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Old 27-01-2013, 13:11   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

My girlfriend Claire has two little dogs. Lahsi Apsi, bipsy bopsy, Arso Popsy or something like that. Can never remember. I like them, I really do. Mother and daughter, 9 and 7 kilo's apiece. Nice. Fluffy, cute etc.......No reeeeeally, I do like them.........

Thing is, we plan on going away for a couple of months and of course we have to take the dags. I'm still getting used to having company in a van so the dags are another thing completely. Claire is very good with them and cares for them in every way. She's a Veterinary Nurse also. They have at her home dug a few holes in the plaster in the kitchen here and there and I'm informed this is some kind of 'abandonment' frustration. You can see where I'm going with this can't you. Nice 'new to me' van which cost a good few coin and thoughts of wandering off to a restaurant without them in tow will leave me wondering if they'll manage to dig themselves out through the scratch free, genuine synthetic wood veneer. We do have a collapsable doggy box which both fit in easily but they tend to fight now and again when left too long in it.

What to do? Now I have two problems to ruminate about while picking at my meal and looking at my watch - People trying to break in and the dags trying to break out!!

I thought about buying some kind of sticky backed plastic to cover the areas at risk but I think the adhesive will damage the furniture over time and may not come off at all. Very think sheets of acrylic velcro'd onto the areas is another idea.

Creating a 'U' shaped acrylic enclosure, open at the top and front to place in the Alcove Bed as their holding pen with a view is one idea. Made high enough, they couldn't climb over it to attack the windows as each outside noise drove them crazy and I'm hoping the height will mean they will not jump down. They have very short legs!!

What do you do? or am I being waaay too cautious?
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Old 27-01-2013, 13:28   #2 (permalink)
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Mmmmm - are they acclimatised to travelling in a vehicle, any vehicle? and you do both realise whilst trundling along, they have to actually be firmly tethered? so if they were in eg a cage, the cage would need to be tethered, otherwise the cage complete with the dog(s) could potentially become a missile. Don't think an open topped 'run' is sufficient, unless dogs are on leashes attached to the van somehow, in the 'run'.

But no doubt a million dog owners will be along in a minute!
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Old 27-01-2013, 13:30   #3 (permalink)
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Our dog travels well, is not allowed on any of the seats or bed, and he behaves while we are out for a few hours.

How about a collapsible padded cell
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Stick them in a dog cage that's the dogs of course
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We have a 14 month old labrador and are very fortunate that she hasn't damaged anything at all, either at home or in the camper so we don't have a problem - not that it helps you very much. Could you try to accustom them to the "doggy box/crate" with favourite toys in the house for increasing periods before you travel. It should reinforce the idea that the separation is not permanent and help to overcome the separation anxiety, or are they well behaved enough to take with you if you go out.

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given the size of the van...something like this maybe?

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/dogs/d...kennels/226044

we have to small ish dogs, and they have cages for when we are out and at night at home so they are used to being in them, infact they seem to like them!!

Weve got lightweight ones which fold down flat - plus when they are up they fit in the footwells which is a bonus!!

Sorry - just realised you've already got one of these...

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Old 27-01-2013, 13:39   #7 (permalink)
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We have a large padded crate for the dogs to travel in which folds up and lives under the van when not in use, similar to this one:

http://www.petplanet.co.uk/product_g...772&pg_id=1925

At mealtimes and at night they occupy the front seats of the 'van. I have made a cover that fits over the backs of the seats (forward facing) which creates a 'wall' which they can't get over or round.

As for damage to furnishing etc, I consider that's one of the small prices you have to pay for having them come along
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We do have a cage at home which the dog sees as his refuge and lives in it. The door is rarley closed.

If the grand kids are about and he want peace he goes to his cage. Rule is, he is not allowed to be disturbed in his cage.

The term cage sounds worse than it is. I guess its down to how they react.
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