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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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YES i totally get where you are comiong from, i recently moved from big bosses other farm- a 250 acre former cutting ranch in Industry to his other plaace, a crappy little 5 acre plott off the side of a busy rd that everyone treats as a drag strip. my dogs ccant go to the barn anymore for their safety (long story, not going to hyjack your thread with it) so they have to stay in a little yard by the house (an airstream travel trailer thats like 30 yrs old :/ i know i know at least its a roof, right?) while im in the barn working (5-11am...2-4ish PM) they only get 2 walkies plus play time a day not instead of just being out to go where they want (they dont run off, they know where they get fed, even if they did they cant get past the primiter fence which is coyotee proof due to it being a breeding farm with lotsa babies around).

so yes i feel your pain :( i know they hate it, i feel so guilty, i hope they dont think they are being punished :(
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