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Old 02-06-2004, 01:58 PM
2dogsandacat 2dogsandacat is offline
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hi, i'm new to the forum.

i rescued two dogs at the end of december. both are dachshund mixes. one is about 3 years old and is very mellow, the other is about 7 months old and i'm having a lot of problems with him.

i work all day so they're alone together. i leave them in the bathroom. at first the puppy was in a crate, but i'm told it was too big - he would make in it every day. now they are both in the bathroom and the puppy still makes every day (i'm gone for 9 hours so this isn't too surprising, i guess), but he also destroys EVERYTHING he can get - he even jumped about four feet to grab a wash cloth, and barks and scratches the door. yesterday he tore down the shower curtain.

at night they sleep in a dog bed in my bedroom. the puppy usually gets up around 6 or 6:30. this is not so bad. i try to make him go back to bed so that he'll learn to wait for me to get up. however, the last two nights he has been up all night. i can't get any sleep. i even took him out to pee and he did and then he still won't go back to sleep.

i tried calms forte, but it had absolutely no effect. he is running around and jumping and trying to play with the other dog and he just simply can't sit still almost all of the time i am with him.

can i get a smaller crate and start crate training him now? feed him in the crate, sleep in the crate, etc. - and do i put the other dog in a crate, too? and i'm moving to new york in three weeks - i didn't know this when i rescued them.

i haven't slept in two days. any suggestions?
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