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Ever feel guilty for leaving your dog at home while you're working?

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Hi All,

I'm not new here, I read the threads from time to time, but I think this is my first post. I have an almost 9-month old Lab mix puppy named Raven and today especially, I'm feeling really guilty about leaving her at home. I think what has made it worse for me is that we installed a camera in the room where she stays when we're not home and I log-in throughout the day and check on her periodically. My heart strings pulled just now because she's just sitting there, looking bored and lonely. :( I wanna go home to my baby!! *cries*

She only has like 2 toys that she has in there because every toy and bed we've purchased for her, she's destroyed within a week because she's a powerful chewer. I'm talking chewed a hole in a supposedly "indestructable" Kong bed in 2 days powerful. Any thoughts as to what we can do for her to ensure she's not dying of boredom? She's home alone usually for 3 hours M-F, but lately, my guy has been working 12 hours shifts, so he leaves earlier, which means she's at home by herself for about 6-7 hours depending on traffic.

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I feel guilty, too. I am a teacher, and on summer break now, so I am home, but during the school year, yes, I feel guilty.

Tire her out before you leave, that way, she may spend more of the day sleeping. Also, the kong toy, the black one, is supposed to be for heavy duty chewers, and you can fill it with peanut butter, and then freeze it overnight. That way, it takes longer to get the peanut butter out. Also, there is a brand of toy called "Rough and Rugged" and they work well for our heavy duty chewer.
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