Thank you, Jackie. Excellent information. I can really relate to the information given in regard to separation anxiety and choosing the right professionals.
Hi, thanks for that. Now that Rocky is almost 7 months, we are taking him to a group obedience class. The instructor told me I can also stay for the puppy class. Do you think two classes in one night may be too much for him? He is still barking at other dogs passing by on walks. I've been walking him every night. He seems happy to go and if there is a neighbor outside he immediately barks and wants to go over to them.
I only had one maltese but she wasn't difficult to train. Of course people have different meanings when they talk about "training" and Paris was never fully house broken but she was a good dog behaviorally. We watched "The Dog Whisperer" and it helped us improve our "energy" and thus help Paris be the great dog we wanted so much. Some behaviors might just be puppy issues that you would get with any puppy. Puppies and dogs should be considered a separate species. Like many puppies chew destructively but very few dogs do. It isn't a behavior problem but more of a developmental issue that will eventually go away. Paris was hard to house train but she was an obedient little girl who wanted to please me more than life. She could learn a trick faster than anybody. My husband said, we could teach that little dog to ride a unicycle but we couldn't teach her to pee and poo outside- not consistently. If anyone has advice about that I would love to hear it.