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Leaving your pet at home alone?

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My wife and I both have "9-5" jobs, so the dog is alone from 7am-5pm. I keep an eye on her with a webcam, and she basically sleeps all day except for a few periods when she is barking at the window. She is spoiled though and has her own leather chair! Of course after being alone all day, she craves attention when we are home, and she sleeps in the bed with us.
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I try not to leave my dog for more then 8hrs. I know he can go longer, but hate to push his poor bladder. If we are gonna be gone longer, we employ a wonderful dog walking service in our area who will come in and feed him, take him for a walk and even administer any meds (if he did need them). They are reasonably priced and I would prefer to spend the extra money and know that he is taken care of then to leave him to his own devices. If I am going away, I have an equally great sitter who loves him and takes great care of him while we are away. She even lets him sleep in her bed, a luxury he does not have at home.

My cats are both very independent. I have left at most for 4-5 days with someone coming over midway to change their litter boxes. I do this only on very rare occasion, as I have to change them from wet to dry food when im gone, not only does it interrupt their feeding routine, but my little girl puffs up like a plump roast from all the dry food she inhales while we are gone !!
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james3210 wrote:
May 10th, 2010 5:24 pm
I try not to leave my dog for more then 8hrs. I know he can go longer, but hate to push his poor bladder. If we are gonna be gone longer, we employ a wonderful dog walking service in our area who will come in and feed him, take him for a walk and even administer any meds (if he did need them). They are reasonably priced and I would prefer to spend the extra money and know that he is taken care of then to leave him to his own devices. If I am going away, I have an equally great sitter who loves him and takes great care of him while we are away. She even lets him sleep in her bed, a luxury he does not have at home.

My cats are both very independent. I have left at most for 4-5 days with someone coming over midway to change their litter boxes. I do this only on very rare occasion, as I have to change them from wet to dry food when im gone, not only does it interrupt their feeding routine, but my little girl puffs up like a plump roast from all the dry food she inhales while we are gone !!
I think its fine to leave the cats alone for 4-5 days... just as long as you leave plenty of water bowls around with the faucet dripping ( for a peace of mind) the only drag is... coming home to a smelly litterbox. I also have someone stop by midway and scoop up the poop, my little girl is also very independent and likes her own space.
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lor74 wrote:
May 10th, 2010 3:36 pm
My wife and I both have "9-5" jobs,

so the dog is alone from 7am-5pm.

I keep an eye on her with a webcam, and she basically sleeps all day except for a few periods when she is barking at the window. She is spoiled though and has her own leather chair! Of course after being alone all day, she craves attention when we are home, and she sleeps in the bed with us.
Having a dog stuck inside at home for 10 hours straight seems a bit much...but that's just me.

Why don't you hire a dog walker to drop by during the day to take the dog out for you ?

How much exercise does your dog get a day ?
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My dog is alone 9 hours a day. She seems okay with it. She gets a half hour walk in the morning and another hour at night. While she's alone at home, she chases/stalks the Roomba.

Having someone come in to walk her or let her out in the yard to play is $20/day minimum. Pretty big ***** of change when it's really not necessaryl.
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Beachdown wrote:
May 11th, 2010 8:14 pm

My dog is alone 9 hours a day.

She seems okay with it. She gets a half hour walk in the morning and another hour at night. While she's alone at home, she chases/stalks the Roomba.

Having someone come in to walk her or let her out in the yard to play is $20/day minimum.

Pretty big ***** of change when it's really not necessaryl.
Depends on your point of view I guess.

As for me , I would think it IS necessary NOT to let a dog sit in the house for 9+ hours a day...that's just a cruel thing to do to a dog....at least in my books.

So, if it meant paying someone $400 a month - or more - so my dog could get out each day...I'd gladly pay it.
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Since we both work, we wouldn't get a dog (I am not a dog person anyway). Our cats have no problems being at home during the day...and we are comforatble leaving them in the house if we go on a week's vacation.
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poedua wrote:
May 11th, 2010 8:45 pm
Depends on your point of view I guess.

As for me , I would think it IS necessary NOT to let a dog sit in the house for 9+ hours a day...that's just a cruel thing to do to a dog....at least in my books.

So, if it meant paying someone $400 a month - or more - so my dog could get out each day...I'd gladly pay it.
To each his own opinion.

She ambles off to her bed to sleep when I leave. She's happy to see me when I get home. Nothing's broken, chewed up or destroyed, she's not barking her head off while I'm gone (sometimes she gets up and looks out the window if she hears a noise outside - webcam). She pretty much sleeps all day.

These aren't human beings, you know. While they do need socialization with people and animals, they (for the most part, there are some exceptions) are prefectly fine on their own for 9 hours a day if they're getting enough exercise and mental stimulation.
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poedua wrote:
May 11th, 2010 8:45 pm
Depends on your point of view I guess.

As for me , I would think it IS necessary NOT to let a dog sit in the house for 9+ hours a day...that's just a cruel thing to do to a dog....at least in my books.

So, if it meant paying someone $400 a month - or more - so my dog could get out each day...I'd gladly pay it.
I'm curious, do you find it cruel if you sit at home for 9 hours a day without going outside? That's what we generally do on the weekends to relax from the work week. If we're ok with being home for the day I don't see how my dog isn't. I can't speak for others but my dog don't sit for 9hrs straight, he spends his time looking out the window, sleeping, lounging around, play with his toys etc. I don't think it's all that terrible of a life as he gets lots of love and attention after work. Since I use pee pads my dog has full access to his pee pads for the 9 hrs. When I take my dog out (on good weather days ie no rain, snow storms, extreme wind chills etc.) it's at least an hour walk/run outside which I consider plenty for a 9.6lb dog. Since I live by a park we run up and down hills a lot. I doubt a dog walker will run with my dog the way I will as all the local dog walkers I've seen got a lot of dogs with them at the same time. My dog is a spoiled brat and is an attention hog.
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setell wrote:
May 12th, 2010 1:51 am
I'm curious, do you find it cruel if you sit at home for 9 hours a day without going outside?
Not if it was my choice - a dog has no choice.

Not if i had a chance to socialize with other people via phone / internet - most dogs have no chance to socialize with other dogs for those 9 hours.

And if it wasn't my choice and I was forced to stay in a house 9 hours a day, 20 days out of every month...then yes....... I'd consider that cruel.
setell wrote:
May 12th, 2010 1:51 am
That's what we generally do on the weekends to relax from the work week.
That's your choice....and that is 8 days out of 30 in a month....not 20.
setell wrote:
May 12th, 2010 1:51 am
If we're ok with being home for the day I don't see how my dog isn't.
See above.
setell wrote:
May 12th, 2010 1:51 am
I can't speak for others but my dog don't sit for 9hrs straight, he spends his time looking out the window, sleeping, lounging around, play with his toys etc. I don't think it's all that terrible of a life as he gets lots of love and attention after work.
Guess we'll have to disagree on this point, as I happen to think it is a pretty lousy existence for a dog to be locked up in a house for 9 hours straight for 5 consecutive days, 20 days each month.

But that's just me.
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Beachdown wrote:
May 11th, 2010 10:20 pm
To each his own opinion.

She ambles off to her bed to sleep when I leave. She's happy to see me when I get home. Nothing's broken, chewed up or destroyed, she's not barking her head off while I'm gone (sometimes she gets up and looks out the window if she hears a noise outside - webcam). She pretty much sleeps all day.

These aren't human beings, you know.

While they do need socialization with people and animals, they (for the most part, there are some exceptions) are prefectly fine on their own for 9 hours a day if they're getting enough exercise and mental stimulation.
Again, to each their own i suppose.

If you're O.K. leaving your dog locked up in the house for 9 hours a day, for 5 consecutive days, 20 days a month.........fine.......then that is your choice.

As for me, I'd never do that to a dog...I'd consider it a cruel thing to do.

But that's just me.
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I leave my dog at home for 9 hours during the week because me and my husband have to work. I would prefer to have someone come over and take him out in the yard, but they are extremely expensive in my area. I do feel very guilty though. He is a 5 months now and he is trained to go do his business outside, but when we are out leave him in the kitchen. Right now we have pee pads out for him, but I find he always poos on them as well. Does any one else's dog poo in the house as well? I would eventually like to not have a pee pad out at all and for him to be hopefully able to hold it in. How long can a dog hold in his business? I know it depends on the size of you dog too. I have a boxer.
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My dog is a 70lb mixed hound. She holds it for 9+ hours during the week. Sometimes when I get home, she runs down the deck stairs to pee, other times she wanders around the yard for half an hour before she goes.

I know she doesn`t eat while I`m gone. She usually drinks maybe half her bowl of water. She`s around 8 years old now...she's been like this since I got her when she was 4. I would never expect a 5 month old puppy to hold it in for more than a couple of hours at a time.
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I agree with poedua. A dog left in the house on its own without human interaction for a 9 hour stretch 5 days a week is a bit much. I think there's alot to be said for the petcare/dogwalking business. I'd gladly pay whatever is needed to see that my dog received human companionship during the day. I have friends whose dogs are walked while they're at work and it is so endearing and comforting to witness the excitement in their dogs as the dogwalkers arrive to pick them up for their mid-day stroll. They will actually sit in the foyer or on the stairs waiting for them to arrive.

Dogwalking is available on a private basis as well. There's no need to include them in a group walk unless you're hoping to save some money. Most dogwalkers are also passionate animal lovers. I've used them myself for home visits.

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