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Why do groomers tell you not to shear a long-haired dog in warm weather?

The main question is this: Is your dog Single coated with hairs that grow endlessly at a constant speed? Or double coated with hairs that grow to a predefined length and are shed? Single coated ...
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Why do groomers tell you not to shear a long-haired dog in warm weather?

I agree 100% with Elmy Sometimes when groomers are trained, they may not be told or may not absorb the true reason for doing certain tasks in certain ways. They may simply be told, "Don't do this&...
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Can (big) dogs eat small portions of chocolate cake?

The components of chocolate that are toxic to dogs are caffeine and theobromine. It's true that a dog can tolerate some amount of these chemicals without experiencing symptoms at all, and whether a ...
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How to help my dog with his "fear" of my baby

This question was asked a while ago and the baby in question is probably walking by now. I'll add an answer anyway. Dogs can indeed be worried by a crawling baby even if they are happy with toddlers ...
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How to help my dog with his "fear" of my baby

As I see it, the dog has a comfort zone and feels disturbed if the baby comes into it. The baby is something difficult, not predictable for the dog. The dog want to avoid contact with it. Maybe you ...
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Why is my dog scared of me all of a sudden?

Very sudden changes in behavior can be a sign that there's a medical problem, no matter how young or old the dog is. For example, she could have impaired vision, making it hard to recognize you and ...
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Does anybody know what this lump on my bulldog could be?

If it's growing, you should get it checked by a vet. From the position in front of the hind legs, it could be one of his nipples that is swollen. That could either point to an infection or to the ...
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Sudden behavioural changes and aggression in my dog

Sudden aggression most often has one of two reasons: There's a female in heat nearby or He's in pain. Less common is He developed a guarding behavior you didn't notice yet and that was triggered by ...
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How to train my dog not to bully other dogs?

I think you gave the answer yourself. I don't like this behavior. [...] In other words, if I give a treat to another dog I want my dog to sit and watch nicely instead of body checking the other dog ...
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Keep the dog off the counter

Using Brandon McMillan's "Lucky Dog Show" as a source: Set up a video feed with a home system, or a baby cam, or 2 cell phones (like a skype call). Toss some pennies (or coins) in an empty water ...
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My dog swallowed a plastic bag of pie. What can I do?

You should contact your vet, to make them aware. The potential for emergency surgery is real. As pointed out in this Q&A Big hound has eaten corn cobs what can I do to help him pass them? as ...
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How To House Break a Stubborn Rescue

The only thing I can think of (if the crate doesn't prevent her peeing) is that you have to schedule it more. Is there anyone (family, neighbor, friend) that could stop by during the day? The ...
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How to prevent dogs walking over areas

I do not think such a material exists. Many people have a tough time keeping their grass healthy with dogs. As you said, dogs like to dig, run, and urinate on grass. Heavy rain can make it easier for ...
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Can I permanently leave my cat in an outdoor enclosure?

The cats will survive, but they will be unhappy. Maslow's Hierarchy of Feline Needs start with the regular food/shelter/water/litterbox and continues with safety and security. After that, they have ...
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My dog has 2 personalities

Sorry to tell you this, but it's not your dog's fault and he doesn't have 2 personalities. He's probably bored and didn't learn restraint. The good news is that you can do something against this ...
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My dog has 2 personalities

From what you describe, I notice only one personality: very playful dog, very enthusiastic while playing, to the point that unaware people / dogs get frightened. It is also normal behavior of dogs to ...
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Why do groomers tell you not to shear a long-haired dog in warm weather?

There are some commonly cited reasons, which are mostly not true or not fully true: Cutting the hair will cause it to grow back differently or not grow back. This is not true because hair is dead and ...
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How do you trim nails on your wiggly Malamute?

Many pets have what is essentially a ticklish reaction to having their feet handled. (Many humans do too, of course.) My solution has always been to stage an extended campaign of handling feet at ...
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My dog ate yeast balls

Disclaimer: If you’re seriously worried or your dog shows any unusual symptoms, call your vet. That said, he’s probably fine. If your dough didn’t rise because the yeast failed and it was exposed to ...
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How do you trim nails on your wiggly Malamute?

I don't own a Malamute, but I have a dog who is incredibly freaked out by having his nails addressed in any way in spite of having regularly handled and clipped his nails since I got him at 8 weeks. ...
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Bernese Mountain Dog That is Skittish and Scared of Everything

There usually isn't an easy fix to having an anxious or fearful dog. It often takes a long time and a lifestyle change depending on what trigger's the dog's anxiety. Here are two things you can try ...
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Can I permanently leave my cat in an outdoor enclosure?

My experience is with farmyard cats in Western/Central Europe. In contrast to @C.Koca's answer I'd say human companions often do not rate that highly with them, they are very independent. But: they ...
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Why do groomers tell you not to shear a long-haired dog in warm weather?

I will provide a comparison dog - human, along with explanations. For a human, there are 2 ways for cooling: lowering the temperature of the environment; possible indoors with air conditioning, not ...
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Keep the dog off the counter

There's the possibility that he is spoiled in the sense that he doesn't need to follow rules. In some dogs this lack of rules results in them compulsively eating anything they can chew, even if the ...
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Do dog whistles work for barking?

The barks of the dog are pretty much low frequency, so they can travel easily through the walls. The larger the dog, the lower the frequencies. However, the dog-whistles generate ultrasounds, which ...
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How to prevent dogs walking over areas

I would agree with Sam. If you are looking for a natural solution, I am not aware of any. (I have had various breeds over the period of 50 years). There is a solution that I do not recommend - ...
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Cat is attacking my German Shepherd puppy (65-ish lbs, 6 months). What to do?

You shouldn't intervene, rather your girlfriend should. If you scare the cat away in her home you will be considered an enemy as well as the dog. The cat can get sickenly nervous about this, and will ...
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