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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-27-2010, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Feeling like a bad mommy....

I love my dog Mavrik more than i EVER thought i could love a dog, we are so attached and ever since we had him my husband has been home during the day (he is 16 weeks). He is very good about going in his crate when we are not home and sometimes lays in there to nap which is good because i know he does not see it as a place of punishment but heres my question... My husband is going back to work soon which will put poor Mavy is his kennel all day until i get home. I am feeling soooo guilty and that he might be mad at me!! silly i know, but were so attached to him and he is just such a good boy. Will his day go by fast in there? Anyone have a similar experience? i just want to know that my boy will not feel "un-loved", depressed or mad....
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-27-2010, 07:47 PM
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how about checking into doggie daycare for him a couple times a week, or having a dog walker come over once during the day?? Would definately relieve the boredom of being in a crate all day long)

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We were home with Mia until she was 16 weeks too. We created a safe zone in the family room / kitchen with two gates and we Puppy proofed. (Mia was housebroken at 10 weeks). We left her with lots of safe toys and she did fine. We invested in two nice "people freindly" gates. I also walked her before work, so she was ready for a nice nap when I left for work.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-28-2010, 01:42 AM
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Nobody likes crating their dog, but it's a much better alternative than coming home to a disaster or a hurt dog. I've seen videos of what dogs do at home when left alone and for the most part they just sleep the whole time and that's what your dog is probably doing in his crate.

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macymart, why would he be "mad" at you?
Please make sure he gets plenty of excercise though & his regular training time as well.
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i really like judynrich's suggestion, and jakoda's too. but elaine has a point. could you start doing the judynrich thing for short periods of time at first, like on the weekend or in the evening, to see how he does. being in a crate all day, while better than getting into something that could hurt him, is a pretty long time.

dogs don't have quite the same emotions as humans (although sometimes i do wonder a bit about that), and it's more likely that he'll be bored rather than mad, so some kind of alternative like doggy day care once in a while or a dog walker would be very cool for him. and really good exercise is so necessary.

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Unfortunately my husband and I both have always worked, so right from the begining they have had to deal with being alone. I definately get them out every morning. There is nothing better than when I come home everyone is so happy to see me. I also noticed on the days I am home, they usually sleep all day anyway! What a life!
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