Do you ever wonder what they're doing when you're out?

@JJLoa44 (346)
Canada
February 10, 2007 11:12am CST
Sure, you come home and the dog is by the door. But do you ever wonder exactly what they're up to when you're at work? Surely they don't stay by the door the entire time ... We've often joked that we should get a webcam and set it up one day, just to see what happens when you're not there. Have you ever considered that, or do you wonder just what happens when you're not around?
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22 responses
• United States
10 Feb 07
I joke about the webcam too. I'm pretty sure my Saint sleeps most of the time. I am curious about what my parrot does when I'm not around. I know the other day she thought I wasn't listening and I heard her practicing her words. Too funny. I think I will set up a cam and just watch her from another part of the house one day!
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• United States
10 Feb 07
Well, I'm pretty sure my cat sleeps prety much the entire day, since he is usually on the same chair or couch when we come home as whem we left. As for the dog, I'm pretty sure his day goes something like this: 8am: Parents leave. Whine, look out door, lay down and wait in case they have forgotten something and need to come back. If so, be as pitiful as possible when they leave again. 10am: Bark at mailman, jump up in front window, bear teeth and slobber as much as possible on window in process. 10:05: Job well done! Drink water (to replenish slobber supply), take nap on couch that I'm not allowed on. 2pm: Wake up, regret not having opposable thumbs to use to put back cushions in order, hope Mom does not notice. 2:30pm: Bark at neighborhood kids returning home and cutting through front yard. Resume nap in sunny patch on rug. 4pm: Assume "loyal pet" position at top of stairs, gazing at front door longingly for Dad's 4:15 arrivial. Begin reminding him immediately that I haven't eaten since this morning by running to kitchen and looking at fridge. Of course, no one knows for sure what the dog does (well, the dog hair on the couch does corrobrate the illicit napping). No one but the cat, should he ever choose to wake up and take note, anyway.
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• United States
10 Feb 07
I've seen some online webcams of people with pets. The pets are usually sleeping on the couch when the owner is away at work. I think most pets sleep when you're gone.
@resasour (378)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I think my dog alternates between watching out the window and sleeping.. If I give her a treat or two, she will usually show them to me when I get home. She wants me to see that she saved them...lol i think that is so funny. When I am home she usually eats them right away, but when I am leaving, she wont touch them until I get back. I have seen her in the window when I come home and i have seen her looking out the window when my other half is away from home, so I know she spends some time doing that. She will sometimes pull out one or two of her toys, so I know that she spent some time playing during the day. When she was younger, I would come home to find that she had pulled the toilet paper from the roll in the bathroom and strung it through the house.. I was glad to see her out grow that trick..lol
• United States
10 Feb 07
We always wonder what our dog does when no one is home. I tend to think he just mopes around and sleeps most of the time. We always leave him with a full water dish before we leave, yet when we return the water hasn't even been touched. We never leave him for more than 4 or 5 hours at a time, so he is very spoiled.
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@Anakata2007 (1787)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
I know someone who did set up a web cam. Their dog sat on the couch for 4 hours looking very sad and staring the whole time at the door waiting for his owners to come home. Boring stuff, but pretty darn cute. dogs are so dependant!
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• United States
10 Feb 07
I just happened to be home sick yesterday. I had my husband put the dogs out back as usual when he left, so I could get some undisturbed rest, without being pestered to throw a ball, tug a rope or get more treats. After an hour of scratching at the door, they gave up and went about their business. I couldn't resist spying on them now and then, I always wondered what they do all day, too. Most of the day they spent laying on the sunny patch of concrete near the side gate where they could watch the comings and goings of the neighborhood. Barked at the mailman, barked at the kids coming home, laid back down. Occasionally walked around the yard, heads and tails down, very bored looking. Laid back down. That's about it.
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@ctinabina (386)
• United States
10 Feb 07
That's a great question. I'm pretty sure my dog sleeps most of the time and perhaps she occasionally looks out of the window. Maybe she'll bark at something in the yard. She's sort of a chill dog anyway. Or... she may be secretly plotting the demise of our neighbor's cat.
@nicolec (2673)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I don't have a dog, I have two cats, but I wonder the same thing. I know they probably spend some of their time sleeping, but they can't sleep the entire time. I assume they also spend some time sitting in the window looking outside. But with two of them, what do they do? Sometimes when I come home I find something on the floor that wasn't there before. Like a pen or some paper. But what else do they get into that I don't know about. Don't you wish you could come home and they could tell you about their day?
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10 Feb 07
Yes I have but I don't work yet I'm 16 so I go to school but I do still wonder about that.
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11 Feb 07
I think your dog will sleep when you're away. They take care of the house, so no stranger can get in.. and yes... sometimes they want to do a few bad things
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@sechsey (1836)
• Canada
11 Feb 07
Well, there are just three things I know he would do. Sleep, which he likes to just do all day whenever Im not aound. Play with his toys, I assume when he gets bored waiting for me. And third, chew on all my electrical plugs.:P he managed to chew off three already, from the fan, charger and extension wire:P
• United States
11 Feb 07
Good question!!!!! i already know what mine r doing, dont need a camera!!!! i have two small ones and my daughter has a part lab. "dallas" is sweet and loving,however she gets lonesome and bored and therefore gets into stuff and strows all over the house.Now i know u r saying how do u know its Dallas and not the other two?? Good question again, becuase the stuff that Dallas gets into is usually to hight for the little ones. She gets it, the then other two follow suit.
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• India
11 Feb 07
my dog.........i guess he just romes around n waits for me to come back n play with him
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
11 Feb 07
Yes he was always at the door waiting there for us to come home, yes I did often wonder what he was up to while I was at work, oh no he wouldn't certainly of stayed by the door some times I know that he sat there for ages, yes that would be a wonderful thing to do to get a webcam and watch what he really does. But I do know as well that when I would leave I would put some of my clothes and sheet or blanket of mine on the floor and he would smell that and feel that I was still there due to my dog was blind but he could certainly still smell me as that is how they know their owners especially as my dog was blind for a number of years before he passed away last month.
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• United States
11 Feb 07
I don't. I know. When it comes to my dog, she is an American Eskimo, she eats kleenexs from the box or from the garbage. She is 14 year old now and I assume there is something she is missing from her diet. When she was younger she would unroll the toilet paper and eat it. My wife was told to put a pop can with pennies in it on the top of the roll. My wife was told that when the dog knocks the can down it will scare her and she will leave the toilet paper alone. Well when we got home we found that the can had been knocked down all we found was the pennies and the top & bottom of the can. She had eaten everything else. I've always thought since then the dog was part goat.
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• India
11 Feb 07
Sad but true- they do stay by the door the whole time, or rather my dog just goes to sleep by the door. She does go lie in the sun for about 15 mins though :)
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@coolhunkz (360)
• Philippines
11 Feb 07
dog always find way to do some hobbies like we do. they might be bored sleeping all day and get up when we got home. but others shackle their dog and let their dog just to be their security guard. i hope they forego them.
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@shonali (1286)
• India
18 Feb 07
well yeah i sure used to wonder but not anymore..... i have three dogs and most of the time they spend playing together..... and when im back home i can see the mess they have made for me to clean up.....there are shreds of paper lying around..... cloth...... loads of stuff and i have lovely neighbours who tell me all the mischief that they were upto when we werent at home.....
@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
18 Feb 07
you would be surprised as to what your pets do when you leave. we had three dogs a few years ago but One got hit by a car but anyway, these dogs when we left our house nothing was safe. They went through 4 couches, about 5 chairs, all my plastic dishes (tupperware) and the one dog ate the drywall right off the walls every time we left after about 2 months he was down to the 2x4 in the wall. Oh! how you dont know until you spy on them.