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Do you think there is such a thing as spending to much time with your dog(s)? Or not making them be independent enough? I personally don't think it is a problem since they have never shown signs of separation anxiety, but my husband seems to think I don't ever leave them alone long enough to show signs if they did have any. I get what he is trying to point out, but I don't see a problem with the dogs always being by my side. Yes they follow me around the house while I do chores, and yes they come with me when I leave. They stay in the car when I go in a store or something like that though, so it's not like they are always glued to my hip. Yes I spend a lot of time walking them, playing with them, and doing training sessions each day, but isn't that what you are supposed to do? I love our dogs, and I don't want to spend less time with them! What do you think?
 

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hmm i wish this were my problem, with full time work and school. I literally do spend every single chance i get with my dog. I skip going out and doing things "normal" people in their 20s do because of my dedication to my dog, her health, and our bond. I feel like i made the decision and commitment when i got her and i refuse to fail her. Although i can say this, my previous living situation (with a roommate) required my dog to primarily stay with me which was mostly in my room and she slept in the bed. Now that I have my own home, she now sleeps on a futon in the room with her crate and i'm glad she is. It does show me she has some independence and i've noticed her less fearful (she is a shy one). I do attribute some of this to her new found independence as i feel it's help build her confidence. If you guys have any cameras you can set up around the house, try to record and see what they do when you're not home. It may give you some insight on just how comfortable they are when you're gone.
 

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I think you are fine! LOL! The only thing I wouldn't do is take them with you in the car on shopping errands and such. Just leave them home. People freak out when a dog is left in a car even if its not even hot outside and could call the cops. It's happened to me :p I was maybe 60 out and I literally ran in the store to grab something and the dog even had a bowl of water in try back seat since we were just finishing up a hike. This was years ago but I will never leave my dogs in a car while I go in. Not only do a worry about people being stupid like that but I also worry about theft.
 

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I use iCam and I can view it from my phone. Have one camera in the dining room and kitchen and one facing the living room. Gargamel is funny. He sleeps, plays fetch by himself and checks his bowl numerous times to make sure nothing miraculously appeared that he missed. lol

I also take mel everywhere depending on the weather. If it's too cold or too hot he stays home. I get cussed out at the bank and the coffee shop when he stays home lol they love seeing him.
 

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hmm i wish this were my problem, with full time work and school. I literally do spend every single chance i get with my dog. I skip going out and doing things "normal" people in their 20s do because of my dedication to my dog, her health, and our bond. I feel like i made the decision and commitment when i got her and i refuse to fail her. Although i can say this, my previous living situation (with a roommate) required my dog to primarily stay with me which was mostly in my room and she slept in the bed. Now that I have my own home, she now sleeps on a futon in the room with her crate and i'm glad she is. It does show me she has some independence and i've noticed her less fearful (she is a shy one). I do attribute some of this to her new found independence as i feel it's help build her confidence. If you guys have any cameras you can set up around the house, try to record and see what they do when you're not home. It may give you some insight on just how comfortable they are when you're gone.
Yes I feel very lucky that I have been able to stay home. We actually have set a video camera up just for fun a while back, all they do is sleep! I keep them pretty busy so when nothing is going on they nap:)
 

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I think you are fine! LOL! The only thing I wouldn't do is take them with you in the car on shopping errands and such. Just leave them home. People freak out when a dog is left in a car even if its not even hot outside and could call the cops. It's happened to me :p I was maybe 60 out and I literally ran in the store to grab something and the dog even had a bowl of water in try back seat since we were just finishing up a hike. This was years ago but I will never leave my dogs in a car while I go in. Not only do a worry about people being stupid like that but I also worry about theft.
If they are going to be in the car for longer than 10-15 minutes I don't bring them, but mostly all my errands are just a quick in and out so that doesn't happen often... Thankfully I have never had anyone call on me, I leave my AC or heater going depending on the temperature. I'm guessing it hasn't been a problem because you can tell the car is running and the dogs are comfortable. I've never worried about theft being an issue, but that's something I should think about. I guess anyone can break into a car now days, and that would be just horrible.

I use iCam and I can view it from my phone. Have one camera in the dining room and kitchen and one facing the living room. Gargamel is funny. He sleeps, plays fetch by himself and checks his bowl numerous times to make sure nothing miraculously appeared that he missed. lol

I also take mel everywhere depending on the weather. If it's too cold or too hot he stays home. I get cussed out at the bank and the coffee shop when he stays home lol they love seeing him.
Lol that's so cute that he keeps himself busy:) The longest mine are ever home alone is if we go out to dinner, so they just nap the whole time. Whichever one is in the front of the house that time takes the couch, and the one in the back of the house takes our bed lol. Then it's wiggle butts and play time when we get home!
 

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Mine nap, play with each other, try to break into the food closet, and then nap some more when they're alone. It's just now getting cool enough to take the dogs along and leave them in the car, and they can't come to work with me (unless there's some strange circumstance, in which case they're in a crate behind my desk).

I walk them first thing in the morning, and make sure we get another walk and some training / play time in the evening. I do structure my free hours around the dogs, and I don't feel strange about it at all.
 

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Haha yeah I once left the AC running and yep...the store makes a huge announcement about poor dogs trapped in a car..and the cops show up. So lame I tell ya! I must live in fur mom central ;)
 

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^^^How lame! I'm so happy I've never had a problem with that! Maybe I'm just not away from the car long enough for someone to call? Who knows! I think that most of the time people don't even realize they are in there unless they walk close too close to the car, then the dogs feel the need to get up and take a look.
 

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I must live in fur mom central ;)
I know I do... I had a lady call the cops on me for trapping my dog in a hot truck while I pumped gas...

Mind you the drivers window was open and I was taking pictures and petting Camo while the gas pumped, but she called because the dog was subject to abuse because the truck was off and AC was not running... Hey dumb lady, you should not leave a vehicle running while you pump gas...

Here is a picture from the time in question... Poor abused dog...



The cops showed up before my tank had even filled, and lucky for me they were able to ascertain quickly that the dog was indeed NOT being abused, he was NOT left alone, and she was written a citation for disturbing the peace when she caused a scene because the cops did not haul me off to jail.
 

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Ugh. People suck. dicky that is so lame. I mean is not like you were leaving the dog and even if you were wait til that happens. I had cops come up to me in Florida about a dog in the car. I WAS ALSO in the car with my dog. The officer saw us and told the women who called if a human is in a vehicle with the animal there is no reason to call. She said well what is she left the car? He said you cal when the dog has signs of distress. Lack of common sense these days is sad.
 

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I never bring my dogs out for errands in the summer any more. Not because they wouldn't be okay if I went in a store for a few minutes, but because people are just so crazy nowadays that I'd probably come out to a smashed window and someone "saving" them.

TeamCourter, Anthony says the exact same thing to me. Apparently I'm a little too obsessed with my dogs... lol. I've been back in university taking online courses for the last 6 months, so I've been home with the dogs pretty much 24/7. It's been great, but now I'm back to work. My dogs have no problem being crated or whatever while I'm gone now, so I don't think it was a problem at all to be with them so much for the last little while. As long as your dogs aren't becoming anxious when you're away, I don't see an issue with spending all your free time with them! To be quite honest, I prefer the company of my dogs over most humans anyway!
 

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if they show no signs of stress in your absence then i see nothing wrong with having them with you as much as you want :)
That's what I am thinking:)

I know I do... I had a lady call the cops on me for trapping my dog in a hot truck while I pumped gas...

Mind you the drivers window was open and I was taking pictures and petting Camo while the gas pumped, but she called because the dog was subject to abuse because the truck was off and AC was not running... Hey dumb lady, you should not leave a vehicle running while you pump gas...

Here is a picture from the time in question... Poor abused dog...



The cops showed up before my tank had even filled, and lucky for me they were able to ascertain quickly that the dog was indeed NOT being abused, he was NOT left alone, and she was written a citation for disturbing the peace when she caused a scene because the cops did not haul me off to jail.
Oh my god, what is wrong with people? I'm happy she got a citation out of the deal! That is just freakin ridiculous!

Ugh. People suck. dicky that is so lame. I mean is not like you were leaving the dog and even if you were wait til that happens. I had cops come up to me in Florida about a dog in the car. I WAS ALSO in the car with my dog. The officer saw us and told the women who called if a human is in a vehicle with the animal there is no reason to call. She said well what is she left the car? He said you cal when the dog has signs of distress. Lack of common sense these days is sad.
She saw that you were in the car and called anyways? Omg I can't believe the stuff I am hearing, that would drive me crazy! I have been bringing my dogs for car rides since the day I got my license as a teenager, never have I had a problem (knock on wood). The lack of common sense is pretty damn bad, you are right!
 

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I never bring my dogs out for errands in the summer any more. Not because they wouldn't be okay if I went in a store for a few minutes, but because people are just so crazy nowadays that I'd probably come out to a smashed window and someone "saving" them.

TeamCourter, Anthony says the exact same thing to me. Apparently I'm a little too obsessed with my dogs... lol. I've been back in university taking online courses for the last 6 months, so I've been home with the dogs pretty much 24/7. It's been great, but now I'm back to work. My dogs have no problem being crated or whatever while I'm gone now, so I don't think it was a problem at all to be with them so much for the last little while. As long as your dogs aren't becoming anxious when you're away, I don't see an issue with spending all your free time with them! To be quite honest, I prefer the company of my dogs over most humans anyway!
Don't feel bad, my husband probably thinks I'm obsessed too lol. My dogs are like my best friends, and I don't mind admitting it lol. There is nothing else on earth I can spend ALL my time with and still enjoy it! Totally feel ya on the dogs over people! I developed ptsd when I was younger because of humans, and I might not of ever left the house again if it wasn't for dogs:)
 

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I struggle with anxiety, especially social anxiety. I panic in big crowds, loud noises, lots of drunk people. I'd much rather be on the couch watching a movie painting my nails with my dog next to me. ANY and EVERY day!
 

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I struggle with anxiety, especially social anxiety. I panic in big crowds, loud noises, lots of drunk people. I'd much rather be on the couch watching a movie painting my nails with my dog next to me. ANY and EVERY day!
Ditto!! I feel ya. I'm the exact same way. Introvert to the extreme.
 

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As others have said, provided a dog doesn't have separation anxiety issues and can be comfortably left alone when the need arises...I don't think there is such a thing as spending too much time with your dog(s) or an issue with not making them independent enough.

Some people (such as myself) have a dog because they want to spend time with it. Spending time with the dog is the whole purpose/reason for having the dog in the first place.

If someone suggested I spent too much time with my dog...that would be like my getting a cheesecake and someone suggesting I not eat it. :confused:
 

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As others have said, provided a dog doesn't have separation anxiety issues and can be comfortably left alone when the need arises...I don't think there is such a thing as spending too much time with your dog(s) or an issue with not making them independent enough.

Some people (such as myself) have a dog because they want to spend time with it. Spending time with the dog is the whole purpose/reason for having the dog in the first place.

If someone suggested I spent too much time with my dog...that would be like my getting a cheesecake and someone suggesting I not eat it. :confused:
My thoughts exactly! :)
 
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