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I am having a hard time deciding what is best for Charlotte when she has to be left alone. When we first got her my husband was home all day while I worked so she was never left alone for more than a couple of hours while we ran errands. Now that she is a little older, she's almost 10months, we have left her alone (crated) for up to about 5 hours.
Our work situations have changed quite a bit since moving to the DC area. My husband is at work from about 730am til 7pm and I have been working 6 hour shifts 4 times a week. I didn't want to leave her in a crate from 6+ hours so she has been going to half days of doggie day care which costs us $22 a day. Well money is super tight for us so I am going to have to start putting in more time at work but I can't afford more daycare for her. Im at my wits end trying to figure out what to do with Charlotte.
What do you all do with your animals when you are out of the house all day? My coworkers think I am crazy spending that kind of money on my dog but I can't stand the thought of her being in a cage for that many hours of the day, it seems so cruel to me.
Do you think she will be ok being crated for 6-7 hours while I am away if we hire a mid-day dog walker? She doesn't have any issues going into her crate, she is super good about that. She also doesn't seem to have any seperation anxiety. She has never been distructive or anything while we were away. I just keep thinking every extra hour I put in is another hour she has to put in too. Maybe I am the one with seperation anxiety haha. :rolleyes:
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i tried the crate thing wit bowser at first, ( i only worked 5 hour shifts) and that did not go over well. We rent a two story town house, with carpet everywhere...we have a 5x8 or so "back yard" that is concrete. We put in a little wooden box with wood chips in it for pottytime, and i got one of those sliding glass door doggy doors. It just lifts in and out and is pushed tight and flush by the sliding glass door.
ANyway, bowser and daisy get free run of the downstairs with the doggy door, and now they do wonderfully. We only crate them at night when we're all in our den asleep *lol*
I think you may find that the more you leave her by herself in a crate the more anxious and upset she will get over time. Sometimes you can't help it and you need to crate the dog, but it should be used sparingly...not every day for hours. The dog will just eventually go crazy crying, howling, tearing up their bed, chewing the crate which could damange it or damage their mouths or paws. Not to mention after a while i do know dogs that have started going to the bathroom in their crates when they are caged for too long. AND it had nothing to do with actually really needing to go to the bathroom, it was just being upset.
anyway, it took some time and a lot of "oops, should have puppy-proofed that" lessons, but now everything is calm and happy with being downstairs and having a doggy door!
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