Post # 1
So I really want a dog. Really badly. Like checking petfinder regularly badly. And Darling Husband does too, but he is trying to be the practical one. Besides the obvious finances argument, his other worry is in 3 years when I have my MA and we are both in the work force, what does the dog do during the day?
Growing our families treated stay home dogs differently so we’re coming from different schools of thought (leave home with enough toys and water for whole day, v. coming home every few hours)
So my question for you is, what do your pets/dogs do while no one is home?(I mean stay home by themselves all day, someone comes home periodically, daycare, walker, etc)
Post # 3
well it depends. i’m a stay at home mom but when we go out for the day, we feed and water our 3 (yes, 3! haha) dogs and leave them outside.
granted, we have a fenced in backyard.
when we just had the one puppy, we put her in the bathroom with food, water and pee pads because we didn’t have a yard then.
Post # 4
but with the timeline you’re talking about, your dog should be able to (IMO) chill inside by itself all day. as long as its not a chewer 😉
i have a lot of friends who love their dogs dearly but don’t check on them every few hours and just let them hang out in the house while they’re at work, etc.
Post # 5
My animals (2 cats and a dog) sleep ALL day.
When the dog was a puppy I use to have someone stop in to walk her in the middle of the day. When I broke up with my ex and became a single doggie mommy I couldn’t afford it anymore. She was about two and trained, so she learned to hold it while I was at work all day. I use to put her in a smallish area of the house and gate her in with her bed, her crate, water and a toy. She knew to go to this area when I got ready to leave.
My advice, be careful of what breed you get. Different breeds have different activity and social needs. My dog is a pekingese and shih tzu mix. She is super laid back and easy going. She loves to be by us and go out with us, but she is also content staying home and sleeping. Basically you need to make sure the breed fits your lifestyle. But don’t let working hold you back from getting a dog. If you are home now, it would be a great time to get one since you can train the dog and prepare it for when you won’t be home all day.
Post # 6
@flutterbi: there needs to be a dang like button! haha. i totally agree. get a dog that fits into your family. and now is a great time since you’ll have more time to train and let the dog know whats expected of it.
Post # 7
We have a doggy door for our two dogs so they’re in and out all day. Before we had that, we just kept the dogs in the house with food and water out. In our old house, we locked the dogs in the backyard and opened the door to the garage so they had an inside area as well but they weren’t in the house. It was never a problem keeping them in all day though.
Post # 8
My baby is a mini dachshund and she manages to hold her tiny bladder while we are gone 8.5-9 hrs a day! We try super hard to vary our schedules so there is only one or two days a week when she is left home alone for that long but it does happen! She likes to sleep and cuddle a lot which works very well for us.
Post # 9
Well I work from home and have a cat, however there are times such as this weekend and next weekend we are gone for the weekend. Cats can survive a few days alone. We make sure she has enough food and water and a clean litter box if gone a couple of days. If we are going to be gone more than 2 days we will take her to my parents to baby sit
Post # 10
I have 2 dogs and they pretty much sleep all day. We have a dog walker who comes and walks them around lunch time. The largest time commitement is when you first get the puppy because you have to housebreak them and sometimes you have chewing problems (depends on breed). We are lucky that neither of our dogs are chewers. As mentioned in earlier posts, it is important to choose a dog based on your lifestyle. For example, you are probably better off with a smaller dog if you live in an apartment/condo. However, if you have a large yard, a bigger dog might be a better choice. Its also good to read up on the breed of the dog and make sure it’s compatible with your lifestyle. For example, some dogs are very active and that may not be a good choice for you if you work long hours and won’t have lots of time to exercise/play with the dog. Overall, I can’t imagine not having 2 dogs and both my husband and I work full time and have demanding jobs, so it is possible to do it! Good luck with the puppy search!
Post # 11
Our dog stays in his crate (which we refer to as his house, and he loves going in there!) all day while we’re at work. I’m pretty sure he sleeps because I usually wake him up when I get home, lol. I would be most concerned about the puppy stage, I had to come home at lunch for a long time because he couldn’t hold it. I also agree with doing breed research and finding one who is laid back.
Post # 12
I work from home and my dog doesnt leave my side however when we do leave im pretty sure he just sleeps… we have him crate trained and he usually will be in there when we leave (we leave it open it is his happy spot) I alway suggest to crate train… it really is the best thing for them! Good luck!
Post # 13
We have a Golden Retriever. She is very good at holding her bladder for long periods of time. During the day we leave around 7:15 in the morning and I come home at 5:00. She sleeps all day while we’re gone. Weather permitting, I take her for a walk as soon as I get home. That’s usually all she needs. 🙂
Post # 14
I take two dogs to work with me (I run my city’s animal shelter). And the third one I take to dog daycare every day. It stresses him out to be at the shelter. I agree with the PPs…be mindful of your situation when choosing a dog. You might see if there are dog daycares or similar in your area. Even if you only take your dog once or twice a week, it helps a lot with socialization and keeps them active.
Post # 15
I go to work Mon-Fri. My Fiance comes home on his lunch break to let Phoebe (the 2 year old dog) out to go to the bathroom and to socialize with her. If we have conflicting schedules and can’t get home in the middle of the day, I take her to Doggy Daycare. She’s a very emotional dog and gets sad and won’t eat when she is alone for long periods of time. When we first got her, she used to eat holes in our couch. She doesn’t do that anymore, but I really believe that, if you have one dog who literally LIVES for your company, it’s difficult for them to be home alone all the time. It’s a huge commitment. We have to plan where to take her when we’re out of town. We often do “road trips” (over 800 miles) when we visit family so we can take her with us because pet sitting isn’t cheap, and it’s difficult to fly with a dog. It’s so good that you are trying to figure this out before you purchase your pup. Have fun puppy shopping! 🙂
Post # 16
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My two little dogs stay home alone all day. They bark at squirrels, sleep, bark, and sleep. I leave a puppy pad out for my geriatric chihuahua, who just can’t hold it as long as he used to. They do fine. 🙂