Some advice about dogs being left alone during the day?

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I really want to get a rescue dog but it would mean the dog would be alone during the day.It would be outside in my garden with plenty of shelter, but im unsure about whether or not its fair to leave it alone during the day. Although hopefully most days my boyfriend would get home at lunchtime and i only work half days on Fridays.
What do you think??

Many people will try to make you feel bad about having a job and a dog, but thousands of people do it every day! By leaving the dog in the yard, as least it would not be expected to 'hold it in' for several hours like many dogs. Make sure you plan for the weather: if it's hot provide shade, plenty of fresh water (which you should do anyways) and a kiddie pool to splash around in. If it's cold, be sure to put a blanket in the dog house and put the water somewhere it will not freeze.

You will have to schedule your life around the dog, though. So no drinks after work, or going straight out to a movie after work. You will always need to go straight home after work (and not work late) to spend time with the dog and play. It will also need daily exercise, because dogs do not usually exercise themselves in the yard no matter how big it is. They usually sleep the day away and wait for you to come home.

You can still have a life, you just need to make sure the dog's needs are always taken care of! Don't feel guilty about having a job, otherwise, how would your dog eat!

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20 Responses to “Some advice about dogs being left alone during the day?”

  1. pukeypie89 Says:

    I leave my dogs outside alone all the time when I am away, of course I have three dogs so maybe if you got two dogs so you pup wouldn't alone you would feel better, and bravo on the rescue dog, I got my Sampson at a shelter and he is the most loving dog I have ever had.
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  2. sarah k Says:

    Get two dogs to keep each other company plus if someones calling in at lunch that sounds reasonable as I am sure you will more than make up for your absence when you get home in the evenings.And a rescue dog is the way to go.
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  3. Alicia G Says:

    Most pet owners have jobs and such that they aren't able to be with their pet 24/7. I think that as long as you are willing to spend as much time as you can with the dog than it would be fine to leave him alone for a few hours at a time. Just make sure the dog has plenty of water (being that it's summer), shelter and shade. I'm sure that you would make a great pet mom. Good luck
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  4. pianoplayer4life Says:

    that sounds pretty much fine as long as you play with them in the morning and evening and sometimes at lunch he should be fine . they sleep most of the time anyway my i left my dog home from 7-3 or 8-3 or somethng like that and she was fine i just gave her a lot of playtime when we got home…now she has a friend to play with and is a little happier and gets into less trouble sorta
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  5. kiki Says:

    i think u should totally go for it and make the shelter and space u give the pup totally fun. make it homey and lots of toys and things to keep it entertained so that it would b most likely entertained at all times and if u have to u can always get someone u trust 2 come and hang with it for a little while or even just to check up on ur pride and joy. but when a new pup is in the household make sure u give it extra attention so that it feels welcome and safe and knows that someone is there to luv it all they can.
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  6. Erica Says:

    I think your new pup will be okay. It may take it a few days to get used to the new routine, but he/she will be fine and will be extra excited to see you in the evenings. There will probably be plenty of things in your yard (bugs, birds, dog toys, etc) to keep him occupied throughout the day.
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  7. Joulellello Says:

    if its alone or not it beats saving it from whatever death from a shelter or homeless….if its fed, and you mange to give the dog sometime, it will be a great gift to the dog….
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  8. Barking mad Says:

    One of the biggest complaints to the environmental health officer is dogs barking in the garden when left unattended, so be warned. I should know.
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  9. Luv big dogs Says:

    Many people will try to make you feel bad about having a job and a dog, but thousands of people do it every day! By leaving the dog in the yard, as least it would not be expected to 'hold it in' for several hours like many dogs. Make sure you plan for the weather: if it's hot provide shade, plenty of fresh water (which you should do anyways) and a kiddie pool to splash around in. If it's cold, be sure to put a blanket in the dog house and put the water somewhere it will not freeze.

    You will have to schedule your life around the dog, though. So no drinks after work, or going straight out to a movie after work. You will always need to go straight home after work (and not work late) to spend time with the dog and play. It will also need daily exercise, because dogs do not usually exercise themselves in the yard no matter how big it is. They usually sleep the day away and wait for you to come home.

    You can still have a life, you just need to make sure the dog's needs are always taken care of! Don't feel guilty about having a job, otherwise, how would your dog eat!
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  10. lovin' life... Says:

    Many working families have pets that have to stay alone during the day, just make sure that your yard is secure and that there is no way for the dog to get out!! Always have plenty of water for hot days and shade so it doesn't get too hot!! Being alone during the day won't be harmful to the dog, as long as it has the attention and time it needs when you are around. Also, make sure the dog gets the exercise it needs so it won't be destructive when left alone. It wouldn't be fair to have a high energy dog left alone that didin't get any exercise, you know?? Otherwise, it should be fine!! Good luck!
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  11. Blakcat Says:

    it fine as long as it has some shelter and freash water a bed grass and a few toys and mabey food but leave stuff to keep it ocupied so it wont get bored
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  12. shutyerfaceup Says:

    I think your reasons for wanting a dog are purely selfish.

    Firstly, do you realise that dogs are pack animals? That means that by nature, they are meant to live in packs- of dogs, or humans. Dogs need company, exercise, play, proper walks, and TIME. They also live for about 15 years.

    Get a teddy bear instead!
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  13. mel Says:

    What is the point of "rescuing" a dog if you are going to leave it outside all day, regardless of shelter or not.
    Make a new dog secure, give him the run of the house with plenty of home comforts, toys etc, television or radio on for company and food and water.
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  14. WooHoo Says:

    It really depends on the dog and the set up of your garden. Most people leave their dogs inside the house because it is safer than a fenced in yard. A dog run, inside of a fenced in yard can be a reasonable alternative if you have responsible neighbors and a safe neighborhood.

    If the dog is older – you might consider a still active senior citizen – he or she might just sleep through the day and be happy with a long walk in the morning and a long walk in the evening. If your dog is young, active and high strung you may end up with more problems than you can imagine.

    You might consider two smaller dogs that get along well and can keep each other company.
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  15. fiona4281 Says:

    An animal shelter may not rehome a dog with you if you work. The dog is more important than you.
    Do not get a dog, it would be borderline cruelty.
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  16. PetLover Says:

    Some dogs will be fine with this lifestyle. You just need to find the right one. Visit the rescue centre and they will match you up.
    Good luck!
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  17. vicky Says:

    I am sure that it would be fine if anything it is good because the dog csn't be dependant on you all the time. And your not even leaving the dog a full day only really a few hours it will be fine. Just make sure it has plenty of toys to keey him/her occupied and when your boyfriend comes in it might be good for him to take the dog out for a walk then again at night.
    We take our dog out in the morning lunch time and in the evening.
    GOOD LUCK it will be fine.
    Just make sure you have a dog that would be capableof been left ask the person who shows you around the shelter.
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  18. wifey Says:

    most owner have to leave their dog on their own as they have to work wish I could win lotto sorry wondered a bit there he will be fine make sure he has fresh water and toys to play with then give him lots of love and attention when you return home
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  19. chocotabbie Says:

    Arrrr, i think your rescue dog will be very happy in his new home with you. His new life sounds wonderful to me :)
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  20. vulan Says:

    thankyou you helped alot

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