Post # 1
i have an adorable 13 week old golden retriever but sometimes i wonder if i have enough time for him or if someone else would be a better owner than me. my i have had a vacation for 1 month now where i would spend around 4-5 hours with him including feeding and all these neessities.im gonna return back to work from 7:30 to 3:30. so im gonna be spending around 2 and a half hours with exluding meal times. i feel like this is way too little attentiion for him. ps hes an outdoors dog so he has a big yard to play in but he isnt allowed to step foot inside the house. he will also be restrained to a 1mx1m area while im at work. My husband thinks i wont have enough time for him and that i should find him a better house. im really connected to him but i want the best life for him what do you think?
Post # 2
He is stuck to a 1m X 1m space for 8 hours a day? Can you get a walker to come by atleast? It sounds like he will need more attention and exercise
Post # 4
***this was a helpful comment until I saw that this is an outdoor dog- that is not a thing- just. no.***
Post # 5
Wait I just re-read the part where he is an outside dog… is that a thing? Dogs are not barn animals… You need to bring him in. Period. Then we can talk about how much time you spend with him.
Post # 6
Also, where is your husband in all this— shouldn’t he be spending time with the dog too? I am confused. This is what I get for skimming articles…
Post # 7
How does that work out to only 2.5 hours? if you get home at work from 3:30 thats plenty of time in the evening to spend with the dog.
However, if you already are doubting your commitment to your dog then you should look to surrender to a rescue/ no-kill facility sooner rather than later, so the dog can be raised by someome who is fully commited to making pup a priority in their lifestyle.
Post # 8
I personally don’t believe in “outdoor dogs” and no, you are not spending enough time.
Post # 9
Golden retrievers are really social… And a puppy needs more one on one attention INDOORS. A dog is a lifetime commitment and if you’re doubting yourself after a month, you need to find the dog a new home. If you purchased from a breeder, read your contract- they may take it back. It seems like you got the dog just to have a dog and didn’t take any consideration to how the dog feels.
Post # 10
My guess is she’s outside with the dog 2.5 hours and then goes inside since the dog is an outdoor dog.
WHY is the dog outdoors? Dogs are pack animals and meant to be with their pack – inside! The only exception are working dogs with land and shelter agains the elements and even then it’s iffy.
Post # 11
It takes some good work to get a good dog. You have a breed where they are usually very loyal, smart, and fun. But, you need to foster that. I have an australian shepherd, and she is one of the best dogs you will ever meet.
Sometimes I work away from the house, and she is alone for 8-9 hours, and that isn’t a problem. When I am home I am sure to provide her with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Dogs that are ignored start to create their own “fun”, and that can be problematic. I also take my dog everywhere. It’s quite likely she will run errands with me when I go to Home Depot, the pet store, and anywhere else she is allowed.
Why are you having your dog only outside? I think that is cruel. Unless your dog is specifically a working dog (which it isn’t) then it will have the best quality of life inside. If you are worried about your furniture and whatnot, then don’t have a dog.
I seriously think that if you don’t revise your stance on keeping the dog outside, then you should give it to someone that understands what having a pet entails.
Post # 12
I think the dog needs to be allowed inside, but if you are worried about damage then proper crate training can be very effective. I know some dogs that LOVE their crate and are happy to nap their all day. My dog isn’t a huge fan so he stays in our bedroom instead while we’re at work (we can’t give him full run of the house – we’ve tried even for short periods of time and while he doesn’t destroy anything we come home to a super anxious pup).
I think most working people would spend probably 4-5 hours a day with their dog – it’s all in how you use the time. As long as he gets enough exercise and family snuggle time then I think you’re doing a good job. Also what is your feeding routine that you feel like it warrants its own time calculation? It takes me 3 minutes to give my dog his food….
Post # 13
I was initially pretty confused by this since I work full time and go to the gym after work, but I still spend 14 hours a day with my dog and I hate that I can’t spend more time with her, but then I saw that he’s an outside dog. Who spends most of the time in a 1×1 cell, and the rest of the time out in the elements.
I frequently see responses on here that make me think, “OK, that girl is just being rude” and I don’t like that so I’m sorry if that’s how this comes across here, but I really think you need to rehome the dog. Dogs should be treated as family. I’m not saying that you have to let it sleep in your bed or share your snacks or dress it in sweaters like I do to my dog, but you do have to love it. And if you have to set a bare minimum of time you feel like you need to spend with your dog, that means you do not love it.
A golden retriever puppy will have no problem finding a home where it can get all the attention and snuggles it needs and deserves, and I think that would be the most responsible choice.
Post # 14
Ok. I am going to be blunt. If youre offended, sorry but it needs to be said. Goldens are dogs that like to be with people. They should not be outdoor dogs. Especially with a pup this small, they can get into things, eat things, etc while you are gone. Leaving a 13 week old puppy outside at night too?! I cant even think about that!!!
I have a 3 year old hunting lab. We took him home at 8 weeks. He is a complete indoor dog and is kenneled during the day. As a pup he was too, except he was let out every 2 hours at the beginning, played with, loved, etc. He is a family member, and when we are home we are with him all the time. That is a commitment a dog owner makes.
Also, just for reference, a golden, much like a lab, needs lots of exercise as they grow. At just about a year old, my dog got 2+ hours of off leash play per day, along with about 1 hour of training. They need stimulation. You dog should not be left outside.
For reference, I am gone from the house 7AM-4PM. Every other moment is spent with my dog. You can do it if you can commit to it. But it sounds like you cant.