A close friend is going away for about six months and cannot
take his treasured Kona with him. I like this dog a lot, and
have agreed to care for her while he is gone. He has closed
up his apartment and has been camping out in mine for about
a week now, with Kona.
He works out of his home usually, so is there with her nearly
all of the time. She and I get along really well (for over 6
months), and I like this dog a lot.
However, not having had a dog since I was a child, I have
1. She has now pooped three times in the apartment,
last night only 15 minutes after she was outside
and neither pooped nor peed.
How can I house train her? She adopted him on the
street about six months ago, so we really don't
know her age. However, she has grown taller and
heavier since then, so I think she is young.
2. I can't take her with me on my job, and don't want
to come home to pooped and peed on carpet, wrecked
furniture, a howling pet, and an angry landlord.
How do I house train her (he hasn't, and she
sometimes has had these "accidents" at his place)?
3. He leaves food in her bowl all day long. Would I
be better off feeding her once a day only? Twice
a day? Getting her on a regular walking
schedule for bladder and bowel training?
4. Fleas. He has been bathing her twice weekly for
flea control. I understand that this only has
a minimal benefit, since the fleas jump off her
anyhow and relax in the carpet and furniture.
Should I get fleabusters in right away?
5. She was in heat about 5-7 weeks ago. When can I
anticipate this again? He doesn't want to spay
her for some reason or other.
6. Thanks for any advice. She is a beautiful white
creature, loving, a bit uncontrolled but is
better controlled by me when walking than she
is with him, so I think we'll work okay
together. Kona weighs, I'd guess, about 55-
60 pounds, and is about 18" at the shoulders
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