I have been out of work since before getting my puppy. I will be returning to work in April. I am worried and not sure how to start training Quinn (6mos/Wheaten) to avoid separation anxiety. She is out when we are home. I crate her when I go out (which hasn't been that often) and not usually longer than 3-4 hours at a time. I have begun to notice that where ever I am she seems to be. I am putting her in her crate at times during the day and she seems to be fine with that, until someone comes; then she wants out. We have transitioned to feeding twice a day nicely. I plan to work only 8hour shifts, but may have to work 12hr ones on occasion. Should I put her in daycare or have someone come to let her out on the days I have to work. My son arrives home from school around 1:45 so: is that to long for her to stay in her crate? She is extremely well behaved for a Wheaten (so I have been told) and I want to avoid other issues if I can. I suppose this sounds like I am the one with separation anxiety issues...for which I will seek counseling :)
***Edited By: Quinnsmom on 2/14/2007 3:44:26 PM*** Reason: *
so if your son is there to let the dog out, would that be around 6hrs? that's probably the longest you should leave the dog crated if possible. daycare is wonderful. when i work longer shifts, cooper goes to petsmart for daycamp. they wear him out and he gets to socialize. it can get pricey if you need to do it more than once a week. maybe you could find a variety of ways to break up the week. a couple longer crate days, a couple days in daycare? i think a lot of people do leave dogs crated for long periods of time, but i could never do it. i just don't think it'd be fair or good for him. good luck finding a solution! and congrats on going back to work!
Indifference turns clarity into denial. ~Quan Tracy Cherry
If your son can let her out, then it is fine. I wouldn't leave a young dog in the crate for longer than 6-8 hours. She will be fine in the crate for the 6 hours...longer than 7-8 I would have someone come and give her a potty break and a little play time. Another thing, you should leave a Kong in the crate and only use it in the crate so she associates the crate with something fun and good. If she isn't in the crate very much right now, or at least not consistently, work up to eight hours. Put her there one day for 3-4 hours, the next 4-5, the next 5-6, etc. You don't necessarily have to leave the house, just take the time to relax! I am home almost all day during the summer, then gone 7 hours during the school year (Sept-May), so towards the end of August, I prepare my pups for the 7 hour crate again by just increasing the hours they are in there just to get them comfortable being there so long again. Don't worry about her too much, the more comfortable you are, then she will know there is nothing to fear.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender,your dog.You're his life,his love,his leader. He will be faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion
Thanks these are really good suggestions. I am going to try to work weekends and one weekday so maybe we will try daycare one day a week. Also we will start next week on using the crate increasing her time there...