Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 3 months ago

Dog Owners. Do you think it is selfish to own only one dog, so when you go to work, the dog is home alone all day? Please explain.?

12 Answers

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Oh that's a lovely idea. 2 dumb dogs barking all day instead of one.

    • Anna
      Lv 5
      3 months agoReport

      Exactly. One is bad enough

  • 3 months ago

    ● "Dog Owners. Do you think it is selfish to own only one dog, so when you go to work, the dog is home alone all day? Please explain."


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    My ANSWER:

    🐩🐕 I think it is VERY selfish to own a dog or dogs while you DON'T have time to give it/them the attention that dogs crave.

    During my years at teachers' college & university, then as a carefree bachelor, I made no attempt to own a dog, although I did have a cat or two while renting houses on farmland - cats being very independent-minded creatures, whereas well-bred well-reared dogs love to be NOTICED & rewarded. During the 8 years between marriage and when our son started school, my wife was a "kept woman", so in between rearing Gordon she had time to give our GSDs (and a Cairn Terrier, for a while) attention while I was driving school-buses, teaching, marking pupils' work, preparing lessons.

    After our son started school we moved to this city on the agreement that my wife would earn enough to pay for our "housekeeping" (food & clothing, phone & electricity) so that my salary could be devoted to the mortgage, the Rates, plus the dogs' needs. When she progressed to working for Hansard in Parliament, it became my task to care for the dogs - not a problem, as when we had a litter I could rush home at lunchtime to feed the pups and talk to the adult dogs. When not with us and not in the whelping room, our dogs were either in their pens or loose in our house.

    People who think that getting a restless pup a "playmate" will solve your problems need to realise that (a) the dogs will form attachments that DON'T involve you, and (b) each of them will be MUCH harder to train - they distract each other, and they no longer NEED you except to supply food & water and a bit of variety in their lives.

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  • 3 months ago

    Depends on the dog, how much you are gone, and how much time you do give your dog when you are home.

    My dog is rarely home alone completely. But he still chooses to go lay in my room when I am gone, even when other people are here.

    Ive seen dogs that did not care for the company of other dogs, and some that absolutely thrive on canine companionship.

  • 3 months ago

    Really depends on your job. I work from home, so I can still take care of my dog while working.

    I don't feel comfortable leaving her at home.

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    No, many people can only afford one dog, can only have one dog in the property they live in ....and purchasing another dog 'for their dog' is the last reason anyone should get another dog.... it is very different looking after one dog or two dogs and once you get over 3 or more again it is a very different experience, cost, needs and time......... you may have one well behaved dog, get another and it be the same, but get one that is a mischief and you have two mischieves.

    Dogs will sleep while you are away at work as long as you put the time in to ;ead walk/play before you go and set up their day, so a large raw marrow bone they will lie down and chew which tires them, stops them feeling anxious ( chewing releives anxiety, which is why stressed dogs chew the house up when alone) you cn't leave them bones when there is more than one dog as there is likely to be fights over no I do not think people are selfish having one dog, I think people are selfish when they have any pets and do not provide 100% of their needs, daily lead walks, play, socialisation, the best food and health care and hire dog walkers when they have to leave a dog for long periods while they are at work

  • 3 months ago

    No because my dogs go to work with me on a daily or nightly basis ya see. Me being a Shepherd an all that is.

    They help me to herd control and protect my Ewes and lambs ya see..... id be a pisspoor Shepherd without them and thats for sure.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Yes, It is selfish. Why would you wanna leave a poor dog all alone all day? Dogs need a lot of attention and love especially the younger ones. They are not cats.

  • Jojo
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    I think its quite unkind to expect a dog to sleep all night and then sleep for most of the day when its owner goes to work.

    Especially if the dog is young and of an active type breed.

    Unless of course the owner is prepared to WALL the dog for at least 90 minutes of hard exercise BEFORE leaving it all day and then walk it again for an hour on their return. someone to exercise the dog during the day. Why own a dog if its mainly left to its own devices all day every day.?

    Getting two dogs could be even worse as they could play and get up to mischief when alone and bored, and even injure themselves.

    A dog door from the house that leads to a fully secure and locked garden may be a better solution with two dogs. But many dogs have been snatched from gardens and CCTV should be installed as a precaution.

    An older dog with a laid back temperament may be suitable for a sedentary life, but to own a young active dog and then leave it alone regularly all day, in MY opinion is bordering on mental cruelty.

    Its one reason dogs that dogs left alone, bark and howl and why some `so called` guard dogs living in isolation each day on some premises, are mentally unsound and will bark hysterically and attack anyone and anything for no particular reason. Jmo.

    Source(s): GSD owner for 56 years. (UK)
    • Aged Kiwi
      Lv 4
      3 months agoReport

      I reckon that your "WALL" should be changed to "WALK".

      Don't the lazies LOVE issuing TDs !

  • 3 months ago

    No because they are sleeping most of the time.

  • 3 months ago

    If you have someone to give it adequate care while you're gone they should be fine. All dogs are pack animals biologically, but not all are pack animals mentally. Some prefer to be unbothered by another dog.

    • Verulam
      Lv 7
      3 months agoReport

      I'd agree - the difference with this suggestion over leaving the dog for hours alone, lies in the 'having someone to give it adequate care while you're gone'.

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