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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Louby, Jul 30, 2009.


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  1. Louby

    Louby PetForums Junior

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    i got my chorkie pup on sunday - i took a week of work to settle him in but have to go back to work on monday. I am worried about leaving him for so long.

    He is now puppy pad trained - and will have a thorough check up with the vet tomorrow - along with his first injections.

    I have ben trying to get him into a routine so that me being away from him wont get him to stressed.

    I put him in his crate for a hour a couple of times a day - and his bedtime is around 9.30 every night. He has whinned a couple of times at night for a max of 20 mins - most of the time he is really good though.

    When i put him in his crate during the day i dont hear a peep out of him except sometimes he will whine just as the hour is up [i reckon he has his ony watch or something] when this happens i leave him until he has quietened down again + 5 mins extra to make sure he doesnt realise whining gets him attention.

    Anyways, i was thinking, would it be best if i came home at lunchtime for the first few weeks? i would only be able to spend 20 minutes with him though - would that be good enough??

    Do you think it is really mean of me to get a pup then leave it? It seems so selfish now :(

    L x
     
  2. Buggles

    Buggles PetForums Senior

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    How many hours will you be leaving him? (In total, not with the lunch break which he'll definately need for feeding)
     
  3. Louby

    Louby PetForums Junior

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    i work 9-5 mon-fri

    so leave at 8.30 back at 5.30

    9 hrs
     
  4. ad_1980

    ad_1980 PetForums VIP

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    that is a long time esp for a young pup.

    How far away home is your work, because ideally someone should be home to feed baby and let it out for a while too. I mean, do you have someone like maybe a friend or family or neighbour that you trust who can actually do this for you while at work if you are too far from work to get home?
     
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    I wouldn't leave my dog alone for any longer than 4 hrs and he's just over a year old!
    I understand that you have to work so perhaps a dog was the wrong choice of pet for you. We wanted a dog for years but had to wait until we were in a position that I don't have to go to work before we seriously considered it.
    As a puppy he needs lots of socialisation and stimulation which he's not going to get if he spends 9 hrs a day alone. You're only setting yourself up for behavioural issues further down the line and if you choose to rehome him at a later date the damage may be irrepairable resulting in him being shunted from home to home.
    Before adopting our dog we met other dogs in the rescue with severe behavioural issues due to the way they had spent their first 6 months, so I think you ought to seriously consider if it's in your puppy's best interests to keep him or rehome him to someone with more time to spend with him.
     
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    You certainly cant have him crated for that amount of time, even if you are letting him out for 20 mins at lunch.

    You are going to end up with a very bored, stressed and frustrated puppy with training and behavioural issues.
     
  7. DevilDogz

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    could'nt agree more...amoungst the things stated above it really just isnt fair for the pup! :(

    Also can some one tell me what breeds make this "chorkie" :rolleyes: Im guessing a yorkie..but what else
     
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    I think it's a Chihuahua and a Yorkie ;)
     
  9. DevilDogz

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    Thank you for that! ;)
     
  10. Buggles

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    I agree with everyone else, that is far too long for a dog of any age to be left, but especially such a young puppy.

    I wish people would think about these things before having a dog. I don't see the "point" in owning a dog if you aren't going to spend much time with it. I actually think the 20 minute break could cause more harm than good.
     
  11. Louby

    Louby PetForums Junior

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    chorkie is chihuahuah and yorkie cross

    he wont be crated for all that time, he has a small space designated just for him which has his crate, bedding, toys, chews, food and puppy pads.

    I know it is a long time to leave him alone - not all of us have the luxury of not having to work.

    I will be up at 6 feeding and playing in the garden with him and his ball, i will leave the house at 8.30 and be back at 12.50, i will feed and play with him in the garden again then leave again at 1.10 back at 5.30 or sooner if i can get off early.

    4hrs 20 mins still seems a long time still i guess - other sites have said the quicker they get used to the 'drill' the better, so long as they have ur undivided attention once you are home.

    i will up his 'small space time' as of tomorrow and see how he gets on.

    I dont have any family near me that could pop in and check on him, friends and neighbours work too i'm afraid.

    I can't be the only full-time working mother to a pup - surely
     
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    Why did you get a dog then, if you are working full time? Maybe an older dog would have been more suitable, but for a puppy its rather cruel imo.

    They need as much attention as a small child. The poor thing wont be toilet trained, and most dogs find toileting in their "area" very stressful.

    What is this puppy meant to do all day whilst you are out? Dogs are not self entertaining animals. They need mental stimulation from another being.

    You have to consider whats best for an animal when you decide to bring it into your home, not yourself. If you arent able to provide basic care, then a puppy isnt suitable.
     
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    No you aren't. I work full time and have a 8 month old pup and an 8 year old Norwegian Elkhound. But luckily now my dad works part time so he's not left alone till about midday and one of us is back by 5:30 every day - although until August 31st he has my sister's undivided full time attention lol!

    when we were at school and had our cocker spaniel who's no longer with us, he was left alone all day as we were all at school and parents had to work, although my mum and dad made the drive back from work to feed him and let him out. He didn't seem bothered by it because he had the big kitchen to play around it and we didn't crate him. Woody was quite the reserved, keep himself to himself type of dog so we didn't need to worry about him. He was thrilled at the sight of us when one of us walked throught the door.
     
  14. Louby

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    well if i wasn't feeling like crap before i posted this - i certainly am now.

    cheers
     
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    You asked if it was mean of you to get a pup to leave it. People have given their honest answers. We aren't going to lie to you.

    You could always hire a dog walker, but it would mean them coming into your home.

    I honestly think it would be better, for the puppies sake, to find him a new home where he'll get the attention he deserves.

    I think a cat would be more suited to your life style, or a smaller pet such as a guinea pig or rabbit.
     
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    hi...I also totally agree...we have just got our first puppy...we have waited 12 years before we got her as now the time is finally right...I have now stopped work so I am at home everyday with her and the kids are now at a better age ( my youngest is 3yr).....puppies need someone at home with them all the time......it really is not fair to leave them on their own everyday while their owners go to work...they get bored, lonely and they are so young :(
     
  17. Louby

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    i am not going to go into the whys and wherefores of why i got a puppy - surfice to say i was told it would be 'good for me'.

    I write the above with full knowledge that the statement is going to get ripped apart and spat out as a selfish act.

    I am trying my hardest to think of ways to make my puppys life the best life possible - i dont want to harm him in anyway.

    I am not a heartless cow, despite what you guys think and if i see any behavioural or physical changes in my pup resulting from any stress caused by me leaving him - i will hire someone to come and play with him before and after my lunchbreak visit - if need be.
     
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    Good idea :) If you're going to hire someone can i offer some friendly advice? Take references of these people so you can decide who is the best person you can trust to take care of your dog. Maybe see if you can get some good recommendations of people who can do to the dog sitting for you.

    There is nothing wrong with owning a puppy and working full time provided you can find some time for it to get some mental simulation for a little while in the day and so long as he gets your undivided attention when you get home lol!

    We've gone through it my whole life. Just make sure you play with him and take him out for a walk before you go to work if you can.
     
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    Nobody thinks you are a heartless cow! I really didn't mean to have a go at you, I was just pointing out that puppies do need a lot more than a 20 minute feed and toilet break in a 9 hour period.

    I really hope you are able to find some way of managing. You never know, he may sleep all that time! (Unlikely though!)
     
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    I have to agree with you. I have a pup and work! So do most of my family and my friends, they don't have any problems with their pups/dogs.

    Don't worry your not the only one... Sadly I imagined you would get this kind of reaction! Good Luck with everything!
     
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