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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

Help me chill out my dog

I super love my 4-year old German Shepherd, but his desire to work/have a purpose has not waned with age, and I feel like he would be so much happier in life if I could help him find that purpose. His favorite thing on earth is playing fetch, but I know I can give him more than that. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by corn_bread on Mar 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Any ideas for a thoughtful gesture to a lady who lost her dog?

A regular customer at the coffee-shop where I work just lost her dog. She is a lovely, somewhat lonely seeming older woman. She and her pup were attached at the hip and a familiar presence in the cafe every morning. [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on Mar 20, 2013 - 32 answers

Dog training snags

I have some problems with a couple of dog training efforts: discouraging snapping at treats (but she doesn't always snap), and how to train "drop it," when she's not typically interested in holding something in her mouth to drop. I'd love some ideas on these two problems. [more inside]
posted by taz on Mar 20, 2013 - 24 answers

Advice on puppy house training in a flat.

I live in a 12th floor flat with a large balcony, 3m x 9m, which is enclosed, glazed, heated, pretty much counts as an extra room in the flat. It is tiled, and was once exposed, so has drains and is designed to withstand the elements. Could I house train a young spaniel pup in such an environment? Could I allow the pup to wee down the balcony drain in the short term, and would this make it difficult to train it to only poo outside? I don't mind accidents in the short term. Is it cruel to keep a dog in such a flat? The pup could have the run of this balcony until it is housetrained. I work at home, often from a desk on the balcony. So they pup would get lots of contact. I can happily provide 3 good long walks a day no problem, but I'm worried about the initial period. I live across the road from a dog friendly beach and park. Though it takes a few minutes to get from the flat to the road, which is ample time for accidents to happen.
posted by molloy on Mar 10, 2013 - 9 answers

DINKs need a dog.

Mr. Motion and I are getting ready to take the plunge and adopt a dog. Please help me figure out what I _should_ be figuring out before we go and meet some dogs. Much beanplating within... [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Mar 6, 2013 - 35 answers

What are these strange, crusty bumps on my dogs ears?

Our dog has a couple of raised, crusty bumps on the inside of one of his ears, near the tip. On the other ear, he has a patch of dry, crusty skin on the inside of his ear maybe a centimeter or so long. They don't seem to be bother him, but they're certainly not normal and haven't always been there. We went to the vet who ran some tests and gave us a topical antibiotic and steroid, which didn't make a difference. I'd like to have some idea of what they are and ideally, how we can help resolve them. Way more details and photos below. [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Mar 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Puppy in the office!

What should I do with my puppy when he's not sleeping or playing with me? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Mar 3, 2013 - 11 answers

My Dog Thinks He's A Cat

I have a 3-year-old pomeranian that has suddenly decided he wants to get under and behind all the furniture. [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Mar 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for a blog post about gender pronouns & dogs

I remember reading months ago (could have been as long as 1-2 years ago) a blog post written by (I think) a man talking about the assumptions people make about gendering dogs. [more inside]
posted by citywolf on Feb 26, 2013 - 5 answers

WHAT on EARTH is our dog doing??

So here is the traditional routine: I get up in the morning or I come home from work. I get dressed or change out of work clothes. Here is what happens... [more inside]
posted by michellenoel on Feb 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Stun guns and dogs

Are civilian-grade stun guns effective on dogs? [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Feb 26, 2013 - 14 answers

Just a bunch of woo?

Do nutritional supplements for dog cancer work? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Feb 25, 2013 - 15 answers

Getting a dogwalking gig with no dog experience

I often wish I had a dog to take with me on solo Friday hiking jaunts, but a dog is not possible for me right now. Today I got thinking that, hey, I live in an absurdly wealthy part of the country: perhaps one of these rich people would be willing to pay me to take their dog on a hike. Problem is, I have walked a dog exactly once in my life and don't have much experience with them beyond that. I'm wondering how likely it would be that someone would be willing to hand their precious doggie off to me given that lack of experience, and if they are, how I should go about finding 'clients' and how much would be a reasonable amount to charge. I am in the North Bay area.
posted by imalaowai on Feb 22, 2013 - 14 answers

I'm getting a puppy for my birthday (no, really ...)

I'm getting a puppy! Would love some advice about the first few days/weeks, especially in terms of bringing him to my office. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 22, 2013 - 20 answers

Mast cell tumors in a dog

The cytology showed up that my dog's tumor has mast cells. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher on Feb 16, 2013 - 7 answers

What's wrong with this dog?

I adopted a dog on Saturday, a Silky Terrier mix. He had just gotten to the pound the day I adopted him, having been dropped off by a family who said they couldn't afford him. He's a very sweet dog and hasn't made a peep since I got him (seriously, not even a whine). Thing is, he won't eat. He's eaten maybe five tiny pieces of Kibbles and Bits and hasn't relieved himself in solid form, despite many walks. I finally gave in and gave him canned food and he took a bite, then ran off with the remainder, dropping it in the middle of the hallway and not touching it after that. [more inside]
posted by amiableamy on Feb 11, 2013 - 36 answers

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

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