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Dogs that lick... a lot

I have two Jack Russell Terriers, both sixish years old, and both with odd licking issues. One licks the exposed skin of people: legs, hands, feet. If you push him away, he will lick the couch. He has done this since he was a puppy, and though I think it's odd and slightly embarrassing when he goes to town on an unwitting friend's shin, it doesn't concern me. Our other dog has started licking his own front legs, above his paws (what his forearm would be if he were a person), so much that they are stained pink. He's done this for a few months now. When I took him to our vet for his yearly checkup, I asked whether she thought it was allergies. She said no, that it could be anxiety or arthritis. She didn't get into much depth (she is new to our vet office, and I don't know that I love her). He walks and runs just fine, so I don't think he is in pain. Does anyone out there have experience with compulsive canine lickers? Do I try to stop them (and if so, how?), or just let them be weird? Or do I change to a new vet who might be a bit more forthcoming?
posted by hippychick on Jul 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me find resources to train my new dog!

I got a dog! He's a Border Collie/Australian Cattle Dog mix. He's from a rescue, and 1.5yrs old. Help me continue to train him! [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Jul 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Good fences make good BARK BARK BARK BARKBARK BARKBARKBARKBARK!

Advanced dog advice, positive feedback loop edition: Looking for advice on convincing our new rescue pup not to bark at our neighbors' even barkier dogs. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Jul 6, 2014 - 9 answers

My dog is dead, and I'm a mess

What can I do in the short and long-term to process and cope with my dog's death? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jun 27, 2014 - 44 answers

Neighbors' pit bulls jumping on me and shitting in my yard

I live alone in the basement apartment of a row house in a large city; there are four people in the apartment upstairs who moved in fairly recently. We share a small, fenced-in yard, and the layout is such that it is my only entrance, while it is their backyard. With them came their two dogs, pit bulls, whom they allow to run loose in the yard. [more inside]
posted by picardythird on Jun 23, 2014 - 44 answers

What do you do to a dog happy and busy while you work on the computer?

I need more ideas for what I can do to make my dog's time happier & more active/stimulating for him while I am focused on the computer doing my work. [more inside]
posted by long haired child on Jun 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Another Queens/NYC bar/restaurant question

I need a bar or restaurant for a small group on Sunday. One of our group however, is my puppy. Another requirement is that it is near the N train, or a quick transfer from the N train on this Sunday (are they still randomly shutting down the 7 train over the weekend?). Beyond that, it's not too picky. I know about the Bohemian Beer Garden, but I am not sure that they allow pets. Sidewalk cafes, anything outdoors should be great.
posted by kellyblah on Jun 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me help my dog: Potty training edition

I love my dog, but I am at the end of my rope. He's a sweet young chihuahua mix but can't seem to master potty training. I found him as a stray when he was about a year old. He was likely horribly abused: emaciated, terrified of people, cowered/shivered when approached, had never eaten out of a bowl, covered in ticks in a very urban area, and so on. He may have never lived inside. After three years, he's much rehabilitated but still struggles with house training. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving on Jun 14, 2014 - 15 answers

HOT PUPPY

How can I keep my dog cool during the summer months during walkies when it is still over 90 degrees out during the night? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on May 27, 2014 - 29 answers

My husband won't take responsibility for our dog (maybe) getting sick

My husband accidentally exposed our dog to raisins, and I just wish he'd take some responsibility for it. [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum on May 24, 2014 - 35 answers

My little scavenger

My sweet pup learned to scavenge to survive as a stray in a rural area with her mom. Now she's up to her ears in kibble and tasty treats, but the allure of dead animals, chicken bones, live bees, and bird poop beats everything out...not to mention the nectar that is dirty pond water! I'm doing the obvious, but have any of you successfully untrained fervent, compulsive scavenging behavior? Tips to share? [more inside]
posted by gone2croatan on May 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Aggressive leashed dog

How to stand your ground when you meet an aggressive large dog? [more inside]
posted by deadweightloss on May 17, 2014 - 34 answers

The Aging, Arthritic Dog: What's next?

Our 16 year old shepherd-husky mix, Gertrude (obligatory pic 1, 2) has bad arthritic hips and has trouble lying down, getting up and does not like to go down the short flight of stairs to go outside. She's on Rimadyl and Proin. We do have pain medication (Tramadol), which she does not like at all/will not take without a fight. She's in good spirits and is still eating (which is very good as she can be a finicky eater) and is at a good weight. She has a vet appointment this weekend to discuss if there's a next step to make Gert more comfortable. We are prepared if this is the end of the road (should she let us know so), but we're not quite there yet. Aged Dog Owners of Mefi: Prepare me for the vet - is there a step between where we are and the end, aside from asking for a more palatable pain medication?
posted by sarajane on May 15, 2014 - 19 answers

How can we stop our dog from jumping when we're not around?

Our dog, part Cavalier and part Basset, was a born jumper - she's always been able to jump over gates and barriers, up onto the couch, onto chairs, onto our fairly high bed. After 11 years of jumping, she had a bad landing, hurt herself, and needs to rest. How can we stop her from jumping when we're not in the room? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on May 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me manage my guilt over leaving my sick dog. Seriously, help me!

I haven't been out of town since my dog was diagnosed with cancer in January, 2013. I didn't think he'd still be alive at this point, and while I am immensely grateful that he is, I have to attend my sister's college graduation and I'm leaving him for a week. I feel like an awful person. Help me, please. [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on May 8, 2014 - 10 answers

dog ate black licorice candy, will he be ok?

I had a bag of chewy black licorice sticks, and my mom's dog (a bichon frise) got into it. Not sure how much the little feller ate, maybe 5-8 sticks max before I stopped him. Will he get sick? Googling delivers different results (safe in moderation, OMG poison), so I thought I'd bring it to you folk. He's on a steroidal medication for some kind of itchy skin condition, but I think that's it.
posted by Koko on May 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Adopted a dog and the original owner shows up - what to do?

I adopted a dog a month ago. The shelter held him for 10 days, but no one came to claim him. Now the shelter has received a call from someone claiming it is their dog, with a very sad story (death in the family) about why he was lost and no one looked for him. I feel very bad for these people if their story is true, and wonder if the dog would be happier with his original owners. I'm also very attached to the dog, as is my kitten, and have been crying a lot at the thought of giving him up. I can't get another dog now that I've started working in the afternoons - I had a lot of time this month to help him rehome. The dog was found not neutered despite being several years old, which makes me nervous about previous vet care, so I have asked the shelter to look into vet records. How can I make this decision? I have strong feelings on both sides of the argument.
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2014 - 37 answers

How do I get my dog to stop worrying about other dogs?

Help me train my dog not to bark at other dogs while we’re walking. [more inside]
posted by komara on Apr 30, 2014 - 10 answers

What is it like to have a retired racing greyhound as a pet?

I'm trying to get a sense of what daily life is like with a dog; specifically a retired racing greyhound. I'd love to hear from people who have this kind of dog. [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Apr 13, 2014 - 25 answers

I need some advice about my dog.

My family dog is 11 years old. He has always lived at my mom’s and visited mine very occasionally, but not for about 3 years. As him coming to me never worked out (he was always stressed, anxious, barking, wanting to go home) I gave up, and left him at his own home. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2014 - 23 answers

a really good hot dog in Europe?

My SO's older son will be 17 in the fall. I want to give him something that will provide a nominal income for him as he won't be able to work due to the requirements of his college. Options I am considering are: a greeting card business with some other members of his family; helping to run a summer camp; performing songs about stuff on Spotify; and; having an interest in a hot dog stand. I think hot dog stand is probably the most available option, followed by greeting cards. Problem is sourcing high quality franks in England. Sweden? I would rather they be all-beef than pork, and there being a halal or kosher option.
posted by parmanparman on Apr 6, 2014 - 31 answers

Barky dog, safe neighborhood.

I live in a house with a guard dog, but we don't even lock our front door. Is there a good way to calm this pup down? [more inside]
posted by pwally on Apr 3, 2014 - 12 answers

NO I'M GOING THIS WAY NO THIS WAY NO

I have a few questions about getting a Gentle Leader for our dog. Looking for answers and firsthand experiences. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Apr 2, 2014 - 23 answers

Cone of shame

Can you help identify the artist behind this painting?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 2, 2014 - 7 answers

King of the Cat-stle!?

My cat sleeps in my dog's crate when he isn't crated. Is this bad? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Apr 1, 2014 - 11 answers

What kind of dog is this?

Are you a dog breed expert? Help me! [more inside]
posted by gregoryc on Mar 29, 2014 - 26 answers

How do I protect my dogs teeth from injury?

Help this first time dog owner, Amazon reviews have got me spooked! I've scoured amazon for toys for my pup, and it seems like many, if not most toys feature one or more reviewers complaining that said toy caused their dog to crack or injure their teeth. I'd like to avoid this with my dog, so what are the general guidelines for preventing cracked and injured teeth in dogs? What should I always avoid? What is generally safe? I'm really not sure what questions to ask here, so please tell me anything you know about keeping a dogs teeth free from injury. Thanks!
posted by long haired child on Mar 26, 2014 - 14 answers

How to un-crate-train a puppy

~1 year old Labradoodle name of Twist. Good boy. Crate trained up to this point, house trained so long as we lock him in his crate overnight. Which is the issue. I'd like to start weaning him off of the crate. He seems ready, he has no trouble holding it all night in the crate and it's not like he's rushing for the door in the morning; he'll happily romp around the house while we're getting breakfast etc together. But when I've tried leaving the crate door open overnight he, well, chooses not to wait until morning. Looking for strategies to let him know that that's not okay. [more inside]
posted by ook on Mar 21, 2014 - 23 answers

My neighbor's dog is barking every time I unlock my front door.

My neighbor's recently acquired tiny dog is barking every time I'm in the hall, effectively alerting the entire building to my comings and goings, particularly late at night. How do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator on Mar 20, 2014 - 18 answers

Fighting smelly bullies

What are less stench-inducing alternatives to bully sticks? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 12, 2014 - 13 answers

coworker's dog bit my dog, what to say?

A coworker's dog was acting incredibly viciously at the dog park and bit my dog,  causing puncture wounds. What should I say to this guy about what happened, and should I offer any advice about handling his dog? [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Mar 11, 2014 - 17 answers

Dog has suddenly changed behaviors

12-year-old dog has suddenly changed behavior in the past 2 weeks - anxious, clingy, having bathroom issues, etc. Vet has found nothing. Any other suggestions on what we should do? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Mar 3, 2014 - 16 answers

How can we soothe our fretful new puppy?

A week ago we adopted a four-month old puppy. She is currently teething and clearly in an adjustment period in her new environment, but she is terribly antsy and fretful. Is this just normal teething / settling in to new home behavior and is there is anything I can do to help her? [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Mar 2, 2014 - 24 answers

The lazy brown dog watched the quick ______ jump over the _____.

My useless dog Truman seems to really enjoy watching a certain type of scene on TV. We've been stuck inside all winter and I know he'd rather be running around in big grassy fields. Please help me find some youtube videos for him to enjoy! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Feb 26, 2014 - 18 answers

Home Alone

I'm trying to decide what to do if I have to leave my dog alone for seven hours? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Feb 13, 2014 - 36 answers

I made a stupid decision: new dog owner

I've adopted a dog from a local shelter, and I may have made a terrible mistake. I'm seriously thinking of returning her, but I've had her less than half a day. See details inside. [more inside]
posted by jrochest on Feb 12, 2014 - 61 answers

Dog training strategies for chewing, counter-surfing, and piano-raiding?

Our dog, a two-year-old rescued black lab mix has two bad habits which we'd like to train her out of: she chews on things that aren't hers, and she counter-surfs with a vengeance. In both cases the worst behavior happens in rooms we're not in, and it can happen quickly. Too often the damage is done before we have chance to startle her away from the scene of the crime. I'd love to know what training techniques have worked for others in similar situations. [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Feb 11, 2014 - 12 answers

Big Dog Problem

After 9 years, we've reached the end of our tether trying to control our German Shepherd x Border Collie. Not content with climbing over our 8-ft high fences, he's now taken to breaking out the windows of our house. Is there any hope for him, and what should we be trying? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Feb 8, 2014 - 48 answers

Should I just let my dog worry his wart?

My old guy has thing on his front leg that he won't stop licking. The cone can't stay on forever. I am pretty damned sure it is a wart since it looks kinda warty and, even though the area is reddened from the licking, my pulling and prodding doesn't cause him pain. I'm so tired of the emotional stress of the cone, for him and for me listening to him stress. I think I'm just going to let him have at it. Note: he's had what I thought was a skin tab there for ages, recently got bigger. I was worried it was something cancerous but it doesn't seem to cause him pain. Meh?
posted by Foam Pants on Feb 5, 2014 - 23 answers

Stop licking your paw little buddy. No, really.. stop.

My dog, aka the world's sweetest corgi, won't stop licking his paw. He's been wearing the cone of shame now for six months. What are we or the vet not thinking of? What else can we try? [more inside]
posted by matty on Feb 5, 2014 - 32 answers

How can I stop this stray dog from destroying my property?

A stray pit mix wandered up to my place a few days ago and has begun chewing on my car, destroying my brand new bumper and puncturing the sidewall of a tire. I called the Sheriff's office and a deputy was sent out to tell me that I can put the dog down myself but there's nothing they can do. I don't have the means to kill this dog, nor do I want to. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by kpetrich on Feb 4, 2014 - 38 answers

Cheap office chair solution for one person + one medium sized dog

I need to buy an office/computer/work chair as a gift that will fit one person (tall thin woman) and her pembroke corgi dog. She wants to be able to sit and work, with enough space for a comfortable fit for her and her dog. Willing to sacrifice style for comfort and a low price. creative and diy solutions welcome! maybe something from ikea would work? thanks!
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2014 - 6 answers

So the name we liked was too masculine...

Mr. Kitty and I are adopting a puppy this Sunday! What do we call her? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Feb 1, 2014 - 38 answers

What are you experiences with medicating anxious dogs?

My dog has always been the nervous type, but this past year her anxiety has escalated to the point where she's a basketcase more often than not. We're exploring medication options. Blizzard inside. [more inside]
posted by geeky on Jan 30, 2014 - 21 answers

Dream dog?

My partner and I have been searching for a dog to adopt for the last two month or so - after our interview, home check and lots of hoops we are ready! The shelter we're approved by has found a match - yay! He's a small staffy that's calm, suitable for first time owners (like us), confident, good with kids, and well mannered. The only problem for me is - he's 11 years old. We are open to adult dogs, but we were thinking, uh more like 1 to 8 years old. Does anyone have any experience adopting older dogs? What should we be considering? [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Jan 30, 2014 - 28 answers

Am I a bad dog babysitter?

Need advice on arrangements for my folks' dog while I'm at work. [more inside]
posted by gohabsgo on Jan 29, 2014 - 15 answers

Dog left in apartment for five days--Los Angeles

I'm on a work trip until Saturday (5 days from now), and a coworker mentioned that he left his dog alone in his apartment for the duration of the trip. The nature of my job makes it really difficult to directly confront the issue with the person--but I can if that's the only option. I have a friend in LA who is ready to get the dog, and I know the address but obviously we don't have access to the apartment. Any information about resources to get the dog out would be great. It's been alone since 9:00 pst this morning and apparently has food and water. Thanks.
posted by justjess on Jan 28, 2014 - 32 answers

Can my dog and baby get along?

I have a 6 month old baby. I have a dog who is around 8 years old. How can I help the dog and the baby get along? [more inside]
posted by jillithd on Jan 28, 2014 - 16 answers

I don't want a tsundere dog

Our new dog fears me and is generally seems to be fearful. He's already bitten the friend who would be watching him if we went on a trip! It would break my wife's heart to take him back but if his behaviors keep up I don't know if we'll have any choice. However I believe there are rarely bad dogs, just mostly bad owners. How can we make Fishstick part of the family? [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Jan 27, 2014 - 25 answers

Help me legally and ethically adopt my dog from a crazy LA rescue org.

When we brought home a new pup from a local rescue organization three months ago, we had no idea we were getting involved with a Crazy Lady. The adoption STILL isn't finalized and we really want to make it official and never deal with them again. Help me understand if their requests are reasonable and officially adopt my dog! [more inside]
posted by samthemander on Jan 22, 2014 - 43 answers

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