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Old 09-05-2012, 07:58 PM
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Leaving puppy at home.

So, the last two days I had off to get my puppy acquainted here. Today I started work again. And felt awful the whole time. I used my 30 minute break, of course, to drive home and run around the yard with Sequoia, Olive, and miss Roxie. When I got home, there were no accidents. We did treats and belly rubs. But I was gone from 7AM-12:10PM and then from 12:40PM to 3:30PM. There may also be times when my boss does not permit me to leave work for this break... I live all the way across town and some days the traffic is crazy, and when winter hits snow will make the drive much longer. That would mean her staying home alone for 8 hours.

Here is what her space is at the moment:

The kitchen is gated off, where she has a bed, some toys, her food & water, and a crate (big enough to fit her when she is older) with a bunch of sheets and pillows in it. I leave newspaper on the floor just in case she needs to potty, and all of the cabinets are locked up. She does have her older sisters with her (Roxie and Olive), and the it is an open kitchen so the only thing separating them is the gate.

I know 8 hours is a really long time to leave a 9 week old puppy alone. I have been considering paying someone to come watch her. What do you guys think?
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are the other dogs in her area and what are they like to her?
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Olive and Roxie, they are not in her gated area but only separated by the gate. Roxie is my 11 year old Aussie, who like most old ladies, really doesn't care about the puppy at all. There was one incident where Quoia ran up and tried to snag a stick from her mouth and Roxie gave a warning growl. This is not something she does with other dogs, to be honest I feel it is good that she's standing her ground so the pup doesn't become a little heathen.

Olive is overly sweet to her. When she cries or whines she gets very concerned and puts her ears back and sniffs her face or gives her a lick. They cuddle a lot. She's a very mellow soul. I trust both of my dogs very much, it's just the issue of the puppy being alone for such a long time...

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Olive and Quoia on their 1st day together. I have another on my phone of Olive's back leg completely covering the puppy, and pup with her head up on Olli's tummy. Sillies.
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