Originally posted by meathed
I agree but also disagree,
I agree 100% about never ever leave your dog in the car in the Summer on Hot day's as that IS cruelty to animals.
So to all that say never leave your dog unattended or your a bad owner is a bit harsh.
Dont Ever Leave Your Dog Unattended in Summer or hot Days.
But in winter its fine IMO
I agree with Meathed.
All situations are different, all dogs are different. I have 3. My oldest, shepherd/coyote is scared of truck rides, the lab doesn't like them much,
but my shihtzu wants to never leave my side. He has a special spot in the truck where he can see out.
In the summer, if it's hot out, I do my shopping when it's cooler, in the morning. There's a water dish in the truck. In the winter, when it's
bitterly cold, there's a blanket if needed, usually it's too cold to shut off the truck, so the heat is left on.
I let the 2 large dogs out in the fenced yard on their own, they're fine. When the shihtzu needs to go out, I go out too, because he's tiny, and can
get out the fence. He'd be like lunch for the coyotes (the wild ones).
If for some reason I need to leave the shihtzu home, I have to shut the shepherd/coyote in a separate area (she gets all the bedrooms to laze around
in), so that she doesn't get rough with the shihtzu. She loves him, she just doesn't know how to play with a small dog. The lab is great with the
little one, they're best of buds.
Thankfully the climate is much cooler up here, our weather has barely gotten warm enough to worry about, July and August I have to be careful and do
my shopping before 10 AM
I live just outside a small town, about 1000 people. If I go into the larger cities at all, which is rare, then I leave the shihtzu home, I'm afraid
of someone stealing him.
I've had dogs before too, they were a nightmare to leave home, I lost furniture, walls, couches, the phone, 2 doors. Outside one chewed through the
fence, and the gate once the fence was replaced with chain link. Other than that, they were perfect dogs, they came when called, did everything they
were told, as long as they were with me. I had total control. In the city, and I didn't even need a leash.
The dogs I have now, are all perfect angels inside or outside, in the truck. They listen perfectly in the house also. But none of them will come when
called if they're outside. Zero control.
It's not always just the owner, how they behave, sometimes it's the dynamics between the dogs as well.