Post # 1
Hey dog-owner bees,
We are talking about adding some furry friends to our household sometime in the next year or so. We know a kitty would be relatively low-maintenance but we were curious to see what people’s experiences were with bringing home a puppy (around 8-10 weeks old).
Training and settling in a new pup sounds intensive and would obviously need round-the-clock attention. Unfortunately, FI and I both work full-time!
Would 2 weeks off from work to stay home with a puppy be enough time? I know we would still need to come back home at lunchtime for potty, food, and playtime even after resuming our work schedules.
I just don’t know how people do this and work at the same time!
Post # 3
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
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
@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
People take time off for a dog???
Post # 7
I’ve never heard of that! But spending a week with your new puppy sounds like a great vacation!
Post # 8
Um we didn’t take any time off and our dog is a well adjusted pup.
Post # 9
I’m actually relieved to hear it might not be as big a deal as we were imagining. I guess we were worried about the housetraining aspect- potty breaks every 3 hours might be tough for us to swing while working.
And we wouldn’t be taking time off just for a puppy… just making sure it coincided with a vacation time, and the longest stretch we have is 2 weeks 🙂
But how I wish I could just be at home 24-7 with a new friend!
Post # 10
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
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
@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
@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
@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
@kestane: Check out the thread I linked below:
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!