A: Not too late for crate training — for both your Aussie and your hubby. Aussie needs the confines of an enclosure. Your husband needs to learn containers for dogs are good. A dog views its crate (the politically correct name for “cage”) as a welcome sanctuary.
Dear Dog Lady, I have a 1-year-old Sealyham terrier. He loves to put his mouth around one of his stuffed toys and just pulse gently up and down. He can do this for 20 to 30 minutes. What do you think this means?
A: Sealy’s a youngster and still teething. Mouthing gives him gummy comfort as his choppers emerge. Also, this behavior is very puppy-ish. Surrounded by a bunch of siblings in the den, he would probably gum them too.
To our dogs, stuffed animals fulfill a variety of roles — prey, sibling, plaything, squirrel-substitute. Our dogs take stuffed toys very seriously so make sure your pet has at least one. A plush animal with a squeaker lets out an expiring squawk. An inanimate animal allows your Sealyham to rock gently imagining he’s back in the old country killing a rodent softly.
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