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Old 09-27-2015, 12:42 AM
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I am a teacher and started my full time teaching job when my puppy was just over a year old. I'm gone from the house 7:15am-3:45pm with the dogs being let into the yard around two times while I'm gone. This was my first full time job and my dogs, even my grown ones, definitely had a few adjustment issues. I'd been gone that long before, of course, just never day after day like a teaching job requires. There was some anxiety and some overzealous welcomes home, and some new whining behaviors when I left for the first couple weeks. But then they settled down, got used to the fact that, yes, I WAS coming home every day, and they would get to come out, play and have fun all day.
I take a lot of work home and my school doesn't care so long as I get it done. In fact, Quenya, my Kelpie mix, is going to class with me this week to help the kids learn about dog behavior!

So I guess my closing point is that the first few weeks may be rough, even with a six month old, but give it a little time, don't jump the gun, and I believe in most cases with a well prepared dog and plenty of activity and playtime after work and on the weekends, the vast majority of dogs can adjust to a teachers schedule.
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I know this forum isn't 'fresh', but have you considered crate training? Especially if you have to be out of the house lots during the day, a crate can be a safe place for a pup. Once they are crate trained (mine is at 4months), they are less likely to go to the bathroom in their crate when you are away and won't get into things that could harm them in the house. Even the best puppy-proofed rooms have some degree of danger, while a kennel is fairly safe.

When you work at home, practice leaving your dog in a safe space (exercise pen, kennel) for longer periods of time while you work in the next room (or at least out of sight)
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Old 10-06-2015, 06:24 AM
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I know this forum isn't 'fresh', but have you considered crate training? Especially if you have to be out of the house lots during the day, a crate can be a safe place for a pup. Once they are crate trained (mine is at 4months), they are less likely to go to the bathroom in their crate when you are away and won't get into things that could harm them in the house. Even the best puppy-proofed rooms have some degree of danger, while a kennel is fairly safe.

When you work at home, practice leaving your dog in a safe space (exercise pen, kennel) for longer periods of time while you work in the next room (or at least out of sight)
Thanks for your reply =D Yes I have my puppy now and it has been four days. He is well crate trained (well almost...) as I paid extra money to the breeder to crate train him before 8 weeks so that he won't be stressed out with flying interstate for a few hours. The puppy sleeps through the night pretty well for his age even though the first two nights were horror. He whines and barks for 15 minutes when I put him back in the crate after midnight potty but that's about it.
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