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Re: Leaving the kids home alone

Posted by:  Carol P
Posted on:  April 03, 2003 at 10:13:06

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Posted by:  Sam Gold
Posted on:  April 03, 2003 at 09:01:29

Question:

: My two JRT's Chase and Fannie are 20 mos. and 12 mos. old respectively. They were originally crate trained as pups and we still put them in their crates when we leave the house. Chase is neutered, but Fannie has not been spayed (she recently went through her first heat). Both of them get along just fine. They'll lay on the couch together, share a chair, and play fight at times. Chase will sometimes growl at her when his toys or food are treatened, but that's it. We've never had a major problem as far as destructiveness is concerned (except they like to chew up blankets and bed sheets). So many people give their dogs run of the house when they're gone. I'd like to experiment leaving both of them home alone for short periods outside of their crates to transition into giving then full freedom. What are your views on this? Thanks!


Response:

Sam, there's one way to find out ---- leave them in the house for a time & see what happens I'd confine them to a room or two, your least expensively furnished rooms just in case they go berzerk, haha.
My terrier has always had the run of the house, with very few bad results: except one day I came home to find that a squirrel was also loose in the house. That was pretty interesting! I was furious with him, til I realized that he was after quarry.
Two JR's can, however, think up more mischief than one can, so I'd go slowly in adding territory. I'd also remove all food and toy items from their area, to prevent any squabbles breaking out. Good luck, let us know how it goes. C.P.