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    Re: Dog Problem

    If your realtor schedules a showing take him to doggie daycare.


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    Re: Dog Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    I would recommend consulting with one of these two on what is in the basement that is terrifying your dog.


    Or maybe you already know, hence the need to move...
    You know? I actually thought of this. This is a situation where I really wish dogs could talk. Just want to ask him what the hell is going on down there. Makes me not want to do laundry anymore

    Thanks for all of the suggestions. The one about taking the dog on a walk or something while the house is being shown, thus allowing us to move him back to his normal spot, is something we may have to try. There is a problem with that though. That would mean that either my wife or I would have to leave work for a showing.



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    Re: Dog Problem

    I wouldn't want to be in jail for 8-12 hours per day.

    Give him access to the garage and put an outdoor kennel (tall fence and roof if needed) attached to the garage. Our old neighbor did this for his dog and would even put a heat lamp in the garage during the winter. I also don't think the dog had access to all the garage, just a portion.

    I let my Golden have full access to our backyard. It only has a 4 foot fence and he could jump over if he wanted but has never figured out that he can. He is 6 now so I doubt he ever does. Luckily he is not a digger so no worries about that. If it is really cold in the winter he will stay in until the kids come home from school and has full access to the house.



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    Re: Dog Problem

    I would do rewards based training on the kennel in the basement. Also you say it's an unfinished basement . . . Let him have free roam over the basement during the day and leave his kennel open. I think he will eventually go back in on his own. Kennels are dogs safe places.



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    Re: Dog Problem

    Maybe you could drape a blanket over the front of the kennel so he can't see where he is? Is it possible to take him and his kennel to work with you? Throw some of your dirty laundry into the kennel with him (our lab LOVED sleeping on the pile of dirty laundry in the wash room)?


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    Re: Dog Problem

    Small threadjack, but two thumbs up to those of you who either kennel your dog or keep him/her inside during the day. As someone who works from home and am absolutely drained from listening to dogs bark non-stop throughout the day while all of the owners are at their day jobs, huge props from me.

    If the kennel thing doesn't work out, please send it to me. Four of them, if you can spare it. I'd be happy to leave them on the doorstep of my various neighbors. Friendly reminders to knock it off aren't doing the trick.



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    Re: Dog Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    I had this issue with one of my dogs. She never got completely over it. After several years she was still hesitant to go outside and when she did she would just barely get outside, do her business and want back in. Even without the collar on. Sorry, don't have an answer for you.
    I feel terrible about the whole thing. I read the directions and I set the shock to the appropriate level given his size and activity level. I'd walked him around the boundary a few times and it appeared he understood where he couldn't go, but not quite to the point where I was comfortable having him out there without the collar on. He saw me and my daughter out beyond the area and came over at a full sprint, forgetting all about the boundary. I can't get him outside hardly at all now, and when he is outside he's basically afraid to move anywhere...



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    Re: Dog Problem

    I'd consider little by little letting him have more access to the house when gone. If he's 9 years old, he should be mature enough where he's not going to destroy the house if you're gone. Anxiety can cause that, but that's why you have to do it little by little, starting in places tougher to damage. My do has all access to the house and he's fine. I always left the tv on for him to, to help soothe anxiety, but a radio could probably work as well.



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    Re: Dog Problem

    I've heard people having great luck with some of the anti-anxiety products put out for dogs. I believe there are drops and also some kind of "mist" that puts off a pheromone that eases dog's anxiety. We have a dog that hates storms and are considering looking into it.



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    Re: Dog Problem

    My co-worker brought her dog in to work today, which she has spent exactly zero time training to date, the dog is now 2 years old. The dog has raced up and down the hall constantly, destroyed several garbage cans, spent 30 minutes barking on the deck, and is now scratching at the door.

    Co-worker is likely on a long lunch. I hate her.

    That is all.



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    Re: Dog Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by DurangoCy View Post
    My co-worker brought her dog in to work today, which she has spent exactly zero time training to date, the dog is now 2 years old. The dog has raced up and down the hall constantly, destroyed several garbage cans, spent 30 minutes barking on the deck, and is now scratching at the door.

    Co-worker is likely on a long lunch. I hate her.

    That is all.
    Where in the hell do you work?



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    Re: Dog Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by DurangoCy View Post
    My co-worker brought her dog in to work today, which she has spent exactly zero time training to date, the dog is now 2 years old. The dog has raced up and down the hall constantly, destroyed several garbage cans, spent 30 minutes barking on the deck, and is now scratching at the door.

    Co-worker is likely on a long lunch. I hate her.

    That is all.
    I laughed. Loud.



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    Re: Dog Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    Where in the hell do you work?
    It's a small engineering office with and open floor plan and a little deck for lunches, clients, dogs, etc.



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    Re: Dog Problem

    Interesting problem. My parents' dogs haven't had much of an issue, but we've always let them have the run of the place for as long as I can remember. That's changed recently, since my parents just totally remodeled the upstairs and put in hardwood floors. They can still roam free in our basement and have to stay down there when we let them in, but two of them won't go into the living room upstairs, anyway, because of the floors.

    Before the remodel, the dogs often stayed inside over night. We had a couple of those dog beds in the living room, and they were always pretty good about using those at night (although our little one would sometimes move to the couch, the heeler always stayed in her bed). The dog we had before these three would sleep on a little mattress about 2x3 feet right by my parents' bed, and he never strayed from there at night other than to get some food/water from his bowls.


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    Re: Dog Problem

    Our pup has a blanket over her kennel too. Seems to help. I also run the tv between when I go to work and when my wife gets up, which seems to keep her from yapping sometimes.



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