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How to stop a klepto dog

My dog is a kleptomaniac. Anything left in his reach he will steal and chew on and hide. Paper goods, remote controls, anything. He's a freaking 5 lb Chihuahua but nothing is safe if he can reach it or climb to it. After 3 years of being terrorized by his ways I'm wondering if there's any training that can make it so we can trust him to have free reign of the house. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Oct 20, 2013 - 16 answers

How to get a traumatised Labrador to like water

Friend rescued a five-year-old sick Labrador from the streets and adopted him, but he absolutely hates water and can't be bathed because of this. What can we do to get him over his fear? [more inside]
posted by madman on Oct 19, 2013 - 16 answers

bitten by dog, what next?

One of my family members was just bitten by a neighbor's dog on a walk. The family member is elderly with a baby, doesn't speak the best English. The dog is not large, but did bite the elderly lady's leg and scared them half to death (she already thinks they have a weak heart...). Apparently the woman owner did not run to get the dog but just called him. The baby was scared too. I'm going to go home and try to take a picture of the bite. What's the next step? Police? Animal control? Even if just talking to them, I need to know my options. [more inside]
posted by friendofstone on Oct 18, 2013 - 22 answers

playing the field, doggy edition

My husband and I are in the process of adopting a dog. Based on online profiles and email conversations with foster families, we've got it narrowed down to two pups that have been fostered through two local rescue groups. Now we are scheduling in-person meetings with the dogs and "home visits" where they send a volunteer to make sure our house is ok for a dog. Should we be telling each group that we are deciding between two dogs, which we're meeting on Thursday and Friday? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Oct 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Where should I go backpacking in Minnesota this weekend?

I want to go backpacking in Minnesota or western Wisconsin this weekend. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Oct 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Adopting a dog with IBD. What should I expect?

We are considering adoption of a dog who was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Seeking advice from people who have experience caring for a dog with IBD. I am concerned about: Scavenging. We live in a dense suburban neighborhood with no fenced area. Doggie gets walked 4 times a day. As hard as I try, he grabs mysterious food items off the ground. Sometimes I can pry the food away from him. Scavenged food is bad for IBD maintenance. Progression of the disease. Can dogs live normal healthy lives with IBD? Or is it a string of crises? Our last dog had a serious heart condition. He lived a long, reasonably comfortable life. But it was costly, time-consuming, and we worried a lot. We grew attached to this dog before we knew about the IBD. I wonder if we should decline to adopt him. [more inside]
posted by valannc on Oct 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Ultrasonic toothbrushes: Which has least noise/vibration?

Which ultrasonic toothbrush has the least noise and vibration? This is for my 12-lb dog, who has a correspondingly small head. He's already great about letting me brush with a manual toothbrush, which I do nightly, but still had some periodontal pockets at his recent dental cleaning. I think I can get him to accept an ultrasonic one if I introduce it very gradually, but I want to get the gentlest one possible. Related issues inside. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on Oct 8, 2013 - 10 answers

Weaning new puppy from raw meat diet

My sister is taking home a new puppy from a breeder who feeds her dogs raw meat purchased from a local butcher. Sis does not want to continue this practice but is concerned the transition to commercial dog food might be hard on the pup. Does anyone have advice for weaning the dog from raw to conventional dog food without causing significant distress?
posted by jamjames on Oct 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Yet another request for a dog name...

So I've now had this awesome dog for 8 days. For the life of me I can't find a name that sticks. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Oct 4, 2013 - 156 answers

The Internet checklist says it's not fleas, so what is it?

Teeny brown scab-like things on the dog I'm pet-sitting. Picture here. What did I do wrong, ahh? They first appeared on his ear tips, but I removed them and now they've concentrated on his paws. [more inside]
posted by inevitability on Sep 26, 2013 - 4 answers

How to deal with parents who euthanized pet too soon?

I am almost positive my parents made the wrong decision to put their dog to sleep, and I don't know how to deal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2013 - 39 answers

Don't pee on the new dog roommate! Help me with my dogs' new behavior.

Why is my dog, who is generally well-behaved, displaying this dominance-related behavior with the new roommate dog and how can I correct this behavior? [more inside]
posted by OuttaHere on Sep 25, 2013 - 8 answers

How to get rid of squirrel nests in trees?

My dog has become a tortured soul due to the delicious, oh-so-chaseable, and yet just out reach squirrels that have built nests in two trees in our backyard. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Sep 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Custom-printed pet wear for adoptables?

I volunteer with a rescue group that fosters and adopts out tiny dogs. I am looking for someplace that will custom-print either a collar or a pet bandana with the group's logo, so it's similar to the"adopt me" signs that many adoption groups use. Likely I'm going to want less than a few hundred, which seems to be below the radar for most commercial outfits. Any suggestions for a company that might do that without costing an absolute fortune?
posted by answergrape on Sep 19, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I help my girlfriend with two dogs we just got after breakup?

I'm about to break up with my girlfriend of two years who I live with. We've had intermittent fights of me not being happy where it was going. The latest one happened just last week, the day before we picked up two dogs. She's going to keep the dogs (hard decision for me) if we break up, but what can I do to help? I feeling like I'm abandoning her with kids we just had. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2013 - 18 answers

Seeking to re-squeak dog's favorite toys

My small dog loves squeaky tennis balls and will chase them incessantly, morning and night. However, he is also quite adept at de-squeaking these toys, sometimes within minutes. While he does continue to play with the balls after they have lost their sound, these are far less alluring. As neither my budget nor my house has room for the infinite supply of fresh squeaky balls he desires, I seek to re-squeak these balls with fresh squeakers and some super glue. [more inside]
posted by zachxman on Sep 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Frontlne Plus seems ineffective and messy. Any decent alternatives?

I know I'm applying it correctly. Even going above and beyond in application. However, it's still messy and my dog still has fleas. [more inside]
posted by rawralphadawg on Sep 12, 2013 - 26 answers

Relief for pup with seasonal allergies?

The vet recently diagnosed my pup with seasonal allergies. She suggested I give him weekly oatmeal baths and gave us a round of antibiotics. Even with those, he's still chewing at the base of his tail when I'm not home. What can I do to soothe his poor little itchy bottom? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Sep 10, 2013 - 15 answers

Roomie dogs are fighting consistently

I live with a person who has a dog that I like quit a bit. She's really friendly, well mannered, not many complaints. Another roomie moved in about 2 months ago with her own dog. Ever since moving in both dogs fight constantly. I don't know if you can assign fault, but the new dog often does a thing where it will bite at the old dog's neck until it responds. The old dog will sometimes steal food and chew toys from the new dog. This is nearly always play fighting, but sometimes they get carried away and seem to want to harm the other. If I'm home by myself yelling "Hey, assholes, stop it!" is enough to get them to stop for the rest of the day, and I can usually give a loud "Hey!" if I see them doing things that lead up to fighting. However, both other owners have a harder time getting them apart, and sometimes do things I think are counter productive. I don't want to tell them how to control their dogs, but it's really tiring to be living in the constant center of a dog fight. Should I take more active steps to discipline them while the owners are around, or should I just say "well, not my dog," and not intervene? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 9, 2013 - 11 answers

I need to get out of town in my electric car with my dog. But where?

Where can I find a hotel, resort, vacation cabin or non-camping getaway within 100 miles of San Francisco that allows dogs and has EV charging - preferably this weekend? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Sep 5, 2013 - 2 answers

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

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