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Before baby comes, snapping Suzie’s gotta stop

Updated: October 27, 2012 6:04AM

Q. We are expecting our firstborn this spring and are worried about our “first baby,” mini-dachshund Suzie Q. She is a rescue from a puppy mill. Suzie has been through a lot and has come a very long way in her training and demeanor. She has gone from shaking and terrified, to playful and obedient.

We can’t seem to break is her fear of strangers. We are worried about having a baby around and what Suzie might do out of jealousy. My husband wants to train Suzie with other peoples’ babies, which I am not comfortable with.

A. Whoa, mama. Do not rehearse with other peoples’ babies. Suzie Q. has bitten before and she could snap again.

You can’t risk injuring anyone else. This is troubling no matter how much Suzie’s behavior has improved. You should cordon off the dachshund whenever company comes. Do not allow her to nip and annoy.

This is a situation where a certified canine behaviorist who can visit your home, spend time, and get the full dose of Suzie Q. would provide the best insight.

Search for a certified trainer by entering your Zip code at the website of the Association Pet Dog Trainers,


I read the column where “Steve” refers to his Cairn terrier making “inappropriate actions toward other dogs.” I wonder if this refers to humping.

I have a Cavalier spaniel that followed exactly the same pattern .

His humping became a real problem after two years. Eventually, we did neuter him. The humping stopped immediately. Now he is much easier to deal with around other dogs.

A. Oh my goodness, please allow Dog Lady to catch her breath because you make excellent, eminent sense. Neutering males and spaying females are puppy procedures that are primary, necessary, and mandatory.

Having your dog fixed leads to well-behaved dogs. Also, the sterilization of your dog ensures the population of unwanted animals does not get burgeoned.

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