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Old 12-06-2012, 05:41 PM
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When you're home, and your Chi can't go with you, and no one else is home with him/her, where does your dog stay?

We've always put our fosters in the kennel in the bedroom. Mostly because they were all so young and not yet completely potty trained, but also because they would whine and bark and cry until we got back home.
Leila goes in the kennel because of the whining and barking. We live in an apartment, or I would let her get used to being the livingroom by herself with her little "cave" door open. I'm trying to crate train her, but she was already 8 months old when we got her (10 months now, thought she was older but looked over the paperwork) and now has seperation anxiety. I can't leave the room with her in her crate, not even to get a drink of water. I have to actually go over to her in the middle of the night and carry her around with me (or she'll go potty on the floor) until I'm ready to go back to bed.

It's not really a problem at all, I don't mind as much as I did in the beginning.
So I was wondering, what is your Chi like?

Sorry for all the posts lately. Spending more time here makes me more curious about.
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Odie stays on the main floor of our house. We have small gates blocking the upstairs and downstairs, so she has free roam of the laundry room, kitchen and dining room/living room. She's totally silent at all times, except when we play and get her to chase us.

Edited to add that we have the gates up 24/7, not just when we leave. The cats get to roam the upstairs and have some peace, and the gate blocking the downstairs is for her safety. My brother-in-law and husband accidentally left the door open a crack once and she got out! Never happening again.

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My girl does not stay in a crate. We live in an apartment so if I have to leave and cant take her (never more than 2 hours) she will go hide under the bed or sit in a basket by the door till we come home. She has always had full space of the house and I have not had any problems. I have not found any "unpleasant surprises" when I leave, she just waits. She also does not make alot of noise. She will bark on occasion if someone is in front of the door but she is not noisy when we leave.

When we come back, whether she was alone for 10 minutes or whatever, you would think she has not seen us in 3 years the way she carries on crying and leaping all over, kissing use etc.
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I always give mine a biscuit when i go out,they have the run of the house,but they like me going out as it's biscuit time had no problems with mine doing this.
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Odie stays on the main floor of our house. We have small gates blocking the upstairs and downstairs, so she has free roam of the laundry room, kitchen and dining room/living room. She's totally silent at all times, except when we play and get her to chase us.

Edited to add that we have the gates up 24/7, not just when we leave. The cats get to roam the upstairs and have some peace, and the gate blocking the downstairs is for her safety. My brother-in-law and husband accidentally left the door open a crack once and she got out! Never happening again.

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What a good idea! We had a Mini American Eskimo that was an escape artist. Part of us fostering her was to help correct that. It worked, but she escaped probably about 12 times in the first two weeks. We had a gate up on the door, but she was a medium sized dog and just jumped right over it, so I dismissed the idea. Sounds perfect for Chihuahuas!
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My girl does not stay in a crate. We live in an apartment so if I have to leave and cant take her (never more than 2 hours) she will go hide under the bed or sit in a basket by the door till we come home. She has always had full space of the house and I have not had any problems. I have not found any "unpleasant surprises" when I leave, she just waits. She also does not make alot of noise. She will bark on occasion if someone is in front of the door but she is not noisy when we leave.

When we come back, whether she was alone for 10 minutes or whatever, you would think she has not seen us in 3 years the way she carries on crying and leaping all over, kissing use etc.
Aww! I hope we can make it to that point with this one. Hopefully getting another will keep her from being so nervous and lonely.
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I have 2, when nobody is home with them they stay in the living room.
we try to take them with us whenever we can, otherwise we don't leave them alone for more than 2hours, they are just 5 months, still learning to be alone.


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When Toby was a puppy, he was super destructive and therefore crated when we weren't home. In September he started going in the bathroom when I leave. He has a bed and blanket, toys, water, and a pee pad in there. He's 14 months old and I still don't completely trust him not to eat things, but hopefully one day he will be allowed to be free.


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