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Thanks Eva, We normally have them over a lot, but due to the hurricane and some other things we had going on, we hadn't had them since August. Hopefully we will get back into more of a routine of having them sleep over. Your suggestion about the soft music made me chuckle. Everyone in the house, including Oreo, has a white noise machine playing in their room. My husband actually wears hearing aids, but unfortunately even though he doesn't wear them at night, he is still a very light sleeper. I will see if I can talk him into ear plugs the next time the boys are over. Hopefully if I am more focused on making sure that Oreo has had a lot of exercise before they arrive, we will all sleep better. Thanks!
If you can spurgle a bit on an early Christmas gift, I have Bose noise cancelling ďHear PhonesĒ, they do more than just noise cancelling, but they are OUTSTANDING for that purpose. I use them at night feom time to time, and the problem is, I donít hear the dogs in the morning!!! LOL!
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When you have decided the pup is not ill, doesn't need to empty bladder etc., I suggest the soft silicone ear plugs. For me I have to tear them in half and smash into cone shape, then stuff in my ears. Now, this is for light whining or grumbling, not full out barking. With full out barking the neighbors must be considered. And, your dog is maybe trying to warn you of something, so don't let a burglar catch you in earplugs!
Yes, these are the moldable ones and they are way better. DS used to use them when he practiced drums, too, and he also wears hearing aids! Now he uses isolation headphones, which Iíve actually borrowed from him a few times. They arenít technically noise cancellation headphones but they really do block out a lot and are under $50, and theyíre way better than earbuds!
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I was up last night with Jack. His routine being disrupted, along with the high voltage attention from my older kids being home for Thanksgiving put things over the edge for him. He had trouble settling down for sleep - an hour of barking and crying - yes, I too thought what if he has to potty or is ill - up again at 3 - no he didnt have to potty then either - and then up at his usual time in the morning. I aggree with the suggestions and advice all the other posters gave...Our weather has been really bad here also, but today it isnt icy so I took him out for a run. I think getting outside and/or more exercise helps him. Just wanted to say I sympathize !!!
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Iím having daughter, son-in-law, & their 2 & 4 yr olds for many days at Christmas. Disruption of our schedule with the puppy strikes fear in my heart. We also have to figure out how we will deal with our near 12 yr old mini aussie who doesnít much care for anyone touching her but us. Iím wondering if the puppy will resume where we were before the visit.....after the visit. I may not ever view the holidays the same after this, heh. I keep telling myself I can do this, but frankly, Iím not sure.
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Iím having daughter, son-in-law, & their 2 & 4 yr olds for many days at Christmas. Disruption of our schedule with the puppy strikes fear in my heart. We also have to figure out how we will deal with our near 12 yr old mini aussie who doesnít much care for anyone touching her but us. Iím wondering if the puppy will resume where we were before the visit.....after the visit. I may not ever view the holidays the same after this, heh. I keep telling myself I can do this, but frankly, Iím not sure.
Can you gate off an area of the house that is just for the two dogs for those days? Then spend as much time as possible with them once the young'uns are in bed?

I feel for you! Our granddaughter is only 6 months, so "contained" at this point. But I know that next Christmas and a few after that will be "challenging".
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We took our dog with us for Thanksgiving at my parents, not wanting to board over a holiday and knowing heís done well on our last few visits there. I did not anticipate that all of the Thanksgiving smells would make for a much more excitable, overstimulated dog! Next time Iím planning to be more prepared with a way to allow him some calm and quiet, even if I expect that he might not need it. It canít hurt to have extra stuff ready and not end up using them (an extra special chew, more exercise built into the holiday schedule, practicing quiet time in a room that might be more conducive to company, etc).

And donít underestimate how much a supervised 4 year old can help wear out a puppy and then plop down for her own nap afterwards, which Iím sure her parents will appreciate Our nieces love to run around with a toy and the puppy outside and it gets everyone relaxed and tired. To be honest, having a dog who needs regular exercise has made me stop on occasion and think, my 13 year old is wound up - he needs exercise!
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Jack definitely spent more time in his expen, and also needed more exercise when my daugther & company were home from college this past Thanksgiving. My daughter loves dogs and they love her, so the excitement factor was huge and Jack needed more time to calm himself down away from the action. Also, my family went out and did more things so he was alone more than usual. I would also try to do as much all around preparation as you can, so you are not running around yourself doing errands or tasks, or worse..... cooking/cleaning...when your daughter is visiting. Suggestions for local activities for the kids are good to have handy as well. Jack was back to his normal sleep schedule after the hoopla, and I think he was glad to get back to his routine. The suggestions of the gated area and extra/new toys or chews are great ideas. You can do it!!!!
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I do not have barking issues with Lu. She is a sleeper and a cuddler. When I get home from work, she tears thru the house running, jumping, and playing. After about half an hour, she naps.

Once she is up, we play and cuddle, groom, etc. She sleeps with me. She does move around in the night but is quiet and generally stays where I can touch her. Occasionally she sleeps on the wood floors if she is hot.

I take her out a lot. Not for walks as much as to gardens and parks. She has stayed in a hotel with me and did very well.





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