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Ask The Patch Pro: About Your Pet Problems

A veterinarian and a dog trainer are standing by to help you solve your pet problems

We love our animals.

But we don't love all their behaviors. Like the chewing of our best shoes. The peeing on our bed when we're at work. Or how they greet visitors to our homes.

Most of the time, they are just doing what dogs and cats do naturally, said , owner of

Jetter, a dog trainer, is Patch's newest blogger. You can read about her here.

She'll be answering your questions about common dog behavior problems and what you can do to train or help your dog.

Another Patch Pro available to answer your questions is Urbandale veterinarian , the owner of in Urbandale.

Dr. Stroh will be able to answer questions about whether your pet's behavior is related to a medical problem. And she'll take basic pet-health questions you might have.

Our Patch Pros will be standing by to help you and your pet today, Thursday and Friday.

Just enter your question in the comments box below and check back later to find out what the pro's advice is. 

Do you have a topic you'd like to suggest for a future Ask The Patch Pro article? You can add your suggestion in the comments box or email me. 

And be sure to check out our .

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Any small dog would probably be fine as long as you're okay with walking it across the street and picking up waste. I have seen some very small dogs (like chihuahuas) that can be trained to use a litter box!
Ricardo DeLa Rosa Nieto July 17, 2012 at 07:12 PM
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Ricardo de la Rosa July 18, 2012 at 01:27 PM
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Nikki Smith July 23, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I'm having a problem with a puppy my family recently rescued from our local animal shelter in June. We rescues a 12 week old male puppy, who was supposed to be a hound mix. He was very sweet initially but after having for only about a week or so started somewhat bullying me. This goes beyond puppy biting, he usually starts out by trying to bite my hands and then when I get upset about it, moves on to nipping my legs, ankles, etc, drawing blood and the only way I can get away from him is by clamping his mouth shut and putting him in his kennel. He DOES NOT STOP. I have 4 children aged 11, 5, 3 & 2. He's good to the male 5 year old and female 3 year old but has bullied my 11 year old and picks on my 2 year and she's sweet to him and of course he doesn't do this to my husband. We did find out after taking him to the vet that he's not a hound mix, he's a Catahoula Leopard Dog. This gives me a little more perspective into his behavior but doesn't give me much hope for his future with our family. We had intentions of putting in an invisible fence to let him run the yard and let out energy but I'm not afraid to do this as the children will have no protection from him when he decides to bully. We have him on a tie-out in the yard during the day and has a climate controlled kennel at night to sleep in. He does get walks during the day. I'm at my wits end and getting a lot of grief from my "dog lover" friends who think I'm making a big deal out of silly puppy behavior. Please help!!
Jennifer September 21, 2012 at 04:15 PM
We had an incident last night where a neighbor left a nasty threatening note on our door regarding our dog barking. We were not even home at the time we left a teenage babysitter in charge. After discussing it with her she didn’t even know our kids had let the dog out and apparently had been left out for the 2 hours we were gone. Understandably the dog’s barking to get back in the house was annoying to the neighbor, but rather than leave a nasty and threatening note on our door they should have just rang the door bell and ask that the dog be let in. It wasn’t even as if it was late at night this person left the note at 8:10 pm and we were home by 8:45pm. However, I’m sure there will be future incidences where we leave the dog out for longer than we should, we have a house with 2 small children so there are times when our hands are full and you can only do so much. My question is if this cowardly neighbor, who didn’t even have the courage to sign the note, does call the police or animal control regarding our dog barking again, what are the consequences to us? I’ve been searching the internet and have been unable to find out what the fines or penalties are for a barking dog in Ankeny. Are there hours we need to ensure the dog is in the house by?

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