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    Just a quick question... Is Chloe a rescue dog? And how long have u had her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessie12345 View Post
    Just a quick question... Is Chloe a rescue dog? And how long have u had her?

    Yeah she is Jessie.. We haven't had her long at all (2 weeks) hence why i am not worried about her behaviour at all

    I;ve only left the house 4 times without her (as mentioned)

    Just came up in conversation with the vet as she was asking and it was a suggestion

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    I am being educated here too as this is an area I really had not thought of as, as I said mine are not inside at all when I go out. (which is rare) and I have never been faced with that scenario.

    I would never EVER leave my birds out of their cage while I did, a safety measure as they would be able to get into any danger, so why would I do that for another inside pet if I felt they could endanger themselves?


    If I had a puppy, dog whatever inside while I had to go out I would either have to have a safe room setup or failing that a crate to put them in. I would have to or I would be imagining chewed electrical chords etc.

    I think I have been very lucky through my life that I have had the choice of inside/secure outside or not having a dog when in a flat, after leaving home (family dog stayed there) and only started having them when I was truly settled and had the environment that I felt suited us and a dog/cats/pets.

    This is NO way any bad reflection on those who do have them in other situations, just musing on mine. Back then, young away from home finding my own way I would not have had the dedication and time needed to properly care for one. Now days it would be a totally different story. I do hope you get my meaning. I need a second cup of coffee before I can be totally lucid, lol.
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    I crate my dogs at night time.

    It has reduced any barking issues we had, they also are safer as sass used to try and dig out of the yard and go for a walk around 5am in the morning and they are warm and sheltered from the elements.

    I used to be a bit like you and think it was cruel, but as long as you are sensible about it I dont see an issue.

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    Theres are difference between a caged bird and a caged dog.
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    I should probably explain that at the moment i cant leave Chloe inside the house without me being here due to our cat... She's extremely scared of chloe (they're SLOWLY getting there) so I'm afraid that she wouldn't use her litter if Chloe was roaming...

    Chloe likes to 'herd' and tends to bully the cat into a corner in a bit of a game (has only ever given her head a good sloppy lick), I don't really see this behavior stopping any time soon due to her nature (the kelpie) so i can only imagine that i'd come home to a cat in the corner and the dog sitting there quite content she had done a good job hahaah..

    Im hoping eventually over time they can live together in harmony.. I think the cat just has to give her one good swipe and she'll stop the bullying but I can't really force the issue... But in the meantime I have to think of alternatives, as it could take a LONG time before the cat is ok with it (she's not good with change)...

    My goodness.. Listen to me!! I've got 3 children by the sounds of it,, except the human one is the easiest to care for haha

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    Thumbs up I heart crates :)

    Hi all - interesting topic!

    I'd never needed to use one in the past, however when my 7 month (now 8 month) old pup Ringo broke his leg - it was a godsend. I was instructed by my vet after surgery to keep him fairly confined and quiet for most of the day so as not to aggravate the wound, cause damage to the pins/wire in his leg. Being a puppy made this DIFFICULT!

    I'd seen some info on crates in the past, not really put much thought into it, probably thought it was a bit cruel to be honest! The first day we had Ringo home was crazy - he was just jumping around the place being a normal pup - me worrying like crazy that he would pull the pins out of his leg or something - so out I went to get a crate to see if he would warm to it, and maybe make things easier for the next 8 weeks that he needed to be kept confined.

    Two hours later he was sleeping in there like it was the most natural thing in the world. Absolutely loved it! And now he literally RUNS in there for chewy treats and toys and snoozes.

    It has made the last 4 weeks so much easier for me and others who have come to care for him, but I can see how much he loves a nice, warm, secure place also. Maybe should have had one for him in the beginning? My other dog, Teila, who is 2 has had the odd snooze in there as well.

    So IMO - they love a little place of their own, quiet and warm and secure. Ringo goes in there overnight for sleeps. But during the day I will not leave him in there fore more than 2 hours.

    Hope that helps!

    Cheers

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