My dog is exceptionally attached to me but our garden is tiny, am I being cruel by keeping him so cooped up?

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June 18, 2019 / By Ambrosia
Question: At the moment I'm working from home a lot but I'll be studying next year and I'll be gone 9 to 5. He is very attached to me and never leaves my side but our garden is about 3m by 3m and he'll be alone until my brother gets home from school. He is a jack russel border collie cross and only a year and a half old, and if I'm away for a week he gets very depressed and doesn't eat much. Would it be kinder if I gave him away to another family with a big garden for him to run around in, though it would be extremely painful in the beginning?
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Walt Walt | 1 day ago
JRT/BC are VERY intelligent, which in your case is GREAT. I was told when I adopted my JRT X that the more room I gave him to run around in while I was gone, the more bored he will get. I keep him in the utilty room, with his bed, food, water, a radio and some toys when I go out. I brought a kong and some kong stuffing, it didn't last long, flea learnt that if he tipped the kong upside down all the stuffing fell out but it keeps him amused and it also gives me an easy way to give him his tablets, he loves his kong. I give him an activity ball to play with too that dropped treats every so often. Other than that he just has his normal toys and he is fine. I was told when I adopted him that he howled a lot when left on his own, I check with the neighbours every time I got back and not once did he howl. I normally walk in to find him either asleep, looking confused at the radio or trying to get the last little bits of the stuffing out of his kong. Your dog will be fine as long as he is walked regularly. Flea gets three walks a day because he's such an active dog, he just never stops. But he doesn't attack my furniture, he doesn't howl and he doesn't scratch at doors when I leave him to go out. He's a little angel, it's when I'm around that he turns into devil dog. You don't need to give him away just keep him occupied. I found the radio on in the background made him think there were still people around and sent him to sleep, he doesn't go to sleep at night unless someone is there with him, so the radio helps us a lot at the moment. http://www.kongcompany.com/worlds_best.h... kong website (will give you stockists of kongs, although most pet shops sell them and I think you can buy them through the website too) http://www.canineconcepts.co.uk/item--Ca... activity ball HOPE I HELPED!!!
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Rudyard Rudyard
JRT/BC are VERY intelligent, which in your case is GREAT. I was told when I adopted my JRT X that the more room I gave him to run around in while I was gone, the more bored he will get. I keep him in the utilty room, with his bed, food, water, a radio and some toys when I go out. I brought a kong and some kong stuffing, it didn't last long, flea learnt that if he tipped the kong upside down all the stuffing fell out but it keeps him amused and it also gives me an easy way to give him his tablets, he loves his kong. I give him an activity ball to play with too that dropped treats every so often. Other than that he just has his normal toys and he is fine. I was told when I adopted him that he howled a lot when left on his own, I check with the neighbours every time I got back and not once did he howl. I normally walk in to find him either asleep, looking confused at the radio or trying to get the last little bits of the stuffing out of his kong. Your dog will be fine as long as he is walked regularly. Flea gets three walks a day because he's such an active dog, he just never stops. But he doesn't attack my furniture, he doesn't howl and he doesn't scratch at doors when I leave him to go out. He's a little angel, it's when I'm around that he turns into devil dog. You don't need to give him away just keep him occupied. I found the radio on in the background made him think there were still people around and sent him to sleep, he doesn't go to sleep at night unless someone is there with him, so the radio helps us a lot at the moment. http://www.kongcompany.com/worlds_best.h... kong website (will give you stockists of kongs, although most pet shops sell them and I think you can buy them through the website too) http://www.canineconcepts.co.uk/item--Ca... activity ball Hope this helps =]
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Morty Morty
I think keeping him is really is the only choice. Put yourself in his place, wouldn't it be better to see your family less often, then never seeing them again. I got a dog from a shelter last year, and she still seems depressed. I think she longs for her previous family. I dont know what happened, why she was there, but I see how she acts. Only if someone mistreats a dog, then the dog needs another home. You have a good home for him. I'm not sure what you're saying about the garden. Are you gonna leave him alone in the garden when you are out? If so, its not good leaving them outside unattended. Theres bad weather, is it secure where no one can steal him, is it too sunny, etc. I dont understand what 3m is? Do you mean meters? Then that is about 9ft by 9 ft in the U.S. The size is ok, I dont think they should be outside alone. Keep him- he loves you. You obviously love him too.
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Kelley Kelley
No! Dogs need to feel safe, and like they have a little place of their own. Crates should not be used as a punishment, but should be paired with positive reinforcement and praise. As long as a dog is not kept in his crate for too long or sees the crate as a bad place, it is far from cruel. And besides, would you rather have your dog crated, or getting into something dangerous? Leaving a dog outside is never good, what if he escaped or was stolen? My dog was crate trained and actually liked her crate. She willingly went in it on command and sometimes laid down in it even when she didn't have to. Eventually, we were able to leave her out of the crate, but the crate really helped in those early years.
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Herman Herman
As long as a dog is given sufficient exercise, which would be quite a lot of a JRT/BC cross, and enough mental stimulation they dont need a large garden. I have a large garden, and mine rarely play in it, as they are taken long walks twice daily.
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Herman Originally Answered: I am having a hard time keeping up with school work and keeping organized?
You certainly are a busy bee. You need to make yourself a time table and stick to it. It's called Time Management. Allocate a certain amount of time to spend on each task, not necessarily to finish it. When that time is up, Stop! Then move on to the next one. This will give your brain a bit of a break from thinking about the same thing. Be sure to make time for recreation, a bit of rest and some fun. And don't forget a break for eating. Do not eat while you are working. So, make a list, as you have done, prioritise them, and start allocating your time. Example: 6.30am Breakfast 7am to 8.30am Spanish 8.30 to 9.30am Geography 9.30 to 9.45 Rest, have a drink. 9.45 to 11am English And so on and so on. Stick to your roster, and you will be surprised just how quickly you will get things finished. Good luck with your studies.
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