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  1. I think you have a very difficult situation. All you can do is manage it; in brief visits you can't resolve the issue. I would ignore the dog, but as you pass drop, don't toss, super tasty treats. If he comes to you don't face him head on, this can be interpreted as intimidating. Make sure he has somewhere safe to retreat to. Can you get Adaptil? Is comes in various forms including collars and diffusers and mimics a calming hormone produced when bitches have pups. If your parents are willing to work with the dog in your absence that would help a lot but please ask them to find a behaviourist who uses positive methods.
  2. It's really all coming together now - brilliant news!
  3. That's great to hear. You must be so much happier, you can start to really enjoy having him now.
  4. First maybe a vet check to rule out any underlying pain or discomfort that might trigger the growl. You are right to see it as a warning and not push things. It's when we unobservant humans fail to notice what the dog sees as a clear signal to leave him alone that the behaviours escalate to a nip or bite. For resource guarding, in the meantime I would be tempted to either not give rawhide etc or restrict him to eating it in the garden or away from the sofa. He may even be guarding the sofa itself. There is a lot you can do o help resource guarding, such as when you pass drop an extra tasty piece of food by his bowl and never ever remove it as that reinforces his need to guard. Has he always been guardy with food? If so and it is a deeply ingrained behaviour you might need professional help. If you do choose to do that please look for a behaviourist (as opposed to a trainer) who is registered with COAPE or the APBC. This is important because dog behaviour is an unregulated industry and these organisations do make sure their members adhere to standards. Your insurance may cover the cost.
  5. What about using a long line then? Make sure it is attached to a harness rather than a collat though.
  6. @BigPaws , @debbie1123If someone likes one of my posts I get a notification, but I don't see WHO has liked it. Maybe I am just being narcissistic but it would be good to know. Is that something that can be tweaked (or maybe I have a secret admirer who wants to stay anonymous). Or maybe it's just my settings!
  7. Seeing the happy dance when I come back from anywhere - even if I've only been away five minutes. Morning snuggles. Afternoon and evening snuggles too. When he makes little yip yip noises when he is asleep.
  8. When she gets too bouncy I would try to redirect her attention by doing a little training exercise. Sit, down, and if you can maybe some impulse control work?
  9. Yes, I believe you can. But there are other good brands too for people - far more choice.
  10. It's not an instant fix, but you can train a 'quiet' cue. Bizarrely you start by training a bark - there are videos on YouTube. But it will be hard if the kitten is causing him so much interest. Could you arrange for them to meet in controlled circumstances, so it holds less mystery and becomes less interesting?
  11. Equafleece if it is very cold. I don't do dressing up, I think it disguises body language between dogs.
  12. I'm in France so didn't see it but it's disappointing to hear that. I understand that some raw food, such as fish, should be frozen for 48 hours before feeding but the other thing that strikes me is that a dog's digestive organs are proportionately far longer than a human's and their stomach acids are stronger. That's why dogs can eat some really disgusting rubbish with no effect. So a bit of bacteria is probably nothing!
  13. This is usually a submissive behaviour. It's a dog's way of showing through body language that she is no threat; through exposing her vital organs and throat for the other dog. She may well outgrow it as her confidence develops - even if she shows no clear sign to you of lacking confidence. You could perhaps help this along with meeting and walking with dogs you know to be safe and steady.
  14. My dog is more confident on the lead sometimes, I'd suggest continuing to use it until his confidence returns.
  15. I'd have a word with your vet. He might be in pain after his op and need some pain relief. You could also try an Adaptil diffuser - it replicates calming hormones and is soothing for anxious pets.