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Wednesday, August 11, 2004


Ok, a couple people who commented/emailed me on the last post today were wondering about her routine to see if there was a flaw. Something I was doing to make her chew. Here it is: (God, please let someone find a flaw so I can work on fixing it...Amen.)

Aaron is up first, let's Chaya out, gets her some food and a fresh bowl of water.
Let's her in to roam the house freely until I get up about 15 minutes later.
I get up and comence my personal routine. She usually lays and watches me.
I let her outside before I leave.
The LAST thing I do, is let her back in and she knows that's when she gets a treat. I put the baby gate up in the hallway. Rooms she can access: Living room (where her pillow is) kitchen and mud room. She also has a rope toy to chew on, Aaron's socks, and her Baby (a toy monkey) to play with.

My dad comes over if he's available to let her out and play with her. It's very sporadic, so it's not like she expects it everyday. She is fine either way, hasn't had any accidents in a looong time. Unless I leave the gate to the hallway down, then she thinks the hall carpet is her personal pee pad. Can't. Stop.Her.From.Peeing.On.The.Carpet. (Again, only when the gate is down)

I come home from work and let her out. 1ST thing I do.
I check her food and water, then I let her run on her dog line until Aaron gets home.
She comes in when Aaron gets home and we either have errands or she's inside with us.
Either she gets a walk at the end of the day or Aaron runs her around the backyard until she's exhausted.

She sometimes puts herself to bed and she sleeps with us in the bedroom on the floor on Aaron's side. She has no problems during the night and hardly makes a peep.

Ok, time to analyze:

What's going on?


  • At 4:00 PM, Blogger Jenniy said…

    I was just wondering if there's a reason that you guys leave her in a room? Have you tried putting her in a kennel during the day? Just wondering because if this is perhaps just a puppy thing and she might grow out of it, maybe it could be a temporary thing? My dog only chewed up one pair of shoes when he was a puppy. I left him in a kennel (plenty big for him) while I was at work/school for quite a while until I felt he was ready to roam the house all alone. The first day he tore up a potted plant, dragging dirt all over the formal dinning room, but after that he was very well behaved. So, long story short, do you think maybe she's just not ready to be let out all day? My dog LOVED his kennel and would bark at me to shut it for him whenever he was ready to nap, so it's not like they're being tortured :)

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  • At 4:07 PM, Blogger Rebecca said…

    Jenniy: We at first, kept Chaya in a cage, just big enough and she did fine. Then, she got too big so we got a taller one and left the divider in. Still fine, but she could barely turn around in it, so we took the divider out and she must have been upset with us because she started going to the bathroom inside and tramping it ALL OVER. We got tired of cleaning the cage everyday, then put her in the office with a baby gate at the door. THAT is when she started jumping over the gate, so we put it a little higher, she started unraveling the carpet in the hall and peeing. Now we are at our current situation.

    Maybe she didn't like the fact that the cat got to be out all day, but she did NOT do well in the crate at all.

    Keep asking me questions though, because I really appreciate everyone trying to help find a solution.

  • At 6:34 PM, Blogger Shannin said…

    I agree with J -- kennelling really helps when they're young.
    Once they get older, they mostly sleep during the day -- at least mine do!
    Have you taken her to any training classes? Often, your local pet store or the ASPCA have classes. It's great to socialize and help you set boundaries.

  • At 8:25 PM, Blogger Rebecca said…

    I've talked to Aaron and he agrees with you all. He says we should try the crate again. I sure hope I don't come home to a poopy cage everyday again.

    Thank you SO much for your suggestions. I'll keep you posted. :)

  • At 1:10 PM, Blogger Jenniy said…

    That's right, I forgot about the pooping incident. But still, cleaning it up is probably better than her ruining things! Hopefully as she gets older she'll do better in the crate and eventually being let loose. My dog sleeps all day long, so maybe she'll get old and lazy and loose some of the crazy puppy energy when no one is around to play with. Good luck!


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