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Old 09-03-2012, 03:14 PM
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Question Should we be leaving him?

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Me and my boyfriend bought a 7 week old border collie on the 1st of this month from a shelter that sells puppies who are kept on their own. He has had his first jab and is due 2 more when he reaches 10- 12 weeks.

My boyfriend has grew up with numerous puppies and dogs whereas ive never had a dog.

We decided we didnt want to crate train him so we have a bed in the hallway with blanket and chew toys and he will sleep there fine without a single cry at night time. we also have been using puppy pads and do far so good we havent had a single miss yet even through the night or when we are out which brings me onto...

Me and my boyfriend work 9-5 mon-fri with the exception of me having every tuesday off. He was left on his own today from 8:45 till 3:30 and seemed to do fine (from what i can tell as puppy pads had been used and nothing had been destroyed or chewed apart from his toys). he was extremely hyper when we got in as you can imagine and in the evenings we have just been playing with him and wearing him out, giving him none stop attention, obviously when he can go out we will spend alot of time walking and playing to get him out of the house as much as pos.

so...

is it too long to be leaving him alone?


any suggestions and advice on anything would be realy helpful.

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Old 09-03-2012, 05:50 PM
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It's different for every dog from what I've heard and experienced. Our old lab used to be left alone all day when she was older but dad always popped back at lunch to let her out (we lived on the farm he worked on) but when they got her (long before i was born) Mum was a stay at home mum so he had someone with him all day.
I know people who have got puppies that have torn the place apart after being left for an hour and others who have been perfectly happy left from 9 till 5. Since you've left him without a problem from 8.45 till 3.30 he's unlikely to start tearing the place apart with the last two hours. As long as you arn't expecting him too hold it for that long (so keep supplying the pads) as long as he is happy, I don't see a problem.
I have crate trained my puppy but only becuase I'm scared of him tearing the place apart,
Something I did was I set my webcam up to record when i went out so when i got back I saw everything he did. I wanted to make sure he wasn't overly stressed when i left, as he suffered from seperation anxiety when we got him as a 6th month old, but we seem to have cured this. This could be a good I dea and very interesting if your curious as to what your puppy gets up to when you leave.

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one thing I'd be concerned with letting him loose is electrical cords. At some point those will look like a chew toy probably...at least that's what we noticed. He's not teething heavily yet so it will get worse before it gets better.
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Sounds like everything is going smoothly for you three.

It's great that puppy is adjusting so well. I would, however, set up a little safe area for him to hang out in while you and your boyfriend are gone. Even though he seems to be doing really well, 7 weeks old is quite young to be left alone, and there may be things around the house that he could get into and potentially hurt himself with. My puppy's safe spot is my kitchen, I have a child gate at the entrance and her crate, bed, food, toys inside. The cabinets are closed with bungee cords.

Are you planning on training him to go potty outside at some point? Congrats on the new family member.
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Not sure about the length of time. My puppy was a bit older when we got her, and we didn't leave her more than 4-6 hours. It does seem like a long time. It would probably be a good idea to work on socialization while you are there so that she doesn't miss that (inviting friends over - esp. if any of them have any gentle/safe dogs that are UTD on all shots, and creating positive experiences with strangers for her). I know pups that are removed from the litter too young can have socialization problems. Xpen or other puppy-proofed area is a really good idea too. Here is a good intro video on that.

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It does seem like a long time for a young pup. Is there a neighbor that could visit during the day and play...or a dog walker you could pay until he gets older? I would also "corral" him, put the crate in the kitchen with a security gate. Be sure to get childproof locks on all the cabinets, you would be amazed how resourceful they can be!!! All chocolate up VERY high and other toxic foods, like onions, etc. He is fortunate to have found you!! PM Tokibear and AmandaB on DF as they both have Aussies!! They can advise you!!!
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