“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mahatma Ghandi


Q: Arlene asks:  What happens if my dog is the Alpha of the pack?
A: Dogs generally want their caregivers to be the Alpha of the pack. They look to you for guidance, boundary setting and protection. When the dog takes over the Alpha, because the caregiver has not stepped up to do so, the dog's anxiety increases.  Anxieties display outward in a variety of ways like, aggression, possessiveness, disobedience and neurotic behaviours and responses. To best support your dog - become the Alpha!

Q: John asks:  Why does my dog bark constantly when someone comes to the door? How can I stop him from doing so?
A: If your dog believes he is the Alpha and he is to protect you, then the door activity becomes a threat to him and to his pack.  He is asserting himself and warning the intruder that it's his territory. If you want him to be quiet you have to show him what you mean. Create space around the door, (5 feet or so) and don't allow him in that space.  Have him sit and don't open the door until he is quiet and calm. You greet the visitor first and only when you release him can your dog greet the visitor. The Alpha always greets first!  A sign on your door indicating you are training your dog and asking the visitor to have patience will notify visitors as to why it's taking some period of time before your door opens.

Q: Sylvia asks:  I have a puppy who won't stop howling when he's in his crate. What can I do?
A: The first thing to do is figure out why he's howling. Is he lonely? Afraid? Needs to go potty? Bored? Once you figure out the reason you can then come up with solutions. Recently a puppy was howling because he was mourning his loss of connection to his human companion (Alpha) and his canine companion, an older dog.  He was also bored and crated when he had too much excess energy. Quick and timely walks between the times he was crated, with access to his caregiver, (crate within nose range) and he stopped howling.

Q: Jean asks:  How do I know it's time to help my cat over the Rainbow Bridge? She's 12, has kidney disease and although seems to be failing some days, also seems to have good days too.  When is the timing right?
A: This is so very hard on caregivers. We don't want our companions to suffer, yet we don't want them to leave before it is time.  A dilemma that does not have a specific formulated answer. Each situation is unique. Generally, if over the course of a one or two week period of time you can honestly access what % of time your companion was happy, energized and content, and that % is 50% or lower, then it is time to seriously consider euthanization as an option, especially if all medical and alternative interventions have been explored. Remember, we tend to not see our animals as they present to us - but rather as we want to see them. Stop - look again - be honest. Then decide.

Q: Susan asks:  My cat has been treated by one vet all her life.  In the last year something is wrong with her but there is no medical answer. Yet I know something is wrong. What can I do?
A: Seek a second opinion. We often don't wish to do that, believing that our vet will be insulted, believing we don't trust their decision, or we are being disloyal. Actually a second opinion allows another professional to look at your cat from a new perspective, with a new lens. Sometimes that second perspective saves lives, and sometimes not. It's only a bit of time and extra $so why not do so just to be certain? Your intuition should not be ignored.
If you have any questions regarding your pet, please email me at:  camille@bluewolfspeaks.com
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