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Is it normal to leave a puppy alone for 3-4 hours at a time?

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MelinaM Fri 07-Oct-11 14:53:01

My neighbour (I use the word loosely) has recently acquired a 9-10 week old puppy, it is left alone 3-4 hours most mornings, and 2-3 hours during the afternoon. I can hear it yelping and barking (puppy bark) when I am in the garden. I've only ever had pet cats so am not 'in the know' with regard to dogs. Am I being soft?!

I haven't left my pup for more than 2 hours, and that was just the once when I had no choice. Not sure if it's advisable or not, tbh. Just feels instinctively counter productive when you're trying to socialise/house train/generally train. If I have to leave mine, I crate him and make sure he's tired out first.

DooinMeCleanin Fri 07-Oct-11 15:46:56

From what I can tell from some posts on here, yes it's normal sad. But normal and kind or right are not the same thing.

It's incredibly cruel to leave a puppy alone that long, as well as bad for toilet training. Poor puppy. Other than offer to puppy sit I don't think there's much you can do.

Crosshair Fri 07-Oct-11 16:12:19

I wouldn't leave a puppy for that amount of time unless it was a one off emergancy type situation.

MelinaM Fri 07-Oct-11 16:21:01

Thank you, that's what I thought! You wouldn't leave a newborn child would you, but it seems because it's an animal it's okay to do so!
I really do feel for the poor chap, going from being with the company of it's mother and siblings to the company of nothing is beyond cruelsad

I shall keep an eye on the situation.

NotMostPeople Fri 07-Oct-11 17:24:52

I got my rescue puppy from the RSPCA and was told during the home visit not to leave him for any lo ger than two hours max and only if necessary. He is 21 weeks now and I haven't left him any longer than 2 1/2 hours and that wasn't planned iyswim. I wouldn't be happy about leaving a pup for so long.

Rhinestone Fri 07-Oct-11 18:59:19

No, that's too long and too frequent to leave a 10 wk old puppy. I would say 2 hours max and NOT a regular occurrence. I.e. not 2 hours every morning and afternoon. And make sure it coincides with nap time.

Do you work? If not would you be up for volunteering to let it out and have a play every morning?

WitchesBrewIsMyFriend Fri 07-Oct-11 21:15:40

no, that is not normal OP - and neither is is right for the puppy. It will be needing fed 3 or 4 times a day, not to mention housebreaking so the poor thing wont know when it is getting fed and where to go to the loo.

2 hours absolute maximum is what I would leave a puppy for and even then I would be desperate to get back to my puppy.

MelinaM Fri 07-Oct-11 21:47:41

I'm a full-time student. Unfortunately I'm not on speaking terms with these people - they're very selfish and have absolutely no respect for those around them!
There are other neighbours that could look after the puppy, but the owners seem to think what they're doing is absolutely fine! ..they wanted a puppy, now that that they have it it should fit into their current lives iykwim! Their son was tossing it around on the trampoline this afternoonshock

Thank you so much for your replies!

Midori1999 Fri 07-Oct-11 22:06:49

It sounds awful! Give it 6 months or so and they will probably rehome it because it's become a pain in the backside through lack of training, toilet training and socialisation.

It sounds awful. Isuspect sadly they are unlikely to do anything, but you could try ringing the RSPCA saying it is crying all the time when left.

chickchickchicken Fri 07-Oct-11 22:51:03

sad at poor pup being left all alone for that long.

bloody angry at them allowing their son to toss pup around on the trampoline. poor pup

MelinaM Fri 07-Oct-11 23:51:21

I know, it's very sad indeedsad ...I have to stop myself from popping over the wall and liberating the poor soul!

I shall certainly bear the RSPCA in mind if it continues, they've only had the puppy a week so it's not looking good is it?!

Poor thing sad My pup stands under the trampoline when the DC are on it and jumps up when they jump down grin He is yet to work out the trampoline. There is no way I'd let the children throw him about on it hmm

MelinaM Sat 08-Oct-11 10:21:19

^Your puppy sounds fabgrin

higgle Sat 08-Oct-11 10:33:26

Yes it is very sad, and I wouldn't do it now. When I was young and foolish. over 30 years ago, I did get a puppy, and left her while I was at work, popping back at lunchtime to take her for a walk. She didn't like it much and annoyed my neighbours. It was wrong, but at the time I felt I had rescued her (in fact I had bought her when she was the only puppy left at the end of trading in a street market, banned years ago) and there was nothing else to do. She did get used to it and grew up t be a lovely clever independent mided sweetie of a dog, who lived to over 17 and was my best friend and companion. I wouldn't do it again, I'm far wiser now, but this is just to say that the puppy is not necessarily going to be irretreivably damaged by this experience provided the rest of the care is OK.

WitchesBrewIsMyFriend Sat 08-Oct-11 10:35:38

When 'our' puppies were tiny they used to hop onto the trampoline with litter mates and they used to boing around. It was quite funny to watch them.

I would never allow the DC to toss them around! shock

Your neighbours dont sound like they know how to treat a puppy.

fuckwittery of fuckwits Eejits is what they are. angry

MelinaM Sat 08-Oct-11 22:36:49

grin I couldn't agree more Witches!!!

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