(Closed) MEGA Doggie Crisis, Any Advice?!?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Any small bathrooms with minimal furniture to chew? Best thing would be a crate really though. Our dog loves his now and will sleep in it all day with the door open. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

She obviously has issues with being abandoned. I’d reccomend playing with her till she’s exhausted before you leave in the morning. The walk her to exhuastion in the evening with another play session before bed. Pay her a lot of attention, and give her lots of toys to take her agression out on. I reccomend the crate too. If she doesnt settle down in the next week or two take her to the vet she may need antianxiety meds till she gets used to you and your home.

Post # 6
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Worker bee

Are you against crating? We used one from day 1 with our puppy and after some crying right at the beginning she now sees it as her area and is happy to go to sleep in it. It also helps with car journeys and she can be left in the car without the worry she is going to chew the place up.

would you consider taking some time off work while the new arrival settles in? I was home for a week with ours (granted she was smaller so it really was needed for the toilet training to get started). that might help her to settle down and if she knows you’re around (maybe working in the next room or something) she will feel less anxiety? This is probably the first time she’s been left alone remember.

make sure there’s plenty for her to do and chew on to keep her busy! While she’s still getting into your routine she’s not going to want to just lay down and sleep all day while you’re out-chew toys and stuffed kongs and maybe start feeding her food to her in kongs instead of from her bowl which will keep her busy for longer.

But on top of all of this I would still recommend the crate ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I wouldn’t have left her alone that soon after bringing her home, she is scared and in a new place, and she is a dog, of course she is going to chew things! Just needs training and time with you all at home, during the day I would keep her in a room with nothing really chewable. I don’t think a crate is necessary, just takes training and time ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I agree with the previous poster, put her in the bathroom where she can do less damage.  Our puppy had some attachment issues with us (she still does in ways), and what helped was giving her a pillow with our scent on it while we were gone.  Surprisingly, she didn’t chew up the pillow and sleeps on it in her crate now.

Also, we crate our dog at night and put the crate in our bedroom, since she kept whining for us in the middle of the night.  It immediately stopped the whining and it actually makes it easier on us to get her up in the mornings.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

@MASPA:  Well since you have only had her 16 hours, chances are she can be disciplined still ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It’s a brand new environment and she’s just been shuffled around to multiple places, not to mention put through surgery. I wouldn’t worry too much about her behavior until she’s had some time to settle down. Most dogs are not truly comfortable in a new house for around a month at least.

I would absolutely crate her or put her in an xpen while you’re gone – never trust a new dog in new house. You should treat her as if she’s a puppy until you know how reliable she is. You also don’t want her jumping or running around like crazy right after a spay.

You can buy crates relatively inexpensively at Walmart. Maybe get her a kong with some peanut butter (or whatever she really likes) to have in the crate when you leave to keep her busy, along with an old t-shirt you’ve worn. Or you could buy a taller gate, but I personally wouldn’t trust a new dog not to chew on the cabinets lol.

Post # 13
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Worker bee

I think not letting her sleep in your room is a good idea. It’s a bad habit (although often the easier choice!) and in the long run will be worth it. Make sure her toys are interesting for her-we found the expensive fancy ones are actually of no interest to ours-her favourite toy is a balled up sock! Go figure. 

A higher baby gate might work but just incase she’s not fully housetrained the crate will do wonders! Once she’s settled you can leave it open but until she understands the rules keep it shut.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I disagree with the previous poster about letting dogs sleep in your room. Dogs are pack animals, of course they want to be with their people at night. You don’t have to let them hoard your pillow (totally guilty), but I think it’s totally fine to have a crate or doggie bed near your own bed – especially if you have a dog with separation anxiety.

I wouldn’t suggest letting her have socks either, unless you’re okay with her assuming all your socks are hers, lol.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I rescued a great dane who ended up having separation issues and we did the crate training with her until she settled in better.  It was hard to hear her whimper & cry, but I think any dog in a new and unfamiliar setting will have some behaviors to work out.  Get a metal crate and make sure she has a toy or better yet, a kong filled with peanut butter and frozen overnight to occupy her while in the kennel.  If she eats the blanket/towel/dog bed in the kennel, try folding up a blanket and putting it UNDER the crate pan so she isn’t directly on the hard floor but also can’t get to the blanket to chew it up.

Post # 16
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Worker bee

@Westwood:  I guess it depends on how you want your dog to live in your house-in fact our bedroom is out of bounds to the dog because I don’t need her chewing on all of my shoes (learnt that the hard way!). And we don’t have socks floating around the house either ๐Ÿ™‚

but to the OP, just relax and take your time getting used to one another. She’s gone through a fairly traumatic time and it will take some getting used to for all of you. Just make sure you and your OH have a united front and are telling her the same rules so she doesn’t get confused!!

 

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