Apartments, Jobs, and Bs - oh my!

Since I got my B and my Pharaoh Hound, I've been working from home and able to play with them and walk them throughout the day. It's all going to change when I move to Seattle. I'll be (hopefully!) working a 9-5 job, and the kids will have to stay at home inside an apartment.

Does anyone else have a similar situation? If so, what methods have you used to make sure that the dog(s) don't get too lonely or bored during the day? That they can relieve themselves somewhere?

I'm really not looking forward to being away from them, all day everyday! They're both so very bonded to me, and I know it will be a very tough transition for them to not be right by my side all day long. (sigh) It will be a necessary evil.

Any advice?

Lori


The Z-Pack: Zen, Zoe, and Ziggy

I have my Tayda and Lenny in a crate while I go to my 9-5 job. I videotaped them while I was gone when I first got them and they literally sleep ALL day! Its hard being away and feeling guilty that they are bored, but after I videotaped them, I stopped feeling bad…

I crate Dallas during the day & just be sure to leave him a couple toys in the crate to play with. I feel bad too when I leave in the AM for work but every afternoon when I get home he is curled up in his crate sleeping. I'm sure he finds ways to entertain himself :p

I have found if you make your goings and coming homes as calm and matter of fact as possible, the dogs take it in stride.
It when there is a lot of drama with going and arriving that dogs get worried.
Anyway, that is my advice.

Since you have a pharoah hound also maybe get the exercise pens instead of individual crates so they have a little more room together.

@sharronhurlbut:

I have found if you make your goings and coming homes as calm and matter of fact as possible, the dogs take it in stride.
It when there is a lot of drama with going and arriving that dogs get worried.
Anyway, that is my advice.

I totally agree with Sharron on this. Also, you may want to try to exercise the dogs before you leave. That will help relieve tension and hopefully they will sleep while you are gone.

I agree about making your entrance and exit as much of a non event as possible.

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