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Why does my dog bang on the door everytime I come back [closed]

I have a dog, this dog named bingo, sometimes runs to the door everytime I come back and sniff my shoes or even look at me with his crying eyes. I don't remember his age, but he's male, I don't ...
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What kind of services are avaliable for developmentally disabled dogs [closed]

My dog is 2 1/2 which makes her roughly 17.5 in dog years. She only reads at a 2nd grade level though. What kind of services are available to help her get back on track?
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Why does my dog sniff plant's

My dog keeps sniffing plants in the night when I watch movies or YouTube, since I don't want to watch YouTube or Movies in the morning. Everytime I watch in the night, he keeps coming to my plants and ...
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Can (big) dogs eat small portions of chocolate cake?

My friend's birthday party was a month ago and they had chocolate cake. At the end, there was a bit left over and they said they would leave it for their dog. I asked if this is ok (because I have a ...
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Acquaintance will be having his guard dogs fed spicy food by a stranger so they "learn not to accept food and comfort from strangers". Legitimate?

He mentioned that he will be doing this while training his new dog. He uses his dogs to guard his place of business overnight... He assured me that it's an actual training technique to "prevent ...
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Rewards worked too well. Dog only goes potty outside if I'm watching

I adopted a 6-year-old Jack Russel that the previous owner let pee on the carpet. At first, he would go inside whenever he felt like it. I've gotten him to the point where he'll hold it until he goes ...
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How can I help my 2 Border Collie puppies (3 years old) learn to play with my older toy-breed dog (12 years old)?

I have two 3-year-old puppies that I got when they were just a couple of weeks old. I also have a 12-year-old Pomeranian-Chihuahua male whom I've had for a lot longer, and who seems to have been ...
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How to tell if a dog's fur is matted?

I have two tamaskan dogs. One is shorthaired, and the other, Lyra, has long fur like a malamute. I try to brush them out regularly, but she has a kind of wiry undercoat where each hair has a lot of ...
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Can Free Roaming Dog be antagonizing the crated dog thus causing her to pee in it?

We have a two year old BC rescue and adopted an Aussie rescue several months back and who will be one year old in a month. The Aussie was a bit tough to train as she instinctively needed to mark. ...
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Is a female dog licking her vulva always a sign of a problem? Or can it be just pleasure masturbation (not an issue)?

I think my dog is sometimes masturbating by licking her vagina very passionately while making humping motions while she is in heat. Can a dog actually do this for pleasure to themselves (i.e. there is ...
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How can I stop my puppy from barking in her crate while I'm away?

I have a Brittany that is 7 months old that barks when she is in her crate when I'm away (I have a webcam set up so I can monitor her while I'm gone). She knows that she only gets let out once she is ...
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Does cutting a dog's hair "wrong" really ruin the coat forever? [duplicate]

We have a Cairn terrier who has had many haircuts, always with an electric razor and scissors. We were told it should have been hand stripped from birth and now that it's been cut once, it's ruined ...
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Is an Australian Wolf Spider bite dangerous, particularly to small dogs?

In my backyard I have started to discover more and more, what appears to be "Wolf Spiders" - I know there are many many species of these, so for reference, my location is Western Australia. ...
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Get rid of fleas on my dogs

I have 15 dogs, they are strays, 3 live near my friends apartment, 6 in a nearby park, and 6 near my apartment. They have fleas and when they scratch, it causes a wound. What do I do to get rid of ...
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Sudden behavioural changes and aggression in my dog

I have a large mixed breed intact male dog that will turn six months next week. His father is a purebred American Staffy and his mother is a daniff (great dane x Neapolitan Mastiff). He is usually ...
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Will it harm our relationship with our dogs if we are away for three weeks?

My wife and I have two dogs, a 1-year-old female and a 2-year-old male. We are planning a road trip for July that will take three weeks. We would really like to bring the dogs with us, but the ...
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Dog obsessed with the back door

We have an 18-month old Papillon. He is generally well behaved and learns things quickly. The problem is that about 8-months ago, another cat was bullying our cat to the point where he was afraid to ...
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Is it a different procedure for a spay during heat than one not during?

We're considering having our small Cairn spayed. However, as she's in heat, the vet added an extra charge which is some multiple of the spaying itself. The charge is just "spay in heat". ...
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Help! My dogs are bored >.< [duplicate]

So my dogs are super spoiled. They literally had everything they wanted growing up. Got a new stuffed animal like every week till they got bored with them after a year or two. Used to go crazy for ...
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Dog doesn't give any signs and refuses to pee outside. What should we do?

My wife and I adopted a former stray, 2yo Golden Retriever mix. Most of the day, he's pretty lazy and not active and we are trying to potty train him. Our problem is that this dog has not given us ...
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Can my Labrador eating plant dirt signify a vitamin deficiency even though he's slightly overweight?

I have a 6.5 year old male chocolate Labrador, sterilized, who currently weighs about 38kg. When he was younger he weighed about 35kg but at some point he reached almost 40kg. I'm not certain he looks ...
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My dog is chewing everything yellow

My dog does not chew much. But recently, it seems like she wants to utterly destroy everything yellow. She ripped apart pencils, yellow alligator wires, etc. Why does she chew those, and why does she ...
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Puppy grinds her teeth

At five months, my miniature schnauzer puppy has most of her adult teeth come through. The teething process has taken a few weeks and there have been no problems. Until now? In the last couple of ...
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Has the behavior of dogs and cats towards each other changed significantly in the past 50 years?

When I was growing up 50 plus years ago, it was pretty much a given that dogs would chase cats -- it was almost like a chemical reaction, owners couldn't control the dog and you simply had to keep ...
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How to prevent my dog from licking turf at the dog park

I have an 11 year old non neutered goldendoodle. We just moved to the city and there is a dog park there with artificial turf. I noticed that he often sniffs the turf very intensely (nose practically ...
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Dog afraid of water bodies (not water / bathing)

My 1 year old mongrel is perfectly fine with water and getting baths, etc. However, he is terrified of water bodies like lakes, the ocean, etc. For example, I recently took him to a lake and he was ...
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Why even though I give biscuits to street dogs they bark at me?

Everyday in morning I go to one place and on way I meet many dogs I mean street dogs not pets.i generally take 4 biscuit packets with me. I give 1 packet to my own home bucket where my own street dogs ...
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What can I do for mange-infested dogs while travelling?

I've been travelling through Mexico for a month now, and I often come across street dogs in bad states, especially with mange (not sure what kind) and secondary infections from this, and often with ...
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vet recommended surgery to fix something that doesn't seem to be causing dog any pain

I got a new dog about a month ago (9yo yorkie) and I took her to a new vet and they said that she has a luxating patella and recommended that a $3,172.44 surgery be done to fix the issue or else she'd ...
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Surprise attack by Dog

So here's the situation: I have a black male lab, currently 1.5 years old. We meet many small kids while taking walk. Usually, the kids taunt my lab and call him "kukur"(literally means &...
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Shih Tzu with food aggression behavior problems

I have a male Shih Tzu dog that is just over a year old (not neutered), and he has food aggression behavioral problems. We got him when he was just a month old, and he tends to be a picky eater (maybe ...
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Problem teaching my one-year-old Rottweiler how to "drop it"

Even after several months I seem to be having a problem teaching my one-year-old Rottweiler how to "drop it", basically try to get her to drop anything that she shouldn't have. Our dog ...
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I accidentally hurt my dog , I don't know what to do because she's scared of me now [duplicate]

I accidentally hit my dog. I feel absolutely disgusted and horrified with myself. I was mad at alot of things and I was hitting my pillow, and she was at the other end of my bed playing so I thought ...
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Why do a dog's anal glands smell like fish?

What is the correlation between the two scents, chemically and otherwise?
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Why shouldn't you give dogs pork, lamb, poultry and fish? [duplicate]

I have, at an uncountable number of times, been told that you shouldn't feed dogs pork, lamb, poultry and fish. The reason is that the dog will eat the bones, and the bones will fragment (as opposed ...
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Is giving your dog dental food as a snack between meals rather than mixing it with the regular food more effective?

My dog had dental cleaning at the veterinarian a couple of weeks ago, and I was recommended to give him a certain brand of dental food that has fibers which supposedly clean the teeth when bitten onto....
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If I fed a dog whole animals, would that be a healthy diet?

If I fed a dog complete animals, e.g. freshly put down unskinned rabbits, and let it eat it as it liked, would that be a healthy diet for it or would it need some kind of supplements? And would it ...
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Jogging distance with 1 year old medium breed active dog

So I have a medium breed mutt type dog/puppy who is almost 1 year old now. I think he's a full adult now given that he hasn't grown in length/height the last 2 - 3 months. He is very active and ...
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Dog hasn't had friends; how to make new friends?

My 9 year old greyhound-terrier mix has not really ever had long term dog friends that didn't live in the house. We had two dogs for several years, but the other dog wasn't so active, so they didn't ...
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Some dark spotting on dog's gums after dental cleaning – is it normal?

My dog (male chocolate labrador, 6 years old) had dental cleaning under full anesthesia a few hours ago. The ventilation tube the veterinarian tried to insert at first probably didn't enter well so he ...
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My puppy has either a black spot or gap within his iris- what is it?

My 13-week old puppy has a black spot within his iris- what is it? From what I’ve gathered from an online search, it could be an “iris freckle” or coloboma. Does anyone else have any ideas? It ...
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Avoiding too much Zinc when using Antibiotics

Our dog is currently taking antibiotics, specifically Cephalexin in tablet form, as well as Ofloxacin (Ocuflox) eye drops. In addition, she is taking Carprofen, which is an NSAID. When reading about ...
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My dog won’t stay in doggy-bed

How do I get my puppy to stay in his doggy-bed while playing with his toys? He’ll stay in it and play with the toys momentarily and then he’ll chuck one outside of the bed with his mouth and then ...
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How to legally stop a neighbors dog from barking at the fence, without contact with the dog? [closed]

I've tried to research how to stop a dog from barking, but the articles always seem to be on how to stop your own dog from barking, or if you don't own the dog, the best bet seems to be going through ...
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How should we protect the paws of our dog when going to mountains in winter?

we are planning a weekend in the mountains in winter. There will be snow and it will be very cold (below 0C). What I remember from last time, our dog was freezing and we had a jacket to protect her ...
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Companion for elderly woman (dog)

5 days ago my grandfather suddenly passed away, leaving my grandmother widowed. She loves dogs and is close with mine but they can't be with her 24/7. We would like to get a dog for her, what kind ...
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Why does my puppy only eat half of his food when I feed it to him- but then eats another half of other types of dog-food afterwards?

I have a very picky 11-week old puppy. I’ve tried multiple types of hard puppy chow from Hill’s Science Diet and Royal Canin to Orijen Whole Prey puppy chows, which I’ve then mixed with another type ...
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Help with a rescue

We got our rescue three days ago. We met him on summer, spent a week together, he was stray. He was rescued and a shelter/rescue agreed to keep him for us until we solved our living arrangements to ...
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How to regain pet's trust after hurting him

Ok for context I'm a twelve almost thirteen year old and I have two dogs, but I'm focusing on one called Benji. He's a larger dog and is always pulling on walks, so my mum would smack him on the head (...
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How best to give up a dog for adoption?

We have a pit bull just over 1 year old. Because we now have children we feel it best to not have the dog, though we (the parents) love him. We do not want the dog “put down”. How best can we put ...
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