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    I've been minding my friends' lab for the past 5 days. And we have a foster pup too. I decided I cannot cope with 3 dogs! Our house is so tiny too. And the dogs have the annoying habit of play fighting in the doorway or the corridor and I have to basically walk into them to make them move as they don't respond to verbal pleas to get the hell out of my way.

    Then there's the interesting experience of walking them. I've been walking Banjo and the pup off leash for the past 2 weeks. And I used to walk my dog and the lab together when we lived together. But all three. Ouch! The first morning, Banjo and the pup ganged up on the lab and I had to sternly talk (read: yell) at Banjo to give it a rest. Fortunately I only have to tell her once. I ended up having to put the pup on the lead though because she was pretty much hanging off the lab's neck as she was running. Only when she got a bit tired, did she finally give up.

    The lab is like velcro inside the house (and knocks everything of tables with her tail) and outside she is very rude with treats. Of course. When I call all 3 dogs to me (like when I spotted a kangaroo yesterday morning) she will try to snatch the treats for the other dogs out of my hand. She also doesn't know how to take treats gently.

    Then this morning, my dog decided to match the other dogs' annoying traits by indulging in her only bad habit: she jumped all over another dog owner in the dog park like a frigging lunatic. And also had a go at their dog, but backed off immediately when I called her.

    It's chaos! To be honest, I look forward to just having one dog again. I'm thinking of moving to a townhouse and that will mean the end of fostering. I'm not too sad about the prospect.

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    I can completely relate to that situation... I was looking after 2 large dogs (Golden Retriever and a Rough Collie) earlier this year... 4 dogs was just mental to look after! Koda needed extra exercise to normal because he didn't get his usual play time in the backyard with Dodge... And Dodge was missing her usual playtime with Koda. The Golden retriever is nice, but the Collie is just nuts! Barking ALL night... the tendency to snap if she didn't want to be patted in the spot you went to pat...the escaping from every possible situation... that dog is crazy flexible...and can climb like a cat! I was tearing my hair out by the end of it... more than relieved to go back to 2 dogs... even 3 was okay with the Golden retriever, that was easy... but add the Collie... no thanks!!

    I think it would be different if all the dogs were well behaved and listened to me. My dream number is 3 dogs... Having 2, i reckon I could definitely have a 3rd if they're well behaved... I wouldn't go for 4 though, thats a bit too much.

    Working with dogs every day, I've realised how many dogs I don't like because they have feral personalities... Kind of makes me want to only get adult dogs so I know for sure what i'm getting myself into.

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    I love having my 3, two litter mates now five and a half and their mother. They are molded into what suits us all and we all love it.

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    If I ever hand my dog over to a friend to mind - I always have a contingency plan so if they're going bonkers they can take the dog to the pre-arranged boarding kennel - that already has seen the vax, met the dog, and got payment info. I've needed that once and very glad I had it.

    Seems like the lab needs a lot of training in "its yer choice" and of course - every step you take while a dog is being naughty - rewards the naughty (makes the dog more naughty).

    But I don't think I could foster at the moment - evil hound does not like to share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    If I ever hand my dog over to a friend to mind - I always have a contingency plan so if they're going bonkers they can take the dog to the pre-arranged boarding kennel - that already has seen the vax, met the dog, and got payment info. I've needed that once and very glad I had it.
    Now THAT is a good idea! With the Collie... i was only supposed to be minding the Retriever for that week... The Collies owners had left her at home with someone checking on her... Of course being a smart herding breed, she got bored and lonely, so she started escaping. The only person other than myself who could take her temporarily was the one who owns the Retriever... So I ended up with both when they went away too.


    Thats the worst thing about having a dog reactive dog though... Boarding kennels aren't really an option...

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    I think some boarding kennels will take a reactive dog.

    RSPCA will - they ask a lot of questions about whether the dog can be exercised with other dogs. And if it can't, it gets solo time in the exercise pen.

    It's a bit hard to be surrounded by other dogs tho. All depends on the boarding kennel - some are set up better for that than others. I would not want to send mine to a kennel where they just let all the dogs loose together. Mine goes where they check that the dogs they group up for exercise actually get along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I think some boarding kennels will take a reactive dog.

    RSPCA will - they ask a lot of questions about whether the dog can be exercised with other dogs. And if it can't, it gets solo time in the exercise pen.

    It's a bit hard to be surrounded by other dogs tho. All depends on the boarding kennel - some are set up better for that than others. I would not want to send mine to a kennel where they just let all the dogs loose together. Mine goes where they check that the dogs they group up for exercise actually get along.
    I did work placement at a wonderful kennel a few years back I'd happily send my dogs there if it wasn't for the behaviour problems. Great facilities, with a large exercise yard and each dog gets their own time in the exercise yard twice a day. The dogs are never let out all together. But with Koda its not just the exercising, its the idea of having him in a pen next to other dogs, or being surrounded by dogs that bark (even if he can't see them... sound is often what triggers him). I just feel like it would stress him out way too much...

    I'm yet to find a boarding kennel that I'd feel comfortable having Koda in. Dodge is not so bad, however she is very much a homebody, even if we take her out on walks, half way through she'll be doing anything she can to get home... So I have no doubt she'd be anxious to get home and not be happy in a kennel.

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    I've had three dogs for many years...two GSDs and a Rottie but there comes a time when it becomes just too expensive.

    With everything going up every five minutes we decided when our Rottie passed away that two dogs are enough for us.
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    I'm yet to find a boarding kennel that I'd feel comfortable having Koda in. Dodge is not so bad, however she is very much a homebody, even if we take her out on walks, half way through she'll be doing anything she can to get home... So I have no doubt she'd be anxious to get home and not be happy in a kennel.
    I have the same problem with a couple of my Malinois. Can't leave them anywhere and even when we were at a farm at Christmas the gardener tried to make 'friends' with my bitches through the fence of the dog run. Well one had a complete meltdown the other tried to get at him so hard she was bloated. All because he wouldn't listen when I said just walk past and don't try and interact... no he had to put his face up to them and talk at them *GAAAHHHH* I left my eldest at a boarding kennel once she managed to frighten every staff member in the place except for the owners wife who was sitting on the floor getting cuddles and hand feeding her from a bowl (spoiled)

    As for too many ... I had 13 dogs to look after over Christmas, 6 were my own. Plus a clients 300 acre farm ... plus my fiance who ended up in emergency surgery Christmas day ... yup holidays are over rated for me
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