Is Your Dog Lonely Without You?
The hallmark of dogdom is the art of graceful waiting. Dogs excel at this..they mark the passing of time by external events not the ticking of a clock. I have never seen a dog check his wrist watch and make a note that you will be home in 7.5 hours or longer if you go to the grocery store for dinner “stuff”. Yes I do think that dogs know when it’s dinnertime, or time to go to class, or the timing of anything in your house that occurs at the same time everyday.Leaving a dog home alone for hours at a time is NOT cruel ( even in a crate) nor is it un-natural. Waiting for the arrival of the beloved human is the natural state of the dog.Let me qualify that; leaving your dog “outside” in the heat/cold without proper shelter; or worse chained; NOT ok.Turned down by a rescue group because you work out of the home? Go get your dog elsewhere!!There is no formula for the hours a dog can or cannot spend alone including hours in a crate. (no matter what the internet says) (oh I forget; if it’s on the internet it must be accurate)Think you need a dog walker, pet sitter, doggie daycare, food puzzles, dogs on the television programming, juggler, mime or game director, or race home at lunch or right after work (eliminating a normal life) just to have a dog…NONSENSE!! dogs for year have gladly waited for their owners to come home no matter when…Trust the Dog!!
Marjorie “The Dog Trainer” Satterfield is an award winning author, breeder, exhibitor, trainer and judge.