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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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As soon as I left the house this morning, Kabota started howling. My husband works from home, so Kabota's never alone and I still felt like a monster, so I feel your pain.

Try to make your time with your dog as enriching as possible. Make sure she gets lots of exercise and play time, train her using positive methods in several short sessions, feed her from feeding toys. Work her body and her mind while you're with her, and she's more likely to just sleep while you're gone.

As aiw said, don't feel too bad. As much as I might love to spend all day every day catering to my dog's every whim, that doesn't pay much and food costs money.
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