Questions tagged [dogs]

Domesticated canines commonly kept as pets. Please mention the breed / sex / age in your question if you feel it might assist in getting a more focused answer.

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36kg labrador ate a marble-sized piece of yeast dough – how dangerous is it?

I've been making pizza dough about an hour ago and a small piece dropped to the floor and my labrador of course ate it before I managed to clean it. The entire batch weighed almost 700 grams (1.5 ...
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Seatbelts on my dog?

Almost every day, I get up at a usual hour, go through my normal grooming process, and then head out in the truck to get fresh provisions. My girl (an 8-year-old cocker) always comes with me. In fact, ...
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What should I use to discourage my small dog from pulling while walking?

I have a small adult Chihuahua-mix who pulls very strongly when I walk him. I currently use a harness, but was wondering if a training slip leash would work better to reduce pulling? My concern is ...
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What's the procedure for a canine caesarean?

As research for a piece of fiction I'm writing, I'm looking for information about caesarean operations for dogs --- not so much the surgery itself, but more the overall procedure involving anaesthetic,...
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Is there a way to know definitively if a dog is hypoallergenic?

My partner and I have been looking at getting a new dog; our son has allergies, so we have been focusing on hypoallergenic puppies. We instantly fell in love with the Bernedoodle breed. The problem ...
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What would be a good breed of dog for a first time owner?

My wife and I just bought a new house and we're interested in getting a dog companion. Problem is that neither of us has had a dog before and we're a bit uncertain what would be a good choice. The ...
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15 month old moodle crate regression

At my wits' end here with my adorably small and affectionate 15 month old toy moodle. I crate trained her when she was a puppy next to my bed. It was a hellish few weeks but she ended up coming good. ...
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Over excited border collie

We got a pure border collie last year and he is turning 10 months old. We had him since he was a 8 week old puppy. The problem is that it seems he can't get tired when there are dogs around. He also ...
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How to Cut Dried Beef Tendon?

I have a dog who loves to eat dried beef tendons (called dental tendons), but she also has a tendency to vomit soon after finishing one. I suspect this is because they are somewhat too big for her and ...
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Does eating garlic repel fleas?

Would (a human) eating garlic repel dog/cat fleas? (I couldn't find any reliable information on this, but I found that studies failed to show the same effect with mosquitos, despite popular belief ...
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Do some dog and cat breeds have reduced life quality because of their selected traits?

For example, dog breeds that are physically much closer to their original wolf forms do have the potential to live happy lives provided that their human owners have the resources to take good care of ...
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Floatation device for dogs with weak back/rear

Our aging Border Collie really enjoys swimming. But his rear-end is getting weak, with muscle atrophy in the rear legs. So his rear-end is sinking as he cannot kick-stroke efficiently with the back ...
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What breed of dog is best for travelling in different climates?

If I wanted to get a dog as a long-term companion, but also had travel plans that would take me into both arctic and tropical climates, as well as various in between, what breed of dog would cope best ...
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10 year old dog stopped eating from dish

Lucylu always takes a walk before she will eat her food from her little dish...she has been doing this for 3 or more years. All of a sudden I would take her for her walk she would come in and head ...
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How can I get my dog to drop the ball AFTER playing?

My 5 year old lab/pit/mutt mix dog loves playing ball. We use 2 balls in rotation, I throw one, she brings it back and drops it in anticipation of the next one, and then I throw the other and pick up ...
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How to exercise when you have a dog?

I’ve got my Labrador about a year ago and since then have been completely neglecting any exercise beyond walking the dog. Recently I’ve tried to restart my morning exercise routine (stretching and ...
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How can I protect my horse from a dog while I am riding?

Assuming I am riding, and a dog starts attacking my horse, what are the best ways to stop the attack? I would prefer a solution that does not require me to dismount, since my horse and the dog might ...
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What kind of specialist would be competent in the behavioural nuances of a certain dog breed?

I am seeking a specialist competent in how dogs of a certain breed usually behave: questions are around what those dogs are likely to do in certain circumstances, how they react to certain stimulus ...
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Dog doesn't walk away from incoming car in driveway

One of my dogs doesn't stand up and walk away from my car as I am parking it in the garage. Not even when I honk, she just looks at the car a bit annoyed and goes back to sleep, or chewing something. ...
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How to get my dog to poop where I want?

My 9 year old dachshund has no problem with "going" outside, but he's very particular about where he poops. We've just moved into a new house with a fenced yard and soon will be able to just ...
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My 2 years old dog doesn't want to eat, she has a serious weight loss [closed]

My 2 years old dog has serious problems recently and I can't figure out what's wrong with her. Symptoms include: Noticeable weight loss; Inactive (lays on the ground all day); Not eating at all (or ...
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Puppy safety for tug of war

I see a lot of questions here and on other sites answering the psychological hazards of tug, but I don't see anywhere discussing the physical. I have a small Shih Tzu puppy, under 5 pounds (<2 kg) ...
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What should I do if my dog fails a cycle of her separation training?

I'm training my dog to feel more independent when she's alone. I have her lie down on her bed in the bathroom, tell her to stay, and close the door. If she's lying down when I open the door, she gets ...
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Dog wanders aimlessly when it's time to go outside

I adopted two dogs (bonded) about half a year ago. One (Dog A) behaves as every other dog I've had in the past. One (Dog B) is a bit of an oddball. Both recognize what I mean when I ask them when it's ...
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Guard dog poops overnight on the garage/driveway

I live in a ranch (very small farm) in a tropical region, here there is 1000 m2 (10 700 ft2) of grass for my guard dogs to poop, however they insist in pooping in front of the cars (or the rest of the ...
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How can I as a dogsitter care for separation anxiety?

I mind a gorgeous greyhound once or twice a week. Sweetest, gentlest dog ever but after a couple of hours, just becomes inconsolable - whining, howling, waiting by the door for his owner to come back. ...
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How to feed two dogs, when one tends to graze?

We are dog-sitting for a friend for the first time next weekend (Friday-Monday), and I am struggling with how to get both his dog and our dog fed properly. Our friend's dog is a grazer/free-feeder and ...
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What are some of the best materials that can be used to safely bite-proof the squeakers in fabric dog toys?

Our medium-small dog is obsessed with killing squeaker plushy toys by biting into the squeaker. I can buy replacement squeakers to sew back into the toys or buy new toys, both very cheap options, but ...
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Does a diaper for a female dog prevent a male dog from mounting her?

I have two Pitbulls, one female and the other is male. The female is in her 12th day of heat. Since her first day, I separated my two dogs but they can still see each other. The male is always crying ...
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Feeding dogs after they have been without food

My dogs ran away six days ago (June 1, 2021), and just came back today. They are skinny after being without food for probably a good portion of that time. I have heard that after humans haven't eaten ...
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How can I get my 15 month old Dachshund to quit licking my other dog's pee?

My older female Dachshund goes out to pee and the male Dachshund, whose name is Buster, licks her per and he's constantly in there faces; the two don't like it and I am at wits' end about it.
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Can I travel for 2 years with my cat and two dogs?

I used to travel a lot some years ago. I felt the urge to settle. Bought a house, and have rescued one cat and two dogs now. I feel the urge to travel again... I am older now, I wouldn't want to ...
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French bulldog lasting diarrhea

My 1.5 year old French Bulldog has come down with a case of diarrhea/loose stool for almost 3 weeks. All stools are now very loose, and sometimes completely liquid. On two nights in particular, he ...
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Large dog lays down when eating. Should I feed in an elevated bowl and which is riskier for bloat?

So I have a German Shepherd/Doberman mix. Big dog that weighs about 85 pounds (around 40 kg). Not fat but large and energetic (vets says for his size he is good). He has been eating laying down since ...
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Is there a way to “change” the name of my dog? [duplicate]

I want to change my dog's name because back then, I somehow liked it. but now I think it is too hard to pronounce. If it's possible, how hard will it be? I know that changing the name is instant, but ...
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How can I protect my dog from Ancylostoma caninum?

My dog was diagnosed with Ancylostoma caninum. His vet has been treating him, and she has apparently eliminated it from its system. But the parasite seems to habituate my garden, since my dog’s ...
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How does immunotherapy for allergies work in dogs?

I recently got my dog allergy tested in an effort to determine what makes her so itchy all the time. It turns out she's allergic to nearly everything (41 out 55 tested allergens, with many being ...
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How can I train my dog's reaction when she goes into full panic mode?

When my dog sees or hears something scary, then she can go into full panic mode, and in there she is uncontrollable. For example fireworks. She can handle 1, max 2 explosions, after that it's full ...
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Aggression in puppy after getting a small object into his mouth - how can it be corrected?

I have a serious question today, and I am hoping that the answers will reflect the seriousness and use sources to back up their information, this is something I don't want to mess up. My 5-8 month old ...
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Conditioning a positive response from my dog to a roommate

My wife and I have a six-year-old German shepherd mix who is a beautiful sweetheart. But she is reactive to unknown men in "her" house. We are staying with my dad for the summer and she has ...
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How to convey to a dog that we are not playing with her because she bites?

We have taken in a 4 year old Icelandic Sheepdog almost one year ago from a shelter. At first she was shy with us, then playful. Over time she has become increasingly aggressive, biting adults and now ...
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Why does my dog bark when I squeak a tennis ball?

My dog Rocky is a healthy 9 month old bull mastiff. For some reason, he has an old toy, which is a squeaky tennis ball. Originally, whenever I would squeeze it, he wouldn’t care much, but lately I’ve ...
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What should I know before buying a Labrador puppy in India?

I am thinking of buying / adopting a Labrador puppy in Hyderabad, India. However, I know that getting a pet is a huge emotional investment, more than anything else. I would like to know what I should ...
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Should I use a harness with a house line?

I am soon going to get a Shih Tzu 8 week old puppy. Many places have mentioned that at a young age these small breeds have very fragile necks. They don't recommend using collars for their leashes and ...
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What is the cleanest way I can pick up all of my dog's poop on grass?

This is somewhat of both a Lifehacks and a Pets question. My question is also short - but I think it's pretty self-explanatory. When my dog poops on grass (such as on my lawn or a park) I find it ...
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Hat to hold floppy ears back, to keep them dry and healthy

During a pet class, I had learned that since our dog has flappy ears, our dog may have more ear issues than dogs with perky ears. I was trying to search for some sort of hat/sleeve that I could put on ...
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Do dogs 'sigh out of contentment'?

Over the years, I have noticed with all of my dogs that after I have given some sweet talk and ear scratches, they will give out a long sigh. I am hoping this is out of contentment. Is there any basis ...
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How urgent is a UTI in dogs?

We think my puppy has a UTI; she's house-trained but she keeps having accidents, keeps signaling to go out but not going, and last night she peed in bed with my partner. Do we go to the emergency vet? ...
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How to “coach” dog - child meetings at the street?

My son is around 6 years old. On the way to school we see many different dogs. He wants to touch everyone. What guideline can I provide my son, to interact with unknown dogs? Aims: not scare my son; ...
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Is there a pet-safe, non-toxic glue to mend a fetch ball with?

My dog has a favorite ball that he has been playing with for nearly two years now. The ball is really squishy and soft compared to others on the market and unfortunately, I cannot find the same one on ...

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