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What should we name our new dog?

This guy came home with us from the shelter tonight. Help us name him . [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Sep 4, 2013 - 92 answers

Please identify breed of puppy.

Adopted a puppy from the shelter this morning, and the breed was listed as a beagle mix, but they said they honestly didn't know for sure. Any ideas of what this sweet girl could be? http://i.imgur.com/f2npDDB.jpg http://i.imgur.com/zmWqsOn.jpg
posted by lane73179 on Sep 1, 2013 - 27 answers

Will my dog ever swim?

Has anyone ever changed a non-swimming dog into one who likes to swim? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Aug 30, 2013 - 13 answers

As you can see, Lola has taken up unicycling.

Help me think of some out of the box ways to liven up photo updates on doggies I'll be watching for the next 3 weeks, in the style of Dave Engledow. [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing on Aug 29, 2013 - 14 answers

Name This Dog, Terrier/Otter Edition

Dear AskMetaFilter, I never thought this would happen to me! My partner and I adopted a terrier mix and we are stumped for a name! (Well, strictly speaking, this isn't true; we each have ideas, but we can't agree.) Your collective wit, whimsy, and wisdom are required within. [more inside]
posted by scody on Aug 25, 2013 - 53 answers

How to get a dog, without getting a dog

I think my father would love to have a dog. My mom, however, is allergic, and so getting one that would live with them is not possible. How else can my dad get access to regular doggy goodness without actually having his own dog? [more inside]
posted by nat on Aug 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Dog + Delivery Driver + Paws through window pane ≠ good times

Eleven hours ago our 80 pound dog, Oscar, put both his front paws through a small pane of glass in a set of french doors which resulted in lacerations to the "back" of both front legs. Thankfully we were home and reacted quickly by summoning our neighbor who is an exotic pet veterinarian. She was able to wrap up both legs and call ahead to the ER vet. Even with this quick reaction Oscar still lost a lot of blood and did pretty serious damage to one of his legs. The ER vet was able to repair the severed (partially or completely, they did not provide specifics) muscle, tendon and artery and we were able to bring him home about six hours ago. Now what? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Aug 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Is my new puppy happy?

Week 4 with the new pup. I *think* I'm giving him a great life but sometimes he gives me a look that says 'i want to go back to the shelter, i'm bored and this sucks'. Is this normal as a new pet owner? How can I relax and not stress about being the best. owner. ever? What's a normal 'life with a dog' schedule like? [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop on Aug 23, 2013 - 31 answers

We have the name - now we just need the dog

Mr. Kitty and I are going to get a puppy soon. We need help picking out the breed for our dog Beauregard (Bogie) [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Aug 4, 2013 - 39 answers

Breaking up; who should get the dog?

My relationship has ended quite dramatically and permanently. We need a completely clean break, which is mostly doable. One problem: we have a dog. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Errant on Aug 2, 2013 - 102 answers

Clostridium Infection in Golden Retriever--24 hours till Vet Reopens

Our Golden has had repeated bouts with gastro infections--one month ago he was treated for clostridium. He was given Metronadozole (2 weeks) and Fortiflora for a full month. Yesterday, he wouldn't eat and temp was 103.6. This morning temp down to 101.5. He is drinking water and will take a few Variety Snaps. Yes, we'll most likely get in to see the vet tomorrow--but this problem with his gut keeps returning. What is the next best step to beat this once and for all?
posted by AuntieRuth on Jul 28, 2013 - 13 answers

The dog is great except for this one thing...

Help me help my neighbor's dog (and mine) learn to share. [more inside]
posted by VTX on Jul 26, 2013 - 13 answers

How to calm dog with new partner?

I recently started dating someone who has a 4-year old dog (a female terrier mix.) Every time we make out, the dog growls. She's started jumping up on me too. We're not sure how to fix this. The dog has taken obedience classes and seems a bit anxious but otherwise well-behaved. But she's been interrupting activities and freaking out when we hug and/or kiss. Help!
posted by melodykramer on Jul 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Fostering Pets in an Apartment

I want to foster a shelter animal...but there are snowflake details and questions... [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Jul 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Canine bladder stones

This is Roxy. This is Roxy's enormous bladder stone. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Jul 20, 2013 - 9 answers

dog as rabies vector?

I was walking my dog off leash in a wooded area about an hour ago. From about 100 yards away I saw her playing with and nosing something I assumed to be a dead animal. Yelling "drop it," I headed over to her. She finally dropped it and i saw it indeed was a squirrel -- but not dead, just really sick. The squirrel lay on its side panting heavily while my dog now watched it curiously. My dog could never have caught a healthy squirrel in this woods filled with squirrel-escape-trees, and so I am very sure my dog was playing with an already-sick squirrel that she found lying on the ground. [more inside]
posted by third rail on Jul 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Keep this dog out of my bed

My puppy was neutered yesterday and today the incision area seems to be infected. How do I keep him from jumping up on and down from my bed during the night? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jul 16, 2013 - 18 answers

Dog's post-Tightrope cruciate ligament surgery expectations?

If a dog has the Tightrope cruciate ligament repair surgery, is it possible to tear it again? [more inside]
posted by jwfree on Jul 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Hose-cooling a dog?

It's super hot and my dog is getting old. Today I soaked her gently with cool hose water. (She doesn't love it but tolerates it well if I am gentle.) I figure it will help her cool off both as the water is running over her and later as the water evaporates. I am reading online that wet dog fur traps heat. What's the real story?
posted by Camofrog on Jul 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Why does my dog seem okay?

How long can a dog really stay in a parked car? I am new to dog ownership and thoughtless. Today I left my black lab in a parked car for 90 minutes in the sun and 80 degree temperatures with a bowl of water and the windows partly down. Again, no idea what I was thinking. I now understand even fifteen minutes of that was pretty much a death sentence and feel terrible -- except that he seems fine. Is he actually fine? If not, what should I do for him? If so, how did he survive? I won't do it again either way, but I want to know if I should treat him for heat damage and/or better understand what happened.
posted by michaelh on Jul 6, 2013 - 20 answers

Pissed off: How to respond to neighbor asking my dog to not pee?

My neighbor is hassling me about my dog very occasionally peeing/sniffing/rolling on the grass between the sidewalk and the street. This is totally legal, but what can I do to get her to piss off? Yellow snow inside. [more inside]
posted by loveyallaround on Jul 1, 2013 - 48 answers

Older dog won't accept puppy

I have a 9 year old pitbull female. I've owned her all her life and she is very attached to me and other members of my family. She seems to remember some past abuse and is not friendly to strangers, especially men. She did get in a serious fight once, with my son's dog who normally she enjoys playing and swimming with. I bought a very young puppy and... [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Jun 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Do dogs like novelty?

Do dogs like to go new places on their walks? Do they get bored of the same routes? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Jun 24, 2013 - 17 answers

NH Specific Question: What to do in Barnstead with a dog?

Spending a day in Barnstead NH with my dog. What can we do for fun? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Jun 24, 2013 - 6 answers

I'm scared of my dog.

Please help, askme. I've got a dog who is in a constant agitated state and he's started to turn on me. I can't see a trainer until Wednesday -- what should I do to keep us both safe until then? [more inside]
posted by LynnDee on Jun 15, 2013 - 51 answers

What are the best things about owning a Chihuahua?

I'm writing a story where one of the kids gets a Chihuahua. I've never owned a dog (my husband is allergic). If you have a Chihuahua, what is it that you love about them?
posted by alexthepink on Jun 14, 2013 - 33 answers

We are getting a dog! Advise needed.

I have some questions about how to best bring a new dog into a new home. [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal on Jun 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Help a bald dog out?

7 month old puppy chewing herself constantly, huge bald spots. Any idea why? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jun 12, 2013 - 22 answers

Please. Stop. Whining.

My dog whines incessantly when I leave him alone. Time has passed. I've tried all the things. Dog is otherwise great. It is time for my sweet pup who I otherwise adore to chill out quietly in his kennel so that I can leave the house. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 11, 2013 - 27 answers

dog, diarrhea, beige carpeting, not a great morning

My dog had diarrhea sometime overnight on our (new!!!!) beige carpeting (I've found advice for white). I am about to go to WalMart and Petco to buy whatever I need. What do I need? I want to clean it today so it doesn't set permanently. I'm willing to throw any amount of money at it. I also have a bissell little green proheat deep reach. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jun 8, 2013 - 15 answers

reclaiming the pet deposit (cleaning a house that reeks of dog urine)

A week before my former roommate moved out her dog came into heat, resulting in my own ankle biter marking everything he could hike his little leg at. Apparently in his haze of lust he decided that bathing the house in stink would boost his chances of getting a bit of action. Defiled items include the back of my couch, my box spring and the linoleum in the kitchen (where I keep him penned up when I'm out). Also some bedding and other small items I'm comfortable throwing away instead of trying to clean. Next week I'm moving to another property under the same management and hoping to get back most of my deposits (as well as keeping in the landlord's good grace) by getting the house as minty fresh as possible before I turn in the key. I'm looking for some low budget recommendations on getting the stench out. I would prefer they be methods that you've used with success, so if I have further questions I can actually discuss it with someone who has experience with the specific method. [more inside]
posted by myShanon on Jun 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Facial hair is not an issue.

My dog is scared of men. [more inside]
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 on Jun 5, 2013 - 17 answers

Paws Don't Fail Me Now

Yesterday as I was trimming my dog's nails, I noticed that he has abrasions on three of his four paws. What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jun 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Dog misbehavior ... introduced second dog

I have an 8 yr old American Staffordshire (LAILA), I adopted her at 2 years old (she had a past of abuse/neglect). She is an amazing dog but since I got her when I would leave sometimes she would chew anything in sight ...this behavior stopped finally once I worked with her and she started to become more confident in herself/me. Now, the only time she misbehaves is when another dog is introduced into the picture, and I can't get her to stop. [more inside]
posted by love2much on Jun 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Is it ill-advised to have more than one animal in a studio apartment?

Is it ill-advised to have more than one animal in a studio apartment? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Jun 1, 2013 - 17 answers

Preparing for an anxious dog

I am going to adopt a dog this summer. One of the dogs that I am considering is currently being treated medically for anxiety. If I adopt him, he will be the first dog I've had who has had this condition. With that in mind, observations and experience addressing any part of this three part question are welcomed: 1) What resources [online, print, or other] might help me better understand dog anxiety? 2) What questions do I need to ask at the shelter to better understand the range and scope of anxiety in this particular dog? 3) What questions do I need to be able to answer of myself before I commit to an anxious dog? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. on May 30, 2013 - 15 answers

Are you OK? Are you OK now? What about now? How are you feeling now?

How often is normal for otherwise healthy pets to have medical emergencies? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on May 25, 2013 - 51 answers

Please help me find this monkey.

Please help me find this monkey. This is my dog Frankie with her favorite toy (and a quarter for scale). This specific monkey toy is her favorite -- other monkey toys aren't as pleasing. [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch on May 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Name. That. PUPPY!

So, new-to-me pound hound, red heeler mix with golden eyes. She needs a name. [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on May 15, 2013 - 88 answers

Why is my dog shaking?

Why might my dog be shaking and what can I do to help him? [more inside]
posted by mibo on May 12, 2013 - 21 answers

My beloved dog has cancer

My sweet 8 1/2 year old golden retriever has been diagnosed with an aggressive peripheral nerve sheath cancer this week. She can hardly walk on one leg and is on a lot of pain medication and she still is quite uncomfortable. We have been offered palliative radiation as a method of reducing some of her pain, not extending her life. Have you ever chosen palliative radiation for your dog? Was is a good decision for your pet or in hindsight would you have chosen euthanasia instead? [more inside]
posted by cecic on May 11, 2013 - 21 answers

When do you become "the neighbor with the barking dog"?

When we first got our dog, Brandy, we didn't even know she *could* bark because she never barked. Now that she's come to realize this is her forever home, she's bound and determined to let everyone and anyone know it, so she barks at everything. [more inside]
posted by patheral on May 6, 2013 - 68 answers

Questions on adopting a dog, with consideration for desert and a baby

My wife and I have talked of adopting a dog for a while. Following the untimely passing of one of our cats, this is more feasible, and could help console us. But we have questions for adopting a dog in our desert climate, and on dogs coming into a family with a baby, and a cat. And we're concerned about being good owners, as our time at home is limited during the week. Also, we're discussing what a good age range for an adoptable dog would be. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 3, 2013 - 33 answers

Full time work, less people time for dog.

Our dog, Apple who you might remember from some other puggle-problem questions- is doing really well. She no longer shows signs of separation anxiety and we've even got her to stop barking hello when we walk in the door. But for the first time in her little life with us- I will be transitioning from working at home to working at an office full time. Poor little apple will be alone for a good seven hours five days a week. So what do we do to make it easier on her? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips on Apr 30, 2013 - 21 answers

How worried should I be if my puppy ate part of leaf sprayed by RoundUp?

I have a 5 month old lab mix, about 22 lbs. Yesterday I sprayed some weed on our porch with RoundUp, and my SO went through and weedeated afterward, but failed to sweep remanents of weeds that were scattered out all crime scene like. This morning took puppy out for walk and he IMMEDIATELY grabs something off the porch and eats it. All of the pieces scattered were probably smaller than a thumb print, but he swallowed it before I could get to him. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Apr 22, 2013 - 12 answers

New dog has lost her potty training. Help!

I adopted a three year old Chiweenie from a couple unable to keep her. The dog seems to have lost her potty training. The couple said she was fine with it, she goes to the door to be let out... But absolutely refuses to use the bathroom outside. Help! [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Apr 14, 2013 - 18 answers

Dog Runs Like Crazy Inside for No Reason

So, we recently moved from a small apartment to a big apartment, about 3x size of the old one. Tiny dog has adjusted well, except for one thing: he runs around the house, to get from Point A to Point B. Walking no longer occurs. We'd really like him to walk like a civilized beast again, if possible. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Apr 9, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I help my barky dog relax with contractors in the house?

My dog generally loves people, though she's usually a bit shy at first. Normally, when we have people come over, she has a chance to warm up to them and is their best friend in no time. However, we're having an upstairs bathroom remodeled, she's having a hard time with it (the noise and strangers), and is subsequently barking a lot. I have considered some of the anti-bark products (citronella, ultrasonic), but since I suspect this is fear-based barking, I don't want to encourage her to be even more fearful. We are especially motivated, because we're expecting a baby in 10 weeks or so, and we don't want her waking him/her up every time something goes bump. Does anyone have any tips or tricks that could make things better? Thanks, MeFi! [more inside]
posted by stufflebean on Apr 8, 2013 - 7 answers

Puppy's chewing me out of house and home.

Looking for new chew treat/toy options for my puppy. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Apr 2, 2013 - 17 answers

Least traumatic way to spay a dog?

I recently adopted a rescued terrier mix, about 3.5 years old, and she's a bit of a snowflake - loyal, intelligent and sweet but also previously abused, lived on the street, quick to fear, and absolutely terrified of other dogs. Love, fresh air and positive reinforcement training have been mellowing her out over the few months I've had her, but she needs to be spayed, and I'm worried about the effect it'll have on her. My vet keeps post-op dogs together in a room, and they told me she'd be so zonked on drugs that it wouldn't be a problem. I'm not so sure. Are there vets that have private rooms or areas for dogs after surgery? Does anyone have experience with this kind of situation? I'm in Southern California, and the dog licensing law does require that she gets spayed.
posted by symbebekos on Mar 29, 2013 - 11 answers

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