My husband thinks that Koda needs a new home, I am not so sure. He said that he wants no more dogs after this,(at least for a long time) and I agree. He feels as guilty as I do that the pup gets to come inside but Koda doesn't. He said we should try to find somewhere that has a dog door so that Koda can go in and out as we please(we can't put one in in our house), Koda spends most of his day in the backyard. I try my best to keep him entertained and let him feel like he is still part of the family. My husband has been arguing my job aspect, I am starting my photography business this year and so I will be home alot less. He thinks that it is not fair to Koda. I agree too. But I really do not want to rehome Koda. However, I am not sure if it is for my own reason or if it is for him. He told me that it is ultimately my decision but he just hates that Koda gets to watch the puppy come in and he has to stay out alone. He says it is not fair to him and that I need to think about whether I am keeping Koda because he is happy here or whether I am being selfish. My problem.....I can't answer that. Things have gotten worse with Koda since we seperated him and Chi-Ching. I have let them play a couple times and they got along fine but they were only together for a short time. Koda has been having a TON more behaviour issues and I think it is just because he is alone. He has been digging again, and barking a TON more. I just don't know what to do, I spend as much time as I can with Both dogs. I try to make sure Koda gets attention everyday but I am not sure I can give him all that he wants.
We saw a behaviourist on Kodas attitude towards the puppy and she said that he was just trying to get attention from us. She even said that she could tell that we loved Koda very much but that he really needed someone who could be with him 24/7 and possibly do something more with him(obedience, agility, etc.) And I know Koda loves obedience but with my new job starting, I really will not have the time to work him as much as I had planned. Right now I work from home but by this Summer I am going to be working away from home.
Any ideas on what I should do? Am I being selfish for wanting to keep him? Is my husband right? I have so much thinking to do. I feel like bawling.
He isn't sick. He has got a problem with his lungs that causes him to over heat after about 20 minutes. He will get to where he cannot stand it any longer after an hour. We were told by our vet that it is like a preasthma. He said the more he over heats, the shorter his life span will be.
Koda is a very happy dog, until he has been in the house for very long, at an hour, he is desperately trying to get out of the door or the window or anyway he can to get outside.
I fell sorry for you. Im going through the same thing but mine is Chi bit my little girl and attacked our other dog. I dont know what to tell you maby you should think about it hard and long and decide what you think is best.
If its just attion he needs and you are starting your own photo place then Why not call ie kodas and bring him with you every day. He can be co owner. If your working for someone then thats probly not something you can do
I'd start rotating Koda inside then for short periods of time.
Plus, once the spring hits it will be so nice outside you can open the windows. Then indoors is just as good as outdoors, and in the summer no reason for him to be outside since its cooler indoors. So you have another month or two before he can come back in the house, its not that big of a deal.
Put Ching in his crate when Koda is inside. Currently, even if its not a long time Koda should come inside to spend a bit of time with you off and on, I don't think its that big of a deal because as I said, once its warmer he will be indoors anyway.
katz. why cant you have a doggie door ? it would really be a big help. chingy is a newbie in your family. koda may feel threatened by another dog , especially another male. if you really need to rehome , i think it should be chingy. you have had koda far longer without any problems until you brought chingy into the picture.
Here is the deal, regardless of Chi-Ching being here, we have always had problems with Koda. We rehomed him in the first place because we didn't have a fenced yard and he still had to stay outside and so he was on a chain. I HATED that. We got him back because one of the owners had a stroke and had to have heart surgery. They couldn't care for him. (I told them, as I do with all animals I place, that I would take him back for ANY reason) The issues between him and Ching are really the least of our concerns. They hardly ever see each other. If Chingers was gone, Koda would still be in only as much as he is now. He sleeps in the garage. We live in a VERY small town and there is no type of pet sitter here at all. Basically we live in a retirement town.
Koda has always had problems with digging and barking. That was also part of him rehoming the first time, we had the neighbor call the cops on us a few times and we had tried everything, he even learned how to outsmart the shock collar. Chi-Ching is currently not a dog I would trust with someone else. Unless they know ALL about chows and have worked with fear dogs before. I can't place him. I KNOW he will bite someone. I do not have that doubt in my mind at this point. We are getting alot farther and he is getting alot better. He is going to training but there has not been one stranger that has been able to pet him as of yet. We cannot put in a dog door because although, we are buying the house, it is technically not ours yet and they will not let us do that.
I don't know. He is the most awesome dog. He loves people and he gets along fine with other animals. My husband and I will just have to discuss it more. This is not something I am taking lightly. I just want the best for him. And right now, I am not sure what that is.
Okay, then can you tell me how I keep Chi-Ching and Koda seperate? Also, how do I keep my indoor only cats indoors only? I live right across from a field where coyotes frequent. My cats are NEVER allowed outside.
I have seen dog doors that come with collars and the dog that has the collar on the door only opens for them. I'm not sure how much they cost, but it's an idea. That way the cats wouldn't be able to get out.
That is what we are doing now. But then come next winter, I will be right where I am now, except Koda will be outside all day long in the winter. (Because of me working) He has 2 dog houses and a covered deck and he refuses to use any of them because he sits by the window and paws at it. He has destroyed all the windows in the fenced in area. He has also destroyed alot of the siding on the back of the house by jumping on it. He WANTS in so bad, but once he is in, he just can't stand it. Then he begs to go out, so I let him out. And then almost instantly he wants in. This would happen ALL DAY if I let it.
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Electronic pet doors are installed much like a regular pet door, but you plug them in. The door itself needs a firmer push to open than most. A great feature is the 4-way lock. The lock can be set so the cat can 1) go both in and out 2) go in only - great if you want to catch them 3) out only 4) totally locked. Doors cost about US$80-US$90. here: