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    Hi

    I was wondering if I could get some advice please. I have a 7 month old spoodle and I am trying to arrange the best possible solutions for him whilst I am at work.

    I have a neighbour who has a 4 year old terrier x who is a really good dog. He used to work from home but now has a full time job and has to leave his dog home alone. He has suggested I leave my dog with his dog in his secure garden during the day. I have watched them play together and they seem to get on really well. But if I leave him there 1-2 days a week unsupervised is this safe? Is this better than my current solution of walking him before I leave for work, having a dog walker come in at 12-2 for walk and then him being home alone till 6pm when I get back.

    Any advice is much appreciated. Also to note it would only be 1-2 days a week because I take him into work the other days.

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    My dog gets left from 8 in the morning until about 5 when the other half gets home then I get home at 6.

    I woulc never think to get in a dog walker or get her puppy sat. Maybe if she got distructive or barked heaps maybe..

    I think your dog walking is plenty but it might be nice for both the dogs to have some company for the day.

    So I guess what im saying is your dont HAVE to do it but it might be nice TO do it!

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    I think it sounds like a great idea! I wish I had that option for my dog. She is ok by herself when I'm at work (ie. doesn't try to escape, not destructive, doesn't bark), but I would feel less bad about leaving her if she had a friend to play with. I'd still walk her twice a day though.

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    I am little confused as to why you wouldn't think it was safe?

    What would be 'unsafe' about leaving them together?
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    You might want to try leaving the two dogs together when they could be superivised for a time eg an hour or two on the weekend. A play date for half an hour is one thing. All day puppy with older dog might wear thin for the terrier.

    A friend who offered to look after my dog - we set up play dates which were for a few hours on monday night, but it was a completely different story when she had the dog all the time. Drove her nuts.

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    I think it'd be good company for both dogs but agree with Hyacinth in that you should watch them first. Some dogs get on really well together for short periods of time but may not do so well over a long period.
    They are both quite young though so I guess depends on how much the Terrier can put up with!

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    Or they might just sleep the day away together, peacefully....I think the only way to tell is to let them together more often and like Hyacinth said watch them.......

    My dogs sleep most of the day away. They have Zoomies in the morning and again when we get home. I can tell by there being no mess that they do not get up to any mischief.
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    Even if they have a fight, I am at a loss as to why this is bad? Dogs fight.

    Are we so prepared to wrap them up in 'artifical' circumstances that we wouldnt honestly leave a couple of dogs together?'

    What on earth do people think will happen?

    Sorry, but I cannot understand the over pretective stance here. You have a young adolsecent Poodle cross and a terrier x. They have played together happily for short periods? DO you really think they're going to kill each other?

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    One thing that comes to mind is will the poodle X see the terrier X's home as their home as well?

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