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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Enough With The Potty Threads!

    I have noticed that you don't even have to search for potty training threads because there are so many of them!! It clogs the board and it doesn't...

    Started by Active Dog, 12-20-2010 11:20 PM
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    07-20-2016 01:51 PM Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Teaching Bite Inhibition

    The Bite Stops Here Dogs in Canada Annual, 1991 Puppies should be encouraged to play-bite so you can teach them when to stop. By Dr. Ian...

    Started by cshellenberger, 05-10-2007 06:50 PM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 3,714
    02-09-2011 03:59 PM Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Things We Wish Everyone Knew Before They Get A Dog

    This is an idea I got from RonE on another thread. The ideas below are RoneE's. What can you add to the list? Dogs bark. They bark more when...

    Started by Elana55, 01-04-2009 12:45 PM
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    06-03-2010 04:13 AM Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Everything you want to know about Puppies!!!

    If you have a new puppy, you know already that they like to chew. Not only do puppies LIKE to chew, they really NEED to chew. Chewing is more than...

    Started by RedyreRottweilers, 12-17-2006 01:31 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    05-19-2007 12:43 PM Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Housetraining How To.....

    House Training House training your dog is simple if you follow a few basic rules. 1) The puppy must have NO time unsupervised in your home....

    Started by RedyreRottweilers, 12-26-2006 04:07 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    12-26-2006 04:07 PM Go to last post
  1. Unhappy Panicked about New Pup

    Hi all! First time poster here, and first time dog owner, too. My family always had cats and since I was a child I wanted a dog. My long time...

    Started by FirstTimeDoggie, 08-18-2016 12:57 PM
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    anxiety, puppy depression
    • Replies: 22
    • Views: 639
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  2. Dog won't go down stairs. Need help quick!

    We adopted a dog last night. She went up and down our stairs a few times until one time she slipped, we have wood floors. The next two times we tried...

    Started by dethfire, 08-28-2016 08:18 PM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 157
    Yesterday 10:31 PM Go to last post
  3. Recommendation for a new puppy!

    Hi guys! First off, I'm going to write a little bit about the current situation I am living in. I'm 26 years old, I live in a house with my...

    Started by Tinman5751, 08-26-2016 12:51 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 168
    Yesterday 10:15 AM Go to last post
  4. Bones

    Can we discuss appropriate bones for puppies that are extreme chewers? I found an edible nylabone - puppy loved it - except I realized after I...

    Started by Puppy mom, 08-26-2016 06:00 AM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 161
    08-27-2016 11:56 AM Go to last post
  5. First time puppy owner with a couple of questions!

    So, long story short, my boyfriend (Nick) decided that he wanted to get me a puppy for my birthday. We've only had cats so far (we have two...

    Started by ElvishYeti, 08-19-2016 03:12 AM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 259
    08-26-2016 11:25 PM Go to last post
  6. Kong filling

    What are some good filing ideas? I posted little man is Mr. Picky. I think we've figured a good routine out now. Tweeked bedtime & meal times. ...

    Started by Puppy mom, 08-25-2016 09:31 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 99
    08-26-2016 11:41 AM Go to last post
  7. New Puppy, I need tips!

    Hello! I just got a Shorkie (3/4 Shih Tzu, 1/4 Yorkie) and I could really use some tips and encouragement. We always had dogs growing up so I know...

    Started by cat_mac, 08-25-2016 02:25 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 96
    08-25-2016 04:21 PM Go to last post
  8. Please help is find a good family dog!

    Hello. Our family is looking to get our first dog, and we'd love some help finding a good match. We're researching, talking to people, and meeting...

    Started by K9quest, 08-14-2016 01:54 PM
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    08-24-2016 02:52 PM Go to last post
  9. Puppy doesn't want to eat

    Dry kibble that is. He will eat dry kibble mixed with wet puppy food. He will eat it with gravy or other mix packs. He will eat treats no problem....

    Started by Puppy mom, 08-20-2016 12:12 PM
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    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 402
    08-24-2016 07:35 AM Go to last post
  10. We did It. First dog in a long time :-) Pit-Chow/Lab-Black Mouth Cur Mud

    Hy folks. My husband and I decided about 3 weeks ago to get a puppy, it was a decision we made after thinking about it for about 6 month (at...

    Started by Tiany, 08-05-2016 05:28 PM
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    • Replies: 93
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    08-23-2016 03:20 PM Go to last post
  11. New to the puppy world & need advice

    I haven't had a puppy since I was a child. Although, I have done my share of loving and raising an older dog (we adopted at about a year old and...

    Started by Puppy mom, 08-17-2016 06:54 AM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 168
    08-23-2016 02:46 PM Go to last post
  12. Husky Puppy -- Plops Down/Sleeps All Day

    Hi guys, I got my very first dog this week (have been a cat owner all my life and relatives who are helping have had/do have dogs). He is a 9 week...

    Started by Incisus, 08-20-2016 07:38 PM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 260
    08-23-2016 08:36 AM Go to last post
  13. Puppy barks in crate at night

    Hi all, My wife and I are in a bit of a crisis situation right now. We got a 5 month old labradoodle puppy on Saturday, and are having some...

    Started by josephwegner, 05-03-2011 11:58 AM
    bark, crate, dog, energy, sleep
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 36,457
    08-22-2016 07:00 PM Go to last post
  14. Crate trained pup started yapping in crate

    Hello and thank you to everyone who has been so encouraging when I posted earlier. It's been tough with our fourteen week old pup but the family is...

    Started by libertybelle, 08-19-2016 06:54 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 78
    08-22-2016 02:41 PM Go to last post
  15. Beginner Questions - I Have No Idea What I'm Doing

    Hello all! Yesterday I made a post about my struggles with anxiety after adopting a wonderful 5 month old pup. I mentioned that a lot of my anxiety...

    Started by FirstTimeDoggie, 08-19-2016 05:25 AM
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 297
    08-20-2016 02:27 PM Go to last post
  16. Puppy crying after finishing kong - Help please!

    We've had a 13 week old Dachshund mix for about a month now. We have a crate inside a pen for her. She really likes it and will go in there herself...

    Started by sarah05, 08-18-2016 08:58 AM
    alone dog by its self, crying, kong, puppy, whining
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 168
    08-19-2016 05:49 PM Go to last post
  17. 14 week old puppy; home alone?

    Our shepherd mix is now exactly 14 weeks old. We got her at 9 weeks old. I have been taking her to work with me since I got her. But I can't do that...

    Started by piperspack, 08-17-2016 09:38 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 181
    08-17-2016 06:49 PM Go to last post
  18. Question First time buying from a breeder

    I'm 24 and I live with my GSD Furbaby, that I purchased from a friend of a friend who's dog had an oops litter for $200.(best $200 I ever spent, she...

    Started by Jenna11, 08-11-2016 11:28 AM
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    08-17-2016 03:33 PM Go to last post
  19. Attachment / spoiled

    Hello, we are not first time dog owners, but it's been some years and never had this problem. We picked up our new Brussels Griffon Puppy a...

    Started by Scutlebut, 08-16-2016 07:33 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 163
    08-17-2016 11:45 AM Go to last post
  20. Doggie Harness help

    Hey, I’ve got a lovely great Dane/German shepherd cross who is growing into a big boy. He has such a lovely temperament – very warm, kind and...

    Started by Badger, 08-16-2016 02:13 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 172
    08-16-2016 10:22 AM Go to last post

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