Dogsitting- looking for advice!

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Dogsitting- looking for advice!

Post by Sheila Inkste » Mon, 28 Jun 1999 04:00:00



After much deliberation and reasons why my other siblings are unable to do
so, I have agreed to take care of my family's two dogs for a couple of days
during their vacation. I have the logistics worked out- when Andrew and I
are at work during the day, buns will be safely in their cage in our bedroom
as usual, only with the door shut. Then during the evening, the buns can run
free in the living/dining area, and the dogs will be confined to the
bedroom. Dogs in question are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, so they're
small, and one is quite geriatric, so he doesn't need a lot of room anyway.
They're very sweet-tempered and quiet, but I'm not stupid- I know there is a
possibility that their instincts to chase little fuzzy things might kick in.
That's why canine residents will be separated from lagomorph residents at
all times. I have a few questions, though-

-Not long ago, someone mentioned on this newsgroup that it was dangerous for
dogs to ingest rabbit poops. Is this true? I know these dogs pretty well,
and they are definitely the curious type (if you know what I mean).

-We have a window air conditioner in the dining room, and when we shut the
bedroom door, I'm concerned this might pose a problem for the bunnies.
There's a pretty nice electric fan in there- if I crank it up all the way,
do you think that will keep the bunnies cool enough?

Does anyone have any other suggestions on how to avoid problems with this
arrangement? Thanks!

-sheila (plus Howie and Kaiser)

 
 
 

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Post by Roy/Lori Coate » Mon, 28 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Dogs do not have to be completely seperate from rabbits.  I have two dogs,
one being a border collie the other a mix and they adore our rabbits.  One
treats them like her puppies, and the other allows the rabbits to climb all
over her to get access to places too high for them otherwise.  It really
depends on the specific dogs attitude towards other animals.   If you
supervised their interaction with each other you shouldn't have a problem
unless the dogs don't tolerate other animals.

Quote:
>-Not long ago, someone mentioned on this newsgroup that it was dangerous
for
>dogs to ingest rabbit poops. Is this true? I know these dogs pretty well,
>and they are definitely the curious type (if you know what I mean).

No it is perfectly safe for dogs to eat rabbit poops.  We asked our vet
about this becuase no matter hwat we did we couldn't stop abby or brandy
from munching on any poos they found.  We were told that in the wild this is
a very natural occurance and that it supplements their diets in the wild.
Its does them no harm:)

Quote:
>-We have a window air conditioner in the dining room, and when we shut the
>bedroom door, I'm concerned this might pose a problem for the bunnies.
>There's a pretty nice electric fan in there- if I crank it up all the way,
>do you think that will keep the bunnies cool enough?

Honestly i dont think you need to shut the door.  I would see the dogs
attitude toward your rabbits.  if they paw at the cage then by all means
keep the door firmly closed when you aren't home, but if they don't bothre
the rabbits while in the cage there should be no need to seperate them.

Lori

 
 
 

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Post by Rhonda Matta » Mon, 28 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> Does anyone have any other suggestions on how to avoid problems with this
> arrangement? Thanks!

Hi Sheila,

So, you're going to have visitors for a few days? That should be
interesting.

As for keeping the bunnies in the closed bedroom, how hot is it where
you live? You might want to close off the bedroom now as a trial run and
see how hot it gets in there. If it is warm but seems tolerable, you
could also give the bunnies a frozen one-liter bottle filled with water.

Good luck!
--
                                                 -Rhonda

 
 
 

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Post by JLands91 » Mon, 28 Jun 1999 04:00:00


I brought my bun into my home with two big dogs and there was never a problem
(the bun nips at the dogs some times but they still ignore him).  Also, its not
bad for dogs to eat the poop.  It might not do much for their breath but if
your rabbit is eating organic grain and veggies... that's what his poop is!  My
lab gets worms sometimes from sneaking to our neighbors barn and eating horse
poop, but that's a differnt creature!
 
 
 

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Post by Michele Satanov » Mon, 28 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> I brought my bun into my home with two big dogs and there was never a problem
> (the bun nips at the dogs some times but they still ignore him).

I've heard that it's always wise to be cautious with dogs and rabbits.  
Introduce them first with the dog on a short lead.  If it goes well, you
won't have to worry so much about keeping them separate.

Michele,
Tibs, Tika, Zamboni ("we still don't like that thing you've brought home")
and Todd ("What's that movement?  New toys??")
ps With puppies it's another story altogether!!!!!!!

 
 
 

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Post by Michele Satanov » Mon, 28 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> They're both very friendly and gentle dogs...they've lived with a cat all
> their lives.

It really doesn't sound like you will have a problem.  Proceeding with caution
would just be a little insurance in case the critters have any surprises in
store.

Quote:
> I'm not terribly concerned about the buns- they go to the vet and are
> totally cool with the dogs leering at them in the waiting room.

Good stuff.  My bunns are terrified of dogs, but that's gonna change soon...
;)

Quote:
> As for the heat issue- it's supposed to rain most of this week, so that may
> keep things bearable, anyway.

Even it if is hot, it sounds like you can keep the door open if the bunns are
safely in their cage.

Michele,
Tibs, Tika, Zamboni ("What IS that big smelly thing you keep bringing through
here??")
and Todd ("There's something awfully interesting in that house...")

 
 
 

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Post by Sheila Inkste » Tue, 29 Jun 1999 04:00:00


  It really

Quote:
>depends on the specific dogs attitude towards other animals.   If you
>supervised their interaction with each other you shouldn't have a problem
>unless the dogs don't tolerate other animals.

They're both very friendly and gentle dogs...they've lived with a cat all
their lives. Amelia, the younger one, is the type that fusses and woofs a
little at any *** creatures that happen upon the yard, or that she sees
when she's walking, but I don't think she'd hurt one. Chester may very well
be too old to care. We might attempt a heavily controlled one-dog-one-bunny
meeting tomorrow night. My parents would not be crazy about that, simply
because they would feel horrible if something happened.

I'm not terribly concerned about the buns- they go to the vet and are
totally cool with the dogs leering at them in the waiting room. Kaiser is
friends with Andrew's brother's kitten.

As for the heat issue- it's supposed to rain most of this week, so that may
keep things bearable, anyway.

Thanks for the advice, everyone! If anyone else has tips, keep 'em coming!

-sheila

 
 
 

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Post by Roy/Lori Coate » Tue, 29 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Quote:


>  It really
>>depends on the specific dogs attitude towards other animals.   If you
>>supervised their interaction with each other you shouldn't have a problem
>>unless the dogs don't tolerate other animals.

>They're both very friendly and gentle dogs...they've lived with a cat all
>their lives. Amelia, the younger one, is the type that fusses and woofs a
>little at any *** creatures that happen upon the yard, or that she sees
>when she's walking, but I don't think she'd hurt one. Chester may very well
>be too old to care. We might attempt a heavily controlled one-dog-one-bunny
>meeting tomorrow night. My parents would not be crazy about that, simply
>because they would feel horrible if something happened.

>I'm not terribly concerned about the buns- they go to the vet and are
>totally cool with the dogs leering at them in the waiting room. Kaiser is
>friends with Andrew's brother's kitten.

>As for the heat issue- it's supposed to rain most of this week, so that may
>keep things bearable, anyway.

>Thanks for the advice, everyone! If anyone else has tips, keep 'em coming!

>-sheila

Well I can say that my dogs go NUTS if a wild animal ends up in our yard,
but in the house they adore the rabbits.  If a bird lands in our yard they
fly out the door barking their heads off.  If the dogs do like cats then its
a good indication they wuold be ok with arabbits, as long as they are
supervised:)
Best of luck:)
Lori