Home Alone…..no not the hilarious, childhood American classic but my dog is home alone.
I have talked before about having your pet go to doggie daycare for working furparents or those who can afford to have their pet socialize with other pets on a daily basis or to tire them out after a long hard day at work. But what about those who can’t afford it, don’t have the means to do doggie daycare, or maybe even a dog sitter/walker. Let’s face it everything costs and some choose to let their pets stay at home alone throughout the day.
Now, I can only speak from my experience and from having an only child dog. If I have the option I certainly do not leave Riley home alone unless I plan for a quick trip 20 mins or less or it’s a complete emergency. Otherwise, he goes to doggie daycare or someone has agreed to watch him for some snuggle time.
I, personally, hate leaving my little one home alone and would love to take him everywhere with me but life simply does not allow that. I have left Riley home before and for the most part he is great but he does suffer from a little separation anxiety. Separation anxiety in a nut shell means when someone freaks out from a range of mild to severe when you or someone they love is not around them. I remember many times I would go to the gym and come home to hear him screaming his lungs out for me to return home then to come inside to a trail of torn carpet and destroyed trash cans for me to clean up. The pure joy!
I know it can’t be fun for a dog to stay home alone for a long period of time not knowing if your parent is going to come back but in all honesty I think I feel more panic than the dog. I am still learning to not rush myself through things if I know I need to leave Riley home alone and also not panic about every possible scenario of a house fire, intruder, or maybe he forgets me! Ok a little much but you get it.
Fortunately, I have great support system with family and financially able to let Riley go to fun places to keep him occupied (yes he is spoiled if you didn’t already guess it) but also to interact with others. I would love to hear from those who have a different perspective as well since I do have many friends who let their pets stay home alone frequently.