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Ask Crystal: Mouthy Puppy

Dear Crystal,  We have a nine-week-old corgi puppy. She is biting constantly. We are trying to stay calm and positive but she is drawing blood. We try to distract her with bones or go outside. We have had her for 2.5 weeks and she is…

Ask Crystal: Nail Trimming Issues

    Dear Crystal,  My Rotty will not let me cut his nails.  It is affecting his walking ..so he doesn’t want to walk. He's struggling to walk...I'm disabled and don't have the money to get his rabies shot and…
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Ask Crystal: Dealing with Anxiety

Dear Crystal,  We rescued a pit mix 3 years ago. She will occasionally potty in the house. She has very bad separation anxiety on top of sheer terror at the sound of fireworks and/or gunfire. She will run through the house opening doors…
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Ask Crystal: Managing Separation Anxiety

Dear Crystal,  My puppy is now 15 weeks old. She is ok in the crate if she can see me. I had to leave her in the crate alone and returned an hour later to find her soaking wet. Literally dripping wet but it wasn’t urine. It was saliva.…

Ask Crystal: Cat Litter Box Troubleshooting

Dear Crystal,  We have a feral cat that has become an indoor cat. She seems to be adjusting well to indoors except she doesn't like the litter box much. We have two in the same area and she will use one to pee in but poos on the floor…
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Ask Crystal: Whining Puppy Woes

Dear Crystal,  So, I put my new puppy in the crate to nap and he whines for a while and then falls asleep. He will wake up to whining and all I think about is letting him out and go potty. Should I wait again until he stops crying to…
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Ask Crystal: To Chew or Not to Chew

Dear Crystal,  We have an almost 5-year-old female German Shepherd who has never been destructive other than with some of her chew toys. Today she destroyed my husband’s workshop. We keep her and her almost 10-year-old brother in…
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Ask Crystal: Grounding a Jumping Dog

Dear Crystal,  I have an Australian Shepherd who is 15 months. My vet wants me to take him to dog parks but he still jumps up and head buts people. We aren’t supposed to have him on leash in the park so I am unsure how to properly…
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Ask Crystal: Puppy Training 101

Dear Crystal, I have a 9-week-old puppy and I've had him for a grand total of three days. Although he sometimes fusses in his crate, I do wait a bit or let him out when he is walking around but not fussing after a nap. My only problem…
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Ask Crystal: Turning Crazy for Treats into Productive Training

Dear Crystal,  My pup is very food motivated. As soon as we start training, she gets so excited for treats that she randomly starts performing commands that I didn't ask for (sits, lays down, runs to her bed and waits, lays in her crate).…