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Illinois Moms Help My Friend!

My friend just moved from Georgia to Oakwood, Illinois. The move was forced because she was homeless and needed a place to stay so her God sister came to get her and took her home.

Right now, she is concerned for her dog. She has two dogs. One is a little toy poodle and the other is a husky mix. The house she used to live in had a woods on three sides and a Cul-de-sac on the fourth. Her dogs are used to running loose all the time. Because of the lax leash laws there, her big dog was rarely on a leash and she got lots of exercise. Oakwood is a very small town and they have strict leash laws, especially when it comes to larger dogs. Her dog is very hyper and active and she is going stir crazy. She is yanking my friend's arm out of socket trying to run around. She tried starting a routine of walking both dogs every night but the dog jerked her around so badly that she came home very sore and now doesn't take her for walks around town anymore.

The people that she is staying with do not large dogs so she has to keep the dog in the basement except for when she takes her outside and the poor dog is just bored out of her mind. She wants to know if anyone knows of a nearby dog park with fenced in pens, preferably where she can get a pen to herself if she gets there at the right time (the dog tends to be aggressive with strange dogs. Not all dogs but some)? She lets the smaller dog off the leash sometimes at night but the bigger dog has never been this unruly. She has taken her to the state park to swim too but someone with another dog showed up and she had to put her back on the leash again.

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Asked by Razzle_Dazzle1 at 2:57 AM on Jun. 29, 2013 in Pets

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  • Your friend has a husky mix, and she keeps the dog down in the fucking basement?!?! No wonder her arm get yanked out! Husky's are not meant for living like that. They need to be walked 2x a day, or more! They NEED to run, exercise etc..If she really loves this animal, IMO she needs to give the dog a new home! But barring that, they have this doggy "backpack" She can make one, because it is expensive to get one. Anyway, the purpose is to give the bigger dogs more excerise with less time. It will also control his pulling while she s walking, and also will  make him feel like he has  a "job" to do. Just like the husky who are sledding dogs. 

    Here are the instructions to make one


    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 4:28 AM on Jun. 29, 2013

  • Doing this will make him look at this in a whole new way. To put the weight in that pack, she can just put a few water bottles. About 3 on each side. ANd she and he can drink.
    "(the dog tends to be aggressive with strange dogs. Not all dogs but some)"OP
    No, not exactly. It depends on what your friend is feeling, and her dog will sense it up, or whatever. But unless she knows how to introduce her dogs to others, or he has been socialized with other dogs, I would advise not doing yet. But the pack would be a good idea. Make sure she does this at least 2x a day if possible. If she has rollerblades use the, it is a excellent idea, or a bike also. Give the pooch a great workout, and he will be completely docile with her.

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 4:54 AM on Jun. 29, 2013

  • She plans to get a bike when she gets to working again. Rehoming is not an option. She has had this dog since she was born. This dog has saved her life twice and she refuses to rehome her. This is temporary until she gets back on her feet. I'll pass along the back pack idea, thank you. The dog is not used to being on the leash, that's the biggest problem. She lives in the basement with the dog so it's not like she's just stuck in the basement alone. She and both dogs and her two guinea pigs live in the basement. She walks her from time to time when she has the time but she can't walk her everyday because the dog yanks her so badly. The biggest problem with other dogs is when they get in her face. It freaks her out. My friend has no problem with other dogs. It's not like she's afraid. She just doesn't like it when they get in her face or run up at her suddenly. She gets along very will with her other dog and her mother's dog.

    Comment by Razzle_Dazzle1 (original poster) at 2:13 PM on Jun. 29, 2013

  • I would suggest she takes the time to train the dog. A Gentle leader head halter will help with the pulling as well.

    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 8:54 AM on Jun. 30, 2013

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