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Well, finally the house sitting and pet minding has finished as at 8pm this evening. I just got home. Nice to be back in my own house. I cleared all my stuff out over the last two days or so and this morning spent all morning cleaning the house up for their return. Sheets changed and washed and dried, floor hoovered and washed. Bathroom and ensuite cleaned. Washing up done and put away. Dog food and cat food out of freezer for them for tomorrow mornings pet feeding. I asked her to let me know what time she would be home roughly and to text me when she was at Sydney airport. They had a two hour or so train journey from the airport to get home - luckily it was an express train with minimal stops. I asked if they needed a lift at this end from the station. Asked her to ring when they were two stations away and deployed DH to go pick them and their luggage up while I stayed at the house with the dogs and cats. One dog (their daughters black lab) will tear up the house if left alone and barks his head off if you try to leave him out in the garden. Obviously very anxious dog. So hence, I stayed there till they were home this evening. I did get the wood burning fire going for them so it would be nice and toasty on their return too. I need to get re-imbursed for the two dog tug toys I bought to prevent the big dog from chewing up the house and also for pet food as ran out. Kept all my receipts.
Well yesterday when I walked the black labrador, our dog was out the front and tore up to him (he was on lead) and attacked him! She really meant business. I was not that shocked as she went for him when we tried walking the two of them together. I was however taken by surprise as I did not expect her to be out and would have delayed the walk had I known as she does not like him. I think she was very jealous and thought her position in her 'pack' with us was being usurped by this other dog. I had to scream at the top of my lungs to get DH to run over and pull her off of the black lab. She was really going for it. I kept pulling him away with the lead and she just kept coming, despite my pleas for her to stop. He did have a go back and being that much bigger than her the fur was flying. DH managed to pull her away and I got control of black lab and got him to sit and gave him some dog treats and told him he was a good boy. Stood for a bit to get the adrenaline levels back down and my breath back and for black lab to calm down too. Then walk and sit and treat, walk and sit and treat and put it behind us and resumed our walk up around the bush track. Had we turned back it might have made black lab feel like it was a bigger incident than it need be and if you make a fuss it would upset him more, so composure regained, we did the walk anyhow. A couple of dogs on the corner run out at anyone who walks by - human or dog and bark and make a lot of fuss and we had to walk past that house after and again on the way back. The previous day black lab nearly hauled me off my feet to get to these barking dogs, but a firm grip of the lead with both hands, a sit command and a dog treat settled him and made him focus on me and the walk rather than the two crazy barking dogs. It is amazing what can be achieved with dog treats if you have a very food focused dog! I think being five feet nothing and walking such a big dog I wonder that I must like living dangerously or something to even try to walk him! Thank goodness I don't need to do it again tomorrow! The other two dogs are fine and we walked them off leash and they get on fine with our dog. No problems with them. He is a lovely dog the black lab but too much for me to handle. I won't be taking him on again!
 

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My next door neighbour is looking after a small dog next month,It a pretty little dog,But hate all other dogs,dont think he has every mixed with dogs,A little bundle of fury,But he is always on a lead,dont think there will be a problem,
 

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grandmatimestwo said:
Wow! You've had quite the adventure! I'm sure you're happy to be home! Time to relax!
I am happy to be home. I did change and wash our own sheets on a fleeting visit home and also ran and emptied the dishwasher and so on. Have had a nice lunch out with DH today but felt guilty as it meant leaving the black lab in the back yard while we went (did not dare leave him in the house in case he chewed stuff up). Felt bad leaving him as he got anxious and barked a lot. Took our own lab for a walk round the bush track when we got back from lunch then went back to the house sit next door to look after the pets and knit in the afternoon. Yes, glad to be home indeed. I will be out in our garden tomorrow and also want to paint the garden bench I am working on revamping. I should be able to paint the metal frame tomorrow if the primer has dried and set properly. The newly oiled timber slats came up a treat. Looking forward to putting it back together now to see what it looks like when all done. Then just have the three smaller garden chairs to revamp. This old garden set will look sooooo much better once finished!
 

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I am willing to say you are very happy to be back home! But, what an experience!
They came home to a cosy log fire and 5 happy pets all glad to see them. We got a text this morning with a photo of the neighbour sitting in bed with the black lab by the bed! Oh they are teaching that dog some bad house manners! LOL! She asked if we wanted to come to their place for dinner tonight but I just want to be in my own home and be company for our own dog who has missed having me around. My DH is working from home this weekend - no such thing as weekends off when you work in IT. He is overseeing some installation of servers at a company and doing the configuration and migrating the data from old system to new system for that company. Lucky that you can do this remotely or else he would be in Sydney again today. We said no thanks as he is working and I just want my own space but she said she is making vegan curry and will bring our dinner over to us so I don't have to cook tonight! :sm24:
 

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Mary Cardiff said:
My next door neighbour is looking after a small dog next month,It a pretty little dog,But hate all other dogs,dont think he has every mixed with dogs,A little bundle of fury,But he is always on a lead,dont think there will be a problem,
Small dogs can be aggressive towards other dogs if they feel threatened and have not been properly socialised with other dogs from the start. Problem with that is that if they show aggression towards bigger dogs when they are on walks, snarling, growling, pulling on lead, ears laid back and so on, it can make the other dog go on the attack which puts both the smaller dog and the person walking that dog at risk. We used to have small dogs and I would take a well socialised small dog or a bigger dog who is well socialised over a small aggressive (scared) dog any day of the week! Good luck to your neighbour. Hope the little one does not accidentally instigate any dog fights with its surly behaviour!
 

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The owners of that black lab should learn about crate training. It is not cruel when done properly. It is cruel to leave the dog loose in the house and get into something that could really hurt him not to mention the cost of the destruction.
 

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The owners of that black lab should learn about crate training. It is not cruel when done properly. It is cruel to leave the dog loose in the house and get into something that could really hurt him not to mention the cost of the destruction.
When his owners go away on holidays, there is a guy they leave this dog with usually who he knows very well. A friend of the owner. However, this time, they invited the friend along on the holiday too and so they had nobody to leave the black lab with. He doesn't really know me (whereas my neighbour/friends two dogs are very used to me coming and going into their house and I have fed and looked after them before). So he was unduly anxious to start with but has a lot of energy to burn too. He is used to two runs per day (not walks) with the owner who is a young and fit bloke. The destruction was part anxiety and part too much energy and wanting to play I think. He tore into all three dog beds which had foam bases - foam flying everywhere. That was when I was IN the house and he was bored! Lord knows his capacity for destruction should I have left him inside the house and gone out! Neighbour had noted he chewed dog beds when left alone and told me to put him outside whenever I needed to leave the house for a while. I even did this when I was in the shower as left to his own devices even for 10 minutes he could cause a lot of damage. I bought two of the extra thick and big rope tug toys and he decimated the ball part of the toy within an hour or so and then took around 3 to 4 days to chew the knots on the toys and stringy stuff everywhere! Was happier to clean this up than the foam stuffing from the dog beds! LOL! Seems owners leave him out in their back yard every day when they go to work. Both husband and wife are working. Poor dog. He then barks all day and their neighbours complain about him barking. I think he needs doggy daycare a couple times per week to keep him busy. They did leave one toy for him to play with which was inadequate as it was a very strong squeeky ball with little legs/feet on it. He wanted to play tug and there was not enough of anything to grab hold of to oblige him. He caught the back of my hand with his teeth on one occasion, hence I went out and bought the tug toy to keep him happy and my hands safe! Crate training would work, but personally I would rather this dog be a busy and occupied and active dog to keep him happy rather than a crate all day to keep the house from being destroyed. I think people buy dogs and forget that they are very social animals. They need to feel part of a pack as they would live naturally. Dogs don't lead solitary lives like cats do. They need company. When owners then spend all day, five days per week at work and only see the dog briefly in the morning and then again in the evening and weekends, it is not enough. Poor dogs spend most of their short lives waiting for owners to come home and give them the company they crave. Is it any wonder they become bored and anxious when left alone? Crating keeps your stuff safe but doesn't do much to meet the needs of the dog. I know people say that if you crate them they sleep most of the time but then what choice do they have and what else would they do if kept in a small crate, basically a cage, all day. What would you do if confined to a cage all day for 5 days per week, left alone with perhaps a book and a toy if you were young and active? Go to sleep or go crazy trying to get out of the cage? Not a great choice either way. Crates are one way to go but would not be my preference. Just giving my honest opinion on them so I hope I don't offend you. They are an answer for some dogs maybe but not the best answer to meet the dogs needs. In my honest opinion, if you know don't have the time to spend with your dog then don't get one. We waited to get a dog till we had not only the space but DH working from home most days and me also at home. If we were both working full time I don't think it would have been fair to get a dog as otherwise it is like buying a toy. You pick it up to play with when it suits you and when you have time and are in the mood for it, whereas a dog is a living sentient being and has needs to. A big one of which is company. Evenings and weekends only just doesn't cut it. Apologies for the sermon!
 

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I do know a bit about dogs as I taught obedience classes for over 25 years. Among the dogs I have had have been chocolate labs and they are very active as a rule. Crates work just like time out for kids. The crates are a safe place for them and they often will go to lay down in them on their own. All of my dogs have been crate trained. Most all professional "dog" people will say the same thing. A dog does not need to be busy all the time. If this family has not taken a dog obedience class it might be a good idea.
 

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I do know a bit about dogs as I taught obedience classes for over 25 years. Among the dogs I have had have been chocolate labs and they are very active as a rule. Crates work just like time out for kids. The crates are a safe place for them and they often will go to lay down in them on their own. All of my dogs have been crate trained. Most all professional "dog" people will say the same thing. A dog does not need to be busy all the time. If this family has not taken a dog obedience class it might be a good idea.
I agree with you. I think crating for short periods is not a bad idea but I would hate for someone to crate their dog all day if they work long hours and it is every day. This dog also is not leash trained and pulls like a train. I had him walking loose leash with treats in my jacket pocket - paying attention to me and keeping close by my side when one of my other neighbours thought it would be a great joke 'to see what happens' to yowl like a dog and of course you can guess the rest. Dog pulled like a train, nearly pulling me off my feet so much so I had to drop the leash. He ran to this neighbour and the guy had trouble holding him and said ' oh he is really strong isn't he'? Well duh - you reckon? I told him I had just got this dog calm and walking nicely when he did this and if he wanted to see a five foot nothing, 55 years old woman yanked off her feet and break a hip - just keep it up mate! He apologised and said he would not be doing that again! Honestly - some people! Yes, obedience classes for this unruly mutt would be a terrific idea. :sm24: I also do dog minding via an agency and have had many different breeds of dogs through our doors, we mind these ones in our own home. I got offered to take two chocolate labs for two weeks and turned it down. If this black lab was that unruly, I really did not need two who might be just as unruly in my own home plus my own lab. Our own lab is a rescue and did guide dog training a little before being rejected due to knee issues. Her previous owners left her outside all the time and did not take good care of her. I got her through rescue labrador group. She is usually very well behaved and that is not something I can take credit for as she knew a lot of commands and words when we got her. Only thing we taught her was loose leash training and to shake paws. She knew the rest already. She also is not a barker. For our first dog, we struck gold with her. Just wish she got on with black lab, she gets on well with most other dogs!
 
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