How to leave your Eagle County dog alone
Vail, CO Colorado
The Vail Valley lifestyle is very different from city living ” we live here because we love it here.
A lot of us have pets, and we love to take them everywhere. We try to sneak them into restaurants, tie them up as we do our shopping, leave them in the car while we run our errands, and take them to our friends’ homes.
Some of us are fortunate to be able to take our dogs to work and some of us work out of our homes, so we have the constant pleasure of our pet’s company.
But what if you have to leave your dog at home for long periods of time? How long is safe? Does he get upset? Does he destroy the house? Do you have to lock him in a kennel? Does he urinate in the house? Does he bark constantly?
These are all valid questions.
Puppies need to be walked more frequently than trained, adult dogs. Puppies have a higher metabolism and need to be fed and let out every few hours. A puppy, as part of its training, may be kenneled during your absence but not for longer than five or six hours during the day.
Adult dogs can stay indoors longer while you are gone all day, but it’s ideal if you can come home at lunch or have a friend let him out during the day.
As dogs age, their bladder control decreases and he will have to be let out during the day and sometimes at night too. A well-trained dog that doesn’t urinate for a long period can developer bladder problems and infections.
There are a lot of larger dogs in the Vail Valley ” labs, goldens, etc. ” and they need exercise to maintain healthy muscle, joints, bones and emotions. Large dogs need long walks or runs to stay healthy.
When a dog is neglected he may behave badly to get attention. Some dogs will urinate or defecate in the house or destroy belongings and furniture and others will bark a lot of mope around.
To fix this, spend more time with your dog or hire a dog walker. Getting mad at your dog will only make matters worse when all he wants is for you to take him with you or stay at home and play with him.
If you leave your dog in a car or tie him up, make sure that he has water and does not get too cold. Most of large dogs ” unless they have short hair ” can tolerate the cold.
We don’t really know what goes on in the house during our absence, but we sure hope that our pets behave until we return. They are always happy to see us and we should spend as much time as possible with them.
Dr. Nadine Lober can be reached at 949-7972