Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PG-K9: Parental Supervision Required

Ed is rarely left alone around the house.  We crate the dogs when we're not there, and usually make sure Edison is within eyesight while we are.


When we first brought Edison home he had constant supervision - either in the crate or on a leash around the house.  But as time has passed, he's gotten more and more freedom.  First we ditched the leash, and now don't worry about having him in eyesight constantly.


Even still, anytime he is out of eyesight and being too quite, I get suspicious.  When I go looking for him, he'll be laying on one of the rugs or pillows relaxing.


But there are still times I don't go looking for him - figuring he's lounging on the couch - only to hear the distinctive crash of something being pulled off of the kitchen counter.


Do your dogs get left alone in the house?  How do they do? 

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  1. In our house, a quiet out-of-sight dog equals trouble about 10% of the time... But they really make that 10% count ;)

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  2. Ha...that last picture! He is a giant puppy:) Luckily Kaya & Norman are easy to leave alone. They have free reign of the house whether I'm home or not. They even leave Gina's wet cat food alone which is on the kitchen floor. Though when Norman was a puppy, I used to come home to 1 insignificant item chewed up like a sponge or cat toy.

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    1. So amazing!! Every now and then (specifically when we're busy running around and neglecting the pooches) I start to feel guilty and think we should leave them out - but Tess will pee & poop everywhere (and then Ed will eat it...gross). I can't believe your's leave the cat food alone!!

      One time, long, long ago when we used to crate Edi at night and in the basement, he broke out one morning. I could hear someone outside our bedroom door. I was so thankful it was just Ed, but also nervous about how much damage he had done. All he did was chew a remote!!

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  3. Now that we rent Boomer and Dottie aren't left out (don't want anything to happen to the dogs or the rental). But, when we did own our own home they were left out after we knew they were potty trained and we could trust them not to get into trouble. A few times the curtains would be moved or a pillow thrown on the floor but nothing too bad!

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    1. That makes perfect sense! Another time Ed broke out of his crate (we zip tie it now!), he chewed a pillow off the couch -- so much better than chewing the actual couch!!

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  4. We adopted Luigi in November of 2013. When we first got him he had separation anxiety. He was so nervous to be left alone and his old owner reported that he had eaten her couch. Originally, Luigi was crated at night and when we weren't home. We slowly gave him his independence. First not crating at night, then during the day. Now we don't even own a crate. We know we are lucky and are really proud of him!

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    1. That's awesome, Lisa! What great progress!! Tess has separation anxiety, too. While she wouldn't destroy anything, she pees and poops in the house!

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  5. I started to leave Paladin out on short trips and I thought he was doing wonderfully because nothing was seen out of sorts. One day I'm sitting on my couch as he's laying in his bed and I feel a vibration and I looked to see him chewing on my couch leg and the fabric along the side!!! From the way it looked he had been at it for a few days in small increments! Needless to say he has lost is staying out privileges for a while again now! We might be able to repair the leg and I'm happy that I have some extra fabric in the form of pillows that I can sacrifice for the ripped trim! Grrrrrr The boy doth task me! Eileen Murdock

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    1. Yikes!! Silly boy! We have been super lucky to never had anything high-dollar destroyed - Edi mostly likes paper!!

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  6. Hahahahahah! I am the same way, if I can't see Jake, something is going down! Melvin rarely leaves my side but when he does, I trust him!

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