Leaving A Dog Alone All Day

James Glover
by James Glover
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QuestionWhat is the best method of containment for a dog, when the family works? It doesn't seem fair to leave him in a crate for 9 hours, I have considered a gate for the kitchen or bath but he has had accidents. (Robyn Umfress - Location Unknown)

Answer

It is not fair to keep a dog alone in an apartment all day, and definitely not if he is being kept in a crate. I think that if the occasional accident happens, it is only fair to put up with it - he is not being asked if he wants to go 9 hours without going to the toilet! IF he is a small dog you could consider litter-training him. Other than this, I would suggest you find a day-time pet sitter or a friend who can come round and walk your dog at lunchtime.

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