(Closed) OK to keep a dog in a basement during the day?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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@QueenOfSerendip:  We rescued a 3 year old greyhound two years ago. At first we did go home every day to let him out at lunch, but as he got used to being home alone all day we’ve cut back on that. He still gets let out at lunchtime a couple of days a week but he’s good at holding it all day and often at lunch isn’t in a rush to pee. However, if we do leave him out of his crate for 8 or 9 hours he WILL pee on the floor. I definitely highly recommend crate training! I would never leave my dog in a musty basement all day, poor guy. He’s very happy to be in his crate and puts himself there when he knows it’s time for us to go to work. A dog walker or doggie day care is always a nice option if you can’t get home to take the dog out. Good luck with your new home and new dog!!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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@QueenOfSerendip:  Yes and no, if you kept it in a room? Yeah, absolutely. But we always had dog flaps, the dogs were allowed in and out frequently and I should note that almost every day someone was home at lunchtime, sorry I didn’t realise you said you wouldn’t be around even for a bit in the middle of the day.

It also depends on the type of dog (I know, so many variables here!) But if you have a big dog or one that needs a lot of exercise, you can’t keep it at home for so long with no exercise. There are dogs who need less (never none, but seriously less) exercise than others.

ALSO (I knowwww) there are many breeds which need their family, they get very, very attached to you and some dogs can feel as abandoned as children! Others are less sensitive but this all needs to be thought of if you’re considering getting one 🙂

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

@QueenOfSerendip:  I don’t know… I’m against crating and stuff, but that’s because I’ve never done it with any dogs I’ve had. I guess I could see why people would do it. We let our dog roam free in our apartment when we’re gone, but because I’m still a student, I’m not gone for hours at a time. Well, I am now, but after this semester I won’t be. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I really think you should consider crate training your dog, and abandon the idea of leaving it in the unfinished basement totally. That is just cruel, IMO. 

With crate training, your house doesn’t get destroyed and your dog has a safe, happy place where he feels secure and protected.

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

A young dog cannot be alone for 11 hours straight. An adult dog shouldn’t. Can you get a dog walker in? A crate is the way to go but I wouldn’t leave my dogs in a crate for 11 hours.

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@MrsPanda99:  I don’t think that’s what any of us said.  I worked full time and went to my house every single day for the first year I had my big girl.  I had trained my parents’ dog before that.  It has nothing to do with her personally – as I am sure she would love the dog.  But it is not healthy to leave your dog (especially a puppy) for lengths of time.  Urinary tract infections can permanately harm your dog.

 

I did not stop crating my dog until she was almost 3 years old.  Even now that she is 7, I still do not leave her for more than 8 hours a day.  I sort of think your post minimizes the huge commitment a dog is.  Owners can be just as irresponsible as a shelter.  Besides just training the dog – there is the commitment to provide him or her with water, food (a puppy will need to eat more than once a day) and medical care which can be expensive.

 

Luckily my girl is a mutt, she doesn’t have many problems if ever.  But I do have an incontinent, very expensive Pug because of his breed.  So I would also recommend an older, non-breed specific (or rather one that is not known for being high maintenance) dog if at all possible.

 

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Crate + dog walker, although dog walkers in my area are like $20 a walk

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@LGenz:  Uhhh I am in the wrong industry!  That is crazy money!

Post # 26
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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@QueenOfSerendip: and she wouldn’t do something to harm an animal. I wasn’t speaking “generally” as I am aware some folks don’t treat animals well. That’s not the case here. Unsolicited advice is annoying and I don’t think she was asking people if they agreed with her getting a dog – it’s none of anyone’s business except hers and her husband’s. Everyone seems to think they get a say rather than answering her question. Maybe I’m reading it wrong and she doesn’t care, but I stand by what I said.

I love you, but this isn’t worth arguing about. I know what kind of person I am, how I treat my furbaby, and what I believe. I don’t need to justify it.    

Post # 27
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@QueenOfSerendip:  I disagree with those who say it is unfair to work those hours and have a dog. It isn’t. However, you just need to make sure you do have someone to let your dog out, young or old, during the day and play for a bit. I live close to where I work. When he was a puppy, I would go home every two hours and let him out. Once he was fully potty trained, I only let him out durin g my lunch hour, into my fenced yard, to play and go bathroom.

Since you plan on getting an older dog, I think I would still crate train it. We crate trained my 10 year old rescue dog, so it is definitely doable. I felt comfortable leaving him uncrated, BUT if he got a nasty bout of anxiety, he would poop despire being out to go bathroom just a half an hour before. He would also make a mess of things when he never used to before.

A basement is fine for a dog. It is nice and cool down there, dark means they will sleep most of the day. As long as you have a bone and a toy in there with a little bit of water it will be just fine. I would suggest playing a radio during the day 🙂

Post # 28
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@QueenOfSerendip:  Crate training is much better because the puppy will learn to hold their bladder and bowels while in the crate.  If you put them in the basement, they will have sufficient space to pee and poo everywhere.  My dogs have always loved their crate and use it as a safe sleeping area even after I stopped locking the door on it.

Post # 29
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@deetroitwhat:  I knooooooow. We’re getting a puppy in the spring and when we started looking I was thinking it would be $10 a walk, NOPE. It’s also because the puppy has to go on solo walks for awhile.

Post # 30
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@MrsPanda99:  You know I big fluffy heart you too, I am definitely not trying to argue!  I just think it is obvious given the facts we were told that it is not the best environment to have a puppy at the very least.  So I felt it should be said.

At any rate, to answer the original question – I do not think the basement is a great option.  I know a lot of people think crating is cruel, but it isn’t at all.  My dogs grew to love their crates.  My pug still sits in his because he feels it is a protective environment.  My girl is just too big now, and very well house trained!  I gave her crate to someone with a puppy!

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If you can afford to hire someone to come over a couple times a day to walk, feed and play with the dog, then I guess go for it, but it doesn’t seem like you two have the time for a dog right now. 

edit: if you are getting an older dog that knows how to hold its business for a while, then the basement should be fine. Definitely crate train it either way though, and make sure the crate is a safe spot. If you get a puppy, leave it in the crate after establishing that the crate is a good, happy place to be.

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