Jump to content

Hmm, sleeping arrangements


  • Please log in to reply
20 replies to this topic

#1 Tessied

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:11 AM

I must be missing an obvious solution Tounge1.gif

We have four large dogs (Collie Rough) and I would prefer them to sleep inside at night as one is a barker.  However one of them who is now 10 and deaf as a post, is a really big pain at night when left to his own devices.  He will open fridges, cupboards, doors etc and find food, or he will poo if he feels like it.   He will automatically poo in a crate so that is out too!  

So I have been letting two in, and leaving the other two outside so that the 10 year old isn't alone.

The house can't be blocked off with gates or anything, just isn't possible, so any ideas?    They all used to sleep inside but since he's become old and just not trustworthy inside, it's been a bit confusing.

#2 Oh My......

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:15 AM

Could you put dogs on a lead and tie it under a chair? I did this for a short while with a dog bed and now they come inside and right to their bed unless called over

#3 Tessied

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:17 AM

Nah, he will just walk around with the chair attached to him.  Seriously, heh.  He is like a bull in a china shop now that he's deaf, just walks around doing what he wants!  

I can't even lock him in the laundry area as he can open the door (sliding door).

#4 Jenflea

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:18 AM

can you stick a wedge in the laundry door? A rubber wedge used to work for our dog. baby gate on the laundry area?

#5 HerringToMarmalade

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:27 AM

We attached latches to our sliding doors to stop out dog opening them. Its very easy to do, we've got one where you swing the hook bit into a hole thing attached to the door.

#6 Therese

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:31 AM

I am sorry but I did giggle at him opening fridges and walking around with a chair attached to him. I know it would be very annoying but it is sort of cute original.gif

He's very determined.

#7 Tessied

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:35 AM

Hmm a latch might be the idea...the laundry area is huge as it's open plan with a hallway etc so it's more than big enough for him overnight and a latch will be big enough to let the cat slip through there too.  

Therese - you have to love him,  he's just a food obsessed dog.  He recently cost us 3k in vet bills (3k we don't have!) because he decided it was a good idea to swallow a turkey wing whole.   A week later in intensive care...

#8 Therese

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:37 AM

Oh dear...I'm glad he's ok but that is one hell of a bill.

#9 *Spikey*

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:58 AM

Yes - see the crate training thread at the top of the Pet Section.

Happy indoor dogs, who can't wander through the house all night long... wink.gif

And yes, you can introduce crates at any point in a dog's life.

#10 Tessied

Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:37 AM

I already mentioned he will poo in the crate, without fail, each time. We tried feeding him in the morning etc etc, nope...sees a crate, poos.

#11 casime

Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:43 PM

I don't like mine wandering the house at night, so I have them in the bedroom with a baby gate across the door.

#12 *Spikey*

Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:22 PM

Crates are designed to be cleaned. Carpets, not so much.

If he's getting old and you need to contain him because he's injuring himself or doing damage to the house, then cleaning poo is the least of your worries.

Does he poo straight away? Because if he goes quite quickly after being crated, you can pop him in until its close to poop time, then pop him outdoors for his business, then recrate. Don't forget to praise him for going outdoors!!!

#13 Tessied

Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:27 PM

Yeah I know but waking up to poo every morning is not my idea of fun, heh.  He poos at some time in the night and then scatters it everywhere.  After the fifth night of waking up to that I put him outside.

I'm thinking I could bring out the huge wooley dog bed we have and let him sleep in the garage at night for now until I get a latch on and try out the laundry area.

#14 la di dah

Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:20 PM

How many toilets does your house have? I would be very tempted to shut him in a bathroom, (contained, washable surfaces) with the dog bed.

#15 Tessied

Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:07 PM

Two but the laundry has no door for just the laundry, just a sliding door which closes the laundry, toilet, bathroom and a bedroom off from the rest of the house.  He can open
that door, so I'd have to get the latch on first.  The only problem might be that the cat
also uses that area and she'll have to fit through that door!

#16 ~ppp~

Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:16 PM

dowling rod to keep the laundry door closed?

#17 belbelchic

Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:17 PM

dont chain him up, i lost a dog that way... cry1.gif

#18 *Spikey*

Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:38 AM

I still think that crating him is the obvious solution. Five days is insufficient to TT a dog, when he clearly doesn't know what is expected. I can understand why you found it unpleasant, but you gave up too soon.

If he does a poo in a crate 'sometime' at night, the obvious response is to TT him properly for the crate. Sure that involves you getting out of bed until he's learnt to save the poo for outdoors, but a bit of effort would easily get you the desired results. The best place to do this is to crate him in your room so you can react to the disturbance that happens before a dog poos - you know, turning around in circles and 'lining up' the drop zone.

I'd suggest that you and your partner take turns - the first night, someone goes to bed really late, and someone is booked to get up really early, to let the dog out for a final pit stop. If you can fit in two trips to the great out doors (one each) between those times, he will get the message. After a week of the poo happening in the right place, you drop a middle of the night pit stop. A week later, you drop the other. A week after that, you go to bed at a normal time.... and so on.

IN all of this, its really, really important to praise him when he's outdoors and more important to go over the top with praise when he poos outdoors.

#19 FiveAus

Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:57 AM

If he's quiet outside at night, I'd be inclined to leave him there. It's not cold at the moment and even if it gets a bit cool, he has a big coat on. My dogs frequently sleep outside during the summer, they prefer the cool grass to bring indoors. If they bark they get hauled inside quick smart, but usually they just lie down and go to sleep, the same as they do indoors.

#20 RebelWithoutAClaws

Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:32 PM

If you're really against the crate training... what about a pet gate for the laundry door instead of a lock on the sliding door?

We have a pet gate across our laundry door. We used the pet gate because we've had Elly indoors 100% for a few months now (other than walks) because of her doing her cruciate. When we leave her outside with Bandit alone they run around too fast and she injures herself again. The cats like to visit her and curl up in her bed with her, plus it stops the laundry from getting too hot or cold.

#21 BlackWolf

Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:20 PM


We had a cat door installed into our wooden sliding door, this might work for you original.gif





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Life with anxiety

At times, I feel pretty worthless. In those moments, all I want to do is curl up into a ball and hide in the dark. I can try to quiet my mind, but it won?t shut up.

IVF leaves woman pregnant with another couple's twins

An Italian woman has been told the twins she is three months pregnant with are not hers.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

My husband and I mutually decided that we didn?t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

What you need for the 'fourth trimester'

In my opinion, the first three months after the birth are the most intense. Here's what got me through that time after welcoming my baby.

Weaning a toddler off a dummy: a 15-day plan

Weaning your child off the dummy can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Here are some tips to help you through.

Choosing to be a solo parent

Two women share their stories of longing for a baby so much that they each decided not to wait for a partner before becoming a mum.

Asphyxia link another piece of the SIDS puzzle

An Australian study has uncovered information which could lead to a better understanding of why babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Rescue dog Zoey and BFF Jasper star in adorable pics

Photographer, self-professed "crazy dog lady" and mum Grace Chon takes photos of rescue dog Zoey and her 10-month-old son Jasper together. The results are just too cute. See more on Instagram @thegracechon.

The ultimate travel stroller: the Mountain Buggy nano

We tried the Mountain Buggy nano and give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. As the ultimate travel stroller, it's practical, has great features, and looks fab, too.

Mum's heartbreak as son dies in road accident

Daly Thomas and her two young sons were walking home from church on Tuesday afternoon. Her youngest son never made it.

New Kate Spade baby bag designs

Don?t adjust your screen: this bright beauty is coming to you in full colour.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win the brand new phil&teds vibe

Check out the good looking new release of the Vibe 3 and the Verve 4-wheeler inline strollers. To celebrate their release, we have a Vibe with double kit to give away.

Baby sleep

From birth to one year and beyond, read about baby sleep, soothing techniques, routines, and sleep school experiences.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

7 tips for a kid-free trip, not a guilt trip

Although I?m jumping out of my skin to take my child-free holiday, I?m dreading the goodbye. But I?m determined to make the most of it without tarnishing it with guilt or sadness about leaving the kids.

Itchibubs: clothes for babies and toddlers with eczema

Parents of children who suffer from eczema will know only too well the scratching that occurs around the clock. A new clothing range aims to help make everyone more comfortable.

Ear piercing: what age is best?

What is it that shapes our opinions on what?s an 'appropriate' age for our children to get their ears pierced? Parents share their views on how young is too young when it comes to piercing.

Caring for kids helps grandmothers stay mentally alert

Looking after grandchildren can help grandmothers ward off brain disease - but it's also possible to get too much of a good thing, researchers say.

Why I loved my third home water birth

After two water births at home, I was determined to give birth to my son the same way. I just hoped this birth would be quicker than my last two.

Revealed: 7 ways food marketers try to trick consumers

If you?re confused by food labels, you?re not alone. Next time you?re shopping for food, look out for these seven common labelling tricks.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

My husband and I mutually decided that we didn?t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

 

Free Printable Activities

Keeping little hands busy

Free printable acitivity pages like colouring in, cutting, word finders, mazes, maths activities and puzzles.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.