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My boyfriend and i will be away for three days to California this week and my dad is taking care of Tofu for us, but i'm very worry about Tofu staying home by himself for 9-10hrs each day. My dad has to work and can't come home during lunch. i has an exercise pen for him. inside the exercise pen are his food, water, pee pee pad and his comfy, warm crate(bed). the door to the crate is always open so he can come in and out whenever he want. but the door for the exercise pen is close whenever he's in there when i'm not home. sorry for going on and on about this but i just would like everyone to picture it :) my concern is that is is ok for him to stay home by himself that long with out anyone there? and if anyone ever done that before? i know that he sleep most of the time when i put him in there. just thinking about leaving him make me so worry. i know that he's home with my dad, but i still worry. i just worry that he don't know Tofu as much as i do. i miss him already, and worry if he'll miss me because i'm not there. i don't want to go at all but i have to. four days to me seem forever. everyday for the past week i told my dad what i normally do for tofu. like alway have water and food out for him. not to give too much treats b/c he won't eat his food. which treat to give at what time. what to do when he look fatique, how may minutes are need to heat his heating pad... etc. sorry for rampling, but i'm so worry about leaving him.
 

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I wouldn't worry about it. Of course, he's going to miss you but he'll make it just fine. Lots of dogs stay home alone while their owners are at work (mine does) and althought it's not the ideal thing, dogs can adjust to it just fine, and some breeds do better at it than others, like Chihuahuas, because they are small and are not as active as working breeds, like terriers or shepards, for example. Plus, it's a good thing you are getting him used to you being away while he is young (he is, isn't he?), because chances are you are going to need to be away sometimes, for good reasons, like vacations or others. So don't worry, he'll be just fine.
 

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thank you everyone, but it seem like i need him more than he need me :)
i'm feeling a little better about him staying home alone. I'm sure going to call home everyday to check on him.
 

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Your baby will be just fine. I think you're absolutely right in that most of the time we tend to over-worry. My baby stays home by herself Mon. through Fri. for about 9-10 hours, and then I stay home with her over the weekend, but she is just fine. So don't feel bad. Hope you have a great trip.
 

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OMG I hated leaving Murray alone when we went on a cruise for a week. I called home everyday from my cell to check up on him. I think it is harder on us than it is for them..haha. I was so worried and missed him terribly. A part of me even felt guilty for leaving him. I had a million thoughts going through my head, will he miss me? Will he hate me for leaving him for so long? Will he remember me? ha ha ha. I was a total basketcase on that vacation. Now that I got him a companion, I guess I won't feel as bad if I ever go on vacation like that again.
 

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Dogs actually don't have the same sense of time that we do so they don't really realize how long 9 - 10 hours actually is. As long as he has access to everything he needs, he will be fine. My dogs stay home alone for at least a few hours every day and always have. They never seem to mind too much.
 

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10 hours seem a bit much for a dog to be left alone. I feel guilty leaving alone for 5 or 6 hours and anything longer than that I'd ask a friend, a family member, a neighbour or a doggy-sitter to check up on him. He might be a bit stressed, but since it's just for a week I guess he'll survive :) . I'd be worried about selling a pup to someone that makes it a habit to leave his dogs home alone for such long periods every day..... dogs are a great responsibility and sometimes it's better to think twice and wait till you have more time. Loads and loads of animals are left in shelters because of separation anxiety.
 

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I don't know if this was directed at my reply or not, but I just want to clarify that I do leave my dogs home for a few hours a day, but never 10 hours. I just meant that dogs really don't have the same concept of time that humans do and for a week or so, the dog should be fine. Seperation anxiety does not necessary stem from the length of time a dog is seperated from its owner.
 

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Pixy said:
I don't know if this was directed at my reply or not, but I just want to clarify that I do leave my dogs home for a few hours a day, but never 10 hours. I just meant that dogs really don't have the same concept of time that humans do and for a week or so, the dog should be fine. Seperation anxiety does not necessary stem from the length of time a dog is seperated from its owner.
i agree with that. oreo suffered from separation anxiety for a time and it didn't matter if i was gone 10 minutes or two hours. my vet, who at onetime had 4 chis of her own, recommended not making a big deal when i would leave or return and it really did help :)
 

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I was the same when I went on holiday last year. I left Brewster with his breeder for 7 days and he was fine. Although she did say that he cried at the front door the first night, but was fine after that. He had a great time with his sister and his mum and dad and all the rest!!! LOL

I also thought he wouldnt remember me. But when we went to pick him up he was all excited to see me for about 2 minutes then went back to playing!! I was a bit miffed!!
 

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My husband and I have to leave Yusuke home for a large majority of the day and he's the only chi in the house. His big sister, Kisa, is a Siamese cat so of course she has no qualms with being by herself, but I was worried at first about leaving him home alone all day since my husband and I were on leave for the first month we had him, we just returned from Iraq. He whined for a few minutes during the first week we were leaving him so we started giving him a Greenie or a large treat that would take awhile to eat before we left in the morning and he came to the point where he doesn't even notice us leaving. Now, he doesn't even look up. Brat.
 

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Dixie stays home alone for 7 hrs and usually i put a toy inside to keep her occupied , so she wont get bored @ She does ok and is good for me and whoever get home first lets her out and she comes barreling down the stairs!
 
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