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3rd November 2008, 09:31 AM
Just wondering...

What do people do with their dogs when they go out? Or work?



3rd November 2008, 09:38 AM
Peaches has a crate that she goes in when i go to bed or if i have to pop out, i usually leave her a treat (pig's ear stuffed kong etc) but i find she wait's till i get home to eat it.

she goes in happily enough but i know she misses me.

3rd November 2008, 09:44 AM
I don't work at the moment but when I do Star will be going to work with my husband.

If I do leave her alone she goes in her basket in the kitchen with Vinnie. She's really good though and doesn't make any fuss and always goes mad soon as we're home.

3rd November 2008, 09:48 AM
Mine stay in the kitchen, with access to the garden should they want it.

3rd November 2008, 09:57 AM
I used to crate Dylan but this past summer he suddenly began to hate it during the night. Maybe with his SM he got to hot or uncomfortable. When I go out he has the kitchen and lounge. I make sure nothing is left out he can get hold of and put the telly on, he likes watching it, especially cartoons.

3rd November 2008, 10:49 AM
My 3 have access to downstairs while we're at work. Upstairs is gated off.
I leave a radio on and plenty of toys down to occupy them. I can't leave anything with food though as Im afraid it would spark a fight (Millie is most definitely a food guarder!).
I leave the back blinds on the house half pulled up so they can have a good look at whats going on in the back garden too.

3rd November 2008, 10:53 AM
My ma minds my doggies as she lives with us, sometimes we all go out to dinner together and the doggies stay in the kitchen together if we are a long time away my sister lives next door and they let my doggie out to the bathroom!

3rd November 2008, 04:27 PM
Sally has the kitchen/diner when we're out at work but she's never left more than 6 hours at a time. If we're going out for the whole day then we ask a friend or familymember to look after Sally for us. If we have no baby sitter we don't go!

3rd November 2008, 04:29 PM
Sally has the kitchen/diner when we're out at work but she's never left more than 6 hours at a time. If we're going out for the whole day then we ask a friend or familymember to look after Sally for us. If we have no baby sitter we don't go! We try to take Sally with us as much as possible when ever we go out and choose days out so that she can come too.

3rd November 2008, 04:52 PM
My three have the kitchen and hall stairs and landing, They usually stay in bed in the kitchen though. They are never alone more than 6 hours though and thats only 3 or 4 times a week.

It's funny they make a huge fuss when I come home and sometimes if I come home early they actually look surprised!

3rd November 2008, 05:02 PM
My boys have the run of the house, they're not troublemakers so we don't block them off anywhere. Plus, we have a loft, so we can really only close off our bedroom suite; everything else is open. They're also out when the girl that cleans our condo comes over, and they are well behaved and don't bother her - she loves them :lotsaluv: If we are going to have any workers in the house though they are crated.

3rd November 2008, 05:13 PM
When I used to work full time and my husband used to work abroad all week my next door neighbour use to come and let them out at lunchtime. Then I went from full time to part time and now I have been at home since May when I was made redundant. When we go out they have the run of the house downstairs. I leave the radio on and they like to sit on top of the sofa and look out of the window. Normally they are all fast asleep when I get back.

3rd November 2008, 05:32 PM
I work full-time. I put a baby gate up in the laundry room and Maisy is contained in there. She has her crate there to curl up in if she wants to. Her beloved cat, Wally, visits with her often. I have a dog walker come at noon to take her out for a little bit. With this arrangement she seems to tolerate our absence very well but she goes crazy for me when I get home.

Love my Cavaliers
3rd November 2008, 05:54 PM
My dogs range in age from 16 months to 7+ years. Before we got Oz, the 3 older ones had the run of the house. Oz is not totally reliable yet though, so when we go out, I close all the bedroom doors, make sure everything is picked up and let them have the kitchen, family room area, living room, hallway, and laundry room. I also put a gate up so they don't go in the basement. I have dog beds all over the house, and they love the sofas. If we're gone more than 6 hours, I have someone come over and let them out and if they're lucky, take them for a walk. Oz is doing great with this arrangement, and the older ones are never any problem.

3rd November 2008, 05:56 PM
Mine go in an upstairs room where they mostly sleep on a bed or bark out the window at cats on the roof (not their own cats, of course!).

murphy's mum
3rd November 2008, 06:47 PM
Murphy has the run of the house now, but when he was a puppy he was in the Utility(2m x 2.5m). When he was about 10 months he got the run of the kitchen too.

I used a baby gate to keep him where I wanted him, and I used to leave the radio on for him:)

3rd November 2008, 07:57 PM
Sasha has run of the main floor, we block off the upstairs and the basement. It seems to me she must sleep most of the time.... she has three favorite spots. Sometimes some of her toys are pulled off the low shelf where we keep them.

I wish I had a little camera so I can see what she's really doing!

She's never alone for more than 3-4 hours... usually less.

3rd November 2008, 10:53 PM
Amber gets crated whilst we go shopping etc. Shes 8 months and a terrible chewer (of electric cables and plastic toy soldiers mostly).

The front door jammed this afternoon and despite frantic efforts my key would not turn in the door. I had my 3 year old grandson with me and it was pouring with rain. I looked through the letter box and Amber was snoozing peacefully . I even tried giving the door a hefty kick in desperation - she slept through it all.

3rd November 2008, 11:36 PM
Alex is in his cage when we are at work, somedays when we arent that busy either Michael or I take him with us in either van but Id say maybe 5 to 6 hrs on his own,its not too long but I feel its long enough for him,if it goes over I worry about him not that hes in harms way but he might be lonely,thats my biggest worry,we know hes safe and warm but the idea of him being lonely :lotsaluv:

3rd November 2008, 11:42 PM
I am lucky - my husband and I own a business so I take Maggie (2 year old Cavalier) and Bear (15 year old Brittany) to work with me.

When we go out, they have the run of the house - but Maggie's favourite spot is on the wide window sill which she gets to via the sofa. We placed a doggie bed there and when we pull up we can see her sleeping there. So cute!

3rd November 2008, 11:56 PM
My two go in to their individual crates which are in the spare room. They go there at night and if we are out (although not for long periods). Since ive went back to do my postgrad, there are two days a week i am in uni most of the day, and this is when they go to my Grandparents. They love it there, as they get spoiled all day :rolleyes: and i think it gives my gran company and 'someone' to chat to. They definitely keep her amused.

Since having the dogs though my life does work round them.... i plan my day depending on when they get fed and when they get a long walk etc. People think its crazy... but i think its something people overlook when they get dogs.:rolleyes:cavtiny

4th November 2008, 03:22 AM
Mindy gets run of the house. I have been thinking about this a lot lately because when we get the puppy it will be a long time before he is able to get run of the house. I have started closing off the bedrooms - partly because I want her to get used to the idea before Max comes home and partly because I worry about her jumping off of my bed at her age (10). She has stairs to get up but she always jumps off herself unless I am quick and lift her down. I'm thinking once Max is trained I will lock them both in the kitchen if they are getting alone. Mindy has been very lonely since Zeus died so locking Max in the kitchen while giving her run of the rest of the house kind of defeats the purpose of giving her some company. She sleeps all of the time I'm gone but she does have a few favourite spots.

4th November 2008, 05:01 AM
:xfngr:Chelsea has run of the house(lucky me the best dog, lots of toys and no chewing,) dog door to back for potty breaks, bark at anthing, visit the dog next door through the fence. I have a dog walker who comes 1-2 time a week for extra exercise. Have been planning for a new puppy, will place an expen in the kitchen so cats and do will still have run of house and access to litterbox and outside.

4th November 2008, 08:20 AM
Bailey stays in the kitchen (with Lily our westie). I make sure they have lots of water and lots of oys, i usually come back to them either rolling around n the floor together playing with a toy, or fast asleep in one of the beds together. If i'm going to be any longer than 6 hours then i arrange with our friends next door to come and give them a run around in he garden for 1/2 an hour a few times. if we're going out for the day and they can't come we are lucky that my boyfriends mum only lives 10 mins away and will look after them happily.

4th November 2008, 05:20 PM
I don't work, I stayed home for my kids. But if I do, my 2 are always have run of the house. I just make sure theres no garbage that my Lizzy can get to, shes the curious one. Butch on the other hand would not even get down the couch if I'm not around for him to follow around. They are always free to roam inside the house. They are trained to go potty outside and peepad, so if I go out long I just leave a pee pad for them to use in case they needed to elimate. :dogwlk:

Brian M
4th November 2008, 09:28 PM

all my three have their own crates and my wife Dawn is a full time housewife so they have company all day and at the weekend we have a big Honda CRV 4 wheel drive so they have their own individual crates in their as well so I think we are pretty well covered.

4th November 2008, 10:53 PM
I am a stay at home mom, so we're at home a lot of the time. Because she's a puppy, Holly is always in the same room with us in the house, and if I have to leave my children's sides for a few minutes, Holly comes with me. But if we do go out, we take Holly with us if at all possible. She has a carseat and a Sherpa bag which she's been in since she came here at 11 weeks. She's been to movies, stores, you name it in her Sherpa. I would encourage you to take your cav with you as much as possible as it's really helped with Holly's socialization.

If we're going some place where dogs aren't welcome, Holly stays home in her crate. There have been weeks where I've had to make myself leave her just so that she won't develop separation anxiety.

5th November 2008, 11:51 AM
Wow Tara I wish my dogs were as welcome as urs is!
We are in the UK and cant even take them into the local supermarket.
Even if i am going to the local supermarket(a small one) I cant take them as i would have to leave them outside and i dnt trust they would still be there when i got out!
I see no problem taking ur dogs anywhere within reason and if obedient and toilet trained!
I woiuld gladly take mine everywhere....they are like my children!

I am a stay at home mum so am in the house all day....so the dogs always have company.If we do go out they have a seperate crate next to each other and i stick in a kong filled with paste and treats for each dog.I dnt leave them any longer than 4hrs.
To get a night out i take them to my mums with the kids where she looks after them all :thmbsup: