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hi, i rescued a gorgeous 2 year old kelpie x a year ago, after she had been in the pound for 4 months. at the time i had a part time job that i could take her with me to, so she is around me most of the time (something the pound said was very important). My job situation has just changed, and ive had to look for another job, where I dont think Ill be able to take her. its 4 days a week. I feel absolutely awful leaving her-she seems to get quite sad when we do have to leave her (i worked 2 days a week last dec where she couldnt come, and she just seemed to get depressed.) i dont know what to do! she has a big walk in both the morning and evening, and when i start at the new job either myself or my husband will come back at lunch to give her a very short walk and some cuddles. but its the rest of the time im worried about-its heartbreaking having to leave her when she just wants to be around us. any ideas how to make this as good for her as possible? we have though about getting her a companion dog, but if that doesnt work then we could be stuck with 2 unhappy dogs! ideas/advice most appreciated thank you
 

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Dogs like to sleep when their people aren't around, and most likely that's what she'll do. I really don't think that's very much to be gone from her. I would just try not to make a big deal out of leaving, and make it a positive thing(such as a treat before you leave).
 

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I agree with the above post about not making it a big deal (leaving and returning). I spent most of the day with my Kelpie puppy since he was 8 weeks - 5 months old, took him out nearly every day for socialising purposes. I also felt guilty after landing a full time job as a teacher because I was worried about leaving him alone for 8 hours every day from Monday to Friday. I started gradually adjusting him to more time alone. He was fine. I suggest you tire kelpies out as much as you can before and after work.

What I do mostly nowadays is to spend 2hours doing physical and mental exercises with him in the morning before work (walk, fetch, hide seek, training, food puzzles) and then spend the rest of the time after work with him. My mum takes him out on a walk at noon time so he does get some human interaction during the 8 hours just like how you and your husband has planned to return during lunch.

I leave him with new toys every few day and a stuffed kong and a special chew object i.e. deer antler, deer shank bone, etc every day. From what I observed through doggy camera, he spends most of the time chewing and playing with his toys. He sometimes runs around the backyard with a plastic bucket. The rest of the time he sleeps. So I think your kelpie should be fine if left alone and you have provided enough exercise. They can be destructive if bored.
 
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