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Old 09-29-2015, 03:04 PM
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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!
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Old 09-29-2015, 03:14 PM
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My husband and I work from 7:30AM to 4:30PM or 5PM each day. I also hit the gym for an hour after work, and my husband heads to class, until about 7:30PM. I get home around 7:00PM. So, needless to say we are away for long hours during the week. Beverly has the run of the house while Bentley is in a large pen until he is a little older and stops chewing on the trim around the walls, lol. They each have food, water, potty pads, and endless toys, plus plushy beds and blankets. On weekends we generally stay home with them or take them with us if we go somewhere. We make sure that the time we are home is devoted to paying attention to them.

I wish I could stay home with them all the time but my husband and I both have careers and he is trying to get through school (my classes are online). Because we have to be away during the day we make the time we are home with them count. I also have a very flexible employer who allows me to leave if I need to stay home with a sick dog. There are also times that I don't go out with friends or make plans because I want to spend time with Beverly and Bentley. That may sound silly, but its the least I can do since I am away at work so much.

They do just fine by themselves. They have each other and I also have a camera that I can see and talk to them through. It helps a lot!
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:19 PM
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Both me and my husband work from 8.30am to 5pm Mon - Friday, so Cookie is at home alone for about 10 hours I wish I could be with her all the time

It was horrible at first cos she would cry whenever we were leaving and I was so worried I couldn't eat anything while I was in work! But after about 3 weeks she got used to it and so did I! Seems to me that she sleeps for most of the day and she's playing around for a bit too!

That's why I would like a second Chi, for Cookie to have someone to play with!

But don't worry! Your chi's will be fine Promise
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:34 AM
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I work at an office, Mon-Fri from 7:30-4 p.m. My husband is a chef which means he never gets weekends off, so his days off fall during the week. Which sucks for us as a couple, but works out great because it means the dogs are only left home alone three days a week Finley currently is locked in a crate and because of his age, I pop home after a few hours to let him out for a potty break and a stretch, then he goes back in for a few more hours until the hubby gets home. Gizmo and Tinkerbell have free run of the house. We leave water out of course, but no food. Once Finley is old enough that he doesn't need to be crated, I'll stop coming home during the day and they'll go back to being left alone for about 7 hours.
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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!
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Thank goodness for potty pads! Another good reason for having two to keep each other company. I was surprised how quickly mine adjusted to me being at work and how they can tell what days I'm going to work vs. staying home. It will all be fine. Good luck with your new careers.
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I work 10 hour days, but have 3 days off. My fur baby is happy to be home, I have a dropcam camera setup and I can see her and speak with her from my IPhone. I leave her with toys, chew toys, water, her indoor potty, and a Kong. When I leave, I put treats in the Kong, and she will spend hours trying to get them out. I hide them around the house. He is quite comfortable when I am gone, and there is nothing better than the thump of her tail on the floor when I walk in the door. Play time!
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