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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-02-2013, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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What to do with him while at work?

Hi all,

Bentley is almost a year old and we crate trained him while he was growing. Once he was around 5 months old we started to leave him out while we were at work (both 8 hour days---almost 9-10 hours by the time we get home) one day we came home to a chewed up love seat (not repairable) all of our tennis shoes ruined (including my beloved NIKES!!!) fan cord chewed up and his dog bed chewed up.

Needless to say I had a meltdown. I expected chewing but not that bad. Since that happened we have been leaving him in the kitchen with baby gates on both entrances and that worked for a while. We keep his cage in there too and ALL his toys.

One day we came home and he had figured out how to jump the gates and again, he wreaked EVEN MORE havoc on my couch and his dog bed.

Now I raised the gate up so he couldn't jump it. I was wrong, even higher than eye level he is able to jump it. If I raise it anymore he will slide under it. I am at a loss. I know he is bored, I know he is having separation anxiety...but I cant take off work to be with him daily we need the money from both of our jobs coming in.

I would feel horrible trapping him in his cage for 9 hours a day Monday thru Friday so I REALLY don't want to do that.

What do you guys do when youre at work? Is anyone else in the same situation?

HELP me and my furniture!
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Re: What to do with him while at work?

I would also like to add I buy him a bone at LEAST once a week for him to chew on while we are gone, and if not that I stuff peanut butter in a kong to keep him busy. He figures that out within a few minutes and is done.

I just don't know what to do!
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Re: What to do with him while at work?

I have a 1 year old also and I don't even want to know what my house would look like of I left him that long. I come home for an hour most days at lunch and we walk and play fetch the whole time. He does daycare 1-2 time per week. Before work at least 75 min of exercise and he gets the same after work too. If you can't come home, daycare or dog walker. It's unreasonable to think a young vizsla can be left alone for 8 hours.

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Re: What to do with him while at work?

I also leave miles with a few kongs or puzzle toys and re stuff them at lunch.

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Re: What to do with him while at work?

I think it's unreasonable to - we have a 7 month old V and he's still crated while we are not in the house. He gets a 1 hour walk in the mornings, a walker comes by around 12:30-1 and lets him out (he gets a 30 minute walk, sometimes more), and then we get home around 6pm. He gets an evening walk (about an hour, or playdate with other dogs that we all know well). There is no way my pup could be left alone in the house without being wildly destructive even with the walker, let alone without one. Frankly, at 5 months, I am pretty sure he would've pooped on our bed and/or eaten everything in the pantry.
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Re: What to do with him while at work?

Yeah, sounds like your boy is not ready for free reign of the house. When Vizslas get bored, they start chewing and causing trouble.
Is there a way you can get a dog walker for the middle of the day? Even with that, you will need to reduce his access to the house. You may need to find new gates or block off a safe room for him. (Also, if you keep him in the kitchen, be sure that it is truly safe for him. Wouldn't want him knocking over the knife block or accidentally turning on the gas stove)
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Re: What to do with him while at work?

Our boy is 15 months and I wouldn't ever even dream of letting him loose that long. We've allowed him to be alone for 20-30 minutes between my boyfriend leaving and me getting home. Both times he was able to find a tube of something to chew up (neosporin the first, hydrocortizone the second). Since those episodes we haven't even attempted to do so. Our boy is crated while we are at work and we try to get him to daycare 1-2 days a week. The day after daycare he sleeps the entire time we're gone so I don't feel too terrible at crating him on these days.

It isn't ideal to crate him, but it also isn't idea to buy a new couch or shoes left and right. I would see if you can find a happy medium- find a place to take him to daycare, find a dog walker or see if you can come home mid-day to see him. My boyfriend and I try to stagger our days so he'll leave earlier and get home earlier, then I'll leave later and get home later so we minimize Haeden's crate time. I think 5 months is probably just a bit too young to let him have free reign, unless your house is 110% puppy proofed and there's nothing he can destroy.

Another option may be to get one of those chain link kennels to put in a basement. This will allow them to have more space than your normal crate, yet they aren't necessarily roaming free. If you have a cement slab in your basement this may be ideal, especially if your boy isn't able to make it the full 8 hours always. We thought about this option but opted to do daycare a few times a week instead since he is so social and is able to spend most of the day outside while he's there. I think you definitely have options it's just a matter of weighing them.

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Re: What to do with him while at work?

We haven't given him free reign since that couch thing happened but still jumps the gate...today I put a little wooden end table in front of the gate hoping this deters him.

Will definitely consider getting up at 5 to get some energy out of him before work. Both me and my boyfriend live too far from work to get there in time to let him out at lunch so this seems like the best option right now...

Thanks everyone

And yes kitchen is entirely vizsla proof (well kind of, nothing is vizsla proof these days! Smart dogs!)
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Re: What to do with him while at work?

Try doing more with him before or after work. I wear my boy out every night to the point that all he wants to do the next day is sleep. Also, if he gets enough exercise, you may not feel bad leaving him in his crate for the whole day. I think a dog walker is a good suggestion, as well. Try more difficult treat toys like puzzles and linkables. They also have a device that will drop a toy from the top of a shelf, so that your dog has new toys to play with during the day.
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Re: What to do with him while at work?

KB87 I Would LOVE if we could do the basement idea I would actually leave him alone in a basement however I live in Florida and alas...it makes me miss living in Wisconsin more and more! No basements here!

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