February 13, 2014 10:48 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to decide what to do if I have to leave my dog alone for seven hours?
posted by Fairchild to Pets & Animals (36 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We have a fairly new dog. She is from the pound and approximately one year of age, or greater. She is definitely not a puppy. We have left her once before from about 8:30-2:15 but we had neighbor walk her around noon and my father picked her up at 2:15 and took her to his house and I picked her up around 3 pm When we leave her alone, we always leave her in the crate.
For the next three weeks there will be one day of the week where both of us will be working. I do not feel comfortable asking my neighbor to walk her and I don't want to ask my dad to come get her because he has cats.
Here are our three options (after a long walk in the morning):
1. Leave her in crate for seven hours.
2. Allow her to roam the kitchen and living room only and leave the doggie door closed.
3. Allow her to roam kitchen and living room and leave doggie door open to fenced-in back yard.
I am anxious about leaving her for so long. A dog walker is out because my spouse does not want "stranger" in our home. Spouse also thinks we should not allow her to go outside because she could be barking all day or escape. My coworker thinks I should leave her on back porch all day with dog bed and chew toys. This would also allow her to potentially disturb the peace by barking all day or escaping. She has never tried to dig under fence or escape so far. She's generally not much of a barker but will bark like crazy if there is a lawn service person or another stranger in the next yard.
What should I do if I have to leave dog alone for seven hours? Thank you.