QOTW - Leaving your dogs alone

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QOTW - Leaving your dogs alone
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Wed, 06-19-2013 - 9:04am

I think we all leave our dogs alone while at work or whenever we are away. Do you trust them in the house alone? Do they ever mess up?

 

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Wed, 06-19-2013 - 10:35am

We have two puggles (pug-beagle mixes) that we put in their crates if we are out of the house.  We leave them there for up to 5 hours, but if we're going to be gone for longer, we bring them to the dogsitter.

Joy, our female, would be fine on her own in the house.  She's passive and quiet and would just sleep most of the time if she were the only one.  Samson, the male, would undoubtedly get into mischief.  If he's awake, he is on patrol - which the neighbors find quite funny, because he is very small but thinks he is very fierce. :)  However, it can be annoying too, as he'll bark at anything and everything if no one is there to speak firmly and tell him he doesn't need to bark.  He would drive the neighbors batty if we left him roaming the house.  He'd probably just sit in the windows and bark all day.

I also wouldn't want to know how much trouble the *two* of them would get into together.  <shudder>

DH is a SAHD so they don't spend much time in their crates anyway.  2-3 hours a day total if he's out running errands and no one else is home.  But we have three kids and often someone else is home.

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Wed, 06-19-2013 - 11:09am

I can go off and leave Anya and Jabaar all day, and the worst that can happen might be a little pee or poop.

Roo Ben, the foster, however has to be confined whenever I leave, even for an hour, because he eats stuff.  Books, toilet paper, trash, cardboard boxes....

And I confine the cat to his room so he doesn't get chased and so he doesn't claw my furniture.  I keep his claws trimmed as short as I can, but I have chenille couches and he still tries....

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 06-19-2013 - 11:59am

Cleo is really very good when left on her own.  The only thing I think she does is go on my family room couch, if I forget to take up the pillows.  She "loved" couches from the first day we brought her home, and she never got over that habit.  Other than that...I think she probably sleeps all the while we're gone.  I've come home many times to find her fast asleep on one of her beds....LOL....

Laura
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Wed, 06-19-2013 - 2:30pm

Jack and Taz are very good while we're gone. They never mess up. Occasionally there's an accident but I can't remember the last time - it's been that long. It's only when I just didn't time it right and make sure they have their bathroom breaks before we leave - only once did that happen.

Now, I do have to make sure candy is out of reach because Miss Taz loves chocolate so we put things like that up. Jack used to get on our bed but doesn't do that any longer. It's  my guess that  they sleep or chew on their bones while we're gone - mostly sleep.

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Thu, 06-20-2013 - 4:19am

I still crate Rudi when I am not home unless I just run to the local grocery or to get gas, library etc.   I tried baby gates to keep her in 1 room and she did nothing but push against it until it would fall down on her.  My house is very close to sidewalk and street and she is a maniac with barking and jumping up and down and running to/from each door at any activity, which there is a lot, that I fear while I am gone she would just go nonstop running and jumping and given she is a dachshund, really shouldn't be doing all that with her breed having potential for spine issues.   Given I am retired and widowed, she usually is never crated more than 5.5 hrs on the one day I volunteer at a food bank.  Most times it is only for a couple hrs, and days will go by when I go no where so she isn't in her crate at all.  She sleeps with me overnight.  I just think the crate is the safest place for her.  

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Thu, 06-20-2013 - 8:06am
I trust Dante implicitly. He has never done anything bad in the house at all and he seems find being an only dog. Will miracles never cease! Usually Greyhounds can't stand to be by themselves so I'm feeling very lucky with my perfect Greyhound Dante!
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Fri, 06-21-2013 - 9:42am

Hi everyone ;O)
Coffee is perfect when we have to leave her, she gets in her bed in the LR or in the bed by the front door and stays there until we get back or she hops on the couch an sleeps there.  She's never messed up or eaten anything, she's very peaceful.  I do however close all the sheers in the LR so that she won't notice the squirrels playing in the yard or a stray cat that wanders thru the back yard. LOL  We have never left her more than 4 hrs alone.   She is fine, we are not.  We feel guilty leaving her home LOL   

 

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Fri, 06-21-2013 - 9:57am

Wednesday night we drove into the city to see Jersey Boys. It was wonderful!!  Anyhoo, normally when we go out we're gone about 4 hours. Wednesday night we were gone from 5:00 - 11:15!! I was stunned, stunned that Jack and Taz didn't mess up. Awww, I was so proud of them!!