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Cherry Eye in a puppy: Remedies? Cost for surgery?

We are curious if anyone has had luck with alternatives to surgery for Cherry Eye in a puppy (he's a maltese, shi tzu mix)? or if no, what we should expect to spend on surgery for the little guy? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Jul 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Help my dog overcome his terror of umbrellas

My 6 month old pup is terrified of umbrellas and I need help because it's a big problem! [more inside]
posted by long haired child on May 30, 2014 - 13 answers

HOT PUPPY

How can I keep my dog cool during the summer months during walkies when it is still over 90 degrees out during the night? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on May 27, 2014 - 29 answers

The number one, hyperactive, knucklehead puppy.

I have a ten month old, 17 pound, hyperactive puppy. I also live in a city apartment. I am considering getting an indoor exercise pen to supplement the crate. Can anyone offer experience or advice? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson on May 12, 2014 - 7 answers

How to un-crate-train a puppy

~1 year old Labradoodle name of Twist. Good boy. Crate trained up to this point, house trained so long as we lock him in his crate overnight. Which is the issue. I'd like to start weaning him off of the crate. He seems ready, he has no trouble holding it all night in the crate and it's not like he's rushing for the door in the morning; he'll happily romp around the house while we're getting breakfast etc together. But when I've tried leaving the crate door open overnight he, well, chooses not to wait until morning. Looking for strategies to let him know that that's not okay. [more inside]
posted by ook on Mar 21, 2014 - 23 answers

Fighting smelly bullies

What are less stench-inducing alternatives to bully sticks? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 12, 2014 - 13 answers

Starting to doubt my dog will ever be potty trained

I must be doing something wrong, because I can't seem to house train my 4 month old puppy. [more inside]
posted by long haired child on Mar 7, 2014 - 21 answers

How can we soothe our fretful new puppy?

A week ago we adopted a four-month old puppy. She is currently teething and clearly in an adjustment period in her new environment, but she is terribly antsy and fretful. Is this just normal teething / settling in to new home behavior and is there is anything I can do to help her? [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Mar 2, 2014 - 24 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

I made a stupid decision: new dog owner

I've adopted a dog from a local shelter, and I may have made a terrible mistake. I'm seriously thinking of returning her, but I've had her less than half a day. See details inside. [more inside]
posted by jrochest on Feb 12, 2014 - 61 answers

Puppy Potty Training App

Husband has android phone and I have an iphone. We have a new puppy. We need an APP that will let us sync between us a log of when our pup goes potty (and other puppy things if available) since he leaves for work at 3 and crates our pup, and I come home at 5 and take over for our pup. I cant find it, but there has got to be an app that will easily let us track all things puppy related and share it between the two of us. Maybe not even an app made for dogs? Thanks!
posted by long haired child on Jan 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Best food for a large breed dog that's not quite a puppy anymore?

My husband and I are adding another dog to our family. Yay! He's a rescued coonhound/great dane mix, about 18 months old. We couldn't be more excited to bring this awkward, gangly guy into our home. But what should we feed him? [more inside]
posted by terilou on Nov 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Cheap, Chew proof, Non-toxic, hard surface for a puppy's pen

Husband & I are getting a puppy soon. Since we spend most of our time in our study, we were going to purchase this pen to keep in our study along with his crate. Unfortunately, our study is carpeted. So we need something we can cover a section of the carpet with, help us find it! [more inside]
posted by long haired child on Nov 12, 2013 - 11 answers

When can a puppies be allowed free reign of the house?

My partner and I are getting a puppy mid January. Questions about house breaking and crate training. [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Nov 8, 2013 - 10 answers

Our puppy arrives tomorrow! Help.

We have been planning on bringing a Bull Terrier puppy into our lives for a year. Well tomorrow is his arrival date and I'm stressed. We live in a townhouse with a fenced yard. No kids. Our work schedules will allow somebody to be home at least every 5 hours. I have only owned puppies when I had my parents to take on most of the responsibility. I have the crate, leash, collar, bowls, two types of food and some toys. Now what? What advice can you give to a new puppy owner? I felt like I did all the research, but now I feel lost. How have you raised your puppy so he is a joy and not a terror? What three things do you wish you had known when you brought your puppy home?
posted by Coffee Bean on Oct 11, 2013 - 18 answers

The Cone of Shame

Our 18-week-old male puppy was just neutered, and I am puzzled by the vet's advice to my wife. [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Oct 10, 2013 - 29 answers

Weaning new puppy from raw meat diet

My sister is taking home a new puppy from a breeder who feeds her dogs raw meat purchased from a local butcher. Sis does not want to continue this practice but is concerned the transition to commercial dog food might be hard on the pup. Does anyone have advice for weaning the dog from raw to conventional dog food without causing significant distress?
posted by jamjames on Oct 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Don't pee on the new dog roommate! Help me with my dogs' new behavior.

Why is my dog, who is generally well-behaved, displaying this dominance-related behavior with the new roommate dog and how can I correct this behavior? [more inside]
posted by OuttaHere on Sep 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Please identify breed of puppy.

Adopted a puppy from the shelter this morning, and the breed was listed as a beagle mix, but they said they honestly didn't know for sure. Any ideas of what this sweet girl could be? http://i.imgur.com/f2npDDB.jpg http://i.imgur.com/zmWqsOn.jpg
posted by lane73179 on Sep 1, 2013 - 27 answers

Is my new puppy happy?

Week 4 with the new pup. I *think* I'm giving him a great life but sometimes he gives me a look that says 'i want to go back to the shelter, i'm bored and this sucks'. Is this normal as a new pet owner? How can I relax and not stress about being the best. owner. ever? What's a normal 'life with a dog' schedule like? [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop on Aug 23, 2013 - 31 answers

Getting a puppy comfortable with a leash

My 3 month old shelter puppy seriously dislikes everything to do with his leash. This makes getting him out of the house....frustrating, and carrying him out the door will be ridiculous when he is 70 pounds. What am I doing wrong/not trying? [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop on Aug 10, 2013 - 20 answers

Italian Greyhound puppy and 8yo boy - what next?

My son just got an Italian Greyhound puppy for his 8th birthday. This is his first pet other than a couple of goldfish, and neither my partner nor I have had a puppy since we were young children ourselves. Please help us do our best not to muck things up in the first few weeks. [more inside]
posted by puffmoike on Jul 16, 2013 - 26 answers

Keep this dog out of my bed

My puppy was neutered yesterday and today the incision area seems to be infected. How do I keep him from jumping up on and down from my bed during the night? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jul 16, 2013 - 18 answers

Could (or should) I put my puppy in a pack n play while I'm at home?

My puppy is fine in his crate if I'm not around or if he's sleeping, but he loses his mind if I crate him while I'm at home. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy on Jul 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Name that puppy!

I'm getting a puppy! He's a male cream-colored lab, pictured here. What should I name him? [more inside]
posted by mcav on Jul 8, 2013 - 41 answers

Older dog won't accept puppy

I have a 9 year old pitbull female. I've owned her all her life and she is very attached to me and other members of my family. She seems to remember some past abuse and is not friendly to strangers, especially men. She did get in a serious fight once, with my son's dog who normally she enjoys playing and swimming with. I bought a very young puppy and... [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Jun 25, 2013 - 11 answers

petfilter: how to find reputable dog breeder in chicagoland?

Hi hivemind - My wife and I have been living in Chicago for a while now and just got a house (Western burbs if it matters). Now that we have space and a yard, I'd really like to help her find a puppy. [more inside]
posted by envygreen on Jun 22, 2013 - 26 answers

Help a bald dog out?

7 month old puppy chewing herself constantly, huge bald spots. Any idea why? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jun 12, 2013 - 22 answers

Name. That. PUPPY!

So, new-to-me pound hound, red heeler mix with golden eyes. She needs a name. [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on May 15, 2013 - 88 answers

Why is my young dog sometimes weird about entering the house?

Our two year old Husky has some sort of odd and inconsistent anxiety about crossing thresholds. Please help. [more inside]
posted by mireille on May 2, 2013 - 24 answers

Puppy's chewing me out of house and home.

Looking for new chew treat/toy options for my puppy. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Apr 2, 2013 - 17 answers

To feed large breed or not to feed: that is the question

YANMV, however, I am waiting on a call back from my vet and as I am impatient and prone to obsessive behavior, I shall ask the same of the hive to see the consensus. Should I be feeding my 4 1/2 month old puppy large breed puppy food? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Mar 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Barky humpy puppy is making me a little crazy!

My puppy barks at me if he has too much energy, but he's been so humpy at the dog park that we can't stay long enough for him to burn it all off. Please help by recommending some training we could use! [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Mar 24, 2013 - 17 answers

DINKs need a dog.

Mr. Motion and I are getting ready to take the plunge and adopt a dog. Please help me figure out what I _should_ be figuring out before we go and meet some dogs. Much beanplating within... [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Mar 6, 2013 - 35 answers

Puppy in the office!

What should I do with my puppy when he's not sleeping or playing with me? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Mar 3, 2013 - 11 answers

I'm getting a puppy for my birthday (no, really ...)

I'm getting a puppy! Would love some advice about the first few days/weeks, especially in terms of bringing him to my office. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 22, 2013 - 20 answers

The care and keeping of anal glands.

Please explain to me how my dog's butt works. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jan 29, 2013 - 22 answers

Another exciting round of NAME. THAT. DOG!

NAME. THIS. DOG! [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jan 27, 2013 - 68 answers

Help me identify my new pup

My husband and I adopted a shelter dog last week, who we absolutely adore. When we were looking at her I asked one of the workers if they knew what kind of dog she was and they said no....just a mutt. My curiosity is getting the best of me though, and I would like to see if anyone might have some insight into what kind of breeds she might be. Pictures are here 3 photos included and she is the bigger dog in photo 1. She's about 2 years old so I'm assuming she's fully grown, also slightly under weight. As for her height, her head is about hip height (I'm 5'5"). So please someone satisfy my curiosity about our newest baby and tell me what kind of pup could she be?
posted by RubyDoom on Jan 21, 2013 - 35 answers

Doggy daycare dropout?

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 - 19 answers

Snooze, cuddle, snuggle, ATTACK!!!

What advice do you have for raising a happy, healthy and sane Australian Cattle Dog? We just adopted an 5 & 1/2 month old ACD/mixed breed puppy from a shelter and for the most part, she is a dream come true. She does have many of the less-pleasant but totally normal puppy behaviors like mouthing/biting when playing. We were told that she is a little socially delayed because she had diarrhea when she was transfered in from a high-kill shelter a few weeks ago. Treating the diarrhea threw off her vaccination & spay schedule, so she hasn't had much of a chance to socialize with other dogs and people until now. [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Dec 1, 2012 - 18 answers

Name this dog!

Help me name this adorable Boston Terrier puppy! [more inside]
posted by aoleary on Nov 28, 2012 - 59 answers

Crates vs. baby gates.

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 - 17 answers

Ahh, if we could all sleep at the same time...

Please help me understand my new dog so we can all sleep at night. No matter how tired she is, she still makes a ruckus at bedtime. [more inside]
posted by Neekee on Nov 27, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me name our new puppy!

Help me name our rescued whippet pup! Details & obligatory photo inside... [more inside]
posted by harriet vane on Nov 23, 2012 - 36 answers

Help! Puppy is eleven weeks and still nameless!!!

There's a new Corgi in town! But what's his name??? [more inside]
posted by OolooKitty on Nov 1, 2012 - 57 answers

How to adopt a Boston Terrier, without waiting months?

What's the best way to adopt a Boston Terrier (without waiting months and months)? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Oct 21, 2012 - 9 answers

What is this puppy's name?

Name my scrappy survivor terrier puppy? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Oct 20, 2012 - 40 answers

Lucy just wants to have fun!

What do puppies do for fun? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Oct 19, 2012 - 24 answers

Bring home an 11-week old Weimaraner puppy?

Is 11 weeks too old to bring home a Weimaraner puppy? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid on Oct 13, 2012 - 8 answers

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