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    I have two questions;

    Firstly I'm having issues with my cat.. he's too clever for his own good. When I go out, I leave the backdoor ajar so my pup can go in and out of the laundry while I'm not home, but my cat is an indoor cat and he's not allowed outside unsupervised, so I close the laundry door and the cat has the run of the rest of the house. My problem is that the cat has not only figured out how to open cupboards and drawers, he's now also figured out how to open the laundry door, and I can only assume is letting himself out the backdoor while no ones home to stop him! I will have to go and get a bolt or something to secure the door as it's a sliding door and the frame isn't really one you can attach a latch to. But does anyone have any suggestions to secure it or make it more difficult to open in the meantime? I currently have a heavy box pressed up against the door so there's more resistance when sliding, but he's still getting it open.

    I'm working on a more permanent solution, but it's going to take me a while to finish. I'm enclosing an area at the side of my house so it can be a cat run as well as an outside area for the dog to go while we're out, so they can be together and I don't have to worry about the cat escaping.. I'll just have to worry about the dog destroying the house instead :P

    The other thing I was wondering is, my pup is 5.5 months old at the moment and he's getting a 10-15min walk right before I go to work, so we get back from the walk and I set up his laundry and leave. His walks unfortunately at the moment are around midday because that's about when I have to go to work, in summer that might not be so great so I was wondering will he still be worn out when I leave if I take him for a walk in the morning, say around 8-9am or will he sleep it off and be full of beans by the time I need to leave? I'm finding the walks right before I go are working very well to help with his separation anxiety as he's 10 times better than he used to be, though it's not just the walks, I've been mixing up my routine as well to lessen the effect of triggers. I'm also wondering if two walks are going to be too much for him at his age? If I took him for a walk in the morning when I get up (mostly to defrost myself, lol) and another walk before I go to work. He seems pretty tired after his one 15min walk at the moment. Ideally I'd have my partner walk him when he gets home, but that's like getting blood from a stone, and I get home really late so I don't have much time to walk him at night.. though I can see it would help because he's bouncing off the walls when I want to put him to bed (he still settles after a little bit of complaining though).

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    One early morning walk would wear off before you went to work. Walking at mid day for 15 minutes is perfectly fine. You are doing a good job so far.

    Do you leave her any toys to play with, or something that will engage her attention such as food balls, stuffed kongs and the like?

    One I like and recommend is to tie a piece of sheepskin to a length of bungy cord. The pup will pick it up and try run off with it but come up short. When she lets the skin go it will spring away from her and she will chase it.

    This does help them learn to retreive as well and if you work on this skill, your partner can still sit in his lounger, beer in hand and roll a ball for the pup to retreive - problem solvered.
    Nev Allen
    Border River Pet Resort

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    As to the door problem, I'm wondering if the cat is getting the puppy to move the sliding door, by talking to him, from the other side? If your sliding door is like mine, it can be pushed outward, from one side, at the bottom, and once the nose is through, it's just a reasonable force, for a 6 mth old, and the cat just slips through. What size the pup? If I were you, I'd get a 1.2 metre square bit of scrap panel, (or wider, if you can slide it down the gap between wall and washing machine, IF that is your layout). so that if it's the dog pushing from the side that will push outwards, it will be stonkered, by the now seemingly solid wall.

    Or get 2 besser blocks, wrap in scrap fabric, so they don't scratch the floor, and put one brick to hold the door flat against the frame, and one to block the sliding back action. If the door is still being open, I'd be pretty sure the cat is getting the pup to force it, that's pretty heavy for a cat to force.

    The run down the sde sounds great.
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    Nev, yes I've taken to not giving him any food before I go to work so that he's hungry (aside from the treats he gets on our walk). When I leave he gets a frozen chicken/lamb bone outside on his bed, and in the laundry I make him sit and wait for his breakfast (kibble) and while he's waiting I put a semi frozen kong with kibble and different tasty stuff in it (honey, peanut butter, liver/chicken paste, bacon bits etc) on his bed. I tell him he can eat and slip out while he's distracted. And since he's tired from the walk he's a lot more settled and I hope just goes to sleep after he's done eating. He's also left with a couple of toys in the laundry that I rotate every couple of days. He's also got some duck friends outside that he may or may not chase around .. hopefully not though, lol.

    MM, thanks for the suggestions. It is the kind of door that's not secured at the bottom so it can be pushed outward as well as slid. I have the heavy box pressed up against the side that can be pushed outwards so it can't be pushed out, but the dog's on the wrong side to do that anyway and he's a mini dachshund pup so I'm not sure he's strong enough .. though I wouldn't put it past my cat to con him into helping him out! My cat is pretty determined though. However! I had a look at it and riffled around in my tool cupboard and I think I came up with a solution. I made a an S shaped latch out of wire that hooks around the back of the door and comes out the front where I've bent it around the door frame and put a nail in the frame and hooked it over that to prevent the door from sliding(it just has to be attached while the door is closed). I did consider putting something behind the door so it couldn't slide back, but that would require me to exit through the back door rather than the house and I'm concerned that if I go that way my pup might try to follow me through the fence by digging.. which I definitely do not want 'cause it wouldn't take a very big hole for him to get out. At least if he manages to break out through the laundry door he's still contained in the house.. even though the cat can get out. I'd prefer that to the dog learning to dig and escaping the yard.

    ahh.. pets make life interesting sometimes! At least mine keep me thinking

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    I wonder if they are attempting to give YOU a more interesting and stimulating environment. Perhaps the cat has a book, Mentally stimulating puzzles for the bored or complacent owner?

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