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How to train a dog to come, stay, and heel on command?

I want to train my dog to stay, come, and heel (or, "come in closer, but you don't have to come right up to me"). How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Sep 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Why do we have cats AND Melmacians have cats?

In any of the Alf media (the live action sitcom, the cartoon, or any supplementary materials), is it ever explained how cats have come to be on both Melmac and Earth? Here, it says that it is unknown if Melmac cats and Earth cats are even the same species (presumably they coud be doing a kind of Allosaurus/T-Rex convergent-evolution thing), but perhaps someone out there with greater Alf knowledge can shed more light on this.
posted by Greg Nog on Sep 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Please save me from my slovenly ways! Hurt the cats though and I will return the favor.

I'm a slob. I need a cleaning service. I'm totally willing to pay for a cleaning service. But I can't get over the idea that I'll have to clean before they come (which seems very contradictory and silly) and most importantly, I can't figure out how to trust random people alone on my house with my pets. How do other people do this? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Sep 10, 2012 - 32 answers

It is especially bad at night when I am heading to the bathroom

I switched to a wheat-based litter and now it is tracking everywhere despite my best efforts. Any suggestions for combating this? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Sep 3, 2012 - 8 answers

the canine's incisor

I have an older dog whose front tooth is loose enough that I can wiggle it with my fingers. I'm taking him into the vet tomorrow, but before I do, I'm wondering: is it possible for the vet to remove a dog's tooth without putting him under anesthesia?
posted by roger ackroyd on Aug 30, 2012 - 14 answers

Games to play indoors with a Husky-cross puppy

I have a beautiful, fun and energetic puppy. A Husky cross (we don't know what the other half is, but it must have been small). She loves to play games. Me and my partner alternate working from home during the day. What fun games can we play with her at home, indoors, that don't distract too much from our work? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Aug 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Was it a bad idea to put Advantage II in the refrigerator?

What is the best place to store my pets' flea medication. I had it in the fridge for the last few weeks. Is it ruined? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Aug 19, 2012 - 3 answers

My apartment is not your toilet.

I'm out of ideas - help me convince my cat that the litterbox is a good place to be. Long explanation with as many details as I can think of inside. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Aug 1, 2012 - 32 answers

Passport, check... But where do I store my cats?

Any recommendations for pet boarding in Birmingham, UK? (Bonus: good vets.) [more inside]
posted by Because on Jul 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Can someone recommend a good boarding kennel in London?

Can someone recommend a good boarding kennel in London? We will be leaving the country for about two weeks for a visit home, and need to find a place for the pets while we're away. [more inside]
posted by jonobarel on Jul 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Chihuahua Puppy Guides?

In the wake of a recent hoarding incident in Pennsylvania a local shelter has a large number of chihuahuas who will soon be needing permanent homes. I have previous experience dogsitting a family member's chihuahua for long periods of time so I know how to take care of adults, but some puppies are also available for adoption and I think that might be a rewarding experience. Everyone in the household has experience with dogs, but we have not raised a puppy. I was wondering if you could link me to the best guides for what to expect and how to raise a puppy, and specifically for the unique challenges of a chihuahua puppy. [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge on Jul 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Just please not Avon Barksdale.

NameMyDogForTheMillionthTimeFilter: On Saturday I'll be bringing this guy home from the shelter. He's incredibly shy and distrusting of humans. What shall I call him? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves on Jul 16, 2012 - 81 answers

Leaving a pet in the house on vacation. Windows open or closed?

Leaving a pet in the house on vacation. Windows open or closed? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo on Jul 12, 2012 - 16 answers

How to move to Boston

Please tell me everything I need to know about the logistics of finding an apartment and moving to Boston on a month's notice. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Jul 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Is it true that flea collars are toxic?

How do flea collars work? Are they helpful or harmful? Our cat never had fleas, but we put a flea collar on him preventively because he's an outside cat. Now it looks like he's scratching himself really often, which we have never seen him do before. Should we take the collar off? How do flea collars work anyway? [more inside]
posted by ruelle on Jul 10, 2012 - 15 answers

I'm so tired of being itchy...

Bedbug treatment and cats - Should I board the cat after treatment of my apartment, and for how long? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 - 1 answer


I'm beginning to think that owning pets isn't right for me. But I'm an animal lover, I grew up with pets and the thought of giving my own away breaks my heart. What should I do about this? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium on Jul 6, 2012 - 27 answers

Permethrin on clothes: safe for cats?

If I treat clothes with Permethrin, let them completely dry outside (for three days), will they then be safe for cats to be around?
posted by Marered on Jul 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Should I get two cats?

I want to get two cats (or kittens). I have two small boys. Should I or not? [more inside]
posted by alshain on Jun 25, 2012 - 30 answers

veterinary thank you gifts

Gift ideas for veterinary co-workers that have recently helped me with my cats? [more inside]
posted by troublewithwolves on Jun 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me get through a flea bombing

Help me prep for setting off flea bombs. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jun 15, 2012 - 14 answers

Mr. Vanity Klaw

Is it legal to own this guy in California? And how the heck can I find one? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 14, 2012 - 4 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

Ideas for nomads in NYC?

Homeless in NYC for two - three weeks with two cats. Any ideas about where to live? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum on Jun 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Houston cat adoption filter: Can you help us find a home for Joe?

How can we find a good home in Houston for an adult cat who needs to be an "only" cat? [more inside]
posted by timeo danaos on May 31, 2012 - 9 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

My dogs aren't catching on to pottytraining.

What am I doing wrong in potty training my three dogs? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on May 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Love our kitties, need a vet

Park Rose area of Portland. 2 cats, we are new to the city need a vet we can trust and who likes kitties, any success stories?
posted by Freedomboy on May 21, 2012 - 6 answers

I need to protect my new carpet!

I'm moving into a new apartment in less than a week. I have three dogs that are not fully potty trained. Please recommend products I can spray around the place to discourage accidents on the carpet, furniture and floor. Please also recommend which products I need to make sure accidents don't result in a permanent stain and/or smell. Thank you !
posted by Autumn on May 16, 2012 - 7 answers

When is it appropriate to call the spcaLA

At what point is it reasonable to get involved and call spcaLA, especially if the information is secondhand? All the troubling details inside. [more inside]
posted by katemcd on May 13, 2012 - 18 answers

What pets don't hate being pets?

What pets don't hate being pets? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on May 13, 2012 - 22 answers

Any tips to make a whiny cat less whiny?

How can I teach a cat the virtue of patience? [more inside]
posted by morninj on May 13, 2012 - 21 answers

My pet died. I think his death was preventable. Help me cope.

My pet died. I think his death was preventable. Help me cope. [more inside]
posted by prior on May 10, 2012 - 22 answers

Stop us from sleep-murdering this sweet cat

How have you convinced your cat to let you sleep? (The cat who howls in the night). [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on May 7, 2012 - 30 answers

Help. Cat pee is ruining my life.

What to do about a possibly pre-existing pet urine stain that has soaked through the carpeting in our rental apartment? Especially since our cat has found the spot and is exacerbating the problem with her own urine! [more inside]
posted by moshimosh on May 6, 2012 - 13 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

Living with my Wife's Cats

Please help me find a reasonable way to handle being an unwilling co-owner of two cats [more inside]
posted by Beacon Inbound on May 1, 2012 - 79 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

Can I get my pet deposit back?

Am I entitled to the return of my pet deposit? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Apr 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Can the dog eat this?

I meant to make MaPo tofu but didn't, and now have 1/2 pound of ground pork in the fridge. It looks and smells fine, but given that I had previously frozen it before its 3 day stay in the fridge, I'm not going to eat it. Is it safe to cook it up, refrigerate it, and give to my dog a little at a time? I often give him meat scraps on top of his dog food. Please note: I am not asking about the wisdom of feeding him "people food." I am asking about his risk of food poisoning.
posted by Wordwoman on Apr 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Goldfish fire drill

Help my small apartment-dwelling friend come up with a fire evacuation plan for her goldfish. [more inside]
posted by ladygypsy on Apr 24, 2012 - 15 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

Need help naming a polydactyl girl kitten

Name the kitten. Polydactyl edition. Details and pictures within. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Apr 21, 2012 - 52 answers

My five year old cats are little terrors. Help me train them!

My five year old cats are little terrors. Help me train them! [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Apr 17, 2012 - 25 answers

Seeking model Animal Control Dept.

Is there any big city anywhere that has a really competent Animal Control Dept? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Apr 9, 2012 - 7 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

Muddling through bureaucratic bullshit.

[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]
posted by crayon on Apr 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Feline Uncertainty

I want to get a cat. I think. How do I know if this is a good idea? What does cat ownership entail? Is this too much? Feeling overwhelmed and in need of calm, soothing, authoritative advice. [more inside]
posted by firstbest on Mar 31, 2012 - 36 answers

Practical pet home visit tips for pet allergy sufferers

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.
posted by cashman on Mar 29, 2012 - 21 answers

Puppy Jekyll and Hyde

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]
posted by peripathetic on Mar 22, 2012 - 9 answers

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