Having a dog is difficult!
So..... I'm a cat person. I've never owned a dog. Everything I know about dogs I learned here on this forum. I know they are social creatures, need to be walked a lot, and thrive on structure (pack hierarchy, etc.).
My daughter has an occasional job caring for a neighbor's beagle when they go away for a couple days. She goes over 3 times per day to feed (twice) and potty/play. Other than that the dog is in her crate. It seems to work pretty well except that by the end of the couple days she is difficult to get back in the crate.
This time they are going to be gone for five days which I thought was a long time for a dog to be crated and alone so much. So I suggested we bring her to our house for at least the weekend. I envisioned her sleeping alot. But she has mostly whined and been awake. She is only happy if someone is petting her. In addition to her regularly scheduled early morning breakfast and potty, I've taken her out for two 3/4 mile walks which she enjoyed, and dh took her out for a potty break in the yard. Her crate is accessible to her. She is confined to one large room where dh spends most of his time at his computer. We crated her for about 90 minutes while we ran some errands. She ate little of her dinner, and we're about ready to take her out for another potty break. We'll do that again late tonight, then crate her for the night.
Do you think she's whining because she's stressed at the new environment? Would she be better off alone in her crate in her own home? I really just want to do the best thing for her. She quite sweet.
Thanks for all the dog education you've already given me.