Post # 17
Leaving a puppy alone for a ten hour span is a long time. Unless you can have someone come to your home during the work day or afford doggie day care, it probably will be problematic. Fiance and I have two older dogs that stay home during the work day for 10 or so hours some days (FI works at home on some days too). My dogs do fine on their own; however they are older, no longer stay in crates, and have each other to keep company. Ultimately, you have to do what it best for your family and this puppy 🙂
Post # 18
I did not read any of the other posts because I wanted to give you my knee-jerk reaction.
I am a dog owner and am involved with several local Chicago animal rescues. I see a lot of people who want dogs, but work long hours. Even with doggie daycare, it is not fair to leave the dog alone for so many hours. I am not the slightest concerned about the whole “pit bull stigma” in the slightest. All dogs need training, positive reinforcement, and love.
I think of owning a dog like this. Do I want to have a baby? If yes, then get a dog…….because to me a dog is a member of my family.
Good luck with your decision.
Post # 19
@missrobots: Yeah, it took over 3 months before we got the puppy to be okay with more than 3 or 4 hours in the crate. And he was 4 months old when we got him! Also, he was scared to be alone for a long time – didn’t mind being in the crate, but did mind being without his “parents.” We went home several times throughout the day until he felt comfortable and didn’t have to pee so frequently.
Post # 20
Pit bulls can be great dogs, but there are some things you’d want to consider before getting one. You said the stigma doesn’t bother you, and that’s awesome- but if you’re a renter, you need to be very aware of the fact that many places have them on their not-allowed lists. Be sure to check with your condo policies- a dog friendly community may still have rules against dogs who are thought by many to be high-risk (usually, the dogs you’ll see on the list are pit bulls, rottweilers, german shepherds, dobermans, and any mixes thereof)- it would suck to get the puppy and then have to re-home it. It also might be harder to find places to rent in the future, and if you move you need to really check out the laws of the areas you move to- since pits are illegal in some places (and you don’t want your dog seized if you move to one!).
Also, all of the bully breeds are very active dogs. Since this dog is a puppy, you’ll probably have to take it on extra long walks and make sure it gets its exercise (both mental and physical), so it doesn’t get into trouble while you’re not around. A dog walker may be a great idea, too, if you’re able to afford it. We use one when we go out of town, and its great for our dog (a 10.5 year old lab-shepherd mix)- just make sure to go with a bonded and insured company.
I also completely agree with the spay/neuter suggestion. Go for it early. An altered dog is typically an easier dog to live with, there are tons of pits in shelters, and it looks better on rental applications (and to neighbors who might be wary) when you can show that you’re doing everything right (i.e. your dog is properly trained and cared for medically), so it isn’t really a “risky” dog to have around.
Post # 22
@gvsusara: said it better than I could have.
My Future Sister-In-Law and Future Brother-In-Law have a pit puppy. She is a super sweet dog, but has so. much. energy. She requires constant training and cannot be alone for 10 hours.
Our dog is an Aussie, so also super high energy. She’s 1 1/2 and 10 hours alone would be too much for her.
Post # 23
I think it would be a very bad idea. 10 hours in a crate during the day PLUS in the crate at night (most likely, that’s a large part of crate training). That’s at least 18 hours of crate time every 24 hours.
A puppy can’t “hold it” for more than a few hours. Pups require lots of attention & releasing energy.
Health issues: urinary tract infection happens if your dog has to “hold it” too long. 10 hours is way too long, esp if its 5 days in a row.
In time, I’m sure things will change & you’ll have more time to give a puppy or dog.
My advice would be to volunteer at an animal shelter so you can spend time with puppies & dogs. It may be hard cause you’ll want to bring them all home thou!
Post # 24
If you’re definitely going to hire a dog walker, if you don’t go out much at night (10 hrs for work then out with friends 5 nights/week type thing), and if you’re really willing to put in the time to train, I think you should do it. But only do it if you really wouldn’t mind all that stuff. If you would resent coming home to let the dog out, don’t get the dog.
Also, check to make sure your condo and city allows pit bulls. It is so stupid, but a lot of cities and communities ban pit bulls.
Post # 25
We got a puppy and are gone at work all day and here is what we did.
While he was still young (from age 6 weeks until about 2 months) he lived in our guest bathroom during the day. We made a bed-like area in one corner, food/water against the wall, and a “potty area” on the other side with potty training pads and newspaper.
We knew he couldn’t be crated all day long when he was that little so that is what we did. Then we transitioned to the crate once he was older. Your pup sounds a little older than that, but it may be a good stepping stone to try.
Also, we took him outside to potty extremely frequently so he could learn to go outside, once we started crating him. As soon as he steps out of the crate they need to be taken outside immediately or they will have an accident.
He sleeps during the day and when we are home in the evenings and at night, he is not in the crate. He gets lots of playtime and walks on nights/weekends. We took him to obedience school and he goes to the dog park to socialize every single weekend.
He’s happy, and healthy, and extremely lovey and affectionate. He is also neutered (please make sure you do this!)
Owning a dog is very rewarding. I’m not happy that he has to spend all day in a crate, but we do plan on getting a house next year with a big backyard for him to roam around in during the day (with a doggie door so he can go in and out), so he won’t be spending the rest of his life like this. It is temporary for us.
Post # 26
it’s really not fair to the dog to be away from it for 10 hours a day. you can send an older dog to daycare, but most places won’t taked puppies under 4 months because they don’t have all their shots yet. if you really want a dog but can’t change your schedule, get and older dog and either send it to daycare or adopt another dog or cat so it has something to play with all day. otherwise, not only will the dog be unhealthy, it will destroy everything you own out of boredom.
Post # 27
Just to let everyone know, we have decided not to get the puppy. We realize its not fair to the dog and I would feel terrible leaving the pup home all day. We would have been able to have someone in the complex stop by a few times a day to walk him/her but we still didnt feel it was enough. Hopefully in the next year or so Fiance is able to quit his day job and focus on our software company full time so when that happens, we wont hesitate getting the dog. Not to mention, we have a VERY dominant cat who probably wouldn’t handle the addition to our family very well.
Thanks for all the advice.
Post # 28
Glad to hear you decided against it for now. I know its hard… I grew up with dogs my entire life & there was a period of like 3 years where I couldn’t have a dog. It was super hard, but once I was able to get a place that allowed dogs & my time freed up a lot more, I got a dog & she was totally worth the wait!
Post # 29
Could you get an older dog? There are lots of 1+ year old dogs who need adoption and would appreciate your loving home. Many dogs would be fine curled up snoozing in a crate all day. We adopted a 2 y/o sheltie and she does quite well in our condo without a yard.
Post # 30
@UpstateCait: I think you made a good decision for your situation. I know I was saying that you should have but the ladies who posted after me really were correct. I agree with the poster above me that maybe you could look into older dogs when you two have more time. Older dogs are fantastic companions and have so much love to give!