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Siren-howl­ing dog keeps owner up at night

- By Cathy M. Rosen­thal Food · Lifestyle · Healthy Living · Pets · Healthy Food · Lifehacks · Dogs · Hobbies · Tucson · Arizona · Tucson

DearCathy: I have a howler, Roxy, a gen­tle and mel­low chow chowmix. Al­most every time she hears a siren, she goes into howl mode. It’s not so bad when­she’s out­side, but when­she­makes this dread­ful noise at 3 a.m. in the bed­room she shares with me­and a se­cond dog, Joey, it be­comes a prob­lem.

I can’t use any­thing that makes a sud­den noise, like a shaker can, be­cause I fear that it will pun­ish Joey, whostays quiet. He­howled once and I said a stern, “No!” and he hasn’t howled in­doors since. Say­ing no does not work with Roxy, how­ever. Nei­ther does ig­nor­ing or dis­tract­ing her, or a com­mandto sit. She obeys me­and­sits and keeps right on howl­ing. I thought dogs weren’t sup­posed to be able to do two things at once. Help!

— Eileen, Tuc­son, Ari­zona DearRoxy: There are a few ways to ad­dress this is­sue. First, you can get noise-re­duc­ing cur­tains for your windows (and walls) and a white sound ma­chine to help mask out­side noises. This maynot re­move the siren sound com­pletely, but it should greatly re­duce it.

Th­esec­ond thing is to try to shush her. When­sh­es­tarts to howl, say “Roxy, shhh.” The “shhh” should be a short, stac­cato, but airy, snake-like sound, which gets their at­ten­tion. By say­ing Roxy and then is­su­ing this com­mand, Joey will knowyou’re not cor­rect­ing him.

If these things don’t work, the next step is train­ing her to “leave it,” since you want her to “leave/ ig­nore” the sound. Ask her to sit and drop a dog treat on the floor. If she bends down­tosniff or eat it, say “leave it.” She should re­spond by look­ing at you, at which time you can say a re­ward word, like “Bingo,” and give her a treat. She will even­tu­ally learn that “leave it” means to leave

things alone. Once you’re sure she un­der­stands, try it on her when­she­wails at night to see if she stops.

DearCathy: I adopted a 40-pound (cur­rent weight) 2-year-old bea­gle mix that had been starved he was so thin.

I’ve been feed­ing himtwice a day to put a few pounds on him, but nowthat he has put on the weight, I’m won­der­ing just how­much­heshould­befed. I called myvet but couldn’t get an an­swer I un­der­stood. I searched the in­ter­net for an an­swer, but an­swers seem to be all over the board. Cany­ouhelp? He gets walked two to three times a day for a to­tal of one hour. I feed himt­woto three heap­ing ta­ble­spoons of Pedi­gree Choice Cuts in gravy with beef and two to three heap­ing ta­ble­spoons of Pedi­gree Chopped ground Chicken & Rice din­ner both twice a day, along with a hand­ful of dry food at each meal.

— Tom, Jame­s­port, NewYork DearTom: Your vet­eri­nar­ian can cal­cu­late ex­actly how­much food your dog should eat based on the type of food you’re feed­ing him. So, don’t be afraid to call back and ask your vet to do the math for you. They knowhow to do it.

In the mean­time, check the

pet food feed­ing guide on your dog’s dry food bag or on the pet food com­pany’s web­site. These feed­ing guides will rec­om­mend how­muchto feed your dog daily based on your dog’s weight and ex­plains how­tomixwe­tanddry food to­gether.

For the Pedi­gree adult dry food, the web­site rec­om­mends feed­ing a 40-pound dog 2 ¼ cups (18 ounces) of food daily. It ac­tu­ally rec­om­mends 400to 450 grams of food (which only makes things harder since that is not our coun­try’s mea­sur­ing sys­tem), but a quick gram to cup cal­cu­la­tor on­line con­firms it’s about 2 ¼ cups of food. Split that amount into two feed­ings, twice a day.

In your case, the rec­om­mendedamou­n­tis a lit­tle over a cup of dry food at each meal. If you want to add wet food, just knowthat a half can of wet food is equiv­a­lent to three-fourths dry food.

Since you’re prob­a­bly feed­ing about one-fourth of a can of each of the wet foods (half can), you would only need to add ¼ cup of dry food to each meal. This is a guide­line as every dog’s ap­petite and ex­er­cise are a lit­tle dif­fer­ence. You can ad­just the dry food ¼ cup at a time based on his ac­tiv­ity level and if you think he needs it.

 ?? DREAMSTIME ?? When one of your dogs is howl­ing at sirens there are ways to ad­dress the is­sue.
DREAMSTIME When one of your dogs is howl­ing at sirens there are ways to ad­dress the is­sue.

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