Pets

Pets

Behaviorist can help with dog's boundary issues

Q: We have a 2-year-old collie shepherd mix who loves us, offers hugs and kisses and is loyal. But, when the dog and I are on the bed and my 20-year-old son enters the bedroom, the dog growls. Sometimes it's a bit scary. Last week he went too far. My wife and I were lying on the bed watching TV. The dog joined us with his head on her belly. When I got up to go to work, he growled his usual low growl. When I went to kiss my wife goodbye, he growled so close to her face that she thought he was going to bite her. The dog attended training successfully when he was 6 months old, never had a problem with company, and gets along well with the cat. Neighbors love to see us walk down the block while he holds his leash in his mouth. Do you think he just hates to see me leave or see my son enter the bedroom when it is our time?

Pets

Pinwheels deter birds from resting on car

Q: I like to feed the birds in the front of the house. I have a bird feeder and several hanging holders with a honey block that goes in the holder. The birds love it and I watch the many beautiful red and blue and other-colored birds come feast on the goodies outside my window. I also have a bird bath for them, and it's fun to watch them drink and bathe in the fresh water. Here's the problem: One or more of the birds seem to hang out on the car door mirrors and leave droppings all over the car. Every morning I have been using the garden hose to clean droppings from the car. How can I keep my friends from sitting on the cars in my driveway?

Videos

More Videos

Inspiration Academy graduates given personal charge 02:13

Inspiration Academy graduates given personal charge

Local fallen soldiers Honored at Manasota Memorial Park 01:55

Local fallen soldiers Honored at Manasota Memorial Park

Lakewood Ranch QB Justin Curtis reflects on a spring victory after a tough fall season 00:19

Lakewood Ranch QB Justin Curtis reflects on a spring victory after a tough fall season

Palmetto beats St. Petersburg with defense, run game 00:56

Palmetto beats St. Petersburg with defense, run game

Bradenton dog Jake relaxes at home after New Jersey reunion with owners 00:33

Bradenton dog Jake relaxes at home after New Jersey reunion with owners

Bradenton Christian School celebrates graduation 01:56

Bradenton Christian School celebrates graduation

Lee Middle School students create paper chain for Memorial Day project 00:35

Lee Middle School students create paper chain for Memorial Day project

Moody Branch Preserve spans about 1,000 acres in East Manatee 01:59

Moody Branch Preserve spans about 1,000 acres in East Manatee

Westminster Manor residents, Ballard Elementary School students share lunch after months of letter writing 01:19

Westminster Manor residents, Ballard Elementary School students share lunch after months of letter writing

Les Paul's longtime guitar tech Tom Doyle performs 01:17

Les Paul's longtime guitar tech Tom Doyle performs

Protesters shout 'Dump Donald Trump' outside Fresno's Selland Arena 00:55

Protesters shout 'Dump Donald Trump' outside Fresno's Selland Arena

Share Video

Volunteer leads basic dog obedience training at Animal Services

Cindy Skarda, volunteer, leads basic dog obedience training Tuesday mornings at the Manatee County Animal Services Palmetto shelter.
Video by Claire Aronson.
Volunteer leads basic dog obedience training at Animal Services 02:04

Volunteer leads basic dog obedience training at Animal Services

Inspiration Academy graduates given personal charge 02:13

Inspiration Academy graduates given personal charge

Local fallen soldiers Honored at Manasota Memorial Park 01:55

Local fallen soldiers Honored at Manasota Memorial Park

Lakewood Ranch QB Justin Curtis reflects on a spring victory after a tough fall season 00:19

Lakewood Ranch QB Justin Curtis reflects on a spring victory after a tough fall season