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    We do actually leave Oskar inside if we go out, he is actually really good. He will chew things, we have learnt to pick everything up and put it well out of his reach. This is an 11 mth dog, and he actually sleeps most of the day. We shut most doors and leave our bedroom door open as he likes to sleep on the bed, it feels secure to him. My furniture is old, but I would still get shitty if he chewed everything, i completely understand. The reason he is locked indoors, is because I am afraid he will get stolen, being Amstaff x

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    If you aren't superhouseproud, or having VIPs to dinner, why not ask if anyone has a dining suite they can give you, on freecycle or in the Trading Post, cheap. With a toddler and a pup, I'd pack everything precious away for 2 years. If you feel a bit embarrassed, tell people you have beautiful antiques but they are in storage, due to your dog. The SHALLOW will be impressed, the DOGGY people will want to hug you, or laugh bitterly, and you'll see a nervous tic, and they'll tell you they live in their bedroom... (joke)

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    Just a reminder about keeping your dogs inside while you're out- make sure they have some way to get outside if they need to! My partner's parents left their dog inside when they went to work one day and they had a house fire (faulty power board). The firemen went in and rescued him and the ambulance officers were great and put him on oxygen and took him to the vet inside their ambulance but unfortunately after a week of fighting (and daily visits from the ambulance officers) he passed away. It might be a pain losing outdoor furniture and having your gardens destroyed (trust me, I know ALL about that!) but it's definitely better than losing your baby!

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    OMG how terrible for you..
    When we first got our girl she ate the chair off the gym that my husband
    paid $5000 for...
    She just grew out of it....

    Terrible

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    The week we rescued him, we purchased a $1000 dollar super security sliding door with a doggy flap so he has free roam from house to back yard. I always worry about fire also so it is good to have that peace of mind, also good if he needs to go in the middle of the night or during the day.

    Now we decided we will just leave him outside when we are not home. I sprayed the outdoor wooden lounge with bitter stuff.
    We also got 2! food dispensers today so between them, plenty of bones, bungee chook etc... he better be ok outside!!!
    Oh I even bought a fluffy cover for his outdoor bed as he will be outside when we go out from now on. $130 dollars to City Farmers, priceless if it keeps Hooch at bay!
    We have a cook-off tonight at a friend's house - my heart is heavy knowing Hooch will want to come inside. He is used to the back yard so he should be alright...... <famous last words lol>

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    Wonderful advice from the people here!
    Mine went through that phase too and there were 2 of them. Mine are indoor/outdoor dogs. The dog yard has a garden shed which has their beds if we have to be away overnight or go on holiday. Originally I put an old sofa and lounge chair in there as we had new ones.
    Next morning their yard looked like it had snowed during the night.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I just noticed one tooth just protruding through the gums on both sides... can it be a new tooth and he is actually teething??
    We don't know exactly how old he is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy.Maree View Post
    Just a reminder about keeping your dogs inside while you're out- make sure they have some way to get outside if they need to! My partner's parents left their dog inside when they went to work one day and they had a house fire (faulty power board). The firemen went in and rescued him and the ambulance officers were great and put him on oxygen and took him to the vet inside their ambulance but unfortunately after a week of fighting (and daily visits from the ambulance officers) he passed away. It might be a pain losing outdoor furniture and having your gardens destroyed (trust me, I know ALL about that!) but it's definitely better than losing your baby!
    That's horrid! Poor things.

    Thats good advice but not always practical. I cant allow my dogs outdoor access. The small one can always find a hole big enough to let her escape. Which would also mean I would lose her most likely. I have thought about it often though, but thankfully, this house has all been rewired very recently so the risk is probably slim. Much less slim than Pippi esc
    aping and being run over anyway

    I keep wanting to get or build a run but we havent got round to it yet though I do have many on my ebay watch list lol

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    I think the house fire vs dogs being baited, bit by snakes, stolen, escaping, being let out accidentally - still suggests the risk of being inside (in a crate for a power cord chewer), is worth it, over the risk of being outside. Even if you just go through this forum, this is the first (maybe second) mention of a dog in a house fire. And the other things happen every week.

    It might be better to make sure there are no risks of faulty wiring or power boards. Feel the powerboards to see how hot they're getting. Get a tame electrician (recommended by friends and experienced on established houses) to check.

    My dog is very fond of the purple squirrel dude. A friend's dog is fond of food frozen inside kongs - though that can be messy eg chicken pieces thawing out... You'd need more than one of these things for 5 hours.

    I sometimes give my dog a roo jerky piece (about 200gm) when I go out. It's frozen to start with, and I doubt it lasts more than five minutes, but she sleeps after she's done eating it.

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