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Seperation Anxiety

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Mags4eva, Jun 27, 2009.


  1. Mags4eva

    Mags4eva PetForums Junior

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    Hi I'm trying to convince my parents to get a dog. I've done lots of research on breeds and i've got a sister who is allergic to dogs so it would have to be shorthaired. A couple of weeks ago we fostered a dog from the RSPCA called Rex who was a lurcher. I loved looking after him and was very sad to see him go to his new home but glad he's found one and that we'd helped him find it. Apart from that we haven't had much experience with dogs. 2 of my friends have Miniature Schnauzers and say they are very good pets. My mum and dad are keen on getting a dog but we all worry about when we are all out of the house. I would be out from 8.15 in the morning till 3.45 or 4.45/5.00 if i have a club on after school. My sister is off to Uni in september so she won't be around. My mum works 3 days a week and my dad is a lecturer so sometimes he works at home and sometimes in work. Neither of them work nearby so they wouldn't be able to take the dog out for a walk at lunch and my parents aren't so keen on a dog walker as they can cost quite a lot. We might be able to find a friend who would like to take him out at lunch but that wouldn't be definite. Would it be too cruel to leave a dog on it's own for up to 8 hours (sometimes less) for at least 1 or 2 days a week. Is there a small breed which would be better than a Schnauzer for being left alone? I'm desperate for a dog but need to show my parents that we would cope. I'd be happy to take him for at least an half hour walk in the morning, an hour when i got back from school and another after he'd had his tea. Please will someone give me some answers!
     
  2. Oblada

    Oblada Guest

    Yes I would say that 8 hours max a couple of times a week if the dog is well cared for otherwise would be perfectly acceptable.
    Its all about what you do with the dog whilst you are at home, more than how long you leave the dog alone for.
    If you exercise and stimulate the dog enough then thats fine!
    Dog walkers are not necessarily a costly option, there are student or neighbours that may be willing to do it for not much really so you could still look into that.

    The next question is- do you want a pup or a rescue dog? Obviously a pup needs a lot of presence and wouldnt be able to be left alone 8 hours stretch straight away, whilst a rescue may be a better option as long as he is not destructive (no previous Separation anxiety issue)...

    xx
     
  3. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    I have 2 dogs and work 3 days aweek. Most of the time the longest they are left is 6 hours, but occasionally they are left longer.
    However if you get a puppy someone would need to be there to toilet train them, socialise them and train them 24/7 for the 1st couple of months then gradually build up the time he is left until he is comfortable being left for up to 8 hrs. It's not easy but it is possible. When we got our pups we all arranged holidays etc so someone was in the house full time for the 1st 3 months.
    When does your sister leave for UNI, as if your parents really want to do this now would be an ideal time if your sister is home until October to settle the dog in.
    I'm afraid ultimately it will be your parents decision as they wil be responsible for the dog.
    All dogs no matter what breed can suffer from seperation anxiety, an older dog who has come from a home where he/she is used to being left may be better suited to you. COntact all the rescues in your area and see what they have to say.
     
  4. Mags4eva

    Mags4eva PetForums Junior

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    Well if we did get a puppy we would probaly get him/her this summer holiday so there would be someone around for the whole 6 weeks as we arn't going on holiday this year. Plus my mum is due to have an operation on her foot next wkend so she can't go back to work until the end of September so thats an extra 3 weeks. So if we got a puppy there would be someone around for 9 weeks. I'm not entirely sure when my sister leaves for Uni but i think it might be just before October so i suppose thats another month if thats right. After that it would be on it's own during the day.
     
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