I couldn't find anything searching, so I thought I'd ask the seasoned vets who have been through this. When you brought your second Hav home how did you contain the dogs while you were gone?
Currently Digs is 19 months, he's fully potty trained and spoiled as can be. He no longer get kenneled while we are gone, instead he has the run of the main floor of the house.
Just over a week ago, we introduced Odie, who is 4 months old. First off, we kenneled only Odie and let Digs roam free as usual, but it was, of course, bloody hell for Odie, and I don't think Digs liked all of Odie's crying either. He seemed stressed/sad from all of the noise as well as the separation from his new buddy.
After a few days we tried confining the two of them to one of our smaller spare rooms. Odie loves this because he has freedom and can play with big brother whenever he wants, but being 4 months old and not potty trained, he has pooped and peed his fair share in this room.
On the flip, side Digs doesn't really like this because he can't ever "get away" from the spazzy little brother. He loves playing with Odie...just not all the time.
While we both work, we each can get home once a day. In a normal day, the guys go out at 8:00 before work, at 11:00 or so when Jenny comes home, at 2:00 or so when I come home, and then we're home at 5:00 but accidents still happen when Odie was in the room rather than confined to his kennel.
With just Digs, it was simple - kennel.
With the two dogs it seems more difficult. Any dog cries at first, but I am wondering if it's harder for Odie because he can see Digs roam free.
In an ideal world, both dogs would be born potty trained or Digs would have a key that he could use to enter and exit the spare room as he pleases.
To you veterans of multiple dogs, how did you handle them while you were away? What do you suggest? How far off base am I?