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would you leave dog in car while you have a meal somewhere?

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ditavonteesed Sat 13-Nov-10 17:29:29

going out for sunday lunch with my parents tommorow. Is in a village 4.5 miles away. am trying to be fit and healthy so thought I could walk dog there and dh could take kids in the car, dog would then have to wait in the car while we ate in the oub. what do you think I can't decide whether it is ok or not.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 13-Nov-10 17:36:35

I would with my dog, she'd be fine with this. Depends on your dog.

escorchio Sat 13-Nov-10 17:38:11

Fine at this time of year. Not when there is any chance of the car getting too hot. Mind you if your dog is skinny, it might appreciate a warm blanket - the car might get cool quite quickly in horrible weather.

Rebeccash Sat 13-Nov-10 17:46:41

I have done this, no problem

bedlambeast Sat 13-Nov-10 17:51:24

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LotteryWinnersOnAcid Sat 13-Nov-10 18:24:35

No bedlam you're not the only one. I hate leaving them in the car even just to nip into the shop. But the breed I have has a high rate of theft and I just refuse to take that risk.

(Plus if they see another dog outside the car they will just go nuts with excitement and possibly break the car/themselves.)

DooinMeCleanin Sat 13-Nov-10 18:29:56

I'm with Bedlam. Wouldn't consider it for a second incase someone stole them.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 13-Nov-10 18:43:26

I don't really think its crossed my mind that someone would steal her. But then the only place I leave her is Tesco car park and I think a break in would be spotted quickly.

BangingNoise Sat 13-Nov-10 18:45:39

No I wouldn't feel happy leaving my dog in the car.

lljkk Sat 13-Nov-10 18:46:58

Most dog owners I know would do this.
Wouldn't most dogs be pretty hostile if someone tried to steal them?

cureall Sat 13-Nov-10 18:48:07

Depends how big the dog is; if you'll be more than an hour in the pub why not give it a good walk first then leave it home

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 13-Nov-10 18:49:03

Yes because he trashes the house if we leave him there, he suffers from separation anxiety.

BrainMash Sat 13-Nov-10 18:51:04

I would do it (and have done it) but would obviously leave water and some windows slightly open.

I don't worry about him getting stolen, but I do park in public places, so feel it's unlikely (and he's not a breed that's particularly valuable).

DooinMeCleanin Sat 13-Nov-10 18:52:59

lljkk believe or not there are professional dog thieves who know how to placate/contain an unwilling or aggressive dog. It's often then sparky ones they go for. They make better fighters sad

As my dog is one of those slightly aggressive sparky dogs I never leave him unattended.

midori1999 Sat 13-Nov-10 19:11:12

I would never, ever, ever, ever in a million years leave my dog in a car outside somewhere I was having a meal. The risk of them being stolen is far too high. It happens, and yes, there are 'professional' dog thieves who steal dogs to 'train' or use as bait for fighting dogs, or steal dogs for all sorts of horrible reasons and I can't bear the thought of any dog ending up in that situation. sad

We have to leave them in the car when we use the ferry and I hate that enough, even though they don't allow anyone beneath decks whilst the ferry is in motion.

FlameGrilledMama Sat 13-Nov-10 19:43:22

No I would not mine is the soppiest Lab and he would willing go with any strangers, bless him, not worth the risk IMO.

Eleison Sat 13-Nov-10 19:48:39

I am always leaving my dog in the car (except in warm weather of course). He adores car travel and his life would be so narrowed if I let the risk of theft deter me from bringing him along. And in this case it sounds like your dog would miss a lovely walk. You have to balance the risk of theft against the positives of enriching your dog's life. Everything has some risk attached.

lljkk Sun 14-Nov-10 10:03:10

Is it only pedigree or certain breed animals who get stolen or is any cur vulnerable?

ditavonteesed Sun 14-Nov-10 10:10:34

have decided that dh will run her home in the car, she is a pedigree and also very soft would let anyone take her if they had treats, also although she is chipped she has not yet been spayed due to badly timed season. there is a park near the oub so dh going to take dc there and meet me to take dog home. she should be happy to have a good sleep anyway.

ditavonteesed Sun 14-Nov-10 10:12:24

just reminded me as well when I first got her I suggested tying her up somewhere (can't remember the details) and my mum went mad, said you wouldn't leave a £500 lap top outside for anyone to take and as well as being worth a lot of money dog is also a family member and very loved.

LotteryWinnersOnAcid Sun 14-Nov-10 10:27:31

lljk, both.

Personally I have staffs and my worry is people stealing them to try to train for fighting.

Others have pugs, chihuahuas and other expensive dogs who thieves will take to try to sell on and make money.

Both dogs and bitches are stolen to attempt to breed from to make money selling the pups.

OP, glad you reconsidered, I don't think it's ever worth the risk.

FlameGrilledMama Sun 14-Nov-10 10:43:14


Pedigrees are stolen for money, or for breeding if you have a rare or expensive breed. If not Some (particularly staffs) are stolen for fighting. X I would say are rpobably stolen for fighting sad

lljkk Sun 14-Nov-10 11:18:35

Is it routine to break into a locked car to get the pedigrees out?

30andMerkin Sun 14-Nov-10 13:26:35

This thread's really made me think. Fortunately I'm lucky in that the design of the vehicle the dog usually travels in, combined with his travel crate, means that no-one could see that there is dog in there - let alone whether it is a desirable breed likely to chew your arm off for trying.
Will think more carefully when we use my husband's car though.

Back to the OP, can you not take the dog into the pub? Ours is welcome pretty much everywhere that serves ale around here!

Ormirian Sun 14-Nov-10 13:27:24

Yes, if she had water, air and somewhere to lie down and sleep. And if it wasn't too hot.

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