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    Default Leaving Banjo at Home

    After spending a lovely 3 days bonding with my new little guy it absolutely broke my heart to leave him for work today
    It makes me wonder if I have done the right thing by getting him.
    The look he gave me through the fence made me feel like I was the lousiest person alive by betraying him so by leaving him behind.
    Ah! Cant even concentrate on work right now I am so worried about him.
    He has to stay outside whist we are at work unfortunitley. He has about 20 toys already which he has out there with him. The yard is large and the fence very secure. 2 different water bowls full. some food. a couple of kongs placed around. a nice bed and even one of my blankets to snuggle/ dig in (like he likes to do)
    Is he going to be ok doing this 5 days a week?
    I thought a lot about all this before getting him, its just I thought it would be easier on us both.
    Will he calm down after we drive away and relax and play with his toys? Or will he fret all day?
    any advise would be much appreciated!

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    Personally, I couldn't do what you are doing. I believe that if I was to be at work 5 days a week, plus husband as well with no-one here, then nope, I would not get a dog. Don't think it's fair. But that is simply me and my opinion.

    i know a heck of a lot of ppl who have dogs even though they work full-time. Those dogs are outside dogs, and they don't seem to have any problem being alone all day every day of the working week. But then again, when I think about it, the key is probably because those ppl ALL have more than one dog so that the dogs have their own kind for company until the family gets home each afternoon/evening.

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    imo I think it depends on the dog, my mothers dog is left from 8am till 4/5pm 5 days a week, She suffers no ill effects from it.

    I worry when I leave Leo home for an hr or 2 when I am just doing errands etc. I know he is fine, but its just me lol.
    I also think its good to give them time alone when your home aswell, build up the time alone gradually.

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    It's normal that puppy will be upset and you as well.

    Ideally puppy should have been having alone time over the weekend and not just when it was sleeping.

    Don't make a big deal of coming and going it's a part of it's and your life now.

    Rotate toys, 5 or so out at a time and then a different 5 in another weeks time.

    Have a nice safe "den" for it by the back door, leaving a radio on can sometimes help. But it's all in the training.

    I will leave bones for dogs on their own to keep them occupied, others on here don't like leaving bones with young puppies, but get a good big one. My 9 week old puppies have been having brisket bones without any problems.

    It's been a long time since I've had one dog. But I do have the need to separate dogs for various reasons on a regular basis and I generally ignore any complaints give them a bone and make it "matter of fact".

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    what sort of dog is it?

    Mine have always been left alone, I work up to 10, maybe more hours a day and sometimes 7 days a week with some night shifts mixed in there ! Dogs have been doing this since Atlas was 7 weeks and Kaos 4 months, it is their life and they are fine with it

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    Hubby and I leave home at around 7.30am. I get home about 6pm, he gets home anywhere between 1pm & 5.30pm (but usually about 4pm). Ours cope just fine, i'm sure if they didnt we'd know about it! (we live in an apartment). I took 2 weeks off when we brought them home, and each day would leave the house, for increasing periods of time - first time 5mins to check the mail, then 10-15 mins etc, few days later it was 2hrs and so on.

    I feel quilty about it every day, and wish i were in a position were i could stay home. But i'm not, I have to work. That's why we made the (insane) decision to get 2 at once, so they have each other for company and trouble-making encouragement!

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    He is a little mix dog from the rspca (no clue what he is made up of) he is about 12 months old. Once of the main reasons we decided on getting an adult dog from the pound rather then a puppy was becuase we knew we didnt have the time and it wouldnt be fair to leave a puppy at home alone.
    Its just not fair. If I dont work I have no money for a dog and it would be irresponsible to get one. If I do work its not fair on the dog cause its left by itself all day.
    Damned if you do, damned if you dont I guess.
    Will just have to make sure he gets used to it. Cant help feeling bad though

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    So is getting another dog to go with banjo a good idea? will make it better and easier to leave him at home during the week?
    hmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz & Banjo View Post
    So is getting another dog to go with banjo a good idea? will make it better and easier to leave him at home during the week?
    hmmmm
    If they get along yes...

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    Ours is home without us for usually 4 or 5 hours a day. She has the cat to keep her company, though.
    She seems fine, but since we dont have one of thsoe doggy doors that only opens when the dog is wearing a special collar (our cat isnt allowed outside) we usually find a big puddle of wee when we get home.

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