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    My friend with the chocolate lab has asked me to look after Stellar when they go on holidays in September. I have agreed and this is my dilemma:

    I can either stay at her house or have Stellar at mine. I would prefer to have Stellar here because my friend's house is a long drive to uni & home, and of course I would miss Taya

    The only thing is now I have to make up my mind (i was going to try having Stellar here and just move into my friend's place if that didn't work). Relatives (?) of her boyfriend are coming to Perth for a while to see if they want to live here and they were going to stay at their house while they are away. She said I have first choice & i can stay in their house if I want to.

    Now...

    My only concern having Stellar here is that the dogs may not get on. Stellar doesn't see many other dogs so when she does she is just a tad hyper. Tay has met her a few times and is very tolerant and takes ages before she snaps at her. The thing is, having Stellar at 'Taya's' house may be a different story. Tay is fine if other dogs aren't in her face/space; she will grudgingly share her home.

    My friend and I are thinking of putting the two dogs together for a day in the hope that Stellar will calm down after a while....see how they go. Though It would probably be best if we put them together a few times. Will this work do you think??

    Anyway sorry for the essay - just after your thoughts on this.


    *I will try my best to have Stellar meet my friends dogs when I'm looking after her!*

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    When Valkyrie was only 4 months old we had to dog sit my in-laws poodles. It was really hard work because the poodles missed their house, routine and owners of course but Valkyrie was very good and just seemed to accept the situation. She loved having playmates 24 hours a day so we had to have separate times we spent with the dogs. We also had to do separate walks and separate feeding.
    It was fun and hubby and I love the poodles very much so it made it easier!

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    My answer would be to have Stellar at your home simply because of your Uni commitments.. Idealy you would have Stellar a couple of times first, say 1 day then 2 days before fully committing to looking after Stellar at your place .. In your shoes, my number 1 priority would be to keep Taya happy with the situation..
    But after saying that Loren, You are the one who knows the temperament of each dog so only you can make the right decision..

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    How long are they on holidays for?

    Would it be possible to just keep the dogs separated for that time at your house?

    I have been doing that for the past 3 months with my puppy, just every hour or so the dogs get swapped over (from backyard/kitchen to living room)

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    I think they're gone for 3 weeks. At least my parents are home most of the time so yeah i guess they could be separated.

    Ahhh I'm probably being a worry wart - I'm sure they will be fine.

    I was thinking I could have her over this weekend but I'm looking after another dog so it'll have to be another time.

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    If you are worried, i would be telling them no, find some place else for the dog - my dogs come first and I would never put them in a position where they could get hurt

    good luck

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    I think you need a few trial nights and days before committing to taking the other dog & if for any reason you have doubts or cannot separate them should there be problems I'd be inclined to say no.

    I always take new dogs for a good long walk together on lead, I just find they are able to take in each others scent without getting in each others faces. Suggest your friend and you do this together. An hours walk then bring them into your yard together. This will take the edge off the over excitable dog who hopefully will not need to force itself on Taya.

    Then you need to stick around in the background and see how they go together once the other dog has it's breath back.

    Taya is likely to tell it to back off if she doesn't like over the top dogs, hopefully the other dog will get the message.

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