My bloodhound is destroying my house! I tried a playmate but that dog was worse yet. My wife and I are gone (for work) mor than we'd like. How can I make my little buddy more comfortable while we are gone?
Why are you letting your dog destroy your house? How old is he? Gate off an area, and don't let him have the run of the house. If you give a little more information, we could advise you better. I just read your other thread about this dog, so know more. He's bored stiff, that's why he's being destructive. I said before, gate off an area so that he does not have access to the whole house. If you have to leave him alone a lot, I would consider hiring a dog walker, or look at changing your work schedules, if you have that luxury, ie: self employed. He needs more exercise,because Bloodhounds are famous for needing attention, and exercise, and a lot of it.
You are right you need more info! He's 1, we've tried to gate off an area. He either jumps the gates or bulls through it. We've tried all kinds of toys, we even got another dog for him to play with (that simply doubled the damage) so the other dog had to go. I am a firefighter and my wife a paramedic. Our schedules afford at least one of us to be home everyday for 6 weeks. Then for a period of 3 weeks we are both gone (for 24 hrs) at least one day a week. Since the posting I have built him a nice cozy dogbox on our back porch. I agree he is bored stiff. And I worry about him being lonely. My last dog (shepard, hound mix) could be left home alone all the time and it never seemed to bother him a bit. This one seems to be a lot more sensitive. I hope this is the info you need.
Doggy day care or someone to come in when you are gone to play with him and take him for a walk/run will be much cheaper than replacing furniture and repairing the household damage a bored large dog can create.
I also am a paramedic, but lucky because I live in a low call volume area. My answer now then is to hire a walker, or maybe try a different friend. What type of dog did you get for him to play with? I agree with Drogheda.
Personally, I feel bad that you adopted another dog "just to keep the first one company" and got rid of him already. First of all, if you have behavior problems with one dog, getting a 2nd dog is not the answer. And 2nd, dogs are not disposable property-they are a life time commitment.
Well catlover we didn't adopt the other dog just for the second to play with. We rescued him and owned him for 9 months. He was in bad shape with mange and very thin. I am happy to tell you that his health problems were completely resolved and he went to a non kill shelter, which I am happy to report he has already been adopted by a family of 5. So I feel he has a much better home than I could have ever provided.
Catlover, I disagree with you. I think this family's intentions were good, but sometimes a rescue does not work out. This man brought the animal back to health, which is rescue in itself, and made sure it went to a no kill shelter. I'm sure that decision was not made lightly, and it's because of this family that the rescue looked great, and was adopted. He was never going to PTS in a no-kill shelter.
Come on, you guys. The man said he had a 9 day work week, do you know what paramedics and firemen's schedules are like? When you're not working you're on call, and I can guarantee that you have misunderstood if you think the OP only works 3 days a week. I know this because I am a paramedic, and my son is a paramedic/fireman.
As far as I am concerned, his work schedule has nothing to do do with his poor attitude, rudeness and vulgar language (especially on a forum that kids read).
He obviously is not open to any constructive criticism, and apparently is incapable of reading the forum rules. In his mind, he's right, he knows he's right, and no one is going to convince him otherwise.
(kind of like a 4 year old, but without the language skills...)
I agree with you there Ruffian. I'm hoping he hasn't told us everything, and has someone coming to walk the dog, and keep an eye on him when they're both away for 24 hours. It would be nice to know that.
Is there anyone here that has some good advice for this poor man. He needs our help not our criticism. When you know better you do better. Come on guys I thought we loved animals. I suggest to hide treats around the house. If he is busy looking for them maybe he wont be up to trouble. you could also look into a kong dispenser that gives the dog a kong at intervals.
Thanks Zomo at least you and Pen2 have attempted to help me. Everyone else just wants to complain. We do hide treats, the neighbor does go to check on him when we are both gone, and I am happy to tell you that Jake is doing just fine. No more chewing or digging. I take him to the farm the 6 days out of 9 and we are doing great. Pen2 thanks for having my back it seems the only time people appreciate what we do is if their house is on fire or they are hurt. I wonder do they think we really like being away from our spouses and pets for 24 hrs at a time? I know I don't but its what I do. Hopefully if these negative people every need our services they are a little more grateful that we do what we than they are now. Yes Heatherfeather I pick up dog droppings if you want proof give me your address.
Actually you are wrong again their catlover. Doing what I do for a living gives me a greater appreciation for life, all life and how precious and short it is. I am just glad I am not as miserable as you are hiding behind a computer screen trying to make everyone else as meiserable as I am. I actually feel sorry for you now. You need to get out and make some friends, I think you'd be alot happier person in the long run.