How much time to take off for a new puppy?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’ve never heard of taking time off for a new puppy.  If you can, flex your schedules so that he isn’t kennel too long during the day.  Lunchtime visits should be sufficient, IMO.

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Wow really? People don’t stay home when they get new pets do they? I have never heard of that. Go to work, they’ll be fine.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@kestane:  nope never took off time unless we brought the new dog home on a sunday and Id return to work on tuesday just to help it get used to the house but nothing more than a day.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

People take time off for a dog???

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve never heard of that! But spending a week with your new puppy sounds like a great vacation!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

Um we didn’t take any time off and our dog is a well adjusted pup.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You certainly don’t NEED to take time off for a new puppy, but if you can, why not?? Spending time with a puppy is so fun! When we got our puggle puppy, neither of us was employed at the time so it worked out nicely. I would want to arrange it similarly the next time we get a puppy, at least for a few days.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If you can, you should come home at lunch hour and take he or she out. That way you don’t have to take time off. If you can, taking a week or 2 might be nice—they’re only this small once 🙂

 

We’re getting our new puppy on Saturday. I just graduated college and don’t have a job yet, so I’m taking my sweet time getting one 🙂

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@kestane:  We brought home a puppy rather sponaneously and it happened to be over a holiday break from work so I did have a week off with my new puppy and I am SO glad I did.  We are bonded beyond belief.  

If I didn’t happen to have time off I would make it a long weekend if I could & take off Friday and/or Monday and bring him home in the beginning of that break.

Congrats in advance.  Puppies are AWESOME!  And a lot of work.  But so rewarding! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@kestane:  It’s definitely good to be around more in the early stages and I think it’s great that you’re planning time off.  Since you’re concerned about both of you working full time & potty training, have you thought about getting an older dog who’s already trained?  There are some great dogs in Foster care & often they can tell you if the dog is already potty trained.  I am on the hunt for a new one right now myself.  I have only adopted older dogs so don’t have much puppy experience, but everyone seems to say that puppys are so much work, they’re like having a baby!  It was never like that with my older dogs (older meaning 2 or 3) and then they’ve already worked off a lot of their puppy energy & will probably just sleep when you leave ;).  

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@lauraashley09:  take that sweet time girl! There’s nothing like spending allll of your time with a new puppy 🙂 My fiance and I were both unemployed when we spontaneously got our puppy and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It was the best!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@kestane:  Check out the thread I linked below:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/i-regret-getting-a-dog

It was definitely eye-opening for me! I’ve never had a dog but I knew it was a huge responsibility. I didn’t even think about how much more work having a puppy would be. 

I’m actually relieved to hear it might not be as big a deal as we were imagining.

You sound like the OP in the thread linked above before she knew how much work it would take. Like I said, I don’t even have a dog but that thread made me realize it’s no joke. They require a lot of time and patience! 

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