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Old 04-05-2014, 11:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Fire alarm testing >:(

We are currently living in an apartment, and just received notice that there will be fire alarm testing on Monday. Fine, not ideal; the fire alarms are SUPER, SUPER loud, but whatever. What's concerning to me is that the alarm co. people will be entering each apartment at some time between 8am and 6pm.

Husband and I both work, & we leave Hildy out during the day. In the past when the fire alarms have gone off, they freeeeak her the heck out - she sprints around with her tail tucked, ears back, belly low to ground, etc. So I am VERY worried about strangers entering our apartment while she's already freaking out about the noise.

Our property management co. is closed until, you guessed it, Monday morning, and hubby & I both have to work on Monday.

What would you do??? I could try to crate her but she hasn't been crated in months & has Houdini'd out of the crate in the past anyway. I could try to close her in a bathroom but she knows how to open doors ( here I thought I wanted a smart dog, not knowing what I was getting myself into) and we've never closed her in a bathroom before so I'm afraid she'd scratch the door to shreds.

I just don't know how she'll react to strangers entering HER apartment in the midst of a terrifyingly scary moment (in her eyes).

What would you do?
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you have a crate? Or do you think she would just open it? Maybe a dog day care to get her out of the house? Spend a day with a relative or friend? I would definitely see about getting her out of the house. Scared GSD + strangers randomly entering = trouble.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Take her to a family member. Or if that's not possible then doggy day care. The type where she can just sit around in a kennel. She doesn't have to play with dogs if you don't want.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How warm is it where you are? Is the car parked in a safe spot? If nothing else, crate her in your car if it's cool enough
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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One of you take the day off and go out with the dog. That or kennel her.

I lived in an apt. too and the alarms were tested per each suite as well as the intercom in the unit...this went on for 8 hrs. - 190x as well as random floor tests and the alarm sounding too. I think the sound is painful.

I usually took my dog elsewhere and the times I couldn't we hung out on the balcony all day together. He would still get stressed, but not as bad as being inside.

It really is a bad experience for them and she should be removed
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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many vets can board dogs, at least in my area. I'm sure the fee would be reasonable compared to leaving a freaked out GS in your apt when strange people have to be in there. this is if you can't take work off, would be ideal as ppl have said to spend the day with her outside
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I'd board my dog.
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Old 04-06-2014, 01:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I wouldn't leave her there alone. I would take the day off. It might not be a bad idea to try getting her used to the sound a little more. Mine went off a couple weeks ago(I was cooking) and every dog walked to the back door and waited quietly to go outside. I let them out and they played outside as I was fighting with the alarm. I was pleased with that outcome because God forbid there is ever a fire, I won't have to chase them around, they will be right at the door.
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Old 04-06-2014, 03:52 AM   #9 (permalink)
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My husband is the one doing that work and he will not enter the apartment If there is an unsupervised dog. He loves dogs but is leery of strange ones. Usually he calls the property manager and has them escort him to the area while testing if the owner is not hone and there's a dog so he doesn't have to come back. It's a major inconvenience to have someone test 400 sprinks in a building but not be able to test a couple and have to come back. Take your dog somewhere else for the day.

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Old 04-06-2014, 10:20 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I really think it would be best to take her elsewhere, either staying home and taking her away for the day or finding a friend/family member to take her.
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