Post # 32
My dog is home from about 8:00AM -5:15 PM. My sister brings her dog over and she is at our house all day. We have a dog walker come half way through the day.
Is there any way you can afford to have a dog walker come? I know money is probably tight but it might make you feel better!
Post # 33
You could also put in a doggy door or use puppy pee pads – they’re much cheaper then a dog walker!
We have an english cream golden retriever. She is crated while we are at work & she is perfectly fine. Its usually 6-10 hours ish. Usually on the lower side but she has been left longer before. I work 7-7 or 3-11 & my fiancé works 10-8. We put in the doggy door for her thinking it would be great & she could run out whenever she wanted to, but she started digging. After the 3rd time she got out, my brother-in-law to be came over & helped us put concrete & rebar under the fence & all around. My destructive dog & how we’ve handled it really needs her own thread. You are lucky that you have a good pup & you should not just rehome because its easier. She could end up abused or worse. Someone else is not going to take better care of your dog.
Post # 34
@hislittlepenguin: As long as he’s being let out during the day I don’t see an issue. Sounds like he gets adequate time with you guys before and after work (and hopefully on days off or weekends). Plus he gets the run of the whole house. How cool!
If he were crated, like my dog, my answer would be different (although my dog spends, at most 4 1/2 hours in his kennel at one time), but he sounds fine with his current arrangement. Don’t rehome him at this time.
Post # 35
That doesn’t sound too bad! Ours are left at home from about 8 am to 6 pm. When we only had one dog we felt it was a little too long for her to be all alone, so we got her a friend! FI works from home occasionally and says that they mostly sleep during the day – so even if we were to be home all day, they wouldn’t interact with us much. As long as you spend quality time with them while you’re at home, it shouldn’t be too bad.
ETA: when our dog was a puppy, I would come home to let her out every couple hours. Now that they are older, we take them out 3x a day.
Post # 36
I would think the majority of dog owners are working 8-10 hour days and do not have money for daily dog walkers or day care. Some will have problems, but the majority handle their schedules just fine.
You are the one who sees the dog every day, so strangers on the internet cannot comment on if this is ok for your dog. Does he have accidents in the house? Destroy things when left alone? Have you ever asked your neighbours if he cries when you are gone? If not, he likely is not too stressed out being home alone.
Post # 37
@hislittlepenguin: I leave the house at 7:45 every day and return at 5. Fiance is out of the house from 6:30 am – 7 pm. We have a dog walker that comes around noon every day and walks him for 1/2 hour.
I think he would probably be fine but I feel bad leaving him for that long. He stays in his crate because he has anxiety when we leave, and he knows his crate is his safe place. I honestly think he just sleeps all day long. I have a snow day today, and all hes been doing is sleeping since I got up this morning!
I would think it would be more traumatic to rehome a dog than to have him be alone during the day. Dogs can adapt easily to a lot of situations, and if you havent seen any negative/unhappy behavior or tendencies, I would say he is fine. Especially if he has a kitty friend 🙂
Like others suggested, maybe you could find a dog walker or a doggy daycare that he could go to, even if its once or twice a week. I understand its vey hard with money issues, and it is expensive. We pay $10/walk.
Post # 38
@hislittlepenguin: I would recommend dog daycare a few times a week or maybe a dog walker! We love daycare! All i have to say is ” daycare” and my dog gets so excited haha he loves going there- and he comes home tired ( which is super handy in the winter when we can’t walk all the time)
A lot of daycares will even pick up and drop off your dog for you.
Honestly tho if your dog isnt eliminating in the house or destroying things while you are gone, he is probably ok with how things are, but getting a dog walker/daycare a few times a week would be nice for him 🙂
Post # 39
Thanks everyone for the help/advice and for not being judgemental. I have looked into dog walkers today and arranged some interviews with the ones I’ve seen recommended by others in our area and by the rescue society that’s near us.
Re toileting – we absolutely don’t expect our dog to hold in poop/wee all day – neither my husband nor I can do this so we don’t expect our dog to do it either. He uses a litter box. Not sure if he learned this from the cat but as a puppy he liked to use her litter box and then they tried to use it at the same time and it got awkward so my husband custom built him his own one. He is free to use this but only does so when he’s left all day – he doesn’t ever use it when we are home because he prefers to do this on his walks.
Normally though my husband will take him out for a reasonably decent walk (30 – 40 minutes) before we leave for work (I do it in the summer when it’s light at this time) and then the first thing we do when we come in from work is walk him for an hour during which time he gets to free run at the beach. Then it’s home time, a wash and dinner. After his and our dinner, we play with him. He loves playing fetch and tug so we do actually play with him and focus on him during this time because it’s the only time he gets with us. At the weekends we do our household chores and he potters about with us and then when we are done we take him out somewhere fun for a free run or a long long walk. The rest of the time we play with him at home or he’s playing chase and break stuff with the cat. Those two have really bonded and they even sleep in the same bed.
I am definitely going to try the dog walkers first and see if we can get into daycare at least a couple of times a week. Thanks for sharing your experiences, it was interesting to hear what other people’s set ups were.
Post # 40
Oh I forgot to mention – no he doesn’t chew/destroy furniture. He could, because there’s plenty of stuff for him to wreck in our dining room and in the adjoining kitchen but he doesn’t. We rotate his toys so week by week they change and I guess to him it’s like they are ‘new’ all over again. He doesn’t bark/whine because the neighbours have said that he only does this when my Father-In-Law is over doing something at the house. My Father-In-Law HATES all animals so he will lock our dog in the garden and leave him there until we get home. He thinks dogs should never be kept indoors and doesn’t understand that our dog is a breed that dislikes being kept out there. If he’s stuck in the garden he barks incessantly – literally from the second he’s out to the second we arrive home. We know because our neighbours on both sides have complained. Since then we have asked Father-In-Law not to come to our house when we are not there. Other than that the neighbours say they haven’t heard a peep out of him.
I might even ask one of our friends if we can borrow their camera and just tape him one day and see what he’s up to. But definitely we’ll look into daycare and walkers. We’ll try whatever is within our means.
Post # 41
@hislittlepenguin: I think your schedule sounds just fine. Don’t feel guilty! You’re walking him before/after, and exercising him on weekends. That’s good enough. You take great care of him 🙂 if you’re concerned about loneliness, have you thought about doggy daycare one day a week? That might put you at ease.
Please don’t rehome your loved one! I think everyone goes through these feelings of inadequacy. I know I have. I know even rich people that feel guilty leaving their pets home alone for more than 4 hours at a time. You’re a great pet parent! 🙂 Your pup sounds happy as a clam, and is happy to have his kitty friend 🙂
Post # 42
@hislittlepenguin: I think it entirely depends on your dog, if he seems to be calm with you out the house that long, then that’s fine. Generally we leave our two between 8-5 on 5 days a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. They get a walk when one of us gets home, and they have lots of cuddles in the evening. In the summer they have the run of the garden but have access to the garage for shelter. In the spring/autumn weather dependant; same but they wear their coats. And winter they are in the kitchen all day. And they’re perfectly happy. I live next to my mum, so she would hear them if they were to cry or howl. And while there is evidence of play every day (toys everywhere) there is never any damage
Post # 43
@hislittlepenguin: Both my SO and I work full time jobs. Our dog (half lab half retreiver)roams the house from 7:30a-5:30p and she’s always fine. We leave out all of her toys and her bed.
Post # 44
Our dogs are normally left from 8am to 6pm. They have food, water, toys and each other. I’m sure they’re fine. They really just sleep most of the day anyway. . Those lazy bastards. Both of them are almost 7 though, so I attribute their mellow demeanors it their ages.
Post # 45
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@hislittlepenguin: I think yuo guys should keep the dog! Our dog stays alone at home from 8:30 am to 5 or 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday. Sometimes longer if we have to do something after work.
Post # 46
My dog is only 5 months old, but she’s alone from 8:00-4:00 every day.
I do NOT leave her alone that whole time, I run home at noon and let her out of her crate for an hour and she has food/water in her crate. (Actually ice cubes, she finds them fun to play with!) Our vet has told us that this is perfectly normal, so I trust their judgement. Have you asked your vet about it? I always like hearing their opinion because they see the best and worst of pet owners.