On Thu, 4 May 2000 09:23:05 +1000,"John New (Gresham)"
>So during the day she has the run of an enclosed grassy backyard, which she
>shares with our cat. Now, I work at home most weekdays, so I have been going
>out every 2-3 hours to play and check on her etc. So we don't control her
>movements during the day, she can wee and poo where and when she likes in
>our backgarden. It's pretty shabby, so we thought she can't do much wrong.
If you want a house trained dog, this is not the way to achieve your
goal. Puppies need to be with their people, not exiled to the back
yard. There are plenty of things a puppy can get into alone in the
yard, lots of stuff she could eat that could hurt her. Being alone
out in the yard, she will get bored and find ways to amuse herself
that you may not like, such as digging holes to China and barking at
everything that moves. This will make her unpopular with the
neighbors as well.
What is your goal in having a dog? If this dog is to be a member of
your family and companion, then she needs to be with you as much as
possible in order to form a good bond with you. If you want her to
guard your property, you want her to be with you and in the house as
much as possible so that she forms a bond with you and considers the
house to be her territory, not just the yard. If you want her as a
lawn ornament, then leaving her out in the yard alone is just fine.
>When we go out on the weekend, we plan to leave her in the backyard by
This is a really bad idea. How do you plan to provide food and water
for the weekend? What if she turns her water bowl over the first day
and eats all of the food? What if the food in the yard attracts
animals such as raccoons or possums, and she gets into a fight with
one of them defending her food? What if someone gets tired of her
barking while you are gone (and she will.......), and throws treats
soaked in antifreeze over the fence to silence her? What if someone
looking for animals to sell to a laboratory sees her there alone and
steals her? What if a child climbs the fence, annoys her, and gets
bitten? I could go on..... If you are planning to go away for
weekends, you need to find a good boarding kennel for her to stay in
while you are gone, hire a pet-sitter to stay in the house with her,
or take her along. There are just too many things that can go wrong
in the course of a weekend- you would be heartbroken if you came home
and found her injured or even dead.
>Does all this sound reasonable.
Not really.....remember, puppies are like babies. They have a need
for human contact. Go to the library or the bookstore and look at the
books about puppy raising...."How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With"
or "The Howell Book of Puppy Raising" from the Howell press, or
"Mother Knows Best" by Carol Lea Benjamin both come to mind.
Get one or more and read them...
> We don't want to start off in a way that
>will make it harder later on. We plan to take to take her to puppy classes
>in a week or so, and later to obedience classes.
That is an excellent idea. Puppy classes are a whole lot of fun, and
if it is a good puppy class, you will also learn what makes a puppy
tick. Getting off on the right foot is important because you can
avoid making the mistakes that lead to being unhappy with the dog.
The more time you can spend with her now the better your relationship
with her is going to be. Good luck, and remember to have fun....
Beautiful Downtown Cinnaminson, NJ
I recommend to all rpdb readers that Jerry Howe
should be ignored as a crank and waste of time