>>2065850 So I want to get another dog, I am just not sure what. I currently have a lemon beagle, and she is great but a little tiny. I live a very active lifestyle so I need something that can do weekly hiking trips, and almost daily trips to the dog park. The main thing I'm looking for is size, I want something bigger, and protectiveness. I live in not the nicest area and I want something that will make my girlfriend feel safe without me there and something that will also be protective of her and the other dog if needed. My beagle sometimes gets picked on at the dog park because of all the pit bulls in my area so I need something to let the other dogs know she isn't alone as well. >pic related, my awesome pup
I wasn't thinking and fed my dog right after we got done with a 30 minute walk. I am freaking out and watching him. How big of a deal is bloat actually? He is about 30 pounds and has a pretty broad chest. Should I be freaking out this hard?
How do I get my cats to not hate my puppy and my pup to relax whenever she sees one of them?
My cats are total scardey cats and want nothing to do with my puppy who's already much larger than them and will hiss and try to keep her away. My pup just wants to play and will antagonize one of them into chasing her whenever she spots one.
>>2066016 Does it genuinely have to be territorial/aggressive? Honestly, any large dog is usually enough. You don't want to fuck with somebody who has a 100+ pound dog in their yard or on a leash regardless of whether it's acting aggressive or not. I don't think you really need a 150 pound Rottweiler snarling and drooling, unless you're in a really, really bad area. There's plenty of athletic dogs with lots of energy and a protective nature, so what are you looking for as far as personality? Also, keep in mind pretty much any dog can be or learn to be protective or territorial.
>>2066315 Greyhounds, probably the most low-energy dog and easily found in rescues, but need an enclosed space to run around at least a few times a week. They're a little bit, but very healthy, clean, and quiet. How low energy? does "probably wouldn't do anything with it" really mean "doesn't want to take it for walks or play with it"? If so, I'd say don't get a dog at all. Even the lowest energy dog breeds are going to need daily exercise. It's just a matter of how much and the severity of behavioral issues that arise from not getting daily exercise. If anything, it sounds like most older dogs will do.
>>2066638 >>2066639 I concur. If you can't train your dog to walk on a fucking lead without suffocating them, you shouldn't own a dog. Kikopup on YouTube has great tutorials for loose leash walking if you're prepared to actually devote time to your animal. Also, you should be using a harness in the first place.
If you need a lot of help, then try a reaction or check collar. It doesn't choke them. If they pull, you give the leash a yoink and whatever you do as a correction. As soon as he gets back into heel, praise.
Another exercise is to walk back and forth. As soon as he walks away from heel, turn around. Do this over and over and over.
There are also tons of things like front-attached harnesses too. You don't need something that tortures your dog to teach it to walk.
>>2066653 I don't think yanking on their trachea is a great idea either. Harnesses are pretty much the best way to go. Head harnesses are slightly better, but just like prong, choke, and check collars are all meant more for "I have an untrained dog currently, but he needs to go somewhere right now that requires him to be manageable". If you're still too incompetent to train your dog without yanking on its trachea and everything else sensitive in the neck area, you should never, ever use a device like that for regular walks. It should be used exclusively in the context of training sessions, and never anywhere else. If you're gonna stab your dog in the neck all the time, he's just going to ignore it and do what he wants. I've handled plenty of dogs wearing really fucking painful looking collars all the time, and it doesn't do shit.
>>2066661 You fit the collars pretty loose so that it isn't really the physical sensation of the yoink on their trachea but rather the noise the chain makes. It's the noise of the chain + the correction. If it is done right, it shouldn't cause any pain or discomfort.
And I was referring more something like a Halti harness. Sometimes having the leash mounted to the front just triggers some dogs to pull. Mounting it from the front can help subdue that urge.
>>2066667 How is this preferable to reprimanding them without yanking on their trachea? If it's truly the noise correcting them, you could just make the noise yourself. Just look up kikopup loose leash walking. It's just as easy and more effective.
Am I terrible for crating my puppy from 9:00am - 11:00am and 3:00pm - 5:00pm? I'm NEET and take care of her all day, I give her two 20 minute walks before crating her, and there's a lot of indoor or outdoor play (depending on the weather) so I'm not completely neglecting her or anything
I just need shitposting / vidya time or I'll fucking go crazy, she willingly goes in the crate no problem and she doesn't cry or anything, she just sleeps
Having trouble raising a pupper. Got it at 8 weeks old. It's now 11 weeks old. Doesn't know it's name. I say his name hundreds of times a day. I never associate it with anything negative. I do positive reinforcements regarding his name. For example I'll go to give him his treat, say his name, then give him the treat. Still nothing. His potty training has gone BACKWARDS. The first week was great. He would wine when needed to pee/poop. Now he just let's everything rip. When I catch him I take him outside but he doesn't go outside unless I'm out there for 20 plus minutes. I keep the same schedule with feeding and I have taken him out every 30 minutes to an hour. I just don't understand. When I do take him out he just sits there. Doesn't sniff around or anything. He will follow me, and sit down. I'll walk away, he will follow me, and just sit there. I took him to the same place I took him when he was doing good with the training.
Is it okay if I only crate my dog during the night, but let him roam free while I'm gone during the day? I haven't had him for too long, but he hates being in the crate during the day while I'm gone and doesn't rip up my stuff while I'm out.
I've had people tell me that I should crate him anyway so that he'll be used to it if I ever need to board him at the vet. The thing is, he's a rescue, and I think the trauma of being abandoned by his original owners and thrown into a cage surrounded by scared and barking dogs will never go away whether he's used to a crate or not.
My puppy gets distressed still when someone leaves a room (closing the door). She'll go up to the door and hit it and make yelping/barking noises even when there are other people still in the room and trying to get her attention - she ignores everything else and just tries to make noise and bang the door.
Wat do? We try to not make a fuss and instead focus her attention elsewhere when leaving the room - and it's not being left alone, because she's fine for fairly decent periods when calm and she's not even being left alone most of the time. We don't make a fuss of entering or leaving but she'll still act as if massively distressed (or least need calling away from the door when calm) when someone closes a door behind them.
>>2066748 >8 weeks That's a little young. Might explain any of its retardation or behavioral problems. Probably didn't come from the best breeder, either. >hundreds of times a day There's your problem. If you're saying it constantly all day, it won't learn shit. Also, don't expect it to learn everything in three weeks, not all dogs are smart. http://www.thelabradorsite.com/labrador-puppy-training/ This is for Labradors, but this is a great in-depth guide for any breed. A lot of breeds are notoriously hard to potty train, so if your pup is one of them, I'd look into that breed specifically. You need to praise him when he goes to the bathroom outside. Treat him when he's done. You're probably not cleaning the mess inside up enough, either. They'll go where they've gone before if they can smell it. Would you rather shit in an outhouse where you'd rather be exploring or in a familiar, warm place?
>>2066748 It's not uncommon for puppies to take a long time to learn their name. The tone you use is important, but sometimes they just take a long time to realise that you want attention when you make that noise.
Thanks for the info guys. I'll try that. Makes sense too. I had just read somewhere that name repetition was a good training method. And of course after I posted my initial comment he did good with potty training. Gave him some treats.
>>2066874 Repetition is good, but not too much. It just loses its meaning after that. It also helps if you have another dog or similar. Give him treats when you say his name, but give other animals treats when you say their name. I'm not sure if this is a generally useful thing, but it worked for my dog. She understands her name to the extent that if I say my cats name and put a treat on the ground, she'll know it isn't hers and won't take it.
>adopted 3 year old pug/chi a few months ago >only knew sit >have been training her daily to come to her name and do "shake" since I got her >still barely knows shake, only does it reluctantly when I have a treat
Would she benefit from a dog trainer or is she too old now? I am not sure what classes would be good for her, she's also a little aggressive (good with my other dogs but goes apeshit at others on walks, was ok at dog park) so I'm afraid of taking her anywhere. Thoughts on what you would do? Is my training the problem?
>>2066930 Any dog could benefit from a professional trainer. I've seen chihuahuas learn advanced obedience and do some pretty fucking cool tricks, I doubt she's just too stupid or old to learn. Look for a good trainer or obedience class. Just make sure they're a no-force trainer and won't just Cesar Milan your dog into submission. >Is my training the problem? I'd say there's maybe a hundred cases out of every dog owner in the whole world where the problem is with the dog instead of human error. It's likely a mix of how she was socialized and how she was trained when she was younger by previous owners. Have you tried clicker training? Kikopup on YouTube is great. She has some shitty little mutts like yours that know more than I do at this point. Try following some of her advice before paying for a trainer. Just search "kikopup [pretty much any trick]" on YouTube.
>>2066930 it has nothing to do with trainers or age.
it's a pug. pugs are stupid. the dog was bred to look a certain way and both its physical and mental capacities suffered for it. pugs are, quite literally, mentally retarded compared to larger dogs. this is true for most small breeds, especially ones that were warped to fit into some hideous mold like pugs.
>>2066944 Thank you so much for the advice, I appreciate it. I've already got my eye on a few places in the area to take her to- you're right about the Cesar Milan thing too, my last experience with a dog trainer was like that and I was just hesitant because she's lashed out before when I've accidentally been rough with her. She responds best to positive reinforcement because she gets overstimulated and growls/strikes when she feels cornered. I'll look into clicker training, haven't tried it before but I've seen some really well trained dogs with that method. The thing is that I have a 2 year old pug I've raised from a pup who knows 8 tricks and learned them all extremely quickly so having a dog take so long to catch on has just thrown me a little. I'll just have to keep trying with her.
Does anyone have any advice for introducing an adult dog to a new dog? The new dog will be in the same age and size range.
Any tips on introducing dogs, getting a new dog used to a new house and another dog, and how to pick a compatible dog would be helpful. Recently lost one of my babies and I want my other one to not be alone forever.
>>2066961 Yeah. Just keep trying. And as somebody else was saying, yes, pugs are stupid, plus it's understandable for an animal bred to live in constant discomfort doesn't want to learn things. Chihuahuas are also dumb. However, I've seen both breeds very well trained. It just takes a tiny bit more effort than teaching a Golden Retriever, so people pass them off as unteachable and use it as an excuse to have a poorly socialized, untrained piece of garbage.
>>2067057 because Google definitely would never have any information on this, it's just too much of a personalized situation. Nobody has ever introduced two similar sized dogs and nobody has ever written hundreds of articles explaining how to properly do it.
Hi Anon, I just went through this for the first time a few months ago so I will say what I experienced and learned since then.
In terms of matching, you're going to likely have the easiest time getting a good match by getting another dog of the opposite sex. If your dog is a male, another male is also a good option. If you have a female though, another female is statistically the most likely to result in conflict (for some reason, I did not know this until recently).
Next you should assess your dog's personality. Are they energetic/playful, or lazy/cuddly? What's their tolerance for shenanigans, whether that be from people or other dogs (by that I mean people bugging them by picking them up, touching them, etc and other dogs coming up to them and smelling, etc)?
Age and size is an excellent point too like you already mentioned. Not that a big dog and a small dog cannot coexist perfectly, but it definitely could cause more problems if it didn't work out.
>>2067209 So I'll illustrate how my situation was: I had a middle-aged, 16 pound, male mixed breed dog who was lazy, just liked to lay around and cuddle, very tolerant and easy-going, perfectly housetrained.
The "match" I had in mind was a middle-aged, 15-20 pound female dog who was also housetrained and would work out with him.
I lucked out and adopted a 6 year old female Miniature American Eskimo who is working out so well. She has an alpha female personality, but it has not caused an issue since my male is so easy-going (had he been dominant, it could have easily caused a problem). That being said the beginning involved lots of supporting my male and reassuring him he was still first to get fed, first to get pet, first to get treats, etc. As well as correcting some unnecessary/inappropriate behavior from the female (for example, she was very pissy in the first few weeks and would growl/snap at my other dog even if just tried to walk by, she needed to understand what was unacceptable). She now lays right next to my male dog and even lets him give her kisses. Also important to not leave them alone for the first few weeks since you won't be there if any "arguments" arise.
I think in general the most important thing is for you to make sure you are fully present in the adjustment process. I think a mistake a lot of people make is just "leaving the dogs to themselves to work it out" when you're the most important part. You're the leader and the other dogs will look to you for leadership on how to act. If you show them how to coexist, they'll follow - instead of making their own (potentially poor) decisions among themselves.
>>2066748 This is how I taught my puppy her name: First I would call her, and if she looked up at me, I'd give her a treat. If she didn't, I'd make little noises with my mouth to get her attention, then when she looked at me I'd say her name and give her a treat for association.
>>2067319 She does go nuts for chicken (picks it out of her dog food, annoys me) so that might be a good idea. I don't know if that's the issue though, she pretty much vibrates with excitement for any treat I offer
>>2067412 You also have to keep yourself interesting. Play with her and make her excited, then tire her out so she'll get a little hungry. I usually do training sessions with my dogs before feeding to keep them interested in the food.
>>2066101 I'd say yes, a bed is largely necessary if your dog does not have access to other sleep areas, like the couch or a human bed. You know your dog has been laying on hard surfaces probably more than they ought when they start developing those calluses of thick furless skin on their elbows, and that's about the point where you should consider giving them softer alternatives to the floor. This is particularly important for older dogs with arthritis, because they can get very sore. Having a raised sleep area is also something to take into consideration if you're in a cold location on the bottom floor of a building, because that's when laying on the floor leaves them more vulnerable to cold.
I mean, for four years my dog just slept on a raised wooden pallet above concrete with a piece of scavenged carpet over it. And that was good enough. As he's got older, I've taken additional steps to make him comfortable, and he now has four different sleep options other than the floor, including a hammock bed, a nest of blankets, and a couple of proper dog beds in different styles. Dogs actually appreciate having a choice of where to lay down.
>>2067081 First: farting can usually be fixed by changing the dog's food to something decent. Sometimes there is a medical issue that is going on, and you might need to see a vet. Two or three farts isn't even bad. My GSD had small intestinal dysbiosis once, and he was farting every five minutes with such revolting smell that he cleared an entire floor of the house. I was the only one who would be in any proximity to him, because he reeked. But just because he smelled terrible wasn't reason enough to euthanize him. He was still a good dog.
Second: you have a brachycephalic dog. Of course it's going to snore. If you wanted a dog that did not snore, you should have gotten a dog with a muzzle that is not squished into its face. However, if the snoring is keeping you awake at night, I suggest you move the dog's sleep area away from yours and otherwise learn to ignore it. This is, again, not a reason to euthanize a dog that is otherwise in moderate health.
>>2067474 Depends what you want the dog for, how much information you want on the medical and temperamental background of the dog or whether you don't mind not knowing, and whether or not you want to "do a good deed."
If you go to a breeder, be sure to find a reputable one, and not a backyard breeder.
>>2067474 Normally, adopting. Most people just aren't smart enough to choose a good breeder and end up supporting a cunt. Plus, most people don't really need a purebred breeder pup. First time dog owner? Go ahead, get an easy breed from a good breeder so you don't fuck up. Interested in advanced obedience, therapy work, hunting, or similar? You could still easily find a rescue or mix of a suitable breed, but breeder pups would be understandable. Average adult who's had dogs in the past and doesn't have any particular requirements? Most shelter/rescue dogs will do. Need a dog specifically low-energy or suited for apartment dwelling? You could/should still adopt an older dog, but it could be understandable. Also, bear in mind that "adopt" doesn't mean "pit mix shelter dog". There's plenty of purebreds who enter shelters, and many, many breed-specific rescues. Breed-specific rescues often put a lot more into their dogs.
>>2067597 I've never really met an aggressive pitbull, only bad owners. They're usually big fucking sweeties, but terribly trained. I don't know why the owners are always so incompetent. Rottweilers, on the other hand, I have seen aggression in. Specifically territorial aggression and dog aggression, but I'm sure they're very kind to their owners. Again, nice dogs, shit owners. My neighbor has 3 rotts who stay outside all the time and you literally can't close a window without them barking for 15 minutes.
>>2067652 mine did it when he had parasites that were causing him to have an upset stomach. he doesn't do it now that he's clear of them.
honestly, it could be anything (parasites, too-full stomach, too-empty stomach, sickness, nutrient deficiency), or it could be nothing.
but if he's only eating it at the park and not at home in your yard or on regular walks, it could just be that it tastes good to him. if there are no other symptoms, I'd get a fecal done next time at the vet and not worry about it too much.
>>2067869 You definitely can't have a puppy on this kind of schedule. A shelter dog might do okay, but you should wait for vacation to take one. It'd likely just shred your home while you're away if you just take him now.
>>2067869 Yes, it's a bad idea. Wait until you have more time or other people living with you who have more time. Your only real option is getting an older dog, which you wouldn't bond with or be happy if you only have two days a week to really devote to it. You could hire a dog sitter, but I doubt it's practical to hire a dog sitter a few days a week for the rest of an animals life.
>>2067887 Then why can't you feed your dog something of vaguely decent quality? Yearly exams and shots aren't particularly expensive. He means health-related vet bills, which you're definitely gonna have if you start feeding your dog something even cheaper and shittier.
>>2067344 I actually never clean the yard because the dogs don't poop there unless they're not well. They go on their morning walk. Sometimes on the evening loop around the block, but not always. But they don't poop in the yard, and rarely pee there.
If they've had diarrhoea in the yard, I hose the area down.
>>2067992 It's not about the contract, it's about a breeder who only breeds dogs who have proven their temperament through dog activities like Competitive Obedience, Rally, and therapy work; then waits to determine a puppy's temperament before placing them with a family rather than the "first come, first serve" mentality usually employed by BYBs.
my father retired and now lives in a mountain village in northern Italy since he loves hiking . He has a house with a small garden there and really loves big dogs. He wants to take one but always delays, so I was thinking about getting him one for his birthday. My first choice would be a Bloodhound since it looks cool and funny to me but I don't know much about their temper. They are famous for their sniffing skills right? Temperature where he lives is obviously cold during winter but fresh during summer. Do you think a Bloodhound could be a good choice? Any other breed suitable for mountain life?
>>2068010 Depends. What are you looking for in a dog as far as temperament? How much time can you devote to your dog daily? Your options as far as hypo-allergenic dogs is limited. The best place to get a hypoallergenic dog is from a reputable breeder (upwards of 900 dollars for a decent dog) or a rescue specifically for that breed. Poodles are great generally. But they have vigorous exercise requirements, tend to be barkers, and it's pretty hard to find a healthy dog since they're frequently bred by BYBs. If you want an exercise buddy, though, poodles are definitely the way to go.
I'm trying to choose healthy chews for my dog, but there's so much conflicting information. Some vets saw rawhide is safe, some don't.. Some say nylabones are great, some say that they're dangerous. Same with antlers and raw meaty bones.
>>2068005 Nobody responded because it's an awful idea and you don't sound competent enough to pick a dog breed, let alone a decent breeder. >buy a dog for somebody who is delaying getting one (probably for a reason) >picking a breed because "it looks cool"
I have a pee problem with my dog. He's about 7 years old.
A few years ago I moved house and took in my mother's dog when she passed. He had a slight problem with marking in the old house but my mother said it wasn't too bad. My problem is that my dog seems to mark the house very often (every one or two days). He gets out regularly for walks and he gets out in the garden in between as well if he's had a lot to drink. I keep an eye on him during the times when I'm awake but when I go to sleep he pees in the house all the time. I usually clean it up, wipe with bleach/disinfectant if possible.
My dog just can't seem to wake me up if he needs out or this is a bad habit.
My plan to treat the environment is to rip up the carpet, clean all of the furniture and soak the hardwood floorboards washing with vinegar/water to neutralize the odor. Also buying a dehumidifier to help with that issue. Hopefully it should work.
I can try to treat the urine issue at home but it's just firefighting if I can't solve the problem. Any advice on how to stop this, it only happens when I'm out of the house or asleep.
>>2068074 I would take him to the vet to rule out kidney issues, diabetes, and urinary tract infection as a start.
After, I would agree with >>2068132 and go back to confinement.
If he's holding it as long as he can, but just can't manage the length of time, then I would suggest either a dog door so he can take himself in and out (only if you have a secure yard) or a bell that you can train him to ring when he wants to be let out.
I actually just had to train my 8-year-old to ring a bell to be let out at night time, because he doesn't reliably whine loudly enough to wake me up.
But I adopted a 9 month old cattle dog and do 12 hour shift work. I do like 6 days a fortnight. I did the same as other poster, days I'm working I walk her in the morning and after. She's not neurotic. I leave her shit to do like kong, hide treats, she'll pool and leave her toys to throw around. She's great. Although this is anecdote, I know a couple people in similar situations and their dogs are fine.
My cats wouldn't go near my dog for around 4 months. Eventually they came around and now they're all fine with each other. One cat in particular is the best of friends with the dog.
Make sure the cats have a safe place they can retreat to with no dog, but regularly bring the least skittish of your cats to your dog. When there try to get your dog to be calm and not try to play or antagonize the cat in any way so that he doesn't try to chase them when he sees them.
>>2068162 Alright, maybe some shit dog like a pug would be fine, but a fucking cattle dog? The fuck is wrong with you? You can't leave an extremely high-exercise working dog with a need for mental stimulation at home all the time and give her two fucking walks a day.
>GSD puppy >just got to four months, she's looking super good, obedient and well socialized
>but oh my god >the barking
Anything from stiff wind, rain and birds in the trees, she has to make sure I know about it.
In her puppy class which I'm attending, the trainer basically told me that the only thing you can do is misdirect her attention with treats or playing whenever she starts barking, which I'm doing but I'm pretty much praying she'll just grow out of it.
Any tips on getting her to stop alarming on everything?
>>2068329 Teach her to bark on command. She'll pick up that barking on command gets her a treat, but that barking when you don't ask her gives her nothing. And then you use this occasion to also teach her a shut-up command.
>>2068332 My dog barks alot at the park with other dogs. She isn't aggressive, but she just runs around dogs barking. She's a herding breed. Would teaching her to bark on command be a way to get her to stop?
>>2068332 Ace. Thanks, anon. I'll give it a whirl.
Also, speaking of GSDs, her ears haven't risen up yet. I don't have a picture handy on my computer, but they're very soft at the tips, while feeling more firm and stiff the closer to the base you get.
The breeder said they'd rise by weeks 12-14, which I'm well past, but a retired dog trainer in my town said it can take as much as six months, and at that point I may want to tape them with some styrofoam pads made specific for that purpose. Opinions on waiting with taping, or should I try it right away and see if they stiffen up?
I'll love my dog endlessly regardless, but Shepherd's pretty much are iconic with the ears.
I was planning on picking up a husky. I want a companion dog that can keep up with me and has energy, but is also relatively independent.
The problem is I work a full time week on shifts, so sometimes I'll do three 12 hour days, others I'll do five 7.5 hour days. I have no issue with the exercise element as I usually get up early to hit the gym and can run at any time of day quite happily, but I am concerned that a dog I keep might be lonely. Is it okay for me to keep a dog as a working man?
>>2068331 http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/australiancattledogs.html >Australian Cattle Dogs require lots of exercise. Working livestock, agility, jogging, biking, chasing balls, and playing Frisbee are productive outlets for this breed's high energy. >Vigorous exercise requirements http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/australian-cattle-dog >He's not well suited to living in an apartment or being left alone for long periods of time. >The Australian Cattle Dog is an extremely active dog who needs constant mental and physical exercise. http://www.vetstreet.com/dogs/australian-cattle-dog >The ACD has high energy levels and needs much more activity than a simple walk around the block. >The Cattle Dog requires lots of daily exercise and mental stimulation to keep him busy. http://www.animalplanet.com/breed-selector/dog-breeds/herding/australian-cattle-dog.html >This dog needs a lot of physical and mental activity, more than a simple walk on a leash can provide. >This dog must have a job to do or it will expend its efforts on unacceptable jobs of its own. http://www.cattledog.com/misc/intro.html >The Australian Cattle Dog is a social breed that NEEDS to be with "its people". This is NOT a breed to leave chained or penned in the back yard....such isolation will lead to SERIOUS personality problems !! >Because the Australian Cattle Dog is an active breed, a firm commitment must be made to exercise.
There's five independent sources saying you aren't exercising your dog anywhere near enough. He probably sleeps all day because he's depressed. Lethargy, especially in extremely high energy breeds with no known health issues who aren't elderly, isn't normal and is a sign of depression from a lack of mental and physical exercise. You should seriously consider either re-homing your dog or hiring somebody to take care of it.
>>2068360 There will almost always be someone in the house at all times, just not me. Still, I don't want to potentially harm a dog for my own pleasure. Can you recommend any particular breeds for someone who wants a running partner?
>been trying to to persuade dad to let me have my own dog >never gives me a straight answer, badmouths cute rescue dogs I show him >mum tells me he has a "plan" >ask about this plan >"well it would have been better a surprise but because everyone in the house won't leave it alone - cos something something anniversary, we'll get an Old Dog replacement" >mfw explicitly replacing beloved Old Dog with the same breed >mfw getting a puppy from breeder instead of rescue dog like I wanted >mfw new pup will be family pet rather than mine >when I move out, I can take Current Dog >mfw parents trading Current Dog for newer model Am I being a little bitch or is this kind of cold?
My Boston terrier was the result of a backyard breeder and had a corkscrew tail that dug into his butt and he had a chronic infection in his tail pocket. We finally found a vet we trusted to do the surgery to open the pocket and my pup is like a new pup. I've never seen him chase a squirrel and two days post surgery he's chasing the squirrels and jumping (:
Long story short, I have a great 8 year old little dog. She's bright and very treat motivated. I've been able to teach her many commands in her years. BUT she's been staying with my family for 10 months and will finally be back with me permanently again in 3 weeks. My family not only doesn't understand dog training, but they are completely detrimental to it. She stayed with them in the past for a month and bounced back into obedience almost immediately but I'm worried this time has been too long.
My question is if I should jump straight back into training which I'm sure she's had none of for almost a year, or if I should let her adjust for a few days to the altitude, new people, and myself again before correcting any behavioral damages.
>>2068523 they've got rubber booties that look like water balloons. if you're worried about hot pavement, they can help shield her paws. I used them for my dog because my apartment salts the sidewalks really heavily, and there were a few times when he started limping because either the ice or salt hurt him so badly. they're called pawz booties, and the dog won't mind them like real ones because she'll be able to feel the ground through them.
>>2068368 your wanting of an "independent" dog nixes things like viszlas and weimaraners, even though I always like to see more of those. probably you want an airedale or another medium-sized sporting dog. you have to keep up with its exercise requirements, though. that means every day, not just on the days that you're off work.
>>2068466 If you're not old enough to get a dog without Daddy and Mommy's permission, you're not old enough to have your own dog. Your parents don't sound like they're replacing your older dog either unless they're getting rid of it. If he's an elderly dog it's understandable that they'd want another dog that isn't almost dead and useless. I also understand wanting a dog to be "yours", but you're being a little bitch about it.
>>2068363 She gets enough exercise and stimulation as she doest get up to 'unacceptable' behavior. She is absolutely wrecked by the end of the day. All those sources show nothing but, 'lol needs heaps of stimulation', which yes, they do but in comparison to another dog LOTS of exercise is a couple hours out as opposed to 30 mins like other dogs.
So many cattle dogs in Australia, you have no clue. Not all are used on farms. And eveyone I come across isn't exercised for 6 blues a day doing rigorous fitness regimes and are fine.
You are a retard who isn't very good at reading comprehension / doesn't have a dog / likes to argue on the internet.
Tldr ; my dogs fine, the vet knows it, I know it, she knows it. We are off for a hike now, lol enjoy being an absolute sponge.
>>2068363 You sound like a bit of a neurotic mess. Dont you get enough exercise?
Pretty sure he said he takes the dog out heaps and gets lots of time off. I know 3 cattle dog owners and whilst most of those sources are good advice, these things dont need 8 hours work a day. Hell, most cattle dogs after a jog are fucked. I used to take one walking whilst his owner was recovering from a motor bike, he would last maybe 20 minutes jogging until he flopped down.
Another 2 used to come down to the dog park. They were awesome at fetch, unlike any other dog I have seen. But 30 minutes later, back fat out and tongue rolled out .
The guy (or girl) doesn't need to re-home it, haha settle down bro.
> it is not a hyperactive breed, and once one has had its exercise, it is happy to lie at its owner's feet, or to rest in its bed or crate while keeping an ear and eye open for signs of pending activity. The Australian Cattle Dog is an adaptable dog that can accept city or indoor living conditions, if its considerable exercise and companionship needs are met.
- Buetow, Katherine (1998). The Australian Cattle Dog: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet. New York, NY: Howell Book House. ISBN 978-0-87605-446-8.
>>2068633 Nice single source from '98, really disproved the other four dozen articles that disagree with everything about it. Regardless, it still doesn't justify the ridiculous hours alone and lack of anything other than a shit break most days of the week. Also, just because your friends dogs are out of shape doesn't change much about literally everybody still alive disagrees with you. >>2068621 Yes, a few of hours of exercise and not to be left alone for the majority of their life. Two whole days a week spent with your dog isn't an achievement. No, not all cattle dogs live on farms. That doesn't mean "leave alone for 8-12 hours weekdays, spend 2 days with it and it's just fine"
>>2068648 Not the other guy but she isn't left apart from 2 days a week. The max I work is 3 days in a row and get 4 off. I should add on the days I am not working someone is either home or she goes to her friends house and they run around and play. Not sure where you got the 2 days a week think, I would agree with you if that's the case. Im fit as fuck and love out doors shit so she suits my life style.
My roommates have a huge husky, as in 160 pounds or more and stands taller than me and im 6 foot tall. He lives in an apartment and never leaves. He runs out of energy fast but isnt obese.
...should I just release the beautiful creature while he isnt home? I live in oregon about 100 yards from one of the biggest forests in the country. The poor thing just looks out the window all day at his freedom. He doesnt even like his owner, he ignores him.
I grew up around Shelties and collies, and I want a dog of my own.
I'm thinking of Sheltie or a Belgian Tervuren. I think the Sheltie would be the more practical choice, since I'm an apartment dweller. But I fell in love with Tervurens from the first time I saw one a dog show.
>>2068888 Left is working line, right is show line. I don't know internationally, but I got a GSD with a near-perfect spinal line here in Norway, and it's pretty much the only kind you get unless you adopt one that got smuggled over by swedish jews.
>>2067869 >i want to get a dog, but i live alone, and work about 8 hours a day
i have the same problem. when not working i enjoy hiking and fishing, so i would love to have a dog to do that with, but i just would feel right about leaving a dog home alone while im at work all day.
I was thinking i could bring a dog to work. (i work outside). i figured if i left the dog in the bed of my truck, with a cap on it, and all the windows open, it would be fine. i take atleast 5, 20 min breaks a day, not including a 30 min lunch. i could walk the dog on my breaks. plus i'm always around my truck so i could keep an eye on him.
>>2069192 >I was thinking i could bring a dog to work. (i work outside). >i figured if i left the dog in the bed of my truck, with a cap on it, and all the windows open, it would be fine.
it's a nice idea, anon, but you need to test the temperature that your truckbed gets in the summer first. you could kill your dog even if the windows are left open. he'll need icewater, too. and I assume since he'd be in the truckbed, he'd need a soft place to lie down. give him some mental stimulation toys and, assuming the temperature wouldn't get terrible and kill him, it sounds like a pretty sweet setup.
>>2069206 thanks for the input. i never really thought about that. i live in the state of maine, it gets pretty cold in the winter, and kinda hot in the summer.. i usually park in the garage when its really cold.
i was going to get one of those dog beds for him to lie down on.
>>2069214 like I said, test the temperature of your car on a hot day. with a good blanket/bed combo, a hot water bottle or something similar, your potential dog could probably handle the colder temperatures.
I have a labrador retreiver thats around 7 months old now, got hima couple months ago. I love him a lot.
When I take him on his daily walk after school, he always tries to go ahead of me and push ahead, even if the leash is pressing against his body already. He barks at every dog and person he sees and its so embarassing.
When we got him we made the garage his room with his cage, food, toys, where he sleeps. Whenever I leave him, he barks and barks and barks until someone goes and keeps him company. This is the biggest problem. I ignore him most of the time until he stops, but some days he will just bark for an hour, and I have to go in there because my neighbors will get annoyed.
I spend a lot of my day with him, but when Im in school (8 hours) i cant really do anything to stop him from wrecking the garage. He goes to his crate when we tell him to, and he doesnt mind us closing it, but when we leave the room while hes locked in his crate, he goes ballistic and barks. We are still working on potty training.
I want him to be a nice mellow dog, so i take him on walks, but then he barks at other dogs and lunges at people across the street. When we get home, I feed him and leave the garage but if he hears me talking inside he starts barking until me or my siblings go inside.
What do I do? If he keeps this up, my parents might give him away, which is a shame because he is a wonderful dog that probably just wasnt socialized before we got him.
>>2069299 How do I train him to be inside? He hops on the couch where he isnt allowed and tries to jump on the counter whenever we let him in. I usually have to give him a bone to keep him distracted, but once he gets bored he runs amuck
take him inside. The dog is not going to work out for your family, because your family does not understand dogs, so the best thing to do is start looking for a good owner. Do not give the dog away for free. People drive around collecting free dogs and sell them to medical testing.
Your family wants to lock the dog away inside a crate inside a garage. probably with the lights off. just no idea whatsoever how to treat an intelligent animal, and everything being done wrong at every turn. You cannot get a dog to behave by locking it away. Its behavior will only get worse. The dog needs to be inside.
>he jumps on the couch and shit
so push him off? what is there to understand? your family is building no relationship with the dog and the dog hence has no respect for any rules or for your family.
honestly, just look for a good owner, someone you know. this isn't gonna work out for your family from what you've said, it's just all wrong.
>>2069260 Get the dog on the left's legs under it squarely and it'll probably be downhill towards the shoulder. That will negatively impact foreleg function and wear as it gets older.
The dog on the right is probably fine in a square stack, but while you can tell some things from glancing at a stack you really want to know about OFA hips/elbows if you want to know if the dog has good joints.
>>2068885 What are you looking for in a dog, how much time are you willing to put into the animal daily for training and exercising?
>>2068888 It is extremely fucking difficult to find a purebred GSD with no sloped back. It doesn't necessarily mean you will be paying more, I've seen frog GSDs go for $24 grand. But it will be difficult to find a decent breeder, especially when there are so many GSD breeders pretending to be decent. It's like trying to find a needle in a haystack pretending to be needles
>>2069410 Purchasing a dog other than from a shelter or pound, unless it's for working purposes, is morally wrong and no argument can be made otherwise.
You are basically paying for the continued existence of more animals while other animals suffer and die alone. You are paying to create more animals when there is nothing but a sea of suffering animals.
Buying a purebred dog = murdering a pound dog. There is no way around it.
>>2069414 Shitposting on the internet instead of selling all your material possessions and giving it to charity and going to help, even for working purposes, is morally wrong and no argument can be made otherwise.
You are basically paying for the continued miserable existence of some of your countrymen and many all over the world who will suffer and die, sometimes before even their teens. You are paying to create more poverty where there is nothing but poverty.
Shitposting = murdering your poorested countrymen and little African and Indian kids. There is no way around it.
>>2066016 Go get a boxer mix, very comon, and healthy I got a boxer/akita/mastiff mix, she isn't menacing looking till someone fucks with her. Very VERY active, will tire you out before you tire them out. Nice as fuck inside.
>>2069695 I'm going to rephrase this in an appropriate manner.
2~3 years ago my dad found a dog near his house and decided to adopt it since it was completely alone, at the time he was around two months old, the next years went all the same, my dad didn't really had time to spend with the dog, so he usually gave him a bowl of food in the morning and leave him alone for the rest of the day, and only played with him one or two hours a week. Now fast forward to two weeks ago, my dad had to move from his house to another one where he couldn't keep the dog anymore and asked me to keep it since there is a little space where he can live; everything was fine until some days ago, he barks for hours, today he started barking at 6 PM and he's still doing it (it's 7:30 PM now), the problem is that it can't stay inside and he isn't in the best of the places (I live in a three story building, I'm on the second floor and he's in the ground floor), I think he just feels lonely, but I have no idea what to do, I played with him for more than an hour today, I'm trying to train him, but he was raised really bad and I don't know what to do, please I need all the help you could give me, I don't want him to suffer.
>>2067081 >my dog's body performs perfectly normal biological functions that are much MUCH easier to deal with than shitting on a rug or destroying furniture. Which is the easiest way for me to kill it?
You sound like human garbage right now. Why did you even get a dog?
>>2069709 I actually had a pretty similar story. What type of dog is he? >he barks for hours, today he started barking at 6 PM and he's still doing it (it's 7:30 PM now), the problem is that it can't stay inside and he isn't in the best of the places (I live in a three story building, I'm on the second floor and he's in the ground floor) When we first got our dog (a staffy/lab mix), he'd been moved from home to home for his first year or so and had probably been hit by papers and other owners. He was really uneasy about staying with us for the first 3-6 months. He was terrified if you left him alone and had some trust issues. For his first month he would not sit still or lay down at all in the house. When we'd leave the house, even for 5 minutes, in the first two weeks he would cry loudly non stop.
>I think he just feels lonely, but I have no idea what to do, I played with him for more than an hour today, I'm trying to train him, but he was raised really bad and I don't know what to do That's exactly it. You need to let him into your home and life. Let him know he's safe. Our dog learned to trust us, he knew he'd get food regularly and was loved. He stopped 3-6 months in.
The only time he cries now is if you cut his nails, eat a food he loves or take him in a bus or car. The last one is hard to shift because he was clearly changing house time to time but if I can drive this year I'll take him out and about.
How can I get my dog to stop chasing my pet cats? He is almost 2 and he chases the fuckers since he was a pup. One cat is a bit more used to him he will just sniff and lick her the male cat on the other hand he will pin and sometimes nip at. Bouviers are pretty fucking stubborn and smart dogs and they are instinctual herders. Had other dogs who were cool with the cats and never gave a fuck and they were raised the same as him. >Tl:dr dog chases cats to how fix that?
>>2068329 >been working on bark on cue >trying to drink coffee and get some work done >puppy has been barking all morning because the seagulls are coming back and she seriously has it in for them >literally nothing except her being with me calms her down and I can't keep her by the work computer because I still don't trust her with cables
I need halp, my puppies been throwing up and having diahrrea. I came home earlier and found bloody diahrrea on the puppy diaper pad. I'm going to bring him to the vet tomorrow but anybody know of any remedies for him? He's a 2yr old 5 pound yorkie,Chihuahua mix.
>>2070078 Does she nip cables at all? Ever? I don't know how true this holds, but with the pups I've known, if they don't chew on cables in the first week or two, they never will. And the others who did chew on cables early always seem to come back to them once in a while. My pup somehow picked up cables were a no-no, which I never had the occasion to teach her, because she never went for them. Even now when her ball or something lands in a bunch of cables, she either takes it back carefully or waits/whines/barks for someone to do it for her.
I tried coating some old Cat9's in Sriracha, but I think she liked the taste of it, and by the end it was just a mangled mess of copper and plastic.
I tried coating it in lemon, and that felt like it made her angry. She dug the cables to bits with her paws.
So I've covered up or hidden all the power cables in the house, but you can't really do that with a computer without considerable effort, so I can't really let her stay in here as a moment's inattention could result in a lot of working downtime.
>>2067213 thats good to know because i really love those dogs and i hear they do well in the heat >>2067822 i think this is the best suggestion honestly, a doberman with its ears down is kind of exactly what im looking for as far as looks go (intimidating but not frightening) and extremely athletic is great as well
My dog has one of those 'sad' faces when she's relaxed.
So question, what type of herbs are good for dogs? I do a mix of taste of the wild and dog safe whole foods from my fridge and I want to know what herbs I can add in small amounts to her food. Like for instance, if I grind up some turkey and want to make it last a few extra days in the fridge, what herb could I use as a preservative instead of like salt, pepper, garlic, the usual ones that would also be good for a dogs body?
I do cook the meet that I give her too, but leave it a little pink. I don't trust the meet I get to be completely raw fed.
>>2070253 my fawn doberdog. The black is his ill-fitting t-shirt, but he loves wearing it. He looks pretty goofy to me in this pic, but he can be scary as hell when he fixates on something. Definitely haven't had any problems with being afraid while he's around
>>2070558 It seems a little small, did you measure your dog before buying it?
The crate my dog used as a bed (never locked) was bought for my mother for our lab. My dog is a smaller staffy mix. The cage is 90x60x60. My dog is around 75cm long. You want to give them a bit of extra clearance. If you put an old duvet in there for them, they'll snuggle up in a ball. I'm getting rid of mine though because it takes up too much space and he doesn't need to be locked up now.
>>2066638 Slip leads are better for dogs who are good at escaping, or as emergency leashes, than for pullers. You really need to put time and energy into training a puller to not pull rather than relying on a crutch.
What's your guys's opinion on taking puppies to obedience classes? I took my pupper to a class last night and it went pretty well. It was the first class so it was pretty basic stuff, the "look at me" command. I liked it cause it was with other puppies and the instructor let them play and socialize for the last few minutes. It was a good controlled environment and I think my pup learned a lot. When the class started she was tapping at the other puppers, but during the playtime she was playing rather normally. The instructor seemed pretty into her training, even showed us a video of her doggo. Pic related, my pup
>>2070253 My Dobie/gsd is wonderful. She's a little stubborn but she definitely makes me feel safe. She's not terrible big, around 70lb, and she has energy for days. And she's pretty protective of my mother's two dogs and my other dog when we go out to the park.
So first time in /an/ here. This is going to be a little long so yeah: My father has a small enterprise slowly growing and I help him with everythin he asks me for. We work for a somewhat large ISP in my country. We also do all kinds of Civil Engineering work. We are using a regular house as the administrative office (where he, other engineers and me do paperwork) and at the same time, some areas of the house are used as store rooms of all sorts of material and tools like stairs, cables, hoses, and all sorts of stuff. This includes:
>The house's car garage Around 5 x 5 meters. Only half of it has ceiling. No cars are stored here. You need to walk through here to get inside the house / office, so it's not very crowded with stuff, but we do store some things in here.
>>2071289 Really for her to do stuff when I first say it and not after 4 times/only 75% of the time. Also want her to be social with other doggos and be a good leash walker. Also training her to be a bird dog for pheasant hunting but that's a different story. But will need her to be comfortable and listen off leash if I want to do that with her
>The main storage room Around 3 x 4 meters. Has a full ceiling. It is connected and can only be accessed by a regular door through the car garage. This is where most stuff and tools are stored in, this is also were our dog had his bed and used to sleep.
>The backyard Around 6 x 6. All grass and shit.
The thing is: Since around two years ago, that is, when we started the business, we had a Labrador living in the office, around 13 years old, grew with my dad and my little brother in their actual house.
My dad always said he loved the dog, and my little brother too, except the little fucker only visited him once a week, never cleaned him, or feed him, or took him out. My dad works all the fucking day, in and out of the office, he has no time at all for the dog, but at least he finds time to clean him from time to time, and feed him daily, I do the same. Continued...
>>2071298 On the other side, my dad insists that the dog is also there for protection. Considering we leave the office every night. He is afraid someone might break in and stole all the stuff we have in there. So he thinks a dog keeps some people away.
Two days ago one of the stupid workers, (around 40 men work in this office) let the dog out and didn't even bothered to go after him. We found out like an hour later that he was gone, we searched all day for him but couldn't find him.
>tldr need a new dog he has to be somewhat big, but very social and cool with being around a lot of people. I will do my best to make this dog "mine". I'll clean him and exercise with him and all that. So I'm open for suggestions. Thanks a lot and sorry for the wall of text.
i think my dog has ear mites. she shakes her head sometimes and when i use a piece of cotton to wipe her ear there is black stuff on it. what's the best way to cure it? is there any good medications at the store?
Hey /an/ is my pupper going into heat soon? She just passed the 6 month mark and she's a small breed. I heard small breeds go into heat sooner than large breeds which is why I'm wondering. The main reason I think this is because she's been licking her vagina very frequently for the past couple days. Help?
>>2071447 >I'm going to show her and put her in agility And this has fuck all to do with getting her fixed. Unless you are planning on becoming a BYB it would be better to spay and neuter your animal. Oh, and to answer your question, if your dog is bleeding then she is in heat, fuck off.
Found a bit of string in my dog's shit. He must have eaten a soft toy or something he shouldn't have. He's been eating, drinking, pooping, and acting completely normal though... assume he is okay and no need to have him go to the vet for an xray?
>>2071773 Monitor for signs of blockage. You should appreciate you have this warning, from now on strive to prevent him from consuming inappropriate items so it doesn't one day cause an expensive health emergency.
>>2072091 I don't mind that, but this >walking mutt "Oh gosh, he's so pretty, what breeder did you get him from?" or "man, that must an expensive dog" Makes me all paranoid someone is going to try and steal him someday. Is just a merle hound mutt.
>>2071875 > I'm in a dog general for a reason, because I didn't think it was a serious question, You wanted to know if your dog was in heat because she was licking her vag, you're right it's not a serious question. The answer is simple your dog licks it because it can. > you can't show a spayed/neutered dog, fuck off Citation? Or go fuck yourself, I could care less either way.
>>2072091 >Walking mutt. >Someone comes up. >OMG A WOLF 2CUTE. I DIDN'T KNOW YOU COULD OWN THEM! CAN I PET IT? OMG I'M PETTING A WOLF! >IT'S ILLEGAL TO OWN WOLVES I'M CALLING THE POLICE IF YOU COME HERE AGAIN! >TAKE THAT WOLF AWAY FROM MY CUTE PUREBRED YORKIE IT'LL EAT IT! >OMG HOW DARE YOU TAKE A WOLF OFF-LEASH IN A DOG PARK?! >Kids are all in awe of my wolf, half don't even dare approach and just look from afar.
>mfw she was just a black labrador/malinois mutt. She did look quite the cross between the two breeds and had some of the malinois' somewhat wolfish features, but come the fuck ooon, people.
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