Post # 1
We found a puppy we really want. When we got our first boxer, I was laid off work so I was home with him for several months. It worked out really well because I could “raise” him. As anyone who has or has ever had a puppy knows, they are a lot of damn work!
I am working full time again and so is my husband. We can’t possibly be the only ones who work full time and got a puppy. Of course I am NOT going to leave the pup in a cage for 10 hours but my question is: what did you do?
Our options are to hire someone to come into our home for puppy visits, send the pup to daycare with our existing boxer, or…well, I don’t know what else. 8 weeks is awfully young to be at daycare. I don’t know what to do. Help!
Post # 3
My yorkie weighed 20oz when I brought her home so were really to keep her in a puppy play pen with her food,water, bed , toys and a pee pad she’s now almost 10 months and only 2.5 lbs so we still use the playpen. For a boxer,even a puppy , I think it would be able to trample the playpen but I’ve see indoor excercise pens for dogs. People will put it on the tile so if the puppy has an accident (which isit will after a few hours depending on age) it doesn’t ruin carpet and you could put down a pee pad and food and water. I’d check amazon there are lots of different options
Post # 4
Ask daycare if they have a minimum age/size. My daycare keeps the very young pups either in the crate, out to potty, being held, or on the floor with one or two small trusted dogs. They actually help with the potty training because they consistently get them outside.
Post # 5
Most daycares don’t take puppies until they are a certain age. I think it’s around 5 or 6 months because they will have had all of their shots and been neutered. I think you would need someone to come and make visits to the puppy, they usually have to go out every 2 hours or so. I lucked out when I got my puppy that we are allowed to bring dogs to my office.
Post # 6
I Would hire a dog walker to take her out in the middle of the day for an hour to feed, walk, play, potty etc. Most daycares wont take puppies until they are old enough to have necessary vaccines. You could be exposing such a young puppy to parvo, kennel cough etc since they don’t have all their vaccines. Same reason they don’t recommend taking young puppies to pet stores or dog parks…
Post # 7
Are you able to come home at lunch and let him out? If not, I’d hire a dog walker. I don’t think a daycare will even take a puppy that young due to vaccinations. Usually you want to avoid places with a lot of dog traffic until they’re a bit older.
Post # 8
We’re getting a boxer puppy in Feb and we’re hiring a dog walker to come by twice a day. I wouldn’t want to send a puppy to doggy day care before they are fully vaccinated. We can also work from home so we’re going to each try to do that once a week for the first few months.
Post # 9
@Italiandoll: My preference would be to keep her home but I’m scared if I start with pee pads she will never stop. My friend’s dog still uses them and it’s 2! Maybe her dog is just dumb.
@Westwood: I commute way too far to come back home. I wish! Some days I can work from home but it’s not something I can count on.
@FutureMrsphD: That makes sense. We don’t believe in dog parks, but I do remember keeping our little guy very home based at first. He didn’t start daycare until I went back to work and he was 6 months old.
@fascinated: My daycare has a special arrangement with my current monster so perhaps I could arrange something where my pup is secluded. Never hurts to ask!
@Lbward6: I do like the idea of puppy visits. If I absolutely must, I will give the puppy to my sister while we work. I wish I could be a stay at home dog mama, lol.
Post # 10
@MrsPanda99: Some do work it out … I think mine takes them after they’ve had so many shots.
They get new puppies periodically, and I usually get introduced to them as my girl has taken on the role of daycare “puppy mom”. She’s never had a litter, but she make sure the little ones are OK and shows them the routine. She’s a smallish/medium dog so not physically intimidating and very calm. If it’s getting a little busy the pups usually seek out my girl to stand next to for a break, and when they curl up – it’s usually next to her. Somehow she just puts out the mom vibe, because probably 80% of the pups attach to her.
Post # 11
@fascinated: That’s so sweet 🙂 we are hoping the puppy will be good for our boxer and help calm him down and learn to share 😛 our trainer recommended it and we are happy to oblige!
Post # 12
@MrsPanda99: If the daycare will take a very young puppy, that’s what I’d prefer! Otherwise a dog-walker/visiter situation would probably be best. I was shocked at how expensive dog-walkers are compared to daycare in our area, so be prepared for that!
Post # 13
@MrsPanda99: I would hire someone at first, then as the pup grows older you can do a day or so a week at daycare, see how they do, then move to full time care like you do with your existing dog.
May I also say that I think you are an AMAZING pet owner?! You are considering all the possible options and making the dog’s comfort a priority 🙂
Post # 14
@kenziemt: I was thinking about that. The daycare gives a discount if you bring two dogs. It would be a bit rough to pay for a dog walker for one and daycare for the other, but at least it will only be for a few months!
We also hate the idea of giving a stranger access to our home. The dream is that both dogs can eventually stay home together and use the doggy door. We live on a farm, it would be great for them. Our current dog hates being home alone and gets destructive though. Hopefully a second will occupy him!
Post # 15
@DaneLady: Thank you! It makes me sad when people aren’t responsible pet owners so I do my best to be an awesome dog mama. Someone we know is trying to get rid of their 10 year old lab because they don’t want him anymore 🙁 how can someone do that? Just because the dog is old doesn’t mean he’s not family.
Did you get your giant horse dogs as puppies? Are they all able to stay home together in harmony during the day?
Post # 16
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@MrsPanda99: I took a week off from work to be home with our puppy for housetraining. He was easy to train so the week off worked perfectly. I was able to learn his pee/poo face and behaviors enough so I could prevent accidents from happening.
Who gets rid of a 10 year old dog? He’s a senior and needs the love and care of his family in his golden years. I knew the moment I laid eyes on my pup that he would be with me until he dies and I will spoil the heck out of him in his golden years.