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View Poll Results: Do you feel guilty leaving your dog home alone?
No 26 49.06%
Yes 10 18.87%
Not guilty if its less than an hour 7 13.21%
Guilty IF the dog has to be crated 3 5.66%
I feel guilty even if I have to leave for a short while 7 13.21%
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do you feel guilty for leaving your dog at home?

Just curious how everyone feels when dog is left home alone
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I am home almost all the time. When I do go somewhere, yes, I feel guilty, lol. I come home and open the door and I get:

An 80 lb balding Goldendoodle slobbering on the doorknob
A 65 lb German Shepherd puppy leaping in the air
A 60 lb lab/greyhound mutt bringing me her stuffed toy
A 5o lb shepherd mix doing her happy geriatric rumba and trying to see over all the taller dogs.
A female tabby who is threatening to whack any dog who gets in her way.
A burly black and white manx supervising everything from on top of a box AND
A one-eyed, long-haired Henri cat happily swatting at all the wagging tails.

They don't LIKE it when I'm not home.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Well, I am home almost all the time. When I do go somewhere, yes, I feel guilty, lol. I come home and open the door and I get:

An 80 lb balding Goldendoodle slobbering on the doorknob
A 65 lb German Shepherd puppy leaping in the air
A 60 lb lab/greyhound mutt bringing me her stuffed toy
A 5o lb shepherd mix doing her happy geriatric rumba and trying to see over all the taller dogs.
A female tabby who is threatening to whack any dog who gets in her way.
A burly black and white manx supervising everything from on top of a box AND
A one-eyed, long-haired Henri cat happily swatting at all the wagging tails.

They don't LIKE it when I'm not home.
Do you live at the shelter? lol
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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No I do not feel guilty in the sense that OMG they are home alone and I'm not there. I have three dogs and they do a good job of entertaining each other. I have taken days off of work just to watch my dogs sleep all day They have air conditioning in the summer, heat in the winter, plenty of water, food, and toys everywhere....nope I don't feel guilty
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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No, I'm not guilty, I'm jealous! (FWIW my dogs aren't crated, they have the run of the place)
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Only of its for a very long time. Then I'll have some one stop by and let rogue out to pee or feed her. Other wise I'm home with her 90% of the time, so no.


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I have some help to look after Kaiser when I'm not home so technically he's not alone but when I do leave him to go out for a smoke or something, I try to go when he's asleep & SOMEHOW he wakes up, realizes I'm not around & waits for me at the front door!
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Mine are crated while I'm not home, I trust Jazzy but not Delgado.

I don't feel guilty on a work day, they're in the crate a max of 8 hours and they're let out midday. Once I'm home I spend it mostly with them. They get exercise, play, and attention and all their other needs are met so they're happy dogs

On a weekend or a day off I do feel guilty if they have to be crated for more then a hour if I'm out but they're ok with it. They like their crates and like sleeping
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:07 AM   #9 (permalink)
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If I can't make it home during lunchtime, then yes I feel guilty.

She probably thinks every day, "is this the day he's never coming back?"
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:54 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yes, because I know he just loves being with me. Although, my mother and siblings are usually home with him while I'm at work. So he is usually only crated and alone when I run somewhere for a bit (ie. out to eat, errands) and someone isnt home. I just hate leaving him home, I wish I could bring him everywhere!
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