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Our family dog died a couple months ago, and we were devastated. He lived a good, long life, but I admit that we weren’t the best trainers. For one, he was never fully potty trained until the last few years of his life. My parents basically told me and my siblings that we had to take care of him. They would still pick up poo/clean pee, etc., until we were older, but then it was up to us (basically me) to bathe him, groom him, train him, etc. Looking back, we were really lucky he ended up as well-behaved as he was.
Anyway, we adopted two dogs from a rescue just last week, a 2-3 year old poodle and a 10 week old puppy. I’m back home after my first year in college, and I basically spend the entire day watching the puppy, potty training him, establishing a schedule, and introducing clicker training. I leave for college in September, so it really feels like I’m on a time crunch to get the puppy as trained as possible before everyone has work/school and less time to pay attention to him.
The poodle is such a sweetheart. The rescue told us that she was rescued from a home that abused her, so we were apprehensive at first, but she’s house trained and adores us. However, I’m dealing with a few problems. She knows zero commands, and she is way harder to train than the puppy. She flinches with every click, so I make sure to hold the clicker farther away from her, and I’m just giving her treats with it right now (no commands). She does this weird thing where she takes a bite of her food, spits it on her bed, and either slowly eats it or leaves it there. She bark at strangers and large dogs. We tried to leave her in an exercise pen the first night, but she cried for two hours (even when I slept next to her) and then climbed out. She currently sleeps at the foot of my bed.
My family is getting better at taking care of them, but I’m really worried about leaving. My mom believes that dogs should be left outside all day, including the four pound puppy (we have a pool with no gate). What’s more, we’ve had them for a week, and in two weeks my family is going on vacation to Hawaii. I would gladly cancel the vacation if I could, but they would never.
We are leaving them with a family friend who also has a dog and a puppy. I know that I’ll have to retrain the puppy after the week we are away, but I’m scared about the poodle’s separation anxiety.
My question is this: How do I prepare my dogs for a vacation/when I leave for college?
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