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.