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I can't play with you right now lil doggo.

I work from home, have a three year old male pembroke corgi who ALWAYS wants to play. I play with him throughout the day when I can, but he is always popping up alongside my chair begging to play and it breaks my heart. When I can play with him I do. What do I do here? I want him to stop begging me all day to play but not necessarily never ask me to play because that seems sad? I don't know, can anyone help with ideas or guidance.
posted by long haired child on Jan 12, 2017 - 15 answers

Can I safely use my dog's chlorhexidine shampoo?

I have a scalp infection that I've had for years. My dogs have also had frequent skin infections during the same time. The shampoos that doctors have told me to use for my scalp infection are OTC stuff, and they don't seem to work all that great. The dog's shampoo that the vet prescribed seems to help them, though. Can I safely use my dog's chlorhexidine 4% + PS shampoo? [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Jan 7, 2017 - 16 answers

How do I research assisted living for a disabled adult on Medicaid?

Where do I start in finding a dog-friendly facility that takes Medicaid, for a non-senior disabled adult who needs to move to an assisted living facility? My sister is in her mid-40s, physically disabled, and now mostly bedridden. An important caveat for this search is that she is ADAMANT that her medium-sized dog must come with her. [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. on Jan 4, 2017 - 9 answers

Cats and dogs, oh my!

I want to get a kitty! How do I make this work with my housemate's relatively untrained resident dog? Hope me, pet-knowledgeable humans of Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Jan 3, 2017 - 9 answers

The Dog(s) That Didn't Bark in the Nightime

Last night, a teenage prankster rang our doorbell at 1:30 a.m. We have security cam evidence, but that's not my question. My question is, why didn't the dogs bark? [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp on Dec 31, 2016 - 16 answers

How can I be a more responsible dog owner?

I have a wonderful, sweet, and normally very friendly dog. When we got home she was unleashed on her way inside and uncharacteristically went after an unleashed neighbors dog, that we had never interacted with before, on our way inside. Complications, she's a Great Dane and the neighbors dog is a very small Pomeranian. [more inside]
posted by Marinara on Dec 30, 2016 - 14 answers

Another traveling with dog question: flying edition!

We want to bring our wee dog on a JetBlue flight in a couple months. The airline restrictions state that the carrier can be no taller than 8.5 inches and the dog has to stand and move with ease in the carrier. Our seven pound dog fits fine in the carrier, but he can't quite stand in it. Can only eight inch tall dogs fly? Adding to my frustration is that I've seen people on JetBlue flights with bigger carriers and bigger dogs. Do you work for an airline and can you shed any light on this? Or have you flown JetBlue with your dog before? Help!
posted by cakelite on Dec 11, 2016 - 2 answers

Are they *all* good dogs?

I have read that there is a near-universal tendency for people to speak to pets in the same kind of high-pitched voice they would use towards babies because it is an instinctive response to smallness, cuteness, innocence. And I know that "Who's a good boy/girl/dog? Are you a good boy/girl/dog? Yes you are." is an extremely common way for people to talk to dogs, their own or others...although what's behind this I can't guess. (Bonus points if you can.) [more inside]
posted by uans on Nov 29, 2016 - 22 answers

Is there such a thing as a washable, dog nail proof Duvet cover?

We have a down comforter that we'd like to use, but we need a cover for it that will endure dog toenails. Our lab invades us while we are sleeping and has ridiculously long nails. He is high maintenance when it comes to nail clipping, and we are poor, so clipping is not as frequent as it should be. [more inside]
posted by yoga on Nov 22, 2016 - 9 answers

How to soundproof front door of old rental on a budget?

hello Mefites: I hope you guys can have some tips for hubby and me. We recently moved into a downstairs rental unit in an old apartment building. The unit is lovely, but our next door neighbor, who lives across the front entrance foyer from us, complains to us that she can hear us talking on the phone while we are inside and our dog barks too much. [more inside]
posted by wcmf on Nov 17, 2016 - 13 answers

Dog for a day?

Does anyone know of any places near Portland, OR where you can just play with or hike with a dog for a day? Like this program they have on Kauai: Shelter Dogs On Field Trips. [more inside]
posted by FireFountain on Nov 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Drowning in Dog Dirt

Small house + "yard" full of dirt + two hairy rambunctious dogs = HELP [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Nov 12, 2016 - 17 answers

I may give away my problem dog to a shelter, how to manage the guilt?

My 2 year rescue mutt (45lbs) attacked another dog today while on leash, this not the first time. He is just not a good dog. My wife and I fight about him, I'm stressed and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2016 - 49 answers

Do people think there is a dog poop fairy in the woods?

I take my dog [sorry no picture, I'm at work, can't get to Instagram for a link] to run or walk in our lovely regional parks 2-3 times every week. I keep her on leash, I always carry at least one dog bag, and I carry out her poop or deposit it in the garbage bins conveniently located at every trailhead. And every week I end up picking up at least a few other people's (full) poop bags from the trail, some of them within 40 yards of the garbage bin! [more inside]
posted by suelac on Oct 31, 2016 - 27 answers

Boyfriend adopted a dog that wants to hunt my pet rabbit. Now what?

Through his breeder/handler, my boyfriend was offered a retired showing dog, a beautiful 4 year old Dalmatian. We already live with my rabbit, a very sweet 9 year old male. As an avid rabbit owner who has also been badly bitten by a dog in the past, I expressed my concerns to my boyfriend, who went ahead and brought the dog home in spite of my qualms. The dog is showing signs of aggression toward my rabbit, and now I am really worried about what to do. [more inside]
posted by Mistress of the Bunnies on Oct 26, 2016 - 94 answers

Introducing a short term dog foster (Advanced Beginner Dog)

Six months ago I adopted the wonderful Huggy and we have come to live very happily together. I am taking an unknown foster for the weekend, and would appreciate some advice about how to go about this in the best way. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Oct 19, 2016 - 8 answers

So, a hedgehog walked into a house

What to do, (if anything,) about a hedgehog trying to get into the house? About 6 weeks ago, a hedgehog took up residence in my garden. A couple of weeks ago, I went out to dinner, forgetting to close the door from my kitchen to the garden and he apparently wandered in. After I found him, I left the door open overnight so he was back in the garden by morning. Now, he tries most evenings after dusk to get back in, scratching at the door and making my dogs crazy. I'm starting to suspect he may be a domesticated variety that was simply dumped. If that's the case, I'm a bit worried about him come winter. What do? Is there any way to easily tell if he's wild or actually an abandoned pet? [more inside]
posted by Expat on Sep 22, 2016 - 13 answers

How can I get my cat to like dogs?

I would like to get a dog sometime in the next few years. My cat does not like dogs. I don’t want to adopt a dog and realize later that she’ll never come around. Is there a way I can acclimate her to dogs now, before I own one? [more inside]
posted by waffleriot on Sep 16, 2016 - 19 answers

Croton Poisoning in Dogs?

This evening, a friend brought me a plant she bought at the grocery store, but didn't know the name of. While my back was turned, my dog (a 50 lb shepherd/hound mutt) bit and swallowed one of the leaves before I could grab it from her. From a cursory google search, the plant appears to be a "dreadlock" croton (it has wavy leaves that are vibrantly/neon red and yellow in the middle). Does anyone know how seriously toxic this plant is? [more inside]
posted by sallybrown on Sep 13, 2016 - 8 answers

What do you know about Active Noise Cancellation?

The vehicle I'm considering purchasing has Active Noise Cancelation, a feature that apparently can't be turned off. I'm worried that it might be disturbing to my dogs but don't really understand how it works. I have heard people complain about feeling like they need to pop their ears when using the Bose noise canceling headphones and wonder what is at work there. Can anyone shed any light on this? I'll put the manufacturer's description of the system inside. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on Sep 6, 2016 - 14 answers

Do you offer a reward to someone who finds your lost dog?

My dog is a runner. When someone finds her and gives her back to me, is it appropriate to offer them a small reward for their trouble? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Sep 3, 2016 - 22 answers

the olympics!

We (two humans + our dog master) had loosely planned to take the ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles next week and spend 5 days roadtripping around the Olympic Peninsula, but the park itself isn't very dog friendly. Is it worth going over anyways and checking out other spots? Anyone spent time out there with a dog, recommendations on places to explore? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Aug 18, 2016 - 3 answers

What do I need to know about Ticks in the home.

My dog and I were in Missouri last week and I didn't even think about pest control as we do not need it in Colorado where I am. He became covered in tiny (what I think are) dog ticks and few dear ticks. I was driving back to colorado and didn't know what to do. So I put advantix on him. Now what? [more inside]
posted by turtlefu on Aug 7, 2016 - 10 answers

Girl and dog, looking for a place to live

Have you had any luck with getting apartments to accept dogs? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Aug 4, 2016 - 21 answers

Dog diagnosed with diabetes: is there an app for that?

Our beloved 14-year-old Boston terrier Gus was just diagnosed with diabetes. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Jul 28, 2016 - 7 answers

Reducing my dog's divorce-related stress

Please help me reduce the stress/separation anxiety and improve the behavior of my 3 year old dog. More inside. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Jul 13, 2016 - 13 answers

New Dog Walking Bag

I have a beloved bag that I carry with me when I walk my dogs - but it is showing its age - can you help me find a replacement? [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on Jul 10, 2016 - 11 answers

Name these dogs.

Can you help name these beautiful creatures? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light on Jun 26, 2016 - 23 answers

Puppy recall deterioration, especially birds and ducks.

My puppy is a collie x king charles spanial cross. Her recall when out on walks was really great until about a month ago. We moved from a suburb to a city and started walking more along rivers and in parks than in quiet fields. Her recall has deteriorated a lot. The biggest problem is birds and ducks, nothing will get her attention. If on the lead, with a bird in sight, I can hold a high value treat against her nose and she doesn't even blink. If off the lead she will chase the birds persistently. [more inside]
posted by choppyes on May 31, 2016 - 5 answers

Dogs on vacation in Winter Harbor/Acadia Maine

What to do with 2 hound mixes for a week in and around Winter Harbor, Maine, in July? We're booked into a dog-friendly tiny house on the ocean in Winter Harbor, and I've been reading up on Acadia. We'd like to include the dogs as much as possible in our jaunts around the area. One is reliable offleash and the other is probably not. (No intention of going offleash anywhere it's not legal or without permission from the owner/caretaker.) Hikes in Acadia are the obvious choice, but what else is there? How dog-friendly is the area in general? [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie on May 30, 2016 - 5 answers

squirrel gone wild

I'm fostering-to-own this little rescue mutt-nugget. help me name him! [more inside]
posted by changeling on May 26, 2016 - 46 answers

New rescue dog lunged at vet; how concerned should I be?

I adopted a 4-year-old Shar Pei a week ago who has been nothing but friendly to everyone so far. Today we went to the vet for the first time and he lunged at her (no contact made and I'm not sure if he was really trying to make contact) with fairly ferocious growling. [more inside]
posted by ABCApplePie on May 9, 2016 - 17 answers

Keeping my dog's ears after she dies

I want to save my dog's ears after she dies, but I'm not sure what I need to know & do. [more inside]
posted by Rocky Mtn Erica on May 3, 2016 - 16 answers

C is for aircraft, that's good enough for me

Naming multiple puppies, difficulty factor: Aircraft that start with C [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Apr 29, 2016 - 29 answers

Getaway weekend with dogs starting in Maryland

We have until May 4 to take a 4 day weekend getaway. We live in MD and are thinking about heading South to warmer weather. We want to take out 2 dogs. They are well trained. We like places to swim with our boys. We enjoy a hike of not more than 6-8 miles. We enjoy walking places and eating at dog friendly out door cafes. Bonus points if there are doggy spas or gyms. Dog lovers please tell me about your city and why we should visit? I know about bring fido.com, but want first hand experience.
posted by Coffee Bean on Mar 30, 2016 - 1 answer

Amtrak with a dog

Now that Amtrak allows pets on board, my boyfriend and I will be taking our tiny dog to Boston from Penn on the Amtrak in a couple weeks! I've perused the rules and regulations on Amtrak's page, but I was wondering if any of you have taken a dog on the train yet. [more inside]
posted by cakelite on Mar 22, 2016 - 2 answers

Interested in adopting a dog that will be nice to my cats. Advice?

We have two awesome indoor-only cats. Both of them are rescues - one of them grew up with dogs and LOVES DOGS and the other one doesn't know what dogs are. Both are very large ragdolls (a breed that tends to like dogs). We're interested in considering adding a dog to our home and would be grateful on advice regarding breeds and the age of the incoming dog. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Mar 19, 2016 - 14 answers

What is this new dog's name?

We're 99% sure we're bringing home a new dog tonight, to be a companion to our beloved dog already in residence. Following Metafilter regulations, pictures of current dog, Birdie, and new dog are here. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie on Feb 17, 2016 - 55 answers

Is someone trying to poison our dog?

We're concerned that neighborhood malcontents might be trying to hurt our dog. More inside. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Feb 5, 2016 - 22 answers

Dog is hard to train, doesn't react as expected, please help!

My dog is a mutt (possibly some Aussie shephard and border collie in there, very high energy, working dogesque) my fiancé and I adopted at 2 months old. He is now 2 and a half. Training him has always been a bit difficult, because he doesn't react the way trainers say dogs "should." [more inside]
posted by petiteviolette on Jan 23, 2016 - 20 answers

Can we even have a dog?

My wife and I are interested in getting a dog. We sort of thought of it as something we'd ease into, especially since we had heard that adoption can take a little bit of time. We stopped by a nearby animal rescue this weekend just to see what was involved, and met a very sweet, gentle 7-year-old pugle. We were very surprised to be told that the rescue does same-day adoption, and we could potentially take her home that day. I balked a little bit because our apartment isn't really set up for a dog, but we're both first time dog owners, so don't really know what that even means. [more inside]
posted by Ragged Richard on Jan 18, 2016 - 16 answers

What breed of dog is this?

Trying to pinpoint my dog's origins. [more inside]
posted by hollypolly on Jan 8, 2016 - 28 answers

Best yarn for dog sweaters for daily wear?

I need to knit/crochet my dachshunds some sweaters since regular dog sweaters aren't long enough for wiener dog body shapes. Our dogs would wear these every day (not just as occasional costumes on holidays) and thus these sweaters would be subjected to a lot of wear and tear and go through the wash frequently. What kind of yarn would be best for this particular application? Thanks!
posted by Jacqueline on Jan 5, 2016 - 9 answers

Origins of creation story about the bond between dogs and people

I am having a reoccurring memory of reading about an Native American Indian creation story but I can't remember specifics or what book I read it in. I do remember the topic of the book or this specific part of the being about creation stories and liminal time and space. [more inside]
posted by slime on Dec 23, 2015 - 1 answer

Shutdown for Shelter Dog?

Has anyone else done a "two week shutdown" with their new shelter dog? Although our new pup (35 adorable pounds of dachsund and possible beagle) will whine at the gate to go on a walk, he definitely gets stressed out and intense while we're walking him, and the shutdown would mean that we only let him outside in the yard for the next couple weeks. Would that be too frustrating, or just the relief he needs? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Dec 2, 2015 - 15 answers

Name my family's dog, botanical edition.

My family has just received approval to adopt this adorable little guy, and we are in the process of selecting a name. We have a tradition of giving dogs floral and botanical names. I am allowed to put two names on the ballot for the family to vote on, and I'm turning it over to y'all. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Nov 29, 2015 - 53 answers

Are there charitable orgs that help with refugees that have pets?

For xmas, we'd like to give a donation on another's behalf to an organization that helps with refugees fleeing that have brought their pets with them. [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith on Nov 29, 2015 - 11 answers

Which dog sitter should I choose?

Ugh. I don't know why I'm having such a hard time making this decision. I'm being an over-protective dog mom and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by gigondas on Nov 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Pet loss & grief... if you've been there, a few questions for you

It really sucks, doesn't it. [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Nov 23, 2015 - 30 answers

Got rid of fleas, now for the flea dirt

My pooch was eaten the heck up with fleas, and after about two months, some laundromat trips, a trip to the vet, etc, we've been flea-free for a couple of weeks now. I'm having a heck of a time trying to get rid of the flea dirt he had picked up, however. [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Nov 20, 2015 - 10 answers

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