Upset about people not controlling their dogs [vent]

I have my three on a lead and they’re very well behaved and walk well. One of my girls is very nervous of other dogs, this guy walks the same route at the same time as me so I’ve seen him a few times, he always has his dog off lead... my dog freaks out and his dog won’t leave her alone and won’t leave my other girls alone even though it’s friendly... my girls are getting stressed out and I always stand still and wait for him to pass or rush past him quickly with the girls...

Today I just got really frustrated at him not controlling his dog or telling it to back off because my dog is very obviously frightened and has her tail between her legs etc... I even said she’s nervous and he wouldn’t get his dog off mine.

I started lowering my voice at his dog and made shooing motions and said: “leave it!” And “leave!” In a very scolding voice at his dog and it finally backed off. The man suddenly rushes at me and screams at my face: “you don’t tell my dog what to do, how dare you do that! Why are you shouting at my dog you idiot blah blah blah, you don’t control my dog! I do!” and I was just overwhelmed and I managed to shout back: “I can control your dog and I will control it! Mine are nervous and you need to control your dog!” And he just stormed past me. I feel shaken because he seemed really angry and looked like he wanted to punch me... I’m so upset and my mental health has gone down a lot today and I feel so angry and confused and I don’t know if I’m just being horrible or if he was in the wrong and I’m just really upset.

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[Help] We just noticed many small urine stains on our bed comforter where our 2 year old, male, mini-Aussie/toy poodle often sleeps at night.

It’s weird because I always take him out before bed and first thing in the morning. He never “goes potty” inside. I’ve never noticed his penis wet or anything. But obviously he’s leaking at night. We don’t play in bed, so it’s definitely not because of excitement. He’s not displaying any unusual symptoms of anything. No excessive licking or anything. Eats and drinks normally. I’m wondering if this is common or I should have him checked out by a vet. Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks!

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[Fluff] My dog will only eat her food with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese

Not seeking advice or anything, just sharing a fun quirk about my doggo. She’s a 130lb Neapolitan mastiff. When I first brought her home, she wasn’t interested in her food. I tried several different brands, wet and dry, different mix ins, etc.

Finally one day I was cooking myself a bowl of pasta and let her lick a bit of parmigiano I dropped on the floor. She wolfed it down! I sprinkled a bit on top of her food, and sure enough she ate the whole thing.

Two years later and this dog will stare at me until I top off her bowl with a little sprinkle

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My girl is a good dog. I just cannot handle her, especially now. I vented in the wrong sub. I was looking for tips and maybe some encouragement on how to deal with some things.

I mistook love and concern for dogs to be related to their handlers. I don't believe we should 'own' dogs. They're not objects.

I live her, I just know that I'm unable to care for her in the way she deserves. Right now I am struggling. My last post apparently invited gentle attacks and entitled people to tell me that I matter less than my dog. I just wanted to redirect any possible offense to bring understanding.


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[Fluff] Need name ideas for new dog!

Hi everyone!

I currently have a St Berdoodle who is all black, named Nash. We will be getting another male St Berdoodle puppy soon and we need help with names.... We wanted to do Knox (both Tennessee cities), but one of our friends named their newborn baby that! So we need help with names! We like names that aren’t as common and thought about city names/southern names to go along with Nash. We thought about Ripley, but are unsure. Thanks for your help!!!!

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[Help] Any advice on how to entice an **extremely** picky eater?

My dog is an 11yr old husky mix that's always weighed 30-something lbs. He currently eats purina salmon & rice for sensitive skin & stomach.

He has always always always been the pickiest damn eater I've ever met for a dog. The only time he was ever a good eater was when I moved back with my mom for a few years where he & his 2 "big brothers" (huge dogs but younger than him) all ate together. He actually got to the point where he'd clean their bowls.

Before that we lived with my roommate and her 2 dogs for years & he barely ever touched his food. But he was still a healthy body weight.

Now my husband and I have moved with him to Texas & he's doing the exact same thing again. I know that dogs will eat when they're hungry - but dear lord. I get him to eat a full meal like once every other day, if that. The other days it's barely half.

We do also only leave his food down for about 15-20minutes and then take it away so he realizes he gets his food on a scheduled time.

The reason I'm so concerned now is because he's dropped into the "underweight" category at the vet. He lost 3lbs in 6months (while not trying to have him lose weight)

Does anyone else have this or had this problem? If so could you please share how you were able to help your dog eat more??

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[Help] How much damage are chicken bones doing to my dog?

In October my partner and I adopted a senior beagle from a family friend who could no longer look after him. He’s a pretty big beagle, potentially crossed with a bigger dog like a Labrador, as he’s about double the size of other beagles we come across on walks. The reason I bring up his size is because I’ve grown up with small dogs and it was a serious problem if they ate chicken bones. We live in a busy London suburb and people throw their chicken wing bones on the streets without any regard for their surroundings. We try and keep an eye out when walking but unfortunately at times there’s no competing with a beagles nose when it comes to spotting chicken bones. He probably manages to eat one every other day or so. When he does we of course monitor his behaviour and check for signs of a sick dog (dry nose, upset tummy etc.) but he never seems to be badly effected. My question is are chicken bones really as bad for bigger dogs as google leads you to believe? Is there potentially longer lasting / underlying damage being caused?

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My boyfriend and I recently adopted a black lab mix from the human society. She is estimated to be a year and a half. Currently they have her on Hill's Science Diet Large Breed Puppy food. She is currently underweight so she still needs to be on a puppy food. We are looking to switch her to a different food as we don't love Science Diet. Does anyone have any recommendations of a brand they like and use for their lab? Adult or puppy. Thanks in advance!

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[Help] our old dog has run off to die and we can’t find him

Hi everyone -

Our very old dog (17 years) has been in declining health for a while. He started suffering from seizures this past year and is very blind, deaf and doesn’t like to be away from us for very long.

For the past week he has been particularly unwell and we were planning to have him put to sleep.

Two days ago we put him outside to do his business like usual and he’s gone missing. We think he has gone away to die which senile dogs sometimes do. We live in a very rural area so there are many places he could have gone. We have looked everywhere for him and we can’t find him. We are so upset that our lovely dog has died but we know that it was his time. We also know that if was alive he would call for us. To put it bluntly, we really want to find his body so that we can bury him and get a bit of closure. Has anybody had something similar happen? And if so, does anybody have any tips on where to look for him?

Sorry for the glib subject matter. We just want to know where he is. Thank you in advance.

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