Originally Posted by Cait93x
So I'm wondering how often do you leave your chi's home alone for?
I did work from home so it has been great in the sense of training the dogs, Pablo is almost a year and Neeva is 5 months. But I am venturing into a different career path which means I would be out the house, my partner works also but he also is going a different career path and has a work trial for Thursday which the hours are your usual 9-5 bar fridays 9-3:30. Thankfully this job is literally 5 minutes away from our house so he can jump home on his work break to check up on them.
Im just scared something will happen and I wont be here to solve the issue, am I being crazy paranoid? They are good dogs and even when I'm in the house I can trust them to wander without getting into bother but I am over thinking.
If you guys work, do you leave food out for them to nibble on whenever they wish? We have scheduled meal times so I'll be new to free feeding as well.
Any tips would be fantastic!
One thing I used to do when I started working outside of the home again was I used to section her off into a smaller pen. She had sizeable space to sleep her potty space and her food and water. Also leaving an extra bowl of water helped me keep at ease plus her large bowl of food (she mostly free-feeds) helped me feel OK to leave her alone cause she had more than a days worth of food. Even though I would be gone only 6-10 hours max! There was once I had to stay away for 24 hours on the dot given it was a family emergency!!
I came home and she was perfectly OK and safe!
I understand it can be stressful but your chi will be OK. Maybe you want to section your chi off into ONE room when you leave. Make sure you spend extra time going through that room making sure everything is 100% SAFE that will help you ease your mind! In time you can make that space larger and larger. I still keep my Vida out of the Kitchen and bathroom areas and I trust her to be OK. I do leave a fan on to keep her from hearing to much and wanting to bark all day.
Think of what is really bothering you, and then coming up with an idea to make sure she is OK. pointing a fan near her bed on hot days, or leaving extra blankets out for her to cuddle under during cold days. or incase the heat goes out. It could happen, you never know and being prepared for the worse help keep you at ease.
Like I said ever since that family emergency where I was gone for so long I realized it was mostly ME that worried. So leaving your chi alone for 8-10 hours to work a job should be OK, as long as you know what your chi may possible need in any situation on that given day! Always leave out an extra bowl of water on hot days. who knows a bowl could tip over or you might have to work late or your home get very hot. haha. Hope that helps!