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Why does my dog lay on my legs

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Why does my dog lay on my legs so much when it is tired?

by JUDY

(NEW YORK)

I have a 3 month old lab puppy. He gets very tired from walking the 7 1/2 miles per day. He walks from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day. When he gets home after work, he lays down on my legs to get rest. Should he lay down to get rest instead of on my lap?

ANSWER by DR. JILL DREWMAN

Hi, Judy. It sounds like your puppy is getting more of a workout than he should be. I would recommend having him in obedience trning, which would help him learn some self control and self awareness about how much energy he can expend and when.

He may also benefit from regular exercise, such as walks. I think a good rule of thumb for puppies is to keep them at least active for 30 minutes every four hours.

Also, you might want to consult with a veterinarian about a stool softener or laxative to help with constipation. This can cause diarrhea, so it's important to make sure he doesn't have any signs of diarrhea or dehydration.

If all else fls, your puppy's best bet may be to just have a pillow on his bed to lay down on.

Why does my dog bark a lot when it is scared?

by JUDY

(NEW YORK)

My 6 month old golden lab has started barking at everything, even the cat. When I see him barking at my mom's feet, I don't know what to do. Is it normal for a young golden to bark at the sound of things? She's never barked before, and I don't want to spank her because she never gets mad, she just gets upset. She cries and whines. She's only been a dog for a week. Please help!

ANSWER by DR. JILL DREWMAN

Hi, Judy. I think your lab may be feeling a bit nervous, as a young pup, and reacting in a bit of a fearful manner to some of the things that are happening around her. I would recommend that you spend some time with her, to make sure she's not frightened.

You could start by just holding her while she barks, so that she feels more secure. Maybe give her a treat every time she stops barking. This would encourage her to not continue barking.

I would also talk to your vet about doing some basic obedience trning with her, to teach her that the world doesn't have to be a scary place. A lot of young dogs don't learn how to behave in the presence of others until they are around 4 months old, so having some basic trning early on could prevent some problems in the future.

It's not unusual for young dogs to learn about the world around them by barking at new things. You just need to make sure your pup gets the right amount of experience with it.

Why are dogs so attached to my mother, and why can't she have other dogs?

by JUDY

(NEW YORK)

I have a golden retriever puppy that is 7 months old. He's been with me for a month now, and has done very well. I have been able to take him for walks, and he's gotten used to being in the car, and is able to ride with me on some short trips. I'd like him to have other dogs around, but he's not very sociable and I know he'd be stressed out in a strange situation. My mom's house has one dog, and they have gotten to be best of friends. I don't want to push him, though. What should I do?

ANSWER by DR. JILL DREWMAN

Hi, Judy. I think it's absolutely wonderful that you are taking such good care of your pup, and that he's been around other dogs for a month now, and seems to be doing just fine.

You're right that it's important to make sure that your pup has the socialization that he needs, so that he can make good and lasting friendships with other dogs. It's also important to be sure that you're giving him the right amount of exercise and that he is getting the social interaction that he needs.

As for your mom's house, I would definitely think twice before having another dog live there with your pup. Just because they've gotten to be best of friends, doesn't mean that it would be a good thing to have a dog in your home that you weren't familiar with and that might frighten your pup, especially if he's only been with your mom's dog for a month.

If he does like to be around dogs, I would suggest that you spend some time with your mom's dog at a local dog park to help get him acqunted with the types of dogs that he's likely to come across at a dog park, and to help him make some of his own friends. I would also ask the owners at the dog park how they recommend introducing a puppy to new dogs, to help make sure that the introduction process goes smoothly.

My two pups are now 6 months old, and they are still not housebroken. I can't take them out of the house or take them for walks because my mom says that they are not housebroken, and they pee and poop all over the house. I keep hoping that they will get the hang of it, but it's taking them a very long time. My


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