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A. You can stop the behaviour and say firmly no, then ask him to sit and when he will be perfectly calm pet him and give reward. Never give attention and affection to the excited animal. All members of the family should behave like that. See a behaviourist if it won’t help. Jumping can be also sign of domination ( and can be connected with copulation moves ). If it’s so you can neuter him

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Some Naughty Behaviors

The last two tend to feature most strongly in the first eighteen months. But the first two can occur in Labradors of any age.

By 5 months, your puppy`s house training should be well established, and she should be able to wait longer between trips outside. She will average four to six trips daily and gradually decrease to three or four as she enters adulthood. During this period of physical development, your dog will mature sexually.
Excitement/distraction

Some dogs have been trained on obedience and still don`t listen. This often happens when a retriever is distracted or excited. At these times, all previous training can seemingly go out the window. But it doesn`t have to if you train for these types of situations.

Stage 5: Adolescence (6 – 18 months) This can be the most difficult time during a puppy`s development – adolescence. Your cute little puppy is becoming a teenager and will start producing hormones which may result in changes in behaviour.
Labs don`t start “settling” down until sometime between two and four years of age. A few labradors are quiet and sedate from early puppyhood onward, and a few others are bouncing puppymaniacs until well into old age, but by and large, you can expect to see mental maturation happening between two and four years of age.
Training. By the end of month 5 your puppy should be fully potty trained, be accustomed to using a crate, know their name, and understand basic commands like “sit” and “lie down” without trouble.
This rule states that you should take your Labrador puppy out for at least five minutes of exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until he or she is fully grown. This can be anything from a walk around the block to a run in the dog park. How old your dog is will make a difference in their stamina.
Mouthing and biting. Excessive barking. Resource guarding (aggression over food or toys) Jumping up on people.
The reasons your dog may not be listening might be medical in nature, but most often, if your dog will not come to you or ignores you completely, it is because of a training or a behavioral issue. Once you feel you have ruled out potential illness, training and conditioning your dog will improve his recall ability.
Most puppies start to calm down as they approach their maturity age, which is usually around 12 months, but for larger breeds it can be more likely to occur between 18 months and 2 years.
The Labrador is known for their trainability, they are a very active breed and are highly motivated, making them extremely easy to train. They are willing to please and are quick to pick up house training. Due to their high activity level, if not given enough stimulation, can become destructive.
The Labrador retriever is a moderately fast maturing breed, reaching adult height from six to 12 months, but possibly still filling out up to 2 years of age. Many Labs reach 12 to 14 years of age.
The good news is that Retrievers make for great students. “Labs love to please and are quick learners,” says Barkley. “They can start learning basic obedience and parlor tricks as soon as they are in their new homes.”
Dogs can sense when humans are anxious

Dogs are also great observers – our facial expressions, posture, the way we move, the smells we give off, and our tone of voice, all give our dogs vast quantities of information about how we might be feeling.

When you get a new dog, whether it`s a puppy or an adult rescue, she probably needs some obedience training. More specifically, a well-behaved pup should respond to seven directions in order to become a good canine citizen: Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Heel, Off, and No.
There`s no fixed answer, as it will depend on how old your dog is. Generally speaking, however, a healthy, adult Labrador needs an hour of exercise every day.
Although puppies are little bundles of energy, they usually sleep 18-20 hours a day.
A good general guideline is that a healthy dog should drink between ½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day.
However, as a general rule of thumb, a normally healthy adult Labrador Retriever will need 1 hour of exercise every day. The more relaxed Labs just 45 minutes per day, the more energetic 1.5 hours+. This can be made up of running, swimming, playing fetch, jogging alongside you… anything that goes beyond a gentle walk.
Yes, dogs can get jealous, but dog trainers say gentle training can help you manage the behavior. If your dog is jealous, they may whine, bark, growl, or push other pets or people away from you. Dogs may get jealous because they don`t want to lose your attention and affection to someone else.
Dogs with the retriever instinct to retrieve objects are bred to carry things in their mouths. They need to retrieve an object and bring it back to a human, so they get excited when they find something that fits the bill.
In many cases, the issue is that the dog has not learned what you want him to do instead (see Greeting Behavior – Jumping Up, Enrichment, Predictability, and Scheduling, and Training Basics). Attempting to reprimand all the misbehavior will be ineffective.
Not all dogs are affectionate, but if your dog once was cuddly and suddenly isn`t, consider this a sign that something could be wrong. Any major changes in your dog`s behavior or activities may warrant a trip to the vet to make sure there are no other issues, such as an illness or injury.
Why doesn`t my dog listen to me? There can be several reasons why your dog doesn`t listen to you. Puppies and pubescent dogs are usually in a phase where it is difficult for them to concentrate. It can also be that your dog is old and gets a hearing impairment and therefore does not listen.

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Q. My 5 month old black Lab puppy: when 3-4 months old was good. Now the problem is jumping up. What’s the best way to discourage this?
ANSWER : A. You can stop the behaviour and say firmly no, then ask him to sit and when he will be perfectly calm pet him and give reward. Never give attention and affection to the excited animal. All members of the family should behave like that. See a behaviourist if it won’t help. Jumping can be also sign of domination ( and can be connected with copulation moves ). If it’s so you can neuter him

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Q. How do I get my dog to stop chewing on things? I kennel her when I leave for a few hours, but I can’t go to the mailbox without her eating something.
ANSWER : A. If she’s young, then this is just normal puppy behavior. Don’t worry about it. The thing about puppies is, they explore using their mouths. If your puppy grabs a coat hanger, or a slipper, you should roll up a newspaper, and smack yourself on the head with it for leaving those things out.. your puppy is going to explore things, that’s normal! It is 100% up to YOU to keep those things away from your puppy when your puppy is unsupervised… even for just a moment.

Remember to never scold your puppy for grabbing these things. They are just curious little cuties, and they don’t chew things up to bother us.. Dogs do not have intentional thought, so they aren’t ever doing anything ON PURPOSE to us.. The most important thing you can do when your puppy is chewing something you don’t want her to be chewing is TRADE her the inappropriate item with a toy of hers, so she understands “no honey, that isn’t what puppies chew on… THIS is what puppies chew on!” and then begin playing with her using her toy to show her that TOYS ARE FUN.. Way more fun than a boring ol’ coat hanger.

Another helpful thing you can do is have two bags of toys. In each bag is many different kinds of toys. Lots of chew toys, lots of soft squeaky toys, lots of rope-type toys, a bunch of balls.. All kinds of things! For one week you have bag#1’s toys out for your puppy to play with.. At the end of the one week, you collect those toys, and you bring out bag#2! The toys will be more interesting/feel like new to your puppy, which will in-turn, make her chew less inappropriate things. Her toys are too fun to care about that dumb Wii-mote that you left laying around.

Hope this helps!

Q. My cat is excessively scrstching herself., to the point she has sores. She is strictly an indoor cat. Did have flees been treated for 2 months
ANSWER : A. For every flea you see on your pet, there are 100 more in the environment. Get your pet on a good topical or oral flea control through your vet. In flea control, you get what you pay for. Consider asking your vet for a dose of Capstar. It helps get the problem under control by killing the fleas on the pet starting in five minutes but only lasts for 24 hours.

You need to treat your home environment. If you use a pest control service, tell them you are having a flea problem and they can adjust their treatment. Use a premise spray that also contains an IGR, insect growth regulator. This keeps eggs and larvae from maturing into adults and helps break the life cycle. Also, vacuum EVERY DAY, throwing out the bag or emptying the canister every time into an outside receptacle and spraying the contents with insecticide to kill the fleas you’ve vacuumed up.

Treat your yard too, since fleas are opportunistic and will hop a ride into your home on your pant leg without you knowing it. Concentrate on areas under bushes, in the shade. Fleas are less likely to be located in open sunny areas where it gets hot.

If chemicals are a problem, you can use borax. Sprinkle it into rugs, into corners and under furniture, use a broom to work it into the fibers and let it sit for hours, days even. It won’t hurt you or your pet to have it present. Then vacuum it up, reapply as needed. Food grade diatomaceous earth can be gotten from a health food store and worked into the rugs and corners in the same way as borax. These treatments aren’t as fast and effective as chemical insecticides but they can help.

You might want to consider boarding your pet for the day at your vet, to give you the opportunity to flea bomb your house without having to worry about your pet being exposed. They can bathe your pet and give a dose of Capstar while you treat your home.

Be patient, you may have to repeat these steps multiple times 10-14 days apart to help break the flea life cycle.

Skin problems can have a variety of causes, sometimes more than one. It is important to have the problem checked by your vet to determine if there is a medical cause for your pet’s skin issues and treat accordingly.

In pets of all ages, fleas, food allergies and exposure to chemical irritants such as cleaners and soaps can be a cause. Any one of these may not be enough to trigger the breakouts, depending on how sensitive your pet is, but a combination can be enough to start the itch-scratch cycle. Finding out the cause and eliminating it is the best course of action. With flea allergies, if your pet is sensitive enough, a single bite can cause them to break out scratch enough to tear their skin.

Check for fleas with a flea comb. Look for fleas and/or tiny black granules, like coarse black pepper. This is flea feces, consisting of digested, dried blood. You may find tiny white particles, like salt, which are the flea eggs. Applying a good topical monthly flea treatment and aggressively treating your house and yard will help break the flea life cycle.

If you use plastic bowls, this is a possible cause for hair loss, though this tends to be on the chin, where their skin touches the bowl while they eat. If you suspect this to be the culprit, try changing the bowls to glass, metal or ceramic.

Food allergies are often caused by sensitivity to a protein in the food. Hill’s Science Diet offers some non-prescription options for sensitive skin as well as prescription hypoallergenic foods for more severe cases. Royal Canin carries limited protein diets that may also offer some relief. Your vet can recommend a specific diet that will help.

If there is no relief or not enough, consider getting your pet checked by a veterinary dermatologist and having allergy testing done.

Q. What is the best way to make my 9 month old Golden Retriever stop jumping on people?
ANSWER : A. There are a couple of things you can do. First off, try ignoring your puppy completely until all four paws are on the floor. Once your pup has settled a bit, you may reward with petting/praise. If your pup jumps up again when you begin to give her attention, immediately stop, turn around, cross your arms, and ignore.

Another thing you can do is teach an “off” command. This command is a PREVENTATIVE ONLY command. This means you never say “off” AFTER your pup has jumped, only BEFORE your pup has the chance to jump. To teach this, you place a piece of food on a table/chair/counter. As your pup approaches the table/chair/counter, you swoop your hands in front of her face and say, “off” then immediately reward with a treat FROM YOUR HAND. Practice this for weeks before you decide to use it as a preventative before she jumps up onto you.

Remember to tell all guests they need to ignore your puppy until she settles as well. This is key.

Q. I have two problems with my 16 yrs old dog: he’s constipated and has a ear ache. What can I use to relieve these?
ANSWER : A. Constipation is a common problem in dogs that can be due to a number of things. However it is a good idea to make sure the constipation is not actually diarrhea, as some dogs can strain after a bowel movement, making it look like such. If constipation is present, adding a little pumpkin puree or plain yogurt to the diet can help make digestion easier and make stools easier to pass. However if symptoms do not resolve after a few days, it is best to speak with your vet.

For ear aches, it is best to have your vet examine the ear as many things including allergies, ear infections, mites and more can cause ear problems. If the ear is just dirty, then cleaning the ear gently with cotton balls or a clean washcloth and a dog ear cleaning solution can help. Do not use Q-tips as a dog’s ear has a 90-degree turn in it and placing Q-tips in the ear can cause damage to the canal or inner ear. However if the problem persists or cleaning does not help, it is best to seek care.

Q. My puppy is urinating a lot. And the lady I gave one of the puppies to said she thinks her puppy has diabetes could my puppy have it to
ANSWER : A. It is not likely that either one of these puppies has diabetes. It is very uncommon for a puppy that young to have diabetes. If your puppy is straining to urinate or is urinating very small amounts frequently and cannot seem to wait for very long between urination, he may have a urinary tract infection. It is quite possible that your puppy is completely normal. I would suggest an exam with your veterinarian and discuss the behavior with them. They may suggest a urinalysis. Your puppy should be going to the vet at 3 week intervals for vaccinations at this age, so you can discuss it when he has his next set of vaccines. The other person with the other puppy should also be taking hers to a vet for proper immunizations and she should also discuss her concerns with her vet.

Q. How should I discipline my puppy when an “accident” occurs?
ANSWER : A. The puppy must be disciplined as soon as the mistake has been made, when the incident is still fresh. Reprimands made for accidents that happened some time ago are futile at best, and harmful if done improperly. If you catch the puppy as he is making the mess, or is about to make a mess, discipline him in a firm way without being too severe by using startle techniques that will cause him to immediately stop what he is doing. A strongly voiced “No” or “Stop”, a sudden loud noise to catch his attention, or taking hold of the scruff of the neck are all good ways of turning the puppy’s attention from what he is doing and toward you.

Follow all of these actions by immediately taking the puppy outside to finish relieving himself and reinforce the “good” behavior (going outside) with rewards such as patting, verbal praise, and/or training treats.

Q. My 8 month old puppy is chewing off her hair. She does not chew to the point of raw skin, only the hair. Any ideas?
ANSWER : A. I’d agree with the answer below, and I’d add that with a puppy as young as yours the most common cause of chewing is external parasites and fungal disease. It’s important to realize that almost always, chewing is caused by being itchy. It’s essentially a way that dogs scratch.

The first thing to do is to rule out parasites. Even if you don’t see fleas, treat her for fleas. Use a good product like Frontline – it’s easy to apply (avoid the hairless areas, it should be placed between the shoulderblades. You should also consider that your dog might be getting bitten by mosquitos – a common problem in thin-skinned dogs, and depending on where you live they can still be a problem this time of year.

Your vet also needs to perform a scraping of the skin to rule out mites. And again…even if no mites are found, I would recommend treating for them. They are almost as common as fleas in puppies, and depending on her recent situation (rescued from a shelter?) stress can depress the immune system and cause a mite infestation to take hold.

And finally, ringworm, which is actually a fungal disease, should be ruled out. It’s also almost universally related to conditions, like overcrowded shelters, but it does happen and puppies are more susceptible.

One more note: allergies are possible, but other things are probably more likely at this point. If your vet doesn’t know what to do, I would recommend looking for someone who does.