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tofu
09-07-2007, 11:24 AM
How many dogs do you currently have? What do you do when you go out? Does anyone take their dogs with them? I am considering adding to my pack, we have a great routine now with 3 but I have read that even numbers are better.

blueeyedgirl
09-07-2007, 11:49 AM
We only have the one. When we are gone doing running around for a few hours or an appointment the dog is in the basement running free down there. He has a bed and all that set up for him there. If we are gone for a long day and we know we can bring him with us then we bring him. We do not leave him in a vehicle. I would love to add another to the pack at a later date but right now one works for us.

DogsRule
09-07-2007, 12:58 PM
I have 3, we've had up to 7 at once.

It depends on your sanity level to be honest, nothing to do w/even #'s.

When I go out, the dogs are in the dog room ( a bedroom just for them)

A*lil*Loopy
09-07-2007, 01:35 PM
We currently have 5 dogs. Four pugs (they tag team each other) and one very large dog who babysits them and plays with all of them at once. (I believe he thinks he's one of them)

We don't take the dogs anywhere public as we don't have time to go anywhere except when we go canoeing or fishing. We usually take two pugs and sometimes the big guy, depends on what we'll be doing.
We have trails in the bush behind the house and a very large yard so they have no shortage of exercise room. If we lived in town we'd probably walk all of them together as they all get along very well.

There is always someone available to babysit them or we don't go.

We find that our pugs pair up. I had two then bought another two so the pairing may be a result of that. They also "choose" one to pick on and usually my older female has to step in to settle the younger ones down. Each has a distinct personality and you can really see it when they play. So I think that pairs are best.

tippikitty
09-07-2007, 01:43 PM
I don't agree with locking a animal up in a room because your not there. If you do lock them up because there is more then one then you shouldn't be getting anymore.

TPK
09-07-2007, 01:46 PM
We've got one at the moment and that's enough for now. When we move into a house I'm sure we'll get another and a few cats too. When we're going to be out for an hour we put our dog in her cage. If we're out for longer than that she goes to stay with my sister he "doggysits" for us. She goes in her cage for her own safety because if she is left to her own devices she finds things to eat that she's not supposed to. So in the long run it's better to put her in there so she doesn't eat something and get sick and have to go to the vets.

vinnyb
09-07-2007, 01:56 PM
Whats one more right.....

DogsRule
09-07-2007, 02:53 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: *~TippiKitty~*</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I don't agree with locking a animal up in a room because your not there. If you do lock them up because there is more then one then you shouldn't be getting anymore. </div></div>


Even if its safer for the animal?

Let's see...last year a man broke into an elderly mans house here in my town. The older man had a little yorkie. This horrible person who broke in STOMPED on the dogs head killing it instantly. The man had left his little doggy in the house alone while he was gone.

So....what's more cruel?

I would rather crate/lock my dogs thanks. But hey, you're intitled to your opinions.

My job as a pet owner is to keep my dogs safe, from other people, from household dangers, ennironment, etc. My dogs have an entire bedroom just for them with a couch and their beds.

DogsRule
09-07-2007, 02:58 PM
Oh, and some animals display high amounts of stress and anxiety when left to roam the entire house.

Dogs are den animals, and some NEED that crate or smaller area just to feel comfortable in their own skin when left alone.

blueeyedgirl
09-07-2007, 03:47 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: *~TippiKitty~*</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I don't agree with locking a animal up in a room because your not there. If you do lock them up because there is more then one then you shouldn't be getting anymore. </div></div>

We put a gate at the top of the kitchen steps. He has the back door to lay near and the whole basement with his food and wather dish. His crate with cushions from our old couch(nice and thick) in it and a blanket. I would rather block him in like that then have him roam the house and pee on my son's bed again like he has done twice before. He has knocked the garbage can over and there are things in there that could get him sick. Several different reasons to block a dog in a safe place while you are gone!

kuietgrl (got lost)
09-07-2007, 03:48 PM
I agree DogsRule.

I have 3 dogs living with me right now. The two Danes are put in their crates if they're left alone. Even if it's for 5 min while I pick up my boyfriend at work. I've left them out before and Ivan goes mental. He's ate a few remotes (batteries and all) and destroys shoes from stress. If he's in his crate, he lays down and sleeps. So for both HIS mental and physical safety, he's locked up.

My Chihuahua, however, is left out...sometimes locked in our room, though. He's not destructive, doesn't stress and sleeps the whole time.

MaO3
09-07-2007, 04:44 PM
I let my boy have the run of the house. But when he was young before he could be trusted he was crated. No question about it. I would rather crate them or confine them if it was going to keep them safe and secure.

Now he's proven to be able to be left alone, doesn't do anything he's not supposed to, well, except sleep on the couch when no ones around. /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

tippikitty
09-07-2007, 04:47 PM
It's just my opinion. No need to get your panties in a bunch.
When stating what I said I was referring to people doing it for other reason other then their pets safety. Of course if it was safer for the animal I would think it would be ok.
I've just heard of people locking up their animals because of them being on the couch or furniture when they are gone. To me if you don't want animal hair on your furniture then you shouldn't have any period!

kitca
09-07-2007, 05:25 PM
we have 3 dogs. they all stay in the house when we are gone, unless it is nice outside, then if they want to stay out on the clothesline run they can, but only one likes to do that. they sleep on the furnature, its their favorite spot!

i have crated when i had puppies to elp them learn. untill they learn what they can do and not do etc. it is the best way, i think.

one, two or three, i dont notice a big difference. you have to walk them, feed them, pick up poop, its all the same. the only thing i do notice is there is more hair/fur to vacuum up.

going away is harder, have to find someone to stay here at the house. ive been lucky with friends teenage kids over the years, ones i know i can trust.

oh, ya, the only really hard thing is when i come home and they all want to be petted at the same time, i only have 2 hands and 3 dogs demanding lovin', lol.

orchid
09-07-2007, 09:07 PM
my dog has run of the apartment when i'm not home, but i used to have to put her in her crate because when she was younger she was pretty destructive.

i started leaving her out while i was gone for increasingly longer periods of time, coming back to check up on her...if when i returned things were as i left them then she got a treat and lots of praise...but if i came back to a mess she got reprimanded and locked up while i cleaned the mess.

it took a little while for her to learn, but when i wasn't working it was easier to leave her for varying periods of time. she hasn't gotten into trouble for over 2 years now. she also has my 2 cats to keep her company now, whereas when she was "in training" i didn't have any cats. the three of them get along awesome.

if i know i am going to be gone for more than a normal workday i make sure that i have someone who can come over to let her outside and spend some time with her.

DogsRule
09-07-2007, 11:27 PM
Bah, what's a little dog hair? haha...well really, I own short haired breeds so I don't have to deal with dog hair. Works well for me!

kuietgrl (got lost)
09-08-2007, 11:49 AM
I have short haired dogs, too :S They shed like you would not believe! Stella goes literally bald every spring because of her allergies lol Although, my ONE long haired Chihuahua sheds 10x more than both Danes put together. And they have their own couch they're allowed to sleep on and they know the other couch is off limits.

One, three, five...I think once you get to three, adding any more doesn't make a big difference (other than on your bank account lol)

DogsRule
09-08-2007, 11:59 AM
They may shed, but it's not the floating up your nose in your food shedding lol. I find my dogs only really shed in February.

kuietgrl (got lost)
09-08-2007, 12:18 PM
True lol My Chihuahua's is, though. I tell ya, I am NEVER getting a long haired animal again! lol

snowwolf1972
09-08-2007, 12:31 PM
i have one dog and don't leave her alone she is destructive and can't be crated so if i have to go out i get a sitter or if it is just to pay bills she goes for the ride

grantsgetaway
09-08-2007, 05:44 PM
we have 5 dogs... all of them have the run of the house except the bedroom, because our 1 dog Averey is bad sometimes, if you are gone to long she will poop on the bed because she is mad at you! LOL So the bedroom gets locked up, only the cats can get in... oh and the chi can get in there also. But if we are gone more than 6 hours we have to lock him up in his cage because he will potty in the house still. Not that we are gone that long very often. For the most part they are good, as long as there isn't anything on the counter top that Averey can get to. They have toys and bones to chew while we are gone, and lots of water. If Peter would let me I'd have more, but he won't. /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif
I also HATE the hair, but hey I love my babies, so I suffer with it.

LettuceLady
09-08-2007, 10:05 PM
I have 7 cats & 2 dogs. I think a responsible pet owner should only have as many pets that they can care for - both financially & physically.

GRUMPY
09-08-2007, 10:40 PM
I have just the one dog Millie who has total run of the house seeing its her home too. When I work she goes off to the parents for the duration, not that shes bad but because they like her company. Some might figure shes a touched spoiled however when you have a great dog you treat them as such.

GRUMPY
09-09-2007, 12:27 AM
However if anyone is looking for another great dog theres a 1 year old Bassett at the pound, these dogs are amazing.

tammywillow
09-09-2007, 01:37 AM
I have 2 dogs, when we go out we crate them both and when we eat they get crated thats the ony time when they are in cages.