Dog issue was resolved on pg 1 now we are clawing ourselves through cat issue page 2. Thank you ALL!!!
I'm sorry I am posting a lot lately with all my little problems. I hope you guys don't mind me asking for so much support lately,
Here is my question,
as you ALL know by now I have a dog. He is 11 years old and CAN hold his pee, but "chooses" to sometimes mark his territory IN the house. I made him a very comfy bed, hoping that he would stay off MY chouches, but no, he sits on them...and my bed.
To make a long story short, yesterday when I went to wash the blanket on his bed, I saw he had peed on his bed. -I thought dog's won't pee where they sleep?!
So here is my big problem/question. I just bought new couches that will be here Friday. I am scared to death that he will just lift his leg on my new chouches! (He did this to my friends table before). I don't know where to put him during the day when I am at work. He hates outside. He thinks he is a child and only goes outside long enough to do his business and barks to be let in immidiately! Yes, I am well trained.
So my wonderful pet moms and dads, where is your little bundle of joy when you go to work? I am thinking to put him in the kitchen during the time I am at work but I know he will HATE that.-After all, his choice of place to nap is either my bed or the couches. (I am NOT thrilled about my bed).Like I said he is 11 now and not at the best of health so I almost feel like I am imprisoning him that way. KWIM?
Guys! I am soooo confused! Bottom line...
Where is your companion when you are not there? How do you prevent a dog from marking your stuff?
Vet said it is by choice not health issue that he marks stuff. He is NOT fixed (I got him at age 9) and vet said that he is not healthy enough to be put under so he will not be fixed -ever. I don't want him on my bed or my new couches but he had his habbits when I got him at age 9 and as an Afghan Hound, they do what they please anyways.
Thank you my dear friends.
Love, peace, and a Marry Christmas to all,
[This message edited by Exit Wounds at 12:53 PM, December 17th (Tuesday)]
My vet did say that medical conditions can make them incontinent. Have you tried putting him in a kennel when you are away? I did for awhile, but noticed my dog would pee in the kennel. I would put him somewhere, that IF he is going to make a mess, it will be easier for you to clean it up.
Sorry, not much advice!
Crate him during the day.
I know this sounds crazy but do you guys think if I keep him in my kitchen w/ food and water and a nice bed it is OK? I know he will HATE that. Like I said, he wants to sit on the couch or someone's bed. So this would be like prison but I think it is a "reasonable" enough solution? God this is hard...
I guess I am coming to the realization that giving him free range of the house (esp. w/ my new chouches) is not going to be possible anymore so I am trying to find a humane way of keeping him around but not allowing him to run the house...
If I had a kitchen I could baby gate off, that's where he'd be.
I see nothing wrong with keeping your dog in the kitchen. He may not like it, but that's too bad. You're the pack leader.
[This message edited by SI Staff at 9:52 AM, December 17th (Tuesday)]
I know this sounds crazy but do you guys think if I keep him in my kitchen w/ food and water and a nice bed it is OK? I know he will HATE that. Like I said, he wants to sit on the couch or someone's bed. So this would be like prison but I think it is a "reasonable" enough solution?
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I also have someone who will let them out mid day. Sometimes the non crates male will go with us. They all have been to obedience. He more then the others as he acts as a emotional support dog with my dd. He is certified.
I have fostered over 100 dogs. They all are created when we aren't home. I should add I do have an x pen for a tiled area I put them in sometimes instead of crate.
BUT that is sorta different than pee'ing on them to mark territory. I am not sure how you break them of that.
I agree with giving the kitchen a whirl. Just make sure she has a big comfy bed, etc and hopefully she will adjust.
It is hard when they get older (just like adults )...but a kitchen floor is much easier to clean up than a couch.
My dog is now 13 and 1/2 yrs. I keep waiting for her to not be able to 'hold it' all day.
It's more than reasonable, honey. He may not like it, but it's hardly abusive or neglectful! You're talking about putting him in a warm, clean, spacious (moreso than a crate, right?), comfortable room with access to food, water, and a cozy bed. What could possibly be seen as unreasonable there?
My sentiments exactly.
This isn't a punishment. It's a necessary adjustment due to changing life circumstances. By making this kind of change, done in a loving way with the best of intentions, you're ensuring your sweet senior pup can continue to live in your home without getting into trouble or making a mistake that causes problems.
A previous poster nailed it. Dogs LIKE dens. My little guy will often be in his crate (door open) when we're home simply because he enjoys it.
Please don't feel bad if you need to confine him to the kitchen while you're not at home. He's still warm, safe, and well cared for.
ETA: To clarify, we crate our little guy in the living room where he can see/hear the other two dogs. We close the bedroom doors to keep the dogs out of areas they dont need to be in while no one is at home.
[This message edited by GabyBaby at 11:13 AM, December 17th (Tuesday)]
WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW. Undiagnosed SA?)
Note: I edit often for typos/clarity.
He has an "apartment"- it's a double size playpen with a bed, a rug, and his food (oh, and a fan- he loves his fan!). He's blind and mostly deaf, so he has to go in there for his safety, at times, but he LOVES his apartment
LOVE the idea of his apt! How cool is that?!
Thanks everyone for your ideas and support! I really don't feel as bad as before, knowing that the kitchen is OK.
[This message edited by Exit Wounds at 11:16 AM, December 17th (Tuesday)]
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I generally let my 2 dogs stay in the house when I am away. Unless there is a reason for me to think that it will be an issue, such as when I will be gone more than 8-9 hours or if the one has a UTI. Then they go in the finished basement where they can do less harm
Make sure he has a blanket and comfy stuff, also give him whatever his favorite chew, kong, pasttime toy is to occupy his brain.
I have a lab who I still crate during the day, because she likes to get into everything, and she has a urinary issue where she leaks, and if she had free reign she would leak on our bed or furniture. Her blankets are rotated and washed, and she gets a new knuckle bone about every 10 days so she has something to entertain her, we also have a few puzzle toys that we throw in to keep her entertained, plus she likes to look outside, so her crate faces the windows, and a bird feeder to watch them come and go.
Honestly she spends the majority of the day sleeping. She likes her crate.
I had an alpha Dane and never got her to take to a crate, she would loose her mind when we put her in one, even at 2 years old, so we confined her during the day, she had her own couch, spoiled much? and she had access to water, and could look outside, but wasn't able to get on beds or other furniture.
I am guessing at 11 he spends the majority of his days sleeping so whatever his happy sleep spot is, a bed, a crate, whatever, I would limit his area to that.
Kenneling would be a no-go b/c he would be really cramped no matter how big the crate...
OK sounds like I have it figured out as far as the couches go...
I will make his apt (copied idea fr. you ThoughtIKnewYa) in the kitchen since he is too big for a kennel. So that problem is pretty much solved. You guys helped me realize that putting him in his own apt is not as bad as I first thougth. No, he will hate it but it is 1000 times better than where he came from!
CATS that claw furniture...OMG I am sooo screwed!