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Old 12-09-2014, 10:50 AM
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Intro and a few questions!

Hi everyone. I am new to the forums. My husband just brought home a 8 year old beagle mix yesterday who is currently getting settled into her new forever home. We have a 5 year old daughter, a 4 month old son and a cat. We had talks of getting a dog in a few years when the baby is older however my husband's coworker was going to take the dog to a shelter so we decided to take her. She is a very nice, sweet, calm dog so far. I am a stay at home mom so I am pretty much home all day minus a few errands.

The dog has a few issues which we are already experiencing. She is a darter. As soon as the door opens she tries to run out. I actually couldn't get out of the house this morning to take my husband to work. I had to put her in our bedroom with the door shut so we could leave. Big mistake. When I returned home 30 minutes later she had tore up the carpet and padding under the door. I was upset mostly with myself for not anticipating that. I figure we can patch the area that is destroyed but I would like to save the house from any further destruction.

She was never crate trained so I am not sure at this age if I should attempt? I have to drop my daughter off at her half day kindergarten in a few hours and I am stressing about how I am going to get out and where I am going to put the dog for those 15 minutes. I am contemplating just taking the dog in the car with us but it is a little tricky with carrying the infant carrier as well.

I am going to browse the forums to see what others have done but wanted to intro and hope someone can give me some quick tips to at least help me get through today until I can figure out a better solution. I don't want her escaping or else I would just leave her out in the house. Obviously I cannot leave her in a room though with the door shut.

Anyways hello and hope to learn more here!
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You can kennel train at any age but it takes time. Mean time I would take the pup with you. Just leash and tie in the car then add the kids. You might want to get a harness to be safer. The collar can slip over the head and the dog will be gone. Hound follow their noses so can be 5 miles away before they even look up. Look up kikopup training videos for help.
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Hi and welcome. Kudos to you for rescuing a dog, and I think getting an older dog was a wise choice, given that your kids are young. Puppy plus young kids can be really difficult. This dog might have some issues, but her maturity means you don't also have to deal with exuberant energy or housetraining.

Crate training can happen at any age, and is a great management tool. In the meantime, you can confine her to a room where she can do minimal damage using a baby gate. Kitchen or bathroom can be a good choice. You could also get her an ex-pen, another great management tool.
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtu...crate-training


You don't say if this dog has been around babies before; if not, you will need to make sure she's not upset by the different stages your son will go through. Some dogs are fine with babies and older kids, but not toddlers, or love toddlers but not babies. Some dogs also seem to love anything human. Until you are certain of her feelings toward babies, I'd strongly recommend keeping her and the baby separated. I'm not convinced tying a new (to you) dog in the car, then adding a baby and a child is a great idea unless your car has a place where the dog can ride, completely separated from the kids. I'm not trying to be an alarmist, but until you know this dog it's better to be safe than sorry.

You'll need to teach her some impulse control at the door, so she's not always trying to escape.
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtu...and-games-dogs
Teach Your Dog to Wait at the Door

It'll take the dog a few weeks to settle into her new home, too, so you may need extra patience at first while you get to know her and she gets to know her new home and new people.
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