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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Whiskers View Post
    my family's unofficial ethic with dogs seems to be "if it doesn't work out, they're gone".
    And what do you suppose your family's reaction will be when the dog begins to howl and bay throughout the nights and nights upon end ? Because it's possible and even likely that's exactly what will develop, and then what ? If that turns out to be the case it doesn't bode well, at all, for the future well-being of the dog.

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    His breeder is always willing to take him back, but this dog is used to kennel life. He's happy with kennel life. He'll be trained and trained and exercised and exercised and stimulated and stimulated day after day after day like he usually is. He doesn't just lay around at home, and we'll just have to see how it goes.

    So, what do you guys think about this kennel site? What kennels from here would you recommend?

    http://www.k9kennelstore.com/

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    Have you considered just getting your own place?

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    No, I am only a teenager so I am not capable of moving out.

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    I'll be able to move out in 5-6 years, so my dog would be 7 or 8 or 9 years old.

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    Anyone like the k9 kennel store site?

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    Do any of you have any experience with the "crate and rotate" system?

    So, these are the four options I was thinking of. Note that he'd be getting at least 30 minutes of training per day and at least an hour of exercise per day with each option, along with plenty of playtime and attention....

    Training the dog to be with cats (I would train the dachshund to act appropriately around the cats so he can exist safely around them. Of course he would never be left alone with them!)

    Giving the dog his own room (Our house is pretty open so it might be a little difficult, but I was thinking we could keep the dog in one room safe from the cats)

    Doing the crate and rotate system (For some of the day, the dog would be in his crate with something to keep him busy while the three cats could roam freely, and for some of the day the cats would be closed into the master bedroom for some of the day while Chris had free roam of downstairs)

    Keeping the dog outdoors (as mentioned in this thread, the dog would be kept in a proper kennel setup with proper stimulation and care)[/B][/B][/B]

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    Why can you not keep him in your room? My daughter's rabbit lived in her room when we got a dog and basically we did crate and rotate. Mostly the rabbit lived in daughter's room but she was outside or in the living room when Sassy was crated, out on a walk or in the back yard. We locked doors and made sure there were two closed doors between the two so dog or rabbit couldn't slip into an area with the other.

    I cannot keep my dogs outside. They bark. There's a noise ordinance here and I have absolutely no doubt that I would get into trouble. Dachshunds are known to be noisy. Even if the neighbors didn't object your family would. Inside there just plain is less to bark at.

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    I don't have two doors in my room, but I could maybe put up a baby gate inside of my room so it's almost as if there are two doors. Hmmm, I don't know.

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    That works. A small dog cannot get over quite a low one. My dogs respect a 24" tall one that I can step over.

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    Do you think a 2 year old Dachshund left in an upstairs bedroom with the door closed would mean for some separation anxiety?

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Whiskers View Post
    Do you think a 2 year old Dachshund left in an upstairs bedroom with the door closed would mean for some separation anxiety?
    I think, based on reading this thread, that you are not in a situation to support and train this dog fully. My advice - wait until you've moved out and have your own place, and then get your dog. Your house = your rules.

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    The OP already owns the dachshund. He bit one of the cats and now the OP needs to manage the situation.

    OP, if the dog gets as much training and exercise as you say, he should be fine with staying in a room the rest of the time, especially if you just hang out in there with him while you're reading or on the computer or whatever. Many dogs are left in a room or crated every day while their owners work, and they're fine.

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    I am able and willing to, I'm just trying to explore all the options, do some research, and find what's best for the dog.

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Crantastic View Post
    The OP already owns the dachshund. He bit one of the cats and now the OP needs to manage the situation..
    My bad - I missed that part.

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    If this helps, this is what my dog is like: He is a 2 year old miniature red smooth Dachshund who is still intact. He is from a reputable breeder. He spent the first 1 year and 9 nine months of his life in an outdoor kennel for half the day and in the crate the other half. No training or exercise or stimulation at all. He is generally a laid back, quiet, and sensitive dog, but being young he still has lots of energy at times. He is very playful, can be wary of new people and large dogs, and is extremely eager to please and obedient. I only use positive training methods with him, and he gets at least an hour of exercise and half hour of training per day, along with lots of attention and playtime. Trips to Petsmart and sometimes he competes in dog shows. He is crate trained, still working on getting him not to lift his leg indoors (using a belly band has helped), and is good with people, children, and other dogs. Well, there's one dog we know that he is snappy towards, but other than that, he loves other dogs.

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Whiskers View Post
    If this helps, this is what my dog is like: He is a 2 year old miniature red smooth Dachshund who is still intact. He is from a reputable breeder. He spent the first 1 year and 9 nine months of his life in an outdoor kennel for half the day and in the crate the other half. No training or exercise or stimulation at all.
    If those first 1 year and 9 months without training, exercise etc were at the breeder's/under the care of the breeder, than I very much doubt that you could consider them a "reputable" breeder...

    I think as you mention in your other thread about trying crate and rotate, that option is something to work on before considering an outdoor kennel. One thing to remember is that interaction with people outside of dedicated training and exercise time is important too. Even just the dog laying around in an exercise pen chewing on a toy and watching you cook or study and getting random ear scratches is part of the dog feeling like a member of the family. All those little moments of time like reading a book while the dog lays next to you or tossing a treat for him when walk by just because are things that don't happen for outside dogs.

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    A lot of reputable breeders do have outdoor dogs. Of course my dog and the other 20-30 dachshunds got food, fresh water, and shelter to sleep in in the house, but they aren't housebroken or taught any other manners. They breed incredibly healthy and happy and lovable and loving dogs. Do you know if there are exercise pens that have covers? We actually have a small sized exercise pen for the dog for outdoors, but he likes to climb out of it. He's not even big into climbing!

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    Train him not to.

    My exercise pens are lower than one of my dog's agility jump height. My dogs are taught not to jump out.

    A friend of mine can manage boundaries with a PVC tube. She taught her dogs not to cross it and can contain them with only that.

    I am too lazy for that and any containment errors are too serious to risk it, but still, my gates are low and my dogs stay behind them.

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Whiskers View Post
    A lot of reputable breeders do have outdoor dogs. Of course my dog and the other 20-30 dachshunds got food, fresh water, and shelter to sleep in in the house, but they aren't housebroken or taught any other manners. They breed incredibly healthy and happy and lovable and loving dogs. Do you know if there are exercise pens that have covers? We actually have a small sized exercise pen for the dog for outdoors, but he likes to climb out of it. He's not even big into climbing!
    30 Doxies? No training, no exercise, adult dogs aren't even house trained? Not a reputable breeder by most peoples' standards.

    There are both wire mesh tops and tarp style tops for exercise pens, you just have to google whatever style/size of pen you get and "cover" basically. But, you'd still be supervising and most dogs can be taught to respect a barrier. I have baby gates containing my 65 and 75 lb dogs. My larger dog is actually respectful enough of barriers that I can prop up cardboard in a doorway to contain him. The younger more bull-headed dog will barrel directly through anything flimsy but respects anything sturdy.

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