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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    I handle him in shows. animalcraker do you have any good kennel setup suggestions?

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    Suggestions for good Dachshund sleeping options...






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    Okay, everyone, this is my plan so far that I hope I can use that will work:

    I will hire a professional positive trainer to work with my dog to get him to live safely with the cats.

    If it does not work, I will look at possible kennel situations.

    I'll do whatever is best for my dog personally and I'll make sure he doesn't suffer.

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Whiskers View Post
    If possible, I want him to live in harmony with the cats, but if not I know he'd be happy as a kennel dog. I mean, if he weren't here, he would be at his breeder where he stays outside for half the day and in a crate the other half. Also, he gets no exercise or training there. My parents wouldn't get rid of the cats or have them in a kennel because they don't really care about dogs but they are obsessed with the cats. I'm the dog person, lol and because they were raised that way, my family's unofficial ethic with dogs seems to be "if it doesn't work out, they're gone". Several dogs of ours have been rehomed over the years, but I know with the dachshund we can make it work somehow.

    Does anyone know any stores or websites where kennels like the ones above can be purchased, or would hiring a builder for a custom kennel be a better idea?
    When he's outside all day at the breeder's place is he with other dogs? If so, that seems like a more ideal situation tbh.

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    Yes, he is. However, he's with dogs all day and not with people all night. At our countryside home, I'm practically outside all day and so is my family so he will get that human company.

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    You said you were a teenager. Do you not go to school?

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    I'm homeschooled and I like to do my school outdoors and I'm always able to. I've always been homeschooled so it's become so normal I forget to mention it lol.

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    Let me get this timeline straight--

    As of October, the dog was 2 years old but has spent 1 year and 9 months of his life outside/crated at the breeders. So you had him around 3 months maximum when you posted asking for advice about dealing with cats. It has been 2-ish months since and the dog has spent much of that time at the breeder's (outside in the day with dozens of dogs, inside crated apparently).

    Let the dog get a freaking permanent home. If you are able to provide suitable outdoor accommodations, then I would have expected that to happen in the month before now while you considered ideas. If you are able to have the dog inside, you have had time to set up baby gates and crate/rotate schedules. While I do not have any indication that this breeder is a "good" breeder, there is something (minimal) to be said for consistency and the dog being with dogs he knows and at least when he is sold to a new home, you are not being part of the inconsistency.

    My dogs sometimes spend a week or two with my parents because my parents are being helpful to my work/commitments or just because they want a visit with the grand-dogs. A dog who is settled that goes to visit a well known and comfortable place for a bit with similar living style is not going to feel the same confusion as one that is mostly here, randomly there, outside, then inside, etc.

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    Re: Can my dog live in a kennel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Whiskers View Post
    I'm homeschooled and I like to do my school outdoors and I'm always able to. I've always been homeschooled so it's become so normal I forget to mention it lol.
    This really makes the fact that you've done nothing about this for four months even more egregious. You need to question whether you actually want a dog, or just like the idea of a dog. If you truly wanted this dog, you could have worked the situation out several times over by now.

    Jeez, maybe it's just because I live somewhere where kids are expected to contribute, and people who don't get off their duffs freeze to death, but seriously.
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    I would suggest the options that Shell posted. TBH if you are showing this dog yourself and want to have any sort of advantage in the ring, the both of you need to be bonded together and you have to learn how to communicate with eachother. That's not going to happen if he's locked up outside and separated from his family. By the way locking him up outside while the cats enjoy the warmth and company inside is likely to increase his aggression towards the cats.

    I used to have Dachshund and cat that didn't get along at first, but learned to live with eachother and even play together. My Dachshund he would be inside in a crate when we weren't home and had full roam of the living room when we were home. My cat would be confined to a bedroom while we were away and had full roam of the back of the house and bedrooms when we were home. The cat and dog were kept separated by a solid plastic baby gate that blocked off the hallway leading to the bedrooms. At first I had the gate raised up an inch or two of the ground so they could interact between the gate without being able to injure eachother. Once they tolerated eachother with the limited interaction I lowered the gate back down so it was low enough for the cat to jump over. Of course the first time the cat did this my Dachshund ran straight for him and he quickly learned how to jump back over the gate to safety. Eventually they learned to tolerate seeing eachother in the same space and the cat learned how to stand his ground and stop running away. In most cases of dog vs cat relationships it's the cat that needs to be trained to stand it's ground and tolerate the dog, not the other way around. The problem is most people don't want to make the effort to try and train the cat or just flat out believe the crazy notion that you can't train a cat.

    Everybody's got a laughin' place; trouble is most folks won't take the time to go find it.

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    I'll try. I know it seems to a lot of people that I don't want the dog or I'm too lazy about the situation, but all day every day I try to work it out, talk to my parents, etc. and I'm going to find a way to make it work. I'll keep you all updated!

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