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« on: February 27, 2014, 05:03:32 PM »

On Feb. 6th I brought this Lhasa Apso after an almost two year search to rescue a dog from various shelters.  My preference has always been a small dog under 30 pounds and a little older, but for anyone that has tried to rescue Iím sure your aware that small dogs are typically the first ones to go.  After two years of frustration I decided to go to a pet store and purchase the dog I wanted.   I didnít want a puppy, but ultimately I saw Xena at the store and feel in love.  Visited the shop on a Sunday and by that Thursday I owned her.  So the decision wasnít made lightly.  Now saying that I thought I was prepared for a puppy, but I was sadly mistaken.   My sister had to talk my down from the ledge as I was close to returning her cause I didnít think I could care for her as she needed.  

My goal is to crate train her and sheís taken to the crate as her space, but as I have to work I didnítí want to crate her while I was working, but Xena is an escape artist.  Iíve watched her scale gates and for a small dog she can jumps incredibly high.  I would leave her gated in my kitchen and come home to find her rushing to me as I opened the door.  I brought a play pen with a covered top and she figured out how to escape.  She actually found a weak spot in the tie down for the covered top and squeezed her way out.

So the reason for the post Iíve taken to leaving her crated while Iím at work with one of the those water bottles, but I feel bad leaving her crated while Iím at work.  She drinks from the bottle fine and at 6 months she is holding her bladder adequately, but I still feel bad.  Iíve look into a dog sitter, but donít like the idea of a stranger being in my apartment and living in the city I no longer have a car, so dropping her off at the dog day care is out of the question.

Looking for suggestions cause I want whatís best for her, but I donítí want to give her up.
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 05:50:34 PM »

Puppies sure can be a lot of work!

Leave her in the crate, she'll be fine.  Really!

We as humans are really great about making ourselves feel guilty, aren't we?  smile

Perhaps set up a webcam so you can check on her during the day?  I did that with my dogs, and they pretty much just sleep 98% of the time.

Perhaps find some neighbors who would be interested in doggie play dates?

My way of dealing with the guilt was to get a 2nd dog.  I feel better knowing they are together.
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2014, 10:09:48 PM »

The crate is the way to go - don't feel bad.  My dog was in one during work for years, and she transitioned from that to being fine alone in the house very well since she hadn't developed any bad habits when left alone as a puppy.

Now that she is left out she'll lie on the couch all day long anyway... she just turned that into her crate. smile
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2014, 10:37:41 PM »

congrats and best wishes.  we got a puppy last year when he was 8 weeks.  male golden labrador retriever.  crate trained as well.  he howled the first few nights but settled down and has been a great dog ever since.  well, almost true.  if left alone with things in reach, he'll chew up erasers, pencils, crayons, markers and shred any mat we've gotten.  but basically, our pattern was this for the first few months.  I'd get up at 6, let him out and give him water.  wife got up a few hours after and would let him outside and feed him.  he'd be out of the crate until ~130 and stay there until I got home around 5.  we didn't leave water in the crate for him and no food.  it's not as mean as it sounds and is actually better for them to get in a regular schedule.  feed and water at specific times with regular breaks to go outside.  restrict access to water or they'll be harder to train.  

RE crate. don't get a larger one than needed or they'll learn to treat one corner as a urinal.  in our case, we got an adjustable crate and kept it sized just longer than he was lying down.  you probably won't have to worry about it but don't buy the bigger one.  

look up a puppy kindergarten.  if you can, take her and whomever shares the house.  we did and the lessons we learned were invaluable.

and great name.  same as the schitzu mix puppy I adopted (and returned as we weren't ready).  
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2014, 04:54:05 PM »

Ahh! Lhasa's are great dogs.

As other's have said, go with the crate. My 8 lb Maltese (Manslayer) loves his. He's 2 years old and sleeps in our room, in his crate, every night. This works well for us since he's a hyper kinetic ball of fuzz and would probably want to play "jump on the people" all night long.
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2014, 08:14:17 AM »

+1 for crate training.
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