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Re: Is she getting enough time?

Posted by:  Leslie Hemsing
Posted on:  November 17, 2002 at 19:00:41

In Reply to: Is she getting enough time?
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Posted by:  Lisa R.
Posted on:  November 17, 2002 at 13:13:32

Question:

: My 3 month old puppy spends about 2 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon on a 50 foot lead in front of the house (we always watch her from the front office as I work at home with about 5 employees who look out for her too). Is it too lonely for her by herself? This is my first Jack Russell and I want her to be well socialized and extremely happy. We take her to the store, post office, park everyday. I just hate leaving her alone because she so small and so loving and so smart. Just how much is enough?


Response:

Dear Lisa,

First things first -- your pup is too young to be left alone outside on a tie-out. While I appreciate that you and your employees keep an eye on her, this is not adequate supervision. Frankly, the use of a tie-out to "confine" a JRT is very dangerous and not recommended at any age.

How much is "enough" is a tough question because every terrier, every owner, every situation is different. Since you are both "at home" and "at work" I suggest that crate training your pup is the best way to fill both of your needs. This way, you can set up a routine where she can still be "with" you but not interfere with your work AND you can provide her with the attention she needs (potty breaks/exercise.)

I am providing a link to our Crate Training FAQ; please review and follow all of the information carefully. I also suggest you sign up for a basic obedience class (Puppy Kindergarten) so you learn how to teach your pup to walk on lead; this is a "safe" place to socialize her. :-)

Best,
Leslie


Additional Reading: Crate Training FAQ