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About this Q&A blog: In this blog section, the PetMaltipoo Team answers Maltipoo questions. You can leave comments and offer your thoughts and advice. Questions can range from quite serious to lighthearted ones in which you just want to receive some feedback. Have a question of your own? Great, we'd love to hear from you! 

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Post #17 Maltipoo injured badly after short fall

  • By The Team
  • 19 Aug, 2016

An owner is concerned about her Maltipoo after she suffered awful injuries from a short fall

Question:

My friend had my 3 year old, 4.7 lb Maltipoo on her lap on the first stair of a flight of steps. We were out for a walk and ran into her in my apt complex and Lucy and I know her. Lucy squirmed a little so the friend opened her arms and somehow Lucy twisted and landed on her side and didn't move. I still had her on her harness leash. I knew something was wrong, picked her up carefully and realized she was seizing. She was looking at me with her little pink tongue hanging out as usual but didn't make a sound.

I thought she broke her neck. Limbs were stiff then involuntarily peed on me. I was crying hysterically. This was at 9 p.m. last Tuesday. We rushed to the ER vet about 7 mins away. Gave Mannitol for brain swelling, IV, etc. PETRAYS X-RAY says: Slightly displaced  fractures involving the occipital bone and causal aspect of the parietal bone. There are multiple lucent lines within the caudal dorsal aspect of the occipital bone and the caudal aspect of the parietal bone. She received 24/7 care Tues - Thurs night. A CT scan is 2k -2500.. She has Ataxia. Vet said give a week or so of complete rest before CT scan unless she has a seizure. She was perfectly healthy. Today is Monday so it's been 6 days.

I held her harness if she got up because of the wobbliness but today started signs of aggression, biting, if I tried to touch harness. She is house trained and loopily walked to the front door several times. I passed her area so she wouldn't hit her head, so she sat at the door and I let her out and followed carefully. Around the corner comes my neighbor with his 2 larger dogs that Lucy's played with before. She takes off, just a little wobbly but didn't fall (I'm panicking) and plays a little with his 2 dogs and stands with him like she's scared of me...in the house, she jumps at the tiniest noise and seems afraid of me...but will take food and treats from my hand!!

2 issues: I'm happy seeing her make that progress even though she's still wobbly in the house and 2..Could she be mad at me for the fall? She was just coming out of a funk/trauma from a new groomer (I almost sued them because I suspected manhandling and she neck pain my vet said. I was so worried about the groomer, now this. She and I were like peas and carrots... help, I think she has PTSD or something. Sorry this is so long but I can't find anything online as specific. The head injury really worries me the most though.

Thank you, Becky

Answer:

Hi Becky,

We are so sorry to hear about this fall and the aftereffects. What a terrible experience for both of you. Clearly, you were not at fault and did all that you could to keep her safe. When she fell, you reacted correctly.

Though she has some ways to go to fully recover, we can assure you that Lucy is not upset with you. Canines, though very intelligent, would not be able to cognitively link the connections of the actions that occurred leading up to such an event and are not able to place blame in such a way. She especially would not be able to link this injury from the fall to you, since you did not directly harm her.

However, there are several things that may be at play here:

1) When dogs are in pain, it is common to become aggressive and act out-of character. With the fall itself and the resulting injuries, along with any bruising, your Maltipoo may be experiencing enough discomfort that it is affecting her this way.

You'll want the vet to gauge her level of discomfort and to then discuss possible treatment for that pain.

2) In regard to the wobbly gait that your Maltipoo has this may be due to a worsening condition with the brain... Perhaps a side effect from a concussion that is not healing or in rare cases, but possible would be a developing blood clot; though she was cleared via the CAT scan, she should be re-checked for this.

Cleared of that, you say that she was diagnosed with ataxia. This is a loss of muscle coordination that can be due to several causes, but of course in this case, it was head trauma. Ataxia can be a life-long condition. Once ataxia due to a worsening condition is ruled out, we'd suggest speaking with the vet to be referred to a canine rehabilitation service. Similar to physical therapy that us humans can receive, these sorts of specialists work with dogs to help with a variety of disorders, including ataxia.

3) You are correct that she may be experiencing a form of PTSD. This is very common with rescue dogs that endure horrifying situations. This would not explain away the wobbly gait, however. It may explain some of the aggression, but more to the point it would explain the being afraid of those dogs, noises and even sometimes of you. In essence, she is jumpy and nervous since she fell and was injured. She went through a lot, so this is not unexpected.

For this, patience and time are the keys to this resolving. Do not place her in any situations that may trigger her. In time, you can gradually reintroduce her to other dogs and such. So, for now, do please call the vet to discuss the aggression and unsteady gait. Only once those issues are diagnosed can you move on with possible rehab and some time to allow her to forget this incidence.

We are very sorry for what happened and our hearts and prayers are with you and your Maltipoo. Hopefully in time, she will be back to normal. But staying in touch with the vet and working closely with him during this recovery process will be of the utmost importance.

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team

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By The Team 22 Oct, 2016
Question:

My female Maltipoo is one year old and she still wants to chew most of the time especially the wicker chair! I have tried using sprays to deter her from chewing but nothing seems to bother her. She has one sometimes two walks daily. Many different toys and quite a lot of attention.
Please can you give any advice. 

Julie

Answer:

Hi Julie; What a great question; this is certainly something that you'll want to get under control, since chewing can so quickly become a terrible habit, and it will get harder each day to control this.

At 1 year old, we can rule out chewing due to teething, however dogs of any age can have very strong chewing urges. And as you've explained, this can lead to chewing on furniture or just about anything that is within reach. 

Here are some tips. Please keep in mind, that while some may seem very obvious, many owners have not implemented these steps to stop chewing, so it is important to follow as many as you can:

1 . The #1 most important step to stop destructive chewing is to limit access to the objects.  If a Maltipoo were chewing on shoes, pocket books and other objects, of course these would need to be placed up high onto shelves or other areas where the dog cannot reach (removing the object from the dog's reach). 

In the case of furniture, of course, this cannot be done. So, you must do the other option, which is to remove the dog from the object. It's really key to note that a dog that has any sort of behavior that is out of control (peeing inside, chewing on things, etc.) should not have free reign of the house. Just this one element alone will resolve the issue.

We always highly recommend obtaining a quality canine indoor pen or alternatively, using gates to keep a Maltipoo in one room. Your dog can learn to be very happy in his area, it will have everything that he needs: quality bed, food, water and toys. And of course, when you are home and can supervise your Maltipoo, he can stay right by your side (keep him on leash if you must) so that he can be stopped before he heads off to chew on something.

2. Though you did say that you have used some deterrent sprays, it is true that not all sprays work for all dogs. One may work great for one Maltipoo while another dog may not mind the taste at all. Using the method of limiting your dog's access to furniture that he likes to chew on should take care of things; however, for other Maltipoo owners reading this, we wanted to point out that apple bitter spray does work effectively for about 50% of all dogs.

3. Though you have mentioned that your Maltipoo has plenty of toys, it is important to reassess toys as a dog matures. What may have met his needs a few months ago as he was coming out of the teething phase may not be what he needs now. Maybe now, he'd appreciate toys that call out to him (animal noises, voices, etc.) or toys that challenge him to do some work to release treats, etc. It may also be a matter of offering a more durable texture that really works his jaws that perhaps current, softer toys are not offering.

Therefore, looking over toys every 3 months or so and being sure that a Maltipoo's toy collection is meeting his needs , is a great way to ensure that he does not go elsewhere either due to chewing urges or due to boredom. 

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team
By The Team 22 Oct, 2016
Question:

I have a 13 year old Maltipoo that never is food satisfied. He weighs 13 pounds and we don’t (vet also) want him to gain any more weight. I feed him one heaping tablespoon of high quality wet food and one cup of dry PER DAY, split into 2 meals. His favorite treats are carrots...thank God…. Is it common for a Maltipoo to be so into food?

Answer:

Well, a few things come to mind. We're curious which brand of food you feed him, since 1 cup per day is not that much food for a Maltipoo of this size.

The next element that plays into this, and is applicable to so many dogs that eat but still always seem hungry, is fillers.  Fillers are the culprit almost all of the time for a dog acting hungry all the time, if health issues are ruled out.

A whole slew of dog food companies, in an effort to save money, add cheap fillers to their dog food. These are cheap ingredients like corn husks, beet pulps, cottonseed hulls, peanut hulls, citrus pulp and believe it or not, even feathers.  Their purpose is to plump up the food to make it appear as if there is a lot. But, in fact, these fillers contain no nutrients at all. They pass right through the body, offering nothing.

So, when a dog eats a meal that contains these sub-par ingredients, he may feel full just for a very little while, since they do enter the stomach, but then he will be hungry again very soon, since his body received far less real food than an owner believed.

For this reason, we'd highly suggest reassessing which brand you are giving to him. You may be surprised to learn that some well known brands such as Cesar entrees are a less-than stellar at just 2 or 3 stars. For feeding a Maltipoo , either puppy or adult, we recommend Orijen (5 stars) or home cooking. 

This all said, if your Maltipoo is indeed eating a high quality, 5 star food and is frantically hungry, this is something that the vet should be investigating, if he has not already.

Another possibility is that your Maltipoo may be begging for food due to habit. Some types of begging behaviors are so ingrained that a dog will beg mercilessly, even if he really doesn't want the end result; he just doesn't know what else to do.

If you feel that this may be the root cause of your Maltipoo appearing to always be hungry, you'll want to do 2 things: 1) Ignore the begging so that he learns that it never leads to a beneficial conclusion and 2) try your best to keep him busy with other things.  This may include more walks, new toys , puzzle toys to play alongside him, turning on some lively music for him to listen to, learning a new command, etc. 

The more he stays busy (and satisfied) with life outside of food, the less he will act as if he is obsessed with food. 

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team

Does your Maltipoo seem hungry after he eats? Do you give into begging or do you hold your ground? Leave your comments below. 
By The Team 22 Oct, 2016
Question:

We had a system of bells beside our patio door for our Maltipoo to nudge when she wanted to do her business, bought from a pet store. It worked for several months. The only problem is sometimes we in the house out of listening range. We cannot be at the patio door all day to hear the bells. Frequently, we do not hear them and she goes on the wooden floor in the living room. We take her out three times a day so it is not for want of exercise.

Any suggestions on how to make the bells louder? Does anyone have a fixed electric bell and trained the dog to nudge the bell? Or how do we make her bark at the door? Any help? 

Judy

Answer:

It's really great that you were able to teach your Maltipoo to ring a bell when she has to go outside to the bathroom, so great job on that! 

In regard to your question, this is indeed a tricky one! A few things that come to mind are:

1) Add more bells to the bell system that you have now; the more bells, the more noise

2) Set up a baby monitor by the bells (you would set up the transmitter part there) and bring the receiver with you (it can be set down in whichever room you are in).  In general, baby monitors have a range of about 90 feet and through 5 walls.  Some that are priced more expensively can reach hundreds of feet and can be used with up to 9 walls from point A to point B.

This way, as long as you remember to keep the receiver in whichever room you happen to be in, you will be able to hear your Maltipoo ringing those bells to go out.

While she has had some setbacks as you explained, for those times that you did not reach her in time, just the fact that she stills rings the bells when she has a bathroom need is an encouraging sign that her training is still intact. 

We would suggest however, to get this back to 100%, to encourage her to ring the bells right before you take her out those 3 times a day that are scheduled.  This will help reinforce her training that the bell equals going outside.

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team

It's pretty great that this Maltipoo has learned such a great signaling system to announce her bathroom needs! Do you have a comment aboutg this or any other suggests to improve the sound level of the bells? Please leave your comments below! 
By The Team 22 Oct, 2016
Question:

My Maltipoo did something that caused me to be concerned. Within about a weeks’ time (or two weeks’ time) this happened to her three times. She was simply sitting close by and let out a yelp like something hurt her.

She acted very scared and ran, eventually coming to me with her ears down and a very scared look on her face. She hid by my feet and was trembling. Another time she was sitting close by while I was washing dishes. She saw sometime that scared her and watched it intently. It seemed to be her height. She got up quickly, clearly scared, backed up and eventually settled herself between my feet and the cabinet. She was trembling.

I picked her up and held her but when I went to put her down she was clinging to me and did not want to be put down. It was just weird. On all of these instances we were home alone. There was no other noise such as a radio or television. She is not a scary cat and has not acted like this prior or since.

Thank you, Sherry

Answer:

Hi Sherry,

We appreciate your question because this is actually very common with so many dogs and it really does leave owners scratching their heads. It’s almost as if our dogs can be scared of things that they see that we cannot; and it can be kind of scary for owners as well.

However, the answer may put your mind at rest, since technically, a dog does indeed sense things that are not there, but not in the way some may assume.

If a dog suddenly acts afraid of a certain room , that is a different story due to a range of factors including an unseen tumble or even new objects in the room. But with this, it is most often explained via a Maltipoo’s incredible sense of hearing and scent.

Dogs sense a wide array of things that we cannot with their amazing hearing. So, while we may be sitting in what seems like a quiet room, all sorts of sounds are being picked up by our Maltipoos. As like all other breeds, they have 18 ear muscles to control ear positioning as opposed to our 6, they can hear 4 times the distance we can and can pick up sounds on frequencies that we simply cannot (67 to 45,000 Hz compared to our limited 64 to 23,000 Hz).

Dogs almost never experience ‘quietness’.

In addition, canines can pick up odors from a very far distance. Did you know that males can smell female dogs in heat for up to 3 miles away?

Some reasons for a Maltipoo barking at seemingly nothing or following an unseen object can be a bird, squirrel or another animal that is outside the house, on the outside wall or on the roof. We've heard of this behavior quite a bit and in some instances, it turned out to be a mouse or chipmunk in the wall. The quick movement of the animal can make a dog startle, nervous or afraid.

Other possibilities are far away sirens, alarms, whistles or other noises that we cannot hear but can rile up a dog; a Maltipoo may cock their head or change positioning in order to better focus in on where the noise is coming from.

What you can do when your Maltipoo acts this way is to know that when a dog is not sure how to respond to something or automatically becomes scared, how the owner acts will help him form his opinion. These sorts of disturbances can be perceived by a dog as an intrusion into the home or a danger to his humans and/or his territory.

So, you will want to do 2 things if you are not doing this already: 1) do not speak in a soothing manner since this can reinforce the idea that a dog is correct to feel afraid and 2) act in a matter-of-fact manner to show that there is nothing to be overly concerned about.

It can also help to make sure that a Maltipoo understand that they do indeed have a safe place to retreat to, should things seem overwhelming. This includes any elements such as too many visitors to the house, etc.

This all said, it must be noted that yelping quickly as you described could be related to some sort of physical injury or illness. Just one example is patella luxation, in which if a dog turns the wrong way the kneecap can slip to cause him to let out a yelp; then he goes back to acting normal. So, if the yelping does not improve, do have the veterinarian perform an examination.

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,
The PetMaltipoo Team

Has your Maltipoo ever acted afraid of something that you couldn't see or sense? Did you ever find out what it was? Leave your comments below!
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By The Team 22 Oct, 2016
Question:

My female Maltipoo is one year old and she still wants to chew most of the time especially the wicker chair! I have tried using sprays to deter her from chewing but nothing seems to bother her. She has one sometimes two walks daily. Many different toys and quite a lot of attention.
Please can you give any advice. 

Julie

Answer:

Hi Julie; What a great question; this is certainly something that you'll want to get under control, since chewing can so quickly become a terrible habit, and it will get harder each day to control this.

At 1 year old, we can rule out chewing due to teething, however dogs of any age can have very strong chewing urges. And as you've explained, this can lead to chewing on furniture or just about anything that is within reach. 

Here are some tips. Please keep in mind, that while some may seem very obvious, many owners have not implemented these steps to stop chewing, so it is important to follow as many as you can:

1 . The #1 most important step to stop destructive chewing is to limit access to the objects.  If a Maltipoo were chewing on shoes, pocket books and other objects, of course these would need to be placed up high onto shelves or other areas where the dog cannot reach (removing the object from the dog's reach). 

In the case of furniture, of course, this cannot be done. So, you must do the other option, which is to remove the dog from the object. It's really key to note that a dog that has any sort of behavior that is out of control (peeing inside, chewing on things, etc.) should not have free reign of the house. Just this one element alone will resolve the issue.

We always highly recommend obtaining a quality canine indoor pen or alternatively, using gates to keep a Maltipoo in one room. Your dog can learn to be very happy in his area, it will have everything that he needs: quality bed, food, water and toys. And of course, when you are home and can supervise your Maltipoo, he can stay right by your side (keep him on leash if you must) so that he can be stopped before he heads off to chew on something.

2. Though you did say that you have used some deterrent sprays, it is true that not all sprays work for all dogs. One may work great for one Maltipoo while another dog may not mind the taste at all. Using the method of limiting your dog's access to furniture that he likes to chew on should take care of things; however, for other Maltipoo owners reading this, we wanted to point out that apple bitter spray does work effectively for about 50% of all dogs.

3. Though you have mentioned that your Maltipoo has plenty of toys, it is important to reassess toys as a dog matures. What may have met his needs a few months ago as he was coming out of the teething phase may not be what he needs now. Maybe now, he'd appreciate toys that call out to him (animal noises, voices, etc.) or toys that challenge him to do some work to release treats, etc. It may also be a matter of offering a more durable texture that really works his jaws that perhaps current, softer toys are not offering.

Therefore, looking over toys every 3 months or so and being sure that a Maltipoo's toy collection is meeting his needs , is a great way to ensure that he does not go elsewhere either due to chewing urges or due to boredom. 

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team
By The Team 22 Oct, 2016
Question:

I have a 13 year old Maltipoo that never is food satisfied. He weighs 13 pounds and we don’t (vet also) want him to gain any more weight. I feed him one heaping tablespoon of high quality wet food and one cup of dry PER DAY, split into 2 meals. His favorite treats are carrots...thank God…. Is it common for a Maltipoo to be so into food?

Answer:

Well, a few things come to mind. We're curious which brand of food you feed him, since 1 cup per day is not that much food for a Maltipoo of this size.

The next element that plays into this, and is applicable to so many dogs that eat but still always seem hungry, is fillers.  Fillers are the culprit almost all of the time for a dog acting hungry all the time, if health issues are ruled out.

A whole slew of dog food companies, in an effort to save money, add cheap fillers to their dog food. These are cheap ingredients like corn husks, beet pulps, cottonseed hulls, peanut hulls, citrus pulp and believe it or not, even feathers.  Their purpose is to plump up the food to make it appear as if there is a lot. But, in fact, these fillers contain no nutrients at all. They pass right through the body, offering nothing.

So, when a dog eats a meal that contains these sub-par ingredients, he may feel full just for a very little while, since they do enter the stomach, but then he will be hungry again very soon, since his body received far less real food than an owner believed.

For this reason, we'd highly suggest reassessing which brand you are giving to him. You may be surprised to learn that some well known brands such as Cesar entrees are a less-than stellar at just 2 or 3 stars. For feeding a Maltipoo , either puppy or adult, we recommend Orijen (5 stars) or home cooking. 

This all said, if your Maltipoo is indeed eating a high quality, 5 star food and is frantically hungry, this is something that the vet should be investigating, if he has not already.

Another possibility is that your Maltipoo may be begging for food due to habit. Some types of begging behaviors are so ingrained that a dog will beg mercilessly, even if he really doesn't want the end result; he just doesn't know what else to do.

If you feel that this may be the root cause of your Maltipoo appearing to always be hungry, you'll want to do 2 things: 1) Ignore the begging so that he learns that it never leads to a beneficial conclusion and 2) try your best to keep him busy with other things.  This may include more walks, new toys , puzzle toys to play alongside him, turning on some lively music for him to listen to, learning a new command, etc. 

The more he stays busy (and satisfied) with life outside of food, the less he will act as if he is obsessed with food. 

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team

Does your Maltipoo seem hungry after he eats? Do you give into begging or do you hold your ground? Leave your comments below. 
By The Team 22 Oct, 2016
Question:

We had a system of bells beside our patio door for our Maltipoo to nudge when she wanted to do her business, bought from a pet store. It worked for several months. The only problem is sometimes we in the house out of listening range. We cannot be at the patio door all day to hear the bells. Frequently, we do not hear them and she goes on the wooden floor in the living room. We take her out three times a day so it is not for want of exercise.

Any suggestions on how to make the bells louder? Does anyone have a fixed electric bell and trained the dog to nudge the bell? Or how do we make her bark at the door? Any help? 

Judy

Answer:

It's really great that you were able to teach your Maltipoo to ring a bell when she has to go outside to the bathroom, so great job on that! 

In regard to your question, this is indeed a tricky one! A few things that come to mind are:

1) Add more bells to the bell system that you have now; the more bells, the more noise

2) Set up a baby monitor by the bells (you would set up the transmitter part there) and bring the receiver with you (it can be set down in whichever room you are in).  In general, baby monitors have a range of about 90 feet and through 5 walls.  Some that are priced more expensively can reach hundreds of feet and can be used with up to 9 walls from point A to point B.

This way, as long as you remember to keep the receiver in whichever room you happen to be in, you will be able to hear your Maltipoo ringing those bells to go out.

While she has had some setbacks as you explained, for those times that you did not reach her in time, just the fact that she stills rings the bells when she has a bathroom need is an encouraging sign that her training is still intact. 

We would suggest however, to get this back to 100%, to encourage her to ring the bells right before you take her out those 3 times a day that are scheduled.  This will help reinforce her training that the bell equals going outside.

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team

It's pretty great that this Maltipoo has learned such a great signaling system to announce her bathroom needs! Do you have a comment aboutg this or any other suggests to improve the sound level of the bells? Please leave your comments below! 
By The Team 22 Oct, 2016
Question:

My Maltipoo did something that caused me to be concerned. Within about a weeks’ time (or two weeks’ time) this happened to her three times. She was simply sitting close by and let out a yelp like something hurt her.

She acted very scared and ran, eventually coming to me with her ears down and a very scared look on her face. She hid by my feet and was trembling. Another time she was sitting close by while I was washing dishes. She saw sometime that scared her and watched it intently. It seemed to be her height. She got up quickly, clearly scared, backed up and eventually settled herself between my feet and the cabinet. She was trembling.

I picked her up and held her but when I went to put her down she was clinging to me and did not want to be put down. It was just weird. On all of these instances we were home alone. There was no other noise such as a radio or television. She is not a scary cat and has not acted like this prior or since.

Thank you, Sherry

Answer:

Hi Sherry,

We appreciate your question because this is actually very common with so many dogs and it really does leave owners scratching their heads. It’s almost as if our dogs can be scared of things that they see that we cannot; and it can be kind of scary for owners as well.

However, the answer may put your mind at rest, since technically, a dog does indeed sense things that are not there, but not in the way some may assume.

If a dog suddenly acts afraid of a certain room , that is a different story due to a range of factors including an unseen tumble or even new objects in the room. But with this, it is most often explained via a Maltipoo’s incredible sense of hearing and scent.

Dogs sense a wide array of things that we cannot with their amazing hearing. So, while we may be sitting in what seems like a quiet room, all sorts of sounds are being picked up by our Maltipoos. As like all other breeds, they have 18 ear muscles to control ear positioning as opposed to our 6, they can hear 4 times the distance we can and can pick up sounds on frequencies that we simply cannot (67 to 45,000 Hz compared to our limited 64 to 23,000 Hz).

Dogs almost never experience ‘quietness’.

In addition, canines can pick up odors from a very far distance. Did you know that males can smell female dogs in heat for up to 3 miles away?

Some reasons for a Maltipoo barking at seemingly nothing or following an unseen object can be a bird, squirrel or another animal that is outside the house, on the outside wall or on the roof. We've heard of this behavior quite a bit and in some instances, it turned out to be a mouse or chipmunk in the wall. The quick movement of the animal can make a dog startle, nervous or afraid.

Other possibilities are far away sirens, alarms, whistles or other noises that we cannot hear but can rile up a dog; a Maltipoo may cock their head or change positioning in order to better focus in on where the noise is coming from.

What you can do when your Maltipoo acts this way is to know that when a dog is not sure how to respond to something or automatically becomes scared, how the owner acts will help him form his opinion. These sorts of disturbances can be perceived by a dog as an intrusion into the home or a danger to his humans and/or his territory.

So, you will want to do 2 things if you are not doing this already: 1) do not speak in a soothing manner since this can reinforce the idea that a dog is correct to feel afraid and 2) act in a matter-of-fact manner to show that there is nothing to be overly concerned about.

It can also help to make sure that a Maltipoo understand that they do indeed have a safe place to retreat to, should things seem overwhelming. This includes any elements such as too many visitors to the house, etc.

This all said, it must be noted that yelping quickly as you described could be related to some sort of physical injury or illness. Just one example is patella luxation, in which if a dog turns the wrong way the kneecap can slip to cause him to let out a yelp; then he goes back to acting normal. So, if the yelping does not improve, do have the veterinarian perform an examination.

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,
The PetMaltipoo Team

Has your Maltipoo ever acted afraid of something that you couldn't see or sense? Did you ever find out what it was? Leave your comments below!
By The Team 07 Sep, 2016
Question:

Hello my name is Gayle and My daughter has a Maltipoo that has begun to pee on top of bed covers, on the couch and has even pooped on the bed covers as well, what can we do to stop this behavior? Thank you.

Answer:  

Hi Gayle, since the accidents on the bed involve both peeing and pooing, marking issues can be ruled out and most likely health issues as well. And while you didn't mention it, many owners assume that if a dog pees or poos on the owner's bed that this is somehow a personal sign of disrespect (but dogs are not capable of scheming such a thing). So, this is indeed 100% a housebreaking issue with this Maltipoo.

There are 3 main elements that will resolve this:

1) Until a Maltipoo of any age has proven himself, he should not have access to an owner's bed or have free reign in the house that would allow him to pee and poo on the sofa.  While 'don't have him on the bed' seems like a simple answer to the fact that he's peeing and poo'ing on the bed, it essentially does boil down to that. At least for this first piece of advice.  When you are home with him and can watch him, he should be tethered to you via a leash connect to his harness with the other end through a belt loop or over your wrist. When home and you cannot watch him and for when he's home alone, he should be in a gated off area or canine playpen. 

This alone resolves the immediate issue of this Maltipoo going to the bathroom on the bed and sofa; however, other steps need to be taken as well; namely, starting with housebreaking from scratch. 

2) Follow all housebreaking guidelines .  This includes a designated bathroom area, taking him out at the appropriate times, and rewarding when he 'does the deed'. 

3) While we are certain that you've washed all of the bedding in hot water, be sure to use a quality enzyme spray for urine that undoubtedly soaked through the mattress and the sofa. Even if you do not smell anything, lingering odors that a dog can detect essentially yell out "This bed is the bathroom area!". So, ensuring that those areas are wiped of these odors is an important part of starting fresh. For recommended enzyme cleansers that are safe to use on both beds and furniture such as sofas, you can look to 'Cleaning Supplies' in the Maltipoo Specialty Shoppe .

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team

Has your Maltipoo ever had a phase of peeing or pooing on your bed? If so, how did you resolve the issue? Leave your comment below. 
By The Team 07 Sep, 2016
Question:

I have a 6 year old Maltipoo (Kaci) who has been showing some weird behavior. When I first got her 2 months ago, she would go down stairs to basement and back up alone, and go to dining room down a one step without any issues. Several weeks after we got her, she would not go to the basement. Now more recently, she will not go to the addition. I thought she might have walked around while we were sleeping and maybe slid or got startled due to her nails. I had her nails checked and clipped although they were not too long. She'll go to dining room on a leash a little hesitant, but after a few tries , she does it. I don't understand this. If she does go to dining room, she won't go out and sits there shaking tremendously. What could cause this? What else can , I do to make her feel less scared and more confident? Also she makes gagging noises as if she had a fur ball stuck in her throat, but does not cough up anything...

Thank you for your attention, Rose

Answer:

Hi Rose. A Maltipoo being so hesitant to enter into certain rooms in the house is indeed peculiar behavior. You did the right thing by having her nails checked and trimmer. And we, as well, at first glance, thought that maybe something had startled her. However, in thinking about this, we see that the two rooms do have something in common: Steps. Granted,  when your Maltipoo goes to the basement this is a lot of steps and the dining room is only one; however that seems to be the common factor here. 

This would lead us to believe that this has something to do with the steps. It could be that she fell going down the basement stairs and that experience has scared her so much that she is now understandably hesitant. If so, this would resolve itself, the more times she experiences the steps without issue.

This said, refusal to leave the dining room and shaking a lot does not really play into this theory. Shaking may be due to being very afraid or very cold. One would assume that being former is the obvious answer; though the latter cannot be ruled out. 

While it may be impossible to know what is scaring her to this degree, trying to make her more confident is indeed the right call. We'd suggest making the dining room the funnest room in the house.  Get her a some great new toys and some tasty treats, sit down on the floor in there and see if you can engage her. Don't be overly soothing; you'll want to act in a matter-of-fact manner. 

Do please let us know if things gradually improve with this.

In regard to the gagging,  though this could be reverse sneezing (harmless), one other possible issue that fits this description is an issue with the trachea, including collapsed trachea . If this does not resolve within a few days, a veterinarian examination is warranted. It will be helpful to take a video of the coughing attack for the vet to see and hear exactly what is happening. In the meantime, if you are using a collar, stop immediately; you'll want to have her on harness any time she is on leash to prevent further injury should this be a tracheal issue. 

Love, Hugs & Maltipoo Kisses,

The PetMaltipoo Team

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