• My mom won't let my dogs come inside?

    I live in Central Georgia, where it's both cold and wet. It's about 50°, and it's been raining back to back; despite this, my mom makes the dogs stay outside in the cold all day. We have a back room (like an outside mud room) where the dogs can stay, but she refuses to put them back there, saying that... show more
    I live in Central Georgia, where it's both cold and wet. It's about 50°, and it's been raining back to back; despite this, my mom makes the dogs stay outside in the cold all day. We have a back room (like an outside mud room) where the dogs can stay, but she refuses to put them back there, saying that they'll be fine. She'll barely let us go outside with coats, but she must think dogs have some type of superpower that they're immune to the cold. Both are pit/lab mixes, so they have short hair, and one isn't even a year old yet while the other is about 16 months old. What do I do? Isn't this considered animal abuse?
    14 answers · Dogs · 2 days ago
  • What are the effects of treating a dog this way?

    Best answer: Oh geez. No offense, but your Mom is doing the absolute worst thing you can do. The effects are not good. At BEST, your dog is going to continue to be a scared, tortured wreck. At worst, he's likely to lash out and bite at some point. It's not a fun existence for a dog. He's scared, and he's... show more
    Best answer: Oh geez. No offense, but your Mom is doing the absolute worst thing you can do. The effects are not good. At BEST, your dog is going to continue to be a scared, tortured wreck. At worst, he's likely to lash out and bite at some point.
    It's not a fun existence for a dog. He's scared, and he's obnoxious and compulsive because of that. He's probably doing weird stuff, and inappropriate stuff. Maybe he's chewing stuff he shouldn't be, being weirdly anxious and hard core about strange things, barking or being aggressive at random things, and peeing weird places.
    If she's acting the way you describe, it's just really bad. He's tense, and scared to death, peeing himself, because your Mom is acting irrationally and emotionally, and dogs do not do well with that. I would guess you're probably already seeing weird protectiveness or aggression. Maybe it's when people come to the door, maybe he flips out like a psycho at bikes. Maybe it hasn't even fully displayed yet, but it will.

    I guess you'll just have to either try to convince her to understand how messed up what she's doing is, and how bad it's going to end up, or try to enlist someone else to convince her; maybe a family member? Maybe you can get her to hire a trainer?
    Otherwise, you're going to have to get her to rehome the dog, or you're going to have to protect the dog yourself.
    Maybe if you put yourself out there enough, she'll be forced to stop? If you train the dog using positive reinforcement, maybe she'll see how wrong it is what she's doing? Or if you throw yourself on the dog to get her to stop?
    You might have to just call the ASPCA to be honest, and try to get a secret video or something, but there are no guarantees, even then.
    All I can tell you, is that I've worked with dogs for almost a decade, and I've learned so much, and that is the worst way possible to try to train a dog. Above all, a dog wants a stable, loving leader. Inflicting that kind of fear is going to end very poorly. The dog's psyche will be damaged, and things, at some point, will get BAD. The dog will start to be neurotic, if it hasn't already, and will likable be aggressive and psycho about certain people or things.
    You are the only thing standing between; so do what you can. Try to reason with her, try to enlist others to help you, try and get her to listen or get a trainer. If all else fails, you'll have to try to call the ASCPA on her, or find a new home for your dog, or put yourself between her and the dog.
    I'm just so sorry you're in this position, but it's amazing that you're going to do what you can for your pup. He WILL see this, and make sure you can at least be an anchor for him. Keep him with you as much as you can, and love him, and teach him through positive reinforcement while you're trying to get this messed up situation sorted out. Try to protect him; it will mean more than the world to him.
    12 answers · Dogs · 2 days ago
  • Cats will never respond to commands like dogs do, right?

    A relative got a cat, but talks to it, and tries to give commands like it's a dog. I said to them about it, and their response was, well, eventually they'll pick it up, yea but I've never seen a cat that responded to, a, come here, command. I told them that dogs are more receptive to commands than... show more
    A relative got a cat, but talks to it, and tries to give commands like it's a dog. I said to them about it, and their response was, well, eventually they'll pick it up, yea but I've never seen a cat that responded to, a, come here, command. I told them that dogs are more receptive to commands than cats are, although another relative who has their own cat, was climbing up on something of mine and I said no, and the cat got off immediately. So I think extremely basic commands do work, like no, but things like, come here, or shake, or roll over, or lay down, etc. those are commands dogs will be able to easily learn and follow. So my question is, there's not anyway in which a cat can learn advanced commands is there? Even talking to the cat, calling its name, etc. it just ignores you, as if you don't exist. But I do guess it is possible for some cats to be more receptive than other cats? Thanks, and 10 points for an informative answer.
    16 answers · Cats · 3 days ago
  • Would you adopt this dog?

    Would you adopt this dog?

    13 answers · Dogs · 2 days ago
  • Is it considered cruel to keep a cat alive who has a severe flea allergy?

    My cat, who is 14, was recently diagnosed with a severe allergy to fleas and their bites. I try my best to keep fleas off all my animals, using frontline monthly, vacuuming daily, using natural sprays and even have plants that fleas don’t like the smell of like rosemary and lavender. But fleas never fail in finding... show more
    My cat, who is 14, was recently diagnosed with a severe allergy to fleas and their bites. I try my best to keep fleas off all my animals, using frontline monthly, vacuuming daily, using natural sprays and even have plants that fleas don’t like the smell of like rosemary and lavender. But fleas never fail in finding their way to my poor white cat... he’s tearing his fur out, over cleaning himself, he itches so much that when petting him he starts to lick and bite me. I’m concerned about his overall heath. I know the constant itching and tugging at his skin and fur hurt. Sometimes when he cleans a “hotspot” on his back, he gives himself a seizure. I put a cone on him so he won’t get the spot on his back that makes him have seizures. When does though, he’s having a full on seizure- thrashing back and forth, having a fit on the floor and urinating all over himself. The vet gave him a steroid shot to help ease the itching he’s having, but I’m still concerned about his overall heath :( My close family keeps telling me it’s okay to put him down, but I’m having conflicting feeling over it.
    10 answers · Cats · 1 day ago
  • Dog licking other dogs privates?

    I recently got a puppy a female Pomeranian chihuahua she’s tiny I also have a male mastiff Labrador but my question is why does the male lick the puppy private’s?
    I recently got a puppy a female Pomeranian chihuahua she’s tiny I also have a male mastiff Labrador but my question is why does the male lick the puppy private’s?
    8 answers · Dogs · 8 hours ago
  • My dog keeps licking my feet. What does that mean?

    Best answer: Dogs have a sense of cleanliness and they want their alpha dog in the pack to be clean too. My current dog, a *****, has a habit of "drying" me off after I shower...with her wet tongue. She sees it as her duty to groom the alpha dog.
    Best answer: Dogs have a sense of cleanliness and they want their alpha dog in the pack to be clean too. My current dog, a *****, has a habit of "drying" me off after I shower...with her wet tongue. She sees it as her duty to groom the alpha dog.
    80 answers · Dogs · 7 days ago
  • Why is my cat DEATHLY afraid of baths?

    I have a kitten who has never had a bad previous experience that I know of. I got him very young and he has gone into my bath before when the water was off. Today I decided to give him a bath because the vet told me he had fleas. The first few months of his life that I was not present he was an outdoor cat. Maybe... show more
    I have a kitten who has never had a bad previous experience that I know of. I got him very young and he has gone into my bath before when the water was off. Today I decided to give him a bath because the vet told me he had fleas. The first few months of his life that I was not present he was an outdoor cat. Maybe he associates the bath with rain? I was advised to use a flea comb and make sure he is clear of fleas since I gave him medicine. Instead he was meowing for his life and looking at me helplessly. He even climbed onto my back and sat on my head breathing heavily. Since this was obviously a traumatic experience I stopped very shortly and dried him. He proceeded to lick himself and shack fearfully for an hour. Now he is fine and ready to cuddle again but I feel awful. I read that cats who have a bad experience usually hate water but I’m not sure what caused this reaction. Was this purely instinctual?
    9 answers · Cats · 10 hours ago
  • What’s your favorite dog breed?

    9 answers · Dogs · 10 hours ago
  • Did you cried when your doggie passed away? If so, for how many days or months? How'd you get over it?

    Best answer: I did cry but I wasn't sad for too long mostly because my dog lived a long and happy life, nothing I could complain about and she had been hurting for quite some time. Death does suck but it's also a beautiful part of life because it represents moving on
    Best answer: I did cry but I wasn't sad for too long mostly because my dog lived a long and happy life, nothing I could complain about and she had been hurting for quite some time. Death does suck but it's also a beautiful part of life because it represents moving on
    8 answers · Dogs · 23 hours ago
  • Is it ok that my boyfriend picks his dog over me?

    Best answer: You have says you"recently" met him. How would you expect him to.make a choice like that? Has he proposed to you? If you and Dan were to continue to see one another, and then become more serious, this may be a question to pursue. I also think when Dan visits you, Nahlah should stay elsewhere. That is... show more
    Best answer: You have says you"recently" met him. How would you expect him to.make a choice like that? Has he proposed to you?

    If you and Dan were to continue to see one another, and then become more serious, this may be a question to pursue.

    I also think when Dan visits you, Nahlah should stay elsewhere. That is your turf, and you should have the say, in that case.

    But, you and Dan have a major difference between your interests and desires. Maybe, Dan's response should have been, "If we get serious, we can discuss the topic. Nahla is an important part of my life and I can make no predictions/promises".

    I would consider trying to get used to the dog, and dogs in general. But, you might also consider keeping an eye out for a guy who doesn't have a dog, because you already know where Dan stands.

    It's a two-edged sword. You and Dan are new. I would see how things go. Is he trying to help you get used to Nahla, or just pushing her on you? I wouldn't commit, just yet.
    17 answers · Dogs · 3 days ago
  • When putting a dog to sleep...should their human be in the room?

    Best answer: There is no "should" about it. Its up to the dogs owner what they think is the best way to go about this issue. Sometimes if an owner is very upset and displays too much negative emotion it may upset the dog who will sense the owners distress and in that case its probably best if the owner is not with the... show more
    Best answer: There is no "should" about it.
    Its up to the dogs owner what they think is the best way to go about this issue.
    Sometimes if an owner is very upset and displays too much negative emotion it may upset the dog who will sense the owners distress and in that case its probably best if the owner is not with the dog when its put to sleep.
    However, they can get sedative tablets or a pre- op injection from the vet to give their dog prior to being put to sleep that will make the dog drowsy and more unaware of what is happening around it.
    I sedate my dogs with ACP tablets and then have the vet come to my house and put them to sleep in their own bed. I always stay with them right until the vet does the sad deed.
    When a vet puts a dog to sleep its very quick and dignified and not as upsetting as you may imagine it to be (in 98% of cases) as the dog just goes to an everlasting sleep and looks very peaceful.
    However, no one should feel guilty if they don`t want to be with their dog to the very last.
    Hundreds of dogs are anesthetised at the vets for operations every day and do not have their owners with them at the time.
    Only difference is that dogs having operations wake up again, whereas dogs being put to sleep do not. The initial procedure is about the same though.
    25 answers · Dogs · 4 days ago
  • How often should i take my dog on walks?

    I have a dog who is an Akita German Sheppard. I love her very much and i always took her out on walks in the morning. Now since it's getting colder should i take her out more often because im afraid im gonna make her to cold as well as myself. What should i do?
    I have a dog who is an Akita German Sheppard. I love her very much and i always took her out on walks in the morning. Now since it's getting colder should i take her out more often because im afraid im gonna make her to cold as well as myself. What should i do?
    14 answers · Dogs · 3 days ago
  • Should bisexual men be allowed to have children?

    Best answer: No way.
    Not unless they denounce degeneracy and always live a clean, respectable life.

    Plastic Zionist, Nãga, I was a child myself!
    Best answer: No way.
    Not unless they denounce degeneracy and always live a clean, respectable life.

    Plastic Zionist, Nãga, I was a child myself!
    21 answers · Reptiles · 4 days ago
  • Dog walking?

    10 answers · Dogs · 2 days ago
  • Do dogs love their homes? Do you have stories?

    My dog escaped through the front door but my mother was in a rush to pick me up somewhere else. She tried to get him into the car but he was more interested in exploring so she drove off as she was impatient. She said the dog tried to chase after her but the car was too fast for him so the dog just stayed behind I... show more
    My dog escaped through the front door but my mother was in a rush to pick me up somewhere else. She tried to get him into the car but he was more interested in exploring so she drove off as she was impatient. She said the dog tried to chase after her but the car was too fast for him so the dog just stayed behind I guess. He was only outside for about 5 minutes or so only. When we came back 5 minutes later, he was sitting on our driveway waiting. Do dogs really love their homes and always want to go home or do they deliberately run away? Do you guys have any stories about your own dogs? I’m just surprised my dog did that, I thought he would’ve gotten lost chasing a squirrel.
    9 answers · Dogs · 1 day ago
  • Are Rottweilers a reliable dog breed with a good reputation?

    Rottweilers I heard a distant 2nd on the most dog attacks on people with Pit Bulls being the 1st by a lot. But is it usually the owner of the Rottweilers that are the problem in those cases?. My former neighbor has a Rottweiler and the dog that is good with me because the owners are good with me, so I thought... show more
    Rottweilers I heard a distant 2nd on the most dog attacks on people with Pit Bulls being the 1st by a lot. But is it usually the owner of the Rottweilers that are the problem in those cases?. My former neighbor has a Rottweiler and the dog that is good with me because the owners are good with me, so I thought about either getting a Rottweiler. Would it be a dog you'd recommend?.
    8 answers · Dogs · 22 hours ago
  • When do you know it’s “time”?

    My 13 year old cat (my baby) recently started to have seizures and peeing all over himself and he keeps licking himself raw. But at the same time he still wants attention, loves pets, loves to play, has an appetite, and is still extremely friendly. I’m just torn because my parents want me to put him down, but I... show more
    My 13 year old cat (my baby) recently started to have seizures and peeing all over himself and he keeps licking himself raw. But at the same time he still wants attention, loves pets, loves to play, has an appetite, and is still extremely friendly. I’m just torn because my parents want me to put him down, but I still see years in him. When is it “time” to put a pet down and how did you “know” it was time? ):
    10 answers · Cats · 2 days ago
  • Yikes! The cat food had PEAS in it! Is that normal?

    I kid you not, the chicken 'n; vegetable cat food I fed my cats had PEAS in it! Since when do cats eat PEAS? Big green PEAS! How do they come up with this stuff, do they have a bunch of people sitting round a table trying to think up what kind of bizarre ingredients they can stick in the cat food? Whats next,... show more
    I kid you not, the chicken 'n; vegetable cat food I fed my cats had PEAS in it! Since when do cats eat PEAS? Big green PEAS! How do they come up with this stuff, do they have a bunch of people sitting round a table trying to think up what kind of bizarre ingredients they can stick in the cat food? Whats next, pineapple? pomegranates? raisins? cashews? bran flakes? And yet my cats yummed it up and left a clean plate, maybe cats really do like PEAS? Can that be true?
    14 answers · Cats · 3 days ago