I just wanted to get a sample of opinions if no one minds? My partner and I work (9:00-5:00) and sadly see no change to that anytime soon. We both love dogs and desperately want one of our own. How long is too long to be left alone do you think? I've read varying opinions on other sites and was just curious if there is a concensus. We have looked at various options in terms of breaking up the day. Does that make a difference? 1. We have looked into doggy daycare. We like this idea the most and have found a wonderful place but we are concerned at the cost of this in the long-term. 2. A dog walker. I like this idea but is a one hour break in the middle really enough? 3.Dropping the dog off at our parents houses. In particular I work very close to my parents house and would be able to get out for a walk with the dog at lunch (which I very much like the idea of). The problem is I really wouldn't want our dog to be lumbered onto our parents. We have picked out a breed which is considered to be low energy. We would also of course start the day with a walk and take the dog out when we got in from work too. What do people suggest? Who here works and has a dog? How do you balance it? All opinions welcomed.