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James asks…

leaving my dog home alone?

i have a 1 year old terrier mix ( tons of energy) who has seperation anexiety (but getting better). when the animals are left home alone him and our kitten are put in our master bedroom and master bath to keep the kitten from bothering the older cat and keep the dog from destroying the whole house. in our home he really only gets to kleenex and rips it apart (doesn’t eat it). sometimes the cat will team up with the dog and knock stuff off the counter or clothes out of the hamper onto the floor and watch the dog make the room a mess. with a dog that has so much energy i hate having to leave him in such a confined area (so crating is not an option to me). i really want to be able to give him access to the rest of the house while we are gone and not have to worry about stuff getting torn up. i’m not sure how to get to that point?!? Please help me and my dog!

New Niche Finder answers:

Don’t leave anything in an area or at a level that the dog will be able access. Move the Kleenex and the laundry hamper into a completely different room. Simply puppy proof your house. Be sure to leave the pup with some favourite toys, treats and water. A dog enjoys a talk show as well. More radio than television for most so maybe start by trying that.
I don’t blame you for making crating not an option. I never did that with my puppy either. She is now two.
It sounds as though your dog is more mischievous than experiencing separation anxiety. I can just imagine teaming up with the cat. Perhaps they play together when they are left alone.
In order to assure your dog doesn’t tear the house up, I feel that the dog must have access to something else to keep the dog occupied.
A nice bone would likely be satisfying.
A favourite blanket and a place to sleep that the dog can consider his own.
Be sure that your dog is well exercised before he is left home alone. A well exercised dog is a content dog.
Always exercise and then feed. He will then likely sleep for a good while.
My pup used to do the same with Kleenex any any piece of paper she could get access to. I simply rearranged things so that she no longer has access to that type of thing.
I always make sure that she is exercised and fed before she is left home alone. She has total run of the house, always has and has never been a problem.
She still gets a bit upset when I leave her at home by herself and she doesn’t even have a kitty to play with but she gets over it.
She used to whine and cry a lot when I left but I started out by going outside the door for a few minutes and then came back in. Not making a big deal when I was leaving nor upon my arrive. Once my coat is off, I would get to her level and say hi. I would increase my time away by minutes until I could go for a full half hour. Then I increased it more and more each time until I could go for two hours, then four, then six and finally eight.
Since she is now two, her bladder is developed enough now that she can hold her bladder for a full eight hours, although going for a potty and a good walk is important when I arrive after being gone for eight hours.
When she was still 1.5 years old, I wouldn’t leave her for more than four hours without a potty break immediately upon my arrival.
She is house trained.
I hope that this helps for now. If you have any questions, feel free to message me.

Michael asks…

Bringing home a rescue dog?

This will be my first time adopting a dog and I want to make sure I make all the right steps so the new member doesn’t have a stressful experience. I think we will introduce my other dog first once he/she is comfortable we will introduce one cat at a time( Later on in the week). That the two cats can adjust to another dog in the house. If anyone has tips on how I can make this experience less stressful and most importantly safe for everyone please help! Also what should I do the first day and the car ride home?

Thank you for any answers and your help!
The Rescue i will be adopting from is a very nice well organized group who also rescue kittens and cats and have them at the same location.The dogs/puppies go through an extensive evaluation process to make sure they can find the perfect home for each animal and they have a really high adoption rate so I really trust these individuals!! Thank you for all your answers and you have pointed out really good points!!

New Niche Finder answers:

First day:
Have everything ready at home before the dog gets home. Keep the new dog confined to one room for the most part, and all the other animals get the rest of the house as usual. Set up a vet appointment for the first 48 hours home. That way if he does have a medical issue related to stress or just in general that the shelter didn’t know about then you are on it before it becomes a real problem. It is also good to make sure you have his rabies certificate, and that the vet has a baseline for medical records on the new dog.

Ride home:
If possible, crate him. You don’t know if he will get car sick or not, or if he even rides well, and a crate is the safest for any dog under any conditions.

I assume your other dog is dog friendly? Bring your new dog outside, somewhere near the house, but not somewhere your current dog would consider part of its territory. Both dogs should be on leashes. Let them meet in this neutral zone. It is best to start off several (30) feet apart and only slowly bring them closer if nobody gets too excited. If either one gets too excited or aggressive, then back off until both are comfortable again. Give treats only when the dogs are calm – you treat the dog you have control of, and someone else treats the dog they have control of. If both get along great and can do butt sniffing hellos with no issue, you may try going into your fenced back yard and letting them play together off leash. Monitor them.

For the cats:
Keep the current dog in a different room. Keep the new dog on a leash. Let the cats introduce themselves as they like or not. It is best if you are sitting comfortably watching tv or something, and not hovering over them, but be ready to pull the dog back if he gets too curious with the cats. Again, treats whenever the dog greets them calmly – ignores them, lies down, etc. No treats for pulling on the leash, barking, or excessive tail wagging. The cats will do their own thing. This should be the nature of their interactions for at least a week (every day) if not longer. As long as he is on a leash you can protect the cats. You better be pretty confident he won’t be a cat chaser before letting him off leash.

Don’t let anybody harass anybody else. If the new dog doesn’t like the cats coming within 5 feet, then don’t let them. Both animals need to learn the other’s boundaries.

Feed the two dogs separately until you know there will be no food aggression issues.

Susan asks…

How to leave your dog home alone?

Hey so i was thinking about getting a dog but i would have to leave it alone from 7:40-3:00 i live in Canada so i was thinking a keenel but i don’t know what to do about winter. That and how do i train it stay home alone and what age can i do that? thanks much apreciated!!!!!

New Niche Finder answers:

Dogs need to learn from puppyhood to be alone at home, be it in the house or outside, guarding the home. Puppies should only and always be left alone in a crate in the house with a thick blanket inside or a kennel of the right size so that the dog can lie and stand inside comfortably.While you are in the house you can put the puppy inside its crate or kennel and tell him to stay. In time, when the pup can see you, he will sleep in his crate without any fuss. For very nervous pups you can give them a toy or an old T-shirt to keep him company.Move the crate farther and farther away from you until it is in another room, where the pup cannot see you. Do not let the pup out when he is crying! He will never learn to stay alone this way. Be firm! Do not leave the pup alone for more than two hours max at a time.Give your puppy lots of praise every time you come back! Always provide a bowel of fresh water inside the crate, do not feed the pup before you put him in the crate, he will want to empty himself soon and then nobody will be there to let him out when he cries. That is a sure way to teach a puppy to be dirty. Good luck Grace.

Joseph asks…

Bringing baby home with a dog…?

I’m only 20 weeks pregnant, but I’m thinking ahead of time.

Okay, I have two dogs – A Shih Tzu and a German Shephard. I’m not too worried about the Shih Tzu (very small dogs), but I am worried about my German Shephard. I’m afraid he might jump up on the baby and hurt him somehow. He can be really energetic and forceful.

Has anybody here brought a baby home when you had a large dog or large dogs? What should I expect? And any tips on how I can safely introduce the baby to him? All answers will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
ryder – Yes, I was thiking about the Shih Tzu and the jealousy problems. But I’m not as worried about that as I am with the German Shepherd. He has a habit of jumping on things that he finds interesting.

New Niche Finder answers:

We have a shepherd/husky mix and she’s a rather large dog. We got her from a rescue and she has always been skittish around people and loud noises. When we were expecting our first, we made sure to let her “inspect” every baby item we brought in. We didn’t ban her from the room the baby would sleep in. We put a lifelike baby doll in the crib when we got it set up so she’d get used to someone being in there. We made sure to set the swing and bassinet up early and would turn on the music or vibrations every day, again, so she’d get used to it. I made sure to still give her love and attention but my husband started taking over being the main caregiver for our dog so she wouldn’t feel like I had abandoned her when I paid more attention to the baby. My husband made sure to pay lots of attention to her when we got home from the hospital too. When I was in the hospital and my husband came home to shower he brought a blanket home with him that smelled like the baby. He let the dog smell it and get used to her scent. When we got home with baby we had the baby in her infant carrier and set the carrier on the floor (with us right there) and let the dog come up and smell her. She was skittish at first and was uncertain when the baby would cry but she got used to her quickly. Whenever anyone has a baby at our house now our dog barely notices. She’ll come look at the baby and then go lay down. We are expecting our second and our dog is an old pro but we’ll still be sure to go through these steps so she is used to the baby stuff again. Good luck!

PS – I’d be more concerned about the little dog than the big dog. They are usually more tempermental. Google the breed to see what is said about how they deal with children.

Betty asks…

bringing home an adopted dog?

tomorrow me and my family are bringing home our adopted dog, she is a 5 year old labrador.
when you first bring the dog home what should you do? should you take her out on a walk or bring her straight into the house? she will have a week at home with all of us then next week we go back to school and work, she will be left for 7 hours, 4 days a week. is there anyway we can avoid separation anxiety? what are your experiences with your adopted dogs? thanks

New Niche Finder answers:

Bring her home first, let her get to know her surroundings, just let her have a wander around the house getting used to new sights and smells, and getting used to you all too. Put her bedding somewhere warm and comfortable, and make sure she knows that’s where she sleeps.

Make sure she has some toys; things that she knows belong to her. And get her used to simple obedience, such as sit, stay etc, and of course, have some treats ready for when she does well. Just don’t try to do too much all at once.

If possible, get her used to being left on her own for a short while every day…..start off with ten or fifteen minutes or so….making the time a little bit longer each day so that she will eventually adjust to you all being out at work and school, and being left alone.

Of course, the whole thing takes time and patience….and lots of love along the way too.

Good luck, and well done to all of you for giving this dog a new life and a new home!

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