Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:18 AM
We have a couple that don't get along well in certain situations. Well, one of the two doesn't get along well in certain situations, and it causes issues if they and the situations are not managed.
My dogs are fine left loose in the house for reasonable amounts of time - I can be outside for several hours and leave them loose, like if I am mowing the yard. Since the situations are crate-related (and sometimes, personal space by people related), they are not issues at most times.
I have found that management, being aware of potential triggers, and being a consistent leader (not always a strong point for me) work well. And, when we are gone to work or need to be out of the house for a while, we often crate *just to avoid* potential issues that we would not be present to prevent.
Normally, in our house, it's either everyone in the crate or everyone out but, should our current problems become bigger problems, we would probably do some rotational crating. That is what we do when we have visiting dogs oftentimes - with our three and our daughter's three, or our son's family's two, we either use different parts of the house for each group (we have pass-through baby gates, thank you, Lisa!) or rotationally crate each group since we often don't have sufficient crates in the house for all.
PS - Our dogs, like Julie's and Kristen's, are companions as well as farm-working dogs. They live in the house, sleep on their beds in our bedroom, and live their lives with us as part of the family. Thankfully, in spite of mud and cow poop, we can hose them off and bring them in no matter what kind of messes they've faced outside.
Sue Rayburn - Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult, but not the brightest firefly in the jar.
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