(Closed) OK to keep a dog in a basement during the day?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 32
670 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m sorry but 8 hours alone, without going outside. I would never have a dog if that’s how long it had to stay by itself. I suspect if you do get a puppy, it would have lots of accidents being left alone, and shouldn’t be punished for being made to wait that long to go out.

Post # 33
4304 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@LGenz:  I think at that rate, I would just pay for doggy daycare.  I almost did that because originally I lived further from my work (by the time I drove there an back, I only had her out for maybe 20 minutes!), but within 3 months I was literally down the street, so it ended up working out.

I have heard great things about doggy daycare, but in terms of where you work & if there is one located near you would be something to look into.  The great thing about those environments is that your dog can socialize with other dogs which helps with their behavior towards other animals.

Post # 35
2563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think your working hours are fine for having a dog.  People here are getting up in arms, but if that is what they think is inappropriate for having a dog, over half the population shouldn’t be dog owners because of their work schedules.

Depending on you situation, adopting an adult dog that is housetrained may be better for you.  You could start off with crating initially and then let them have the basement/run of the house once they have settled in.  If you are able to come home from work during the lunch hour or could afford a dog walker during the week to take the dog out then you could better accomodate a puppy.

Post # 36
9680 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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@deetroitwhat:  Doggy daycare is really expensive. We pay about $40/day, so we only do it a few times per week. It doesn’t fit into everyone’s budget. I just feel bad for people who want to include a pet in their family and they are made to feel terrible if they have a job and can’t pay for all the extras. If you can’t afford food and vet bills, don’t get a dog. But if you can’t afford daycare? Lots of folks can’t. I know it’s not “ideal” but puppies don’t stay puppies long and it is absolutely doable. In the perfect world, I’d be a stay at home mom to my furbaby ๐Ÿ˜€ LOL!

Post # 38
5949 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t get a dog because you both work the 9-5….everyone does that and comes home to their pooches, its fine.  I would avoid putting said puppy in the basement though….that just sounds like an unhappy place to be, and crate training is better for house breaking anyway.

If you’re starting out with a little guy, be ready for accidents, a couple of potty pads by the door are a good idea, be ready to rearrange your life and time to help them succeed AND maybe some doggie daycare or other daytime option for him a couple of times a week for socialization, and fun.

If you rock an older puppy, it won’t be nearly as challenging and totally doable….but don’t let the hive drag you down, a lot of bees work and have dogs, leaving them home is not the crime of the century.

Post # 40
4304 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@MrsPanda99:  I don’t remember it being that expensive… of course I was in South Texas.  And I think the more I brought her, that drove the price down.  And I agree, if you cannot afford doggy daycare, that’s one thing!  Food & vet bills are a must… that’s why I suggested mainly like.. don’t get a bulldog or something.  They are known for having lots of eye issues, etc.  Like my pug, he is now 9.. so he gets ear drops, eye drops & takes glucose every day.  Honestly it is a total pain in the ass.  But it’s that or risk him going blind (he has PK in one eye).

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@QueenOfSerendip:  Yep!  You can do whatever, I don’t think they are contract-based.  As long as you have proof of shots, I think you can just drop in and out whenever you want.  I socialized my girl at dog parks every Saturday for the first 2 years of her life (after she was old enough to go in, obvs) but now that she is 7 she is total raging bitch to other dogs.  I don’t know what crawled up her ass.  So I can’t guarantee it will work lol.  But it is nice to try.

Post # 41
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@Nona99:  +1. 

Working a full time job AND having a dog is totally doable. Believe me. Dogs sleep 13-15 hours a day depending on the breed. Having quiet, comfortable spaces to rest is healthy. Having you around for all day entertainment? Not necessary. 

Get a dog walker, install a doggy door, crate train, etc. Dont let the hive get you down. 

Post # 42
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I think if you’re going to get a dog regardless of whether its a puppy or an adult, you need to take time out to spend with the dog in the first week or two of it living with you otherwise its going to be very confused when you bring it home and then leave for hours and it all alone when you go to work the next day. 


Theres pros and cons to getting any age dog – with a pup, if you introduce it to your habits early on then it’ll grow up thinking that’s normal and you’re less likely to have anxiety problems. But as I said, you’d need to be around for the first couple of weeks toilet training etc. 


With an older dog you may not have toilet training issues, but particularly with shelter dogs they can suffer from anxiety and separation issues which can lead to destruction of your house, crying etc. Even if you plan to crate train it may not be simple – they may have issues with this and hurt themselves whilst trying to get out (my old dog did this).  


I’ve got three dogs and for the first two weeks I was in everyday to get them into a toilet training regime (I crate trained). Then I built up the amount of time I spent away from home, starting off with 15 mins at the shops, then an hour etc etc. If you are going to crate train then you need to be about to get them into the routine of holding their wees – I let mine out every 3/4 hour and they were toilet trained within 2 weeks. I guess it partly depends on how much time you’re willing to spend clearing up wee and poo! Haha. 


Any dog out of shelters is a fab thing, but its not fair on the dog to essentially abandon it while you go to work if you don’t put in a couple of weeks time and effort into getting them used to your routine first so they can adjust! ๐Ÿ™‚

ETA I personally wouldn’t get a dog walker/doggy day care person to come in straight away – the dog needs to know you are boss first! Though once you’ve done your first couple of weeks with your dog then I think it’d be a good way around your hours!

Post # 43
2807 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

sorry. but i’d never leave a dog in an unfinished basement. i’d never leave a dog alone for that many hours to begin with. but an unfinished basement is not a safe space.

Post # 44
13561 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Growing up, my parents both worked and my brother and I went to school, and we had several very healthy, happy, well cared for and well-loved pets that were left alone in the house (free to roam, we never crated) during the workday.

In my experience, dogs can absolutely learn this routine and function well under this routine. Sure, there was an occasional (not at all often or regular) incident — a torn up towel, an accident. But that’s just a given with any pet, no matter where you keep the pet during the day. Accidents can happen when you’re home!

So, in other words, I think you can totally do this. Just expect to need some time to get the dog used to the routine. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. And if you do get a dog, will you post photos? My husband and I are dying to get a dog too, but until we do, I’m living vicariously through others. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 45
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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@QueenOfSerendip:  I havent read all the responses, so I dont know if this has been mentioned. But would you consider a doggie daycare?

I wouldnt have a problem with the basement, as long as there isnt anything they could get into down there. But if the dog isnt housebroken, a crate is the best option. Dogs dont want to lay in their own filth, so the crate teaches them to hold it. Where as if they had room to roam, they could just easily go in the corner or something.

Post # 46
5152 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@LGenz:  Where in NJ do you live? I have a dog walker that does $10/day for me! 

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