Efficient Admin profile image 93

Before you got your dog, did you worry about leaving them home alone?


Do your dogs have trouble being by themselves all day? What about puppies? Do they need constant attention while they are still babies, or can you leave them alone all day while you have to work?

sort by best latest

Monis Mas profile image84

Aga (Monis Mas) says

3 years ago
 |  Comment
Becky Katz profile image85

Becky Katz says

3 years ago
 |  Comment
  • Laura Schneider profile image

    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Very practical, Becky! An approach that considers both the humans' needs and the canines'. One HAS to leave a dog alone sometimes--it just works out that way: life is sometimes crazy. Personally, my dog mostly sleeps while I'm gone.


  • See all 2 comments
nanderson500 profile image90

nanderson500 says

3 years ago
 |  Comment
  • Laura Schneider profile image

    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Great point! If anyone thinks their dog has separation anxiety, there are many ways of helping the dog grow more confident being alone: separation anxiety is miserable but usually curable. I wrote an article on that topic, if you need some tips.

jravity1 profile image75

jravity1 says

3 years ago
 |  Comment
  • Laura Schneider profile image

    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Right on the money, jravity1! A friend of mine who runs a service dog training school has the saying, "A tired dog is a good dog!" And it's really true.

agilitymach profile image98

agilitymach says

3 years ago
 |  Comment
Lady Guinevere profile image60

Debra Allen (Lady Guinevere) says

3 years ago
 |  Comment
  • Laura Schneider profile image

    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    I take my dog everywhere I can, too. She is a ruined service dog that I am trying to retrain and she's used to going wherever her person goes, so I approximate that by taking her on errands. Monitoring the temp in the car is critical, however!

flacoinohio profile image84

flacoinohio says

3 years ago
 |  Comment
  • Laura Schneider profile image

    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    flacoinohio, our dogs must be related. My dog considers her crate her "safe place", too, and if she does something wrong I just say "go kennel" and she goes in on her own. Also if she is frightened (ex: a storm, guests) or just tired she will go in.

ladydeonne profile image89

Deonne Anderson (ladydeonne) says

3 years ago
 |  Comment
  • Laura Schneider profile image

    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    I agree, ladydeonne! Your approach is very practical for the family (including the dogs in that family). Jandee's commandments, in my opinion, should be taken more as guidelines to follow if possible in a perfect world; few families could manage that


  • See all 2 comments
duffsmom profile image60

P. Thorpe Christiansen (duffsmom) says

3 years ago
 |  Comment
  • Laura Schneider profile image

    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    duffsmom, you are very practical, as usual, and your advice is right on the mark. Great tips that you summed up succinctly: they are a lot like having kids! I'm sure your dogs are happy, or at least comfortable, when you are not there.

jandee profile image45

jandee says

3 years ago
 |  Comment
  • Efficient Admin profile image

    Efficient Admin 3 years ago

    Thanks for commenting. Yes I would never leave the dog in a car. I don't believe I would take them out on a really hot day either. I go walking in 95 degree weather but I will let my dog relax in the air conditioning!


  • See all 2 comments
working