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**HOLD FOR RELEASE FOR 6 A.M. THURSDAY OCT.15**  This photaken Oct. 4 2009 shows pugs Mochi left Olive posing

**HOLD FOR RELEASE FOR 6 A.M. THURSDAY OCT.15** This photo taken Oct. 4, 2009 shows pugs Mochi, left, and Olive posing for a photo dressed in their Halloween costumes at flowers at their home in Huntington Beach Calif. The stepsisters have been geisha girls, surfer girls and sushi over the years. They may not understand the tradition, but "pugs understand positive energy," explained dog owner, partner and costume designer Lisa Woodruff. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

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Updated: November 25, 2012 11:25AM



Q. Halloween is my favorite time of year. I even named Spooky, my black Scottish terrier, after the holiday.

Each year I try putting him in a costume and taking him out in the neighborhood but he refuses to wear anything. He howled until I removed the ghost sheet. He hated the pirate’s hat. How can I train Spooky to be more comfortable in costumes?

A. Even in the best of times, it is hard to coax Scottish terriers to do anything they don’t want to do. Wearing clothing of any sort must drive them mad. Dog Lady sympathizes with Spooky and any dog forced to wear funny hats or garments for the sheer purpose of tickling the funny bone of humans.

Think smartly about this. Your dog already wears a collar so why not try to put him in a neckpiece — such as an orange ruff or bowtie. Dogs let us know their limits and Spooky has told you he’s not a circus dog. Listen to him.

Q. My dog is 2 1/2 years old and still has accidents in the house. She stays in the crate with no problem during the day but in the evenings, she sneaks a pee, often on the wood floor in the living room. She also gets out of bed in the middle of the night and may relieve herself. Any suggestions?

In your column a few weeks ago, you mentioned two products that took the smell of urine away and I can’t find where I placed the clipping.

A. With good training a dog can sleep contained in a crate for up to 12 hours without incident. But when you release her, you’ve got to walk her and allow her plenty of time to stretch her legs and do her thing. Also, walk her before you go to bed so she doesn’t have to get up in the middle of the night. Besides insufficient training, not being spayed is another reason why a young female dog might be piddling indiscriminately.

Simple Solution and Nature’s Remedy are two products to cleanse dog urine stains and smells.



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