Milo (a wonderful miniature schnauzer) is my sweet Tucker's best friend. We're going to try a couple of sleepovers at each other's houses to prepare for Milo's 10 day stay at our house in December.
I'm working on preparing information, not just for Tucker's visit with Milo, but for the future when Tucker is left somewhere else.
Do you have information prepared for leaving your Havanese dog? If so, what should it contain? All recommendations appreciated
I'm including my first attempt here, so please give any advice or suggestions you think would make it better.....add topics or whatever...
(name, address, phone number included here)
our phone numbers
If you can’t keep him and can’t reach us: (phone number/names of friends)
1. Morning: 1 meat pattie, veggies (1/8 cup approx) & a shot of salmon oil
2. Evening: 1 meat pattie, veggies (1/8 cup approx) & a shot of salmon oil
3. I chop up the meat pattie fairly finely and ditto with the vegetable. I mix the veggie with the meat and chop them together so the veggie gets coated with the meat. Then, once in his bowl, I give it a shot of salmon oil. I heat this mix in the microwave for 10 seconds to take off the fridge chill.
4. Once you place his meal down, he should look at you and wait for “Okay, take it” before approaching his dish.
5. He likes water at the end of his morning & evening meal. Otherwise, he’s not much of a water drinker. I do leave his water bowl filled, though.
6. Treats: Make him do something for a treat, eg. sit, look, dance, jump, spin, twirl, down, over...
1. He’s generally ready for bed by 8:30, but likes to be with you until you go to bed. He gets up about 8 am unless you are out and about. I bathroom break him before bedtime and first thing in the am.
2. Tucker sleeps in his bed. He used to sleep in his crate and if you can get him into it, that would probably be best. (He’s been sleeping in our bedroom on the floor by our bed. But, if he’s with Milo, he should be fine in the same room, in his crate or on his bed.)
3. He doesn’t chew or destroy things. If he’s worried, he’ll just tend to bark.
4. Tucker is a fairly timid dog. He loves people and dogs he knows. He’s not a high energy dog.
5. He doesn’t like to play with more than one other dog. He is not aggressive, but plays best with one other dog.
6. He comes when called and stays fairly close when in an off leash area.
7. He will miss me and will stick fairly close to a human more often than not. He does like to be close to people. He is very gentle with children.
8. He is very wary of strange dogs and hates his butt sniffed. Once he gets to know another dog (two meetings), he’s fine with them. But, he will growl and snap initially.
1. First thing in the am he does a pee. He also usually does his first poo at this time. Sometimes the poo isn’t done until after breakfast.
2. He is house trained, but has a fairly free rein to go out during the day for the pee. He can last a long time if you go out and need to leave him in alone.
3. Cue word: “Get Busy”….if he’s sniffing instead of doing his business.
4. He will do another poo usually later in the afternoon or just before dinner. Generally, he has one or two poo’s a day.
5. In the am: I do check his butt to see that there are no dingle berries. I lift up his tail and look at the hair below his anus as well as check his anus. Ditto in the evening. He doesn’t mind a tail lift and look, or even a wash with a cloth. Seems gross, but it comes with the breed.
1. He loves to play ‘find it’ with his Hedgehog or a treat (cheese).
2. Unfortunately, he has separation anxiety and will bark if he’s separated from his people.
3. He will bark at dogs going by his window or in his yard.
4. He finds car rides difficult. He pants, drools and shakes in the car, expecting to be left to defend the car.
1. (I haven't done this one yet, but it will contain a couple of things about brushing before going outside and waiting for the coat to dry. I do not expect any sitters to be as vigilant as I am, so will have to deal with the consequences once I get home.)
...end of blurb at this point... but, now you know all of my secret issues
I LOVE my dog, but, as you see, he's not perfect. Still, I think it's only fair for a sitter to know the issues.
Am I missing anything? Other suggestions for topics MOST APPRECIATED!!
Sharon--who's already missing her dog and he's not having his sleep over until next week!!! (when I'll be out of town anyway!!!!)