My puggle is my first dog ever and I am so upset at the thought of leaving her for the day. She seems to be doing quite well with her crate training and she's starting to catch on that the outside is where she has to go potty. I've been off from work since I got her this week and I go back to work on Monday. I'm having near anxiety attacks about leaving her. Is this normal?! Do I just need people to tell me that they all have to go through this and it's for the better?!!?
I know how you feel. I just got a job that I have to train for, for 3 weeks full time, then i can work at home.
Our dog i am not worried about but our puppy is a different story. He is six months old, who sleeps most of the day anyway and will only be alone for about 6 1/2 hours, but i will still think about him in his crate and not being able to lay in the sun by the front door. (This is my first job outside of the home in 15 years, so lots of changes going on).
Since I am just beginning to crate train, I am increasing the amount of time I keep her in there incrementally. She's doing quite well. But I know I am going to have a hard time on Monday when I go back to work and think about how she can't sit in the window (I like in an apartment) and watch the workers across the street and lay in the sun. I have her day crate as much in the sun as possible and even put the sleep timer on the tv for her to keep her occupied. I've considered getting a web cam so I can watch her while I am at work!!
Our dogs are 7 months old and 16 months old and have been going to work with us. Just recently we have been leaving them at home to go to a football game or some other event that keeps us away for quite a while. My husband and I both fretted over leaving our puppies in a crate but they were fine. We tried not crating them but after about 5 times of leaving them and nothing happening, the little one chewed our verticle blinds that are plastic and fabric (atleast, I am blaming him since a couple of little plastic pieces were in his poo). We decided it is safer for them to be crated and they usually sleep the whole time we are gone.
How do I know that? I can tell by the rugs that they played some but our dogs go on wee pads and they did not go to the bathroom while we were gone and had to go as soon as we got home so even when we left them out they slept most of the time.
It gets better but we are still anxious to get home and see how they are since they are not left alone too often. Most people think you are so silly to fret so much over dogs. That is why this place is nice because everyone here can understand.
Thank goodness I'm not crazy! haha No, I do not have any children. I am a single 26 year old. This has certainly made me think that I cannot have children unless I can be a stay at home mom! This is a wonderful site...I am so happy I found it!!
JJ, I think we are twins! Go single 26 yr olds! I didn't quite have panic attacks when leaving Beulah alone, but I do tend to cry a little when I leave the house and she watches me through the window. Just a little.. Maybe it's becuase I am NOT a morning person!! ha ha.. anything can bring tears in the morning! I also find myself tearing up about the fact that she cannot talk to me. Silly, I know. I admit it. We are perfectly suited to have kids. It is just hard to realize just HOW MUCH you can care about something. I agree 100%, but I am glad you admitted it first!
At least I know I'm not alone now. Here's my take on it...Yeah, I'm sad, but at the same time, I'm really happy that something could make me feel that sad. It's like...It makes me feel alive, you know. It makes me feel human. The only way I could feel this sad now is if I felt something really good before. So I have to take the bad with the good. So I guess what I'm feeling is like a beautiful sadness. And that's how I feel when I leave my baby! HAHA! =) It's funny...my friends never saw me as a maternal sort of person...but now after just 3 days they think that my clock must be ticking b.c I treat my "baby" like gold!