So, new-to-me pound hound, red heeler mix with golden eyes. She needs a name. MeFites are good at this, so please help me name her. As an adoptee, they know nothing about her at the pound, other than they said she is picky about her people. She's still a pup--probably under a year. Weighs about 35lbs and stands about 20in high. Apparently she's potty trained in several ways: both housebroken and
Our two year old Husky has some sort of odd and inconsistent anxiety about crossing thresholds. Please help. Maia (turning two this month) was quite skittish when we first got her at four months old. She was being re-homed because the previous owner who bought her from a breeder turned out to be allergic (or so he said, I suspect that he couldn't handle the challenge that is Puppy). We're pretty s
Looking for new chew treat/toy options for my puppy. Snowflake details inside. My 14-week-old puppy, like many puppies, is a voracious chewer. So far, I've managed to keep him from eating my shoes/furniture/carpets by providing a steady stream of chew treats. These also keep him occupied while I'm working (he comes to the office with me). But I'm running out of affordable, safe options and could u
YANMV, however, I am waiting on a call back from my vet and as I am impatient and prone to obsessive behavior, I shall ask the same of the hive to see the consensus. Should I be feeding my 4 1/2 month old puppy large breed puppy food? Details inside. We adopted a lab terrier mix (our so we were told) in February. When we took him in to look at puppy food the clerk at the holistic pet store said th
My puppy barks at me if he has too much energy, but he's been so humpy at the dog park that we can't stay long enough for him to burn it all off. Please help by recommending some training we could use! Some of you know my adorable rescue pup, Franklin. He's about 10 months old and because he was a rescue, he was neutered really early--around four months. I got him around 8 weeks. He's super snuggl
Mr. Motion and I are getting ready to take the plunge and adopt a dog. Please help me figure out what I _should_ be figuring out before we go and meet some dogs. Much beanplating within... Here are the things we know/have thought about: We live in a house that we own with 3 cats and 9 fish. We have a 5500 sq. ft. fenced back yard. We live in a suburban area and the neighbors have lots of dogs of
What should I do with my puppy when he's not sleeping or playing with me? I brought my puppy home! So far, it's going really well. The first day was a little rough but we're settling into a good routine. He's peeing/pooping outside, sleeping reasonably well at night, learning really quickly. Here's the problem: I'm not really sure what to do with him when he's awake and I'm not playing with or
I'm getting a puppy! Would love some advice about the first few days/weeks, especially in terms of bringing him to my office. I'm adoptingthis adorable guy. He was dropped off with his sister at the defacto rescue in a Mexican village, where they were found by a friend and whisked back to the US. They've been at the friend's house, where they've had lots of opportunity to socialize with people
Please explain to me how my dog's butt works. Thank you. My dog, Truman, is a 9.5 month old border terrier. He's been neutered, he's healthy, and he's freaking adorable. Lately, he's been chasing his tail a bit and sniffing at his butt, and apparently this can be a sign of anal gland issues. He doesn't seem to be terribly displeased with the state of his butt, but better safe than sorry, right?
NAME. THIS. DOG! We are hoping that we will soon be adopting this little guy. The rescue says that he is lab terrier mix. The foster mom also told us that he is a very chill little guy. We have two adult dogs currently, named Watson and Agatha. We don't necessarily have to stay within that theme, though. However, we do tend to like literary, historical or nerdy kinds of names. (Nerdy for us mostly
My husband and I adopted a shelter dog last week, who we absolutely adore. When we were looking at her I asked one of the workers if they knew what kind of dog she was and they said no....just a mutt. My curiosity is getting the best of me though, and I would like to see if anyone might have some insight into what kind of breeds she might be. Pictures are here 3 photos included and she is the bigg
My puppy does not want to go through the door at doggy day care. Is there any likely explanation other than she just doesn't want to go there? In July, an adorable foundling appeared on my doorstep late at night. She was about eight weeks old at the time. She's now eight months, and full of puppy energy. My older dog doesn't want to wrestle, have his head jumped on, or play with her in any way, an
What advice do you have for raising a happy, healthy and sane Australian Cattle Dog? We just adopted an 5 & 1/2 month old ACD/mixed breed puppy from a shelter and for the most part, she is a dream come true. She does have many of the less-pleasant but totally normal puppy behaviors like mouthing/biting when playing. We were told that she is a little socially delayed because she had diarrhea when s
Help me name this adorable Boston Terrier puppy! The dog's human dad-to-be likes short, tough names. But really, we just want some great options when we finally bring him home this weekend! Here's the adorable photo!
After doing tons of breed research and visiting shelters and rescues, I have finally found the write dog for me. I purchased a miniature dachshund from a reputable breeder in my hometown. She is only three weeks old right now, so I have five weeks to prepare for her arrival in my home. I do have a few questions that I hope Mefites can help me with. I will be bringing my miniature dachshund, Josie,
Please help me understand my new dog so we can all sleep at night. No matter how tired she is, she still makes a ruckus at bedtime. A couple of weeks ago, Mr. Neekee and I adopted an absolutely adorable 7 month-old border collie-lab mix that we love. Like most rescues, she's got her issues, such as how much noise she makes at bedtime. Banging on the side of her crate, scratching at the bottom, and
Help me name our rescued whippet pup! Details & obligatory photo inside... Our new-to-us puppy is a 7 month old boy whippet. His ex-owner called him Tigger, and try as I might to avoid being the species police... Tigger is a cat name, not a dog name! We do like names from fiction generally, books, movies, etc. If we'd got a greyhound we might have called him Bunter (from the Lord Peter Wimsey bo
There's a new Corgi in town! But what's his name??? My friend lost her fabulous Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Smokey Joe, in April. He was officially the best dog in the world... and now she's been lucky enough to get a puppy from Smokey Joe's sister. People always commented on the greatness of SJ's name, and now she's feeling naming pressure and can't come up with anything. He can't be "Puppypuppypuppy"
What's the best way to adopt a Boston Terrier (without waiting months and months)? We know we'd like to adopt a Boston Terrier, ideally a young adult male. We initially didn't want to buy a purebred dog from a breeder, and have signed up with the local Boston Terrier rescue groups, and have been approved for adoption, but it's been months and nothing. Responding to animals on Petfinder and Craigsl
Name my scrappy survivor terrier puppy? This is our new puppy. She is about 10 weeks old, we think, and some sort of terrier mix - border terrier? She has survived a lot in her short life and is the only remaining member of her litter although you would never know it from her demeanor. She is a little shy and cautious still, but seems hardy, smart and playful. Pictures here. Names we like: W
What do puppies do for fun? Hello Hive, meet my 3 month old peekapoo, Lucy! She's been living with us for about to be a week this Sunday. So my boyfriend has had a few dogs before, but it's my first time at the rodeo. I've never had a dog, a pet, anything of the sort. I keep reading up everything I can online whereas my boyfriend just plays it by ear like he did with his last doggies. He goes to s
Is 11 weeks too old to bring home a Weimaraner puppy? We've talked to the breeder. We asked her a lot of questions about why she breeds dogs, how they were brought up, etc. We're satisfied with all the answers. The puppy we're interested in bringing home is the last pup in the litter to be spoken for. She's 11 weeks old and currently living with a couple other litter mates that haven't been pic
When I was a kid in the late 80's/early 90's, my favorite booth at Hardee's had a big print of a drawing or painting of a beagle puppy eating a businessman. There were little legs sticking out of the puppy's mouth in suit pants and business-type shoes, kicking around. Can you help me find this again? I think the name of the artist might have been on it - either printed or a big signature. All t
Help! I think I'm badly allergic to my new puppy. New puppy! He is adorable and I love him to bits, even when he poops under the couch! (He was so proud of himself, omg.) But everywhere he touches my skin or licks me, I break out into hives. It was a mild irritation at first, and one that went away when I washed with a mild soap. But it's getting worse and worse, and new hives are appearing on
I have a beautiful, fun and energetic puppy. A Husky cross (we don't know what the other half is, but it must have been small). She loves to play games. Me and my partner alternate working from home during the day. What fun games can we play with her at home, indoors, that don't distract _too_ much from our work? She's almost 8 months old. She loves to be out and about, and we try to take her for
What should I do for my new puppy when I have to be away for long periods? I am adopting a two month old female German Shepherd. I have never raised a puppy before, and I have lots of questions. I have two books on puppy training, I'm being given a puppy shower, and I'm very excited to raise a well-behaved best friend. She will primarily be an outdoor dog, though this is meant to include occasio
My puppy has taken to playing by biting other dogs' (and cats') ears. Do I need to get him to stop? And if so, how? About 2 months I adopted a 9 month old Havanese/Pomeranian mix that I named Mr. Dog. Obligatory adorable doggie photo. I take him to the dog park almost every day. He's taken to biting ears as his form of play. Not hard, just nipping playfully then dodging back, then going in agai
Help me puppy-proof my house while creating the ultimate puppy environment for puppy happiness and funtimes! In about a month's time I will have a NEW PUPPY WHO IS FAT AND ADORABLE and I would like some tips on how to best puppy-proof my house AND make things as awesome as possible for him. I've owned dogs before but 01) never such a small doggy and 02) never such a young puppy (he'll be about
Over the next few weeks I'll be looking at litters of puppies, searching for the Right One, and I'm well aware that every single puppy in the damn universe is the Right One. The Cutest Ever. So what are your tricks and tips for telling the best of the bunch, the healthiest, the most intelligent, from the rest?
Puppy woes: Is there any possibility of making this work? The short version: We have a stubborn 8-week-old lab puppy that was naturally weened and then separated from its mother/litter at 6-weeks. It seems comfortable in our home and gets along well with us, but we're having big issues with figuring out how to raise/train/socialize the puppy. Can anyone recommend a specific training plan or point