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Old 05-20-2011, 11:08 AM
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Schedule might be changing

Hey, everyone, my SO might be working a new schedule. I'm posting this now because I'd like some ideas on if we both work 8-5, what options would be best for the puppy (5 months old). Right now I work 8-5, my SO works 1:30-10p (except Wed). So the puppy's schedule is basically that she's only alone from 1-5p, M-F, except Wednesdays she is alone 8-5, and I come home at 12:30 to let her out and play with her until 1. We are home with her pretty much all weekend.

If we're both working 8-5, would it be best to put her in doggy day care a few days out of the week? I can still come home for lunch a few days out of the week as well, but we couldn't afford doggy day care 5 days a week. I'm thinking it would it be a bad idea to have her alone all day M-F? Or is doggy day care like a dog park and maybe not a good idea?

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Old 05-20-2011, 11:46 AM
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I think doggy daycare is a good idea. And even if it's just 2 or 3 days a week it should wear her out enough to be okay the other days with just a potty break at lunch time. I think your right in your assumptions, she most likely wouldn't be okay home alone all 5 days. Plus that could be a great opportunity for some good socialization.
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Based on my own experience, if you will be able to come home for 20-30 minutes at lunch every day, a 5-month old puppy will be OK.
Have a nice long walk in the morning, before work, give her her breakfast in a kong to keep her busy and a puzzle toy with a few treats at lunch and she should be fine. If you have a puppy-proofed space or an ex-pen to supplement her crate that would be even better.

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On the other hand, if you will be able to come home for 20-30 minutes at lunch every day, a 5-month old puppy will be OK.
Do you think so? I could definitely come home every day for 30 minutes right now, but I worry about her socialization/lack of interaction all day, esp. since we haven't taken her anywhere yet b/c she hasn't had all her boosters. We wouldn't be able to do the day care for another month or two anyway because she needs to finish the boosters.

Ugh, I always feel so clueless with puppies.
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Do you think so? I could definitely come home every day for 30 minutes right now, but I worry about her socialization/lack of interaction all day, esp. since we haven't taken her anywhere yet b/c she hasn't had all her boosters. We wouldn't be able to do the day care for another month or two anyway because she needs to finish the boosters.

Ugh, I always feel so clueless with puppies.
Which set of boosters are you waiting for - second or third? If it's the third, check with your vet and see. Mine told us that we can take Leo out for walks in the neighborhood or play dates with dogs we know well (family friends) after the second set. Just avoid parks, schoolyards, etc...generally places where there is a higher risk of exposure to unknown dogs.
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Waiting for third + rabies. I got mixed feedback from the forum on where to take her until she had them all, but most people said friend's houses with vacc'ed dogs were ok. She only got tested negative for giardia a week ago, though (she just finished treatment), so we haven't gone anywhere yet.
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Chili was left alone 6hours a day three days a week from day one(five weeks old) Same with the "triplets" right now. Chili did get left for 8 hours on several occasions the first year because it was unavoidable

Are you worried more about the amount of hours per day or the fact that its five days?
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IMO, at her age she definitely needs socialization. Luckily, she's small so you could carry her around to allow for exposure to smells, noise, people and so on without too many risks.
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Hours and amount of days + the fact that she is alone (no other dogs in the house). I guess I just worry about leaving a puppy alone for so long and if it will negatively affect her.
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I would come home at lunch and do a doggy daycare 1-2 times a week. Just check out the daycare first- they should make sure the dogs are getting breaks from each other when needed, etc.
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