Is It OK to Leave Your Dog Home Alone?

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Is It OK to Leave Your Dog Home Alone?

You shouldn’t feel guilty if you have a full-time job and want to share your life with a dog. You can leave your dog home alone and he can be happy and well-adjusted if you make the most of your time together and plan ahead for the occasions when you’re not able to be with him.

Before You Go
Incorporate exercise into your pre-work routine to help your dog cope with the hours you’ll be away. For some breeds and senior dogs, a walk around the block might suffice. For others, walking is an “exercise hors d’oeuvre,” so engage in more aerobic activities, like jogging. You can also use this time for behavior training, such as asking your pet to sit before releasing him to fetch his ball. With enough physical activity, your dog will be ready for naptime when you head out the door.

The Next Best Thing to Being There
Doggie day care is a great option if you’re at work every weekday, but if that’s a budget-breaker, even sending your pet twice a week has a positive residual effect that lasts into the next day. Another option is hiring a dog-walking service or finding neighbors who might want to start a reciprocal dog-sitting relationship. Also, your dog might appreciate a playtime companion -- but having two pets doesn’t guarantee you won’t face twice the home-alone problem.

Hide and Seek
Some of the best and most affordable boredom-busters for when you leave your dog home alone are food-hiding toys filled with nutritious canned dog food. Stuff the ends with fresh food and gradually increase the challenge by placing food in the middle or by freezing the toy/food treat.

Your dog can also get a good workout while searching for hard food kibbles that you’ve hidden in wobble toys. Food-hiding toys provide your pet with hours of mental and physical entertainment and are an alternative way of feeding him one of his daily meals.

These are just a few tips to prevent your dog from being bored, lonely or outright destructive while you’re at work. Keeping your dog preoccupied when you’re away makes your homecoming less stressful -- for both of you.

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Exceptional Canine expert Nancy S. Fitzgerald is a certified professional dog trainer and the founder of Positive Results Dog Training in Wilmington, Del., which uses gentle training methods based on science and learning theory. She also works at the Delaware Humane Association.

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Proper Pooch Care

Posted on March 30, 2012

Crate training is a must my 6 year old yellow lab loves his kennel. There's usually no reason to keep the door on the crate once they are used to it. To the person who said never crate, I'm sorry your dogs are your kids that's pretty sad, dogs are not even comparable to human children. I can understand loving your dogs as I love mine but to say they are better than children, go seek help.

Proper Pooch Care

Posted on March 30, 2012

Crate training is a must my 6 year old yellow lab loves his kennel. There's usually no reason to keep the door on the crate once they are used to it. To the person who said never crate, I'm sorry your dogs are your kids that's pretty sad, dogs are not even comparable to human children. I can understand loving your dogs as I love mine but to say they are better than children, go seek help.

Leaving Dogs Home Alone

Posted on March 28, 2012

If I had to leave my dogs during an eight hour day I would have a pet sitter come in and walk them inbetween the eight hours I would be gone. They only charge $12 an hour. No one should have to hold it for eight hours. Just use common sense.

canned dog food

Posted on March 13, 2012

My two dogs did just fine leaving them alone while I worked 10 hour days. I had a doggie door and they had a run of several rooms in the house. My neighbors said the only time they really barked is when they saw me come up the driveway. And leave bits of canned dog food hidden around? Yuck. That is just gross. My dogs didn't get canned food anyway. I can see maybe hiding some kibble, but I don't think that is necessary. I sure miss my dogs!!

Hiding Food

Posted on March 15, 2012

To the individual who believes that a dog will tear up places where food is not located while searching for hidden food, you do not know a simple thing about dogs. The dog will be able to smell exactly where the food is. You just need to hide it where the dog can get it without damaging itself or your property. It will not waste its time/energy searching a place it knows has no food.

Subject

Posted on March 16, 2012

ME AND MY FAMILY WE LOVE OUR BABYS OKLEY, SUGER, BLACK BEEN & J.J. WE WILL GIVE UP GOING ON VACATION TOGETHER TO MADE SURE THAT SOME ONE IS THERE DAILY WITH THEM. TO ME AND MY HUSBAND WE DON'T THINK THEM AS DOG OR HUMAN JUST OUR BABY'S WORD CAN NOT EXPRESS HOW I FEEL ABOUT THEM ALL I KNOW IS I LOVE THEM SO MUCH THAT AFTER WORK I CAN WAIT TO GET HOME TO SEE THEM.

Dog Haters

Posted on January 23, 2012

I will have to agree with a couple of others that any person or human that "Hates" dogs or other people for that matter does have some serious issues and is probably very lonely. Animals are just another extention for LOVE.......:) I love my pit like I do my daughter and they both make my life full.

crate or not to crate

Posted on March 12, 2012

My parents had a German Shepard when I was born and he was immediately my best friend, co-conspirator and babysitter.  So I have had at least one and preferably two dogs for 50 years.  Mutts, purebreds and everything in between.  The difficult part is matching the right dog to the right owner.  I had a Borzoi I was a very bad match for.   He needed the crate.  He was a disaster alone at home, and sort of a disaster when I WAS home.  There are no hard fast answers on the crate issue because it depends on the dog (and owner).  Right now i have three dogs, all rescued.  Gus is a very old golden mix, he was old when rescued and is truly ancient now.  He mostly naps these days.  I never crate him.  Why would I?  He sleeps when I am gone just like he does when I'm here.  Max is a 6 year old English  Mastiff/Shepard cross.  I got him when he was 5 months.  We kept him in the kitchen when out of the house till he was around 2yrs and out of the electrical cord and shoe eating phase.  He is extremely well trained on and off lead and I work with him every day to maintain his level of expertise.  While not a genius by any stretch, he does knows what "quit embarrassing me" means.  No need to crate him, he is by his very nature calm and confident and there are very few places I cannot take him anyway- and even then it's due to statutes and laws rather than the dog.   Anyone who knows me (or intends to) understands that if I'm there max will be also.  The older folks at the convalescent center down the street especially like him because they don't have to bend down to pet his gigantic head.  The third dog is Peewee, a Maltese rescued by my partner from a puppy farm.  He was one of their breeders.  He absolutely benefits from the crate.  He was 5yrs when rescued and had lived all if his life in a crate until then.  He will likely always appreciate the safety that a crate represents to him.  The one thing all my dogs have in common, is a lot of socialization.  Not on purpose, usually, but just as it happens.  I have people over or go to someones house, I go to the park, I go out to eat (many restaurants in Albuquerque have out door areas where you can have your dog and even dog menu's) and the dog goes with me. Simple, although getting there took considerable dedication and consistency on both our parts.   For my job I often have to meet with people and havin Max with me is usually a plus anyway.  I think he is aware that if he helps me land a big commission there is a big slab of meat in it for him.  If I had to work 9 to 5 in an office we would deal, it just wouldn't be as fun.  He still wouldn't be in a crate, but only because he doesn't need to be. 

re: Hiding Food

Posted on January 19, 2012

My Chihuahua is alone while I am at work. She has a window to look out of, I leave a small TV on, and she has toys to play with. The routine is to hide food and small treats in toys made for that purpose, and she patiently watches and waits while I 'hide' the toys in different locations. Then I give her a hug and she knows that is the signal to start the hunt - because I am leaving. She has never tried to get into any cupboards or drawers, or torn up the furniture or done anything distructive. I am not there to watch, but there has never been any visible damage and she seems perfectly fine when I get home. She gets a nice long walk, and then we play chase around the house with some of her favorite squek toys. As much as I miss her during the day, I do not think she is suffering while I am away.

Dogs are pack animals!

Posted on January 18, 2012

Dogs are social animals and do not want to be alone. Leaving a dog inside your house alone for 9+ hrs is not good for them. This is why they bark, chew up furniture and behave like ANIMALS while you are gone. Drugging them is not a humane answer. Obedience is not the issue. If you are going to be gone all day every day GET A CAT because they are more solitary animals and generally don't care if you stay or leave.

Dogs home alone...

Posted on December 28, 2011

I am troubled by leaving my 2 dogs home alone for more then 5 hours max...I get major anxiety. They do have a doggie door to the back yard and the yard is secured and fence locked so they cant get out. Yet I still feel like I am a bad dog owner. They go to doggie daycare at least 3 times a week usually every other day. Should I feel guilty??

Separation Anxiety

Posted on January 8, 2012

In a 7 month period my dog lost his older brother, had back surgery (was paralyzed for awhile) and I divorced.  All of this brought on the worse case of separation anxiety.  It was more like a panic attack.  But I have to work, right?  So I enrolled him in a basic obedience class (raise his confidence), developed a leaving routine and "practiced" leaving, and got him on Prozac.  Within 2 weeks I was able to leave him for short periods.  Within a month, he willing went to his dog cave when I was preparing to leave.  I'm not an advocate of medicating dogs, but if you are at your wits end or the dog is injurious while you are gone, DO consider medication.  Now, one year later he is off Prozac and doing wonderfully.  

The bottom line…

Posted on December 5, 2011

When it comes to behavioral issues, whether it be barking, chewing, aggression, etc., the bottom line is that all these problems come from a lack of patience and time with training and socializing. Regardless of whatever breed you have if you haven't spent about a year of time in which you are focusing on training and discipline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, basically any minute you're not at work focusing on what your dog is doing so you can discipline when needed along with taking them places each day to socialize them you cannot be confused about their behavior problems, When untrained dogs can be a lot of work and trouble on a daily basis. If however you go through that year, give or take, of non-stop training, discipline and socializing you'll have a doggie lifetime with them of easy handling, whatever your lifestyle may be. The best tip for any type of issue you have, whatever the breed, is to never give up and understand that you need to put in that long chunk of time in which you are focusing on training 24/7. It's tiring and full of frustrating moments and mistakes but it pays off! You'll end up with an easy dog that is balanced, socialized and happy! You don't need to be an expert either for many breeds, find ways that work for you and don't worry about what others tell you is best. Your dog knows you better than anyone and will pick up best on methods that come naturally to you, not necessarily what a trainer or friend is telling you will work best. Use their tips and be creative, find your own style because your dog is much more likely to respond to something you're doing that isn't fake or forced. For example with my beautiful Pit Lab I'll say "hey" instead of "no' because I noticed during training he picked up on my pattern of saying "hey" when I was irritated. During that time "no" got me nothing because it was forced but "hey" worked great because it was natural for me so that's what I stuck with. He doesn't like mom being mad so when he hears me say "hey" he stops whatever he's doing, an example of how you can use how well your dog knows you to your advantage. With that being said however do be responsible and don't get a powerful breed if you don't know what you're doing, it's like driving a Ferrari with no driving experience, too much power for inexperienced hands. You would quickly turn a beautiful machine into something dangerous which unfortunately people do with wonderful breeds like Pit Bulls and Rottweiler’s, turn dogs that are born awesome into dogs with issues because they don't have enough experience to understand what they're doing wrong, or just don't care because of an ego issue. So if you have an issue with your dog ask yourself if you've actually spent at least a year of your life focusing on discipline 24 hours a day, seven days a week and if you've taken your dog somewhere each day for socializing and stimulation. If you can't give an honest yes to that question you still have a lot of work to do and the issues won't go away if you don't put in the time and effort.

barkers

Posted on November 29, 2011

Tenants: If your life in your apartment is destroyed by an abandoned dog that barks all day long, call your local branch society for the protection of cruelty to animals, and ask them to come out and listen to the noise. They care for these tortured pets and will get involved. fm

To crate or not to crate!

Posted on November 28, 2011

I disagree with the person who said never crate them some dogs like crates and if you have a small toy dog they are much safer in the crate. They like to jump on and off the furniture or run around and they run the risk of being injured my neighbors pug injured herself jumping off the couch. I have a six pound maltipoo and she woke up in the middle of the night and fell down the stairs thankfully she wasn't injured. So at night we put up a gate and when we go out she runs to her crate! So it's a matter of personal preference. 

They're my kids!

Posted on November 15, 2011

I have no kids and I am the proud parent of a Newfi & a german shepard! When my husband was dying of Lou Gehrigs those sweet kids kept him safe and happy when I was a work. Much better then a home nurse. Now that he has passed they keep me happy! And when I go to work I leave on the TV for them. I feel they hear voices and they NEVER! make a mess. I have a dog door and if I have to leave town for a day I make sure that they have plenty of food and water,cause they are much happier at home then at some cold kennel. And for those of you that Hate dogs, you have serious issues. You must have a miserable lonely life.

My tiny Maltese

Posted on November 7, 2011

I love dogs so much it almost hurts. I love all animals deeply, even insects! They didn't choose to be born insects, their life is all they have, and I will not be the means of ending it. I take spiders outside, shoo flies out the door. My Maltese is exceptionally tiny, a little snowflake with a baby doll face that we got at 12 weeks old and 1 pound exactly. She was a real challenge to raise. Had to be fed constantly as her little tummy wouldn't hold but a teaspoon or so of food. I got up every two hours around the clock, changed my job to enable working from home. I was lucky I could do that. For the first year, I never left her sight. A dog that tiny is like raising a preemie. When she at last gained a couple of ounces, it was a triumph. Now she is almost four pounds, and five years old, a little dynamo, as smart and loving as can be. So intelligent, with beautiful brown eyes. My daughter is crazy about her too. We spend whole nights just laughing and playing with her. I wish every dog could have this much love because they deserve it. I leave her alone if I have to; of course the house is "baby proofed". When we come home she does cartwheels of joy. I will say, though, that if you aren't prepared to put in all the word and time a dog needs, do not have one. They are a pack animal and used to being part of the family, valued and acknowledged. The family is everything to a dog. Sorry for running on.

"Leaving Dogs Home Alone"

Posted on September 24, 2011

We've had the same problem...dogs home alone and barking all day. Doesn't seem right.

(&(* dogs

Posted on September 28, 2011

I used to like dogs but this is beyond ridiculous. I used to like dog owners but now I hate them even more than the dogs. I pass them swinging their plastic bags of dog poop and they want to chat. NO THANKS and please don't swing your dog poop around.

Our Baby Lucy PLUS

Posted on September 22, 2011

We have had Baby Lucy since January 14, 2010. She was getting her female surgery on March 5, 2010, coincidentally, my oldest daughter, age 34, did not wake up that morning. Lucy is so special to us and always will be. We all love her, every inch of her 5 pounds! She has never been alone. She stayed right outside the funeral home in the car and that is the way her Aunt Shelby would have wanted it. We also have Aunt Elizabeth, Aunt Boo Boo, Aunt Sheba, Uncle NUNU and those two darned cats...Punkin & Peachie. However, Baby Lucy lives inside and that way everyone is happy. An animal can be a wonderful therapy. She has helped us to be upbeat after losing Shelby and loves her Mommie Sheryl very much. She goes everywhere we go, even to Charlottesville with Mommie to get cancer treatment. We love her and know she loves us and depends on us to take care of her needs. Pets help us adjust to the awful days in life and have fun with us on the good days of life. Live on as long as you can Baby Lucy!

be careful of generalizations...

Posted on September 20, 2011

My dog is a rescue, so leaving him at a doggie day care would really spook him. He lived at a rescue a couple of different times and he would think that he was abandoned again. I agree with some of the others - our dogs are pets, not people. We treat them kindly and lovingly, but I don't think that staying home alone makes them psychotic.

Dogs make the world a better place.

Posted on September 21, 2011

Everyone has different situations and different dogs. For me crating my dog keeps him safe. I could care less about ruined furniture or urine/poop on the floor. I care that he does not eat electrical wires, pillow stuffing, or any other object that a curious animal would be interested in. He is very well trained and has amazing behavior, so training him to not eat something that could be harmful is not the issue here. Dogs are animals so they have a natural curiosity about object. They do not know enough to not eat something that could be dangerous. If I had multiple dogs I would crate them all or at least keep them in confined areas if the dog had issues with being “crated”. In my opinion dogs that are given free rein alone will eventually hurt themselves, the other animals in the house, and create a very sad situation. My dog will actually go into his crate and lay down throughout the day because he has grown up learning it’s a safe place. He likes his crate and we never use it as punishment. We also use a travel crate when we drive long distances in order to keep him safe in the event we are involved in an accident. I think that anyone here judging others for crating or for allowing their dogs to roam freely in the house is wrong. My dog is my child and there are very few people, including children, that I would consider saving in a life/death situation. However, that is my choice and I do not expect anyone to make that same choice. Hating a dog speaks volumes about someone’s character because a dog is the closest animal to a human as far as emotions, reactions, and loyalty. I have found the truly kind and moral people in my life love dogs and that is most likely not a coincidence.

Dogs

Posted on August 11, 2011

There certainly people in this world who never should be entrusted to live with a dog (I won't use the word own because my Golden owns me) and I wouldn't have it any other way. What a pure delight she is ! having provided us with countless hours of joy and pleasure. I happen to be among those who feel that she is a family member and dread the time when one of us must leave the other I'm 81. I suppose there is such a thing as a "bad" dog, but I lean more to there are more bad people than there are bad dogs, and I feel that the loyalty and trust we have is infinately more profound than that demonstrated by humans, who for the most part I don't trust any further than I could throw them.......Yes! You got it! I am a dog lover (and other critters too!)

Dogs in My life and my Beliefs

Posted on September 12, 2011

My little dog just passed away and I am no longer a complete person. I train my own dogs and I start right from the minute their toes touch my place. I do a very consistant, patient, calm training and one of the things I include with my training is NO BARK. It doesn't matter what the breed no one handles a yapping dog well plus they can end up abused with a kick from impatience by their owners. My last dog absolutely loved people so each day we go out for a good walk(me on my scooter and she on leash) when she is tired or ready to go over to the small mall she then is put in the basket of my scooter. Again she doesn't bark but when she see's people and if they bend down to her she lays her head sideways on their shoulder for a long time. She is so affectionate. None of those types of things she does are trained; that is her personality. I forgot to mention she was an all white female Chihuahua and very relaxed. I also do a lot of socializing the dog from when they are very young. My feeling on the dog eating human food is just plain wrong. There are two reasons: 1st they then become moochers at the table plus they get fat and you are basically shortening their life plus while they are still around they end up with sore joints etc because the heavy body has to be supported by their legs. My final comment is if you want a calm quiet absolutely lovable companion, train with calmness, handle them LOTS from day one and expose them to many people, not just the family. My dog was a short coat or smooth coat Chihuahua but she had her teeth brushed, face washed daily, then when she was snuggling with me on my lap I would gently brush her fur and then with wipes made for dogs I would wipe her down. Helps with dust and dirt they get on themselves each day. All of you pet lovers out there may I just say would you hug your pet tonight for me. A senior, handicapped lady who has lost her best friend. is asking this. My name is Bobby and God Bless you all.

Dogs

Posted on August 11, 2011

PS My Golden has never met a human she didn't like....... AND I can't make that statement!

This is crazy.

Posted on August 20, 2011

One person with 5 dogs is too many. I hope you don't take them out in public altogether. Next has anyone here ever heard of training your dogs? A well trained dog is a well behaved dog.

Dangerous Dogs

Posted on August 30, 2011

My brothers wifes sister married and she had a lab and he had a german shepherd. The union seemed to be good for dog and man. One day they left the dogs in their run and went out for awhile. When they came back they found the dogs in pretty rough shape. The lab had to be put down and the other had to have quite few stitches. I wonder how that could have been prevented ? Alot of people have more than one dog and who would have even thought something like that could have happened ? Dogs just killing each other ? Haven't seen that one on the dog whisperer yet. What would you do with the dog who lived ? Is he safe around kids ?

Hidding Food

Posted on September 8, 2011

I would be worried about hiding food. You have no control over where your dog will search, including places that he/she will need to be destructive to gain access. I mean, you don't want to come home to find your dog clawed their way thru your kitchen cabin doors, or into your armoires, thinking their treat might be hidden there.

My Cats Watch My Dog When I'm Gone

Posted on August 14, 2011

I have 2 cats. They carefully monitor my 70+ pound Rot/Lab mix when I am out and about. So far, they have reported no problems.

Home Alone

Posted on August 11, 2011

I leave my two dogs home alone during the day. They are adult dogs and get free roam of the house since they are very well potty trained and are not chewers. It has never been a problem. They're always very excited to see me when I get home, even if I was just gone for a few minutes at the store. I'd like for them to be outside on nice days but I'm just afraid that some creepo might do something bad to them if they are outside unattended.

dogs are as people

Posted on August 5, 2011

I have ovned dogs for oer 60 years. Each has it's own character. I have a large scary lookind dog that is a lover but reserved. He protects any small dog or female if they are attacked. He was an abused dog, but loves people and he should hate them. He was half dead in my front yard, having been locked ina cage and starved. It took a year for his feet to heal so he could walk o/s without his feet bleeding.

our critter loves to play and guard the house

Posted on August 6, 2011

our critter- a pit- loves to play hide and seek for treats and she also loves to guard the house. sometimes she acts like she is lonely- she is 6 1/2 years ago- her companion that was 17 years old- died this last april- 2 days after i lost my job. she was attacked by a coyote 2 years ago was in icu for a week-but she survived. and she had a stroke 4 months before she died in her sleep. when ever the pit is left alone or someone is out of her sight for 30 seconds she cries and screams for us. we have started to take her for rides in the car and to go get the mail on the leash. if we can't take her, we hide treats all over the house for her to find. and our neigher comes over mid-way thru the day to play with her. he is teaching her all kinds of tricks. we have thought about another dog to keep her company, but we just do not know how she would treat the other dog, so we haven't gotten another one yet. she will let the boy's dog's in the house and we don't have any fights- a little bit of growling now and then, but that is all. she is our little baby puppy and she requires alot of love and companioship. she was 3 months old when she joined our family- so the little jack russell terrior was her life and her "mommy".even though she is a pit, she is a sweet thing and sleeps with a stuffed toy every night. but she is also very protective of me around strangers and her ouse.

I love animal - not people

Posted on August 5, 2011

My husband and I work and we have 5 dogs. We've lost some and continue to keep 5 so they are not alone. My mother worries that they are lonely. I feel like it's better they are in my home than in an abused environment, neglected or at some facility waiting to be adopted or waiting to be put down. We treat them like our children because they are our children and I turn down after work hour funtions to get home to them. Because we commute to our jobs we did hire a pet sitter to go to our house to let them out and feed them their early dinner meal. We are lucky enough that our brother in law lives with us now full time and he is now our full time dog sitter letting them out whenever they want and he feeds them and poop scoops and now they are never alone. I love them with all of my heart and I hate reading about abuse or neglect or when someone says they don't like dogs. We also have 3 cats!

Dogs home alone

Posted on July 11, 2011

The one time that I don't think that dogs should be left home alone - especially if they are free to roam in the house is that if there is a for cast for thunderstorms. My neighbors recently were out for the 4th of July with their two dogs locked up in the basement. With all of the noise from the fireworks, the dogs essentially were beside themselves and did considerable damage to their surroundings. I have seen identical actions by many other dogs, during the 4th of July celebrations as well as thunder and lightning storms. Very terrifying for their acute hearing.

Lucy

Posted on July 12, 2011

I have no idea what my dog would do or how she could handle the situation.She will be five in Nov and I got her at 7 weeks old..She's never been left alone no longer than going to the dumpster or mailbox...a few min..then she stands at the patio dooor and barks at me till i get back in...longest she's been with out be in when my wife is home and she stays with her till i get back from grocery store or when i go to the barber or when she goes to the groomer few hours every two weeks.

blech

Posted on July 14, 2011

i hate dogs

Dogs at Home Alone

Posted on July 14, 2011

I inherited an abused dog (cocker spaniel) when she was 7mths old-already tramautized. It took a year of constant training and patience to become an almost well adjusted dog. Now 7, she does have seperation anxiety but I found a citronella spray collar (no electric shocks) that keeps her from barking constantly when I'm at work but when I'm home I remove it so she can bark. I use to be so nervous to leave her but the collar works great. I play games with her every morning then take her to the park to chase my pitched balls for exercise before I go to work. Dogs aren't human but they deserve attention and just because you work doesn't mean you shouldn't own a dog (our animal shelters are overloaded as is). Incorporate daily interaction with some hard exercise to tire your canine out before you leave for work and it will do wonders.

We just love all our dogs

Posted on July 14, 2011

My wife and I have purchased pure bred dogs, and have rescued many more from the local animal shelter. We have been married 45 yrs, hence we have had quite a few dogs. All of our dogs never leave our memories! We still love them, and often talk about their individual love that they shared with us!! I must confess, that we have always had better luck, in many ways, with a rescued dog than with some pure breds. The mixed breeds seem to be calmer, much more heathly, and in all cases are as intelligent as a pure breeds! The rescued dogs really seem to know that we rescued them from a very undesirable end to their precious lives! They seem to express, in a special loving way, daily ways of letting us know that they know how we saved them!! But, if you love dogs, it does not matter where they found you, just love them! We think that dogs have more loyalty then even our children!!

We Work Opposite Shifts Because of The Dog

Posted on July 10, 2011

We have a dog that has such severe anxiety, that if one of us is not around, she throws up, all over the place. We had to change our work schedules so that there is only a short period of time that she is alone, and that is only once or twice a week. Also, if errands need to be done, she rides in the car, which she still stresses out in, but at least she doesn't throw up. In the summer, this is a problem, as I can't leave the car running with the a/c on because someone might steal the car. Our entire lives center around this dog and her anxiety and everything needs to be coordinated with my spouse. So, as much as we would like to leave the dog home, we can't. We have other dogs, who benefit from her anxiety, because, now someone is always around and they get to go out, whenever they need to.

cece

Posted on July 10, 2011

If u value yr curtains, do not leave yr dog alone-- unless the radio is on, the tv in another room and he has a playmate. However, i expect him to be available to bark fi an intruder arrives.

cece

Posted on July 10, 2011

The email that states elevating dogs to human status is so much fun is why i take these comments with spoonful of salt. I had dogs that I loved, I didn't ditch them, I kept them into old age so that meant I didn't have a bunch. I also had children and I do not compare my dogs with my children. I realize I am human and dogs are not. The writer would really have a rich life if she (has to be a she) could live a life as a human being.

Re: Wrong and unacceptable

Posted on July 8, 2011

As a pet lover that hates to leave her dog alone, I feel that elevating dogs to human level can be better than having kids. I often find that my dog is better disciplined than many kids. He never disrupts, destroys, or annoys anyone. My dog has been my guardian on my travels domestically and abroad. In essence, he is a protector on many levels and those that don't understand probably never had a pet they loved.

RE Dogs guarding doors

Posted on July 9, 2011

I have been an owner of German Shepherds for 49 years. They must have a job to be healthy and happy. Guarding a door does not make them mean. Once I give a person permission to enter my home, my dog treats them like her best friend. But, trust me, no one is coming into my house without permission. German Sheperds must have at least three hours of exercise each day.Playing fetch provides so much exercise for them. If you can't devote the time, then please pick another breed.

Wrong and unacceptable, reprised

Posted on June 29, 2011

Have to agree with the poster above -- "Wrong and unacceptable," do you ever leave the house? Go to work or school? The grocery store? We've received a strange and perverse stage in our society where animals have been elevated to the level of humans... Dogs were left alone at home for CENTURIES. There's nothing wrong with it whatsoever, and if every person who had a dog had to hire someone to be with their dog whenever they left the house, well, we'd be putting hundreds of thousands of dogs down every year because no one could afford to take care of them. Time for a reality check....

At Home

Posted on June 29, 2011

My two have access to the house and outside via 3 doggie doors to a secure outdoor kennel large enough for them to have a good wrestling match if they so choose. One was a barker which I solved with one of the outside barking devices..one that lets off a sound when the dog barks. Now, it is there more as a remnder but the dog does know whan the battery is dead and takes advantage. Otherwise, they are happy and healthy

Wrong and Unacceptable?

Posted on June 27, 2011

Dogs are animals NOT HUMANS! I have both dogs and children and I certainly don't treat them the same. My dogs love being outside and one even prefers to sleep outdoors than inside with us "humans" and he's a very sweet and happy dog. I leave both my dogs alone when I go to work but I take them swimming and for long walks when I get home and we do something fun every single day. They are well adjusted and love people and all other dogs. A dog is not a full time job and leaving your dogs alone in a place where they feel safe and happy is good for everyone.

Leaving Dogs Home Alone

Posted on June 23, 2011

I have a question....what do you do with two dogs home alone ALL day and bark constantly. I have spoken with the owners of the dogs but they say there isn't thing they can do about it. I don't know, it just doesn't seem fair to the dogs or to the neighbors that try to enjoy the nice weather and try to enjoy some solitude on their own property.

this blog is an opinion -- not a fact!

Posted on June 26, 2011

I disagreed that the dog was supposed to guard your home. You are teaching your dog to be cruel. All dogs loved people even strangers. If a dog dont liked strangers then its your fault not to have dog social with other people even other dogs/cats. All animals are supposed to be cooperation full of love. I dont agreed that it is okay to leave your dog home alone. They are like baby child. Is it okay to leave your baby child home alone ? Same thing! They breath, sleep, love, eat, and play. The dog shouldn't leave home alone. If you work at full time then dont buy a dog! A dog is a full time job and highly recommend for retirement people who have time for the dogs and full of attention and walking daily is good for you. This blog is wrong and unacceptable!!!

Leave on radio

Posted on June 21, 2011

I have always rescued Boxers at least 3 years old as I work during the day. I have NEVER caged(crated) them. I leave the radio on (rather loudly) to add as a distraction during the day. When I come home they always get walked at least 2 miles + played with for a few hours. I have NEVER had any problems, as I usually leave quite a bit of toys and my dog has a window to look out of during the day. NEVER leave them caged for more than4 hours, better yet NEVER CAGE THEM, if you must try confining them to a particular large room with a window + leave the radio on.....

7 year old Yorkshire Terrier doesnt like strangers

Posted on June 21, 2011

I can bring Maxx to the Vet and he draws raves of attention, he also reciprocates. However, that seems to be the only instance. I understand the protective instinct for my Mother and I. I am caregiver for my 92 year old Mother and Maxx barks at unknown "footfalls", cars driving up the hill, doorbells ringing, etc. But DO NOT let a person come to the dootr without his lead on. Is this a learned behavior on his part? I wish I could allow people to "speak" or pet him, but no way. Please help if you can. He loves family and my two Grandchildren, ages 3 and 4.

Dogs are SUPPOSED to Guard your Home

Posted on June 14, 2011

Dogs love having an important job. I leave my dogs home alone every day when I work. I have 5 of them and they love their job of guarding my home. I have worked out their facilities, etc. and they know the routine. Everyone is healthy and happy, no behavior problems, no weight problems. I have had dogs for over 40 years and they love having a job rather than being the spoiled brat in the pack.

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