Leaving Two Dogs Alone
Leaving two dogs alone together when you're not home--is it safe?
I have a 10 month old female pit bull that is fixed. She gets along fine with other dogs. I am thinking about getting a male pit bull puppy and getting him fixed also.
Will they need to be separated when they get older if I'm not around? I want to be able to leave them together in the yard without fighting. Is this possible since they will be opposite sex and both fixed?Gale's Reply:
I believe it's unwise to leave dogs alone together when you are not home. It's not just pit bulls. I've heard of owners of shelties and dachshunds coming home to find their dogs dead after apparently fighting with each other when the owner wasn't there.
In my own experience, I've had two pit bulls (male and female) who lived peaceably with each other FOR YEARS suddenly go after each other over a toy. It happened when I was home alone with them. And, I can tell you it's just about the most helpless feeling in the world.
After the fight, they gave each other space for a few hours. But in short order it was as if nothing had ever happened as far as they were concerned. They were back to being buds. Then it happened again a couple of years later over a morsel of food the cat had left in his bowl.
These two dogs lived together for 9 years, slept curled up together, groomed each other, loved on each other. For 99.9% of the time, they were like Mr. & Mrs. When one passed on, the other one was clearly depressed. There was no doubt they were very bonded to each other. But, I wouldn't have left them together when no one was home.
I'm also not a fan of leaving dogs outside when you are gone. Even if you have the ideal set-up and live in a mild climate, bad things can happen.
If you are relying on a fenced yard to contain them, remember that if they find a way out they could land in serious trouble simply because of their breed.
While not everyone can manage it, it's safer to let dogs stay indoors when you are gone. And let them have their outside time when you can keep an eye on them.
Hope this helps. Feel free to post back here if you have other questions.
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