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Old 09-15-2007, 11:57 PM
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My bestfriend has to get rid of her dogs. Not for forever but for around six months to a year. She has to move and the only place she has found that allows pets only allows cats. She's taking her two kitties with her but seeing as it's a basement suite it's not like she can hide her dogs. She has asked me if I can take them. This normally wouldn't be an issue but her dogs are... well.... "special".

She has a Cocker Spaniel cross and a Malteses cross. One is ten pounds and one is three. My dogs are around 40 pounds and play way more rough than these two do. My boys are good with small dogs though so that isn't the problem. The problem is the 10 pound Cocker cross. She's rather rank and dog aggressive aswell.

The other dog is missing teeth. She has a harder time eating because of it. These dogs both have zero training. They don't know come, sit, down... anything. They both are barkers which doesn't bug me but it might bug my neighbors.

With all the negatives aside I feel like I should take them in for the time being. I know she'll figure things out and take them back. I am just not sure how I can make it work. Do you guys think it sounds like I can do it? If I do take the dogs how can I make this work? Should I attempt to introduce the Cocker to my dogs or should I just keep her dogs and mine apart? Is that even possible?
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Old 09-16-2007, 12:30 AM
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She should pay and/or take them to training classes and then I say go for it.
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Old 09-16-2007, 12:35 AM
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So you think it'd work with a not so dog friendly dog? I think she could get over it but I am not sure how to go about it.
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Old 09-16-2007, 12:49 AM
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Well, you never know what a good dose of training will do. I'm no expert and i don't know how badly mannered her dogs are, but it's worth a shot if you're up for it.
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Old 09-16-2007, 01:37 AM
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The one is decent. Very easydog to have around. The other is just a terror.
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Old 09-16-2007, 01:39 AM
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Well, maybe the terror needs to go somewhere else? With a friend with no other pets? it really depends on how willing you are to let your house get in an uproar.
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Old 09-16-2007, 01:56 PM
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Take the well-behaved one in.

Tell her she needs to get the terror training, and see if he changes at all. If not, you could take him and try and keep him seperate (i do it, not THAT hard), or tell her she needs to find somewhere else for him to stay.

Good luck to her, and to you if you try and take them.
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Old 09-16-2007, 02:47 PM
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It's such a nice thing that you have offered. And it's good that you are thinking this through carefully. Aside from the behavior issues, think a little further. What if the dogs get sick? Will you take them to the vet? Are you up for medications, etc? I recently took in a supposedly healthy dog to care for until she found a home. Soon after I got her I realized that she was incontinent and had a chronic staph infection. It was very difficult to deal with in addition to my dog - lots of meds and several vet trips. And she barked, which didn't bother me in itself, but it caused stressed because I worried about the neighbors being upset. Also there is the bathing, brushing, general caring for the dogs. I'm just pointing out some of the things you might want to consider before making a decision. On the other hand it may be a breeze. Good luck on your decision. :-)
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Old 09-16-2007, 02:58 PM
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i wonder how many of us here have taken a dog or dogs in such a situation then had them end up permanent. Be prepared.
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