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Smart moves. I also crate "guest dogs" if I'm not around to supervise. I don't care how well I know them or how good they seem with the cats and other dogs (ok, the one exception was my sister's lab, but he lived with me so much of his life that he wasn't really a guest!).
If I adopt a new adult dog, I wouldn't dream of leaving them free with the other pets during the first few weeks. I value my pets too much for that. I also wouldn't shut them behind a door in another room though - I think that would drive existing pets and the new dog totally nuts (and yes, I value my doors too!).
Of course, today, we may have to tether them when they go outside so they won't blow away! ;-D
Janet Boss
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also wouldn't shut them behind a door in another room though - I thinkthat would drive existing pets and the new dog totally nuts (and yes, I valuemy doors too!).

Good point- a crate allows the dog to be near you, or at least to be able to see and hear you, and vice versa, if confinement is necessary while you're home.
Of course, today, we may have to tether them when they go outside so theywon't blow away! ;-D

You're not kidding! My whole house is quivering periodically. I've got to go out and walk six dogs (my 3 + client dogs) soon, and I'm not sure I want to take them out in the woods where we usually go- too many half-dead trees that might drop limbs on us, plus it's harder for them to hear me in this sort of weather.
You're not kidding! My whole house is quivering periodically. I've got to go out and walk six dogs (my 3 ... trees that might drop limbs on us, plus it's harder for them to hear me in this sort of weather.

trust me, you do not want to take them into the woods.

ya'll must be experiencing what we had last night. it was scary! on the way home from work yesterday, i had branches fall and hit my car twice! sometime during the night a tree fell across the our lane (luckily, not between me and the road). i had a hell of a time getting to sleep last night, because the whole house kept shaking (Aunty Em! Aunty Em!). the dogs were thoroughly unconcerned, useless beasts.

it sure is purty today, though!

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
trust me, you do not want to take them into the woods.

I'll wholeheartedly second this. I wasn't sure what to do with the beasts this morning, and decided that I'll just take them to the park across the street from us, which is very, very quiet. Just as I was getting out of the house, a large branch came crashing down in my neighbor's yard. Rethought my plan really quickly, and ended up taking them to the dog park instead. It is surrounded by two large, open fields and the chances that something would fall on our head was remote.
it sure is purty today, though!

I think that the weather people were talking about this lasting into tomorrow, with morning wind chills dropping the temps into the teens. At least the hairy beasts will be happy.
Suja
Rethought my plan really quickly, and ended up taking them to the dog park instead. It is surrounded by two large, open fields and the chances that something would fall on our head was remote.

good plan. i did not enjoy being out in it. ugh. my drive home is mostly on tree-lined roads and it was creepy. then i came home to my house in the woods. again, creepy. i'm glad it's over.
I think that the weather people were talking about this lasting into tomorrow, with morning wind chills dropping the temps into the teens. At least the hairy beasts will be happy.

that sounds about right. once it passed here, the temperatures dropped about from ~70F to ~25F. the sky is crystal blue and it's nice and brisk. i'm looking forward to watching lots of vigorous bitey face tonight. yay!

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
that sounds about right. once it passed here, the temperatures dropped about from ~70F to ~25F. the sky is crystal blue and it's nice and brisk. i'm looking forward to watching lots of vigorous bitey face tonight. yay!

hopefully it tires your dogs out! these 2 are more hyper now than before the 45 minutes of racing madly around the yard. Now, 4 hours later, they are more than ready to go again!
dainerra
hopefully it tires your dogs out! these 2 are more hyper now than before the 45 minutes of racing madly around the yard. Now, 4 hours later, they are more than ready to go again!

they'll play hard for a hours pretty much from the time i get home until bedtime! as long as it's not too hot or wet out, so they should be set for tonight. we had a couple of stretches of really icky weather last summer and it was horrible trying to find things to occupy them that didn't involve going outside where we would all surely melt .

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
hopefully it tires your dogs out! these 2 are more ... hours later, they are more than ready to go again!

they'll play hard for a hours pretty much from the time i get home until bedtime! as long as it's not too ... horrible trying to find things to occupy them that didn't involve going outside where we would all surely melt .

lucky you! we're having problems again with the neighbor's dogs so one of us is staying constantly with the boys while they are outside. Unfortunately, we arent as cold tolerant as they are! But, they are enjoying the cooler weather anyway.
dainerra
Neither I nor my dogs percieve the use of crates as being"locked in a box". Their crates are their secure homes away from home- again, a properly used crate functions as an enclosed dog bed.[/nq]Lately, I've been using a new setup at agility trials - one of those little pop-up shade rooms with mesh sides. I set it up, add a shade cloth, and its a giant crate, but when I'm running one dog, the other gets crated to keep him quiet, so the crate is set up inside the shade room. Invariably, one or the other dog is sleeping inside the open crate, with the other one jealously curled up outside the doorway - in fact, until I unzipped the top, Wylie would sleep ON the crate when Bodhi was in it.

(That's why I can't just put two crates in there, as the Cabana doesn't have a zip-top, and Wylie is not safe on top of a crate.) So I would be very hard-pressed to believe that my dogs think of the crate as anything but a cozy sleeping spot that is in high demand.
Christy
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