07/07/2008: Cherie Blevins writes: "My 4 year old Yorkie female as been getting quite an attitude toward the other dogs she's been with since 8 weeks old! If they get in the food bowl she's eating out of, if they wake her when she's sleeping, you name it! What's happening to my well behaved baby girl!"
I have a siberian husky named Sasha who had terrible alpha issues and she was even becoming dangerous to live with! Today we no longer have any of those issues because I used to dog whisperer method! It sounds silly I know but it really works! Have you heard of Ceasar Milan? He is the dog whisperer and he really teaches you to understand your dog and why she is acting the way she is! He has tv shows on cable and has written several books and I'm sure you could also look him up online as well! His method worked wonders for Sasha and if you really apply what he's saying I really think he can help your dog too! As far as I know simple training with methods that make sense to your dog is the only way to help with behavioral issues without using drugs! I work at a vet clinic and I see a ton of people putting their dogs on behavioral correction pills and I think it's just sad! I really think that if you follow Ceasar Milan's training system you will see a huge difference in her behavior!! Good Luck!!
My shepherd/beagle Monty had such bad separation anxiety, he'd not only bark nonstop 6 hours while we were working, he'd also chew his fur and scrape his nose (either by trying to escape by licking/rubbing his nose).
We tried crating him, tried molasses, and even tried giving him a kong wuth peanut butter or meat which he WOULD NOT EAT!
Today, however, he's a brand new dog, and I DON'T have to buy another dog for him! I gave him a light dinner last night and no breakfast today, and he ate his kong! His hunger was maybe a small reason, but the main ingredient was a $9 bottle of the Richard's Organics at Petco. I think the bottle will last quite a while, too. The recommended Ignatia was $20 at GNC and non-refundable. Petco lets you return items that don't work. I gave him the ml dosage with the included dropper, and when we got home, he didn't even bark when we put the keys in the door! This is a completely different dog! I'm amazed.
EC: Ingredients: Active: Valerian, Chamomile, Hops, Passion Flower, Scull Cap
Inert: Deionized Water, Fructose, Sodium Benzoate
This is for the person who posted wanting to know about help with a dog that keeps urinating on her floor.
For one, I have been told by several people that some cleaning solutions just bury the urine scents to our human noses, not the dogs. Regular white vineger is the best thing to do, I buy a big bottle, and fill my little spray bottle with it, rarely have to use it now, but when house breaking it always worked. Plus dogs do not typically like the smell of vinger, it won't hurt your carpet either, just saturate the urine well with it, then use a rag to dry it, and go over the carpet with it. If the dog does not smell its urine, it is less likely to think it is "ok" to go there.
Also, consider rewarding the dog when it is outside and takes care of business, then it will associate potty time with good vibes. Also try more walks, or outside time, and putting the dog outside, or taking it for a walk whenever it does, and saying "no" when you catch it in the act. I have read that some dogs will go inside on purpose if they do not feel they are getting enough outside time.
Just some thoughts, and ideas, hope they help!