I currently live alone in a house with my Toy Fox Terrier,
who is about two years old and is sweet as can be. I've
had her since July. (If you are interested you can see her
picture at the web address below.) Anyway, my dog is left
alone in a midsize room with a radio, a couple of balls, a
stuffed animal, and her food and water, as well as a blanket to
sleep on. She can easily go into the ba***t, which is lined
with newspaper if she needs to go, which she does as needed.
Anyway, I limit her to these two rooms, as opposed to a cage,
as some suggested, because she can look out the window, run
around a little, eat, play, etc. Despite what some say, I just don't
like the idea of caging her and find this system as a wonderful
alternative. There was a time where I basically let her roam
through the whole house, where she would leave little treasures
from time to time. I've been doing this new system for about two
months. Everything was fine for a while, she never urinates or
poops anywhere inappropriate anymore, and still doesn't, this isn't
my problem. Over the last two weeks she has been getting real upset
when I leave -- barking and making a fuss, which is unusual for
her (she rarely barks), and didn't happen for a while. I understand
she is lonely, but what can I do. Is there any suggestions on what
else I can do to keep her more entertained during the day?
A second dog is not out of the question, but I'm not crazy about
the idea. What else can I do for this dog to improve her life while
I'm away from 8:30 to 5:30 M-F. Note she spends almost all her
other time with me, including sleeping in my bed with me overnight
and traveling with me on errands when I go out.
Please email me with any suggestions and thank you very much.
This is my first dog and I'm still learning.
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