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Dear Dish-It: My Dog Bites!

Dear Dish-it,


My dog Ghighi keeps trying to bite people. She won't let any strangers near us or her without a fight. What should I do?


crazzy123


Dear TRINITY,


As the owner, it's up to you to make sure that other people and their pets are safe and comfortable around your dog. The first step you need to take to make sure that Ghighi doesn't hurt anyone is to put her through basic obedience training. That means signing her up for a dog-training course or program at your local community centre, pet store or other organization. Your dog may not be a puppy anymore, but she still needs to be trained and taught to obey basic commands so that she's not a danger or risk to other people or other dogs. You'll need to go through the training with her, to make sure you know how to control your dog and get her to obey you. Trust me, it'll be worth it.


At training, the instructor will probably tell you that socializing your dog - letting her meet and get comfortable around other dogs and other people, is an important part of her training. It means she will get used to staying calm and happy in any situation, and won't feel the need to attack or bite anyone. However, you should do exactly what the instructor at your training course tells you - it sounds like it would be too risky for you to have your dog around other people or dogs on your own!


The other important part of training your dog not to bit is to make sure you aren't punishing her in the wrong way when she does something she's not supposed to. Never hit or kick your dog, don't yell at her or be violent - it will only scare her and make her more nervous, which may cause her to act out in even worse ways.


In the meantime, whenever you are out in public places, you need to keep your dog on a leash and in your sight at all times. You may even want to get her a muzzle that goes over her nose and mouth, to make sure she can't bite anyone. If you have guests over to your house, it's your responsibility to make sure you warn them about her bad behavior, so that they can choose whether they feel safe or not.


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rainbowpoptart
Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
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jake495
jake495 posted in Family Issues:
Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
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ThePaleWalker636
I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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