Maryellen wrote:NILIF is to be started immediately upon bringing the dog home. that also includes no beds/furniture for a while until the dog and you have a bond going . furniture and beds is a higher position for some dogs , as in dominance. leave the furniture and beds alone for at least a couple of months.
Wow, I never would have guessed that about the couch/bed thing. I'm glad I asked or it would have been like ok thats your side, this is my side the first night
The dog is crate trained, I wondered if it would be a good idea to buy 'her' crate from the foster instead of just getting a new one. I would think it would be good for the dog to atleast have 'her' space come with her as opposed to everything being new. I dunno, never used a crate before so I don't know if the dogs consider it 'their' space, or just a funny box thats no different then any other funny box
I will have a crate one way or another though, may not use it much after the begining but it would be something I would keep her comfortable with using for her entire life. Just never know when it might come in handy.
Couple of months with no cuddle on the couch.....hmm...gonna have to get a comfy floor pillow for TV time
Now I plan on having a room that is "her's" for when I am at work. Basically because the 3 or 4 days I work its too long to expect her not to need to potty. I don't have any desire to leave her outside all day. I plan on putting a kennel(escape proof, complete with top, and inside a locked 6ft fence so outsiders cannot bother her) with a doggy door to her room in the springtime (or sooner if weather permits) so she can potty outside and come back in when she wants. I am hoping the puppy pads will work in her room until then so she doesn't loose her housebreaking. My fathers dog has done great with them and I'm hoping for the same luck. Knowing my luck though I am invisioning shreaded puppy pads floating in the air when I open her door
but we will see.
Now should I crate her the first few nights in 'her' room or my room? Eventually her nights will be spent in my room, unless she prefers otherwise. So it better to start her out in there to get used to it, or in her room to get used to that? While I am waiting for the 2 months to be up for furnature access I figure I would let her sleep in her room but leave the crate open (after the first few nights).
Anyway, I've probably made myself sound a little unbalanced with all this
but I just want to make sure I make it the best possible for the dog