Hi I have to leave my nearly 12 week staffie alone for a few hours today. Its rather urgent as I need to pick up my laptop from a data recovery place, then take it to the Apple Store to put a new hard drive in. This is going to take 4 hours I reckon. What can I do? I have only left her for an hour so far when I have had to get food and pop to the gym for a quick workout. I am planning to have a long play session in the garden and leave her a kong - but to be honest I leave her a kong every night and it is left untouched til I come down in the morning, and then she chews it and gets all the treats out when I am there. She IS getting better at night, just a little crying at bedtime and then again at 6am just before I come down. I don't really have a choice. I need to sort my laptop out. I know she is going to be very upset and I am dreading it. Also she is following me up and down stairs a lot. Is this bad for her joints? We haves one baby gate but the bottom step is very wide, not sure to fix one there. The only other option is to shut her in the kitchen every time I go upstairs Thank you!