Join Date: May 2004
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So, if anyone cares to read, here's my situation. I just moved to a rental house for the winter. I have 3 dogs, a 4 yr. old lab mix, a 3 yr. old mixed breed, and a 1 yr. old labradoodle. I want to see them running around and having fun outside, but this house has no fence. They also don't always come when called. I feel like since they hardly ever have off-leash freedom, they go crazy when given the chance, and run free like lunatics. My biggest fear is that one will get hit by a car.
I went out and got some tie-out stakes, which of course is far less than ideal, but I thought it would give them some outside time. They also keep peeing and pooping in the basement because they're used to doing it outside by themselves from when we had a fenced-in yard. Anyway, the first time I had them on the tie-outs, the neighbor went in his backyard and all my dogs started barking at him and wouldn't stop when I told them to. He came right over and complained, so I haven't put them on the tie-outs since.
I have 2 little kids, so we take them on two walks a day with the jogging stroller and all 3 dogs, with a potty break mid-day and one at night after the girls are in bed.
I just wish they could get more exercise and listen to me and come when called and stop barking if I ask them to! And I want them to stop eliminating in the basement. I am so tired of picking it up, and it's like a toxic waste dump. I want someone to come in and tell me what to do to turn this into a better situation.
Oh, I sounds like a crybaby. Anyone have any suggestions? Oh, and I thought of a wireless fence system, but if they bark at people when outside then that isn't a good solution either.
Living it up with DH, DD 6, DD 4, DS 1 and