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Trying to thank my vet for all her help

Which picture to give my vet? Is a picture appropriate? [more inside]
posted by Beacon Inbound on Jul 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Hack a Depends? I'm out of ideas.

Dog diapers suck, they're expensive and they don't fit! Anyone successfully hacked adult diapers for a large-breed dog? My dog (and my floors and my nose) need help.... [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Jul 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Puppy problem? Or par for the course?

Puppy woes: Is there any possibility of making this work? [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky on Jul 4, 2012 - 36 answers

Thundershirt versus frequent neighborhood fireworks

Thanks to a change in fireworks sale laws in my state, people are really lighting off their rockets and whiz-bangers and whatnot. My dog, she hates that. Does the Thundershirt actually work? Any other tips for chilling out explosion-averse dogs?
posted by palindromic on Jun 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Hit Me With Your Best Shots!

How do I decide how best to have my dogs vaccinated? And what vaccinations are really necessary? And possibly going against my vet’s wishes. Detailed snowflake inside. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jun 29, 2012 - 21 answers

He peed on my wife's leg

We have a neutered 15 month Irish Terrier. Very well trained and walked etc, a very content little fellow. I (the Dad in the family) take him on most walks and fun/training stuff. Today as my wife walked him, while stopped at a street corner waiting to cross, he quietly cocked a leg and peed on her leg! I've seen non-neutered dogs at the park do this but never our dog. He listens to both of us but I have most interaction with him. What does this behavior mean? What do you think is going on his head?
posted by jdcasey on Jun 28, 2012 - 20 answers

Human training.

My puppy has gamed a way for me to spend an extra 5 minutes with him in the morning. By peeing on the floor. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jun 27, 2012 - 19 answers

What are some ways I can break my dogs possessive behavior when it comes to balls and Frisbees.

What are some ways I can break my dogs possessive behavior when it comes to balls and Frisbees? [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon on Jun 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Need immediate dog wound/bandage advice!

Need immediate dog wound advice (yes, yes, YNMVet, but you are the hive mind). [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Jun 25, 2012 - 19 answers

My dog is itchy itchy itchy!

My dog seems to be allergic to something. Skin scrapes have shown it isn't mites or anything else. We've changed his food and other things in his environment, and he's still miserable. Pictures here. [more inside]
posted by daboo on Jun 18, 2012 - 23 answers

The Dog Who Screambarfs At Strangers

Strange and traumatic dog biology question! Not for the faint of heart. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Jun 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Vet found a hard mass in our dog's anal gland...

Vet found a hard mass in our dog's anal gland (sorry you just had to read anal gland). Could possibly be Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma, could be benign tumor. Looking for as much information as possible, including how risky it is for a 12 year old dog (collie/shepard -ish mix) to have to go through surgery. [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Jun 16, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I attract clients when I am just starting out in professional dog training?

I am currently finishing up a program to become a certified dog trainer, and will soon be thrown out into the world to do what I will. I am not assuming that this will be a full time gig to begin with, and figured that I would do classes or private lessons on the side for a while. How can I do a successful job of marketing myself for these kinds of things? I have a couple of specific questions. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jun 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me help this dog part 2!

How can I help my foster German Shepherd Dog chill out, have fun, move past an abusive past, and find a forever home? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jun 14, 2012 - 33 answers

Nice to pee you again!!

How do I get my puppy to stop peeing in excitement whenever she sees me upon my return? [more inside]
posted by violetk on Jun 10, 2012 - 15 answers

What to do about my dog's mouth problem??

My adult dog lost a tooth a couple weeks ago after chewing on a Nylabone. I took the bone away, and was planning to make an appointment for cleaning/ scaling in a month or so, when I could afford it. Today I found another tooth and now I'm more worried that this is something that can't wait. Help please! [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Jun 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Dog bit my wife - what now?

We have a dog with aggression issues who has now bitten my wife. Other than putting him down, we don't know what to do with him. I need some clearer insight than my emotionally clouded mind can give. [more inside]
posted by starvingartist on Jun 6, 2012 - 27 answers

Help me help this dog!

I found a dog recently with some friends. He ended up in the shelter because he has a chip, but the numbers associated with his chip are disconnected and he is now up for adoption. The problem? He's a 7-year-old male German Shepherd. [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jun 6, 2012 - 40 answers

Teach me how to speak dog

Help me understand dogs. [more inside]
posted by rhythm and booze on Jun 5, 2012 - 40 answers

Do I HAVE to keep this puppy?

Hope us navigate the dangerous waters of puppies and bosses... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Jun 1, 2012 - 25 answers

Insect repellents for dogs?

Help me keep the bugs off of my dog when camping! [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on May 30, 2012 - 16 answers

How do you train a dog NOT to do something?

How do you train a dog NOT to do something? I understand the basics of training a dog to perform a positive behavior: repetition, treats, encouraging words and body language, etc. I've even been somewhat successful in training my dogs to sit, stay, give paw, etc. But one of my dogs barks at my husband whenever he walks by, and he (the husband) is getting pretty darn tired of it. [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on May 28, 2012 - 17 answers

Please give me a crate idea!

What type of crate should we use for my sister's very large dog? [more inside]
posted by Pomo on May 25, 2012 - 10 answers

alternative to or experiences with canine thoracotomy?

My dog (obligatory pictures) has a mass in his lung. The vet specialist explains that it could be an abscess, tumor, or lung lobe torsion, but regardless of which it is, it'll have to come out. His usual vet agrees. I trust the veterinarians, and I'll schedule surgery soon. Two questions: any alternatives I should consider? And have you had experience with small dog thoracotomy? [more inside]
posted by moonmilk on May 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Dog-friendly long weekend trip north of Chicago?

Destinations for memorial day weekend trip north of Chicago with a 75 lb dog? [more inside]
posted by b_alex_a on May 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Dog Friendly Watering Holes Near Denver

Our new rescue dog (Abby) loves water. I mean, LOVES water. Help us find awesome spots to take her to play near Denver. [more inside]
posted by shew on May 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Why and how do people become dog breeders?

My wife and I want to become dog breeders (take a wild guess at which breed). We have some land. We both work at home. We both love dogs. How do people get started and why do they get started? Do they make an income from it or is it all about the love? What do they do when they're not breeding?
posted by vizsla on May 20, 2012 - 19 answers

Attacked by dog, how to get owner to take responsibility?

Help me think straight. I was attacked by a loose German Shepherd while out on a walk with my husband and our two small leashed dogs. What should I do next? The owner is in denial and I am concerned for the safety of myself and others. I think that if I threaten a lawsuit I could scare her into building a fence and reinforcing her door. I'm interested in getting her to take action to keep her dog enclosed or to take it to a behaviorist, not trying to win money in a settlement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2012 - 36 answers

Help me be a great dog owner.

I'm going to be a dog owner soon but I've only owned cats. I want to be a great dog owner. Can you recommend a good all-in-one book to get me ready for training and care?
posted by sharkfu on May 16, 2012 - 18 answers

Dog breed mix mystery

What breed(s) do you think my dog is? Some photos: Cricket too cool for school Laying Cricket and Giant knitting She is: 30-40lbs Smallish. Tan and white with ticking on all four paws and black tips on the fur on her back Bright green eyes Wrinkly forehead Reddish brown nose and nails I am told her siblings has some longer hair Loves to: Run, herding (sort of) has some cat like tendencies, does not bark much, has a weird little "woof" sort of squeaks when she gets excited. hops and pounces a lot cuddles alot [more inside]
posted by misformiche on May 11, 2012 - 17 answers

Dog for grandparents?

Dog recommendation for grandparents? [more inside]
posted by jmd97 on May 8, 2012 - 29 answers

Dog-friendly outdoor destinations in the Upper Midwest

Seeking suggestions for dog-friendly camping and hiking in the Upper Midwest -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula. [more inside]
posted by compartment on May 8, 2012 - 6 answers

How to go about moving a pet's grave

I need to exhume and move the remains of our pet. What can I expect? Any tips? Real world experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2012 - 11 answers

How I learned to stop worrying and love the dog

Tell me your experiences getting over fear or discomfort with dogs. My wonderful brother, bless him, loves me, but fears dogs. But now I'm getting a second one (German Shepherd puppy), the breed of his nightmares, and he is struggling. He's told me himself he wants to get over it, and I'm sure exposure and puppies will help, but I'd love to hear your own experiences and anecdotes getting past this. [more inside]
posted by Elfasi on May 3, 2012 - 27 answers

It's me or the dog! Or both of us and a lifetime of sulking

My friend has a dog. Her boyfriend hates the dog. She would like to keep both of them, and has asked me for advice. What to tell her? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on May 1, 2012 - 90 answers

Do They Have Queen Victoria as a Pekingese?

Where can I purchase faux Victorian Aristocratic-Military Dog portraits such as those that were featured in last night's episode of The Big Bang Theory? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Apr 27, 2012 - 5 answers

What kind of nice, sweet, chicken friendly dog should we get?

I need to help my parents get a new doggie. We hope to get a dog from the pound or a rescue place, so it will probably not be a purebreed. But I'd like suggestions on what breed mixes to look for. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Apr 25, 2012 - 22 answers

Senior dog poops inside at night.

Senior dog pooping inside. How to let him out and keep racoons out too? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors on Apr 24, 2012 - 9 answers

I think I'd be a great dog person. Am I nuts?

Very soon, after many years of waiting for the "right" time, I think I will FINALLY be in a situation where I can be a good dog owner and provide a pooch with a wonderful home. Help me make sure I'm not deluding myself. [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Apr 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Dog lice!!

I'm dogsitting and his ears have a decent amount of dog lice. The internet is assuring me they aren't transferable to humans and I'm taking him to a vet first thing tomorrow morning. What should I expect, what are the treatments and preventatives?
posted by Dynex on Apr 16, 2012 - 4 answers

What kind of dog should I get?

Im in the process of getting a new dog, and Im at a loss when it comes to breed, training, just overall care. Help? [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Apr 15, 2012 - 12 answers

How to deal with dog attachment issues?

My dog is about 7 years old, she is a Australian mini. Whenever I go away after work for more then a few hours she cries, mopes and whines. She has this annoying habit of whistling through her nose. I live with my family and commute to work with my Dad & to school, so most days we're leaving at 8am and back 6pm--she does fine then but then if I'm gone & my Dad is home is when she is really fussy. I typically spend the weekend with my Fiancé, which really bugs her (I can't take her with us as my Fiancé lives in a Resident Hall). If I go out of town, or away for the night she is still really needy and fussy. How can I get her to be less annoying for my family, to be less fussy about me being gone? I take her for walks and love on her when I am home but that's not enough. Any suggestions or ideas would be most helpful.
posted by snow_mac on Apr 15, 2012 - 6 answers

My girlfriend's moving in... and so is her cat!

My girlfriend is moving from an apartment in NYC to my house in Connecticut next week with her cat. I have two dogs. Do we have a future?! [more inside]
posted by houseofdanie on Apr 14, 2012 - 15 answers

Travels with Charlie, revisited.

Young couple planning leisurely drive across America in a tiny car... with our dog. Advice, resources and must-sees welcome. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Apr 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Is My Dog an Addict?

Is my dog addicted to second hand smoke? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Apr 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Midtown at night

What is the atmosphere of Midtown in Houston at night? Would someone with a small frame who doesn't know karate feel safe walking their dog before bedtime there?
posted by Brent Parker on Apr 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Does Limping Hurt?

Our 10 year old Australian Cattle dog, Zoe, has arthritis. She limps if she plays too hard or goes on too long of a walk. She is taking high quality supplements. What's the best way to proceed? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Apr 10, 2012 - 20 answers

What is the best way to deal with a neighbor's smelly dog kennel?

I live in a house in a suburban neighborhood and my neighbor's dog lives full-time in a kennel that is on the line of our property. The neighbors do not clean the kennel regularly and it smells. [more inside]
posted by WhathaveIdonenow? on Apr 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Sonic dog bark control systems and hearing ranges.

In our two cat, one dog household, we are considering purchasing one of the many available Ultrasonic bark control systems (not the Collar versions!) Would the emitted sounds be audible to / affect the cats in the same way its intended to do for the dog? [more inside]
posted by Barmecide on Apr 7, 2012 - 9 answers

My dog is Houdini. Help?

I need a harness for dog that he cannot escape. I have tried everything that I can find at PetSmart, Petco and local pet stores. I have tried the kid of harness that is like a shirt and the thinner types. Help? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Apr 5, 2012 - 12 answers

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