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Jan 24, 2012 at 08:07
• Julie

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Hi Again,

When you have to leave your dog home alone, how does your dog behave?

Monty tries to hide under settee, son's bed, son's computer desk, daughter's computer desk, cant be catched in the garden (coz he sneak out).

When you leave and of course you leave water and food, does your dog eat that food while you are away or does your dog sulk, like Monty does, and not touch the food.

Dont worry people, we dont leave Monty completely on his own for more than 5 and a half hours. And I know its only supposed to be no more than 5 hours. If we know that its more than that 5 and a half hours then Monty is put to his loving Granny and Granda (who dont have any dogs) who give him walks and gives him company and is generally spoilt.

How can we help Monty to not sulk?


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Gracie aka White Bullet
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Jan 24, 2012 at 09:30
• Ellen

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Once more... how old is the dog and it sounds like he is trying to lay a guilt trip on you. I have a neighbor that leaves her dog home 10 hours a day. There is no rule of thumb for alone time. Mine is usually left home for no more than a few hours. We tell her to get on the couch, we'll be right back and when we come home she is usually right there. She is thrilled to see us and barks and jumps up and down. I only feed my dog once a day and do not let her free eat. Dogs typically only eat during feeding times. I wouldn't leave food because what if the dog has to have a movement and can't hold it. We try to walk her before we leave so she is tired. An exercised dog is a happy dog.

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Kelsie and Deb
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Jan 24, 2012 at 13:22
• Deborah

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We don't leave Kelsie alone for very long either and it helps that her Daddy is retired so he's mostly around the house. When we do have to leave her we don't leave food (she's diabetic and gets fed on a regular schedule) but we always leave plenty of water. Usually, she just crawls in her crate and takes a snooze and when we get home, she's ready for play!! Sorry I couldn't be of help but I'm sure somebody here will be able to give you some good suggestions.

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Kayla, Annie and Toby's Mom
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Jan 24, 2012 at 16:37
• Mary Ann

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And they say animals are dumb!!

Mine are fine when I leave, but I've had some fosters with issues.  Two of mine are very well crate trained and the other will go into but doesn't like it.  They also will do an ex pen. 

Do you crate, or confine to a specific area when you leave?  When I was training mine to get used to me leaving, I gave them a "special" treat - a big cow let bone that I stuff with either canned dog food or my homemade food.  I freeze the bone so that it takes longer for the dog to consume it.  At the time I was training them, the only time they got that bone was when I left for work.  The idea here for the dog to equate your leaving with a pleasant experience.  It takes time and practice, but it can be done.  Now, when I leave, mine a happy with a biscut or carrot.  As long as they get something, they know it's ok. and they look forward to it.  You can use kong toy stuffed with something as well.  But, the key here is that in the beginning the treat must be of high value to the dog and not given at any other time.  Start by practicing by leaving for a few minutes and give the dog the bone when you leave, then come back in about 5-10.  the dog will catch on pretty quick.

Mary Ann, Kayla, Annie and Toby

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Fiona and Buster
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Jan 24, 2012 at 19:29
• Lori

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We have our crates in the back entry, but we aren't shut in.  Our crates are our beds.  Then we have doggie doors out to a big yard (hence all the barking described in the previous post!)  We know the routine, sit quietly to get our bark collars on.  We snooze a lot while mom is gone.  If mom is gone, I'll eat my food, but Buster won't.  Here's the thing - we have each other - and mom thinks that is important.  Could Monty have a brother or sister to torture and tease?  It really makes the time go fast.

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