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Leaving Puppy @ Home Guilt

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My fiance and I have a 13 week old husky puppy and have had her for a little over a week, we both work 9-5 jobs so we have to crate our puppy while we are away for those 9 hours. This is very hard to do since we crate her for 7 hours while we're sleeping. That is already 15 hours of crating with only 2 hours of play/walk/eating time in the morning between "cratings". We both feel like we can no longer go to the gym because that would be another 1.5 hours of crating. Is it okay to crate our puppy this much?

Eventually, when she is more potty trained I can leave her out and about the house. I would love to leave her about the house during the day when we train the biting/mouthing phase out of her and when she is toilet trained. Would this 1.5 hours of gym time be a good time to try leaving her in a gated off room, such as our kitchen?

I realize this wont be much of an issue once she is house trained, just wondering if I should even be crating her while were at work or if it would be okay to leave her with a bed and some safe toys in a partitioned off part of the house, such as our mudroom which has nothing dangerous in it. It is just a blank room with 4 walls and 2 doors.



TL : DR - Is it okay to leave a puppy crated for 15 hours total during the day? (7 then 8 hours)

Should I feel bad about wanted to go to the gym for an additional 1.5 hours?

Can I start leaving my puppy in a puppy safe 10x20 room while I am at the gym?

Is spending 2 hours with her in the morning and 4 in the evening enough for during the week? The weekend will always be a puppy/dog fun filled attention weekend.
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For a 13 week old puppy to be crated that long is very excessive. Considering I don't leave my fully house trained, non destructive 3 year old dog in a crate for that long I can't imagine it with such a young pup. I think you need to look into alternatives because your dog is missing out on key interactions, socialisation, exercise and training with you being gone the entire day.

I'd look into doggy daycare or a dog walker to pop in during the day to take the pup a walk and then pop in later on to take them for a bathroom break.

It's definitely not wrong to want to go to the gym but to me you need to spend more time with your puppy socialising and training, especially with a breed like a Husky who need a lot of training and effort to help them to become a well rounded dog.

Leaving a young pup in a big room is something that has to be built up to, like knowing their potty training is reliable, that they are well exercised and tired, they have something like a filled Kong to keep them occupied whilst your gone and they've been shown its okay to be alone (like building up the time being left to avoid separation anxiety.
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