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Old 03-01-2013, 12:19 PM
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How long can you leave a puppie alone?

We are thinking of geting a miniture Labradoodle puppie. The problem is that my mum works, she leaves for work at 9.00am and gets back at 4.00pm so the dog will be alone for 7 hours. We would take her for a walk in the morning and again as soon as we get home. We will let her outside in the garden in the morning before the walk also. For the first few months, we will be able to come home for lunch to make sure she is ok. We would crate train her and leave toys for her to play with and also a warm blaket. We will leave food and water also. We know that she will go to toilet in the crate, so we are also going to leave puppie training pads but we could really use some advice on what you think we should do? Is it cruel to leave a young dog alone in the day?
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:38 PM
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Re: How long can you leave a puppie alone?

Unless you can get someone to come in and spend time with the pup then my advice would be to forget purchasing a pup - that would be kinder as a pup needs socialisation and human company - 7 hours is way to long to be leaving a pup even if you are popping in at lunchtime.
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Re: How long can you leave a puppie alone?

I'm afraid that's too long for a puppy, for the first few weeks at home they will need numerous toilet trips and will need to be fed four times a day. It can work getting a pup and working full time, but you need to spend a good two weeks at home with pup, and arrange for someone to help out during the day time.

I'd also suggest you look at the health tests for Poodles and Labradors, I'm assuming when you say miniature, they are going to use a poodle dog on a Labrador bitch? It would be highly irresponsible to do it the other way round. A couple of things to note, just because the dog is a cross of two breeds, doesn't mean it can't inherit the same illnesses that both pedigree breeds have, so for Labradors, there are currently seven health tests, I haven't a clue what there are for poodles, but I would imagine the very minimum health tests should be hip scores and eye tests, possibly also the genetic test for PRA. It's also a complete lottery what you will end up with, except to say you will end up with a dog, that could look anything inbetween both parents, or even resemble one of the parent breeds. I've seen Labradoodles that look like Labradors, definitely not hypoallergenic either, just in case you've read anything that says otherwise

Good luck in your search, but please do only buy pups from breeders who health test, or even have a look on the Labradoodle Trust website, who rescue various poodle types of cross breeds
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Re: How long can you leave a puppie alone?

Hi there,

I also wouldnt advise ever leaving a pup alone this long. If your heart is set on a pup look into doggy daycare ideally someone to come to yours while the little one is so young x
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Re: How long can you leave a puppie alone?

That does sound along time for a pup to be alone during the day.
I leave my pup alone for 8 hours whilst I work but am only able to do this because I work nights so his alone time is the same as his regular bedtime. Also I have had to resign myself to the fact that toilet training will take longer as he has to have pads in his crate.
Personally I wouldnt leave him alone for more then a couple of hours during the day or totally alone for more then 4 hours whilst he is little.
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Re: How long can you leave a puppie alone?

Cn I just mention you shouldn't be aiming for the pup to be going toilet in the crate so putting pads in there will only encourage this further.

I do agree it is too long to leave a pup to start with, I spent two weeks with my girl then went back to work coming home at lunch but she had my other dog for company.

Could you look at a rescue dog that is a little older past the puppy stage?
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Re: How long can you leave a puppie alone?

My girl is left home alone on days I am in the office.

I would never have got her had my husbands / mine working hours / patterns been like this 3 years ago when she joined us.

I know its prol not what you want to hear but you cannot expect a young pup to be left alone for 7 hours a day from day 1.

It would take so long to toilet train for starters plus when your mum gets in from work isnt she going to be tired? And youl have a pup to toilet train / walk / play with / entertain etc.

I would start by looking at dog walkers etc in the area - See if you could get a puppy sitter before you start looking for puppies.
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Re: How long can you leave a puppie alone?

Seven hours is too long for a young puppy even with someone coming in at lunchtime.

We had our dog from an 8 week pup and work full-time, for the first few months we had a dog walker come in to check and play with him twice a day and I would come home at lunchtime. So he had three visits between 9-5.30pm.

We have a Ridgeback and they are generally very easy to toilet train, so we had no accidents, but that won't be the same for all breeds.

Even now he's three we don't generally leave him for more than 4 hours. We have a dog walker the days I'm in the office.
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Re: How long can you leave a puppie alone?

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Cn I just mention you shouldn't be aiming for the pup to be going toilet in the crate so putting pads in there will only encourage this further.
Possibly crate inside a pen and the pads in the pen?

Might work!

MA123 - where abouts are you based in the world? I may be able to reccommend care for your pup if you do decide to have one x
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Re: How long can you leave a puppie alone?

First off make sure its a miniture size for real. my neigbour thought she was getting a miniture thats what she was told now its the size of a great dane (massive).

I left my 8week old pup for the first time three days after getting him home and was fine for a 2 hours, now at 18 weeks i can leave him for a good 6+ hours without a problem, caged and covered. he'l moan for around a minute or two as my neigbour can hear then falls silent until i return.
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