[HELP] What to do when you can’t find placement for a stray? via /r/dogs

[HELP] What to do when you can’t find placement for a stray?

There was a stray dog wandering around our neighborhood for a couple weeks. Every afternoon she would end up sunning herself in our backyard.

I took a photo and placed it on Next Door and then called animal control.

Almost immediately after, I received a message from another neighbor. Long story short, she stated that she would take her to get checked for a chip and then foster her, if needed. I canceled the animal control call.

3O minutes later, she returned with the dog. No chip and the vet thought that she may have had puppies recently. She brought her back to look for the puppies.

No puppies were found, the neighbor can’t keep the dog because the dog jumped the fence and now we have a dog that we just can’t take care of right now.

All the rescues are full. I have called as many as I can think of and no one can help.

My husband really, really dislikes this dog because she has done some significant damage to our house when she got out of her cage while I was out.

I have no idea what to do. I suspect she was used to breed and then was dumped. (There are so many dog in this area that this happens to.) We are just not in a position to take care of a dog right now, especially one that seems to have separation anxiety issues.

Are there any suggestions?

Submitted January 17, 2019 at 08:51PM by DustUnderTheSofa
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[Discussion] Is there a sturdy latex dog toy? via /r/dogs

[Discussion] Is there a sturdy latex dog toy?

My dog (13 lb chihuahua) LOVES toys like these but she chews through them in about five minutes. Is there a latex toy with a light touch on the squeaker (she isn’t strong enough to make big heavy plastic toys squeak) that can stand up to small dog chewing? She has a few Hartz Durabones which she hasn’t been able to chew apart, but A) Hartz is evil and B) they don’t really interest her very much.

Submitted January 17, 2019 at 09:01PM by senanthic
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[Breeds] Looking for honest breed recs for a happy match! via /r/dogs

[Breeds] Looking for honest breed recs for a happy match!

Introduction

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

First of my own, but I was involved with our family lab growing up. I was older when she was a senior, so I am especially sensitive to the needs of senior dogs. I don’t have any experience training, but will have about a month off of work to spend time in classes or working on training/adapting the dog to their new home!

I also fostered a mutt with extreme separation anxiety. She chewed through a plastic crate within an hour, distributed trash all over the house, wailed, etc. Total sweetheart when we were home, except for some scary aggression toward men. I took care of her for about 4 months, but she was a senior so there wasn’t much to be done behaviorally.

2. Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a reputable breeder?

Rescue.

3. Describe your ideal dog.

Gentle giant. Playful and snuggly. Weirdo. Content at home during business hours, and tolerant of car trips (3-5 hours a couple times a year, with as many rest stops as necessary) – I have an SUV so dog size shouldn’t be a big factor here.

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

Greyhound – I’ve read that they’re low energy and have pretty goofy personalities. I also like that retired racers don’t typically have a history of abuse, so any aggression/behavioral issues may be more predictable. They're used to crating (for car trips, etc). I’m aware they need jackets and have trouble with stairs – more on that later.

American bulldog, lab mixes, or pitties/mixes – only because they’re available from shelters most often. I’m not very well-researched their needs/quirks though, and don’t know if they’d be happy with my lifestyle.

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

Potty trained, “wait” to dig into their food, walk nicely, no jumping on visitors. Ringing a bell on the door to go out would be a huge bonus! Mainly I just want good behavior and anything else is a cherry on top.

Care Commitments

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

I’m a homebody, so I’m happy giving this dog as much attention as it wants in the evenings! And we’ll hang out all weekend. In the short term, I will have a month off of work to devote to obedience/other classes if necessary. I’d like an adult dog, though, so hopefully we can get the basics down pretty quickly.

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?

Realistically, only 1-1.5 hours of walking every day (short walks in the morning, afternoon, before bed). Dog parks feel too risky, so I personally wouldn’t use one regularly.

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’d prefer a low-maintenance dog grooming-wise. I don’t mind cleaning ears, brushing teeth, etc at home. I would probably pay a professional to trim nails if we didn’t walk enough to wear them down. I can easily make brushing a daily 10 minute end-of-walk activity during shedding season.

Personal Preferences

9. What size dog are you looking for?

Large or medium.

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

I grew up with a chocolate English lab with a very thick coat – heavy shedding is my baseline! I’d avoid it if I could, though. I don’t favor a lot of barking (especially living in an apartment), and hate slobber.

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

Unimportant.

Dog Personality and Behavior

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

Snuggly.

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

Either.

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’d expect some barking and general chaos. They should at least tolerate pats from strangers/visitors but I don’t really care about this – only that they’re not aggressive.

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

No, too many dogs in my apartment building.

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

Separation anxiety, aggression

Lifestyle

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

Maximum 7am-5pm M-F. That’s the worst case scenario, and I can work at home often.

18. What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?

I will be living alone for at least 6 months after getting the dog.

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

No, but I love dogs. I’ve been waiting 6 years to get this one, so I could realistically want another in the future.

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?

I rent, and will be in my apartment without breed or weight restrictions for 4-5 years.

22. What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?

I live in the northeast USA. There are no breed restrictions in my city.

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

Winter averages: 20-40F, summer averages: 60-85F

Additional Information and Questions

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

I live on the third floor – no elevator. They need to do stairs! And as much as I love big dogs, pragmatically it might be best if I can lift them in case of emergency.

Submitted January 17, 2019 at 09:39PM by mkarns
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[Help] Do dogs experience happoness? via /r/dogs

[Help] Do dogs experience happoness?

Do dogs actually feel happy or do humans just assume that they do? And is there any scientific research that proves or disproves this claim? Like I know that dogs smile but does that necessarily mean that they are "happy"? I tried to do this in ELI5 but they told me to come here

Submitted January 17, 2019 at 09:39PM by Lambo802
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[Discussion] Are big dogs smarter than small dogs? via /r/dogs

[Discussion] Are big dogs smarter than small dogs?

A scientific look at canine intelligence.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/canine-corner/201901/are-big-dogs-smarter-small-dogs?amp

My miniature schnauzer ranks high for a small dog, but most intelligent dog are large working breeds. Our mini schnauzer, at six months, would go to the front door if either of us said the word “out”. We started spelling “out”, it took her two weeks to understand “o-u-t” was the same as out.

Submitted January 17, 2019 at 08:28PM by Opinionsare
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[help] can someone please explain pet insurance to me/the best insurance out there? via /r/dogs

[help] can someone please explain pet insurance to me/the best insurance out there?

I’ve done my research and i’m in between pets best and trupanion. has anyone had experience with either? pros and cons?

also, i’m a little confused about the pre-existing conditions clause with pets insurance. If my puppy is predisposed to a specific problem like dachshunds with IVDD, is it considered a pre-existing condition? So, let’s say I gave my 6 month puppy a wellness check and he didn’t have any back issues during that waiting period. But, he develops it later on down the line like a year or so into the insurance. Will that be considered a pre-existing condition?

Submitted January 17, 2019 at 08:42PM by yellow_dust
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[HELP] new puppy won’t eat and is now throwing up water via /r/dogs

[HELP] new puppy won’t eat and is now throwing up water

I adopted a puppy yesterday and she hasn’t eaten since Tuesday. I figured this was normal for the first day since she is in a new environment and has lots of stress. She was “joined at the hip” with her brother and I’m thinking she is just stressed about everything. She is a 13 week old Australian Shepherd mixed with Samoyed.

She just threw up a bunch of water… she must literally have 0 food in her system. The last time she pooped was yesterday at 5pm, it’s 7:30 pm now.

I tried making her food soft for her but she won’t even sniff the bowl. She is constantly sleeping.

I figured this was all normal since it’s a new place but now I’m worried because of her throwing up the water. She went to the vet today and got all her shots, could this be a side effect?

Submitted January 17, 2019 at 07:47PM by idkwhat-to-put
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