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).