leaving dog alone = mistreatment?

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leaving dog alone = mistreatment?

Post by keit » Tue, 18 Feb 2003 05:19:28



Sorry  I'm not a dog owner but I wonder if someone can give me advice on the
following?

Our next door neighbours  (south west england, UK) have 2 little shaggy
yorkshire terriers (i think) which they leave outside in the back yard all
day while they're both at work.
Every time anyone passes in the street at the front they bark a lot and
snarl at each other. (the dogs that is)
But we've got used to the noise and I presume this is normal dog-owning.

But for the last week they've acquired a 3rd dog, which is a jack russel
terrier. This one is left indoors all day, and barks continuously with a
single yelpy bark at about 2 second intervals whenever the neighbours are
out ;  typically last week it was from 7AM to 7PM.

Can anyone tell me if this is mistreatment - or OK? Or point me to a UK
website that gives guidelines?

I presume its supplied with food/water ok, but surely a dog that 's barking
continuously and alone must be worried , or wanting its owners to come back.
It might be that the neighbours are looking after it for  a friend, but
surely if it's away from its usual keepers it needs more attention?

 
 
 

leaving dog alone = mistreatment?

Post by David Cohe » Tue, 18 Feb 2003 07:03:39



Quote:
> Sorry  I'm not a dog owner but I wonder if someone can give me
advice on the
> following?

> Our next door neighbours  (south west england, UK) have 2 little
shaggy
> yorkshire terriers (i think) which they leave outside in the back
yard all
> day while they're both at work.

If they have water and proper shelter from the elements, could be ok.

Quote:
> Every time anyone passes in the street at the front they bark a lot
and
> snarl at each other. (the dogs that is)
> But we've got used to the noise and I presume this is normal

dog-owning.

They're dogs.

Quote:

> But for the last week they've acquired a 3rd dog, which is a jack
russel
> terrier. This one is left indoors all day, and barks continuously
with a
> single yelpy bark at about 2 second intervals whenever the
neighbours are
> out ;  typically last week it was from 7AM to 7PM.

> Can anyone tell me if this is mistreatment - or OK? Or point me to a
UK
> website that gives guidelines?

> I presume its supplied with food/water ok, but surely a dog that 's
barking
> continuously and alone must be worried , or wanting its owners to
come back.
> It might be that the neighbours are looking after it for  a friend,
but
> surely if it's away from its usual keepers it needs more attention?

Dogs are social animals and don't like, in general, being alone. If a
dog is raised from puppyhood with increasingly long periods of time
alone (and a number of other strategies that make being alone more
tolerable), they can be ok with it. The Jack Russel Terrier you
describe is pretty clearly NOT ok with being alone. It may not be
illegal to treat a dog that way, but it is wrong.

Maybe you could volunteer to look after the dog. You might just end up
owning one :)

David
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