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What can I do for a random injured dog?

I saw a dog get hit and injured on the highway. What should/could I have done? Unpleasantness inside (no gore or death). [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Feb 25, 2015 - 7 answers

How do I win this dog's trust?

I just started doing contract work in a small office a few times a week, and one of my co-workers brings her adorable Australian Shepherd (~1 year old) on Tuesdays. From day one, this dog has been very threatened by my presence, and unless she is restrained, she will attack me whenever I walk across the office. Are there any things I can try to help ease this awkward situation? [more inside]
posted by oxisos on Feb 19, 2015 - 44 answers

Name-that-dog-filter: Her Serene Highness la Principessa McWigglebottom

Today we brought home our new puppy. (pictures here, here and here) She's a 5 month old, 10lb (5kg) maltipoo - black with a grey muzzle, and she needs a name. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl on Jan 31, 2015 - 56 answers

Am I ready to own a dog?

I'm at the point in my life where I want to get a dog, but I want to make sure I have all the boxes checked so I know I'm making the right decision. [more inside]
posted by hyperion on Jan 27, 2015 - 36 answers

Alternatives to Puppies and Rescues?

We'd like to get a Portuguese Water Dog. They are very rare as rescues. (Which is a good sign, I imagine!) Is there any way to adopt a grownup dog? Or is buying a puppy from a breeder the only alternative to rescues?
posted by musofire on Jan 27, 2015 - 7 answers

My dog is too skinny, what should I be researching?

We have a 14 month old previously feral rescue. You've heard about him before, but he has his own blog if you're dying for more photos. He was 27lbs when we got him, he's now up to 31, but his ribs and spine are still faintly visible and very easy to feel, even with his winter coat. The vet says he's too skinny. [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Jan 20, 2015 - 27 answers

411 on Portuguese Water Dogs?

We're thinking of adopting a Portuguese Water Dog, if we can find one to adopt. [more inside]
posted by musofire on Jan 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Puppy Crate Training Woes - even worth the hassle?

Our near 12-week old puppy doesn't seem to have crate anxiety, but really doesn't do well with the confinement/isolation part of the question. She's on her way to housetrained, so should we even try? [more inside]
posted by Drosera on Jan 15, 2015 - 16 answers

My dog is afraid to get in the car...

My dog (seven year old heeler/aussie shepherd mix) is afraid to get in the car. She's a shelter dog who came with some nervous issues (other fears include bathrooms, abandonment, and strange men, especially with hats or beards), but she has made amazing progress over the last year or so... except when it comes to getting in the car! She'll sit outside the open door and tremble, roll over in abject surrender, etc. How can I help her? [more inside]
posted by grey_sw on Jan 13, 2015 - 19 answers

Pet care - Cat's Cracked Calluses

Can I put a hydrocolloid dressing on a cat's cracked callus? [more inside]
posted by travelwithcats on Jan 10, 2015 - 7 answers

canine cataract quandary

Last fall, my 13-year-old dog had cataract surgery in both eyes. Best money I ever spent, but it was quite a lot! one unexpected expense was the regime of eyedrops, and the advice that he will need daily Flurboprofen drops for the rest of his life. YANMV, but - can I substitute any over-the-counter anti-inflammatory eyedrops for the prescription ones, which cost roughly $1 per drop? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Jan 5, 2015 - 6 answers

I'm at my wits end with my 10 month old puppy

The past 3 months since adopting my puppy have seen relatively no progress in his myriad behavior issues. I'm beyond stressed out, annoyed with him to the point of regretting the adoption and need a serious game plan and pep-talk. [more inside]
posted by remlapm on Jan 4, 2015 - 32 answers

Bagless dogs on Brooklyn subways recently?

In the last month, I've noticed a lot of people bringing their pet dogs on the train with no bag? Has anyone else noticed if MTA has been more relaxed about this recently? This last gal strolled her black lab across the platform at Morgan Ave L in front of employees with no repercussions. Does MTA really care enough to ticket anymore? [more inside]
posted by Kestrelxo on Dec 24, 2014 - 2 answers

Why has my dog turned into a puke machine?

My dog seems to be suffering from a stomach bug and I'm not quite sure what to do. Exhaustive details inside. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Dec 21, 2014 - 11 answers

No Dogs Go To Heaven Under Any Circumstances

There are widespread reports that the Pope now claims that animals go to heaven, based on this article from the illustrious Daily Express newspaper, and in particular this line: “One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ’, Francis quoted Paul as saying. Is this a real quote attributed to Paul, or is the Express making shit up, or is Francis making shit up, or what is happening
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Dec 12, 2014 - 18 answers

Relocating to Sacramento - advice needed re furniture & dogs

I just got a new job in Sacramento and will be relocating there next month from Washington. (Yikes! That's soon!) Should I bring everything (furniture-wise) with me or is there a good furniture consignment place there? Also, anything a dog owner should know? [more inside]
posted by knolan on Dec 8, 2014 - 9 answers

How to get one dog used to being alone once our other dog passes away?

For Ollie's entire seven years of life, it's been "MaxAndOllie." Now, Max is nearing his end-of-life. How do we get Ollie used to being home alone with a minimal amount of stress (him) and tears (me)? Sadness & lumpy throats inside. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell on Dec 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Feasible to recover from chest tightness/dry cough with a dog around?

I currently have chest tightness since this past July. I used to have asthma as a kid. I've gone to my primary care doctor about 3-4 times already. The following tests were performed: [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Nov 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Did Purina Beneful make my dog sick?

One of our miniature dachshunds is deathly ill, vomiting and pooping blood. He's at the emergency vet overnight. My husband started feeding our dogs Purina Beneful four days ago and when I did a search to see if there has been any sort of recall I found this page full of people reporting similarly sick dogs. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Nov 19, 2014 - 19 answers

Wouf wouf.

Inspired by this post on the blue, I was wondering if MeFites who have gotten their beloved French bulldogs from good breeders would care to share some info. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Nov 12, 2014 - 6 answers

You rang?

Now that it's getting colder, I won't be leaving the back door open all the time for the dogs to go in and out. With my Dane, this is not such an issue, but with the Beagles it kind of is. I would like to train them to do something like ring a bell attached to the door when they need to go out. [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess on Nov 10, 2014 - 9 answers

2 live dogs at the end of 2 weeks

I've offered to dog sit for a friend and the first meeting didn't quite go to plan. Please help me make this work, even if it's only for this one time. [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Oct 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Moving suburban dogs to a rural property

We've just bought a 10 acre rural property (Tasmania, Australia), and will be moving there in the next month with our two dogs. Yay for them! Except these two dogs have only ever lived in well-fenced suburban backyards and are mostly walked on leads - what are some tips for training them to stay close and not run away, once they're out on the farm? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Oct 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Neighbor's dog is a bark machine. What do?

Our new neighbors Boxer pup has been chained to a tree all day and he sounds like he's having a crisis, not to mention greatly exciting our Beagle pup and keeping the entire house awake. Hive mind, what's the best course of action here? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Oct 18, 2014 - 23 answers

I want to get rid of my irrational dog racism. How?!

I admit it, I am afraid of many large dogs. Mostly, this includes boxers, rotties and pit bulls, sometimes even great danes if they're loose in yard. What can I do to alleviate this? Dogs can tell that I am afraid, I know. I feel adrenaline shoot through me when I encounter people with these dogs or dogs in a yard. I suspect that my fear is socially conditioned, and I feel bad about being a "dog racist." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2014 - 21 answers

Bad dog.

I am a newish dog host on DogVacay. I had a bad experience with a dog last night and am wondering what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Oct 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Tough Dog Toys for Chewy Pomeranian

Energetic pomeranian seeks indestructible toys. [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Oct 7, 2014 - 12 answers

I want a dog. In New York. And not a Chihuahua. Am I selfish?

My dream for some time now has been to get a dog. I have a full time job. I'm scared the dog would hate his/her life. [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Sep 28, 2014 - 32 answers

Saddest posts about dogs on the internet.

For purposes that I probably don't need to get into, I'd like your saddest and/or most heartwarming links / photos / stories / etc. on the internet about dogs and our relationships with them. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Sep 17, 2014 - 32 answers

Resources for teaching kids about dogs?

We may find ourselves temporarily caring for an ailing family member's dog. I've had dogs in the past, but never a little dog and the ones I had were being trained as service dogs rather than family pets. I'm looking for books that can help my kid adjust to life with a dog, as well as explain basic training and care principles.
posted by snickerdoodle on Sep 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Neighbors' dog keeps jumping their fence toward my dog.

My neighbors' dog keeps jumping their fence into the street/the sidewalk where I'm walking my dog. This happens about weekly to me (though I'm sure it must happen more), and it is scary every time. The neighbor dog doesn't bite my dog, but it does lunge at her. [more inside]
posted by superlibby on Sep 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Drool, Brittannia

Several of our dog's incisors were starting to come loose, so our vet recommended pulling between 3-5 of them. Today was surgery day, and they ended up pulling 8 teeth! I'm not so much concerned about the aesthetics, but should we be worried about anything in particular with him having lost almost all of his front teeth? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Aug 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Dog me please!

I have never owned a dog and would eventually like to. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Aug 15, 2014 - 43 answers

Need a non-allergen, homemade recipe, for canine pill pockets.

Can you help me find, or design, a homemade non-allergen pill pocket for dogs recipe? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Aug 8, 2014 - 26 answers

Do I need to use flea prevention now that we are home in the high desert

Should I actively treat our dog, who seems to have acquired fleas on a recent oceanside vacation, now that we are home in our dry climate? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Aug 3, 2014 - 11 answers

Can you give me examples of open ended pet adoption questions?

I am working to become an adoption counselor with a local no-kill animal shelter. What are some innocuous yet revealing questions that may have worked for you in a similar type of situation? [more inside]
posted by Bistle on Jul 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Staying with a dog who suddenly lacks bowel control

While continuing a very lengthy house hunting process, we're staying with my parents and their 11 year old lab. The lab is a sweet dog, and I love her, but I'm having trouble dealing with her lack of bowel control, and us staying in the house seems to be making it worse. Has anyone dealt with this before? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Jul 23, 2014 - 23 answers

Help me find resources to train my new dog!

I got a dog! He's a Border Collie/Australian Cattle Dog mix. He's from a rescue, and 1.5yrs old. Help me continue to train him! [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Jul 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Seeking beach for my dog.

We live in the Baltimore/ DC area. We want to take our two dogs on a vacation to the ocean or a lake that is dog friendly. A body of water that has a beach. We want them to play in the water and be able to relax under an umbrella with us. We are not interested in rivers. We are willing to drive around 3 hours for this experience. Any ideas.
posted by Coffee Bean on Jul 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Sexist dog? Protective dog? Traumatized dog?

Does a dog's behavior against his owner--in only about 50% of circumstances--warrant concern? The answers in this ask were helpful, particularly this one (there is much of item #3 that happens during play). But what I want to know is whether his dog's behavior around step-brother + a female might point to something from his past. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2014 - 11 answers

A cheap source for five differently sized 60s-style black men's suits?

I need five black suits for a video/photo shoot and subsequent band performances. The suits need to have a kind of sixties cut (think Reservoir Dogs, or something Steve McQueen might wear) with a narrow pant leg. What's my best bet for finding them? Quality is irrelevant as long as they look OK, budget is 'as little as possible'. [more inside]
posted by Sportswriters on Jul 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Doggy Daycare/Boarding Hours of Operation

Is opening a dog daycare/boarding open 6 days a week weird? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Jul 5, 2014 - 19 answers

Seperating 2 dogs during move/relationship seperation?

I am moving to New York for work, and would like my dog to come with me. My husband and I are going to be long-distance for a year, and possibly more. I am the "dog person" in our relationship, and we have 2 dogs. I want to make the healthiest decision for my animals in terms of their dynamic during a seperation/move. Deets on dogs inside. [more inside]
posted by Kestrelxo on Jun 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Good beaches along the Hood River where I can let my dog swim and play.

I am going to Hood River for three days next week and taking my dog along. He loves to play in water but he can get frisky with other dogs. I am looking for an off the beaten path type of swimming hole or beach that will not have lots of people or tons of dogs. The public river spots on the internet all say no dogs on the beach so they are out.
posted by cairnoflore on Jun 27, 2014 - 3 answers

How should I clean these sandals a dog peed on?

On Tuesday, my cousin's dog let forth a deluge of pee on my feet. It was LOTS of pee. I was wearing my favorite leather sandals (very similar to these). While I cleaned off my feet, my cousin cleaned my sandals with a wet towel (no soap). I had to wear them the rest of the day, before I traveled home on Wednesday. I feel kind of icky at the prospect of wearing them again. How should I clean them?
posted by ocherdraco on Jun 26, 2014 - 17 answers

Hound Anxiety!!!!!!

Yesterday my boyfriend and I adopted a loving, sweet, mostly well-behaved rescue hound (Basset/Beagle cross). He doesn't want to let us out of his sight, and definitely doesn't want us to leave the house. We know about long-term separation anxiety training, but what do we do in the short-term so we can actually leave the house together once in a while? [more inside]
posted by Bluestocking_Puppet on Jun 9, 2014 - 17 answers

Oh god oh god the dog is sick.

Yesterday my family adopted a companion dog for my elderly grandmother. Today, the vet says the dog has a long list of medical concerns. I am not sure if it is best to keep the dog and deal with his health problems or return him to his rescue group (which makes me a little sick to my stomach but might be best?). We only have a few days to decide. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Jun 9, 2014 - 26 answers

How can I spend more time around dogs?

I enjoy dogs but am very busy. Where can I go spend a few hours with dogs? I think it may improve my mood. [more inside]
posted by Jewel98 on Jun 7, 2014 - 11 answers

the alarm clock goes yip yip yipYAP YAPYAPYAPsnarrrrllllllllyipYAPYAPYAP

How can I gracefully address this dog walker's inconsiderate behavior? [more inside]
posted by txtwinkletoes on May 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Big dogs == no lawn?

We have a pair of 65 pound dogs and a 35'x60' back yard. There used to be a mix of clover, zoysia, and violets as ground cover, but the dogs' running around (and digging) has reduced it all to roots and dirt. What ground cover can we grow that will stand up to the dogs' track and field events? Barring that, what the heck do we do back there so we don't have to bathe the dogs every time they go out there within three days of a light rain? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on May 4, 2014 - 7 answers

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