> We would love to have a dog but since my wife and I both work it would
> be alone during the business week. For this reason we have rejected the
> idea of a puppy and are focusing on adopting and *** dog. However,
> I've read in many places on the Web that dogs left alone in this manner
> ultimately develop obsessive behaviors like chronic barking, digging etc
> to relieve the stress of their
> separation anxiety.
> Has anyone in a working household successfully brought an *** dog into
> their home without these kinds of problems eventually surfacing for the
> dog. We certainly don't want to make the life of our pet miserable.
Hi, Warren --
Dogs left by themselves all day definitely do become bored. My husband
and I also work. We have done several things to "keep our dog amused".
1. We did get a second dog! Our first dog was a Doberman, and our
second was a Dachshund. They are best buddies, play well together. The
Dobie is top dog, the Dachsie is *** to him. That doesn't mean
that he can't hold his own in roughhousing, though :-)
2. There are indestructable toys left outside in their big kennel for
them to play with. They have two igloos for comfort, each with blankets
inside to help keep them warm when it's chilly (we live in Northern
California). Mostly these are Kongs or similar toys.
3. They have a tether ball to play with. They seem to play with this
4. We occasionally take them to "Doggy Day Care". There is a trainer
in town who cares for dogs all day while we work. They socialize with
other dogs, play all day, are monitored by three people to ensure no
unacceptable behavior, and come home completely tuckered for all of the
next day! We do this maybe once a month.
5. Our dogs get walked twice a day, for a total of 3-4 miles. This
helps ensure that they don't have too much pent up energy, especially
the Dobie. The Dachsie is more willing to be a sleepyhead.
6. I've recently been screening pet sitters, who come into your home to
mind your animals. The folks I've chosen will feed our animals, walk
them, give medicines if required, bring in mail, water plants, etc.
Some of their clients have them come over at lunchtime during the day to
take the dog for a 30 minute walk. We plan on using them to visit our
dogs when we occasionally go out for an evening, and the dogs need to be
let outside after a few hours to relieve themselves. This way, they'll
get a visit and a short walk.
7. I've heard of people who come home at lunch to visit their dogs.
This has never really worked for us, but it might for you.
Hope all this is helpful. Glad you have decided to rescue an ***
dog. You might want to consider the relative energy level of the age of
dog you plan to rescue. I.e., a two-year-old will still have lots of
energy and not much down time, but a five-year-old might be a little
more mellow! Our Dobie, who is now almost 8 years old, still has lots
energy but is also willing to sit with me on the couch while I