Dogs in The House

Dog indoors
See I really do need more room... Please let me in the kitchen too!!

I get so many people with problem dogs in the home for example - "My dog goes into my bedroom while I am at work and chews my bed". Confine your dog to certain areas while you are out. Either the kitchen which is a favourite, or the hall with a stair gate to stop him going upstairs, or the hall and kitchen which some people prefer, so that the dog can guard both back and front of the property.

As the dog gets older they can, if they choose, have more freedom while left, but do not expect a young dog or one that suffers anxiety problems to behave - they won't.

Some dogs have being confined and will settle if they can roam the house, but here again be careful of giving a very young dog that amount of freedom.

You can allow dogs to roam the upstairs, but close the bedroom doors so that access is limited and so therefore damage will be limited. Kitchen, hall and landing upstairs is the area that most people allow their dogs to roam, access to the lounge, bedrooms and bathroom is denied.

It is entirely up to you as to where you allow your dog to roam in the house, but you need to designate an area so that the dog gets into a routine.

Naughty puppy

If you are at work, a young dog will become bored and yes, he will get naughty.

Anything worth chewing will be chewed, anything worth stealing will be stolen.

If you have a dog, make sure someone can let him out for you or otherwise, he will take to fouling. You cannot blame the dog when he is left for many hours.

The elderly dog can suffer too. They need access to the garden more often. I hate it when people say “My dog has turned dirty”. NO HE HASN’T, he has just got older, that’s all. Dogs are very clean animals by nature, consider his age and make arrangements.



Puppy in luxuary in cage

These can be very useful if your young dog is totally unruly when left.

But there are things you have to do to train your dog to stay in the cage.

  1. Make sure the cage is big enough. There must be enough room for him to stand, turn around, enough room for his basket, food and water bowls and toys. In fact, as big as your kitchen or hall will allow.

  2. It must be a nice place to be, so feed your dog in there and put his bed in there. DO NOT close the door for a good while, let him get used to wandering in and out.

    Put his treats in there and close the door, but stay in the room and keep the time short. Do this on a regular basis and your dog will soon settle in his cage.

  3. Start as young as possible and be considerate at all times. DO NOT scold him if he whines, but praise him when he is quiet.

  4. Make it his ‘den’. Throw his ball into it and fuss him while he is in there.

I know of dog owners who would have probably parted with their naughty dog if not for the cage!

So wherever you decide to leave your dog, make sure it is where he can do the least amount of damage. © Janet Wesley

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