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Old 11-30-2006, 12:07 PM
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Hi I am a mother of 1yr old chihuahua. I have a query over what you guys do when you leave chi alone at home. When he was a pup I use to leave him in a crate so he doesn't injure himself as well as demolish the place. But this was no longer than 4-5 hrs. But now I've got a new job I may have to leave him for longer than that on some days. I am terrified of leaving him alone (just in case he develops separation anxiety) but also I am not sure where to leave him. If I do leave him outside crate would he injure himself by chewing electricity cordes or damage the whole house? Also I recently bought play pen for him and left him in there for few minutes to see how he finds it but he climbed out of it anyway..Hmm not very useful.. Anyhow any contribution from your experience will be so valuable. As he is my first dog and books don't teach some aspect of raising him.
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Old 11-30-2006, 03:38 PM
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I have 2 chis. My older one who is 12 years old doesn't do anything destructive, so when we leave he is okay just to put him in a room with his food, water, and pillow to lay on. My 2 year old chi is a bit more active and inquisitive, so in the same room we set up an exercise pen to put him in with his food, water,and sleep area. So far that works for us. The exercise pen we have is metal and small, but I've seen some that are bigger, taller, and sturdier made of a heavy plastic. So that might be something to try; maybe a sturdy made exercise pen with his toys, food and water and sleeping area in it.
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Old 11-30-2006, 03:43 PM
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I leave Gizmo right where he is,on his blanket on the floor. He's still to small to get on the furniture by himself and he's not into getting into mischief..not yet anyway.
Although I havent left him for more than a hour I do come in to him sitting up on his blanket with a look of " where in hell were you and why did you leave me alone" lol..then he comes running not to see me but to see what's in the bags I just put on the floor.
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Old 11-30-2006, 04:08 PM
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I have 2 chis. Tader who is 6 years old & Chili who will be 1 in january. Tader used to roam free around the house but then he decided that he only wanted to use his pee pads half of the time & my rugs the other half so he is crated in the dining room & Chili is crated in my spare bedroom/computer room he is always up to naughty puppy things so he is safest in his crate when I cant watch him.
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Old 11-30-2006, 04:23 PM
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All of mine stay in their cages during the day. I've been thinking about maybe getting a play pen, but I'm not sure yet. Stewie just likes to curl up and sleep anyways, so the cage is just fine for him. There's no way I could leave Gracie to roam the house alone right now! She's a little troublemaker! lol
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Old 11-30-2006, 06:04 PM
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All of my are gated in the kitchen if I have to leave for the day.
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well when i use to have a puppy (which i miss) she would stay in the bathroom cuz its pretty big just put food and pillow and a toy in their she was good but a walk-in closet would work also
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Old 11-30-2006, 07:16 PM
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Boop gets caged. I've only left her for an hour or two since I don't work.
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