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Old 07-01-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
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I'd like to know what you guys who own a dog or dogs do with them while you're away at work or running errands etc. I have a pet porter indoor kennel for my Beagle that I've been using for a long time but have always wanted something a little better for him. He's definitely not a full time outdoor dog. I'm curious about what setups you guys have come up with. Pictures would be awesome.
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We close and lock the front door of the house.
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you leave them loose with the run of the house?
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Yep, sure do.
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Train the dog well and let him or her have the run of the house.

They misbehave when they can't do their job of protecting the house---

I've had pet dogs for years---Caging a dog must be very hard on them--
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Aren't they free and roaming the whole house when you're home for hours and hours? They aren't teenagers who will call up all their friends to come over for a party.
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I agree. We've had our Blue Heeler for over a year now, she's about 3 years old. She's very protective of my wife and the kids, and of our house (the whole lot, really). We kenneled her at night and while we were gone for the first few weeks, but never again.

In a year and a half she has NEVER had a potty accident in the house, never nipped anyone, never chewed anything that wasn't given to her as a toy... Cripes, reading this myself, it seems too good to be true.

But, yep, all we do is say 'bye' and close the door, and she sits at the window or lays by the door until we return. It's true, treat them well, give em what they want, and they'll return the favor.
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Our Bichon is 13 and has always had the run of the house. She never gets into anything and never has an accident.
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When you train your animal well, there is rarely, if ever, a problem. We would NEVER lock our dog in a cage because we are going somewhere. The few times we had no choice but to be gone for more than a few hours, she has never made a mess. But she sure had to go potty when we got home!

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My Heeler/Border Collie dogs had the run of the house, the last 17 years or so. Never a problem with a healthy dog. Sometimes I'd be gone up to 12 hours and still no problems. You just have to train them and treat them well.
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We let her just have the run of the house while gone. Sometimes I will find her lying in the entryway where the front door is. She has scared a person or two, when they come up and start knocking on the door, or come near the house.

The only time w put her in a kennel, is when we stay at my brother in-law's, due to they do not let dogs into the upstairs of the outbuilding that we stay in.
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Ours roam the house. Indoor cages are something new. I assume a 'shortcut' instead of have to train dogs or cats.

PS, our parrots, cockatiels, cats, and dogs all roamed the house when we were away. Never had an issue.
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I can leave Pumpkin outside on the driveway for hours on end, no worries. She spends most of her day out front, not tied up or anything. She's actually spent the night out front on a few occasions. I'll call her in and she'll give me the "Can I stay outside a while longer?" look as she lays down on the driveway halfway through her trot back to the front door. That's my cue to leave her be. The other two have the back yard.

Pumpkin is a no leash knows where her place is type of dog, but as a pup I had to put her in a kennel to train her. She did have a few accidents but in her defense I was gone for 8+ hours.

Believe it or not a dog will come to terms with a kennel, use it like it's personal getaway which it is and go and lay in it whenever they want some privacy. I can be a block away and tell Pumpkin "Kennel" and she'll travel back home, push the front door open and sit in her kennel and wait for me.

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We have a weird Pomeranian that only barks when she wants to come in after going pee, not a peep other then that not a peep, and a pound mutt. Both have never been in a cage, never once have made a mess of anything.
Only time I have a leash on them is then traveling and take them out to go pee so they do not get hit by a car.
We travel a lot and take them with us everywhere, even at a strange place they do not run off.
The mutt is trained so I do not even have to tell her what to do, I can just point and she goes where ever I pointed.
Say want to go for a ride and both will jump up on the golf cart ready to go.
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