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Health Yap / Ella doesn't have an appetite
« : June 20, 2016, 12:32:59 PM »
My shorkie,Ella, just turned two years old. She eats only petite dog food and never eats people food. Lately, she doesn't touch her kibble and even her treats stay on her "plate". It's a small flat frisbee type toy I've trained her to eat her treats on. She gets treats only when she potties on her pad so it's not like she can live on treats. I'm a little worried as its not like her not to eat.   Also, when she comes home from her sitter's she occasionally has diarrhea. She's even thrown up once or twice.   She's not outside in the heat, but stays in my a/c home all day while I'm at work with water always available. Her energy seems ok, but has anyone experienced this lack of appetite for no apparent reason?

Training Yap / Re: "submissive peeing"
« : January 14, 2015, 06:36:50 AM »
Hi - I think your dog is merely excited to see people she likes.  My Ella did this for a bit until she got used to people stopping by.  A previous post suggested you not give immediate attention to your dog and it's good advice.  I've "trained" company to not give her immediate attention, but just come in normally.  Many people get that baby voice and high pitched tone when they see a Shorkie (completely understandable!); but again - I've asked my guests to not act like the world evolves around her.  I love her dearly, but she's a dog.

Training Yap / 7 months old and in her naughty phase?
« : January 14, 2015, 06:32:07 AM »
Hi - my seven month old Shorkie, Ella, has been a normal, happy puppy up until recently.  I live in a condo where puppy pad training is really the only option and she's done great with training.  Now?  She will stand one foot away from her pad and pee on the carpet and then she'll look at me KNOWING she just did a "bad potty" with her sad face.  She's getting into things she never did before and even things I've told her "no" to!  She's also added barking for no reason to her list of activities.  Of course, I let her "speak" in the house normally, but this is constant barking for 10 minutes for no reason!   On the other side, she's overly affectionate lately - she's like a hunk of velcro and is stuck to me constantly.  Is this normal adolescent behavior?  If so - how long might I expect it to last?  I feel like she's pushing/testing me.

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