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All Week users will have the ability to ask dog training expert John Van Olden their pressing dog questions about your dog's behavior issues and training!

About John Van Olden:

With over 20 years of professional experience, John is one of the most successful and experienced dog trainers in California.

John provides private training and believes that the best approach is to begin in your dog's home environment free of distractions before progressing to a public setting where he will work to make sure that your dog has the same level of focus that he/she has at home. “I believe that training should take place at both ends of the leash, and feel that I'm as talented a teacher of people as I am a trainer of dogs”, John Van Olden.

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I just joined and it appears to be a very cool place for all kinds of animal lovers.  So I'll start out with a question.

Our wonderful bearded collie Murphy has one main issues beside getting ear infection easily and that is scally, crusty skin bumps almost like scabs.  Some are little bumps like the size of small warts on a human.  They don't bleed, I guess, unless you pick at them which I'm afraid to do.

I have not asked the Vet about them yet but was curious is anyone with a Beardie or similar dog has experienced the same and if so what did you do about it.  Murphy's  7 years old +/- (adopted from local Operation Kindness Shelter), knee high and weighs 38 lbs and has not had this skin problem until fairly recently.  Before we spend a lot of money at the vet, I was hoping for some insight.

Thanks in advance for any input.


My puppy Chico is humping a stuffed animal that looks like dog. And he trys to hump my leg and my sisters male full-grown chihuahua! What should I do?



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my vet says there is a virus going aroound that effects dogs and lasts between 2-4 days.  Does any one have any info on this virus?

Hello Everyone,
I have a 4 year old miniature Schnauzer. Yesterday evening he decided to get in the trash and try and eat my wifes sanitary product. (sorry for the graphicness) we did get it away from him. However during the night he vomited several times. The vomit was thick and full of food. It had no odor. Off and on during the day he has been gagging and occasionally vomiting. Same deal, no odor and thick.
My question is how long should I wait until I take him to the vet. I have read everything I could find on the internet, but anyones input would be invaluable..
Thanks for the input..



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I adopted Chloe (11 month old Lab mix) about 3 months ago. She's an awesome dog all around except for her separation anxiety and it only seems to be getting worse since I've started working in my home. She follows me EVERYWHERE and I feel like I'm constantly tripping over her!
I crate her when I leave the house, but my neighbor told me she barks and carries on for a very long time. (Note: I've never left her in there longer then 4 hrs.)
She's quite the escape artist too, so we have to lock all the doors on the crate. She tries her hardest to get out of it so much that the crate has ended up in another part of the room and the tray underneath is across the room as well. I put many chew toys in there with her, along with a Kong stuffed with treats, but instead of chewing on those she will destroy her bedding, blanket...etc. so I had to eliminate those items.
As I mentioned before, I crate her when I have to leave, because if I don't she will find something of mine (not my husbands) to chew on.
She never chews on anything (except her toys) when I'm home. I'd also like to mention she likes her crate, because when I'm home she lays in it quite often.
I've tried leaving the house without making a big deal about it for a minute and walking back in (again, not making a big deal upon my return) and repeating the processes, but it's not working. Help! :)
I'd also like to mention, her foster parents told me she was found wandering on the side of the road. I have a very hard time believing that, because she is awesome off leash. She never leaves my side and always comes when she is called.
I'd appreciate any advice you could give me. Thank you! :)

Bobbie G.



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Just wondering if anyone wanted to help create a list of bones for dogs and share their opinions on whether or not they were safe.


Rawhide – I have heard it takes a while to digest, but overall it’s a safe snack


Calf Bones – This is a real bone, nice and solid.  I have heard they are good for the teeth and gum stimulation.  Healthy


Chicken Bones – Possibly can split and hurt dog.  Very dangerous and could cause serious problem. Not Healthy

We have an 11 month old male cat who will be neutered next week. Is it okay for us to take in an 11 month old female who has already been spayed?

We have concern because he's our only pet and he's needy.



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Has anyone had any problems with Advantix Flea Topical causing seizures in their dog?  If so, please give details.

So I came across MSNBC's article on Bo Obama, and I can't make up my mind on what I think.  On the one hand, the whole story seems more than a little fishy. On the other, I think President Obama is an honest man and I almost always think the conspiracy theorists area a few cards short of a full deck.  What does everyone else think?

(For those who aren't familiar with the story, you can read it here:

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