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/r/dogs is a place for dog owners of all levels of knowledge, skill, and experience to discuss various topics related to responsible dog ownership.

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Welcome to /r/dogs, the community for dog-lovers on Reddit!

The purpose of /r/dogs is to provide an educational and supportive space for past, present, and future dog owners regarding a range of dog-related topics. The ultimate goal of the subreddit is to foster a better, science-based understanding of dogs among the general public, promote responsible dog ownership, help users build better relationships with their dogs, and provide a space to connect and discuss with others who have dogs and who are involved in various aspects of the dog hobby.

Advice on this forum is absolutely not a substitute for professional advice from a certified behaviorist, trainer, lawyer, or medical professional.


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/r/AskVet

/r/DoggyDNA

/r/DogPictures

/r/DogTraining

/r/puppy101

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Potty Training. At a loss of words here.

I have an 11 month old Alaskan Malamute, Husky, GSD mix. For the most part he is potty trained but at night sometimes he won’t wake us up to poop. We ended up setting alarms at 1-2am to let him out and that works. Fast forward to this week. My SO and I were both on night shift and our dog sitter couldn’t take the dogs over night this weekend. We left both our dogs out for 8 1/2 hours. This dude had ZERO accidents. Why doesn’t he hold it when we are home sleeping!!!??

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2024/02/13
07:00 UTC

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Dog biting and barking at boyfriend

Me and my boyfriend have a 4 year old Frenchie. For the past 2 months, our dog has been barking loudly at my bf and eventually biting him whenever he hugs/kisses/touches/play fights with me. He’s never done this before and is otherwise the sweetest dog ever, I’m so confused. Also, I only met my boyfriend and dog 1 year ago, he was my boyfriends dog alone for 3 years and they never had this problem. He also doesn’t bite anyone else, he will bark occasionally for attention if he wants someone to play with him but never in an aggressive way like this. Does anyone have any idea how we can fix this behaviour or why it’s happening?

4 Comments
2024/02/12
22:08 UTC

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Vacation without our dog

I need some help, we own a 4y old Dashhund and someone gifted us a stay at an all in hotel for 3-4 days (idk exactly) but the hotel doesnt allow pets. Now we will leave our dog with a family member but I'm scared our dog will feel like we abandon him. How do we best approach this and how will our dog react? (He is already sad if we are gone for the day)

8 Comments
2024/02/12
22:19 UTC

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how do i get our dog to stop shitting under our table

shes almost 3 months old and a maltipoo so its not like her shits arent hard to clean because theyre small but we really wanna teach her that its not right but once she starts shitting in one specific place its really hard to get her to stop. When it comes to peeing she does it on puppy pads (thank god) and she has no problem with that but she cant seem to learn where to shit. I dont know if maybe dogs dont like to pee and shit in the same place or somthing or because maybe she wants more privacy when she shits so she does it where we cant see her? How do we get her to stop?

p.s. We cant take her outside yet because she hasnt had all her vaccines yet

4 Comments
2024/02/12
22:43 UTC

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3.5 month old okay for a walk?

Hi all! I adopted a puppy a few days ago and was wondering if yall think he’s okay to take for a walk. He’s up to date on vaccines apart from rabies which he’ll get in two weeks when he turns 4 months. Of course he’s allowed out in the front and backyard but was wondering if it’s okay to take him for a walk without the rabies vaccine?

7 Comments
2024/02/12
22:50 UTC

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Is it acceptable to throw bagged dog poop in neighborhood trash cans while one walks?

I have two dogs that get walked for about an hour everyday... and they poop a lot on those walks. We ALWAYS pick it up and tie up the bag. We even use scented bags. Yesterday I was walking the dogs and one pooped. I picked it up and threw the bag away in a neighbors trash can (I didn't go behind a gate, it was in the plain open). The wife of the house came running out and yelled that me to stop putting dog poop in their trash can. Then today the husband of the house found my boyfriend on Fb and wrote him a message to stop putting dog poop in their trash can and the trash cans of the WHOLE street because people are getting upset.

Honestly, I don't understand the issue. It is trash going in a trash can that is outside in the open. We could be jerks and just not pick it up.

It is common practice to carry all the poop with you for the whole walk and trash it at home? For me that would be a minimum of 4 bags.

689 Comments
2024/02/13
00:06 UTC

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Poo prints ?

I’m not to sure if this is the right place to be asking but I am getting fined 350 due to my dog “pooping in the middle of the dog park and me not picking up after him” I always pick up after him even if he is sick and it’s super runny. The dog park we go to is located in our apartment complex and I would always see other dogs poop left in the park. The testing was done by a company called poo prints and it said it matched my dog 3 /16 markers that matched my dog. So it’s hard for me to believe that it’s my dog. Is there any way for me to fight this ridiculous fine ?

45 Comments
2024/02/13
00:20 UTC

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Not sure if I reacted the right way after dog attack

My dog was attacked by another dog today while I was walking and I'm not sure I did the right thing.

Context: I was walking my dog in a leash-optional path and another person's dog approached my dog and started attacking it. I held onto the leash and remained calm while they pulled the dog away from her. After they pulled the dog away they didn't really scold it but just said "What the fuck pissfingers?" (I don't remember the dog's name so I'm just calling it pissfingers because of the meme) in a disappointed tone. They apologized, I said it's fine, checked my dog for injuries and moved on.

I reassured my dog and gave her comfort and treats. After a few moments she was wagging her tail at the next dog walking by so I hope she's ok and this doesn't impact her socializing too much (She's a 5 month old puppy and I'm trying to socialize her as much as I can)

I feel like I should have been more stern with them? If their dog is behaving this way it should not have been walking around without a leash. Is there any way to deal with these situations? Fortunately it didn't seem to be a dog breed with a lot of bite force, but I feel if it was a breed like a pit bull my dog would be dead. Now I'm afraid to walk on this path again in case something like this happens again.

Also should I take my dog to see the vet because of this? I did a thorough scan of her body and didn't see any wounds or anything.

Aside from my previous two questions in this post I guess my main question is should I have handled this situation differently? What would you have done? I apologize if the prose of my post is a little uncoherent, I'm still a little shaken up about this.

29 Comments
2024/02/12
22:57 UTC

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Spoiled my dog with chicken broth??

Hi there, hope you all are doing well. To keep this short and sweet -

I have a half pitbull half lab mix she's about 7 her name is Finley, she is actually my husband's dog but when I moved in he already had her. And he normally would just give her dry food and call it a day. Which is completely fine but I wanted to kind of spoil her a little bit so I started putting chicken broth (low sodium) on her food maybe just like three tablespoons just enough to wet the food. I just wanted her to be able to eat good like us lol.

But I think I accidentally spoiled her and she won't eat dry food unless I put the broth on there. I've tried tricking her with just water inside of a broth container but she doesn't fall for that. I will make her a bowl of food and she will just sit there and whine and stare at me until I put broth on it.

Should I not cave in and just let the bowl of dry food sit there and if she's hungry she'll eat it? I don't want my dog to resent me over chicken broth lol but I also feel like she won't go back to just dry food because now she's used to a whole new flavor palette

I know this is probably stupid and I've never been in this group before so I'm sorry if I am a terrible person for giving her broth, I just love her so much and I know I would hate to eat the same dry stuff all day long so I was just trying to be nice to her lol she's my baby.

Anyways please don't shame me for being a terrible dog owner- thanks :)

28 Comments
2024/02/12
23:54 UTC

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Rescue

I recently adopted a dog. He is about 11/2 to 2 best I can figure. He is a good dog. Friendly sweet loves to cuddle. One big problem is he is a chewer. I give him soap bones. Chew bones toys. And he loves all of them but then there are the plants he has eaten which I think I finally stopped him from that. Now on the plastic cups I start seeds in. My socks and other assorted stuff.

Any help here to stop this would be greatly appreciated

5 Comments
2024/02/13
00:27 UTC

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How to stop my dog from barking to much

So I have a 1 year old pit bull who seems to have a problem being in his cage when I am home. I had him since he was about 4 months old and every time I’m at work he’s goes in his crate. However, if I am home and I put him in his crate, he starts to bark nonstop. He can literally bark for hours. For example, when we have guest over for big holidays or events, I put him in his crate but he will bark for hours nonstop because he knows I’m home.

How can I get him to be in his crate without barking so much when I am home?

I also give him treats when it’s crate time but it still seems to not be enough. I put in a comfy bed and toys to help alleviate the alone time as well. At this point I’m out of ideas and want to find something that works.

26 Comments
2024/02/13
00:07 UTC

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Sable vs Saddle(back)

As the title says, I basically just want a better understanding of the difference(s) between Sable and Saddle(back) markings/coats. If a visual representation could be included that would be helpful! I am just confused greatly as I cannot find much information.

10 Comments
2024/02/13
00:12 UTC

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Advice for a thick haired husky mix

Hello! I adopted a husky mix (not sure what the other breeds he may have, kind of thinking Rottweiler at the moment) from a shelter a couple months ago— I keep daydreaming about all the adventures I want to go on with him, but the fear of him overheating or other issues occurring freak me out bad! I could use some tips to help keep him comfortable in places like the beach, trails, etc. to keep my mind at ease and my boy happy and safe. Any other risks/advice that I need to be aware of with thick-haired or husky dogs would also be appreciated!

4 Comments
2024/02/12
23:14 UTC

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Blue Buffalo grillers?

I don’t know if this is the right sub for this or not but I am getting desperate.

We recently got a mini goldendoodle we was doing a fantastic job with potty training! We were up to 30 days without an accident.

Then we bought blue buffalo steak grillers to start training tricks (sit, lay, paw, etc) and he has been having accidents again. He however LOVES the grillers and would gladly bathe in them if we let him!

I’m not sure if there’s a correlation and wanted to see if anyone has had any similar experience.

Thanks!

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2024/02/12
23:30 UTC

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First Time Dog Owner

I just adopted a 8 week old black mouthed cur, unfortunately the adoption papers said he was a treeing teneneesee brindle, but he doesn't even have a brindle coat, and the cur is the closest breed that looks like him. Problem is, I was reading up about that breed and they are very energetic and loves to exercise, but I work night shifts while living in an apartment, I just wanted some advice on how to properly take care of him while I save up for a yard for him. I definitely want to do all I can to make sure he isn't neglected.

6 Comments
2024/02/12
21:00 UTC

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Doggie Groans

I've dog sat for a couple dogs that seem to groan when they're sleeping/changing positions in their sleep. I can't figure it out because my lab doesn't do this. One was too young to be in any kind of arthritic pain, and the other I'm sitting for now...I'm not sure but he doesn't exhibit any types of pain as he's a pretty springy dog. Since I'm dog sitting I'm taking them out probably more often than usual to keep them happy while their owners are gone, so they can't be that bored. Are they just being drama queens? Do your dogs groan when they're napping or change positions?

18 Comments
2024/02/12
21:05 UTC

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Breed Advice

**Introduction**

  1. Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?Yes. I have little experience, but my sister would help me.
  2. Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a [reputable breeder]( http://ownresponsibly.blogspot.com/2011/07/identifying-reputable-breeder.html)?I’d like to go through a breeder
  3. Describe your ideal dog.Small dog that likes to cuddle, doesn’t bark a ton, doesn’t shed too much. I want a dog that will follow me around and want to sit on my lap or near me. I’ve spent a lot of time with a king charles spaniel and I love its personality, but the shedding is too much and it barked a ton. I liked that he never bites. I want to be able to take it for walks but him/her to need too much exercise, or at least be able to exercise in the house if its raining (I do like to play with dogs, throw little toys, wrestle, etc).
  4. What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?Someone told me to look into Havanese, based on the last question. I was curious what you all thought.
  5. What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?Sit, lay, give me paw, come, not beg at the table (I guess that just comes from not feeding them there), drop things (“drop it” or something, like if they pickup something dangerous). I need to read more to see what I’d like, but, basic stuff like that.
  6. Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?No. I’d like the dog to come with me to work and hang out in my office.**Care Commitments**
  7. How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?Interacting a bunch, but training/playing probably 15min (more at the start). I played with my friends dog for way longer but I imagine if the dog was there every day I’d do less, ya know? I tend to stop or moderate when I hear them panting really hard, I don’t know if they know when to stop.
  8. How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?I walk myself each morning, so I’d just take the dog on a longer walk when I walk. Then when I went home I could walk again and then again before bed. That’s what I picture anyways. I have a yard and a quite street, but no dog park.
  9. How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?I’d be okay with brushing. I’d probably use a groomer though.**Personal Preferences**
  10. What size dog are you looking for?Small. About the size of a king charles cavalier
  11. How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?Not big on those.
  12. How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?I have a yard that is fenced in, so I can do that if the dog likes it.**Dog Personality and Behavior**
  13. Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?Snuggly.
  14. Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?Eager-to-please
  15. How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?Friendly. I’d like the dog to not jump on people (if they don’t want) but okay with it jumping on me
  16. Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?I mean it would be a small dog so I could just pick it up, but I’d prefer to teach it to ignore other dogs.
  17. Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?I just don’t want a really vocal dog that makes a high pitched bark at anything and everything. I’m okay if they bark sometimes.**Lifestyle**
  18. How often and how long will the dog be left alone?Most days would take it to work, but on occasion I might need to leave him or her at home and that might be 10 hours or something. I’d probably need a dog walker then, no?
  19. What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?I live alone.
  20. Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets?What breed or type of animal are they?No
  21. Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?No
  22. Do you rent or plan to rent in the future?If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?No
  23. What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?USA. I think just pitbulls are banned in my area.
  24. What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?Summer: HOT! 85FWinter: Mid 70s **Additional Information and Questions**
  25. Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.I think I pretty much covered everything. I’m new to this, but my sister is a dog expert (but she doesn’t live locally). I do have some issues of having no local family that can help, it’s just me at home, so I may need to get a dog walker or a breed that can stay at home longer. My friends cavalier would stay home for 8-10 hours and hated it, so those cases would be rare as my basis for getting a dog is my office is fine for dogs too. I don’t see my situation changing either.
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2024/02/12
19:01 UTC

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Household with cats, Special Needs child, and weekly gatherings. What breed is best for us?(No labs or Goldens)

TL;DR: Whats a breed that can do well around cats and special needs kids. No labs, doodles, or goldens. moderate temp overall, No excessive barkers. 10- 40 lbs.

Hello! My girlfriend and I are getting a place in September of this year and we absolutely will be getting a puppy soon after. Having a dog of my own has been a life long dream of mine and i cant wait! But i know research and preparing is important so that's why im here. What breed do you think is best for us?

Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?

Yes this will be our first dog. We both lived in the house with dogs as children but this will be the first dog that is 100% our responsibility.

Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a [reputable breeder]( http://ownresponsibly.blogspot.com/2011/07/identifying-reputable-breeder.html)? Reputable Breeder.

Describe your ideal dog.

A spunky love bug FULL of personality that can due well in a house with cats, special needs children, and frequent family gatherings. I’d like a dog that is happy to be social (playdates, gatherings, errand runs) but has a “off” button too. Sometimes we like lazy days where we just curl up and enjoy our household. Would like the dog to be content during these times.

What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?

Cavalier King Charles and Cocker spaniels have caught my eye. I Love the size and look of them. But is it true they have a ton of health issues? I don't mind paying for doc visits and meds and stuff but i dont want a dog thats just doomed to suffering/bad health if that makes sense. Even though we do have a autistic child at home I do not want a lab or golden retriever. Theyre just a little too big for me. I also dont want a doodle not hate just seems like everyone has one.

What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?

Basic Obedience is a must. A few party tricks would be cool but nothing too crazy.

Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?

No.

**Care Commitments**

How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?

I consider training on going but would like to have a dedicated time to just that daily maybe 20 mins or so? As far as interaction goes im hybrid remote so interaction will be frequent. I also want to take the dog to run errands with me frequently

How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?

About an hour a day. Im thinking two 30 min walks a day. Lots of back yard play. Dog parks could be utilized multiple times a week and i would even utilize dog daycare if needed.

How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?

I’m willing to do daily brushing if needed. I would like to learn how to groom but anything im not comfortable with i have no problem paying for.

**Personal Preferences**

What size dog are you looking for?

Smedium? I dont want toy sized so perhaps 10-40 lbs?

How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?

I can handle shedding and a lil slobber. I wouldnt want excessive barking. Occasional or alert barking is fine but i dont think we would do well with like non stop no reason barking. We have an autistic kid and cats, i think that would make them anxious.

How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?*

Not important

**Dog Personality and Behavior**

Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?

Snuggly!

Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?

Eager to please.

How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?

A few warning barks to alert us would be fine, but im not looking for an aggressor. We love having friends and family with kids over so the more pleasant the better.

Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?

I would like to avoid it as much as possible

Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?

Excessive barking. Warning barks are fine and i know all dogs bark occasionally. But the behavior of barking constantly for minutes or hours would be a no no. Because of my autistic brother i think it would trigger his sensory issues.

**Lifestyle**

How often and how long will the dog be left alone?

Im hybrid remote rn so im home a lot as well as me and my girl are going to try to adjust our schedules so someones always home. As of rn I would say no more than 4 ½ hours? While we’re in the puppy stage we’re willing to utilize pet sitters and things to see us through.

What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?

My girlfriends only preference is that the dog is cat friendly. She’s had her cats for years and because they were here first its only fair that i try to find a puppy that will be able to co exist with them. Her involvement of care will be maybe a 70/30 type? She loves dogs and the dog will no doubt help and be present/attached. But im still primary caretaker, ill be resposiblle for training and extensive stuff. She would probably just help when needed like a daycare drop off or letting it out to pee or walk+ affection.

Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?

We have two female cats.

Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?

Yes. I have two siblings under the age 10. One is on the spectrum with sensory issues. Although im their sister im more of a maternal figure and have them very often, like 50% of the time. So much so they will have their own room in my house.

Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?

No pitbulls, 60 lbs weight limit.

What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?

No banned breeds.

What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?

75f in summers 45f in the winters.

*Additional Information and Questions**

40 Comments
2024/02/12
17:59 UTC

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Puppy shark

Our 12 week old lab pup, Aiko, is part shark. He bites everything. I realize that this might just be a stage to get through, but wanted any advice on what worked for you to mitigate the biting. We've done redirect with a toy, yelping, walking away, water spray in the face, stern "no", praising him when he is biting his toy. He has play time with older dogs, but he isn't vaccinated for rabies yet, so no puppy groups. He is going to be a big boy, and I want a well behaved dog. We had a lab puppy before, but I remember nothing of it as I also had a 1 year old. :) Thank you.

20 Comments
2024/02/12
15:26 UTC

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Good wet dog food brands?

We feed my dog IAMS healthy digestive kibble but my dog doesn’t it enough imo. He’ll eat more when it’s wet food but the wet version of IAMS gives him the runs. Any recommendations on brands?

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2024/02/12
17:42 UTC

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Dog keeps pooping in the house

Hello Reddit! Sorry for formatting I’m on mobile.

Context: I bought my puppy nearly a year ago, she’s a f1b Goldendoodle and she’s a great dog. I lived with my parents for the bulk of the time I’ve owned her and my dad worked from home so she got used to being able to go out whenever she wanted, very little accidents while there, mostly when my dad didn’t take her out because he was busy. Now I live on my own and I do not work from home. My dog poops by the back door (where I take her out) nearly every time I leave the house. I have tried a bunch of stuff. I tried giving her treats when she went to the bathroom outside, getting her to poop before I leave for work (sometimes I would come home to no poop but not consistently) taking her out before I leave, scolding her when I came home (suggestion from my parents and I was desperate and tired of picking up poop after I got home so I sadly tried it) none of that has worked consistently. The problem is I just left for an hour to go on a grocery trip and she pooped, I took her out before hand and everything and no poop but when I leave she poops. I’m sorry I’m rambling but I’m just at a loss for what to do. Also in case this is important my dad came by to visit her in the morning one day when I was at work and she said she had already pooped and it was only like 2 hours after I left.

Please help me idk what to do. I hate scolding her and I need other options.

20 Comments
2024/02/12
16:44 UTC

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training a 2-year-old dog

A family friend is facing a hard time and asked us to take care of his dog. He's a two, small-sized mixed breed, he loves my family and even our senior dog. He behaves well in general. Problem is he's an absolute menace with strangers and other dogs too. He starts barking as soon as he hears someone approaching our house and he will try to bite their ankles. Scolding him doesn't really work... obviously. Taking him for a walk is quite a mission but at the same time we don't want to keep him inside all day long... any suggestion on how to train him? I reckon it's quite hard since he's not a puppy anymore 🥲

4 Comments
2024/02/12
16:55 UTC

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Cleaning Parvo (shedding stage) from 2 years ago

Hi everyone,

I am on the verge of bringing home a pup I adopted over the weekend but the pickup is delayed due to my situation. 2 years ago (technically 1 year & 11 months) I adopted a pup that was shedding Parvovirus (so no longer sick) and we could not take him outside for a few weeks because of this. He stayed at my place for about the first 1-2 weeks after adoption.

I have spoken with the shelter about it but getting confusing advice so thought I would see if anyone here could give me some input as well!

I was given some Vikron solution to clean and I have gotten most of the floor surfaces using a spray bottle but the carpets are obviously tough. From what I remember, my previous dog picked up the poop pads pretty quick but I'm sure there were a few poops on the carpets in my office and bedroom, they were definitely all solid. Do I need to clean with Vikron anywhere else? Should I be more worried about the carpets from what happened over 2 years ago?

The dog is no longer in my life so any contact between them is not an issue. Thanks in advance for any help here!

1 Comment
2024/02/12
16:59 UTC

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Megathread: Pet Insurance

Which pet insurance is best for you? Are there any that may cover your dog's current treatment? Did your dog get injured during the waiting period and want to know if you're covered?

Here's the place to ask.

Do know we cannot help you here with medical concerns, and lying or not disclosing things to the insurance company is illegal so we don't allow that either.

22 Comments
2024/02/12
17:15 UTC

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Gluten free dog food?

Recently took in a dog and my roommate has Celiac's disease, so we are looking to putting the pup on a GF dog food so he can feed her without having to wear gloves. We don't want to just buy the first thing we see that might have bad ingredients. If anyone has any recommendations for good quality GF dog foods that hopefully don't break the bank, we'd really appreciate it.

33 Comments
2024/02/12
17:05 UTC

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[Breeds]

Introduction

  1. Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?
  • No, my family adopted 2 rescue puppies when I was 13 & 14. Both were 3 months old at adoption. All in family shared responsibility but the majority of the tricks/training was done by me and little sister (clicker & positive reinforcement). One Aussie mix and one pit mix, 20-30lbs and 30-45lbs. Volunteered time in college with a service dog org - a few times a week I would take <1yr old Golden Retriever to/from classes, sports events, elevators, stores etc to socialize him. Reinforced basic commands he had learned.

    1. Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a reputable breeder?
  • No preference. But live in the North East US where rescues have lots of applicants and few dogs. My current apartment has 30lb weight limit and breed restrictions (the standard "dangerous" dogs) though I'm willing to wait til I move if the perfect breed falls outside those categories.

    1. Describe your ideal dog.
  • Sturdy enough to take on hikes, chill enough to be OK with 1-2hrs walk most days. I work from home so I can give a lot of time to a dog, but I worry that could lead to separation anxiety if it's used to me always being around, so one that's not super needy haha. As long as they tolerate lots of petting

    1. What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?
  • Shiba Inu, Schnauzer, or a mix of something similar. Even without apartment requirements I would be going for a dog 40lbs or less. Both seem like they could handle hiking (without the desperate need for it that something like an Aussie would have; I'm not the most in shape so I dont do anything that intense) both are cute, I like the sound of both their different temperaments. Training a Shiba sounds like a challenge & Schnauzer barking are my biggest concerns with them.

    1. What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?
  • Basic commands. Would like to do a better job teaching heel/leash manners than my childhood dogs.

    1. Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?
  • No

Care Commitments

  1. How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?
  • I would love to have a dog just laying at my feet while I work during the day, would take my morning/lunch/evening walks I do now to train/play, so at 1-3hrs of devoted attention a day?

    1. How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?
  • I can take 1-3hrs broken up to walk city streets and/or local trails. Would love to go to the dog park but not factoring that into exercise yet.

    1. How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?
  • willing to do the basic brushing/nail clipping/teeth brushing. If dog had longer fur in need of more professional help, $60/month would be ideal

Personal Preferences

  1. What size dog are you looking for?
  • Under 40lbs, not too small

    1. How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?
  • used to dogs with double coats so that average shed season is OK tho not ideal. Don't love excess barking or slobber.

    1. How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?
  • not very

Dog Personality and Behavior

  1. Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?
  • would love a mix....more in the sense of one who doesn't ask for but appreciates some pets

    1. Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?
  • my fear is a dog gets too attached given I WFH, so probably more independent would be good on that front.

    1. How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?
  • wouldn't mind them alerting me, but in general would prefer quieter dogs

    1. Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?
  • yes (pittie growing up couldn't tolerate other dogs on walks) but would hope to get a jump on socializing and mitigate

    1. Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?
  • really don't like excess jumping/chewing things

Lifestyle

  1. How often and how long will the dog be left alone?
  • not often, max 2hrs most days, but again would want to get it to the place where it could comfortably be left alone for longer

    1. What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?
  • Sister/roommate prefers low shed/noise. No expectations for involvement but she will likely want to walk/run with dog.

    1. Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?
  • No

    1. Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?
  • No

    1. Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?
  • current lease 30lbs or less, typical breed restrictions. Hoping to own home in <2 years.

    1. What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?
  • Not aware of local restrictions. See a lot of bully breeds in the neighborhood.

    1. What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?
  • 60-80F in the summer (though nowadays feels more like 80-90 lol) 10-40 in the winter

Additional Information and Questions

  1. Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.
  • No additional information.

    1. Feel free to ask any questions below.
3 Comments
2024/02/12
16:57 UTC

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Why don't we see Spaniels and Setters anymore

I know certain breeds gain and lose popularity over the years. I am just surprised I don't see Cockers and Setters anymore, at least in my area. Even though they are sporting breeds with more energy than a Frenchie per se, exercise requirements have never deterred people from getting breeds needing a lot of exercise (Doodles, Aussies, German Shorthaired Pointers, Retrievers, German Shepherds, etc.). I see all those breeds on my own neighborhood.

Any theories?

Growing up, I remember lots of cockers, but I'm GenX and Lady & the Tramp was rereleased in theaters back then, as was 101 Dalmatians.

277 Comments
2024/02/12
12:40 UTC

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How to change from normal foods to kibbles

Hi, all, I have a nine months, old, female Rottweiler, so I gave her normal foods now I want to change to kibbles. Could you please share tips and tricks to do this?

2 Comments
2024/02/12
16:24 UTC

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Smallish dog for young family

[Breeds ]Looking for a small-medium dog for a young family

**Introduction**

Active family with well-behaved, conscientious kids aged 5 and 8. No concerns at all about them physically mishandling a dog, but at the same time they are 5 and 8 so they get boisterous and noisy when playing with each other at times, so no breeds that would get anxious about that kind of thing. We want a small or medium dog that is a friendly and loving family pet.

  1. Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?

* No. Plenty of experience over my whole life, including energetic herding breeds and stubborn sight hounds
2) Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a [reputable breeder]( http://ownresponsibly.blogspot.com/2011/07/identifying-reputable-breeder.html)?
* Breeder
3) Describe your ideal dog.
* Small/Medium (10-35lbs / 5-18kg) dog that is cuddly, calm, and great with young kids. Enjoys regular walks but not SUPER high energy, Problems we have run into:

Most medium dogs are too high energy
Most small dogs require too much grooming or are said to be unsuitable for young kids
The most suitable dogs for families are all way bigger than we want. This is something we are not willing to compromise on.

Breeds we like but feel probably aren't suitable for one of the above reasons:
Brittanys (needs too much mental stimulation and exercise)
English Cocker Spaniels (too much grooming and ear cleaning)
Min Pins (love the look, the short hair, but said to be unsuitable for young kids)
Papillon (LOVE papillons but again they're said to be too fragile and unsuitable for young kids)
Whippets (hard to find and the whole thing about constantly needing to wear coats and clothes kind would be annoying)
4) What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?
* I'm really struggling to find one that is perfect for us.
5) What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?
* Basic obedience, games for mental stimulation, etc.
6) Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?
* No
**Care Commitments**
7) How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?
* Working from home so interacting in small bursts on and off all day.
8) How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?
* 1-2 hours. Walks,hikes, playing fetch in the big back yard
9) How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?
* I do not want a dog that requires regular grooming. Problem is that that rules out a TON of breeds in the size we're looking for.
**Personal Preferences**
10) What size dog are you looking for?
* 10-35 lbs. 5-15 kgs. The upper end of that would be better because we have
11) How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?
* Prefer low shedding. Hate slobber. Barking is obviously not great but not a deal-breaker
12) How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?
* Would be nice but not a deal-breaker
**Dog Personality and Behavior**
13) Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?
* Snuggly
14) Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?
* Eager to please
15) How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?
* I would hope to train a place and stay for when someone comes to the door! I don't want a guard dog
16) Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?
* No
17) Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?
* Hard-headedness, lack of handler focus
**Lifestyle**
18) How often and how long will the dog be left alone?
* Few hours here and then when the family goes out to somewhere not dog-friendly.
19) What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?
* Same as mine
20) Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?
* No
21) Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?
* Yes
22) Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?
* No
23) What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?
* Europe. No bans on small/medium breeds
24) What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?
* Mild winters and warm but not scorching summers
**Additional Information and Questions**
25) Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.
* No additional information.
26) Feel free to ask any questions below.

2 Comments
2024/02/12
15:56 UTC

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What breed could she be?

Hello, I got a 6 months old pup that s a rescue and I was wondering what breed(s) could she be coming from? Cheers!

https://imgur.com/a/CqrjniF

5 Comments
2024/02/12
15:40 UTC

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