Pet Rescue/Adoption/whining at night

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Hi I'm fostering 2 littermates. They are 7 week old lab mixes. My dog is a year old and will NOT leave them alone. So I have decided to make a play area for them in my room and my dog stays out in the rest of the house. Last night was their first night over and they whined the whole night! My dog was instigating it though! He was whining outside the door and then of course the puppies started doing it too. What can I do to stop this? I literally got no sleep last night. Any help you could give me would be appreciated, I dont want to have to give the puppies back early. Thanks

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Though I'm a reptile rescue guy, I do have some military and law enforcement experience with K-9s and socialization issues. Your dog probably has some anxiety issues, and is just used to being with you. Now you have two puppies in with you and he's locked out. That is bound to cause some problems. I'd suggest letting your dog into the bed room if that's his normal routine, he's well socialized and not aggressive, and he's normally allowed access there; and put the puppies in a crate for the night if they are too small or too active during the night with your dog inside. Your dog and the puppies will probably all feel better, and it will help socialize the pups anyway by introducing something new to them in the way of other dogs.

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I am the co-founder of Wichita Falls Reptile Rescue ( Wichita Falls, Tx. ). We provide temporary to permanent sanctuary, medical care, and adoption, to needy reptiles of all types ( turtles, tortoises, lizards, and snakes ). We are, first and foremost, reptile educators and care advisors. In this way we hope that we can prevent many animals from needing to be rescued or re-homed in the first place. We are experienced in many different specific reptile species, including: Geckos, Anoles, Iguanas, Bearded Dragons, Monitors, aquatic and box turtles, tortoises, colubrid and venomous snakes, and Horned Lizards. We can advise you about a variety of captive care issues, and are available to speak to the public about the study and conservation of reptiles in the wild. We also have previous experience in dog and squirrel rescue organizations, with rabbits, and with some wild and domestic birds. We continue to rescue squirrels in our area with much success, and work closely with our partners, of Southwest Oklahoma Animal Rescue. We can assist in emergencies with these and many other animals; or, direct you to someone or another appropriate rescue group who can help.

Experience

I am an amatuer herpetologist, with 20 years experience with reptiles. I am a reptile rescuer and subscriber to the International Veterinary Information Service, and member of the Horned Lizard Conservation Society. I have medical and scientific resources available, and have had to learn herp medical care over the years. I am not a vet, but I read from the same materials and have had to correct a few in the past, as it related to reptiles. I have a yahoogroup dedicated to the conservation and husbandry of Horned Lizards. My specific area of expertise is in Chelonians ( primary- Box Turtles ), Phrynosoma ( Horned Lizards ), and Crotalids ( primary-Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes ); though I have some knowledge and/or experience also with aquatic turtles ( Red Eared Sliders ), tortoises, monitors, many other smaller lizards, and with some colubrid snakes. I am currently the caretaker of 13 Horned Lizards ( 10 rescues ), 9 Box Turtles ( 7 in rescue ), 1 Tortoise, 1 Red Eared Slider ( rescue ), 2 Leopard Geckos, 1 Golden Gecko ( rescue ), 1 African Wall Gecko ( rescue ), 4 Mediterranean Geckos, 2 Bahama Anoles ( rescues ), 1 Ca. Kingsnake, 1 Brazilian Rainbow Boa, 1 Bullsnake, 5 Fox Squirrels ( in rescue ), and 1 Budgie.

Organizations

Co-Founder:
Wichita Falls Reptile Rescue
http://freewebs.com/wichitafallsreptilerescue
Founder:
Horned Lizards YahooGroup
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hornedlizards
Member:
Horned Lizard Conservation Society


Publications
The Horned Lizard Husbandry Manual - self published 26 pages of care information. Wikipedia entry "Horned Lizards" - contributed to a majority of the content.

Education/Credentials
20 years of field and captive husbandry EXPERIENCE.

Past/Present Clients
I was requested to provide my care sheet on the Desert Horned Lizard ( Phrynosoma platyrhinos ), for the Montreal zoo.

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