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That's why it's better to have two dogs or a dog-loving cat. That way, the little buggers always have companionship.

The crate method, btw, is based on natural behavior on the part of wild canines. The mothers leave their pups in a den for long periods while they are hunting. Dogs naturally like closed, small spaces because they simulate what they would seek out in nature.

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Ok I have had dogs for most of my life, and leaving a dog for eight hours is not a hardship on them a puppy yes they have small bladders. They just sleep while we are gone, dogs spend most of their time sleeping something like 16-20 hours out of the day. My dogs are far from nelected.

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Sorry Silverdragon, but would would say your dogs didn't suffer from being left alone for hours wouldn't you. All of you who leave your dogs for very long periods of time manage to justify it to yourselves somehow. A dog is intelligent and social and needs to be occupied. Yes, there are unwanted dogs - and one of the main reasons is that they have been left alone and start trashing the house, barking continually, dirtying in the home, psychological problems due to lack of socialisation. So, yes, some of these animals may be better off being put down rather than live a barren life.

You might well have 'once called the RSPCA' and they did not immediately rush to your aid but times are different now with the new legislation which has very wide ranging scope.

You yourself have said how your dogs cannot get enough of the outdoors now. Are you saying they were living a full life before when they were left for long, lonely hours?

My dogs had each other and I know they didn't suffer, they never trashed the house when let alone. Yes they are out more here in Canada but I have the land to let them run free. Where I lived in the UK there was very few places that you could let your dog off the lead so how is that giving them the exercise they need. I can even take them to the beach here but in the UK especially in the summer many beaches was closed to dogs.

I have only been in Canada 8 months so was in the UK when the new legislation came into force and dogs get into a routine and for most need a routine but I would rather work all day and have dogs than think of the thousands that get put down. Many get dogs not realising how big they grow, for others it is a phase.

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I personally think it's rather sad to see dogs never get off a leash, but many leash-Nazis would disagree.

My dogs have a large, fenced garden/yard area, dog-door, and complete indoor privileges. When we walk, it's mostly off a leash. I also open the gate so they can go visit the neighbor who complains if they stay in too much.

In winter it's hard to keep dogs in their backyards here because we get so much snow.

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i am shocked that so many here seem to think it is ok to leave a dog for hours on end, alone, in a cage whilst they are at work. a dog is a social animal, not a 'cuddly toy'. a dog has needs and rights. could you hold your bladder for eight or more hours? would you like to be imprisoned for a whole day with no social contact? i doubt it.

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1. any questions regarding how long one is able to hold one's bladder seem a bit rhetorical considering that we are, after all, on a nursing discussion board...and anyway, it is a well known fact that expecting a dog to hold his bladder for 8 hours is not unreasonable.

2. comparing human imprisonment to crating a dog is a bit like apples and oranges. ita agreement that dogs are social animals. however, that is only half the story. dogs are den animals. i do not argue their pack mentality, but even as such, they also require their own space. a crate fills this need. it is as much a part of their instinctual needs as their need for socialization and interaction.

3. dogs have no sense of time. while i am not suggesting that it is ok to leave a dog crated for an inordinate amount of time, the reality is that a dog does not know that whether you are gone five minutes or five hours.

4. i resent the heck out the implied implication that anyone who has posted on this thread is mistreating their dogs. i have seen nothing but a group of people that are trying to do the best by their furbabies.

5. please be very careful. i would hate to see you have a nosebleed or injure yourself while up on your high horse.

if you are able to stay home 24 x7 to cater for your dog's needs...more power to you!

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Madelene: What do you think dogs do while we are sleeping at night? They hold their urine, just like we do. Please dear, relax.

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My boys love to run FRRRRRREEEEEEE ........................

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And ... the little buggers also like to play in the mud!!!! LOL

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I love this thread!

I had a miniature pincher, Otto, who lived for 14 years. I loved him so much. He passed away 2 years ago.

Molly Mae is my wonder beagle. She is part beagle, part hound. She is 12 years old. We got her from the pound when she was only a few weeks old... she has a deformed paw (kind of like club foot) and she runs on 3 legs. She's now 60 pounds and is my love.

Miss Lucy Loo is our newest addition. She was a stray who literally ended up at our back door. She is about a year old. She is part chocolate lab, part beagle. She has the biggest brown eyes you've ever seen. She has the body of a beagle but is pure chocolate.

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3 months ago I didn't have any dogs... Now with the addition of our puppy and rescuing an abandoned Basset Hound we now have 2 fur babies... Oh and aren't they happy to see me when I get home!!

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This is Mimi, beagle/spaniel cross

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Jet, border collie/labrador cross

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These girls are my life and the RSPCA only actually says that they shouldnt be left ALONE for long periods of time. My girls have each other, therefor not alone and quite happy. If a dog was unhappy you would be able to tell through their behaviour and destruction. Im pretty sure that all my girls do is sleep when im out.

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