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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 04:46 PM
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In the situation you described I'd probably also board the dog. I'm sorry this happened and your MIL was injured as a result. I hope she's going to be OK. Thank you for sharing this because your experience may cause someone else facing a similar situation to re-evaluate their options.

If you haven't already done so, I'd offer to have their house treated for fleas since Ben was the unfortunate carrier of them into their home. The last thing you want is for them to suffer a flea infestation, or worse yet, be bitten and come down with some horrible disease as a result of the flea bite.
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I agree with Bay who said training never ends for her dogs .... training never ends for mine ... and they go EVERYWHERE with me... they go to the farmers market... walk downtown... to the park for training... we have our treat bag, high motivation treats and we are working all the time... my dogs learn to work and to have basic behavior wherever we go... now my in laws are in their eighties and a couple of my girls just can't contain themselves in the house so we bring their crates with us... when my in laws are home the girls get the opportunity to come out when we are all sitting and relaxing at night but during the day when everyone is active the dogs are either outside running the fields (its a 600 acre farm with lots of safe fields for us to take them to run.. or they are in their crates... I never want my dogs to be a menace...

as for fleas... well that happens and I to would pay to have their house treated and buy them a nice lunch somewhere while that is happening or a room at a hotel and cleaning service to clean up afterward...

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I would also have to say that I would be inclined to board my dog or have a friend come in to house/pet sit. Ripley is 1 and gets way to excited when new people are added into the equation. She's gone through puppy kindergarten, obedience 1 and 2, and still, the excitement hasen't stopped. I have elderly grandparents that come over quite a lot and we have learned that Caesar Milan and his "no touch, no talk, no eye contact" is the best way to deal with the excitement of new people. When it comes to bringing my dog into other peoples houses, i'm generally not comfortable, because I would rather have a quality visit with my family than have to keep a constant eye on my dog, and worry about their behaviour constantly. I have never had to kennel my dogs, because i am fortunate enough to have so many friends willing to help me out and stay at the house with the dog, but I have herd that there are many kennels that are great, you just have to do your research. If I didn't have anyone to house sit, a kennel would defiantly be an option, but I wouldn't just leave my dog with anyone. Another idea is to use a tether leash to prevent your dog from darting. We also use a facial halti for walking, and as soon as she has it on (on or off leash), she knows to be calm. Maybe a method like this would work for you?
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