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my dog + thunderstorms = a doorless house

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by DueNorth, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. Jun 22, 2012 at 10:43 PM
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    DueNorth

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    Well at this rate i'll be doorless in about a year and a half. This is what i happens when there's thunderstorms and my 7 year old golden retrievers are left alone... Apparently i shouldn't be closing doors in my house, ever. I get it now. :frusty:
    Last night..
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    3 months ago
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    5 months ago
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    Maggie is on the left, she's the culprit. All the doors damaged were upstairs. So usually a baby gate on the staircase keeps them from getting up there for the most part. But as soon as fireworks or thunderstorms happen, she is scared for her life. I don't know what to do anymore so i'm open to ideas. :cool::help:[​IMG]
     
  2. Jun 22, 2012 at 10:46 PM
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    :eek: Cute dogs though!!
     
  3. Jun 22, 2012 at 10:48 PM
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    :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

    you need steel doors.
     
  4. Jun 22, 2012 at 10:49 PM
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    DueNorth

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    No more doors left to close soon anyways. lol I wonder what's next though....
     
  5. Jun 22, 2012 at 10:51 PM
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    Thanks.... They're cute till that happens!

    My buddy just mentioned that today. Unfortunately i think she would just start digging at the carpet and subfloor instead. :(
     
  6. Jun 22, 2012 at 10:59 PM
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    :notsure:you could get a smaller dog. i will give you my wife's
    [​IMG]
     
  7. Jun 22, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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    Oh shit that funny :laugh:
     
  8. Jun 22, 2012 at 11:03 PM
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    An indoor dog pen for when you're away during storms/fireworks?

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Jun 22, 2012 at 11:07 PM
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    I say no because then they will probably feel more trapped in a confined place
     
  10. Jun 22, 2012 at 11:11 PM
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    if a dog is properly crate trained... their crate will be a place of safety for them.
     
  11. Jun 22, 2012 at 11:11 PM
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    yeah i think they would go crazy in a small cage and maybe hurt themselves.
     
  12. Jun 22, 2012 at 11:18 PM
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    Oh yea i agree. Both my dogs have never been in a crate. In fact only time ever for my male was when he got neutered. I had asked for the vet to specifically not put him in a crate and of course he did anyways. I got a call less than 2hours after surgery to pick him because he was "freakin" out. I goot there and both his paws were a bloody mess from him trying to claw his way out. Needless to say, that wasn't a good experience.

    My female came from a honey that kept to her outside in a 10x10 or in the garage 24/7. Either or but she was definitely neglected a lot. I can't put her through that again. So other than using crates....
     
  13. Jun 22, 2012 at 11:20 PM
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    Good advice, i should have done this from the get go. Definitely a bad move on my part. That would have saved a lot of damage to my house... ie, holes in the carpet, couch cushions and throw pillows ripped up, etc etc.
     
  14. Jun 22, 2012 at 11:21 PM
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    Train him. It'd be like training bird dog not to be gun shy.
     
  15. Jun 22, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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    I should add, 99% of the time i don't have an issue with my dogs doing anything bad while they're left alone. Its only when fireworks/thunder happen.
     
  16. Jun 22, 2012 at 11:25 PM
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    maybe you could do something like this just higher up
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    and my offer still stands for the teacup chihuahua
     
  17. Jun 22, 2012 at 11:31 PM
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    lol sorry man, i really can't stant most small dogs. Forgot to mention my gf has a Jack Russell, i'll give her to ya so you can have two dogs. Twice the amount of fun. ;)

    Nice idea for the door, i still think she would dig at the floor though and that would certainly get more expensive to fix than a door. Pretty much just keep the doors open at all times and hopefully she doesn't ruin anything else. Someone else just brought to my attention a product called the Thundershirt and a calming type collar that i could try as well.
     
  18. Jun 22, 2012 at 11:37 PM
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    yeah i can't stand small dogs either. and this one has a pea brain. literally. i think the main thing is to train him like oneBIGroom said not to freak out when it thunders
     
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    Holy shit, are the dogs okay? That looks like it did some damage to them as well! :eek:
     
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