Dear Labby

SlimDoggy Favorites: Dear Labby

SlimDoggy Favorites: Dear Labby

One of our favorite features on SlimDoggy is our Dear Labby column. SlimDoggy Jack thoughtful answers reader questions about dog behavior.   Our most read Dear Labby columns include the following: Dear Labby, Why Does My Dog Sleep on My Clothes? Dear Labby: Is My Dog Afraid of the Dark? Dear La... »

Dear Labby: Is Crate Training Cruel?

Dear Labby: Is Crate Training Cruel?

Dear Labby,   I was watching a funny video I saw on Facebook last week of an energetic boxer breaking out of their crate. I think the owner that posted it thought it was funny and I admit I laughed a little – he was so determined to breakout. But the comments from others on the FB post we... »

Dear Labby: Why did my dog growl?

Dear Labby: Why did my dog growl?

Dear Labby,   We recently rescued a dog from our local shelter. He’s a good boy and is getting used to our home and lifestyle quickly. One behavior that has bothered me is he sometimes growls at people when we are out together. It’s not all the time, just sometimes and it’s ju... »

How to Stop your Dog from Jumping on Visitors

How to Stop your Dog from Jumping on Visitors

Dear Labby,   My daughter has a wonderful pup, about a year old who is a sweet thing, but has the bad habit of jumping on people. It was fine when she was a pup, but now she weighs 50+ LBS and I worry she is going to knock me, or one of the kids over and hurt someone.   I’m not there... »

Dear Labby: Does Yelling at your Dog Work?

Dear Labby: Does Yelling at your Dog Work?

Dear Labby,   Our neighbors just got a new dog, not a puppy, but an adolescent. Judging by how often they YELL and SCREAM at the dog, I would guess he’s a teenager full of hormones and bad behavior.   I want to tell them that yelling doesn’t really help and may harm their relat... »

Dear Labby, Are Dogs Bilingual?

Dear Labby, Are Dogs Bilingual?

Dear Labby,   My friend, who lived in Germany for three years has a dog who understands both German and English. Can I teach my dog to be bilingual?   Dog Linguist     Dear Linguist,   This seems like a simple question to answer, of course they are. They are not only bilingu... »

Dear Labby: Does My Dog Sleep Too Much?

Dear Labby: Does My Dog Sleep Too Much?

Dear Labby,   We just rescued a 12-week old pup from the local shelter. We think he is a Lab/Pit/Boxer mix or at least that’s what they told us. He is so cute and we have lots of fun with him. We’re planning on taking him to puppy classes soon. The only thing that bothers me is that... »

Dear Labby: What to do About Barking Dogs

Dear Labby: What to do About Barking Dogs

Dear Labby, We have new neighbors who moved in about 6 weeks ago. They seem like a nice family, but the problem is they have two dogs that bark. A LOT. They are left home alone all day, everyday and spend most of their time in the yard barking. The family also seems to go out several nights a week a... »

Dear Labby: Why Do My Dogs Feet Smell Like Fritos?

Dear Labby: Why Do My Dogs Feet Smell Like Fritos?

Dear Labby,   Whenever I sit down to pet my dog, he typically rolls over on his back so I can rub his belly. When he does he sticks his feet right in my face and I notice his paws smell like Fritos. What’s up with that?   Frito-bandito   Dear Bandito,   We should have menti... »

Dear Labby, What’s the Best Way to Introduce a New Dog to the Family?

Dear Labby, What’s the Best Way to Introduce a New Dog to the Family?

This is the third in our Dear Labby series on adding a 2nd (or 3rd) dog to your household. We’ve looked at the factors to consider when deciding to add another dog, tips on choosing that dog and now introducing the new dog to your current dog.   Over the past six years, we’ve had 3 ... »

Dear Labby, Help me Choose Our New Dog

Dear Labby, Help me Choose Our New Dog

A few weeks ago, Dear Labby started a new series in response to a letter about adding a 2nd dog to the family. We discussed the factors you should consider in your decisionmaking, including the time and cost involved. In this post, we’ll provide some tips on choosing the right dog for your fam... »

Dear Labby, Should We Get a Second Dog?

Dear Labby, Should We Get a Second Dog?

Dear Labby, We are thinking about adding a second dog to our family. I’d like a medium sized dog that would be a good watchdog, but also a companion for our current dog a six-year old Shepherd/Akita mix. We plan to adopt and wonder if our local rescue is the best place to start? Do you think a... »

Dear Labby, Why Does My Dog Sleep on My Clothes?

Dear Labby, Why Does My Dog Sleep on My Clothes?

Dear Labby,   Look at this picture of my dog Tally…she’s lying on top of my flip-flops! What is up with that? She does it all the time, whenever I discard a piece of clothing on the floor, she lies down on top of it – why?   Tally’s mom.     Dear TallyR... »

Dear Labby: Is My Dog Afraid of the Dark?

Dear Labby: Is My Dog Afraid of the Dark?

Dear Labby, Our dog Kylie seems to be afraid of the dark. Is that possible?   During the day, when it’s sunny, bright, full of daylight, Kylie romps around in the backyard. We play ball, she chases squirrels, etc. However, once the sun sets and the backyard is dark, she’s very tenta... »

Dear Labby, Why Won’t My Dog Take their Medicine?

Dear Labby, Why Won’t My Dog Take their Medicine?

Dear Labby,   My dog refuses to take her pills, no matter how I bury it in her food – I always end up with this:   Frustrated Mom   Dear Frustrated,   Believe me, I understand what you are going through. Our dog Becca was on a good deal of medication when we were fighting h... »

Why is my Dog Peeing in the House?

Why is my Dog Peeing in the House?

Dear Labby,   Why would a dog who has been ‘potty trained’ pee in the house?   Wondering Mama   Dear Mama,   It can happen, and it might be caused by several reasons:   Your dog might be sick. If they have some type of bladder infection or intestinal disorder, th... »

Dear Labby: Bad Breath

Dear Labby: Bad Breath

Dear Labby, I’m afraid to admit this, but my dog has bad breath…really bad…don’t come near me bad. He eats pretty good food, what could be causing this problem?   Awaiting your Answer with Baited Breath   Dear Baited,   There could potentially be many causes fo... »

Dear Labby | Does my Dog Love (or Hate) Massage?

Dear Labby | Does my Dog Love (or Hate) Massage?

Dear Labby,    Each evening I sit with my dog Kylie and give her a massage – I run my hands up and down her legs and her feet and do a little back massage too. Sometimes she moans and groans and it’s almost a growl…is she telling me she wants me to stop, or does she like it? H... »

Dogs and kids – what could go wrong?

Dogs and kids – what could go wrong?

Dear Labby, We adopted a border collie/australian shepherd mix a few years ago and she is as sweet as can be. Our problems started when our daughter was born. At first, Blu was totally in love with the baby and slept by her, protected her, watched over her. But now that the baby is up and walking, w... »

Dear Labby: Dog Tail Wagging

Dear Labby: Dog Tail Wagging

Dear Labby, Last week we rescued a 5-year old mutt from the shelter. She’s a great dog and we’re having lots of fun with her. My question is about her tail. It never seems to be wagging and always seems to be hanging low and sometimes it is even tucked between her legs. Does this mean sh... »

Dear Labby – Teeth Baring

Dear Labby – Teeth Baring

Dear Labby, When our two dogs play, Tally dances all around Taj trying to engage her. Taj being the older dog stands and looks at her, taunting her energetically, and every now and then she’ll give her a bit of a chase, which is exactly what Tally is trying to get her to do. This morning, Tall... »

Dear Labby: Playtime with Pup

Dear Labby: Playtime with Pup

Dear Labby, What games should I play with my dog? We just rescued a medium size dog (45 lbs) from the shelter. He seems really hyper. I walk him for 15-20 minutes every day, but he seems fixated on his ball and all he wants to do is play fetch. He is also very destructive in the house, chewing on th... »

Dear Labby

Dear Labby

Dear Labby, We just got a new puppy from the shelter. We don’t really know what he is, but he looks kind of like a shepherd/golden mix. We like to take him everywhere so that he gets socialized. He’s really pretty well-behaved for a pup. The shelter said they thought he was 6 months old.... »

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Dear Labby – Why is ascorbic acid in my dog food?

Dear Labby, My dog food label is so confusing and contains many ingredients that I don’t recognize.  Today, I noticed that there is something called Ascorbic Acid in my dog’s food.  Acid?  Should I be concerned?  I don’t want to be feeding my dog acid! Signed, I am not a chemist Dear Chemist,  ... »

Dear Labby

Dear Labby

Dear Labby, I’ve always heard that if you are going to have two dogs, it’s best to mix the sex, to have one girl and one boy, otherwise you run the risk of same sex rivalry and fights. Is there any truth to this? What do I do if I want three dogs? Sibling Rivalry   Dear Sibling, Tha... »

Dear Labby

Dear Labby

Dear Labby, We just adopted a dog from the local shelter and we love her like crazy already, but her long nails are scratching our hardwood floors and she makes a lot of noise with them, clickety-click-click. I’ve never had to cut my dogs toenails before – am I supposed to do that? And h... »

Dear Labby: Eye color?

Dear Labby: Eye color?

  Dear Labby, We fell in love with dog at the shelter because of her beautiful eyes. One was blue and one was brown and they were so expressive. Our friends tell us that maybe there is something wrong with her or that she might become aggressive. Should we be worried? Blue-eyed Belle   &nb... »

Sibling Rivalry or Sibling Love?

Sibling Rivalry or Sibling Love?

Dear Labby, I have one dog – a wonderful mixed breed, but mostly lab/pittie that we rescued from the local shelter. I’d like to adopt another dog, but we wonder and worry about having two dogs and how they will get along. I’ve heard some horror stories about dogs not getting along.... »

Dear Labby – Genetic Disease?

Dear Labby – Genetic Disease?

Dear Labby- We have decided to get a dog (our first ever) and are both excited and nervous about it. We both work and are rather sedentary, so we think we need a low-energy dog; certainly nothing big or active like a Golden Retriever or Border Collie.  As of now, we are leaning toward a Maltese R... »

Dear Labby, My Rescue Cocker Spaniel is Chubby!

Dear Labby, My Rescue Cocker Spaniel is Chubby!

Dear Labby, My Cocker Spaniel, who we rescued from a shelter 6 months ago, is 5 yrs old and has gained four lbs.  She is looking too chubby and we don’t know what to do! She weighs 27.4 lbs, and the vet thinks she should be at 22-23 lbs. I feed her Nutrisca dry food, chicken and chickpea recip... »

Dear Labby: Fearful Fido

Dear Labby: Fearful Fido

Dear Labby, Hi, As I was perusing FB I noticed your story on Maggie and wanted some of your thoughts on my situation.  I rescue dogs, and last year rescued a pregnant bitch who had 10 pups at my house.  They are Min Pin/ Rat Terrier / Chi/ doxie, who knows.  It has been a slow adoption for these lit... »

Dear Labby on Doggie Breath

Dear Labby on Doggie Breath

Dear Labby: Everyone says their dog has smelly breath, but what’s your opinion on dog teeth cleaning? When should the procedure be considered? Do some dogs have weak teeth/gums? I’m sure diet and lack of natural teeth cleaning options affect tooth/gum health. Does it cause bad breath in ... »

Dear Labby 3 Tips for Dog Behavior Issues

Dear Labby 3 Tips for Dog Behavior Issues

Dear Labby, We just adopted a young, energetic mixed breed male dog (we think part Lab, part Shepherd). Our vet says he appears to be between 3-4 years old.  “Lenny’ is adorable but he is exhibiting some unwanted behaviors including digging and chewing on our furniture.  He has so much energy that w... »

Dear Labby (Concerned & ChubbyDad)

Dear Labby (Concerned & ChubbyDad)

  Dear Labby, I love dogs and really want to help out my local dog rescue, but I just can’t provide a forever home right now (work schedule & living situation).  How else can I help? WantsToHelp Dear WantstoHelp,  There are so many things you can do to help out and your local shelter ... »

Dear Labby (FleaBitten & DirtyDog)

Dear Labby (FleaBitten & DirtyDog)

Dear Labby, It’s that time of year again when the fleas & ticks come out in full force. Any ideas for safe, natural remedies? FleaBitten Dear Fleabitten, I hear you – nothing worse than coming home from a nice walk and bringing a lot of baggage in the way of fleas & ticks into th... »

Dear Labby

Dear Labby

We are introducing a new regular feature on SlimDoggy.com. It’s called “Dear Labby” and is a dog-oriented version of the famous advice column with a similar name. Why  are we doing this column? We have become the de facto ‘dog experts’ for friends and family, and now, t... »