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Old 01-07-2012, 03:14 PM
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Single puppy parent woes

I'm wondering if there are other single puppy parents out there? My
Little pup is so good but I'm feeling huge guilt that I don't have enough time for her on my own. A dog walker is not an option. What are peoples thoughts? I think puppies should be with families or couples not people who come home from a day of work and make an hour of puppy time before going back in the crate? I thought a puppy would be a great companion but if anything it's making me feel lonely and isolated...or extreme guilt everytime I leave her? Puppies need two parents!
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:25 PM
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If you really only have an hour a night to spend with her then yes she needs a new home where they can give her the time and attention that she needs.
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Single with a puppy is fine as long as you spend time with your pup. I would not put the pup back in the crate after and hour, I would tether the pup to me and keep it with me when home to teach potty training and watch for potty breaks. The crate is only for the times when you can not watch the pup closely. To much time in the crate will make the pup feel isolated and hate the crate when you have to use it.
I would also choose a pen instead of the crate if you have to be away very long.
The pen gives the pup more choices during the day for play and movement.

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I would also include a potty in the pen for young pups
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Sorry I did not mean she's only out got an hour a night. She is in and out depending on what needs to be done for the night. Plus I run home at lunch time to see her. Just not sure what the best thing is for her?
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ar its hard having a dog when you are in work all day and it's a hard thing to say but it's not good that our dog has to be left.do you not have a family member or friend who could have him in the day for a few hours then it would make things a lot better for you and your dog.or a neighbour who would take him for a little walk during the day??
i know if i lived by myself it would be impossible to keep my dog so just try all the options before you make a decision. i feel sorry for you because it must be heartbreaking being in such a difficult place. good luck
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How much time does this pup get out of the crate? How old is the puppy? I ditto Dawnbens idea of tethering the puppy to you.
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Perhaps you could enroll in a local puppy socializing/training class to get you and the puppy out more to visit with other puppies. It is actually very important the puppy meet and play with other puppies at this age.

Just make sure it is a positive class, no leash yanks or chain collars!
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I agree with Tess and Tommy. Is there no one you could leave your puppy dog with? If you have a backyard, you could make a puppy run for her with some shelter or put her on a lead line. It's good that you're visiting her at your lunch breaks, but puppies do need a lot of attention and training so that eventually you can leave her at home alone without locking her up. Doggy day care is a really good idea. Do you run her before and/or after work?
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Honestly I'm a very independent person and she is my respondibilty so I really hate asking others for help when I choose to adopt her. I think my issue is that she is a pup that needs alot of time/attention (sorry I'm not a moron who didn't know that but I only grew up with outside dogs). I come right home after work to left her out feed her let her run around and play but depending on the night and what I need to do/where I need to go she goes back in her crate on and off for the evening. Im not sure if any responses were from single puppy parents? I would really appreciate their feedback and thoughts? All my neighbors have dogs but they are retired and home all day. I think she should have kids running after her or at least two people so when something needs to be done she's not put in her crate. Also thankyou for the tethering idea but not something I see myself doing. Am I just overthinking this too much? Oh and yes she's a 10 week rotti mix. Pippa. And Im a 30 yr old first time home and puppy owner. Thankyou again for any feedback good or bad. Also on a side note I don't have the money for a dog run pen or puppy day care...again factors I clearly overlooked ps if I had to rehome her it would break my heart but maybe the best option?
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i'm a very independent girl too but i honestly would think another dog lover would gladly give their help but if that really is not an option to you i think it is really unfair to keep her in a crate all day and as she gets older it will be even worse i really feel so sorry for you its a no win situation
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