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      I generally don't leave anything on for the poochachos during the day and if I did, it would be talk radio, not reggae or soft rock. If we go out at night, maybe once a week, I sometimes leave a radio or the TV on along with a few lights so it looks from the outside like someone is home. Mine do not watch the TV anyway and it's not like they cannot tell whether we're home or not.

      Over the years we've had to negotiate a few differences of opinion with our dogs, on the furniture, not on the furniture, in the bedroom, not in the bedroom, things like that. It can be a moving target. Hopefully you're both willing to negotiate and compromise.

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      Thanks all. You've given me a lot to think about. When I got Onyx at 8 weeks old my mother was home with him while I worked. Unfortunately she died a year ago this month so I just feel like leaving the TV on for Onyx while I'm at work would make the house seem less empty. I'm probably over thinking that. Now that he has my new guy Armani and will soon have my boyfriend's two female chows, it's possible that they will have each other and won't need the TV.
      But then there's still the problem of my dogs are with me everywhere except at work...in the bed, on the sofa, in my SUV...he's not as inclusive but I suspect we will be able to reach a compromise. (fingers crossed)
      Thanks again for all the food for thought!

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      Well, we didn’t reach a compromise. I move into my new home on June 1st and my now ex-boyfriend’s demands kept getting worse. He wanted me to make my dogs primarily outside dogs like his are. He wouldn’t budge. I can’t believe a two-year relationship is over because we raise our dogs differently…oh well, that’s life I guess. I love my dogs more than I love him and there was no way I would just leave my dogs outside all the time!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Yolie View Post
      Well, we didn’t reach a compromise. I move into my new home on June 1st and my now ex-boyfriend’s demands kept getting worse. He wanted me to make my dogs primarily outside dogs like his are. He wouldn’t budge. I can’t believe a two-year relationship is over because we raise our dogs differently…oh well, that’s life I guess. I love my dogs more than I love him and there was no way I would just leave my dogs outside all the time!
      I was wondering how he'd deal w/ the dogs sleeping w/ you. Probably a good call.

      That all said, this is why I recommend to all new pup owners to decide what will and won't be allowed from day 1. As for any radio or TV, I have a radio on when I'm raising litters during the day for the puppies, but that's it. I don't feel like they benefit past 7- 8 wks by any added white noise like that, rather focus on discovering the big outside world.
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      You are a smart woman! Kudos to you for putting your dogs ahead of what sounds like a jerk. I hate that you wasted 2 years but on the bright side, it could have been so much worse! I think you dodged a bullet.
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      I am just catching up on this thread. *New girl in town*. I have to agree with what was said as far as compromising. If it was that varied with dogs, it might have been worse with children involved later. I am sorry you went through all this, but better to find out now than after the marriage and move.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Yolie View Post
      Well, we didn’t reach a compromise ... He wouldn’t budge. I can’t believe a two-year relationship is over because we raise our dogs differently…oh well, that’s life I guess.
      It's not as simple as you raise your dogs differently. You dodged a bullet, so to speak. I'm so sorry that it didn't go the way you had hoped, and it may not feel good right now, but someday you will be grateful it didn't work out. Can you imagine the ways in which you two would have clashed over much bigger things, like raising kids, etc.? You're a good hearted person, you deserve someone with a heart as big as yours. Someone who loves you so much that he says "if that's how you want it to be, that's the way it will be, honey" over things like can the dog be on the sofa, should we leave the tv on for the dogs, etc.
      Hugs to you, sweetie, you can do far better.

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      We do not in the house but we so leave the radio on in the camper . We think it insulates some of the campground noises.

      Again it's all in my head as dogs have better hearing then us so who knows

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      I'm sorry. It must have been a hard decision and even though you made it and have a move planned, I bet it hurts.

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      So sorry it didn't work out. But a blessing in disguise I'm sure. I remember when I was dating. Back then I had my chocolate lab Jules. I would never even consider moving unless he came with me under my terms. They are our babies. We need to look out for them. You did the right thing.


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