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 -
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 -
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 -
We have narrowed down our choices to two dogs from a good shelter and would like dog advice. We are a big family with a toddler living in a flat next to a park, with one cat. We have had dogs always, but our last four all passed away and it's been a year without a dog in the house. One of our dogs was an abused rescue and bit children and was miserable a lot, so we really don't want to deal with another rehab dog. We did and will do obedience training and walks and plenty of time with the dog as there's always someone at home. The shelter is okay with either choice for us. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah
on Jul 27, 2013 -
My puppy does not want to go through the door at doggy day care. Is there any likely explanation other than she just doesn't want to go there? [more inside]
posted by dilettante
on Jan 16, 2013 -
After doing tons of breed research and visiting shelters and rescues, I have finally found the write dog for me. I purchased a miniature dachshund from a reputable breeder in my hometown. She is only three weeks old right now, so I have five weeks to prepare for her arrival in my home. I do have a few questions that I hope Mefites can help me with. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl
on Nov 27, 2012 -
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 -
Looking to buy/acquire a puppy in (North) London. I am worried about vaccinations etc. and have some questions about ethics of the whole thing. Can I get a puppy from a shelter? Or should I feel happy about paying for one from a 'good' home through a website? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov
on Jan 9, 2012 -
What is the most valuable book or website about dogs, dog training, & dog behaviour. [more inside]
posted by Fence
on Jun 10, 2011 -
Petafilter! Toys for the dog brainiac, but preferably not food-related. Treat-toys are fine, but whole-meal toys not so much. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette
on Mar 3, 2011 -
I understand the danger parvovirus poses to puppies, but what are the odds
of a puppy contracting the disease in the US (specifically Alameda County, California)? [more inside]
posted by zippy
on Sep 1, 2009 -
We've got a new puppy and he's an adorable border-collie lab mix. He's about 8 weeks old.
He's going to be an indoor dog and we're anxious to get him trained and trained well for all of our happiness.
Still, we're like to keep it cheap. Can you recommend some good, free, video sites that teach puppy training in specific? Thanks!
posted by Gideon
on May 13, 2009 -
PeeingOnTheCarpetFilter: Our new puppy (shelter mutt, roughly 14 weeks old and of at least average intelligence) is thoroughly enjoying our spring weather. She often goes to the door and whines to go out just so she can roll around in the grass and chase bugs. When we give up on her bathrooming outside we'll bring her back inside, where she promptly pees or takes a dump. We're not talking about whirlwind visits to the great outdoors; we're talking a half-hour or so.
We try to be consistent about the location of the potty area, using verbal commands (I feel like a moron saying, "Go potty!" in public, but there you have it.) People always tell us that housebreaking is frustrating and requires patience, but how can we get the girl to potty first and play second?
posted by workerant
on Apr 1, 2009 -
Barring her vet appointment next week, how do I know if my dog is pregnant outside of a hunch? And if she is, what do we do? Much more inside... [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead
on Nov 9, 2008 -
How concerned do I need to be if there is a small chance my 3-month-old puppy may have licked up some Combat Ant Killing Gel? [more inside]
posted by mrkinla
on Jul 26, 2008 -
How much time should my new puppy spend outside by himself? He seems to want to be out every minute of the day so far, but I'm worried that it will be too isolating. [more inside]
posted by saffry
on Jun 12, 2007 -
Dog names: My family just got two new puppies. They're both female and five months old, and both are rat terrier/ Jack Russell mixes. Anyone have some good names for little girl dogs? [more inside]
posted by MadamM
on Aug 5, 2006 -
Are we crazy to adopt a puppy? She seems quite sweet, but her mom was put down when she was but 5-6 weeks old, and was some sort of Wirehair Terrier. [more inside]
posted by freebird
on Jun 6, 2006 -
Puppy smell. What is it? Where does it come from? Why can I not get enough of it? [more inside]
posted by LeeJay
on Jun 3, 2006 -
Has anyone ever used the Petsmart PetsHotel? Alternatively, are there any Austinites out there who can personally recommend an Austin/Round Rock area petsitter or boarder for small dogs? [more inside]
posted by roundrock
on Jul 18, 2005 -
Do you have experience using a crate for a puppy? What did you feel the pros/cons were? Anything in particular we should know if we get one?
Possibly pertinent details: We are hoping to get a puppy next week. We're getting it from a pound/adoption agency (Humane Society or similar), and it will probably be a male, medium-sized mutt of some sort. This will be the only dog in the household (at least for a while). We both work away from the house, but one of us generally spends a few hours at home in the middle of the day. We've had dogs before but have never used a crate.
posted by widdershins
on Dec 10, 2004 -
Any tips on introducing a puppy to his three (!!) new brothers and sisters? They are all small dogs, but they are wily...[more inside] [more inside]
posted by Harvey Birdman
on Apr 25, 2004 -