitamins A, E and B3 can help. Also switching to a food that doesn't have the same grains as the current food, or the same proteins, and that also has omega 3 fatty acids may help. It's not suggested that this breed is bathed often, but a topical treatment may help. Products (sprays, shampoos,and conditionsers) with colloidal oatmeal can soothe the skin and help relieve itching.
  • calvin - 2013-07-28
    Tell her 'no' in a stern but not loud voice and then pet her and give her a rawhide chew, the kind with flavor on it...it's nervous or she may have fleas.
  • Char - 2013-12-29
    You did not say if the dog had this problem prior to your keeping it. If this started after the dog lost access to her Master, that might be the key. If so, you might be able to locate a piece of her owners clothing that has not been washed. This would give the Chi the smell of her owner. You could also try to let the owner keep an article of some kind in bed with them for a couple of days then give it to the Chi. I would suggest the dirty clothing first though as this would be more the smell that the dog remembers. Also cuddle the dog with whatever has the owners smell on it and just keep giving the Chi lots of love and attention. The other suggestions were good too, especially saying no during the bad behavior and then creating a distraction.
  • Shelia Metcalfe-farmer - 2014-03-29
    I agree with the lady about skin problems, there may be scents and perfumes in that home, different than her owners, go to the owners home and take a look and smell around, you will be surprised what you may find, also do you spray for bugs, the owner will not do this because of their pet. Good luck and thank you for caring for this little one while her owner is ill. Shelia
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Kass - 2014-03-20
I have an adorable little chug girl, and I am very anxious on spaying her because I have heard a lot of stories about smaller dogs not doing as well in surgery. Has anyone had complications or should I really have nothing to worry about? :)

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  • Alana - 2014-03-27
    I adopted a 10 month old Chihuahua Pug from the humane society about a year ago. She was there for almost a month, and I could not figure out why someone wouldn't have gotten her already! She was discounted for her size, as she was only 8 pounds, and there was no picture of her. I went to the humane society...the second I picked her up, I fell in love. She walked like a ballerina and kept checking over her shoulder to make sure I was still with her when I walked her. Then I held her for about 10 minutes and she actually hung on to me! Just hooked her little paws right through my shirt and over my shoulder. Precious. She was very easy to potty train and is very intelligent--she is also funny and likes messing around with me! She gets so happy and excited whenever I am with her or give her a treat--and she is so well behaved! I highly recommend a Pugwawa for anyone looking for a dog. She is small and compact, so easy to transport, but is gentle and calm, and does excellently with young children. She doesn't bite or snap, and her bark (which is very deep and throaty, not yappy like a Chihuahua) is something I only hear when there is someone at the door or if she sees a mouse. Very smart dog, alert and kind. She is very loyal, and now that I have her trained where the potty pen is, will scratch at the bottom of the door or my shoes when she has to go out. I open the door, let her out, and a few minutes later, there will be the scratching again! Best doggie in the world. I love her!
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Sunny B - 2014-03-20
I rescued ROXI a Longcoated Chihuahua/long coated Daschund...she is my shadow and she sticks to me like Velcro. Very loyal...smart...spoiled...and she ain't going nowhere. My question is with this mixture do I need to be concerned with other health issues? She weighs 16 lbs---9 inches tall. One blue eye...just curious.

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