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Can a dog tell when their owner is unhappy?

If you've read my previous questions, or viewed my profile (Newly updated!), you may already be aware that I have a dog. I've been noticing that my dog is starting to seem like he knows when something ...
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My dog won't use his new dog door to enter the house without permission

We recently got a new dog door to replace our two existing dog doors with a stronger flap than our old dog door, and mounted a little higher. We had to teach our two dogs how to use it, alongside a ...
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Does anyone know what this is?

My female dog has a small lump on her inner thigh and I don't know what it is. She responds with yelping and squirming when I touch it, and it has recently developed a black tip on it. It is slightly ...
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Why does my 3 months old dog rub his butt on the floor?

My 3 months old dog sometimes rubs his butt on the floor, but he's not dirty or anything like that, He's just like 'walking' on his butt for some seconds and then continues to play.
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Why does my dog sniff around my room when she thinks I'm not there?

I have bunk beds and usually sleep or chill on the top bunk. My Carolina dog, Lexi, will sometimes come in and start sniffing around my room, especially under and around my bed, when I'm on the top ...
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I don't know if my dog is trying to kill my kitten or groom it

I have four dogs and just got a kitten. Three of my dogs just kind of ignore her, but my three-year-old dachshund won't leave her alone. He pins her down and pushes her around with his nose. He licks ...
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How to stop unpredictable aggressive behaviour in a rescued dog?

Monte is a mixed breed rescue dog and the vet estimates that he is about a year old. Monte lives on a farm with my sister and another mixed breed rescue dog: Gina a bitch that is 6 years old. History: ...
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My dog won't go on walks without my partner

My dog will not go on walks without my partner. She will stop as we get down the street, put her tail between her legs, face back towards the house and will not move till we go back home. She has ...
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How long after eating blue cheese would it take a dog show symptoms

I read that it can be harmful for a dog to eat blue cheese, and that doing so can result in various symptoms if it affects the dog. vomiting diarrhoea convulsions fever If a dog is going to ...
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What types of spaying/neutering are possible?

I saw a sentence in a deleted answer, and it started me to think: In Europe they don’t spay and neuter. They tie tubes and do vasectomies on pets. For me each kind of "surgery" to avoid ...
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Advice for adopting a retired breeder dog

We have never had a dog in our family. One of the breeders of Australian labradoodles is trying to find a home for a 5 year old female. The fact that it’s a more mature dog and it is already house ...
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How to train my dog to sit somewhere for a long time?

My dog is now about 8 months old, so technically still a puppy. I am trying to teach him to sit somewhere and stay there for a long time, for 20 min or more. Is that even possible? And if yes, what ...
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Did neutering stunt my dog's growth?

When I took my dog to the vet for the first time, the vet said he would grow between 80 and 100 pounds, then recommended he be neutered to prevent him from mating if he ever escaped. I do not believe ...
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Active rat traps in my backyard, is this safe for my dog?

My dog is a 3-year-old Gerbian Shepsky (in lesser terms, he's the result of a crossbreed between a german shepard and a husky). Our house has had roof rat problems for about 2 or 3 years now (the way ...
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Dogs paw red with scar, maybe washed too much?

I observed things like the wound in the picture on my dog's paw. I take them out to the garden 2-3 times a day and every time I come, I wash their paws and dry them with a towel. does anyone know what ...
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My dog has been bitten by a snake (adder) twice; is it now "vaccinated"?

So, the rover has been bitten twice and I wonder if it is now "vaccinated" and if future hypothetical snake bites will be less severe? It is a large Golden Retriever and it was bitten by a ...
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Growth rate of Caucasian Shepherd Dogs

Starting from this question I have another one: what is the growth rate of Caucasian Shepherd Dogs? I think I am interested in the following details, as a minimum: Size / weight at birth (mostly for ...
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What does it mean that "training a Caucasian Shepherd Dog can be difficult"?

Foreword: I have no strong decision about a purchase. Not even a weak decision. Just a strong wish - at this moment. I have this idea in my mind for several months, to get a dog. And according to my ...
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Why my 7-year-old dog barks when I leave home while when my parents leave he doesn’t bark? [closed]

I own a 7-year-old Jack Russell and since he was a puppy he started to bark every time I was leaving; it may seem like “usual” behaviour but it gets strange because when my parents or my sister also ...
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How can I keep my dog's focus and calm when he see other dogs during our walks?

What my dog likes the most is a ball he has and I usually just pick up the ball to play and he completely focuses on it. He is a crossbreed with a Portuguese breed (Podengo) that from what I searched ...
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Hosting Thanksgiving with a puppy

We have a new puppy. He’s 4 months old and majorly in the teething phase. We always host thanksgiving dinner and will do so again this year. About 15 people will come. Our puppy spends time in his ...
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What is the difference between an "odor-free" bully stick vs a "regular" bully stick?

We like to give our dog a bully stick to keep him occupied. One of the benefits of bully sticks is that they are a single ingredient and easily digestible for dogs. If you've ever been around a bully ...
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Is my dog interested in my new kitten?

I got a kitten 2 days ago, and the first meeting between my dog and kitten was... all right; my dog was very caution and curious, which is understandable as she has never had a cat in the house, but ...
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Is there a particular reason why a dog won't eat it's food until their owner is present/at home? [duplicate]

My 7 year old dog has recently started grazing rather than eating all his dry food all at once. That isn't too surprising, but I noticed that he won't eat or touch his food unless someone is home. We ...
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For kennel cough, how soon after symptoms disappear is it safe to be around other dogs?

I'm pretty sure my dog has kennel cough—she's had a hacking cough for a couple days and her daycare said it's been going around. We're isolating her from other dogs, but we also have a trip coming up ...
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Is it possible to remove 'cystitis sand' from bladder via bladder instillation? [closed]

I have a pomeranian male dog. Four days ago, he was diagnosed with cystitis (struvite crystals) and a bladder concrement. During these 4 days he has experienced 3 procedures of urinary catheterization....
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What are the impacts of "false alarm" clicks during Clicker training?

We are planning to clicker-train an incoming puppy. My wife and I will be as precise as possible with the clicker, but we have a kindergartner who probably will not be as precise. We could disallow ...
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What health conditions and symptoms should I look out for in a newly adopted puppy?

We are in the early process of adopting a 3-4 month old puppy from a rescue organization. The dog will see a vet who will hopefully do a point-in-time test for known conditions, but some conditions ...
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Does "hopping" on one leg when running or walking fast indicate a medical problem?

I have a 9lb toy poodle and he is just the cutest. He loves walks, but when I take him he appears to almost skip a step and "hop" on one hind leg. I wonder if this has any negative effects ...
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How do I get my dog to engage with hard chews?

I have a German Shepherd, approximately 4 years old. He's a pound puppy, so his background is a mystery. He is overall a skittish, slightly nervous creature. Very sweet but also very spooked. When I ...
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How to keep my dog from rolling in dirt?

I have an english bulldog and she loves finding dirt patches on my property and rolling around. Not a big deal. I don't mind her getting dirty and having fun. The issue though is that it often leads ...
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How can I travel with a large French bulldog, given airline cabin restrictions?

Brachycephalic breeds, or short-nose dogs, can not fly in cargo as there have been many incidents. Most airlines have regulations about being able to fly with your dog in the cabin, but the dog has to ...
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French bulldog itchy ear

My french bulldog has been trying to scratch his right ear against the floor as if something is bothering him. He gets these attacks for about 15 minutes where he is trying to scratch against the ...
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Pill on empty stomach timing?

When the instructions say “on an empty stomach” for giving a pill, how long before/after pill time is required? And, does empty mean literally no food or is it okay to wrap pill in small piece of cold ...
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Fear of spreading rabies from clothing to wound [closed]

I have a dog bitten pants and I suspect he has rabies. The important thing is that the pants have been left in the house for over a month and have not been touched. After about a month I washed it and ...
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What ingredients should I use when making dog food? [duplicate]

What are the key independents I should be putting into my dog's food to ensure he's getting the proper nutrients? He is a Yorkie, about 14 pounds.
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Can homemade dog food extend their lives?

I've been making my dogs food for over 5 years now. I was told that it could extend my pup's life by about 3 years. Has anyone done any extensive research on this? These are the ingredients I am ...
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Does anyone have suggestions for dog treats similar to sweet potato?

My dog is very "food motivated". We have tried many different treats, with the goal of finding something that will keep her occupied for a while. She has no interest in rawhide chews or ...
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Why does my puppy smell like cookies in the morning?

Obviously this is not a complaint! I don't mind that she smells like cookies when I take her out of her crate in the morning (particularly when considering the other things she could smell like). The ...
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How can I predict whether my cat is "dog-savvy?"

We are considering adding a dog to our household of 2 adults, 1 child, and 1 cat. One of the rescue sites we like regularly posts dogs that are described as being good with "dog-savvy cats." ...
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Can I switch my dog's food back to what they were using?

When we got our dog, our dog was being fed this dog food, Black Gold Explorer Super Performance Formula 32/21. Per our vet's recommendation, we switched to this dog food, Hill's Science Diet Puppy ...
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Do dogs/cats understand physical size in their hierarchy?

One might think that the biggest dog or cat would be the "alpha" (I understand that this term as applied to wolves is controversial and observers did not at the time understand that the ...
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Is it traumatizing for a puppy to be growled and lunged at by another adult dog?

I got my puppy when she was 8 weeks old and is now almost 15 weeks. The vet said when she was getting her shots that there's been a a lot of poorly socialized dogs that were puppies during covid and ...
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Why is our dog showing more aggression outside of our condo

My fiance and I live in a 1 bedroom condo at the moment. Prior to moving in I had got a female pitbull. Her name is baby and she's going on 4 years old. When she was about 7 months old my sisters ...
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Why does my puppy like to lick my older dog's mouth (inside!)?

I have two female stray dogs, one is 5 yo, and the other one (the puppy) is almost 2 yo, and my puppy likes to lick my older dog's mouth. And when I say mouth, I mean INSIDE the mouth, like the teeth ...
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How much and how often to feed my dog?

My dog is about 5 months old. His childhood teeth are already lost, and he has grown a new set of teeth. My dog is not a small breed kind. When fully grown up, he would be a bit bigger than a German ...
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Can a dog go into heat again after just 2 months?

We've got a small dog that is now ca. 8 months old an we had her for 2.5 months. Shortly after we got her she went into her first heat. We assume that when we got her she was already in the pre-heat ...
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Young dog is too excited to greet other people; what can we do?

TL;DR; Young dog is so attracted to other people that it becomes unsafe. He rushes to greet them, apparently expecting reward, and we have trouble controlling him. What can we do, apart from isolating ...
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Why did my first time mom German Shepherd eat puppy #8 from her newborn litter?

I purchased my AKC registered western German Shepherd from a reputable kennel in Romania where I had previously purchased her distant cousin. This was her first litter and she’s 2 1/2 years old. She ...
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How Can I Get My Dog to Relax In the Car Again?

My dog has never been as gung-ho in the car as my last dog who sadly died of cancer much too young. The faster you went the happier she was. But I digress...I was driving with my dog, Bear, around ...

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