Is it Fair to Leave a Dog Alone All Day?

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May 16th, 2007 21:38
United Kingdom
Leonberger
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I leave my dogs alone if I cannot take them to work with me, and even then they are in a kennel for 9hrs. If they are left at home my puppy is caged with water & my Leo allowed to roam free with water available. During the summer I leave my back doors open for the dogs. If they come to work they are in a kennel for 9hrs and see me walking past with other dogs etc. They are happy and contented, friendly and listen to my commands regulary, they don't take it out on me because I work. At the end of the day they are dogs, and to be honest even if I was home all day would spend most of it sleeping. I think as long as they get their stimulation, walks, company, pack needs etc when I am with them they are happy to be left when needs must. I also know people that ake their dogs with them wherever they go and hose dogs have low esteem, seperation issues and also jealous issues, these all can become nasty in a dog if not controlled correctly, so I would rather have well adjusted dogs than over protective ones who can't be left alone without becoming distructive. Thats just mu opinion on this issue.
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May 16th, 2007 23:09
New Jersey
Katie0555
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I leave my dog home while every one is at work and school. But she has the whole house to herself. She doesn't stay in a kennel when we are gone. She is pretty well trained and doesn't cause any damage to the home. Most of the time she sleeps while we are gone during the day, but when we travel she comes along, she thinks she is a princess. She seems fine with us gone during the day.
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May 16th, 2007 23:23
New York
poohmika
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exactly Katie. good job!
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