I was wondering what your thoughts were on getting a companion animal for our dog. He’s only alone 3 days a week for a long period (about 8 hours), but I feel bad for leaving him. I’ve heard that a cat can be good company, and I’d rather go that route than get a second dog (not completely opposed to another dog , but I don’t really want the extra work involved).
Do you find dogs do better with another animal in the house?
The only time I’ve found that it really benefited a dog emotionally is when their very early life history had more dog to dog contact (or dog to cat) then dog/human contact. Most dogs cope better with those longer days just by upping their running/trotting time.
One way to find out is to contact a shelter and offer to foster an animal for a while.
Hope that helps.