Leaving A Puppy/Dog Alone For More Than 16 Hours A Day? - German Shepherd Dog Forums

Increase font size: 0, 10, 25, 50%

GermanShepherds.com is the premier German Shepherd Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
View Poll Results: Leaving A Puppy/Dog Alone For More Than 16 Hours A Day?
No, I think that it is unfair to the puppy/dog 14 46.67%
No, unless they can put the puppy/dog in doggy day care or have a dog walker come by 11 36.67%
If they love the dog then it's ok 0 0%
I think it is ok if the dog gets enough exercise when the owner is with it 5 16.67%
Voters: 30. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-11-2010, 10:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
LaRen616's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 13,568
Default Leaving A Puppy/Dog Alone For More Than 16 Hours A Day?

What do you guys think about someone leaving their puppy/dog home alone for 16+ hours a day?

IMO I believe it is unfair to the dog, even if you love the dog it is not fair to them to be alone for more than 16 hours a day. Even if you put them in doggy day care or have a dog walker come by it isn't you spending time with your dog, someone else is and it's not the same. I think the best thing to do is to rehome the puppy/dog to a family that can spend more time with it.

What do you think?
__________________
Lauren

Sinister ~ black male GSD 3.11.09
Draven ~ male Dalmatian 6.30.13

Last edited by LaRen616; 10-11-2010 at 11:03 AM.
LaRen616 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-11-2010, 11:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
Whiteshepherds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Northeastern Connecticut
Posts: 3,583
Default

I think dogs can adapt to a lot of different circumstances, it would depend on what's happening the other 8 hours a day, how the time periods are broken up, is the owner sleeping during part of those 16 hours etc.
Whiteshepherds is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2010, 11:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
Elite Member
 
DanielleOttoMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 1,970
Default

Totally unfair! Especially for a pup...... I read what the boy put eariler about leaving his puppy at home for 20 hours??? And was wanting to get another puppy. I don't think that's a good idea. Also I agree with what you replied with. I think he needs to look into getting a walker or day care for his puppy. That way the puppy can get exercise and attention.
DanielleOttoMom is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2010, 11:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
Elite Member
 
PupperLove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,364
Default

I think it is completley unfair, and if I had to leave my dogs alone for 16 hours per day on a regular basis I would re-home them. 16-17 hours is all I really care to stay awake per day. So if I was gone for 16 hours, that would leave about 1 hour tops for play time, then I would go back to bed. That's totally unfair- the dog would be cheated of life!
__________________
Laura

Jackson- DDR/WGSL 5/5/10
Tinah vom Gildaf- DDR 4/29/13
PupperLove is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2010, 11:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
Jax08's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: NNE PA
Posts: 22,152
Default

I don't think this is a black and white question. What is going on during these 16 hours? Are people working 16 hours and then coming home? Is 8 hours of sleep included in the 16 hours?
Jax08 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2010, 11:38 AM   #6 (permalink)
The Agility Rocks! Moderator
 
MaggieRoseLee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
Posts: 26,519
Default

If 8 (or so) of those hours are me sleeping in the house with the dog crated beside me.

And the other 8 (or so) are me having to work to pay the bills to afford to have a home and dog.

With the OTHER 8 hours spend with the pup out and about in the house, training, hiking, biking, canoeing, socializing, playing ball, visiting......

Then I say that's a perfect mix and I've raised 4 happy healthy dogs that way!
__________________
*****
MACH3 Bretta Lee Wildhaus MXG MJG MXF MFB TQX HIT CGC TC
Glory B Wildhaus AX, AXJ, XF
plus Miss Osin Blue Wildhaus

"Nothing new can come into your life unless you are grateful for what you already have. ~ "--- Michael Bernhard, gratitude
MaggieRoseLee is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2010, 11:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
Elite Member
 
chicagojosh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
Posts: 1,866
Default

no one is voting? lol

I don't think it's black and white. It is of course not ideal for a dog. but as white shepherd mentioned...what is going on the other 8 hours? If MOST of the other 8 hours are spent with the dog, then it may be ok...why?...cause dogs sleep about 12 hours a day anyway.

in terms of a super young puppy...no way. but an older "puppy" or an adult dog, especially with daycare and dogwalks, it could work.

my 10 month old is essential "alone" 16 hours a day. I work 8 and sleep for maybe 7. when i am home he gets walks, fetch, flirt pole, training, cuddles etc. but the reality of life is we all have to go to work and sleep. he is not crated at night, but is during the day...
__________________
A tired puppy is a good puppy

CODY - Sable GSD Born 11/15/09
MANDI - GSD/Husky/Lab Mix Born 6/3/06
chicagojosh is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2010, 11:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
Master Member
 
Klamari's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: South TEXAS
Posts: 608
Default

I think it would also depend on how many 16-hour days in a row, or how many days in a week. If you only work 2 days a week, 16-hr days, you can get a dog walker or look into a daycare for those days. And then the other 5 days of the week you have all day to spend quality time with your dog. I think that would be fine as long as the pup isn't alone, in a crate for 16 hours in a row with no chance to get out or go potty.
__________________
~ Cayla

'Rayne' Karma v. Wildhaus, PSA1
Klamari is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2010, 11:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
LaRen616's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 13,568
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jax08 View Post
I don't think this is a black and white question. What is going on during these 16 hours? Are people working 16 hours and then coming home? Is 8 hours of sleep included in the 16 hours?
I dont really consider sleeping as leaving the puppy/dog alone.

I'll use an example...... there is a post on this forum about a guy/girl that leaves his/her puppy/dog alone and outside for 20 hours. He/she only spends 4 hours with the puppy/dog.
__________________
Lauren

Sinister ~ black male GSD 3.11.09
Draven ~ male Dalmatian 6.30.13
LaRen616 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-11-2010, 11:58 AM   #10 (permalink)
Member
 
we4elves's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 179
Default

I agree with MaggieRoseLee
we4elves is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:29 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2
PetGuide.com
Basset.net DobermanTalk.com GoldenRetrieverForum.com OurBeagleWorld.com
BoxerForums.com DogForums.com GoPitbull.com PoodleForum.com
BulldogBreeds.com FishForums.com HavaneseForum.com SpoiledMaltese.com
CatForum.com GermanShepherds.com Labradoodle-dogs.net YorkieForum.com
Chihuahua-People.com RetrieverBreeds.com