Post # 1
Did everything turn out okay with your pup? Did you arrange things such as dog walkers and doggy daycare? Any tips?
After reading dog message boards, I feel the like the worst puppy owner in the world. Many people on these boards think you shouldn’t work full-time (or at all) with a puppy, and if you do, arrangements should be made so that it is not alone during the day.
Daycare every day is out of the question for us. That’s $500 a month. We spend an hour with her in the morning, 30-40 minutes at lunch, and then from 4:30 to 10 every evening. And of course, much more time on the weekends. I would love to spend all day with her, but that’s just not realistic at this point.
I guess I’m posting to have others tell me “Oh, you’re doing just fine.”, in all honesty, because I feel dang guilty after reading about the royalty treatment other pups get. But I’d also like to hear the experiences of other full-time working bees who have raised pups.
Post # 2
We got a 3 month old puppy while both working full time. He was crate trained and let out during lunch everyday for about a few months before we started just leaving him all day. We live 30 minutes from work, so we really just had time to go home, let him out, spend 10 minutes with him and come back to work 3x a week. The other 2 days, my dad would come by and spend some time with him. He did just great and is the best dog, his personality is very *blah* too though. He’s just the laziest, happy to sleep all day dog ever and just flops around all day when we’re home too.
Post # 3
We did this. He was crated when we left for work around 7:30, I went home at lunch to spend apprx a half hour with him, then it was back into his crate until my fiance got home at 4:30. And we have a lab. It worked out perfect for us and I would say our dog is as happy and healthy as any other! Now that he’s older (2 years old, 70 lbs) we still crate him all day because he’s a chewer and I know he gets bored when he’s alone, but no longer let him out at lunch. It’s sad I guess, but seems to work for us.
People might want to blast me for this, but I don’t care.
So I say, “You’re doing just fine!” 🙂
Post # 4
I think it all depends on how old your pup is and what your living arrangement is – ours is now 9 months old and crate-trained. e got a him when he was 8 weeks old and Fiance and I both work full-time. We started him off with 3 walks a day while we were gone (more because he was so little and the breeder and vet told us he would need to go to the bathroom pretty often). As he got bigger, he’d get two walks a day (if weather was bad (snow, cold, etc), he’d get taken out then dogwalker/sitter would play with him inside our house for the rest of the half hour).
Now we alternate between doggy daycare and keeping him at home some days so on daycare days, he gets all morning with us, we drop him off when we go to work then pick him up after work and hang out with him until 9/10pm. On other days, we crate him when we leave 830am, spend lunch hour with him (we moved recently so now we both work walking distance to home), then take him for a long walk or to the park after work to play with other puppies and burn off energy.
Daycare is expensive and puppy sitters were even more expensive (when he was little, he didn’t have all his shots yet so private walks were required instead of group walks..his monthly dogsitting fees were ridiculous!) so I feel your pain. We knew this going into it though, so we factored that cost in when we decided to get him.
Post # 5
I have two dgs both I ot when they were just a puppy MY and the SO also both work full time.We did as pink shoes said we crate trainted and came home at lunch to let them out.
Post # 6
I think you’re doing a great job. I would maybe throw in a day at doggie daycare once or twice a month if you can affford it and if your pup enjoys it 🙂
Post # 7
MissKayDee: Mine is a lab, too!
Post # 8
Oh and to add, I have three dogs, two which are just out of puppy stage. My old guy gets open roaming privilages. My two puppies are crate trained, they love their crate! Though the past few months we’ve let them have free reign of the house from when we leave for work in the morning until we go home at lunch. Then they go in the crate from like 1-5. Many times I’ve showed up at lunch to find them napping in their carte though since we leave the door open. The only trouble they’ve gotten in they’ve chewed a few of the baby’s toys, but I cfan’t really blame them, she’s always trying to get them to take her toys from her anyway!
Post # 9
Rue7514: You’re doing just fine!!
I have 4 dogs and 2 were young when I got them. The latest I had to crate when at work and lay down a pee pad. The crate was oversized for him so he had space to sleep and pee. That’s the big problem, their bladders are the last organ to fully form and they just can’t hold it. You’re lucky you can come home at lunch!! I couldn’t do that. :-/ Everyone’s sitch will be different.
Puppies are work, but they’re so cute and fun!
Post # 10
I have a 7 month old hound puppy and that is the same schedule we have. I take her out for a run or a loooong walk every day after work so her bedtime is usually closer to 9. But you are doing just fine! 🙂 I also leave a decent amount of toys and bones in her crate during the day, but I’m pretty sure she just sleeps all day.
Post # 11
Rue7514: Oh my heck, just saw the pic. CUTE!!!!! Love her!! Just know that labs are notoriously immature so she may not grow out of puppyhood for a looong time. But who cares, look at that FACE!!
Post # 12
Rue7514: Omg!!! Adorable!! Here’s mine at around 9 weeks and how he looks today. Love labbies!! And to top it all off, we lived in an apartment his first year. Labs will adapt to anything I swear.
Post # 13
akazan: I definitely would like to take her every so often. Maybe even once a week. Also, do your pups doing okay out of the crate? How old are they? I’m thinking that is a LONG LONG ways off for us. She would literally destroy everything she could get her teeth on.
RedHeadKel: SO SO SO MUCH WORK. I cry some days. Lab puppies are a mess, but I know it’ll be worth it. 🙂
Post # 14
I just got a puppy a couple of weeks ago and felt exactly the same way as you! My Boyfriend or Best Friend and I work fulltime as well and we would have to leave her at home for 10+ hours a day. All the books and blogs online are against this but you have to think realistically… you need to work and the dog will eventually need to be alone for long hours at a time, so training at a young age is a good idea in my eyes.
My main concern was her whining while we were at work (we live in a condo) but in talking with my neighbours, they didn’t mind and one who is a stay-at-home mom even said that she could check on her for us and take her for walks half-way through the day… OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF HER HEART! Depending on where you live, I suggest talking to your neighbours as well and maybe there is someone close by that you could get to know and maybe they would do the same for you until the puppy grows old enough to be alone all day.
Also, my puppy was left all day yesterday along (my neighbour had other plans) and she was perfectly fine when I got home. Yes, they are apart of your family and you love them but they are a dog, not a child. Toys, a bed, a pee pad and food & water are all they need all day. I also suggest getting a KONG toy and putting treats in it when you leave for work in the morning – my puppy barely notices me leaving with that distracting her!
My puppy is 10 weeks old and we leave her in a exercise pen outside (she was inside until she figured out how to get out) in our patio area. We fashioned our patio as well so if she gets out of her pen, she still can’t get outside of our ‘house’.
Post # 15
Rue7514: TOO CUTE!!!
This makes me a bad puppy parent, but I don’t go home at lunch. It is a half hour drive each way and just not feasible. I do however give him lots of puppy love in the morning, evenings and always an adventure on Sunday! I think some dogs need constant attention, but ours does really well on his own all day with a fluffy bed and pile of toys. Two other girls at my work do the same thing.
In short, you’re doing wonderfully!