Hi! I have 5 dogs, 2 of which are 4 month puppies. I’ve been quite lucky as I’ve been on a career break since we got them. I’ve been doing some dog walking but I’m home a lot. I go back to full time work next month (they’ll have someone at home with them 3 days a week and a dog walker coming in for the other 2 days). My problem is that’s I feel so guilty. I feel like I’m not spending enough time with the puppies in particular, so I just want to know how much time people spend with theirs? Our puppies are kept in one room of the house when we aren’t in, or when we are doing jobs around the house. They have lots and lots of toys and a crate each to sleep in within that room. They also have each other to play with. Two of my older dogs aren’t keen on the puppies and we are trying to build up the time they all spend together gradually, which means letting the puppies run loose round the house. There are generally no problems with them running round the house and they’re happy when they’re out. One of my dog growls at them if they go near him and the other is nervous, but the puppies are slowly learning to not be all over them, with lots of praise and encouragement. I just feel so awful if I’ve had a long day out dog walking. I will come straight home and walk all the dogs and then, mostly, let them all be together in the house for a while, but then I put the puppies away because the older dogs need a bit of a break and the puppies need to rest as they can get over boisterous. I just feel guilty when I put the puppies away because on top of the others needing a break from them, I need a bit of time to have a shower/eat/relax without worrying about what they are doing, which means I do leave them for a couple of hours at a time. It makes me feel so awful because I feel like they spend a lot of time in that room. I spend time playing/training with them inside the room, round the house and in the garden pretty much every day, but some days I don’t get much of a chance to do that and it makes me feel awful (today has been one of those days!!). Am I terrible dog mum? I honestly feel like I don’t do enough and I feel guilty all the time.