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Old 10-14-2009, 12:37 AM
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I would never get rid of her because she's anoying but she's SO anoying. My parents hate her. They arent dog people at all. All Emma does in the house is paces and whines. She is never content. 90% of the time I swear she is mentaly retarded. Its like manners and basic OB fell out of her head. She's not getting the attention she is used to. I just cant with Katie. She isnt being ignored either. She ran away 3 times in ONE day. We dont leave her in the yard un atended since we dont have a back fence. But she just bolted out of the door. She knows way better than that. Im just so fustrated.
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:01 AM
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She needs one on one time. You have to MAKE time.
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:12 AM
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I agree, you need to make time for her. I have 3 dogs and two young children and manage to make time for all as well as others, it's possible. Just need to make a good schedule.
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:56 AM
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I would never get rid of her because she's anoying but she's SO anoying.

Oh, I understand that feeling all too well....


Abby does the same thing.

I agree that you have to make the time- maybe if it's only 15 minutes of going over obedience commands or some light agility training, just something to stimulate her mind.

We also give Abby bones to chew on, which seems to keep her busy enough to forget that she's bored and anxious.
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:03 AM
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good advice so far, and if she is pacing try crating her. I find anxious dogs often settle with a bone or kong in a crate.
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:08 AM
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Is this the Beagle? Our Beagle used to bolt and there was no getting him back til he was ready. His nose was his only concern.
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:18 AM
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Is the dog spayed?. If not maybe that would explain her running away 3 times in one day. If she is spayed then you need to teach her to stay when the door is opened. The way to do that is put her on a leash open the door as if your going outside and do not let her out until you say so. You can tell her to wait and have her in a sitting position at the door with the door open and you right outside the door. Also teach her to wait inside the house in a sitting position. When she is sitting in the house under your command have her wait walk away and come back. If she has not moved then say good wait and reward her. If she has moved then try the procedure again.
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:35 AM
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I don't think being spayed has anything to do with running away.. unless she is currently in heat, in which case she shouldn't be off leash. My spayed girls don't run off... but I have had altered fosters who will till they get more training.

I would put her on a long line so she can still run, but not run away.
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:44 AM
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Sounds like she definitely needs some more attention. Even if she isn't being ignored, she might not be stimulated enough.

Maybe try integrating Emma into what you do with Kate? Go on walks together, keep Emma on a long line if you're outside with Kate... I don't know, maybe others have better ideas, but it sounds like Emma might just need some more attention from you.

Dekka has it right with the crating idea, too. Finn gets anxious sometimes if I'm busy doing things without him, and when that happens he's crated with a frozen Kong and he's a happy kid.
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:33 PM
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Sounds like shes just understimulated to me. I know having a kid keeps your busy, but really, plenty of people with kids find time for their pets, shes also a responsibility. shes not retarted shes just BORED.

there are plenty of activities you can do with both your daughter and your dog:

Maybe try to find some time with her, walk her WITH your daughter in the stroller.

Take her to the park, you and your daughter can have lunch there, take some food/snacks and let emma run around and have fun with other dogs or fetch or something while you and your daughter enjoy your lunch

have "emma time" while your girl is napping. when shes taking a nap, go for a walk with her, play tug, just spend time with her

most dogs.. no matter if they "know better" then to run out the door if they are bored, understimulated and not getting the attention they need are going to bolt. just to get SOME kind of stimulation, even if it means only being outside for 5 minutes while you chase her down.. its better than being stuck inside.

If you really don't have time for her. Then I suggest rehoming her to someone who has the time and can spend the time with her that she needs.

a TIRED dog is a GOOD dog. the more you get her out there and WALK her, RUN with her, PLAY with her, TRAIN her.. the more tired (both physically and mentally) shes going to be. and she will stop pacing and whining.

Doggy daycare and dog walkers are also a great option. Doggy daycare, even if only once a week, would probably help. If money is tight, "play dates" with other dogs in the neighborhood are a GREAT way to get dogs tired out. Talk to your neighbors who have dogs, if they have a secure backyard and a friendly dog, go over there with emma and let her play

For when you cant be with her/shes annoying your parents. Crates are also a great tool, put her in there with a fun treat like a bullstick or kong. now, crates are NOT for all the time. being stuck in a crate all day long is just going to make her WORSE. so if you honestly cannot find time for her to stimulate and give her exercise, then the crate is NOT a bandaid. but for when shes getting walked and seems ok and you just need a place for her to be afor a little while.. crates are very useful
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