General (General discussion, talk about anything.)
Dogs, unlike cats, are fiercely sociable animals and should never be left alone for long periods of time. If your daughter has a dog and leaves it alone for any length of time then yes, it will become very anxious, wondering if she's going to come back, plus the fact that they get very bored. Whilst she's with the dog no doubt she gives it a lot of care and attention. That's something we all need, including animals. The dog sounds to me as if it is either very anxious, or it is very much afraid of being outside to do its business. For what reason I can't say unless someone has tormented it or hit it or otherwise frightened it.
There again, depending on the age of the dog, it could have become incontinent either through advancing age or it could even have something physically wrong with its insides. Personally, I'd let a vet look it over.
I've never owned a dog but have devoted myself to my cats so my suggestions above are not borne out of experience, but common sense dictates that its trying to tell its mistress that summat's wrong and the poor creature must feel terribly miserable because it knows its doing something wrong but can't explain why.
I'd never have just one cat because they too can become bored and start messing or doing naughty things but that's because they're attention seeking. Even negative attention is better than none at all.
Hope this helps you love.
Replied: 9th Jun 2006 at 16:30