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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 magdalemon 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 - 15 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

Dogs of the Dome

I'm listening to Stephen King's Under the Dome on audiobook. I'm on disc 5 of about 30, and enjoying it so far. However, I'm worried about the canine residents of Chester's Mill. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Apr 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Chicago dog boarding for pooch that doesn't like other dogs?

We are going to be traveling for a decent amount of time (1-2 weeks) and we need a place to keep our dear pup (a 50 lb mixed breed). [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Apr 17, 2014 - 7 answers

How do we get a leash on this dog?

Our adorbs rescue puppy is eating out of our hands, playing fetch and generally charming our socks off. But we cannot cannot cannot get a collar on him. Or a leash. [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Apr 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Is a second dog such a big deal?

My wife and I have a dog. She wants to adopt another one, I'm being very resistant. Are my reasons completely ridiculous? Are two dogs really better than one? [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop on Mar 31, 2014 - 53 answers

What's up with my dog?

What is this strange behavior of my dog? [more inside]
posted by archimago on Mar 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Question about dog allergies

Why am I only allergic to some dogs? [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Mar 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Feral dog step 2?

We adopted a five or six month old dog that was born into a feral colony and rescued at 3 months old. He lived in a shelter office for several months and seems past the first stages of acclimating to people, but he's still terrified of us. [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Mar 20, 2014 - 21 answers

great places for dogs around Nashville?

I am looking for places that are fun, interesting, and accessible to take my 3 dogs (2 seniors, hound and std.schnauzer, and 3-year-old sheltie) off leash, or on a long nylon lead. I know the three official dog parks here in town, which are fine up to a point but a bit boring after a while. We were all spoiled when we lived on the west coast, when the seniors were young: park areas like the beach at Kelly Point, near the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette, or one federal reserve area outside of town, seem like a dream now (even Shelby Park in Memphis was great). Even after they started to regulate that beach, you could still have dogs off-leash within range of the water, and enforcement was relaxed. I understand that dogs can't be allowed to roam free in park settings, but have heard that there are locations, for instance along the Harpeth, where people and dogs go for this purpose. Any ideas? (no lectures, please - I agree that people and wildlife are more important.)
posted by mmiddle on Mar 18, 2014 - 2 answers

The lazy brown dog watched the quick ______ jump over the _____.

My useless dog Truman seems to really enjoy watching a certain type of scene on TV. We've been stuck inside all winter and I know he'd rather be running around in big grassy fields. Please help me find some youtube videos for him to enjoy! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Feb 26, 2014 - 18 answers

Help us choose a dog breed!

We are considering a second dog, and would like some help narrowing down the potential breeds we'd look for at adoption fairs, shelters, etc. Our main priorities are: security (we live in an area with frequent burglaries) and kid-friendliness. Other priorities inside... [more inside]
posted by Anonymousness on Feb 24, 2014 - 29 answers

Need information about activism for dog-friendly rental housing

My city has developed an extreme lack of dog-friendly rental housing, and the trend towards prohibiting dogs or charging exorbitant "pet rent" is only getting worse. I'm looking for examples of cities and towns that have successfully turned around this trend. [more inside]
posted by cairdeas on Feb 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Essential stuff to have on hand for puppy/dog parents, beyond the basics

First time dog owner, everything is going great so far. Still I feel unsettled as I've never had a pet in my life before that I must be missing something. What do you all have on hand to treat your dogs in case of emergency or first aid needs? What other essentials beyond the basics do you like to have on hand for your dog? Any other tips and tricks you have for first-time puppy parent and dog owner are appreciated too!
posted by long haired child on Jan 30, 2014 - 20 answers

My kingdom for a dog.

We are looking to adopt a dog and finding it impossible. We are considering breeders. We are not happy about that--and are actually embarrassed--but here we are. One, are there alternatives we haven't considered? Two, how do you find a non-revolting dog breeder? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jan 21, 2014 - 61 answers

Garlic & Dogs.

My roommate's 25 lb. mutt ate little tuna with a sprinkling of garlic powder (about 1/10th(?) teaspoon worth). Since garlic is extremely toxic to dogs, should I be worried?
posted by pakoothefakoo on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Service Dogs: How do you find the right match?

Several months ago, after thorough discussions with my doctor, I was given a "prescription" for a psychiatric service dog. I'm excited. I love animals and have been wanting a dog for most of my adult life. I've read the books. Watched the documentaries. Questioned dog-owning friends to death. And even did a 4 year stint as a Pet Nutritionist for a large, holistic pet food manufacturer. I like to think I'm dog-savvy. Nonetheless, I'm overwhelmed with information and can't seem to make any progress. [more inside]
posted by stubbehtail on Jan 14, 2014 - 26 answers

My dog eats seaweed. Is that safe for her to eat?

We have a three year old black Lab mix, and we take her to a local beach to run. Occasionally, there are piles of wet seaweed on down by the tide lines, and she will eat it. It is difficult to stop her from a distance, and invariably, later in the day, she will puke it up. Is this my only concern here, (cleaning up the puke) or is this dangerous for her? She loves the beach so much, it would be a shame to deny her this.
posted by rudy26 on Jan 12, 2014 - 6 answers

What can I take with me on walks to keep dogs away?

I live in a neighborhood where people walk their dogs off-leash. Unfortunately, a lot of these dog owners are jackasses, and their dogs are aggressive, territorial, and menacing to my dog, my family, and me. Is there anything I can carry on walks to keep these dogs away if/when they charge us? I'm not interested in actually killing these dogs, and my fear with pepper spray is that it'll get on my kids. I've heard mixed things about tasers - some people say they're good, others say they just make the dog angrier. Ideas?
posted by malhouse on Jan 7, 2014 - 50 answers

Are there charities to help pet owners in need?

Are there charities to help pet owners in need? I came across a Craigslist ad that really bummed me out. [more inside]
posted by mermily on Jan 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Cookie frosting toxicity for dogs

My two pugs (15-pound females) got into the garbage and ate probably about a tablespoon each of CakeMate cookie frosting (similar to this.) I've googled each ingredient (i.e., xanthan gum, propylene glycol alginate) and none appear to be toxic to dogs. They are exhibiting no physical or behavioural symptoms of poisoning. Should I continue to worry?
posted by docgonzo on Dec 21, 2013 - 6 answers

Airlines don't allow "snub-nosed" dogs. But my dog's face is special!

I have a Boston Terrier and would like to take him on a plane. Airline rules say Bostons are "snub-nosed" dogs that are not allowed on planes. But this particularly charming Boston is not "snub nosed" at all. His nose is not squishy. No breathing problems. He has a noble carriage! Many people think he is, in fact, some other breed. Is there any leniency in airline policy on this? (Pic inside!) [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Dec 21, 2013 - 15 answers

To neuter this beautiful dog... or not?

We got our 13 year old son a beautiful chocolate lab (his name is Tony and here's the obligatory picture). Is there a good reason to have him neutered? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Dec 18, 2013 - 44 answers

How did getting a dog change your life?

I have no pets and will be becoming a first time dog owner shortly. I'm interested in learning everything I can to prepare. I've read and learned most of the basics, but would love to hear more. How did going from not having a dog to having a dog change your life? I want to hear it all- what inconvenient, weird, wonderful, mundane, happy, unhappy, and most of all unexpected ways did adding a dog to your family change your life?
posted by long haired child on Dec 16, 2013 - 45 answers

Can I please have a dog AND a relationship?

I recently moved in with my partner and my 5 year old dog is making it difficult for him to sleep. My 15 lb dog has always slept in my bed, but his snoring and shifting during the night is keeping my partner awake. We've tried keeping the dog out of the bedroom, but he usually wakes up in the middle of the night and cries or scratches at the bedroom door. My partner wants to put the dog in a crate at night, far enough away that we won't hear him. I feel like this is cruel and don't want to do this. Although he is crate trained, I've rarely put him in his crate overnight, or for any long periods. Am I wrong about this? Any ideas for how we can live together in harmony?
posted by mumbleitaliano on Dec 3, 2013 - 49 answers

Help me find (the right) puppies in NYC

We would like to get a puppy. Special snowflake details mean we need to find a good breed not just overall but for our circumstances, and for the love of god, someone who sells them. I have been scouring the internet for some time and can find nothing useful because of the noise. [more inside]
posted by corb on Dec 1, 2013 - 66 answers

Dog-friendly DC

I have yet another "where should I live in DC?" question, but mine has a dog park twist! [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Nov 26, 2013 - 16 answers

What is the likelihood we picked up worms from our pets?

Our dog had tape worms several weeks ago. Presumably she got them from raw pork fat she got out of the garbage overnight. We gave her medication as prescribed by the vet and they cleared up quickly. We just noticed several small worms sticking to the area around our cat's butt. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Nov 17, 2013 - 8 answers

My pooch is a never-nude

On Saturday we have a community street festival here in Perth, and I need my little Clyde to win the whole damn dog show. [more inside]
posted by honey-barbara on Nov 12, 2013 - 11 answers

Allergen immunotherapy for dogs: is it worth trying?

My dog is allergic to a lot of things (39 out of 54 in her allergy test), some of her worst reactions were to several types of very common grasses and her own yeast. The doctor recommends allergen immunotherapy -- exposing her to low levels of the allergens to increase her tolerance to them over time. It is expensive and it takes a while -- about $1,200 over about 1 year. I would love to hear about people's (and their dogs') experiences about this therapy to get a better sense of its efficacy and safety. How well did it work? Were there any side effects? [more inside]
posted by ethand on Nov 8, 2013 - 6 answers

I can see clearly now the nose-prints are gone...

We have dogs. We have window coverings. The two do not get along. Help us figure out a solution! [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Nov 2, 2013 - 8 answers

What is the best bed for an arthritic dog?

About three months ago I adopted a rottweiler mix, about 7-8 years of age. He's delightful and charming and basically the best dog ever, but he has arthritis. He's under treatment for this (meloxicam) and is still pretty mobile, but he does love to sleep. And sleep. And then sleep some more. So I'd like to buy him the best bed possible to ensure he gets to enjoy his favourite pastime. What would you recommend? I've heard about magnetic beds, memory foam, and so forth, but am not sure what I should get. My price limit is $500.
posted by lesbiassparrow on Oct 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Any Vets in the house? Thinking of adopting a dog that's Heartworm+

I've been looking for a dog that matches me for about 2 years. Today I found a dog at the local pound but the dog is heartworm positive and undergoing treatment. Medical records and info/questions inside... [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Sep 25, 2013 - 35 answers

Condominium By-Laws Pets

My mother received two letters from her Condo association stating that she is in violation of a pet by-law for having me visit her at her home and bringing my dog(over 35 pounds). Here is the law as written: 10.8 A limit of one four legged animal, not weighing more than thirty-five (35) pounds is allowed per unit. I've spoken with the property management and they state that this law means no dogs over 35 pounds are allowed on property at all. As this law is written could that legally be in forced if i continue to visit with my dog? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Sep 23, 2013 - 25 answers

How can I help my girlfriend with two dogs we just got after breakup?

I'm about to break up with my girlfriend of two years who I live with. We've had intermittent fights of me not being happy where it was going. The latest one happened just last week, the day before we picked up two dogs. She's going to keep the dogs (hard decision for me) if we break up, but what can I do to help? I feeling like I'm abandoning her with kids we just had. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2013 - 18 answers

Should this cat-owning/trying-to-conceive couple get a dog? If yes, how?

I want to know if I am crazy or not, because the last thing my life needs right now is More Bad Stuff. I am going through a very tough time lately (due to infertility and a dying parent). I also own two (neurotic) cats. I think I need a dog because an outpouring of goodness and unconditional happiness is sorely needed. But I'm trying to get knocked up, both my husband & I work full time, and I've never owned a dog before. Snowflake details inside, plus bonus question: if we get this dog, should it be a puppy or adult? From a breeder or a shelter? [more inside]
posted by barnacle on Sep 14, 2013 - 40 answers

How should I act around dogs?

My dog passed away a few months ago. He had a lot of problems with aggression and bit me several times. As a result, I am anxious around dogs and display nervous body language. How should I move past this and act the correct way around dogs again? [more inside]
posted by nakedandalone on Sep 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Roomie dogs are fighting consistently

I live with a person who has a dog that I like quit a bit. She's really friendly, well mannered, not many complaints. Another roomie moved in about 2 months ago with her own dog. Ever since moving in both dogs fight constantly. I don't know if you can assign fault, but the new dog often does a thing where it will bite at the old dog's neck until it responds. The old dog will sometimes steal food and chew toys from the new dog. This is nearly always play fighting, but sometimes they get carried away and seem to want to harm the other. If I'm home by myself yelling "Hey, assholes, stop it!" is enough to get them to stop for the rest of the day, and I can usually give a loud "Hey!" if I see them doing things that lead up to fighting. However, both other owners have a harder time getting them apart, and sometimes do things I think are counter productive. I don't want to tell them how to control their dogs, but it's really tiring to be living in the constant center of a dog fight. Should I take more active steps to discipline them while the owners are around, or should I just say "well, not my dog," and not intervene? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Ok to self-diagnose your dog ?

Pretty darn certain my puppy has ear-mites in his right ear. Where should I draw the line at Internet diagnosis and ordering meds off the Internet vs a costly trip to the vet? [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop on Sep 9, 2013 - 21 answers

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