[Help] [Discussion] Psycho threatens my service dog and I with their aggressive untrained German Shepherd. I have to live near them and now am genuinely afraid they might let their ‘dog that won’t stop attacking once they start’ loose intentionally. Animal control can’t do much before that happens. via /r/dogs

[Help] [Discussion] Psycho threatens my service dog and I with their aggressive untrained German Shepherd. I have to live near them and now am genuinely afraid they might let their ‘dog that won’t stop attacking once they start’ loose intentionally. Animal control can’t do much before that happens.

I have diagnosed PTSD that effects my every day life. I also have a service dog in training. I picked a dog that had the exact temperament I wanted, with a low prey drive, high trainability, great listening skills, that has lived with children, adults, and teens of both sexes. Right now an ESA so the dog does NOT go into public except for pet stores that allow well behaved dogs which is what my dog is, where we are doing service dog training. I passed up on dogs of traditional service work, labs, goldens, german shepherds, after the owners or shelters said they hate men or bite kids.

I've had encounters with this person in the past. The last encounter was when I was walking my dog at night. I only have so many spoons and do not feel like people trying to start fights with me about my well behaved dog over perceived breed or type so sometimes I walk at night. The person came out and sarcastically yelled to me "nice dog." I told them "thanks, dog's name is nice. Dog's name is my emotional support dog, and I am training to be my service dog". The person then told me they thought they knew my dog was a pit bull but I told them the truth, American Bulldog mix, and the mix is something with much thicker and longer hair which is obvious if you get close or feel the fur. They then asked me why I was walking so late, at 9 or 10 pm, and I told them my schedule and that I didn't want to scare anyone since they always assume the dog is a pit bull even though he has well known very typical American Bulldog markings and the less blocky head and shorter snout that American Bulldogs have. I told them in a calm and downright friendly manner "sorry if we startled you I didn't expect anyone to be out here this late. We're just walking through and mean no harm". As I left they shouted something at me but I did not hear what it was.

This time my dog urinated on a patch of grass on an abandoned property. Psycho came flying out of the house yelling at me for "having my dog pee on their property" saying "your dog is aggressive and marking their territory". My dog was sitting by my side, no hackles raised, not growling, not lunging, not pulling, and showing no other signs of potential aggression. I calmly apologized and said I wouldn't let him urinate there again. They continued to yell about 'their property' which wasn't even theirs, but next to theirs, and they said it was "close enough". I finally got tired of it and said "well the sidewalk grass is public property. But I'm sorry it won't happen again". As I started to leave they said "I have a dog on my property. My dog is mean. If I let it out and it attacks you and your dog, I can't stop it. It won't stop. I can let it off my property."

Admittedly at that point when they literally said they own a dog that not only can, but will kill people and other animals, I legitimately felt triggered. Actual PTSD triggered not the stupid internet definition of triggered. Part of my PSTD is from a family member threatening to kill his spouse, their other kids, and myself and then trying to go through with it not once but twice before police intervened and made us not the one threatening leave the home for our safety. My dog was nudging me like trained to do when I get triggered which is not too common thankfully since not a lot of people scream at me in public or no one else has before threatened to kill me. I was so angry though I did raise my voice, and I told them "then your dog is out of control! My dog would not kill a person or another dog. My dog has been attacked by other dogs and not fought back. You need to control your animal!" They kept trying to fight and made more threats against my dog, so I walked away trying not to let them see my cry in pure anger. I continue to walk around the block and see the person driving around in their car. They drive up to me with their window down and try to engage again, and I tell them again "I'm sorry. I don't know what else you want me to say. I'm sorry my dog peed on some public property, we won't even walk by your house anymore if that is such a big problem". They told me I was "crazy, loco, nuts" and that "they own what you are calling public property because they pay taxes if it gets damaged". I said "WE ALL PAY TAXES ON PUBLIC PROPERTY. I'M DONE." I walk off and they continue to follow me for a bit in their car before finally driving off.

Even though the person was past middle aged and not particularly threatening looking, I know crazy people can poison your dogs, and I now know this one owns a german shepherd that "won't stop attacking" meaning very capable and willing to kill people and other dogs. The dog is outside 24/7 and barks and lunges at people behind the fence constantly which I was willing to let slide since I do not go out of my way to start drama. I am scared now. Should I report it to the animal control or police? I am afraid if I do they might "accidentally" let a dog out that they admit would kill someone, or poison my dog. I have to live a few houses away from the psycho. Animal control here is understaffed and underfunded, they may not do anything at all except leave a note saying the dog is barking all night and that they need to comply with local noise ordinances. They will not even take away dogs that are being starved until the dog either dies or is so emaciated it cannot walk, and I know since I have volunteered there and know how the laws work and how it is hard for them to keep up with all the animal abuse cases. The police may not take it seriously since the person is elderly, even though they said their dog will kill people, especially since we are in a poor neighborhood with mainly disabled fixed income people. But should I report anyway in case the dog does attack someone?

Submitted March 04, 2019 at 09:44PM by afraidforus
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[Help] My dog is not losing weight via /r/dogs

[Help] My dog is not losing weight

Hey there reddit, so I have a German Sheppard Golden Retriever cross who's weight fluctuates between around 83-87 lbs, and sometimes 80 he is a year old.

Upon his last vet visit to the vet we were told that he was a little heavier and that his ideal weight was in between 69-75 lbs. She prescribed a diet plan of 800 calories a day for 6 months, and recommended that when he reaches his ideal weight to have him eat 1000 calories a day.

We have been on this diet for a month to a month and a half, and we haven't seen a decrease in his weight.

We take him for walks when we can, but since there have been many extreme cold warnings it has been too cold to even take him.

Is there more I can do? Or is it actually a waiting game with dog weight?

Submitted March 04, 2019 at 09:55PM by sannif12
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[Vent] My dog is abusive 😭 via /r/dogs

[Vent] My dog is abusive 😭

He loves to play but he has so much energy that he hurts me almost every day. Sometimes he will swing his head around too fast and wack me with his open jaws. Sometimes it's a scratch from his toenail. Sometimes I get stepped on in delicate places.

Today we had just started a game of tug and he ran at me with his rope in his mouth. He was zooming so fast that when he tried to stop he slid into me and bent my big toenail back. Terrible, terrible pain and now its bruising and there is blood everywhere.

So I'm sitting on the couch with my ice and he poops on the floor to let me know hes not getting enough attention.

What is my life.

Submitted March 04, 2019 at 09:57PM by JannaSwag
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[RIP] Midnight, Mixed Akita? 11 years old via /r/dogs

[RIP] Midnight, Mixed Akita? 11 years old

So this is my first post on this subreddit and if I do something incorrect I apologize, this is like a RIP/RANT hybrid if that's okay. I had to put my boy down a few months ago. He had been limping, at first it was just a slight limp and we assumed he had strained it, which the vet concurred with. When we realized the limp was getting much worse we took him to a different vet who did further diagnostics and told us he had bone cancer, and it had already metastasized to the rest of his body. When I got the news I was devastated and took off from work immediately. The vet gave us a prognosis of a few weeks at best. Midnight was such a champ, and even though you could tell he was in immense pain he acted for the most part like nothing was wrong. Some days were better than others, to the point that I would get false hope that somehow he would pull through. He would hop along on three legs so fast sometimes that I would freak out and try to slow him down. In fact he seemed like he had more energy than his sister (Who we later found out had a hormonal issue). Things were so up and down, one moment he would be hopping around like a pogo stick, and the next minute he would scream and howl in the most heart wrenching and ear-piecing way you could imagine. I kept making plans with my family to have him put down and I kept backing out a day or two before, telling myself that he was okay, he could make it another week. Eventually I just resolved to do it.

The actual day of, I kept telling myself I was making a mistake, but I knew that if I didn't do it I would keep putting it off, and I wasn't sure that it was fair to him. But I honestly think I made the wrong call. When I got the leash his ears immediately perked up, and him and his sister started freaking out like they usually do. He was just so happy and excited to go for a walk with his pals, couple that with the fact that his sister was also excited I felt nothing but pure disgust for myself and what I was doing. I just went through the motions, put him in the car and we took off. When we arrived at the vet, he seriously did not want to be there, he pretty much refused to even go past the steps. When we tried to coax him up, he piddled a bit, he had been having trouble with incontinence but I was certain that this occasion was due to fear more than anything else. I mean he had been there before with my uncle and he said he was acting perfectly fine. I sure that he knew what was happening and didn't want to go. The wait was super long in and of itself but the circumstances made it seem like an eternity. My uncle decided to grab some In-N-Out, at first I was secretly irritated at him for thinking about food at a time like this, but I realize everyone handles these situations differently. He came back and we gave Midnight some fries and a burger. Then it was time. We brought him inside, and as we entered the exam room midnight slipped on the linoleum, and emitted a scream that broke my heart. He peed on himself, and my uncle took that as a definitive sign that it was time for him to go. My happy little bear didn't even try to get up at that point, he just laid there in his own urine, I honestly never have felt worse in my entire life. I helped the vet by holding his leg so she can shave it, and the vet injected the initial sedative. He laid there for a few minutes while me and my uncle hugged him and told him what a good boy he had been.

I was the one who at 14 years old, looked up various pounds, begged my grandma to take me there to look at dogs, and then demanded my uncle take me there to pick out a puppy. He had been part of a relatively large litter, and he was definitively the runt. By the time I came back to the pound to pick out a dog it was just him and his sister, my uncle wanted his sister because she seemed more outgoing but I insisted that we pick him, he was so small and nobody else wanted him and I just knew immediately he was mine. My uncle conceded and decided to pick up both him and his sister. Midnight was 100% mine, I raised him from a puppy, he went from being the runt of the litter that I would wash in the sink to a 110 hefty boy.

Accordingly knew that it would be my call and mine alone to make, so I told the vet to inject the euthanasia drug. He passed so fast and I honestly couldn't even process it, he went from being my baby to being a limp corpse. I had to help carry his limp body to the car because the vet stated they don't store corpses for crematory pickup and they were closing for the day. It sounds obvious but… He was just so lifeless. And I felt so guilty. Whenever I tell people they say "oh well he was in pain you did the right thing" but that's just a useless platitude to me. While he was still around I had been researching opinions on when is the right time to euthanize. I found an answer that made alot of sense, essentially, it's time to euthanize when the dogs suffering outweighs their desire to be a dog and do the things they normally do. But he obviously still wanted to be a dog, my dog, to eat waffles and to go on walks. I also regret taking him to the vet instead of having it done at our home, his home, with familiar smells and sights. It was literally a financial decision, nothing else. I made my boys last moments stressful because I wanted to save a few hundred bucks. I'm so sorry Midnight, you deserved better. You were such, such a good boy.

Submitted March 04, 2019 at 10:10PM by DeliciousRazzmatazz
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[Help] Senior dog & crating via /r/dogs

[Help] Senior dog & crating

Posting on behalf of my mother who is unfamiliar with reddit but needs help. She has a 10 year old shih-tzu who grew up sleeping in children’s beds, but all the children have moved out. Mother cannot have dog in her bed.

Looking for advice: I have crate trained our dog for nighttime. Things have been going great for a month. Now every night at 2 or 3 am she starts barking and wakes us up. I’ve tried letting her out, putting her back in. The longest stretch of quiet I can get is about 2 hours. This is killing me! If I don’t crate her she will do the same thing followed by peeing on the floor. Suggestions welcome – but I won’t have her on my bed. Slept fine for the first month, took to vet for possible UTI & is currently on antibiotics and after 7 days of antibiotics this new barking started, is she feeling better and now just wants to sleep with us?

Submitted March 04, 2019 at 10:11PM by khaales
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[Help] My dog choked herself on her collar via /r/dogs

[Help] My dog choked herself on her collar

Hi ! I heard my dog making strange noises earlier and found out she had tightened her collar (she always plays with it to try to take it off, which she often manages to do) so I went to loosen it and noticed she had thrown up a little and blood on her mouth. She must have been chocking for maybe 10 minutes or so. She could walk not long after she finally could breathe again even though she was breathing very heavily (when I found her, she was down, but did an effort to come to me when she saw me), I watered and cleaned her a little to refresh her up and she took about 40 minutes to get her wind. It’s been an hour and now she’s good, still a little tired but not worrisomely, but I’m still worried that what happened caused some damages inside her body.

Has anyone experienced it ? How did things go for your pup ? Is she going to get better on her own ? I don’t know what to do right now and I’m scared her case gets bad.

Submitted March 04, 2019 at 09:20PM by maryflr
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[Breeds] Looking for my ideal breed as a jumping off point via /r/dogs

[Breeds] Looking for my ideal breed as a jumping off point

Hey everyone, hope all is well by you! Just looking for the wisdom of some experts like yourselves on trying to find where I should start searching, or if my ideals are even realistic. Let me know if there is any additional info I can provide, and thanks in advance!

Introduction 1) Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs? * This will be the first dog I take care of alone, but I grew up with dogs (small and easy ones like Havanese and Maltese) and helped train them growing up. For all intents and purposes though, this is somewhat of a first dog for me. 2) Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a reputable breeder? * I see the perks to either, and support both. If I could find an ideal dog at a rescue, I’d absolutely adopt but I haven’t seemed to find my match in my visits every few weeks. 3) Describe your ideal dog. * A dog that is good with other dogs and people. Pretty happy-go-lucky and not too excitable. Ok with staying alone for a few hours on weekdays. Shorter hair and not pit bull-levels of energy would be ideal, pretty mellow and quiet and i don’t hate the idea a playful and peppy dog. Not so calm that they’re lazy. Cute is fine, but a little bit of toughness too would be nice. 4) What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why? * Im really very open on breeds – I can love pretty much any dog. Always had a thing for bulldogs and Danes, never had a thing for chihuahuas or bull terriers if that helps, but I know that’s pretty wide 5) What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do? * Come, Sit, stay, lay down, maybe handshake. The biggest thing is trainability when it comes to house breaking and easy socialization. Being my first completely solo dog, I’m going to be learning a bit too so one that this comes somewhat easy to would be a huge perk. Really though, being good with other dogs, other people, and as not overtly prone to separation anxiety is key. Care Commitments 6) How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day? * I can devote about 3 hours per day to training and playing, another hour or two just hanging out. 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? – A short walk in the morning, about 20 minutes, and as much as 2 hours in the afternoons. Walking of course, but also tug of war and fetch I’m up for. 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? * I'm willing to do most daily, but haircuts no more than once every 4-6 weeks. Personal Preferences 9) What size dog are you looking for? * Any 10) How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle? * Light to medium shedding i can handle, slobber isn’t a massive concern, quiet would be ideal. 11) How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area? * Not very important. I do live next to a dog park so it would be nice, but not a MUST. Dog Personality and Behavior 12) Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space? * I’d like an affectionate dog, but being that s/he will have a fair bit of alone time, some independence would be necessary 13) Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please? * More eager to please, but not overbearingly so 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? * No radical barking or over-protectiveness needed, not looking for the worlds greatest guard dog 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? * Heavy separation anxiety and aggression are the big ones, also not overly energetic as a personal yard is not in the picture yet Lifestyle 17) How often and how long will the dog be left alone? * 9 hours total (visited at lunch, so no more than 5 hours at a time) 18) What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog? * No other residents in house, just myself * No other pets 20) Will the dog be interacting with children regularly? * No 21) Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease? * Yes – Pit Bulls, Dobermans, Bull Terriers, Rottweilers, Cane Corso, and all breeds over 80 lbs are restricted by many apartments here 22) What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds? * I live in Atlanta GA, USA, and yes I am aware 23) What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live? * Summer – 90 Fahrenheit Winter – 40 Fahrenheit Additional Information and Questions 24) Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant. * N/A 25) Feel free to ask any questions below.

Submitted March 04, 2019 at 09:22PM by stma1990
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