A few pics of my new apt

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  1. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    So as many of you know my husband and I have separated. So this is my new apt. I LOVE it. Still kinda moving in, not quite finished. But good enough to show some pics!

    Entrance way
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    close up of painting (I did it in highschool)
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    View of living room
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    another view (with child and roomate)
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    Yet again another view
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    the dining area (very under construction still)
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    My bedroom (with dog!)
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    Dekka chillin in her crate in my room
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    and finally a cute, Darien and Seren on the couch.
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  2. Dogdragoness

    Dogdragoness Happy Spring!!!!

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    Looming good, Dekka. Can't want to see it when it's finished, it's seems like a cute apt :)
     
  3. CharlieDog

    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    It looks great! Much better than our apt ever did lol, and we lived there for two years. Never did put the living room together lol. Took us a year to put the living room in our house together haha.

    I love the crate stack :D
     
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    Moth Mild and Slightly Nutty

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    Very nice :)

    Everyone is looking quite at home already...
     
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    Barb04 Love my pets Staff Member

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    Glad you're settling in. It takes time to make a place feel like a home. I've been in mine for 5 years and still trying.....You off to a great start.
     
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    ~Jessie~ Chihuahua Power!

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    I love it! It looks so cozy and home-y already! It looks like the dogs and Darien have already settled in, too :)

    Oh yeah, tell Darien he has good taste in video games! Borderlands is one of my favorites!
     
  7. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    Thanks! I was so excited to find this apt.. most apts in this price range were down right scary. Smelly, came with crazy cat ladies, stained carpets, rooms to small to fit a bed, appliances from the 70's...

    Darien isn't living with me, just staying on weekends. At least till the end of the school year.

    And sadly Seren isn't settling in well. She stresses a lot here. Not sure what we are going to do about that. Dekka thinks its great here, so no issues there.
     
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    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    What is Seren doing? Maybe we can help? My dogs were miserable in an apartment but we figured how to make it livable until we moved.

    I agree with CD, I've never been that good at moving in, WTG!
     
  9. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    Seren sits around panting (even when not hot) at times. She also vibrates slightly a lot of the time.

    She and Dekka have been getting on surprisingly well though, but still wonder if that is stressing her.

    I have 'swapped' her out for a week with Quest (can only ask a friend to take one dog lol) To see if either a 'regular house' or maybe life without Dekka will make her happier.
     
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    Looks like a good home to me.
    Neccy use to do that, but since her diet changed she hasn't any more.. the panting when not hot thing.
     
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    Are you still trying to place Quest?
     
  12. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    Yes. Though it hasn't been a priority the last while.
     
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    sillysally Obey the Toad.

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    The apartment is cute!

    Sally had a very hard time adjusting when we moved to our house from an apartment. NILIF was actually one thing that we did that seemed to work well for her.
     
  14. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    How did NILF help? Seren isn't being bad at all. She isn't behaving badly just is stressed, particularly at night. She is behaving better than ever, listening well, being polite with Dekka.
     
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    I would worry less about training and more about using a DAP and some behavior adjustment work. Lots of fun and treats in the apt, give it time and walk that careful line between supportive fun and not coddling and increasing concern.

    Mine REALLY benefitted from a super strict schedule for a bit. It helped reset their axis' after the rather drastic move, new state, new climate, from a house, training sessions regularly, a pool, and almost always someone being home to an apartment with both adults working full time, walks on leash, and no training clubs to release that pent up frustration.

    We got strict with our schedule and strict with some behavioral rules but looser with others. Like the dogs were all sleeping with us, it was a comfort, and they were getting a ton more treats. We treated almost every single time they went in their crates which isn't needed but I think it added some comfort. We added in longer walks and more individual attention where ever we could. Also we did a ton of work to eat style toys and stuffed kongs. The more the dogs were busy with their minds the less they seemed able to think and stress, ime. I started stuffing their kibbles into water bottles and taped shut cardboard boxes and making them break them open for their food. That may not be a good suggestion for a dog who eats plastic or cardboard though, mine just rip them up and spit it out. :)

    Just remember, imo, it's scary for the dogs as well and it will take time and patience. I wouldn't expect any dog to take to a move from a farm to an apartment without some stress, whether it is shown actively or not.
     
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    sillysally Obey the Toad.

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    Sally likes structure and predictability, and the structure of NILIF seems to help her. She was behaving badly either, just generally anxious and NILIF can help anxious dogs in some cases. Having to "work" for things seemed to make her focus on something other than the anxiety.
     

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