hazelmaeandromy: Haha omg you’re bringing up memories here! Okay, I’m going to try and give you some of the experiences we had, and how we solved them:
1. One of his dogs (lab) and one of mine (golden) were best friends, but when we moved in together, my golden started literally attacking his lab. Like, wouldn’t let up. Blood was drawn several times and I thought the worst…yes…rehoming. Luckily, my fiance refused. We didn’t have money for a specialist to come and retrain her not to be an asshole (we just BOUGHT our house!) so we stuck to our guns and anytime she would do her “territorial guarding” (yes, that’s what we self-diagnosed it since she only did it when I was around), we’d firmly say “NO” and remove her from the room until she calmed down. Then bring her back in, and repeat. They live in peaceful harmony now! It took about two months to break that habbit.
2. Hyper is an understatement when you speak of five dogs living together. We also have a one year old german shepherd (she was 3 months when we moved in!). So, bringing them all in to the “main” area of the home was a damn stampede! Also, you know, the nights where you just want to sit with your girlfriend and kick back to watch a movie? LOL not going to happen with five crazies. It was really, really difficult, but we managed to run them to the point of near exhaustion everyday when we got home. Fetch in the back yard – they’re all crazy for tennis balls! That helped A LOT with the hyperness. Sadly, I’ve had about 10 different glass items lose their lives over the hyper pups. But, nevertheless, they behave much better after a year of learning “expected indoor behavior”.
3. Mess – when it rains, be prepared. There’s no way you’ll be stopping FIVE dogs from rushing through the door with muddy paws. We have a “sun” room that is blocked off from the main part of our house – by a sliding glass door. This room leads to the outside. It is also “dog proof” – all tile floors, no furniture except for an old couch that they’ve already murdered, and their cages. Having a designated “dog” room REALLY helps with the cleaning. I’d rather clean one room full of mud than an entire house! I mean, the walls will never be the same in there. But, I’ll sacrifice a room!
4. This room also helps with the “kennel’ smell. As a kid, I knew immediately when walking into someone’s home if they had a dog or not! Although this separate room doesn’t eliminate the smell of dog, it DOES help. My BIGGEST recommendation: if you have area rugs, throw pillows, blankets, dog beds, furniture, carpet, etc. Either maintain um, or switch um. We got rid of all throw pillows and blankets. They’re upstairs where the dogs are NOT permitted. Also, we put my suede couch in the “dog room” – the one they destroyed – and in our family room sits a nice leather set. We had one piece of carpet in our house at that went up the stairs – we ripped it up, sanded, and painted the wooden stairs. 1000X better! Also, area rugs, regardless of how trained your dogs are, they’re going to pee on your rugs and “mark their territory”. I’d kiss them goodbye for now. I learned this the hard way and I’ve spend easily $500 replacing the one area rug my dogs loooove to piss on. Whenever I came downstairs from my bedroom, I had that stale, stingy pee smell enter my nose. I got rid of the area rug and no more smell.
4. Maintenance – get a damn roomba. Seriously. And run that thing while you’re at work. About three times per week I get the dyson out and go to town. The most important thing is dusting which I am religious about on Saturday mornings: dust any wooden furniture, ceiling light/fan, counter tops, etc. I only mop every so often because our floors blend well with dirt and smudges, but when I do that helps as well. Lastly, invest in a costco amount of febreeze plug-ins and yankee candles. The plug ins in our home are replaced every two months or so, and the candles we burn for when we have people over.
this is what makes my house functional! LOL I hate having the smell of “wet dog” whenever I walk in, and these are the most convenient and best tricks I’ve picked up on!
Best of luck and let me know if you have any other questions!