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Sharing bed with dog is a no-no

Updated: November 15, 2012 10:32PM

Q. I have a mixed breed — part Yorkshire terrier and Maltese. Crumpet is about 17 pounds and nearly 6 years old.

Normally, she is very good, and if she is chewing on a bone or eating, I can pet her and she’s fine. But, at night when we’re in bed, if I change positions or move my legs, she attacks like Cujo.

Do you have any hints about how to break her of this bad habit?

A. Yes, but with Dog Lady this is more of a command than a hint: You must get Crumpet out of your bed and into her own.

This will be difficult because she will put up a mighty fuss but you must persist. Dogs and people need separate beds — especially when your dog feels ownership of your bed, which Crumpet obviously does.

You disturbed her and she lashed out because of fear, possession, or whatever deep motive ignited her.

Whenever biting rears its ugly teeth, you should consult a veterinarian or a certified dog behaviorist because it is serious.

Q. We have Kiwi, a New Zealand Huntaway puppy who is 20 weeks old now. He is very clever and learns very quickly.

He learned to go potty in one place within about a week and has continued to use that same place until recently.

Now he seems to have chosen three other places in the garden which he uses for his toilet!

My question: How can I get him back to using his original spot?

A. Kiwi has a mind of his own and a need to explore. Stop thinking he is a robot, programmed to go wherever you want.

He’s a stretching, growing puppy with a brain that’s constantly urging him to “go West young man.” Or wherever.

Understand Kiwi’s need for adventure and treat your dog to many gambols away from the garden. Your New Zealand huntaway’s genes stir up the desire to ramble far and wide, up hills and down dales, so expecting your pup to be always content within the confines of your garden is expecting too much.

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