Don’t shout at me and my puppy!

Does anyone else get super heated about people who micro manage your puppy parenting? Family and friends probably have the best intentions and I’m always open to advice, but a random person shouting out their front door?

I just took my puppy out for his evening walk and he had done SO good the whole way around the block that I decided to walk him back to the street-side grass at the beginning of our walk for some extra sniff time. Keep in mind my pup always uses the bathroom in MY apartment complex because I walk him around there first, and I pick it up. He was so happy he got a little case of the zoomies, and then he sat and played with a toy I had brought with us.

This random guy opens his door which is a good 10-20ft away from this street side grass and yells at me “not to make a habit of that”. A habit of what? Letting him sniff public sidewalks? Playing with toys? I stayed quiet because first of all wow, and second of all wow. He starts rambling about how he’ll get too comfortable using the bathroom in other peoples “ yards” (this is an apartment complex) and how he takes his dog to the dog park and how he’s going to have such bad manners etc.

All I could say was that he didn’t use the bathroom in “his” fucking grass and I walked away. Like seriously! He’s too young for the dog park, he’s never allowed on peoples private residences, I always pick up after him in my complex, this grass is near the street not in the apartments, the list goes on. Don’t micro manage a dog owner that doesn’t ask your advice, and don’t shout at people peacefully walking their puppies— THATS bad manners.

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[Breeds] Recommend a dog for us

Introduction

1) Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?

  • Our 15 year old beagle/pug mix passed in November. We rescued her at age three. We are ready to look for a new dog but don’t want another beagle mix.

2) Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a reputable breeder?

  • We are willing to rescue but feel that we want the right breed and that may limit our ability to rescue this time

3) Describe your ideal dog.

  • We want a dog that would be a good emotional support animal. Friendly and cuddly. Makes you feel good to be around. Should also be quiet and not a big shedder or drooler

4) What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?

  • I love the idea of a golden retriever but am not sure that’s the best fit no matter what I dream of. Some on-line breed quizzes suggest Boston Terrrier.

5) What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?

  • Sit and stay. Not jump on people when they come in the door. Our last dog never mastered that one.

6) Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?

  • nope

Care Commitments

7) How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?

  • In terms of active 1:1 play probably 30 minutes or so.

8) How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?

  • We walk three miles several times a week and can walk 1.5 miles on days we don’t take the longer walk. Also happy to have a dog that doesn’t want to walk that far.

9) How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?

  • our last dog did not need regular grooming but we are open to needing to brush regularly and to grooming services.

Personal Preferences

10) What size dog are you looking for?

  • No preference

11) How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?

  • Prefer a quiet calm dog. Don’t mind barking when someone is at the door. I don’t want a drooler but seasonal shedding is fine as long as it isn’t massive clumps of fur.

12) How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?

  • not important

Dog Personality and Behavior

13) Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?

  • Snuggly

14) Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?

  • Eager to please

15) How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?

  • some Barking is fine. Aggression is not ok. We want a friendly approachable dog.

16) Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?

  • Prefer not

17) Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?

  • excessive barking, destructive behavior

Lifestyle

18) How often and how long will the dog be left alone?

  • Both of us work out of the house for a full day. We travel periodically and in the past have used a great kennel.

19) What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?

  • two adults in the house no kids. Both committed to dog ownership.

20) Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?

  • no other animals

21) Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?

  • No. only place would be on walks

22) Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?

  • We own

23) What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?

  • Central CA . Not aware of any restrictions

24) What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?

  • Summer about 80/55. Winter about 59/52

Additional Information and Questions

25) Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.

  • husband takes allergy shots but was fine with our pug/beagle. Our puggle was always too excitable to cuddle and I really want a cuddle animal this time. We have a very small fenced in yard with no grass- all patio or stone.

26) Feel free to ask any questions below.

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Help, puppy has nowhere to poop

Please don't flame me for this. I'm already quite annoyed at the circumstance.

I currently live in my parents house, so I do not know the maintenance services we get. Since my parents are on leave right now, my mom has been watching my puppy while I work during the day. After I finish work, I go downstairs, ready to take my puppy out for potty. My mom tells me that the lawn care service came and sprayed pesticide all over the lawn (came after her last potty break). WHAT?? We have a puppy and material she can't sniff was applied all over the lawn where she potties? She's been doing so good with potty recently and now this happens? The flag outside said to remove it after 72 hours, so I'm afraid to let her go into the grass beforehand.

So now I need to figure out how to get her to poop outside without going on the grass. Peeing isn't so bad since at least she's willing to pee on the patch of artificial grass on the deck. Is there a way I can get her to poop outside? I currently have her locked up in her pen, which I hate since this isn't her fault. I've already tried:

  • Get her to poop on the artificial grass. Nope, she'll keep on digging and eating the artificial grass. She doesn't always listen to leave it

  • Get her to poop on the walkway under the deck, in the walkway in the back, in the driveway. Nope, she'll just stay sitting

  • Get her to poop on the rocks in the backyard. Nope, she'll just keep on eating the rocks or the plants

  • Walk her back and forth in front of her house to get her poop on the street. Nope, she refuses to continue to walk

  • Walk her to a neighbors house that has a sidewalk and poop on the patch of grass between the sidewalk and street. Nope, she keeps on eating the grass or the stuff inside. My street also does not have a lot of street lamps, so it's pretty dark and hard to tell if she's sniffing or eating

  • Unfortunately I'm not close enough to my neighbors to ask to use their lawn temporarily, and the ones I know do not have a dog and have deer poop and pesticide in their lawn

  • I also can't line the pen with pee pads anymore since she developed the idea to eat it if it's in front of her

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[HELP] 1 year old puppy will instantly pee on walks, but will take upwards of 30 mins to poop, and it’s starting to affect my work

In summation our 11 month old puppy will pee 10 seconds after we get outside for a potty break, but it takes 30-45 mins of walking for her to go #2.

This is an issue because I’ve been working my 9-5 from home since Covid hit and will be doing so for the foreseeable future, but I absolutely cannot continue to spend 1.5hrs+ each day in the middle of working hours just walking her waiting for her to poop.

I recently moved into a new apartment a few weeks ago and since then this issue has been exacerbated. At my old apartment I had a balcony where I laid down artificial turf along with a potty pad for my pup to do her business, but my new place does not have a balcony so I need to walk her for bathroom breaks. For the last 2 months at my old place I walked her pretty much exclusively to get her used to going to the bathroom on walks given that I knew I wouldn’t have a balcony once I moved, but even then she would pee within seconds of being outside but it still took about 10-20 mins for her to poop.

I moved to a busier area compared to the last place so I’m sure all the sights and sounds are somewhat of a distraction, but again even at the last place which was very suburban, it would take her quite a while to execute order #2

I also did some research prior to posting this to see if this is a common problem, but all I found were articles about dogs that would only go to the bathroom on a leash or dogs that would only go to the bathroom when not on the leash. Nothing split between pee and poo.

All in all, I cannot afford to spend almost 25% of my work day outside with my dog waiting for her to poop on a daily basis (Mon-Fri), and I am at an absolute loss for a solution. So if anyone has any tips or tricks, or has encountered a similar situation with their pups, any insight or recommendations would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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Potty Training for Apartments and Parvo-Prevention

I just wanted to share what I've learned with my 12-week old female lab puppy. I've seen a ton of posts about potty training in small spaces and apartments, and I wanted to share what I've learned because it really would have helped me! We are in an apartment complex with significant dog-traffic, so we have been trying to socialize her in creative ways. Meanwhile, she can't run to the yard outside to use the bathroom so we've tried both Bark Potty and Fresh Patch on our porch. We wanted to stay away from pee pads in order to use something more sustainable. As a side note: we followed Sophia Yin's Perfect Puppy in 7 Days with great success!

Main takeaway: These options are pricier than pee pads, but because we had the financial freedom to do so, we wanted to make a sustainable choice. I would begin with small Fresh Patch and size up as needed. It totally changed the game for potty training for us. Still, every dog is different, but they all need to learn to pee in the grass at some point?

Bark Potty

Total cost to use from 8 to 16 weeks old: ~$80

Pros:

  • Free (but slow) delivery in US, available in many US pet stores
  • Lasts for up to a month
  • A more sustainable choice than fake turfs; also seems easy enough to replicate on your own using the tray to refresh the surface with materials from Home Depot or Lowes for the second month of use...
  • Great customer service (when I asked for a refund after I forgot to cancel my subscription)

Cons:

  • The cost: $37 per Bark Potty (much pricier than Fresh Patch per sq. foot)
  • Only one dimension option: 24" x 16" x 1.5" -- it was just too small!
  • My pup wanted to chew the bark pieces and cardboard constantly
  • Training was difficult -- she wasn't naturally drawn to it. Even after she started to get the hang of it, she would poop on it and then pee on our porch next to it

I loved the idea of the Bark Potty because it would last longer than the Fresh Patch. The training took time, and the dimensions might just be too small for a dog that likes to run around.

Fresh Patch

Total cost to use from 8 to 16 weeks old: Variable based on dimensions. Cheapest possible option would be ~$96 for the mini. Not viable for all 8 weeks of a semi-vaccinated pup if they're a larger breed.

Pros:

Cons

  • The cost: Our first one lasted just 2.5 weeks in a temperate climate with water and sun (they do say to replace it every 2 weeks), so it's a pricey option, but the XL provides a ton more space
  • XL doesn't come with the tray, but we used plastic from Lowes instead of buying the tray from FP.
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[HELP] How to get Shih Tzu to take medicine?

My family dog needs to take medicine. Pills and liquid ingested from syringe. But he gets snappy whenever I try to open his mouth to deliver the dose and has already bitten everyone in the house who tried to help. I tried combining the medicine with his food, but he is very picky right now, hardly eating much, and never the medicine. He may chew on it, but never swallows. The only thing that has worked so far is combining medicine with peanut butter and smearing on the tip of his mouth. He will lick that up, but I think only to clean himself.

What other options are there to trick him into ingesting the pills and liquid medicine? Is it ok to put the liquid medicine in his water, which he still drinks a lot of?

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Puppy timeouts?

Has anyone tried timeouts with their puppy to help deter unwanted behaviors? I’m specifically thinking of trying it to get my puppy to stop chasing my cats. I’ve tried everything else - teaching leave it, redirection, leashing her when she starts to chase, etc. and just as I think “ok maybe she’s better and will leave them alone” she starts to chase again. I’m at my wits end and I dont know what else to do. I yelled at her (which scared her) yesterday and I felt awful, I am just so frustrated and feel like nothing is helping. I read online that timeouts can be effective, just putting them in a quiet room or play pen for a minute or two every time they chase and saying “timeout” can eventually help stop that behavior. I know she’s just a puppy but this is ruining my relationship with her, I am getting so frustrated (hence the yelling) and I know it’s not her fault but I don’t want a puppy who can’t live peacefully with my cats. She isn’t aggressive towards them she only wants to play but it scares the cats. If this doesn’t work I am considering a private trainer but I thought I would see if anyone else had had success with timeouts?

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