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Who works and owns a dog?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Cuddypuppy, Jun 30, 2009.


  1. Cuddypuppy

    Cuddypuppy PetForums Member

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    Hi

    I just wondered who works and owns a dog and what your arrangements are while you are working.

    We are getting a pug puppy on 18th July and, as I work in a school, the pup will be 15½ weeks old when I start back at work in September. I work three mornings a week and my plan is to set up the playpen in the kitchen (this is the coolest and most wipeable room in the house) with a crate (door open), puppy pad, safe toys and some water. This set up would only be used when I am out of the house but I plan to use the crate (closed) at bedtimes.

    I would love to hear what other people do, or of course any suggestions.
     
  2. kareng

    kareng PetForums Senior

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    i work part time. OH works full time long hours. (12 hours a day usually)

    Longest i ever leave her is 8 hours. Checked with vet, who sais that is the maximum, and make sure she is walked and plently of water.

    It very rarely happenes when i do a full day.

    She gets walked plently and she has her basket by the front door, so she can see out.


    PS...I dont want any bitching that I leave my dog for 8 hours once every few weeks or so :)
     
  3. animallover111

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    I work full time but im very lucky as i work from home so im around for most of the day and i arrange my work so i get to spend loads of time with the dogs even when i am working the dogs are with me as most of my clients know and love my dogs although a few who are not dog lovers i tend to see when someone else is home.Think im very lucky my job allows me to do this :)
     
  4. lifeizsweet

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    me and my OH work, I am currently looking for a new job and with any luck will leave shift work and return to a 9-5 ( Wish I could find an outdoors job!) OH is a farmer, so when pup is big enough he'll be off to work with the old man, till then I have time off and my sister is more than happy to puppy sit!
     
  5. I would say that the three morning a week you work would offer no problems whatsoever! and taking into consideration you will have been able to commit a good six weeks to his training I think you will be well placed wit leaving him!

    It may be an idea to start to leave him for a short time during the day quite quickly after he comes home! Maybe just for an hour after a couple of weeks, gradually increasing the time over the next 4 weeeks!
    all the best!
    What breed are you getting by the way?
    DT
     
  6. kenla210

    kenla210 PetForums Senior

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    I work full time, and quite long days - leaving the house at 7.45 and not getting back till 7pm. However, my OH works shift work (either 6.30 - 2.30 or 2.30 till 10.30). He works 2 weekends out of 3 so often has days off in the week, and even when working is around quite alot in the day.

    However, what I did was put an ad on gumtree for a nanny/dog sitter, and I now have a wonderful woman who when OH is on early shift, drops the kids off, then walks Daisy, then stops back in at lunchtime, then picks kids up from school and drops them home. And on late shift picks the kids up, brings them home (or often to the park with the dog) and stays with them all till I get home at 7.

    This set up kills both my carer issues (kids and dog), has helped socialise Daisy (she is firm friends with my nannies two dogs) and means she is never left more than 2.5/3 hours on her own. It was also cheaper and meant she was on her own for less time than if I went to a formal dog sitter. Also when we are on holiday/away for the night she has someone she can go stay with who she knows & trusts. Although, I do also send her to doggy daycare if my nanny is off sick or on holiday.

    Daisy loves it cos it is like having 3 devoted people to pay attention & walk her!

    Trust me, it sounds way more complicated than it is :)

    oh and the ad only cost £25 - bargain in my eyes!!
     
  7. Cuddypuppy

    Cuddypuppy PetForums Member

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    We are getting a pug girl. I think we will gradually build up the "home alone" time throughout the holidays like you suggest, maybe starting with 10 minutes etc.
     
  8. Cuddypuppy

    Cuddypuppy PetForums Member

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    I won't bitch - promise! There are times when I will have to work a little longer too.:blush2:
     
  9. Cuddypuppy

    Cuddypuppy PetForums Member

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    Wow - that sounds a great set up. By the way, is your occasional doggy day care very expensive?
     
  10. Cuddypuppy

    Cuddypuppy PetForums Member

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    You are so lucky being able to work from home! :)
     
  11. EmzieAngel

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    My mum works full time and me and my brother only did a few days a week at College and Uni, so Bailey doesn't get left very long at all.
    Just the past few months, he was alone for 7 hours every monday, but was kept in his pen, with toys and plenty of water and had a long walk before we went.
     
  12. kenla210

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    It is £15 a day. She gets picked up at 9am and taken to "the field" which is completely enclosed/safe for the dogs to roam as they please, and where she seems to spend the day rolling in mud (judging by the state of her when she gets back). She then gets dropped back off at 3pm (I leave a key for the woman that runs it) It is like a full on nursery for dogs LOL with plenty of supervision etc.

    They also do dog boarding which is staying in their home overnight then down to the field the next day which is £25 a day

    She loves it and comes back muddy, happy and very sleepy :D:D
     
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    i work full time, my sister is currently not working and is at home until September when she moves to australia and my parents both work but my dad works full day on Monday and the rest of the week he works 12-6. And we have two dogs, the latest is a nearly 7 month old toy poodle.
     
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    My partner works 8-4 and i work three mornings a week at the moment. Pip is left from 8.15 until 1.30. She spends the time sitting in our bedroom window, on her comfy bed, with her chews, watching the world go by! Always with a big bowl of water too.

    If I work in my other job, maybe twice a week, if its longer then a 9-1 shift, OH's mum Pip sits for us!

    I hate leaving Pip but on the otherhand I dont want to never leave her, as this would make her awfully clingy.
     
  15. r_neupert

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    Yeh i wouldn't worry - doggies soon find ways to entertain themselves when you're out!! Just wait for baby pug to start chewing :D

    As for us - we both work full time, we've been leaving Indy since she was 13 weeks. We manage to organise our days off so most weeks we have different days off, leaving 3 days on her own a week. These days we take different lunch breaks and come home and play and walk for an hour.... i guess max alone time is 4 hours. It's not ideal for me and the OH, but the price you pay!! When she's a little bit older she'll be going to work with the OH...
     
  16. Matrix/Logan

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    I have 2 dogs, i work at a school so i leave at 8.15 and get home at 1.15 then again at 3.15! The dogs are left for a maximum of 5 hours when my OH is not at home. He is self employed so when he is doing paperwork or working locally he comes home at 11 for an hour.
    Matrix has half of the conservatory and a 12foot x 5 foot run attached to it with the door being left open all day so he can get inside or out.
    Logan (my 17week old gsd) is left in his crate in the lounge he has a run outside with a kennel in which he loves and prefers to be in when the weather is cool but just lately when it is hot he is cooler in the lounge in his crate with the ceiling fan on!!

    Logan has had my parents coming in to let him out at 11 if my OH hasn't been able to let him out but now he sleeps for longer in the morning because we have been able to increase his excersise he is fine to be left for the 5 hours if he has to be. (which is usually only the odd week and not every day!)
     
  17. Cuddypuppy

    Cuddypuppy PetForums Member

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    Thank you so much for your replies. It is really reassuring to know that I am not on my own and I won't feel so guilty now.:)
     
  18. peppapug

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    i tend to leave my pugs the other way around more. During the week they are at work with me but at weekends they may be left around 4 hours at a time, shopping trips, chores etc.

    Mine have always been crated at night but restricted to the kitchen with the crate door open during theday. They arent really a distructive breed and to be honest if they are ever left they sleep as following you around CONSTANTLY is exhausting!!!

    i can't wait to see your puglet......I am yet to add a black :)
     
  19. Cuddypuppy

    Cuddypuppy PetForums Member

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    We went to visit her at the weekend - the breeder lives 3 hours away! I will post lots of piccies when she comes home with us. The pups are still so "ickle" but I am sure will grow quickly. We pick her up on 18th July :)
     
  20. gilly145

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    Hi - I work full time and my husband works sometimes from home, although at least once a week in London (a very long day!).

    I either walk Charlie before I go to work or my husband will take him out (and I get a thankful lie in!!) My husband has to go to London every Tuesday so I pay a dog walker to walk him on those days - it is £10 and he gets a 45 min walk although is sometimes out for a lot longer as they pick up/drop off some of the dogs.

    It seems to work well for us.

    I bet you are really excited, good luck on your new addition, Im' sure everything will work out well for you too!!

    G
    x
     
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