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]
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]
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]
How do I get my puppy to stop peeing in excitement whenever she sees me upon my return? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Help me understand dogs. [more inside]
Hope us navigate the dangerous waters of puppies and bosses... [more inside]
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]
What type of crate should we use for my sister's very large dog? [more inside]
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]
Destinations for memorial day weekend trip north of Chicago with a 75 lb dog? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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?
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]
Dog recommendation for grandparents? [more inside]
Seeking suggestions for dog-friendly camping and hiking in the Upper Midwest -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula. [more inside]
I need to exhume and move the remains of our pet. What can I expect? Any tips? Real world experience? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Senior dog pooping inside. How to let him out and keep racoons out too? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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.
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]
Young couple planning leisurely drive across America in a tiny car... with our dog. Advice, resources and must-sees welcome. [more inside]
Is my dog addicted to second hand smoke? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
[Oakland, CA law/ordinance filter] Please help me find full text of laws or ordinances regarding pet licensing in Oakland, California (Alameda County). And is what I'm doing REALLY illegal or is it bureaucratic nonsense? [more inside]
After eating lunch at a friends house today I was shocked to see that his dog was chewing on a fleshy dear head found in the woods. Now I'm worried that I could have contracted worms from the dog if it had been chewing on the head before it licked my hand when I arrived. Is there anything I can do early on to prevent infection? I don't want worms in my stomach, brain, or anywhere else!
Pet Insurance: is it still a racket when there is something constantly wrong with your pet? [more inside]
How much food does my dog need? If you can find a straight calories, carbs, etc. answer that doesn't need vast amounts of complicated math, I will be forever in your debt. [more inside]
What practical, non-medical tips do you have for pet allergy sufferers who will have to stay in a home with a pet for multiple days? Next month I'll be faced with this. Reading previous questions, I saw a good suggestion - bring your own Pillow Case. What other things do you do when you know you have to live with someone with a pet for a few days? Any nonmedical suggestions for me, the visitor, are welcome, and I'd love to hear any kooky things you have done in the past that somehow worked for you.
How can I keep my dog out of my raised bed garden? [more inside]
Need healthy canned dog food for a finicky dog, must be chunky form in gravy. I have tried to feed her premium canned food in the pate (ground) form and she will not eat it. Need recommendations for dog food please.
Our dog is decidedly more manic when left alone with me. Is it normal for dogs to behave very differently with two different caregivers? How can I make things better for her where I'm concerned? [more inside]
Dog training, crate training question. [more inside]
What's the most effective way to use a thundershirt for a dog that's anxious most of the time? Other tips for helping an anxious dog are appreciated. [more inside]
My dog is biting her nails. What should I do? [more inside]