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  • How to trim a Golden Retriever's feathers?

    My mom's 16-year-old Golden Retriever is in need of a serious trimming and they're having some money problems, so the groomer isn't exactly on her list. This dog has actually never been to the groomer, as my mom has taken great care of her grooming-wise up until the last few months (mom works all the time and comes home exhausted, dad has been out of work, etc.)

    Anyway, I've tried to find a good video, but I've had no luck so far. I'm only looking to trim her feet, tail, and feathers, so please skip videos about brushing and bathing (that part's already done).

    Thanks in advance, will give Best Answer to best response/link!

    3 AnswersDogs8 years ago
  • Some general puppy questions?

    My roommate's puppy (7 weeks old) is Half Lab/Half Border Collie, with both parents being AKC registered. It was an accidental litter, with only 4 puppies born. We picked her out a few weeks ago, then got a call from the "breeder" on Sunday saying that we needed to go pick her up a week early because she was having to leave town and didn't have someone to watch them. They've been away from the mother completely for 2 weeks, as she went on a hunting trip with family.

    Anyway, I just have some general questions about some weird stuff the puppy does. I've had a puppy before, but it's been more than a few years, so I've forgotten a lot about their little quirks.

    How much should this puppy be sleeping? She'll wake up to play ever 3-4 hours, then pass out after 30 minutes. And I don't mean she slows down and stops playing, she goes from running around to passed out on the floor. How normal is that?

    How much should she be eating? We pretty much just feed her as much as she wants every 4 or 5 hours, whenever one of us gets home or she wakes up from a nap.

    She cries/whimpers while she's playing with toys, is this normal?

    She won't pee on the couch (which is why we let her nap up there with us), but she'll pee on the floor almost every time she's on it, is that normal?

    She whimpers and cries when we're in the car, how can we help her relax?

    Is it okay to have my dog (an older Corgi) sleep with her in the bathroom? It seems to keep her calm, but I'm moving out in 2 months and I'm worried about her getting too attached to my Rexy in there and not being able to sleep after we leave.

    Her ears are floppy right now, but are pointed like a Collie's. What are the chances they'll stand up?

    She has really tiny teeth, much smaller than most puppies, is she going to get puppy teeth, and then grownup teeth, or just go straight from what she has now to grownup teeth in a few months?

    Should we be wiping down her privates after she potties, or is that just when they're really little?

    We're feeding her a mixture of wet puppy food, dry kibble, and some weaning powder (since she isn't 8 weeks old yet), should we be phasing any of that out?

    Thanks to all who answer, sorry this is so long!

    3 AnswersDogs8 years ago
  • Do you think this could be the same dog?

    No need to explain the back story, but what do you think? Given that there is a 1.5yr difference between the two dogs, (the first pic is at 9 months, the second at 2yrs), do you think it's possible?

    8 AnswersDogs8 years ago
  • How can I make my outdoor patio more comfortable for my dog?

    I have an older Corgi (just turned 9) and she's a wonderful, wonderful dog. Occassionally, I have to work longer hours than normal (I'm talking twice a month, max) and I really don't like to leave her in her crate for more than 6 hours at a time. And even that long makes me feel like a bad mom.

    I have a fenced outdoor patio attached to my apartment that's probably 8x12 feet. I've found that this is the only place she'll poop reliably (I have no idea why) so I got her a potty patch to go on so that she won't continue to ruin the concrete. She hasn't really taken to it yet, but we're working on it.

    Anyway, sometimes I'll come home and there will be drops of drool in a circle like she's been pacing around and around, but I can't figure out why she does it. She has a huge fresh bowl of water out there, bones, toys, treats, and a towel to lay on. I can't understand why she's so upset being outside. She goes in and out of her crate when I'm home as if she really does like it, and I've never had to force her in there. She goes in on command.

    Is it better to leave her in her crate than put her outside? Should I get a second crate to put on the deck so she feels more like it's "home"?

    And in case someone says it, it's very shaded and there's a cieling fan that's always turned on, so it's not like she's baking out there. And I do clean up the poop as soon as she goes, so she isn't stuck out there with it, or anything like that.

    What do you think, DS?

    4 AnswersDogs8 years ago
  • My dog has elongated nipples from her first and only litter 3 years ago, what can I do?

    Is there anything I can do to shrink them? I mean, they aren't bothering her, but they kind of bother me a little bit.

    I don't want to have them surgically removed or anything, I just wanted to know if there's anything that could reduce their prominence.

    4 AnswersDogs9 years ago
  • What's the difference between a "deer head" and an "apple head" Chihuahua?

    I know literally nothing about Chihuahuas. Can someone explain the difference to me?

    10 AnswersDogs9 years ago
  • Why can't I get this pup adopted?

    I have LITERALLY tried everything. For whatever reason, my ad keeps getting deleted on craigslist. And I don't mean after a week. It's up for MAYBE 45 minutes before it's flagged again. I've triple checked the rules and I'm not breaking any of them. I'm really starting to get ticked off.

    I've also put up posters around for her and even walked her around PetsMart. I've had 3 people meet her, fall in love, and for one reason or another can't take her. She's a great dog, but my landlord has put a time limit on how much longer she can stay, as she's over the weight limit. And I already have a pup who is feeling a little crowded in my 2 bedroom apartment.

    I can't bring myself to take her to the shelter, but I'm running out of options. I've posted about her on Facebook, placed a classified ad on and I just don't know any other routes to take!


    For the record, she is a fully trained, housebroken, and crate trained 7-month-old Yellow Lab. Here's a picture:

    5 AnswersDogs9 years ago
  • Best ways to get dog adopted?

    An abused lab mix pup came wandering up to me with her tail between her legs about 8 weeks ago. After failing to find her owner and nursing her back to health, it's becoming apparent that my apartment is no place for two dogs, as I already have a small one.

    This dog is the sweetest, most laid back animal I've ever met and while it breaks my very soul to give her up, I feel it's in her best interest.

    I've had a post up on craigslist for almost 2 weeks advertising her, but no one seems interested. She's 7-months-old, has basic obedience down pat, and is completely housebroken. I know she's not a tiny puppy and that's what most people want, but why is it so hard to find her a home?

    I've heard one of the issues I could be running into is the rehoming fee I'm asking for. It's $50. Please understand that I'm not SELLING her or trying to. But it cost me an arm and a leg to take her to the vet for a checkup, get her shots, and everything in between. She's coming with toys, food, leash, collar, bowls, and her crate, all of which added up to about $300 if you don't count the $200 I spent at the vet.

    I feel like $50 will ensure that her adoptive family can financially afford her and I know that "free" dogs tend to end up as fighting bait more often than dogs that were paid for.

    What am I doing wrong? And no, I will not take her to a shelter. She's perfectly fine and safe with me and I feel she has a better chance finding a home with me than in a cage with 30 other dogs next to her.

    12 AnswersDogs9 years ago
  • My dog has been sleeping in a crate for 2 months and she still cries in it after a couple of hours. Help?

    I have a 7-month-old lab pup named Lizzie. I got her a few months back after she was shoved out of a truck bed and abandoned in my neighborhood. She's a great dog, aside from the normal "puppy chewing" and what not. She has been sleeping in a crate since the day I got her and after about 4 hours, she starts crying. And she'll escalate to barking and howling if I don't yell at her to stop from my bedroom. It's a little bit exhausting. She won't let me sleep past 8 without waking me up every half hour.

    The vet said she doesn't have a bladder problem or anything and she never potties in the crate, even when I've had to be gone for more than 10 hours (which is very, VERY rare).

    What am I doing wrong? She has toys in her crate, 2 nylabones, and a rawhide. She doesn't have to potty and isn't hungry. She gets dinner almost right before she goes in the crate for the night.

    9 AnswersDogs9 years ago
  • Other alternatives to crating my dog?

    So, long story short, I found a dog who was pretty severely abused. I've decided to rehabilitate her instead of taking her to the high-kill shelter nearby and risking her life. Unfortunately, I'm unable to find a crate at this point in time, but am having one shipped to me that should be here in a couple of days.

    In the mean time, I've been trying to keep her in the kitchen (as she isn't fully house broken) with a baby gate. Well, being much smarter than I gave her credit for, she cleared it in a matter of minutes. So, then I put some dining room chairs up against the gate as a kind of fence, but she nudged two of them apart and jumped through the gap.

    She's a chewer, so I'm trying not to use bungie cords and what not to lash together a fence on top of the baby gate, but I need some seriously creative solutions. I had her in the bathroom for a while...but she tore up the bottom of my bathroom door and my landlord was less than pleased about it.

    She has plenty of toys in the kitchen, complete with a Kong and brand new nylabone. Fresh water and is fed and taken out before I put her into the kitchen.

    Anyone have any ideas on what I can do until the crate gets here to keep her and my apartment safe?

    13 AnswersDogs9 years ago
  • My recently adopted Corgi has itchy fur?

    So, I recently adopted an 8-year-old Corgi from someone in a dire situation off Craigslist. I know, I know, bad move.

    Anyway, Callie is a precious girl, but has fur that's really short in patches. The owner said her roommate played a joke by shaving Callie here and there. It's around her neck, her feathers are gone, and a little is missing on her lower back. The fur is growing back and it's really short and bristly right now. She's always scratching her lower back area and I'm wondering if something more is wrong.

    Is she just itchy because her undercoat is growing in, or does she have a skin issue? There's no rash or scales or any type of flakes.

    6 AnswersDogs9 years ago
  • When should I start feeding my dog senior dog food?

    My precious Corgi (who I recently adopted) is an 8-year-old beauty! She's got a sensitive the sense that the Iams she was eating gave her horrible gas. I've got her switched onto Blue Buffalo, which is helping the issue, but I'm not sure when the right age is to start giving her senior food. I know Corgi's have a lot of joint, obesity, and back problems as they age.

    How can I help her age gracefully and pain-free?

    3 AnswersDogs9 years ago
  • My Corgi has awful gas, what can I do?!?

    I recently adopted an older Corgi and she's adjusted really well. She was being fed some horrible grocery store brand food, but I switched her to Iams mini chunks, which she loves.

    But since the switch last night, she's had some of the worst gas I've ever smelled in my life!! What can I do to solve this problem?

    7 AnswersDogs9 years ago
  • My new corgi has RANK gas, what can I do?!?

    Seriously, I love my new Corgi, but her gas is something else. It chases me out of a room without fail. She's a picky eater and eats Iams mini chunks after I switched her from some awful grocery store brand.

    7 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs9 years ago
  • What is the best type of dog for my situation?

    I prefer large dogs, but I can understand that living in an apartment with a part-time student/worker isn't ideal for most large dogs. SO, I'm looking for different opinions and please state your reasons why you've given the breeds you've given. And thank you in advance!

    I live in a 2-bedroom apartment by myself and I don't have a yard. I'm out of the house maybe 5 hours a day and the dog (whatever I decide to get) will be crated. I'm looking to adopt an ADULT dog, so I don't need the lecture about raising a puppy. I know I'm not ready for that. There are 5 dog parks in town that I know of and plenty of on-leash parks as well. I have at least 2 hours a day to devote to outdoor play and/or walking. I need a dog that is friendly with kids and other dogs and wouldn't harm my partner 5-poodle mix, who spends the night sometimes. I'd also like a dog who can be trusted off-leash, even if extended training is necessary. A short, low-maintenance coat is preferred, but I could handle a weekly or bi-weekly brushing and the occasional trip to the groomer. I'd also like a dog that I can train to do a bunch of different trick-type things. Nothing extensive or competitive, just little things to keep us both entertained and fit. The dog won't be a hunting or working dog, just an indoor companion who might like a nice trip to the lake now and then.

    I'm not a breed snob. A mix would be perfectly fine with me, but I'd like to know what breeds to look for at my local shelter or on craigslist, at least to get an idea of what I'm getting.

    Thanks in advance!

    10 AnswersDogs9 years ago
  • My puppy is suddenly and frequently having accidents in the house, help?

    My 10-month-old German Shepherd recently had some pretty bad diarrhea. I think it was because she has a sensitive stomach and the rawhides her grandma gave her made her sick. She went to the vet and they just told me to slowly ease her back onto her food after eating chicken and rice for a few days.

    Her stool is still a bit loose and she frequently tries to go more than once while we're outside, although she isn't always able to.

    She has been successfully crate trained up until this illness, but now she seems to have lost all sense of her potty training.

    I hate having to crate her all over again, especially because she's staying with my brother for a week next month without me and I want her to be able to be out with his dog.

    What should I do?

    9 AnswersDogs9 years ago
  • My puppy is still peeing in her crate! What am I doing wrong?

    My GSD puppy turns 12 weeks old on Tuesday. She has occasional accidents in the house, but it's rare since I'm taking her out every 2 hours or less. But she pees in her crate at least once a day, sometimes twice! She's not in there for more than 3 hours at a time, and I potty her before she goes in. She only has about...3 feet of space to be in, as the rest is cut off with a divider. She has a thin blanket or towel in there, but no stuffed toys or anything like that.

    What am I doing wrong?!

    6 AnswersDogs10 years ago
  • My puppy won't eat her food and she's on raw diet, should I be worried?

    She just kind of looks at her food, licks it, and then walks away. She seemed to like kibble (the Blue Buffalo my parents' dogs were on), so I got her some Wellness Puppy formula and added that to her food, thinking maybe it would entice her more. She still walks away.

    Otherwise, she's fine. Drinks normally, plays and sleeps normally, she has some loose stools lately, but I think that's from the dewormer she was given about a week ago.

    She's going to the vet tomorrow afternoon, so if that's your suggestion, you may as well not post.

    7 AnswersDogs10 years ago
  • Is my puppy gaining weight like she should be?

    I'm kind of concerned that my puppy isn't the right weight. She has a vet appointment on Thursday afternoon, so please no one suggest that. It's been several years since I've had a puppy, and those pups were when I was young, so I'm a little freaked out as a "first-time" mom when it comes to my own puppy.

    She's a 3/4 GSD, 1/4 Cur and weighs 13lbs. today. She started at 11 last Sunday, but is 2 pounds enough gain for 8 days? She's on a raw diet, which is comprised of canned fish (salmon, marcarel, and tuna), boneless skinless chicken tenders, drumsticks and wings with bones, beef liver, and raw beef bones.

    How do I add more fat to her diet, or does she need more?

    5 AnswersDogs10 years ago
  • Where can I buy cheap dog toys?

    I know my puppy is going to plow through her toys, so I'm looking for ideas on where to buy cheap toys. I've pretty much cleaned out Wal-mart for toys that were reasonably priced, and Target doesn't really have any.

    Ideas? Online sites are fine, too!

    11 AnswersDogs10 years ago