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Old 12-07-2012, 12:59 AM
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Usually when we leave we gate off the stairs and the dogs get the run of the 1st level. Now that we have a giant tree in our foyer, the dogs only get access to the living room, dining room/kitchen and the laundry room. The kitties can jump the gate, so they get the run of the house. Thankfully, Stella is conscientious enough now that when she can't hold it anymore, she goes on the linoleum, and not the carpet.
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We gate our upstairs too! It is where the rats cage is and where all the poisinous plants live (although most are cacti and other spikey things that would generally be hard to eat). We are right now trying to transition out of crates but it makes my spouse a little nervous. He is worried that they are going to eat something and hurt themselves, but the downstairs is so dog proof anyway they would have to literally eat a wall or something and I think the odds of that are extremely unlikely.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:45 AM
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Star has a whole empty bedroom herself with her toy and blanket. Cant trust her by herself. Cant leave her in the kitchen because she can find a way to get thru the gate, even tho she doesn't do that when I'm home.
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We gate our upstairs too! It is where the rats cage is and where all the poisinous plants live (although most are cacti and other spikey things that would generally be hard to eat). We are right now trying to transition out of crates but it makes my spouse a little nervous. He is worried that they are going to eat something and hurt themselves, but the downstairs is so dog proof anyway they would have to literally eat a wall or something and I think the odds of that are extremely unlikely.
Toby ate a hole in the wall, I wouldn't underestimate, LOL. He didn't hurt himself. It was about two weeks after we moved in, and there is still a hole in my dining room. Eventually I will have time to patch it so I don't want to pay for it when my lease is up.
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Lilo is crated when I'm not home and at night to sleep. The 3 border collies are left loose in the house but I don't feel comfortable letting them all out together. They love to play so much together that I just don't want little dogs and big dogs playing unsupervised. Lilo is a great little dog and would probably be fine left out of her crate but I don't want to risk it.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:09 AM
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Ours have the run of downstairs which is an open plan lounge/dining room/kitchen with hardwood floors. The stairs are gated and they are not allowed upstairs at all except to be carried up for baths in the laundry which is upstairs.

I usually give them a piece of jerky or a pig's ear strip before I leave and there are no issues with trying to get out or whining.

Everyone is now out of the puppy stage so we have no issues with destructive behaviour, plus they have eachother to play with so they don't seem to mind when we're at work.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:28 AM
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Stella has her own "room." I don't trust her to be loose in the house as of right now, so whenever I need to step out, she goes in there. She has a bed, water, and her crate in there.
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Thankfully, Stella is conscientious enough now that when she can't hold it anymore, she goes on the linoleum, and not the carpet.
How cool!
I'm going to get that patch-of-grass thing and train our pups to go on there. Paper training isn't working for this one, I'm sure that will.
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