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Waffle (PW Corgi) & Banjo (Toller)
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Theme: Dogs having fun in the sun. If you're in the southern hemisphere, go ahead and post dogs having fun in the winter sun instead, if you want!

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Didn’t know if my new puppy might be defective. Is there a manufacturer recall I’m unaware of?

Not sure about the return policy on glitchy products.

Thanks in advance!

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So my dog is about 2 feet long and 14 pounds (not extremely tiny but relatively small). Some stranger saw her and said “is that a cat?” At first I thought they were making a Ron Swanson reference so I just laughed, then I soon realized they were serious. He kept calling my dog a cat, and then he started saying she was a “fucking squirrel” so I left. This was a grown man btw. What is wrong with people?!!!! Why would someone insult a dog?

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My dog had a litter and we kept two of her puppies. It’s now 8 years later. Do they know they’re a family? Do they even have a concept of “that’s my mom”?

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As the title suggests, my partner and I need serious help deciding if we should adopt a 5lb Chihuahua mix—he’s 10 y/o, lost an eye due to glaucoma, and has “advanced heart disease” according to his foster parents. My partner and I fell in love with him the moment we saw him and finally met him.

He’s honestly perfect in temperament and is so cute and precious. He certainly doesn’t act his age at all. We immediately felt a connection with him that we haven’t felt with any other dogs we’ve looked at.

However, this will be our first dog together (I’ve grown up with dogs my whole life). My family thinks we’re making a huge mistake and would be better off adopting a healthy puppy or young dog, but I feel a pull to this one. I know we wouldn’t have much time left with him though, probably.

Need opinions please :(

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Today my dog had her senior screen which included some of her annual vaccinations. The vet said at this point in my dog's life she recommends we discontinue distemper vaccination. I have a 13 year old cocker spaniel with myriad health issues who is otherwise vaccinated. Just curious if this is becoming common practice. I'm pro-vaccination, and my vet actually has put my dog on a bordatella vaccine schedule every 6 months instead of annually due to her health issues. We've been going to my vet for years and she is wonderful. Any thoughts?

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https://imgur.com/gallery/eJ3mcpu

A father explained to his son ‘People are born so that they can learn how to live a good Life - - like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?' The Father continued, 'Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.'

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.. Take naps. Stretch before rising. Run, romp, and play daily. Thrive on attention and let people touch you. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass. On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree. When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

Cancer is a cruel mistress. No one is spared, good boyos included. Griff was only a year old when he got diagnosed with bladder cancer and in two short weeks, it metastasized. Its left him unable to do the things he once loved, but one thing thats never faded is his smile. He came into my life at such a critical time, a time when I truly needed a best friend. Life is going to be hard after tomorrow, but my memories and his playful spirit will live on forever. Thanks for everything Griff.

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Hi dog owners, I would like some recommendations on products that are amazing at getting hair off my clothes, specifically work clothes (business, skirts, cotton type clothes, stockings) and some other casual clothes too. My dog is a short hair cross, said to be mixed with Greyhound and great Dane but we also suspect he has some terrier in him too. He sheds a lot. I try to keep up with the dog grade vacuum cleaner but don't want to have to do that every day. Also I try to limit his space on the couch but he is sleeping inside during the freezing weather we are having and he does come inside normally of an evening too. I would prefer not to use those things where you replace the sticky part after use as I don't like making extra rubbish, I'd like something like the self cleaning 'Fur Wizard' that I've seen advertised. Thank you

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When my dog was a pup, I had a HECK of a time getting her to eat. She would goes days, once a full week, refusing to eat, no matter what kind of food I tried. Finally after trying many things, including putting straight up steak/chicken in her food mixed (still nope), I read a tip that said to give her a treat AFTER eating, and make a little party about it so I started doing that. It worked!! She slowly started eating when I put her food down, then would come to me and sit, waiting for her treat and praise, whatever it was. Now she typically eats when we do. Sometimes she'll still wait a few hours... UNLESS we have PIZZA. or burritos. Her treat is often whatever we're eating, or a chip, or something.. and she lovvveeesss those two things. As soon as we sit down with pizza, she runs to her bowl and eats SO FAST and comes running to sit and wait for her bite of crust. And with burritos, the tortilla.

She doesn't get much, just a bite, so I'm happy to give her these little bits of treats to keep her eating regularly. She also doesn't beg, once she gets her "reward" she goes about her business.

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**Introduction**

  1. Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?

I have one lab mix now and had another dog (beagle) before this. Fairly experienced with dogs but not great at advanced training tbh.

2) Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a [reputable breeder]

definitely prefer to rescue

3) Describe your ideal dog.

Companion animal; affectionate, wants to be around people and friendly to other dogs/animals. Can roll with outdoor activities like walks, camping, hiking, etc but doesn't need crazy strenuous activity, more likes to just hang out around the house and yard with me.

4) What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?

Open to whatever fits. One breed I am really interested in is greyhounds; I like their couch potato nature and their goofiness, and there are some great rescues near me. I know a few hounds in our neighborhood/at our dog park that I have great experiences with.

5) What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?

Basic commands. Sit/Stay/Come/Leave it. Nothing fancy.

**Care Commitments**

6) How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?

2-3 hours. Due to our careers, either my partner or I is nearly always home.

7) How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?

Walks and some play. We have a dog park on our street we use frequently. I'm used to taking my current dog everywhere (farmers market, beach, errands, etc) but second dog doesn't need to do that; it's just based on the dog's personality. We are both runners but we don't need a dog that can run; we take our current dog on shorter (3-5 mi runs) when the whether permits but neither of us loves running with her on-leash.

8) How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?

Fine with brushing and basic grooming at home. Fine with paying for grooming, but would prefer a dog that's pretty low-maintenence.

**Personal Preferences**

9) What size dog are you looking for?

medium to large

10) How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?

don't mind shedding and barking; not crazy about slobber

11) How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?

Not super important. Can't really do it with our current dog and we manage fine.

**Dog Personality and Behavior**

12) Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?

snuggly. You've heard of velcro dog? That's what I want

13) Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?

Eager to please.

14) How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?

I would like a warning bark, but would like the dog to be able to settle down eventually once I was there. I want the dog to be friendly.

15) Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?

No

16) Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?

aggression toward other dogs; incessant barking

**Lifestyle**

17) How often and how long will the dog be left alone?

3-4 hours a day, tops on most days. Occasionally 6-7 hours, but that's rare.

18) What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?
Partner loves dogs, is experienced, and is happy to share all responsibilities.

19) Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?

1 older dog and 1 cat

20) Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?

Probably

21) Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?

I own my house.

22) What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?
No restrictions

23) What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?

Summer- 80s-90s, Winter - snowy cold midwest

**Additional Information and Questions**

24) Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.

I am not up for any puppy training! Other than that; I am pretty open and would love to know what breed(s) best fit our lifestyle!

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I got my first ever dog about two weeks ago, he is 4 months old and is a very happy and playful dog. When we got him he had a little cut on the outside of his cheek, now this thing is growing on the inside of the same cheek that had the cut.

When playing with him today I saw something which looked like the tip of a paintbrush growing/sticking out of his mouth. He doesn’t eat harder/dry food and I’m thinking this might be why. I am going to take him to the vet ASAP but I’d just like to know if anybody has any idea what this is or if I should be worried.

Image of my dogs mouth: http://prntscr.com/k9dn06

Thanks to everyone in advance.

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My dog (8-year old,30 lbs mutt) runs free in my fenced yard (suburb). Over the past several weeks, I’m aware that he’s trapped and killed 2-3 mice, and probably gotten more that I’m not aware of. I don’t think he’s actually eaten any, although I’m not sure how I’d really know.

I’m not particularly concerned about the behavior itself; dogs are hunters I suppose. I’m lightly concerned about the fact that there are mice in my yard, but I’m not sure why I wouldn’t expect that and that’s a topic for another sub-reddit.

  • Am I right to not be concerned about the behavior itself?
  • Do you think this poses a health risk to my dog?
  • Any advice on how to keep mice out of an area a dog inhabits?
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Hey Redditors

First of all, happy Saturday and thanks to all of you who make this a wonderful place. I wouldn’t have gotten through most of my hard times without you guys.

This is a long story but i hope you find the time to read this. It’s also my first post on here so here goes!

I have a dog called Coco, she’s a 7 year old Maltese/Pug cross and absolutely gorgeous, the light of my life. Going back to the end of last year in 2017 she started to get weakness in the lower part of her body. I’d noticed she wasn’t jumping up on the bed anymore and also unable to stand on her back legs as they would just give way. I put it down to her getting old and putting on a little bit of weight. She’s generally been a bit of a sick dog since i can remember, always at the vet for an upset tummy, vomiting or diarrhea. She’d be better after a couple of days thankfully so it never lasted too long but it happened so frequently which wasn’t great. The vet re assured me that humans can get like that sometimes so i shrugged it off and accepted it.

When i took her to the vet for the weakness in her legs, the vet examined her but didn’t find anything immediately obvious. They suspected it may be a bulging disc so we sent her off for some X-rays which came back negative so we sent her to a specialist where they examined her further and gave her an MRI. When we got the results back the vet explained that coco had a bulging disc with worn down vertebras in her spine. I have the same problem with my back so i felt her pain! Anyway... they sent us away with medication that would help with the pain.

After being on the medication for a couple weeks coco wasn’t getting better. My dad’s retired so he’s always at home with the dog and sometimes when I get up in the morning I don’t always see her as she sleeping in my parents room. As I was on my way to work one morning I received a phone call from my dad saying that Coco wasn’t well. Initially i thought she was having one of her sicky days which she used to have quite frequently so I told my dad to give her a day or so to get over it before we take her back to the vet again. The next day she started passing blood in her stools, the one thing i always dread to see was my dog passing black thick sticky tar like poop. She was bleeding somewhere internally. We booked an appointment straight away and off we went to the vet that morning. Coco was barely responsive at this point and was very poorly. When we arrived the vet took her to the back and put her on a drip straight away and told us that her temperature had dropped and was very dehydrated. I was in tears, I thought I was going to lose her. She was so poorly and nothing like she had been in the past. The vet advised that we leave her there for a couple of hours to see how she gets on, however a couple of hours passed and we received a phone call from the vet saying that we need to take her to the specialist emergency vet which is an hour drive away ASAP. I grabbed coco, got in the car and drove all the way there with a lump in my throat and a sinking feeling in my stomach. My poor little girl, she couldn’t even tell me what was wrong, it was breaking my heart. My biggest fear was losing her during the drive there. By time we arrived she was barely lifting her head up and had pooped all over herself. I gave her in and waited patiently in the waiting room for the vets to come and tell me roughly what was happening to her. An hour later the vet came over and took me to one of the rooms to discuss what was going on. She feared that she had been poisoned and that she needed stay in for a few days for them to run tests on her and for her to recover so it’s best for me to go home. I couldn’t bear the thought of going home without her but I did and it was by far the worst night i’ve ever experienced. I was waking up every half hour checking my phone just in case I had missed a call from the vet during the night. The next day the vet had called us in and explained to us that she had a condition called Addison’s disease along with a stomach virus.

Definition: Addisons disease is an endocrine system disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands fail to produce enough hormones for normal function. The adrenal glands secrete glucocorticoids such as cortisol and mineralocorticoids such as aldosterone when proper amounts of these are not produced, the metabolic and electrolyte balance is upset. Mineralocorticoids control the amount of potassium, salt and water in the body. Addisons is fatal if left untreated.

I was heartbroken and relieved at the same time. Happy that they diagnosed her and that she‘ll be receiving the right treatment but upset to think that she had been suffering from this for so long. It took her a week to recover and there was a point where her health deteriorated so much that the vets thought she wasn’t going to make it but luckily she did and she is happier and healthier than ever. She’s on life long medication and is more than likely that her other hormone will stop producing but for now she’s amazing and running and jumping around everywhere. I am so grateful for her.

I hope this will bring awareness to you guys. I couldn’t help but feel the need to post this as there are probably many of you that have been through the same thing.

If you have a dog with addisons, what do you feed them? What was your experience? I’d be really interested to hear about your story.

Love to you all!

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Hello everyone! I posted a couple of weeks ago about how I was disappointed with our new dog and how his separation anxiety and behavioral issues were making us crazy.

The day after I posted this, I got frustrated and contacted the rescue to ask about returning him. However....I am happy to report that we still have the pup and are doing 1000x better. We have no intentions of giving him back, and are thankful we didn’t act in haste. I am really starting to enjoy owning this dog. Finally! My boyfriend and I took an overnight vacation sans the pup (a little over a week ago), and it was like a reset. We came back feeling like we could do this! Also, I posted on Facebook, asking friends for paid help/favor exchanges with dog care, and we successfully filled 10 weekdays with sitters. People were so kind and really wanted to help us. For the next 1.5 months my boyfriend will be working on projects from home, so he can watch the dog, and work on his separation anxiety.

Since I posted the pup has gone from 15 seconds alone, to being able to handle 7 minutes alone in the afternoon or 11+ minutes in the evening. The desensitization training is working—my several hours per week are paying off. Thanks to Reddit, I found a wonderful Facebook support group for separation anxiety dogs, and it has been a godsend.

Obedience training and socialization are moving along better as well. I think the Prozac has made our dog less anxious and able to handle both of these things. We’re hoping to get him off it eventually, but it has helped so far.

Thank you for all of your kind comments a couple of weeks ago. For anyone who just adopted a dog and is struggling it DOES get better.

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Hi all!

So recently, I adopted another dog - a poodle mix that was most likely used as a breeder for “doodle” type dogs. The rescue that I got her from stated that she was shy, but said that she “warms up quickly.” I fully expected her to shutdown for the first two weeks and more or less ignored her during that adjustment period. It’s now been just shy of twelve weeks since I adopted her and honestly very little has changed.

I can tell she’s still nervous by her body language (lots of lip licks, head turns, whale eyes, cowering, etc), but I don’t know how to help her understand that she’s safe. I’ve read about building confidence but she’s not interested in engaging with me, really. When trying to implement any sort of obedience training (a basic “sit” for instance), she gets anxious. She usually just freezes up, repetitively licks her lips, and nervously wags her tail before eventually walking away from me. She’ll take a toy from me, but just takes it across the room and lays down with it - doesn’t really play or anything. I’ve (somehow) managed to get her excited about her leash so she lights up when she sees it, but she’s TERRIFIED of the outside itself. She’s sensitive to noise and afraid of anything that’s not me and my other dog. Counter-conditioning is helping a little bit, but she’s still visibly scared - constantly checking her surroundings, tail always tucked, and ears pinned back.

My vet put her on Prozac to help mitigate her both her separation anxiety (I left her alone for two hours and she ate my bathroom floor. I wasn’t even gone, just out of her sight to take a nap), and overall general anxiety. She routinely gets too anxious to go potty outside and holds it for days on end, until she finally eliminates in her crate which leads to a dirty, smelly mess. She hasn’t been on it long enough to fully take effect yet, but I oftentimes find myself wondering if it’ll even be worth it.

I just really don’t know where to start with her and I can feel myself growing impatient, which I know is the opposite of what a dog like her needs. But it’s just frustrating & disheartening to have a dog you can’t really interact with, you know? My new dog is basically like having a puppy - everything is new. But instead of having the luxury of having a blank slate that’s generally accepting of everything, I have a dog that already has a strong opinion of everything doesn’t want any part in any of it.

Am I in over my head with this dog? Or will she eventually come around?

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I really, really want a golden retriever. My dog will be a service animal and I’m essentially picking between lab, poodle, and golden, but my heart is completely set on a golden. I’m just so concerned about the cancer risk and the inevitably short life span and I’m not sure how to deal with knowing my dog will die young or suffer from cancer. Why did you decide to get one, even with the risk? How can I minimize the risk in my dog?

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So we got my GSD back in September. We adopted him for him so it wasn't until after that we found he was almost 9 years old at the time (9 now). Sad, but he's amazing and I love him to death.

The thing is, every time we told someone how old he was, they were completely shocked. Someone once asked me how old he was, and when I replied 9, they went "months???" As if it were easier to believe he were a huge puppy than an old man.

Even our vet a few months ago was shocked, saying she thought he was around two. That's when I started seriously considering his age. His behavior isn't that of a geezer and I absolutely believe hes a strong enough chewer to have worn his teeth down prematurely. (We used to give him benebones but don't even risk that anymore, and anything less than those won't last more than 2 days.)

So my bf just took him to get his nails trimmed while I'm out of town, and I had him ask about his age. I believe our vet more than a shelters vet since she knows him better and is likely to be more thorough in her assessment. Turns out she goes by hips instead of teeth. She estimated him to be 5 or 6, maybe 7 if he has amazing genetics. Shell also take a look at some dental xrays later today to check the roots of his teeth to confirm. I've been doubting myself because I was likely just hopeful he wasn't that old, and its nice to have it confirmed.

Side benefit is we can switch his diet. He'd sometimes rather starve than eat old man food. Dumb thing prefers dollar store kibble (training treats) to expensive healthy stuff.

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Hi, Everyone:

I'm not filling out the breed questionnaire on purpose. My question is a specific one.

What breeds of dogs have a relative high trainability factor while not being over-the-top crazy?

I'm interested in Rally / Obedience, Tricks, Agility, Treibball, Parkour, Frisbee'ing, among others.

Drive is an important factor, as well.

Thanks in advance.

Have a great weekend. :)

I have cross posted a similar post to the Dogtraining, Wheaten, Standard Poodle, and Springer Spaniel subreddits.

ETA: I'd prefer to have real-life experience with training echoed back to me (as opposed to someone simply regurgitating what they've read from some website or book (chances are, I've read the same info)).

ETA 2: I understand dogs individually differ. I'm asking about breed generalities and/or what I should be looking for / what I should not be looking for.

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Posted something similar to this in the Bad Roommates Reddit geared more towards my roomies and their disrespect for me as a fellow roomie, but at this point, I'm looking for some advice on this dog my roommates have adopted (in a "no pets" apartment, btw).

So to make a long story short, my roommates got a dog while I was in Europe for a week this summer. Got a text on my last day there with a pic of a small dog that they'd adopted or as she said "invited to live with us." Oh joy...

Before I get into this, I am a dog person. I do like dogs, in fact I work with them daily, but I live in a no pets apartment and I've come to like getting away from a bunch of animals at the end of the day. (You'll need to know this a bit later.)

So it's been about a month and a half now (40 days and 40 nights...) and they've got this little chihuahua maltese mix thing (re: small mutt). She weighs like 8 pounds. They had her spayed a couple weeks after they got her. She was 4/5 months old and had been living with someone else. They had trained her to pee and poop on potty pads. In the freakin house. Now my roommates have her, and they continue this practice. The dog just goes on the pads that they leave out for her. They're pretty good about picking it up, most of the time. But they do this because...

They never take it outside. Seriously. The dog never freaking goes outside. They have a leash and harness for it, but they never take it out. The last time it went out was like 2 weeks ago and it ran into a less than friendly cat and got scared and so now they're babying it more than ever. They never go outside themselves though, except to work and the grocery store. They sit on the computer or watch tv all day - they're not dog people. We do live in an apartment building on the 3rd floor, but that's hardly an excuse. You have a dog, you take it outside. That's just what you do.

And get this, when they're at work, they put the dog in a playpen and there it sits. For hours. Sometimes 8 or 10, just in its playpen. Sometimes one of them is home during the day for a couple hours and they'll let it out, but they put it back in if it's too annoying or they don't want to deal with it for a "time out." They're trying to train it, they've bought it lots of little toys and doggy puzzles (that thing with the kibble inside that they have to dig out) and they're working on the barking... which is the worst part! The dog is inside all the time, never exercised, so it gets restless and nervous and just barks. Yips. Yaps. At everything. It barks if someone walks by. It barks if there's workers on the roof. It barks if the metal gate to the parking garage outside slams. It barks if it hears one of us grab our keys. It barks if we open the front door. It even barks when one of us, usually me, has been in their room for awhile with the door shut and suddenly comes out. It barks when somebody goes in their room and shuts the door. It barks if it hears a bang or a thump. My favorite is when it's in my roommate's room with her, door shut and they're sound asleep and I come in after working late at like 10 or 11. Then it barks and runs to the bedroom door and barks through the door waking her up. Yeah, that's what you get for adopting a dog and not caring for it...

About the work and playpen thing... they tried to fix that. They were going to take it to doggy daycare during the week for socialization and playtime but guess what? The dog failed it's initial evaluation because it was "too timid, scared, and anxious..." huh! Maybe that's because, the dog is literally never taken out and socialized?! Am I the only one that realizes this dog is going to become a very difficult to manage adult dog one way or another?

And about what I mentioned earlier… I work with animals all day. It’s how I’ve made my living. So I come home, and I don’t really wanna deal with a dog that’s not mine, especially one that goes in the house. So we now have a gate up that separates my area of the apartment off - my room and bathroom and the hallway leading to it. So whenever I go into my room, half the time, the dog chases me to the gate and then sits there and yaps. And if I walk room to bathroom, same thing, runs up to the gate and yaps. It is beyond annoying.

I don't know what to do. I can't really tell them how to raise it - they're already a little apprehensive about that. I already tried printing off some training materials and giving it to them, about how to stop the barking, since that is really the biggest issue (or biggest symptom of the main problem which is lack of socialization and exercise). It's gotten to the point I'm just hoping that sooner or later a neighbor will complain about the excessive barking and it'll be marked as a lease violation for having an unregistered pet, then they'll get a notice and realize they need to get it together. I just don't understand how anyone can have a dog and think it's okay to keep it cooped up in the house all day literally NEVER going outside.

Any advice or further insight is appreciated.

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I might be adopting a puppy but I am wondering what the size of a full grown mix of these two would weigh and what their temperament would be. I live in a condo so I would need a dog on the smaller side, who would also be good with kids because there are a lot of young people in my family. Thanks

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She’s refusing food. I just had her treated for worms a few days ago and she will straight up refuse regular dog food even if mixed with human food, human food she will gladly eat but god forbid she touches the dog food. I don’t understand why she’s refusing to eat. Does anyone have insight on this?? How can I get her to eat her food without wasting it?? Or wasting money on stupid expensive things to make her eat when she’ll just waste that too! I’ve tried every food I can think of the only food she will eat was kibbles and bits and now she hates it and I’m freaking out cuz she’s already so skinny from refusing food and the hookworm ordeal and I just don’t know what to do! Please help me!

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We brought our 4 month old mini Aussie Indy to the dog park yesterday. It's a nice fenced in, off leash area with a separate section for small dogs, which is where we let Indy play until he gets confident enough to go into the larger section. Indy is incredibly friendly, polite, and downright adorable, so it's not uncommon for other dog owners to want to give him some snuggles or treats, which is usually fine because the other owners know to ask us first.

Yesterday there were two unsupervised kids who were just hanging out at the park to play with dogs. They looked to be around 10-12 and mostly sat on the grass. They asked us our dogs name and we told them.

Now, Indy is in training and we are working on getting his attention by calling his name, and we are consistent in only using his name in conjunction with the clicker and a treat. The kids started calling him over by name and chasing him around trying to pat him. He wasn't scared or anything, but I was worried about them diluting the effects of calling his name. I know they were just kids and they didn't know better, so I gently told them that they can play with him all they want, but to just talk to him saying "hi puppy!" or something, and explained that he is learning his name for a specific reason and we don't want to confuse him.

It... kind of worked. They would still sit on a bench and call "Indy Indy Indy!" Periodically, so my boyfriend and I sort of casually led Indy to the other side of the area to play with some other pups (and gave him many clicks and treats for following us on command!)

The thing that I really had to talk to them about though happened after. The younger boy of the two kids decided he wasn't done playing with Indy, so he came over from the other side of the park, and while Indy was bouncing around with some other dogs, tried to scoop him up and carry him back. That's when I got a little protective-mom.

I zoomed over and I said to please not pick him up! He put Indy down (who was still fine, not spooked, just went back to his dog friends). The boy went back over to the other girl. I had my boyfriend supervise Indy for a bit and I went over to the bench to talk to them.

I told them that the dog parks are really fun, but they are for dogs to play, not people. It's hard to see all these cute pups and not want to play with them, but I told them it is so important to always ask the owner before calling over, petting and especially trying to pick up a dog, because you never know how the dog will react. He could get very scared, or he could get aggressive and bite. I told them the best thing they could do if they wanted to pat a dog was to ask the owner, and then let the dog approach them.

They seemed to understand. I know they just couldn't know better, and it wasn't their fault. I felt bad for lecturing someone else's kids but there were no parents in sight. The kids clearly lived in the area and probably came to the dog park often, so I hope next time they do they play with the dogs more respectfully!

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So 3 weeks ago we did a move and despite coming from a city where we could afford the new rental builds with hardwood floors and such, our new city only offered places with wall to wall carpet that was in our budget. Well after 3 weeks of trying to positively get the dogs to hang out on the carpet, last night was the tipping point when one dog refused to be anywhere other then the kitchen (ugly cheap laminate/tile) and the other attempted to use the bed, couch,and anything else his paws could be on as “islands from the lava”

So this morning, spent 3 hours overlaying the carpet in the bedroom and living room with discounted/ clearance laminate pieces (similar to the way hardwood is installed) it’s not perfect and I’m no flooring professional but the 2 of them are finally comfortable in their own home that’s all that matters.

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My dogs are all free fed from a large bistro thing and lately we've noticed that Deputy, 11yrs old, has started to slow down on the amount of kibble he's eating. When we bring a bowl of it to him, he'll eat it, so its not that he doesn't like the taste anymore. But it seems he's distracted while eating, even when nothing distracting is happening around him (other dogs are asleep, no people are moving around, etc). I'm supplementing with wet that I have to spoon feed him due to him walking away from the bowl when he's only half done. The other two are smaller than him (he's 60+ and they're both under 20, plus they pick at the food throughout the day and stay away when he's eating), so he's not being pushed away from the bowl.

Other then spondylosis in his neck and back (is on Gabapentin and Robaxin) and some mild flea/environmental allergies, he's perfectly healthy. Blood panel was normal, teeth are good, no signs of pain, etc.

Do you think he's getting closer to the end?

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