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    Default Night Boredom

    this might have gone well in the puppy forum area.. cept this new dog (a rescue, so we don't really know all that much about her) of ours is supposedly around 2 years old according to the vet. or is this still on the verge of puppyhood? or is this dog actually younger.... please no, as she is large enough already! we do not need her growing any more! lol... as it is now, she is learning what 'back up' means..

    what can i do to help her through the night boredom, when we totally inconsiderate humans sleep like logs instead of entertaining this poor dog?

    the first night was ok, nothing untoward come morning. the second night had just one of my husband's thongs brought in from the laundry to her bed area, not chewed on thankfully. this morning tho, after her third night here, we woke up to what remained of three toilet rolls strewn around our bedroom. i do realise of course, that is my fault entirely for leaving those spare toilet rolls in a basket on the toilet floor, and from now on, they will live on the window sill.. but i look around and wonder what might be next!

    yes, i am a new dog person. but she does have a large rope toy inside, and a dental dumbell too.. altho she looks like she has never had toys of her own before..

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    no suggestions hey... oh well. we shall just have to stay hopeful.

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    Great advice from SH as always

    Give her time to settle before you worry to much.

    Sorry if i missed it.. i can be a bit daft! LOL whats her name?

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    thank you.

    yes.. this is her first week with us, we picked her up sunday afternoon for our two week trial period before official adoption. my first dog ever.

    she is sleeping inside, she has a bed in the living room where we mostly are, and she has appropriated a cat bed in the bedroom of course, it is not big enough for her, but she stubbornly folds herself up on it anyway. (i have no issue with this, luckily it was a spare that was under the bed, the cats still have a bed each, she pulled it out for herself, so she can sleep in the same room with us i will look at another one to fit her eventually)

    she has been mostly inside since we brought her home, i try to put her outside for a while in the day, but she's still following me around from room to room whenever i move, and looks so very miserable when i leave her outside. (doggie door coming as well) she does do her 'business' tho, and comes straight back to the door to be let back in. if i stay out with her to play, she just looks confused. i don't think she has ever had play time, or has forgotten this? i don't know how to convince her play is a good thing.

    she has had a good 30 minute walk every morning so far, and yes, we are planning on another walk tonight before sleep time rolls around. we had planned on that from the beginning, but we haven't been sleeping well for some reason, (!) and have been so very tired come night time.

    we are trying to keep to regular times for walks, feeding etc. and have achieved this so far.

    so just give her time. she will get used to sleeping at night? promise?

    i have heaps of patience for her, but i am tired, and i am starting to fray around the edges.. i end up pretending to be asleep at night, when i know she is right next to me, willing me to be awake i think!

    should i be keeping her awake in the day? she's mostly greyhound, i've read they do sleep a lot..

    we have called her Millicent. Millie for day use, as she responds to the -illy sound at the end, she had been called Tigerlily by the rescue group, and my husband's mother has a dog called Lily already, so we didn't want to use that.
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    If you wear your dog out around dusk, she will sleep all night.

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    I guess I'm thinking this lucky dog has the entire routine of the house at her command? She comes and goes and does what she likes when she likes, which is OK if it suits you too. However she doesn't want to sleep all night while you are lying there near her? I'm not sure what the answer is, I lock my dogs up at night, maybe that is what she is used to?
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    umm.. yes. is that a bad thing? (run of house)

    Occy.. truly? please let it be so. we shall do our best.

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    Dogs hunt at dusk - if you don't use that energy up, many dogs get bored. A good run and some obedience training of an early evening will help her. Fill her days with interesting things and your nights should be peaceful.

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    i have registered my interest in the next Adult obedience classes with the local vet hospital, so that is coming. i may sleep better after that myself.

    i like that thinking, that dogs hunt at dusk, my husband and i will be doing this. we thought to walk her later tonight, closer to bedtime, so tonight is shot of course, but as of tomorrow..

    soverencraft, you are very right in what you are saying to me too. her whole routine has changed along with her people, and her environment, yet again. she was in two foster homes, before that the pound, and before that a period of time as a stray. and before that... she needs time and patience. i do understand. i think i'm just nervous. i want her to be happy here. i do need sleep too.

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    Zen I was making an observation and not necessarily a criticism.... I am not so sure it is a good thing though, you are the leader of the pack and you let her do what she likes all the time? I don't have the answer though, sorry. It must be very frustrating for you, and you are doing a great job with this dog, she is very lucky to have found you! I think maybe all will settle down soon.
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