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Yoda, the Rescue Pug Who Needed Some Loving (part 7)

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” His energy level was through the roof.

I spent hours outside with him in the park, at the dog run and home playing with him to work off his energy, give him exercise and make sure he no longer felt abandoned.

10 months later, he’s more secure and his past is further and further behind, and so is his attention seeking behavior.

He knows he is well loved.”

Goldie, the Lagotto Romagnolo, that was a Surprise Birthday Present (part 4)

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“The breeder said she was housebroken.

Maybe he just made a mistake.

She pee’d and pooped in the apartment right away.

I came upstairs and said, it smells strange, and promptly stepped in dog poop.

Realizing she wasn’t housebroken, we put her in a crate in the kitchen, but she howled constantly, until we moved her crate to our bedroom.”

Goldie, the Lagotto Romagnolo, that was a Surprise Birthday Present (part 2)

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“The breeder said that he had a Lagotto that was supposed to be a show dog, but her ears wouldn’t stand up.

She was a show flunkie.

He said, he was going into the city that night and if I wanted her, he would drop her off.

Also, it was my wife’s birthday, and I thought the puppy would be a great gift, the best.”

Goldie, the Lagotto Romagnolo, that was a Surprise Birthday Present (part 1)

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“Toby, our last dog, a huge Wheaton Terrier, died about two and a half years ago and it was just time for a new pup.

I did a little research online.

I needed another hypoallergenic dog and I didn’t want to try to replace Toby, so I decided to get a different breed.

I wanted a female this time and a slightly smaller dog.

I called up a Lagotto breeder who I found on the web.”

Rosie, the Miniature Dachshund that is Overcoming Separation Anxiety (part 5)

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“I started to live alone for the first time in my life and Rosie is always there.

I know that when I come home someone is really happy to see me, always.

I think that is the essence of having a dog,

That unconditional love that they give.

I used to laugh at people with their little designer dogs and their dog bags and now, I am one of them.”

Rosie, the Miniature Dachshund that is Overcoming Separation Anxiety (part 4)

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“I hired Bark Busters.

They really taught me about behavior.

There are no treats or punishment, it’s about speaking their language.

Establishing dominance through sounds really helped.

I would growl at her and she learned that I was alpha.

I also learned to crate train her with a calming sheet covering the crate and she is much less anxious now.”

Rosie, the Miniature Dachshund that is Overcoming Separation Anxiety (part 3)

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“I broke up with the person I bought her with.

Rosie got anxious when we broke up and now she has separation anxiety.

She always had it, but it got worse after we moved.

She would bark the entire time I was out at work.

My neighbors were upset with the barking and I was afraid I was going to get kicked out of my new apartment.”

Ferris, the rescue Parvo survivor from the mountains of Canada (part 2)

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“He responded well to obedience training, (hounds are very strong minded).

He became easier to walk on a leash and his leash aggression began to subside.

He is 101 pounds, so when he would bark in a friendly or aggressive way, or go after another dog we felt it.

When we moved to the city from the mountainous countryside of Canada he adapted like he had always belonged.

People are often intimidated by Ferris because of his size, but he is a gentle giant.

The only time he gets aggressive is when another dog repeatedly comes after him; then he feels the need to defend himself.”

 

Charlie, the rescue doodle from Hong Kong (part 4)

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” I wasn’t a natural dog person.

I was a bit nervous about the lifestyle change and I was slow to get on board with having a dog.

The first week he was home, it felt like I was back to having a baby again.

I was exhausted and overwhelmed.

He had diarrhea, while running throughout the apartment.

The whole family was on edge.

Relievedly, Charlie was a quick learner.

I’ve come to understand how important he is to the girls and to the family.

Without him in New York, our family didn’t feel complete.

He just arrived, and we couldn’t be more happy.

I like that the girls have someone to cuddle, teaches them responsibility and he keeps them from growing up too quickly.”

Charlie, the rescue doodle from Hong Kong (part 3)

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“Other people were coming in and admiring him and we felt pressured to make a decision.

At that point we decided to take him home.

The guard told us that he barked a bit at night.

We faced a lot of challenges at first.

He was six months old and had not been house broken, he barked incessantly and we lived in an apartment building.

We ended up getting a babysitter for Charlie in the evening.

He was quick to house train, but still has bouts of separation anxiety.

His barking has gotten better over the past few years.

We moved from Hong Kong to New York one the summer and Charlie was in a kennel in Hong Kong for two months while we looked for housing.

Charlie just came back from the airport.

He saw grass for the first time today in Central Park. and loved it.”