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?
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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.
My mom had a dog that was fine when she went to work, but she knew that on the weekend, she went with. She got vindictive if she was not taken, Tore a box of tissues into little shreds several times for revenge when she did not get to go on weekends.
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.
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.
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
Thank you for sharing. It sounds like you are great parents to your 4-legged children. It sounds like they were comfortable and well taken care of while you had to work all day.
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.
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!
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.
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!
I'm retraining a service dog, so she goes everywhere possible with me for her mental health. She stays in the car short periods, windows cracked. I'm in MN, so heat is less of a problem. Labs can stay in a car as long as it's 20-80°F, per our vet.