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Standard workday: compatible with a dog?

I would tentatively like to adopt an adult, housebroken dog, but could stand to hear some outside thoughts before taking the plunge. See below for lifestyle details. [more inside]
posted by schooley on Nov 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Name my family's dog, botanical edition.

My family has just received approval to adopt this adorable little guy, and we are in the process of selecting a name. We have a tradition of giving dogs floral and botanical names. I am allowed to put two names on the ballot for the family to vote on, and I'm turning it over to y'all. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Nov 29, 2015 - 51 answers

I left my dog in the car for under 10 minutes. Did I abuse my dog?

I take my great dane everywhere except for the grocery store. I left her in the car for ten minutes tops, came back to a mean note citing animal abuse. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Marinara on Nov 29, 2015 - 38 answers

Old dog, old kidneys, old carpet, help?

A few years ago we adopted an older dog. She's now an elderly dog. She has a kidney condition that makes her drink massive amounts of water, and she goes through periods where she'll pee in the house. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Nov 26, 2015 - 17 answers

One year old dog snaps if I try to open her mouth.

We have a one year old shih-tzu dog that we got as a 2 month old puppy. She is extremely sweet and calm and not territorial about food, toys, etc. However, if she has something small in her mouth that I need to get out, she growls as a warning and if I try to open her mouth, she bites. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Nov 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Fire dog walker, or give him another chance?

I adopted a sweet 11yo black lab on Halloween. He's obviously still settling into home life after spending two months at the animal shelter, but in general things are going great. This was his first week with his midday dog walker, and I'm not feeling super pleased with the dog walker's services. Help me figure out if I'm right to be worried or I'm being an anxious, over-protective new (dog) Momma. [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl on Nov 13, 2015 - 23 answers

Tips on looking after a 9 week old sprollile puppy

I bought a lovely puppy last week, and she is now 9 weeks old. She is a cavalier spaniel/collie cross. I work from home with fields out back, so the hope is that I can give her the attention and exercise this high energy breed combo will most definitely need. [more inside]
posted by choppyes on Nov 13, 2015 - 15 answers

What do you call it when a dog sort of purrs?

Almost all of the dogs I have ever known (including our new rescue, Mia) have made huffing, blowing or sort of chewing noises when they are feeling a bit soppy or are being petted or cuddled intensively. I'm curious as to why there's no word for this - does anyone have any theories? Is it not as widespread as I think it is? If you have a word for this yourself then bone-us points for sharing your coinage here.
posted by Chairboy on Nov 12, 2015 - 43 answers

Asshole Dog Hates His Food

My normally food-obsessed dog does not appear to like his new food. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Nov 11, 2015 - 14 answers

Greyhound/cat friendship - What else can I do? Is this salvageable?

Our newly adopted retired racing greyhound is somewhat fixated on our cat - despite being tested as cat-safe or cat-trainable. What else can we do to help this? Is it salvageable? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Nov 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Can you recommend a dog sitter in Brooklyn?

I know all about DogVacay, but I've had a range of mediocre experiences with people on that site -- and they tend to keep upping their prices. I thought I'd found someone who would be my mainstay, but she just flaked out on me. I'd love to find someone non-flakey, good with dogs, affordable. Can you recommend anyone?
posted by swheatie on Nov 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Should I try to get my dog anxiety medication?

She licks a lot. Compulsion or behavioral issue? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Nov 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Name suggestions please, for this dog with cowlike qualities

This sweet rescue was found wandering the streets of downtown L.A. He is 1.5 years old and moves slowly, and sometimes falls asleep while sitting upright. [more inside]
posted by taupe on Nov 6, 2015 - 63 answers

Dog has a mast cell tumor

My dog was diagnosed via fine needle aspiration with a mast cell tumor. It is on his left lateral flank. We are scheduled to have it removed and biopsied tomorrow. However, this is our regular vet. Should we halt this and consult an oncologist or specialist first? Or should we proceed and wait till we get the results of the biopsy?
posted by ChuckRamone on Nov 2, 2015 - 15 answers

My adorable puppy is suddenly fearful-aggressive. Help!

Difficulty level: boy German shepherd puppy is not supposed to be neutered yet, owner with PTSD, trainer is suddenly using some maybe dubious tactics, and we have been dealing with aggressive off leash dogs. Beloved dog is now barking and lunging against some other dogs and people, especially in territorial environments. [more inside]
posted by corb on Oct 29, 2015 - 11 answers

help me help my troubled pup

I recently rescued a 5 year old maltese-yorkie dog (here he is!) with some behavioral issues. I'm already working with a vet, but I'd like to hear other experiences. He's lived with me for about one month. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk on Oct 26, 2015 - 14 answers

Who's a good little hairless tailless ape? You are!!

We are probably going to be getting a dog in the next short while. I have seen this question. In terms of an update, or the most current thinking on how to keep a dog happy, manage behaviours brought on / out by being stressed in a shelter, and tips and tricks on bonding, where should we be looking / what should we be reading? [more inside]
posted by Martha My Dear Prudence on Oct 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Winter is coming, but you're no direwolf!

What advice can you provide for keeping a little dog warm and healthy during the long cold months of winter in Minnesota? [more inside]
posted by meese on Oct 17, 2015 - 15 answers

My dog bites

I adopted Hillary in May. She's a seven or eight year old, ten pound chihuahua-mix. Her former owner died. She was at the shelter for about seven months and was the office dog. She has been to the vet and had bloodwork and x-rays. She has degenerative disc disease and is on Tramadol and Carprofen. Ever since I got her she has had a problem with fear biting. [more inside]
posted by irisclara on Oct 11, 2015 - 16 answers

Dog in distress. Vet closed. What to do?

My five year old labrador dog seems to be in pain. It's nearly 11pm. The local vet clinic is closed. Ought I wait until morning or call the vets’ emergency number? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch on Oct 2, 2015 - 16 answers

What's a good UK specific gift for an American dog?

My friend lives in the US and has a dog. Said dog is pretty awesome, I'd like to give him a gift. I'm looking for something he'd like, food or otherwise, that is UK specific. Any ideas?
posted by gadha on Oct 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Conehead dog is miserable

My dog has developed an infection in her tail. The doctor bandaged it up and she got coneheaded to protect her from biting off the bandages. She finally stopped fighting the cone - that took about an hour and a half - but now she Will Not Stop crying. What can I do to make this better? Or how much longer is she likely to cry before collapsing into miserable acceptance? [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on Sep 30, 2015 - 13 answers

Mysterious dog injury/illness

My dog's medical history has our vet stumped. Very low platelet count, lethargy, bad limping on one hind leg - two similar but not identical incidents 6 months apart. Maybe you can help? [more inside]
posted by cloverthistle on Sep 27, 2015 - 13 answers

Best pet for a studio apartment

I would love to have a pet, but live in a 40sqm studio apartment. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Sep 13, 2015 - 32 answers

What do ethical dog breeders want in puppy parents?

I am shortly to go visit a dog I want (5 month German shepherd) from a super ethical breeder, and I don't want to accidentally flunk out. Please help me know what to say and calm down before this interview so I can be a good and happy dog parent! [more inside]
posted by corb on Sep 8, 2015 - 7 answers

My dog ate some guitar humidifier. Should I take her to the vet?

About half an hour ago I saw my dog lounging in the liner of my guitar case, and I thought, aw, how cute. Then I saw that she had been chewing, and swallowing small amounts of my Herco HE360 guitar humidifier. [more inside]
posted by Luminiferous Ether on Sep 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Learning how to dog

It seems that we have a dog coming to live with us tonight. She's a rescue and apparently doesn't know how to be a dog. How do we teach her this? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Sep 7, 2015 - 28 answers

My New Dog: Breed Guesses and Name Suggestions

Getting a new rescue dog tomorrow and am having no luck coming up with a name. I also have no idea what kind of dog this is. [more inside]
posted by mulcahy on Sep 2, 2015 - 41 answers

When to put a dog to sleep

My 15-16 year old dog is just around the corner from a turning point. Circumstances are not ideal. I am hoping to hear opinions and experiences and feedback about the timing of euthanasia, and if it seems wrong to put a dog to sleep "early." Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving on Sep 1, 2015 - 42 answers

What should we name our dog?

If everything goes smoothly over the next week, this awesome dog will be joining our family. Could you help us think of a great name for him? [more inside]
posted by cimton on Aug 31, 2015 - 72 answers

Why has my dog starting sharting in her crate?

Just as the title says, the last 3 days I've come home to a new, smelly brown paint job on my wall. No new diet, no new anything, just simply - she's started sharting. I've watched her go in the morning today but still, new paint job after work. What could be causing this? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Aug 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Adding to our pack of misfit animals...

If she gets along well with our current pups, Mr. Fig and I will be adopting a 10-yr old very small chihuahua with no teeth. I'm good with what to feed her, but not so good on treats/extras. Do any Mefites own toothless pups, and/or have advice? [more inside]
posted by Fig on Aug 28, 2015 - 17 answers

I don't want to be a lady with an angry chihuahua

Our dog, Buddy, has just recently gotten possessive/jealous of me around my partner. How can we nip this in the bud? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Aug 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Fell in love with a lady. Am not prepared for this.

A lady-dog, that is. I went to a rescue yesterday, fully anticipating that I would bring back a male dog and name him Suetonius (Sue, for short, making him a boy named Sue). But I fell in love with a striking female. Help! [more inside]
posted by MrBobinski on Aug 16, 2015 - 35 answers

Dog and Homeowner's Insurance

We'd like to adopt a dog, but are confused about the possible effect on our homeowner's insurance, and would love some input. When we selected our policy, our insurer let us know that there were certain breeds of dogs that "could change our rates or coverage" but that the details would vary depending on the dog. Obviously, we will talk to our insurer, but we'd like to get a feel for the options and experiences of other people first. [more inside]
posted by cimton on Aug 16, 2015 - 15 answers

Dog bit (at?) neighbor, I'm panicking

I have had a dog for about a year and half that I got from a rescue group. I love her like crazy , but she bit a neighbor's pants tonight and I'm freaking out. She's my first dog as an adult, so I'm not sure if I am overreacting, so every conceivable detail is inside. [more inside]
posted by whodatninja on Aug 6, 2015 - 14 answers

Is this normal? My dog wakes himself up barking

My dog is about 5 years old. I've had him for 3.5 years. In the last month or so he has started barking in his sleep. Sometimes he's puppy-dreaming and quietly yipping and moving his feet. About half the time he barks really loud and wakes himself up. This is a definite change in his behavior. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jul 28, 2015 - 10 answers

What are your best practices for vacationing in a car with a dog?

We're headed on a family vacation next week that will take us down the east coast from Connecticut to Florida and back. The trip will last about 14 days and we'll be in a Mazda5 (micro minivan with a 3rd row) with 2 adults, 2 kids (8 & 10) and our adult rescue dog, Henry. We've never traveled with a dog before and so are looking for suggestions on how to make this process go as smoothly as possible. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jul 21, 2015 - 23 answers

My dog does bark but my neighbour is an asshole

Our dog has been barking but we're trying everything to stop it. However the neighbour is going mental about it and won't stop texting me or emailing me about it. I admit some culpability for dog... but this is too much. Help! It's really wearing on my mental health. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2015 - 24 answers

Our pup is getting spayed tomorrow, I have all the worries.

A few weeks ago we were going to take care of a found puppy for "a few hours" which has turned into forever. We are having her spayed tomorrow, and I have all kinds of things I'm nervous about. I know you're not my vet, but I'm more hoping for some real pet owner experiences to know exactly what to expect, and what we do need to do, and what may be being overly cautious. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jul 14, 2015 - 14 answers

What Northern California counties ban fireworks?

A rough fourth of July (and 3rd, and 5th) for my dog here in Sacramento. We want to avoid the five solid hours of booming and whistling next year by getting out of town. Can you recommend a California town or county that bans fireworks and enforces that ban? [more inside]
posted by mulcahy on Jul 5, 2015 - 12 answers

How to get dog smell out of a carpeted room?

I recently moved into a new place where the previous occupant lived in my bedroom with a dog for about a year. I have not been able to get the dog smell out of the room. What does it take? [more inside]
posted by jcreigh on Jun 27, 2015 - 8 answers

How can I entertain my shy dog?

My recently adopted Dachshund/Shiba mix is very shy and skittish. He doesn't like toys, chews, sticks, games, or even people food. In addition to walks, which he does love, what can I do to entertain him? [more inside]
posted by juniper on Jun 26, 2015 - 21 answers

Dog nail trimming options: EXTREME edition

So. Our dog will not let anyone trim her nails. The groomer can't do it, the vet can't do it, and we can't do it. Her reaction is so extreme that she's seriously a danger to herself, and as a result, she only has her nails clipped when she's under sedation for something else (teeth cleaning, for one). Looking at this older Ask Me post, I'm considering trying a Dremel, once we've talked to the Vet (time for another dental cleaning). Is there anything newer, or further advice that fearful-dog owners can add? [more inside]
posted by taz on Jun 26, 2015 - 28 answers

Do It Yourself Dog Grooming

Through a perfect storm of Bad Things my bichon/poodle hasnt been groomed in about six months. I have bathed her a couple of times during that period and trimmed around her eyes and her butt a bit. I'm not going to be able to get her to a groomer's any time soon, and I'd like to figure out how to do it at home. It doesn't have to look perfect or in any style, I just want her to be clean and comfortable with short hair. [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit on Jun 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Feeding my thriving rescue dog

When we adopted River, a 2-year old German shepherd mix, from a shelter in January, she was very skinny. You could easily see the outline of her ribs and her shoulders jutted out sharply when she lay down. The vet said she could definitely stand to gain "a few pounds". With proper feeding and love, she has blossomed little by little every month, from a wispy 45 pounds to a strong and healthy 52 pounds today. We feel that this is her optimal weight. My question is this: How do we keep her at this weight? [more inside]
posted by rivtintin on Jun 15, 2015 - 14 answers

Best shedding tool for Labrador?

My Labrador sheds a lot. We live in a warm climate. What's the best tool for deshedding? Bonus points if it can be used on long-haired and short-haired cats as well. (Also, how do I post pics of these furry little bastards?) FWIW: I've used a shedding blade (the metal loop kind) and a Target brand knock off Furminator. Both are kind of meh. I also use the Furminator shampoo and conditioner.
posted by mrfuga0 on Jun 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Is it legal to put dog poop in a neighbor's trash can in Portland, OR?

Is it legal (or lawful... I don't understand the difference) to put bagged dog poop in a neighbor's trash can in Portland, Oregon. Assume you're walking your dog, you've got a bag of poop, the can is at the curb: is it okay to put the poop in the can? Does it matter if it is the scheduled trash collection day? [more inside]
posted by thinman on Jun 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me help my elderly rescue dog.

My recently rescued elderly dog is ball-obsessed. More specifically, she is obsessed with playing with balls right near the edge of my couch. This is a problem. How can I fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by waterisfinite on Jun 3, 2015 - 21 answers

Resources for Tripod Dog

We got an emergency foster on Friday, a young Boxer who had just had a hind leg amputated. I am fully aware that she will be fine, but I can't seem to find information on what to expect through recovery. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on May 27, 2015 - 3 answers

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