What do you think about this dog's situation?
He's a 3 year old, hunting bred labrador. He is given 3-4 hours of intense, off leash running and mental stimulation in the form of retrieving and obedience a week. He is given a minimum of 2-3, 10-15 minute walks a day and frequently tied out with a coated cable and harness, under supervision and with access to water (never left alone on a tie out) for 20-30 minute intervals several times a week. He's fed diamond naturals large breed and is a lean 80 lbs. He is vaccinated yearly against distemper, leptospirosis, parvovirus and a 3 year rabies. He is also registered with the city in which he lives. This dog is also given preventative care for external (frontline) and internal (heartguard) parasites.
This dog is also largely confined to one room for 3-6 hour increments during the day, with a total daily alone time of 10-11 hours out of the day. Some days he is alone for the total max of 11, some days he's only alone for a couple of hours. He also takes several yearly trips to lake and forests and is allowed to practice retrieving.
This dog has no known stereotypic behaviors such as chewing, breaking out, or incessant barking.
So- sorry that was long winded, but what do you think of this dog's situation?
Thanks for your responses!
This is my dog- Remi, and this is his situation. He's happy, healthy and fit, I was just curious to see what some people on here thought. I see so much misguided or judgemental advice, I was a little curious what people thought about a healthy situation where a dog gets to be a dog. I'm a full time pre-vet student, work part time retail and part time (frequently overnight) in a vet hospital ICU. Balance that with a low-rent apartment and this is a 'make it work' scenario. I get dejected when people say you can't make having an active breed while bein busy and having a small place work. You can, it's just a lot more work than most people would want to take on, and I knew that going in- I wouldn't trade it for anything, and he's pretty happy with it, too.
Sombra- good point; is it perfect? No, but it works for us :-)
Ms. Manners- I agree with more exercise. With Remi, there's never enough exercise, I just make sure he gets outside and moving en
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
Whoever says this is "Sad" <cough cough, jake> is clearly a bit developmentally delayed.
Not only are all the exercise requirements met (and exceeded), the dog is probably experiencing euphoria from the amount of off leash training and mental stimulation that almost all dogs lack.
Don't listen to the people who say the time he has alone is bad, most those people own useless fashion accessory dogs that they carry around in their pocket like another product. Make sure however that he is well exercised and tired out before he is left alone to recuperate for the day, this will make the time he is left alone far more productive :)
- •Poppy•Lv 79 years ago
11 hours a day would be pretty harsh, but it's increments you said meaning there's interaction in between.
If the dog seems happy, and is well exercised (seems to be) I don't personally see anything wrong with the situation.
The dog isn't crated - he's just in one room. Maybe a bit boring (there are ways to get around it) but it sounds like he's just fine. Our pup can be left in a single room anywhere between 3-5 hours a day, sometimes longer with a break in between if we decide to go back out after being back for awhile. Not a problem.
- kelsoeLv 44 years ago
Praire Dogs are truthfully rodents if I consider thoroughly. They would possibly experience pumpkins, I have not the slightest notion. Theoretically it might be well for his or her enamel. Just ensure that the pumpkins don't seem to be pained/dyed/some thing and are all ordinary. Toss them into the praire puppies' subject and spot what occurs.
- MattLv 59 years ago
seems fine! dog will be strong and healthy, if you think a better treatment for a dog is to sit all day and get fat and not have any mental stimulation then thats sad!
seems like the dogs owner is trying his best to protect the dog while out on field if you think thats sad then i hope you don't have any pets!
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- ?Lv 79 years ago
The dog is worked. The dog is well taken care of. The dog has a very good life. The owner knows what the heck he/she is doing.
- GrinchLv 79 years ago
Sounds like neither the dog nor the owner has issues with the arrangement, so I don't see a problem.
- Lacey UD, RELv 79 years ago
Sounds like a sad abuse case to me <sarcasm> Sounds like he has a good life. It's probably even better during hunting season. Sounds like a well cared for dog to me.Source(s): old balanced trainer
- ak2000Lv 49 years ago
The dog seems fine to me
- ms mannersLv 79 years ago
He is left alone longer than I would prefer, and I would like to see him get more exercise.
But he doesn't have a bad life.
- 9 years ago
This seems faintly familiar....could it be?
The life of a DOG and not a so-called "Fur baby"?