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

This subreddit is a great starting point for a lot of information, but you should always verify and expand upon what you've read from reputable sources before putting it to use in your daily life. Advice on this forum is not a substitute for advice from a trained and credentialed professional.

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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Before posting in /r/dogs...


Reminders

  • Aim to educate.

  • Discuss and converse to learn and to understand. Don't argue to win.

  • Positive reinforcement isn't just for dogs.

  • Be respectful to one another. Say nothing you wouldn't say to someone coming to you for opinions or advice face-to-face.

  • Dog ownership and culture is different around the world. Be aware of cultural differences when reading and try to be sensitive to those differences in your submissions and responses.

  • /r/dogs is populated by hobbyists but receives a lot of traffic from non-hobbyists. Be aware of the disparity in "common knowledge" between the two groups when reading or posting. Not everyone has the same knowledge, background, or experience.

  • Give some thought to the overall tone of each comment or submission.


Links to other Subreddits

Commonly-referred subreddits:

/r/AskVet

/r/DoggyDNA

/r/DogPictures

/r/DogTraining

/r/puppy101

A total list of related subreddits may be found here, including breed subreddits, dog picture subreddits, and other animal subreddits.

/r/dogs

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ISO the perfect chew toy

Not ok w my dogs chewing and eating plastic and micro plastic fibers every day. Also, the stuffing explosions make my robot vacuum suicidal. What options am I left with? 😆 ropes? Chunks of leather? A 2x4 stud??

Looking for something to chew as well as play tug o war w each other. Lmk if you know of anything!!

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2023/09/27
19:57 UTC

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Dog not licking/interested in surgical site post-neuter and gastropexy

My 2 yo GSD was neutered yesterday with a preventative gastropexy done. The vet said to keep the cone/e-collar on when I am not able to watch him, but I WFH and he hasn’t been very interested in his stitches so have left it off. Is that OK? He wore it all night while I was sleeping, but otherwise, the “leave it” command seems to be working whenever I notice he’s looking down there.

Any advice? Should I just keep it on or is it OK to leave off while I’m supervising? Will he get more interested (seems to be acting pretty normal today)? Obviously I’d put it on when I leave the house.

1 Comment
2023/09/27
20:02 UTC

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Dog Sitting help!

I will be looking after my parents dog for a week later this October. I live with my parents but in a separate flat annexed on to the house with my cat.

What I am worried about is the issue of sleeping, the dog currently sleeps with my parents on their bed in the house. My cat sleeps on my bed with me in the flat. The cat and the dog tolerate each other but wouldn’t be comfortable sharing the bed (therefore no good nights sleep for me!) I don’t want to make the dog sleep on her own but I also don’t want to kick my cat out of her own space so the dog can sleep on the bed with me.

What would be the best option here? The best I’ve thought of is having the dog sleep in a large crate that is near my bed so she isn’t alone and then the cat can still sleep where she likes?

Grateful for any advice!

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2023/09/27
21:24 UTC

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14 month poodle crate rest strategies

Hey, our silly girl broke her ankle somehow. Cast on and vet says 4 weeks crate rest. Can I get some suggestions for filling time and keeping her entertained? Atm we have kong, lick mats, hiding kibble around house, and cardboard collection to tear up but I think we might need some more ideas tbh. Girl already going a bit stir crazy and we are only 3 days in 😆

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2023/09/27
23:48 UTC

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Yorkie potty training help

Im observing the signs that my yorkie does before needed to go potty (sniffing the floor and walking in circles). I quickly take the pup over to her pads and just sits there. She won't go potty. I was patient with her staying there with her in the same spot to giver her time but she doesn't go. So when I let her leave, I strictly watch her and she starts sniffing again and I repeat. When I just let her be the next time, she squats and pees on the non padded area... She is still a young pup(almost 4 months) and I know it takes time and patience, but any pointers/ tips you guys can share to help?

1 Comment
2023/09/27
23:21 UTC

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How to Care for 4-Week-Old Puppy

So, here's the circumstance. I was waiting for my puppy to be weaned, his mom is a rescue and her owner was my old manager. But my manager's neighbor's dog died of Parvo, and instead of cremating their dog, they dug a grave in their backyard.

My manager, upon finding this out immediately started to disinfect her shoes and change her clothes, then took her dogs and the puppies to a vet to make sure they didn't catch it, and make sure they were healthy (they were all alright). The vet had told her the best course of action was to send the puppies to their forever homes early to get them as far away as possible from the contaminated area for the sake of their lives.

So instead of waiting another four weeks or so to get him, I now have him here. I've bought puppy formula and the stage 2 wet puppy food. My manager even gave me a blanket that has his mama's scent on it and he's currently sleeping with it in his bed.

But I feel very under-prepared for this undertaking. I've always had dogs, but I haven't had a puppy since I was a kid, and definitely not a puppy this young. I currently go to school and work part time. Though he'll never be left home alone as my mom is always home and she said she'd help where she could.

But I have no idea how often he's suppose to eat, how often he needs to go potty (he did go potty the moment I took him outside before bed), or anything I feel like I should know, especially for an un-weaned puppy.

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2023/09/27
17:09 UTC

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Can’t walk my 3yr old Rottie mix 7 days a week due to Illness, any suggestions?

Not sure of what flair to use , sorry im new to the sub. I’ve had my pup since she was 2 months old, she’s very well tempered, is super relaxed & doesn’t make a peep until the dreaded mail man comes.

My fear is that I’m not doing enough for her , I do daily enrichment puzzles, & walk her at least 5 days a week for 45 min at a time. I know a lot of people don’t think that is enough but I am trying my best, I am disabled and she is my emotional support dog. Im doing what I can to keep her busy and entertain her, but do you guys have any more suggestions when it comes to keeping her occupied? Thank you in advance!

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2023/09/27
20:52 UTC

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Out of curiosity - reputable breeder or not?

https://www.greengableskennel.com/

We brought home our chocolate lab from this breeder. He's one now and a wonderful dog. The owners were great and walked us through every step of the way, including weekly photos and updates, vet updates, personality tests, etc. We want to go to them again, but after seeing so many posts of breeders who turned out to be unethical, we want to be sure we're supporting the right places.

Thank you!

14 Comments
2023/09/27
20:21 UTC

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Struggling with new dog

My partner and I got a new dog a little over 3 months ago. Neither of us have owned a dog before (But both of our families had a dog when we were kids). We adopted a 2 year old pitbull mix. She's sweet as can be but we cannot figure her out. She does not seem high energy physically but she seems to require mental stimulation constantly. We have tried mental puzzles (snuffle mats, food tied in towels, kongs, frozen lick mats) but it only appeases her for a short while. As far as physically trying to wear her out...It does not matter if we take a two hour walk and play in the back yard, it barely lasts before she's whining again. But when she whines she doesn't even necessarily want to play. It's like she can't figure out what she wants, besides attention... all the time. Sometimes she seems restless. She will ask to go out to the backyard and then come in 5 minutes later....then ask to go out again. She generally is a super well trained but has acted out at very strange times. One time she went through the garbage even though she never has before. The other day she peed in the guest bed even though she's never even peed in our house before. She does so well with training but I feel lost and can't figure out what to be consistent at. Should we just ignore her all the time so she learns to settle? I feel like I'm failing. Does she just not like us? Were we just super unprepared for dogs needing constant attention?

More info: my partner only works 3 days a week. So 4 days a week she hangs out with someone all day. The other 3 days she is in her crate while we work for 7 hours. Does super well. I don't go in for work until 11 so she usually gets a good walk and play and food puzzles all before she is crated.

I love hanging out with her. But I would appreciate some more down time where she can settle too. Any advice welcome.

16 Comments
2023/09/27
19:12 UTC

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Your Puppy Advice to me, new puppy possessor.

Hello everyone,

In August, we euthanized our 13 year female dog. She had DCM and hemangiosarcoma. My previous dog had the same cancer 12 years ago, so we knew what we were in for, and it happened fast.

That leaves behind 3 cats (2 young, one 16) and our 12 year male dog, who was completely co-dependent on his sister.

He has a bunch of his own health problems, which have noticeably worsened since she's been gone. He has mysterious neuro issues that affect his back legs, steadiness and causes head bobbing. There is something not quite right with jis eyes, and his hearing is bad. He had an MRI, with no conclusive results. Vets don't think any of these things really bother him much, and they don't think he's in any pain. Other than being 12.

We took him to the vet last week to get a check up to make sure he's in good shape and make any changes before the puppy gets here. We started him on arthritis meds. He is an anxious dog to start with and his sister being gone has made it worse. I know the whole alpha thing is debunked, but she was leader, he the follower and he's a little lost. We are considering anti-anxiety meds.

We decided on a puppy for a couple reasons, mostly because with him being rickety, old, and not is great shape himself, a puppy is less of a threat than an adult, we have cats in the house, and a puppy is easier to cat proof, and I've never had a puppy in my entire life and would like to experience it.

The puppy will come home mid-October. It will be female. And she will be eight weeks old.

What are your suggestions for a new puppy owner in my situation? Specifically with the older dog? How would you do introductions? What did you wish you had, or did, or did differently?

We are going to Crate Train and do puppy classes. My puppy will not be spayed until about 2 years of age contractually. That adds in a new aspect I have never dealt with.

We did not allow toys in our house, as the dog who died was a bully and it caused nothing but problems. Since my boy is alone, I got him some toys and he began resource guarding with the cats almost immediately. The cats were not interested in toys at all, but he did not like them even near them. He did silent lip raises and then snaps. We removed the toys.

Any suggestions with that? The puppy will need an outlet.

TL;DR: Bringing in a new puppy to a household with an existing, elderly dog who is grieving. Plus 3 cats, one of which is very old. Never had had a puppy before. Need advice on introductions, having toys in the house and just in general baby dog things.

I tried to answer everything I could think someone would ask in the long rambly part. I like hearing about people's personal experiences, I like to hear about what other people have experienced and done.

Any advice on things I should be doing now, to prepare my existing dog?

[Pet tax] (https://imgur.com/a/8IL6yxd) The brindle is Flynn who has died, and our remaining dog is the black one, Murphy.

11 Comments
2023/09/27
19:03 UTC

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Is it normal?

Does anyone’s dog like to just flop down and lay down on grass while on walks. I know it sounds silly but none of my past dogs have done this. My dog will stop sniff and just flop down on the grass in the same 2 spots and the spots are sunny when he does this, he doesn’t lay down like normally it almost seems more of a drop which is why I say flop. Is this normal?

1 Comment
2023/09/27
19:07 UTC

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Where did you get your dog bed?

I'm currently on the market for a nice bed for my Toy Poodle and I'm not too sure where to buy from. There are a lot of different sites (I'm in the UK) but they are much of a muchness to me. Does anyone have a brand they'd recommend?

12 Comments
2023/09/27
19:40 UTC

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I have a hunch about dog breath.

Something I have noticed. 1.5 year old Labrador. When my dog gets regular exercise, no bad breath. If she doesn’t, bad breath. Is there a known correlation?

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2023/09/27
02:21 UTC

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Our friends Chihuahua mix was found today! 39 days missing

Hi I’m just so excited so I’m here to share this wonderful news with Reddit. The poor lil guy got scared and ran away last month and we’ve been putting up signs and searching ever since. Just took him to the vet and they said he’s in good shape!

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2023/09/27
02:58 UTC

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Desperately want my dog to sleep in my bed

My dog will lay in bed until I’m ready to shut the lamp off and go to bed. Then he gets up and leaves. Every night. WHY.

I had a friend watch him for a week and he slept in the bed with her 😭.

Seeking someone to console me or tell me it’s because he wants to protect the house…

Does anyone else experience this! Lol!

6 Comments
2023/09/27
03:29 UTC

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Help! Dog keeps peeing on bed

I have a 6mo Doberman mix who's fully potty trained, aside from one very frustrating factor. She keeps peeing on our beds, usually around nighttime when she gets very active, we've seen her pee outside no problem. But sometimes she would simply jump up on our bed, pee, and run off? We've been using anti-mark spray and it only works so well until the spray scent wears off, what else can I do to remedy this?

2 Comments
2023/09/27
03:46 UTC

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Where in your bed does your dog sleep

And do they go on blankets or pillows?

Mine makes sure she is touching every blanket on the bed. But sweatshirt >blankets

11 Comments
2023/09/27
04:12 UTC

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Can dogs herd horses?

I've seen dogs herding cattle, sheep, goats - even ducks. But can you use dogs to herd horses?

10 Comments
2023/09/27
04:36 UTC

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How do you/can you train 'keep away' out of your dog?

I have a puppy/young dog, milo, who loves to play keep away. As in, when he has something he knows he's not supposed to have...he will bolt with it and attempt to devour it completely before we can get whatever item from him. The problem items for him used to be socks. He's gotten better about them since we've gotten better at picking them up.

Today he got a baby rabbit while he was outside in the yard...and keep away ensued. Per usual, he ate it before we could get it from him.

I know dogs will be dogs...but how do we reinforce the 'drop it' command so he listens...I appreciate any advice or tips.

7 Comments
2023/09/27
16:45 UTC

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Sighthound and parrot?

Hi there! I currently have a 7 month old standard poodle puppy, I want my next breed to be a different breed, I'd love to do showing and sporting. I love Salukis, silken windhounds, and similar breeds. I have a parrot, who can live for possibly 20 more years. My Poodle does amazing with her, she ignores her all day, they will sometimes play through the cage but never have any contact. I'm wondering if anyone owns a sighthound and also a bird or other small pet? Would I have to constantly separate them by rooms? Or would it be trainable to not see my parrot as prey? Any input would be amazing!

7 Comments
2023/09/27
16:46 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.

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2023/09/27
16:15 UTC

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Megathread: Why Does My Dog Do That?

Does your dog turn his head when he hears an odd noise? Does your dog bury their food with your pants? This is the thread to ask why.

Please keep this thread to non-medical issues only.

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2023/09/27
16:01 UTC

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Questions about a German Wirehaired Pointer mix

Hi! I recently adopted a pup who is now 6 months old. She came from a rescue and was told her parents were a GWP and a golden retriever. I haven’t found much online for this mix and have just been researching both breeds separately. If anyone has a similar dog or can offer any advice about GWPs, that would be great!

The specific questions I have:

  1. She STINKS! Her coat is very short and sleek, similar to a lab but with less shedding. She’s perfectly healthy. I brush her and give her baths but she just reeks of a strong odor. Any advice for how to better take care of her coat?

  2. I want to get her used to water while she’s young, probably a local stream or lake. It’s fall where I live now, temps between 60-75 F. What temps are too cold for a swim, and if you have any water intro tips let me know!

  3. She is so energetic and I’m trying to keep up with her exercise needs. We throw the ball in the yard, she goes to the dog park, and I walk her occasionally. I would love to have her join me for runs but being she’s only a puppy I know I have to wait a while before I can do that. Is there any other type of exercise or stimulation I can provide for her?

I think that’s all for now but any advice on the breed(s) or puppies in general is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

4 Comments
2023/09/27
15:58 UTC

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Any good books on training to recommend first-time owners?

My boyfriend and I are considering getting our first dog. We both grew up with dogs, but this will be the first of our own.

I want to read up on training techniques etc. before we start actually looking so I'm prepared before he or she comes along. Are there any ones that are particularly good that you would recommend? Anything else I should watch/listen to? (We will be enrolling him/her in puppy classes.)

Thanks!

22 Comments
2023/09/27
13:23 UTC

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Dog Beds

I have an 8mo Great dane/ lab mix. She has ripped up 4 dog beds. I'm looking for a good dog bed, or a solution to keep her from tearing up her beds. We've put things that smell like us in with her, sprayed no chew spray, and gotten her various toys to distract her at night. Any advice is welcome.

10 Comments
2023/09/27
13:47 UTC

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Canopy/tent for dog bed

I want to put a covering over my dog's bed so he has a little den to chill in. I was looking at children's play tents but couldn't find anything that has the right dimensions. I was wondering if anyone here put something like that together themselves or has another idea that might work. The bed is 42x32in

4 Comments
2023/09/27
14:59 UTC

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Megathread: Aging, Illness, and Euthanasia Support Group

This thread is where to get emotional support with all things related to death and illness with your dog. This is also a thread where you can seek assistance with deciding whether it is indeed time.

This is not a thread to seek anecdotes with medical care. All rules involving medical questions and anecdotes remains the same for this thread.

If your dog has passed, you can still post here for emotional support or you can create your own thread tagged with one of the RIP flairs. Be sure to review the rules of our flair guide. It is up to you how you choose to grieve.

3 Comments
2023/09/27
15:01 UTC

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Philosophical Question

My dog really knows her name. She also knows the names of all her toys. I can have her fetch one and correct her if she brings the wrong one, like, "Go get your bone, that's not your bone, that's your ball, get your bone!" But this post is really about how tuned into hearing her name she is. Which has led me to a philosophical question. Does my dog know she is a named sentient being or is her name merely a trigger for her to expect attention? Do dogs know they are named individuals or is their whole understanding of language simply triggers? What do you think?

19 Comments
2023/09/27
14:17 UTC

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Help with possibly breed ID https://imgur.com/a/s6DH3r9

https://imgur.com/a/s6DH3r9

Adopting this sweet pup tomorrow and was wondering what breed mixes she could possibly be so I know what size to estimate her being as an adult since the pound is classifying her as a puppy currently

3 Comments
2023/09/27
13:08 UTC

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Enzyme cleaner for wood floor?

The couple of enzyme sprays I've tried have left a film on my floors that then has to be thouroughly mopped to be removed. Are you aware of a cleaner specifically meant for wood floors that leaves them feeling smooth and clean afterwards?

3 Comments
2023/09/27
06:00 UTC

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