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Dog Ownership 101

What's it like to be a first-time dog owner? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Feb 9, 2013 - 54 answers

 

He needs a good home, but should it be OUR home?

Everybody recognized that it was a bad idea for Mr. and Mrs. X to get a dog except for them. Now they've figured it out and their dog is living a mostly crated, resented, crappy life. The Breav family already has a dog, a 10 year old territorial hound mix who only has one canine friend in the universe. Is there a way for me to make space in this old canine crank's heart for a younger adopted brother, or would we be moving Dog X from one crappy life to another? [more inside]
posted by Breav on Feb 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Dog book recommendations : Later life first time dog owners

Recommendations for dog books seem a common request here, but this one is going to be a little bit more specific: I'm after a kind of dog book that involves a person getting a dog for the first time, only in their adult life. Meaning, they didn't grow up with dogs, or didn't have any meaningful experiences with dogs as a child, but as an adult, from a cold start, got a dog. Examples - My Dog Tulip, he gets the first dog of his life, the dog who changes his whole life, in his 50s. Dog Man - The guy who was instrumental in saving the Akita breed from extinction, got his first dog only in his 30s. Counter-examples - Marley & Me, they both had dogs as kids. [more inside]
posted by Elfasi on Feb 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for Advice on Dealing with Animal Control

How to best deal with animal control taking away family dogs after an incident? [more inside]
posted by ldthomps on Feb 5, 2013 - 8 answers

My dog is afraid of people who are afraid of dogs

My shy 4 year old rescue pit bull/shepherd mix and I live in a large apartment building. A couple recently moved in next door to me, and they are terrified of dogs. [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Feb 5, 2013 - 59 answers

Kennel cough? A dog version of the flu?

My friend's dog is hacking / coughing and she'd like to know whether it's serious enough to see a vet. (Obligatory photo of an adorable boxer inside!) [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Feb 2, 2013 - 13 answers

When is it Time?

Our Golden has been the subject of several past MeFi questions and now we're facing down the final question of when he is ready to go. I need help asking the right questions about whether it is really time. [more inside]
posted by Leezie on Feb 2, 2013 - 23 answers

The care and keeping of anal glands.

Please explain to me how my dog's butt works. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jan 29, 2013 - 22 answers

Our dog has started barking at his morning food

Our 8 year old Maltese dog eats twice a day: a main amount at 7:30AM and a smaller amount at 6:30PM. We recently got an automatic feeder so we don't get pawed awake in the morning. For the first few days it was fine, but now he barks at the feeder every morning when the food comes out. Once I go into the kitchen and nudge him near it, he stops barking and eats all his food. At night, with the same food and feeder, he doesn't have an issue. Any ideas?
posted by unionsquarepark on Jan 28, 2013 - 14 answers

I hope it's not dog cancer.

I took my dog to vet to get his teeth cleaned today. They saw a very obvious bump on his nose that I hadn't noticed before, told me to see a specialist ASAP, and the dental cleaning did not happen. And then I cried in the car for twenty minutes. Obviously, I'm not asking for a diagnosis via Metafilter, but how can I negotiate/maneuver with veterinary costs? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jan 28, 2013 - 50 answers

Mail order wedding?

Is adopting a dog sight-unseen foolish? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Jan 28, 2013 - 30 answers

Another exciting round of NAME. THAT. DOG!

NAME. THIS. DOG! [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jan 27, 2013 - 68 answers

Dog ate Toll House Cookie dough...what now?

Are raw Toll House cookies deadly to a puppy? [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Jan 25, 2013 - 46 answers

Is it madness to get a dog without owning a car first?

We do not own a car. We're thinking about getting a dog. Is this doable? [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can on Jan 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Because "come here volcano!" is absurd to yell at 2 am

NameThisDogFilter: 8 week old island pup needs a new name for his new life. Obligatory adorable puppy pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by zara on Jan 22, 2013 - 55 answers

Like, if you had a tiger? What toy would you buy it.

I am looking for the worlds toughest squeaky toy. [more inside]
posted by fshgrl on Jan 21, 2013 - 21 answers

Help me identify my new pup

My husband and I adopted a shelter dog last week, who we absolutely adore. When we were looking at her I asked one of the workers if they knew what kind of dog she was and they said no....just a mutt. My curiosity is getting the best of me though, and I would like to see if anyone might have some insight into what kind of breeds she might be. Pictures are here 3 photos included and she is the bigger dog in photo 1. She's about 2 years old so I'm assuming she's fully grown, also slightly under weight. As for her height, her head is about hip height (I'm 5'5"). So please someone satisfy my curiosity about our newest baby and tell me what kind of pup could she be?
posted by RubyDoom on Jan 21, 2013 - 35 answers

Dog walkers in Cambridge, MA?

We just adopted a dog and and are looking for a good dog walker in Cambridge, MA to take out him out four times a week. We're new to the area and don't know other dog owners who could recommend someone, so we're at the mercy of Yelp. We live in the Inman Square neighborhood of Cambridge. Any suggestions would be very welcome!
posted by fdhidalgo on Jan 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Doggy daycare dropout?

My puppy does not want to go through the door at doggy day care. Is there any likely explanation other than she just doesn't want to go there? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Jan 16, 2013 - 19 answers

Dog disease-Mange

Family dog overseas has the disease Mange. Need more information around a possible cure for it. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jan 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Do you tip your dog walker?

I just hired a dog walker this week... and it just occurred to me today: am I supposed to be tipping? And if so, how? The weekly bill is $60; am I supposed to leave a couple of bucks a day, or could I leave $10 or $12 at the end of the week or something? Or is it more of a holiday bonus thing (in which case I feel kind of bad, because the holidays are a year away). Some days, the owner of the business will walk my dog. Is it like a salon where you're not supposed to tip the owner, just employees? Or am I totally over thinking this, and is dog walking not a tipping sort of service?
posted by Kriesa on Jan 16, 2013 - 13 answers

Dog jokes

Please to give me your best dog jokes. Thanks!
posted by HotToddy on Jan 13, 2013 - 46 answers

How to handle a nice dog's mean moods

My wife and I have a corgi/heeler mix who will be two years old in May. She's an absolute sweetheart most of the time but gets into foul moods occasionally where she will snarl and bite. Once she's in a bad mood she tends to stay that way for a few hours. How can we correct that behavior? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 10, 2013 - 11 answers

please recommend a mid or small dog breed for 70 year old woman

I'd like to help my mom get a new dog. In the past she had a lab and then a pointer, loved them both to death, but this sort of dog is just too big and requires too much exercise for a 70-year-old woman living alone. Trouble is: she hates most small dog breeds - doesn't like the lap dog type or the Paris Hilton type dogs. I tried to convince her a Boston Terrier would be a good compromise, but she doesn't like the pointy ears and the bug eyes. [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta on Jan 9, 2013 - 44 answers

How do you become an explosive/drug dog handler?

Specifically, what career progression do these folks usually follow? What training, schooling, and preparation is required to progress in this field? What is the entry-level job for this career path?
posted by denverco on Jan 8, 2013 - 6 answers

You know my name?

DogNameFilter: Looking for ideas for my co-worker's new dog. Cute photos inside! [more inside]
posted by mon-ma-tron on Jan 3, 2013 - 55 answers

MANGE!

We found out today that my lab has Sarcoptic mange. What can we do to help ease our poor, miserable dog's itching? [more inside]
posted by Kimberly on Jan 3, 2013 - 10 answers

dog ear infection

My little dog seems to have an ear infection -- head tilting, ear-scratching, ear-shaking, general sadness. She has a vet appointment Saturday, for an unrelated follow-up, and I will tell the vet about it then. In the meantime, would it hurt her to give her some of the miconosol eardrops (1%) I have left over from when this happened before? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Jan 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Making my dog happy on a rainy day?

How do I keep my puppy entertained on a rainy day? My 6&1/2 old puppy (see this previous post) has turned out to be ... rather interesting. She is not particularly high-energy and doesn't seem to take much joy in long walks. She is, however, really interested in romping and socializing with other dogs. [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Dec 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Can I handle dog agility?

Can dog agility be a "sometimes" activity? Apologies in advance for my ignorance and wack assumptions. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Dec 21, 2012 - 14 answers

Tips for helping our dog while we manage his torn acl?

Our 30 lb dog beast has torn (or ruptured) his ACL. He has a host of other medical issues, but the vet has put him on pain meds (he was already on an anti-inflammatory) and wants to see how he does by the end of two weeks. Because it's a common problem, I was hoping you folks might have some tips to make him as comfortable as possible. [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Dec 20, 2012 - 15 answers

Gift/Activity ideas for Dog

Christmas gift/activity ideas for my dog? [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Dec 19, 2012 - 17 answers

He's just 75 pounds of pure love . . . HOME ALONE!

I'm visiting my family for the holidays in Boston. My senior German Shepherd dog cannot come with me. How can I make sure that my house is not destroyed and neither my dog nor my roommate are traumatized by the experience? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Dec 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Please help me administer eye drops three times a day to a very skittish little dog

Please help me administer eye drops three times a day to a very skittish little dog. [more inside]
posted by scody on Dec 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Last minute dog sitting in Seattle?

Christmas Doggie Care backed out. Where can I find good, trustworthy dog sitting for my awesome, friendly 60lb mutt in Seattle?
posted by emmatrotsky on Dec 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Recommend some good books about dogs!

Recommend some good books about dogs! [more inside]
posted by infinitywaltz on Dec 10, 2012 - 26 answers

My dustpan needs a break from sweeping up dog food

My dog has a habit of taking a mouthful of her (dry) food from her bowl, walking a short distance away, and depositing it on the floor. Then she'll go back and finish the rest. Anyone know what causes this behavior? How can we train her not to do it? [more inside]
posted by Shebear on Dec 2, 2012 - 25 answers

Snooze, cuddle, snuggle, ATTACK!!!

What advice do you have for raising a happy, healthy and sane Australian Cattle Dog? We just adopted an 5 & 1/2 month old ACD/mixed breed puppy from a shelter and for the most part, she is a dream come true. She does have many of the less-pleasant but totally normal puppy behaviors like mouthing/biting when playing. We were told that she is a little socially delayed because she had diarrhea when she was transfered in from a high-kill shelter a few weeks ago. Treating the diarrhea threw off her vaccination & spay schedule, so she hasn't had much of a chance to socialize with other dogs and people until now. [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Dec 1, 2012 - 18 answers

Name this dog!

Help me name this adorable Boston Terrier puppy! [more inside]
posted by aoleary on Nov 28, 2012 - 59 answers

Entertainment for a Smart Chewing Dog?

What can we provide our chewing-obsessed dog to keep him happily occupied? And will he outgrow the desire to chew everything in the house? [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms on Nov 27, 2012 - 25 answers

Old dog, new tricks?

What sorts of things should we be considering to keep an older dog amused and happy? [more inside]
posted by Pomo on Nov 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Crates vs. baby gates.

After doing tons of breed research and visiting shelters and rescues, I have finally found the write dog for me. I purchased a miniature dachshund from a reputable breeder in my hometown. She is only three weeks old right now, so I have five weeks to prepare for her arrival in my home. I do have a few questions that I hope Mefites can help me with. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Nov 27, 2012 - 17 answers

Ahh, if we could all sleep at the same time...

Please help me understand my new dog so we can all sleep at night. No matter how tired she is, she still makes a ruckus at bedtime. [more inside]
posted by Neekee on Nov 27, 2012 - 17 answers

Jet Set Puggle

Our 24-lb puggle (for scale: I am 5'6") needs a soft-sided carrier and also to get stuffed into said carrier. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Nov 26, 2012 - 23 answers

How to keep my dog identified without hurting her skin?

How do I prevent my dog with a wrinkly neck from getting irritated where her collar rubs her? [more inside]
posted by town of cats on Nov 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Dog, raccoon hunter

Our dog killed a raccoon last night. What (if anything) should we be worried about? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble on Nov 24, 2012 - 26 answers

Seeking recommendations for dog friendly spas/retreats

I need to relax! And I want to bring my dog. I'm looking for a wellness spa/retreat that is dog friendly. [more inside]
posted by grayber on Nov 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Help our broken dog sleep

Our dog goes through cycles of at first liking a crate and then not tolerating it at all--whining, scratching, growling, and moaning. When Sparky's unhappy, nobody sleeps. I'm out of ideas and I'm looking for new things to try. [more inside]
posted by jewzilla on Nov 21, 2012 - 10 answers

I'm Just Walking My Dog

I am going to drive from Dallas to Austin in a couple of hours, first road trip with my dog. Does anyone know of any good parks in Waco, not too far off I-35, where we could stop and have a little walk?
posted by ericthegardener on Nov 21, 2012 - 3 answers

and those big brown eyes, too

Comforts or treats we can buy a very, very, very old golden retriever? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Nov 21, 2012 - 19 answers

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