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Can you help me identify this dog's ball?

The ball is about the size of a tennis ball, hollow, and it has lots of angles so it bounces wildly. The material is about 1/4" thick and firm yet flexible which makes it great for chewing. There are no manufacturer's marks on the toy and was purchased in the last five years somewhere in the US or Canada. Two pictures.
posted by Science! on Feb 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Relearning leash training for a nervous dog

We've had our timid rescue dog since September. Since we got her, she's become very fearful of the leash and we're unable to get her on it and out the door without a lot of struggle. How do we help her get more comfortable with this? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Feb 11, 2016 - 8 answers

Whine and cry, whine and cry. Repeat.

We have a whiny dog. We've tried everything and don't know what to do. He is 9, maybe older, a Border Collie mix who's probably got trauma in his past (the shelter found him by a dumpster with maggots in his fur), but no current medical problems that our vet was able to find. He has anxiety but takes meds for that. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Feb 10, 2016 - 16 answers

Kidneys failed in dog

I need a sanity check regarding making the right decision for our 12 year old dog who is diagnosed with kidney failure yesterday. [more inside]
posted by stepup on Jan 30, 2016 - 32 answers

Dogs that go Yap in the night

Our 7 year old dachshund-beagle mix has decided that her nightly crate sleep should be interrupted by a half-hour of whining and complaining and scratching to get out of her crate. Last night this occurred at midnight, then again at 4:30 AM. This has been a nightly thing for the past two weeks or so. [more inside]
posted by cameradv on Jan 29, 2016 - 21 answers

Road Trip with the dog

We're considering our Memorial Day weekend plans and want to take a road trip with our dogs - can you recommend dog friendly cities/towns/lakes in the Midwest? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Jan 27, 2016 - 3 answers

Sorry I had to shoot your dog

Do pets have a legal right to self-defense, and if so, can pet owners legally apply that right on behalf of their pets? [Trigger alert: extended explanation describes a hypothetical violent dog attack on another dog.] [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Jan 25, 2016 - 5 answers

Heart of a Dog

I saw Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson's new film last weekend. I'm pretty big fan of hers and ... meh. The film did have it's moments though ... [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Jan 24, 2016 - 2 answers

Would it be irresponsible of me to get a dog?

As my AskMeFi history shows, I have significant mental and physical health challenges, but I am consumed by the idea of getting my own dog. MeFi, please help me decide. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Jan 19, 2016 - 44 answers

Can we even have a dog?

My wife and I are interested in getting a dog. We sort of thought of it as something we'd ease into, especially since we had heard that adoption can take a little bit of time. We stopped by a nearby animal rescue this weekend just to see what was involved, and met a very sweet, gentle 7-year-old pugle. We were very surprised to be told that the rescue does same-day adoption, and we could potentially take her home that day. I balked a little bit because our apartment isn't really set up for a dog, but we're both first time dog owners, so don't really know what that even means. [more inside]
posted by Ragged Richard on Jan 18, 2016 - 15 answers

Like Yosemite, but dog-friendly

I'd like to go on vacation in August somewhere that's similar to Yosemite (Sierra, wilderness, gorgeous). But! I'd like to bring my dog (as well as my husband and 4.5-year-old child). I'm not taking my dog to Yosemite. Also, no camping. [more inside]
posted by purpleclover on Jan 14, 2016 - 8 answers

My neighbor's dog hates my dog

A neighbor's dog completely and utterly flips out whenever my dog and I come within 200 ft of it. I'm worried about my dog's safety but I'm not sure what to do/say. [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl on Jan 8, 2016 - 28 answers

Best yarn for dog sweaters for daily wear?

I need to knit/crochet my dachshunds some sweaters since regular dog sweaters aren't long enough for wiener dog body shapes. Our dogs would wear these every day (not just as occasional costumes on holidays) and thus these sweaters would be subjected to a lot of wear and tear and go through the wash frequently. What kind of yarn would be best for this particular application? Thanks!
posted by Jacqueline on Jan 5, 2016 - 9 answers

Scared for my puppy, please help!

My beloved puppy (male, uncut, 9 months) is growling and being aggressive. We received a call from our apartment manager that there had been a complaint. I am terrified that this will happen again and they will try to evict us, or report him as a dangerous dog and try to kill him. Please help either with strategies or anxiety management or sanity check. I love him and am desperate. [more inside]
posted by corb on Jan 5, 2016 - 68 answers

Firework-phobic dog home alone on NYE?

We haven't been out on New Year's Eve in the six years we've had this big baby, Clyde Drexler (obligatory photo - we like to call this his OK Cupid profile pic). This year, we have an offer we can't refuse. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Dec 31, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me save this sweetie

I'm talking to someone on craigslist about a really sketchy dog adoption. What's the ethical thing to do to ensure the best outcome for me and for the dog? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Dec 28, 2015 - 30 answers

At wit's end with a new puppy. Please help.

A couple nights ago, we brought home a spunky nine-week-old Pointer/Lab mix from The North Shore Animal League. We did this after the sudden passing of our beloved Westie, who died at 13 from rapidly progressing cancer. I don't know. Maybe we did this too quickly. Maybe we weren't ready for the CONSTANT chewing, peeing, biting and jumping. But the fact is he's here. The animal lover in me is telling me that his behavior isn't his fault, and bringing him back to the shelter is an absolute LAST resort, bordering on impossible, for my family and I. But we don't know how much more we can take. Help? WOT inside, sorry. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 15, 2015 - 52 answers

Help with deciding on dog breed for girlfriend.

My girlfriend wants a smaller dog to live in our suburban house with fenced in yard, to get along with our 4 year old Border Collie, and we're not sure which breed would work best. [more inside]
posted by quickasfoxes on Dec 14, 2015 - 26 answers

Name that Dog in One (post)

Hi! I'm MMDP! You may remember me from posts such as this one! Well, we took the advice, and waited, and looked ... [more inside]
posted by Martha My Dear Prudence on Dec 12, 2015 - 36 answers

You are not my vet, but I'm worried mine may be in over their head

We have a 10 month old pit mix, that is the sweetest best dog I've ever had. Last Thursday she had diarrhea, was straining, and having a bloody mucousy discharge. We took her to the emergency vet, they did a fecal (no parasites) and said it was likely just a bacterial colitis, and the bloody discharge was a result of her colon being so inflamed and irritated. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Dec 11, 2015 - 11 answers

How do you tell if an old dog is in pain?

I have an old dog. She does not appear to be in any obvious pain, but I wonder if I should keep her on a maintenance med just because of her age. [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Dec 5, 2015 - 16 answers

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 - 53 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 - 18 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

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