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Dog Sitting for A Friend

Starting tomorrow, my friend's 2-year-old Maltese will be staying with us for a week. My friend hired a dog sitter to walk her dog (Maggie) and Maccabee on the days I work outside my home.

Maggie and the dog walker came over yesterday evening. After the walker left, Maggie and Maccabee had a playdate. My friend's husband took both dogs for a walk, and they did fine together. When they came back inside, we put both dogs in Maccabee's expen. Maggie barked and whined A LOT. Of course Maccabee joined in the bark fest. After about 20 minutes, both dogs laid down and rested.

When we let them out, they ran and ran and ran, chasing each other and playing beautifully.

Maggie is house trained, but Maccabee is not 100% reliable, and still stays in the expen when I can't watch him. I thin I should put Maggie in the expen with Maccabee when he is in there or he will eb jealous. Or do you think seeing Maggie out would be an encouragement for Maccabee?

Maccabee has been sleeping in his expen, but I still put him in his crate 1 or 2 nights per week, so he doesn't forget about the crate. Maggie sleeps in bed with my friends. How would yo handle the sleeping arrangements? Both of them in Maccabee's expen or both of them in their crates?

Maggis is a free-feeder. Maccabee gets 2 meals a day. Of course they eat different food (Maccabee eats TOTW canned, mixed with Canine Caviar kibble and a splash of broth. Maggie eats Wellness). I guess Maggie is going to have to survive on 2 meals, because if I leave her food out, Maccabee will probably eat it and end up with tummy troubles from the sudden change.

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I would just let them sleep in the Xpen (no crate).
I would also feed Maggi when you feed Maccabee, there is no way you can leave food out all day for her, your little guy will probably end up eating it.



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I have watched a friends dog several times and I was shocked at how easily she adjusted to our schedule. I was told she was a very picky eater but when I fed her on Piper's schedule instead of free feeding-she ate like a champ. She usually sleeps in her dog bed but while she was here preferred to sleep in our bed with Piper.

I was most concerned about the potty situation because she uses pee pads and Piper goes outside. Amazingly she even adjusted to that and did not use her pads once the whole week!

It may take her a day to adjust but just follow your normal routine. I'm sure they will both have a great time.

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I do NOT think I'd put Maggie in Maccabee's ex-pen, nor would I have her sleep there. That should be Maccabee's "territory, and a place where he can have some "alone time" if needed. I'd keep Maccabee's bedtime routine the same as usual, and crate Maggie at night too. Personally, I don't think I'd want someone else's dog sleeping in my bed.

I agree with you, I can't see how you can possibly free feed Maggie without Maccabee getting to it. I think Maggie will quickly learn to eat her meals when they are served.

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If the two play nice together and you have no worries about one hurting the other in the pen (whether it be for territorial reasons or general rough housing) I would just put them both together when you can't be there just so they can have a bit of company same goes for sleeping. Maccabee should get better at Potty training with Maggie there if it sees her getting treats and positive enforcements on the pad as she goes. Our 10 week old learned sit and how to Potty from our 5 1/2 month old within 2 days that way. I don't leave them alone together though yet because of their size difference and because Rowlf is still learning to play with nice with baby Fester.
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