How Long To Leave Dogs Alone??

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How Long To Leave Dogs Alone??

Post by Ecohous » Sun, 08 Jan 2006 00:11:33



I've been debating about getting a dog from the pound but I have one
major question.

I don't have a steady work schedule.  So there are times when I work at
home and other times when I'm working outside the house.

My concern is that if I'm working outside the house and leaving the dog
inside all day long.  There doesn't seem to be one answer to this
problem.  Is it cruel to the dog to force them to have to hold it all
day long until you return home?

I can not afford a dog walker and I don't have a fenced in yard.  And I
will not tie a dog outside all day long.  So my only option is to leave
the dog inside all day long.

Any advice??

 
 
 

How Long To Leave Dogs Alone??

Post by who » Sun, 08 Jan 2006 20:29:07




Quote:
>I've been debating about getting a dog from the pound but I have one
>major question.

>I don't have a steady work schedule.  So there are times when I work at
>home and other times when I'm working outside the house.

>My concern is that if I'm working outside the house and leaving the dog
>inside all day long.  There doesn't seem to be one answer to this
>problem.  Is it cruel to the dog to force them to have to hold it all
>day long until you return home?

>I can not afford a dog walker and I don't have a fenced in yard.  And I
>will not tie a dog outside all day long.  So my only option is to leave
>the dog inside all day long.

>Any advice??

Lots of dogs are left alone inside all day. You'll be wanting to make
sure your dog gets lots of exercise anyway, but on the days you know
you have to leave him/her for the day - make sure you get out for a
good long walk before you leave, and if you're feeding in the morning
make sure you buddy has a chance to poop and pee before you have to
go.
 
 
 

How Long To Leave Dogs Alone??

Post by Tiry » Sun, 08 Jan 2006 23:44:07



Quote:


>>I've been debating about getting a dog from the pound but I have one
>>major question.

>>I don't have a steady work schedule.  So there are times when I work at
>>home and other times when I'm working outside the house.

>>My concern is that if I'm working outside the house and leaving the dog
>>inside all day long.  There doesn't seem to be one answer to this
>>problem.  Is it cruel to the dog to force them to have to hold it all
>>day long until you return home?

>>I can not afford a dog walker and I don't have a fenced in yard.  And I
>>will not tie a dog outside all day long.  So my only option is to leave
>>the dog inside all day long.

>>Any advice??

> Lots of dogs are left alone inside all day. You'll be wanting to make
> sure your dog gets lots of exercise anyway, but on the days you know
> you have to leave him/her for the day - make sure you get out for a
> good long walk before you leave, and if you're feeding in the morning
> make sure you buddy has a chance to poop and pee before you have to
> go.

You may also want to consider adopting an older dog, instead of a puppy or a
young dog who will be less able to "hold it" or who will have more energy to
burn when you're home.  Also, do some research on the breed of dog that is
best for your lifestyle - not just size, but also energy level, how easily
they get bored, etc.

If you are on good terms with any of your neighbors kids, maybe talk to one
of them (providing they're old enough and responsible enough) about coming
over and taking the dog for a quick walk when they get home from school?

 
 
 

How Long To Leave Dogs Alone??

Post by Ecohous » Thu, 12 Jan 2006 08:27:57


Thanks for the information.  Are any breeds better adapted to this
lifestyle than others?
 
 
 

How Long To Leave Dogs Alone??

Post by Mike Painte » Tue, 24 Jan 2006 14:29:44


Quote:

> I've been debating about getting a dog from the pound but I have one
> major question.

> I don't have a steady work schedule.  So there are times when I work
> at home and other times when I'm working outside the house.

> My concern is that if I'm working outside the house and leaving the
> dog inside all day long.  There doesn't seem to be one answer to this
> problem.  Is it cruel to the dog to force them to have to hold it all
> day long until you return home?

If you're home a lot I'd not worry about it.
My dog seems as happy to see me after a full day as after being gone for ten
minutes.