/r/dogs is a discussion-based subreddit, meant for asking questions, sharing information, and learning about our beloved canine companions and related dog-centric topics.
This subreddit is a great starting point for a lot of information, but you should always verify and expand upon what you've read before putting it to use in your daily life. Advice on this forum is absolutely not a substitute for professional advice from a certified behaviorist, trainer, lawyer, or medical professional.
[Daily Bark] - Every day - For casual chat or sharing little things that don't need their own post. Tuesdays focus on training.
[Photo Friday] - Every Friday - Share pictures of your dogs. The posts are themed, but the themes are only suggestions. Don't let anything stop you from posting the dog pictures you want to share!
[Monthly Brag] - The 27th of every month - For sharing dog-related accomplishments. No success is too small.
Trick of the Month - First and last day of every month - Monthly training challenges. Receive the trick at the beginning of the month and share your progress at the end of the month. Links to current trick of the month and last month's results available in the sidebar.
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If possible, include information about your general location, otherwise responses will likely target the average US dog owner.
Health and behavior questions: It may be helpful to include this information if you're posting a health or behavior question about your dog(s), but is not required. When in doubt, go to the vet.
"What breeds are right for me?": Include the responses to these questions if you want to know what breed is right for you. If you're looking to purchase a dog, you want to get one from a responsible breeder.
"What breed is my dog?": For best results, include clear photos of the dog standing from the front and from the side. When possible, give information such as height at the shoulder, weight, age, region of origin, and behavioral traits.
All posts must be properly tagged (see below).
"Click bait" titles will be removed even if they are properly tagged. Ideally, titles should be a reasonable descriptor of the content of the submission.
Photographs for the sake of sharing photographs will be removed.
Posts requesting financial assistance will be automatically removed. Instead, here are some tips on affording veterinary care and here is a list of organizations that can provide assistance. Google "affordable vet care" or "low cost vet care" in your area. Apply for Care Credit, a credit line specifically for medical needs. Check if your local humane society offers a low-cost clinic. Please consider pet insurance or set aside a small amount of money every month for future veterinary expenses.
Self-promotion is allowable on a case-by-case basis. Spam-like posts will be removed and users may be banned without prior warning.
Posts soliciting the sale of puppies will be removed and the user will be permanently banned.
Mods reserve the right to remove content and/or ban users that are deemed detrimental to the subreddit or to the experience of other users. Content that is considered "detrimental" includes, but is not limited to, content that enables irresponsible breeding, DIY surgery, and DIY euthanasia.
Cross-posting or reposting an r/dogs thread to an anti-dog subreddit (e.g. r/dogfree, r/banpitbulls) is a bannable offense and temporary and/or permanent bans will be given at the moderators' discretion. This includes posting screenshots of the original /r/dogs post, even with usernames and the subreddit name removed.
Purposefully posting in the same thread on alternate accounts is a bannable offense and temporary and/or permanent bans will be given at the moderators' discretion.
We encourage our users to provide thorough and thoughtful responses, including acknowledgment of potential risks.
Comments and posts should be made in good faith and with sufficient content to contribute to the discussion at hand.
All posts must include a tag in [square brackets] in the title of the post. The tags must be physically typed into the title bar prior to submitting your post. Available tags include: [Help], [Breeds], [Discussion], [Fluff], [Link], [News], [Vent], [RIP], [Survey], [Meta], and [Update].
[Discussion] – This is to be used for general questions or topics. This is the default tag to use if no other tags seem more appropriate.
[Help] – For posts seeking advice about behavior, health, or other possible topics. Include information about the dog's age, sex, spay/neuter status, breed, and history. This forum is not meant to substitute advice from a qualified professional. /r/askvet is another resource, particularly for questions about health.
[Vent] – For rants, tirades, or other similar posts about stupid or annoying aspects of dog ownership that you have experienced personally. Vent posts are automatically locked when they are posted. Message the moderators with a link to the post if you would like the post open for comments. Post with a [Discussion] or [Help] tag to bypass the auto-lock. Vents about an issue that is not a personal experience may be removed or unlocked at the moderators' discretion. Vents that are a response to another active thread in /r/dogs will be removed.
[Breeds] – This is for both “Breed Recommendation” and “What breeds are my mix?” posts.
For breed recommendations, please include as much information as possible regarding your current lifestyle, future plans, and expectations for your dog. Here is a recommended questionnaire to fill out.
For mixed breed identification, please include clear pictures of the dog standing from the front and from the side with something in the frame to indicate size. When possible, include information such as height at the shoulder, weight, any known parents, age, behavioral traits, and the region the dog came from. Identification of puppies younger than 6-8 months is unreliable, so consider waiting to post until the dog is older. Consider a Wisdom Panel DNA test and check out /r/doggyDNA, as well.
[RIP] – For memorial posts about beloved pets. Post titles must be in format "[RIP] Dog Name, Dog breed (optional), Dog age (optional)". For example, "[RIP] Speckles, Mixed breed, 17". Posts with a PSA message may be granted an exception to this rule at moderator discretion. All [RIP] posts must be approved by the moderators before they will appear in /r/dogs.
[Link] – If the post is meant for sharing an article or website, this tag must be attached. All link posts should contain a description of the link and, preferably, a reproduction of the article text (if applicable) and any discussion points you may want to list. Titles for all link posts must be descriptive. Titles reminiscent of “click bait” will be removed at the mods’ discretion.
[Fluff] – To be used for fun stories as self-posts or light-hearted link posts (in conjunction with the [Link] tag) meant to make you laugh or smile. BuzzFeed articles, dog-related comics, x-posts from other subreddits, and other such links are applicable. Note: The [Fluff] tag cannot be used to post low effort picture content. Photos should be posted in a context that fosters discussion. Photos should be supplemental to a post, not the main focus. Pictures that are not shared in the context of fostering discussion are only allowed in approved Photo threads (such as Photo Friday).
[News] – To be used in conjunction with the [Link] tag almost exclusively. This tag is for news articles or current event topics, such as local news links, dog food recalls, or newly published research.
[Survey] - To be used for posting links to outside surveys or forms used for research. Posts that do not link to an outside survey or form will be removed and will need to be reposted under a different tag.
[Meta] - To be used for discussions about the subreddit.
[Update] - To be used to provide updates on a situation that was posted previously. Link to the previous post(s) in the update body.
Multiple Tags - If you wish to tag a post with multiple tags, please do so by listing each tag within its own brackets. For example, "[Help][Discussion] What can I do about this stray dog?" or "[Link][Fluff] Buzzfeed Top 20 Dog Gifs".
Reminders and Expectations
Be respectful to one another. Say nothing you wouldn't say to someone coming to you for opinions or advice face-to-face.
Dogs, dog training, and dog ownership are not one-size-fits-all.
Dog ownership and culture is different around the world. Be aware of cultural differences when reading or posting.
/r/dogs is populated by hobbyists but receives a lot of traffic from non-hobbyists. Be aware of the disparity in "common knowledge" between the two groups when reading or posting. Not everyone has the same knowledge, background, or experience.
When writing comments or posts, give some thought to the overall tone.
Do not downvote someone for being naive, ignorant, uneducated, or having a disagreeable opinion. When you downvote someone, tell them why.
Upvote posts you enjoyed and posts you want to see more of. Upvote posts that could use the exposure to get OP more assistance. Upvote posts that are controversial but have good discussion. Upvote solid comments. Upvote comments that cite sources. Upvote comments that ELI5. Upvote comments that say something a little different.
Positive reinforcement isn't just for dogs.
Further your research. This subreddit is a great starting point for a lot of information, but you should always verify and expand upon what you've read before putting it to use in your daily life.