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    we would like to get a smallish dog, however we both work full time which is causing us concern.

    Is it fair / ok that the dog will be in the house on its own for the majority of the day, my partner works close enough to see it at lunch time but for 6 hours a day it would be alone. Does anyone have experience of this? does it affect the dog if this is done from puppy stage?

    Thanks in advance

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    if its a puppy it'll get bored and chew the hell outta your house.

    I personally don't think its fair, maybe if you got an older dog thats quite lazy and happy to be left alone.

    sorry hun, don't think it would be fair on the dog:thumbsup:

    get a rescue dog.... they can be brilliant and often if they have come from an home already are housetrained and will be no trouble.

    get a cat

    Agree with the above. A dog need company and excercise so leaving in the house for long periods is just not right.

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    fwibble;2702967

    get a cat



    :thumbsup:

    When we first had our dog he ate everything insight, which being a puppy we didn't mind. Now he's absolutely great and doesn't mind being left at all. There's 3 of us in the house and we all work, so there are times where he's left on his own for a maximum of 3/4 hours, between one of us coming home to spend dinner with him etc. Sam is a rescue dog, which i think kind of helps if you intend to leave them alone at times. Just be prepared that as a puppy they WILL wreck your house if you intend to leave them alone!

    So cats are OK to be left at home all day?

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    JezzaP;2702966

    get a rescue dog.... they can be brilliant and often if they have come … get a rescue dog.... they can be brilliant and often if they have come from an home already are housetrained and will be no trouble.



    Agree. I got two rescue dogs and never had a problem with them wrecking things or even peeing in the house. Also have another dog so whenever we're out at least they got company with each other. Go look in your local Rescue Centre. Whilst there are some really sad cases there, not all the dogs are past it. You'll be surprised how many youngish dogs there are that just need someone to take them home and love 'em! Good luck!:thumbsup:

    I have an oldish Westie and she does fine if left during working hours - Westies sleep for about 75% of the day anyway, so she just snoozes until I get in. I make sure she gets walks etc but even when I'm in she will usally just curl up and snooze if I'm working on something.

    If you get a puppy you do need to train properly though, cos as other posters have stated, a bored dog will chew stuff.

    Abvance;2703077

    So cats are OK to be left at home all day?


    well alot more independant than a dog..but i still wouldnt say it for a kitten..as it still needs company when its a baby.

    i too think its unfair for either a puppy or a dog to be on its own for 6 hours everyday. They can get stressed and do alot of damage too! .. if you said that mostly someone would be there and maybe one day a week it might be alone alot..then ok, but i think dogs are like small children...need alot of looking after.

    if your really stuck on the idea, i too would agree about visiting a re-homing place, for an older dog. Get plenty of advice while your there though.

    I have a Staffie that is left alone all day, she has plenty of toys & bones, and has never once chewed her way through anything.

    If you introduce this from a puppy stage, they will get used to it. She also gets plenty of exercise, and is taken out for an hour each day (after work), and she's with us all weekend.

    She just sleeps for most of the day, even if your at home. I'm working from home today, and she's taken herself to bed lol

    Getting a dog is a BIG responsibility though, so think carefully. It is just like having a child if you get a puppy, so be prepared.

    A puppy left for 6hours a day is borderline cruelty imo, please dont do that. Apart from the immense damage he will do by chewing things , he will also be very very anxious left alone for that long.

    ChrisUK;2703176

    I have a Staffie that is left alone all day, she has plenty of toys & … I have a Staffie that is left alone all day, she has plenty of toys & bones, and has never once chewed her way through anything. If you introduce this from a puppy stage, they will get used to it. She also gets plenty of exercise, and is taken out for an hour each day (after work), and she's with us all weekend.She just sleeps for most of the day, even if your at home. I'm working from home today, and she's taken herself to bed lolGetting a dog is a BIG responsibility though, so think carefully. It is just like having a child if you get a puppy, so be prepared.



    Agree with this. We have always timed things so that when the puppy is new someone has been home most of the time. If you leave the little one alone straight after exercise ( only a little exercise whilst they are growing!!!) and toilet they just sleep and get used to waking up alone and don't mind at all - not like when they get left alone at night for the first time and cry and cry!!
    Puppies really like crates as well and feel very safe in their own little den with toys, water and rug etc, so they can safely be left there. Dogs loathe pooing and weeing in 'their' areas and will avoid it if they possibly can. Puppies need chewies whether left alone or not.

    kungfu;2703250

    A puppy left for 6hours a day is borderline cruelty imo, please dont do … A puppy left for 6hours a day is borderline cruelty imo, please dont do that. Apart from the immense damage he will do by chewing things , he will also be very very anxious left alone for that long.



    it isnt, as long as the house is set out correctly, it gets walks every day and lots of love.

    Cruelty is leaving it for 6 hours a day and doing nothing with it when you are at home.

    Thing is tho to consider, if you are not there for 6 hours, will you want to deal with the dog when you get home?

    Is a cat a better option? Some cats can be well off it, and a great laugh!

    We took a week off each when we got a puppy (misses the 1st week, then me the 2nd week), until it was familiar with it's surroundings & settled in. Leaving a puppy alone from the off will cause it stress.

    Dont forget, a puppy will also not have control of it's bladder until 3-4 months old, so will need letting out each couple of hours.

    ive got a patterdale and he's left by himself all day (8hours) and he's fine

    just make sure you take him for a walk on a morning and leave them food & water and then take them for a walk when you get home and then spend the evening with them.

    if its a puppy mind make sure you get some of that anti chew spray, unfortunaly i didnt and it chewed through the raidiator pipe (inlet pipe aswell) and had a nice swimming pool in the whole of the downstairs!

    remember aswell tho..its personality. just because some dont chew they may be braver. you can get timid creatures aswell..which may not be seen until after a while.

    ChrisUK;2703286

    We took a week off each when we got a puppy (misses the 1st week, then me … We took a week off each when we got a puppy (misses the 1st week, then me the 2nd week), until it was familiar with it's surroundings & settled in. Leaving a puppy alone from the off will cause it stress. Dont forget, a puppy will also not have control of it's bladder until 3-4 months old, so will need letting out each couple of hours.



    same here last pup we had we both took 3weeks off one after the other,so we had 6 weeks to give a 100% to it, when a dog is older they can be left but i stand by my comment of it being almost cruel to do to a puppy.



    with an older dog you can walk it on a morn then leave it, but a puppy gets tired after a 5min walk and will want to sleep, then 45 min later he will want another walk, so you really gotta be there for it imo.:thumbsup:

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    aircanman;2703272

    it isnt, as long as the house is set out correctly, it gets walks every … it isnt, as long as the house is set out correctly, it gets walks every day and lots of love. Cruelty is leaving it for 6 hours a day and doing nothing with it when you are at home. Thing is tho to consider, if you are not there for 6 hours, will you want to deal with the dog when you get home? Is a cat a better option? Some cats can be well off it, and a great laugh!



    king261;2703288

    ive got a patterdale and he's left by himself all day (8hours) and he's … ive got a patterdale and he's left by himself all day (8hours) and he's finejust make sure you take him for a walk on a morning and leave them food & water and then take them for a walk when you get home and then spend the evening with them.if its a puppy mind make sure you get some of that anti chew spray, unfortunaly i didnt and it chewed through the raidiator pipe (inlet pipe aswell) and had a nice swimming pool in the whole of the downstairs!



    this is what we are thinking, taking two weeks off to settle the pup and get him used to the environment. He would be walked in the morning, most lunchtimes and every evening. While we are working i'd put it in a very large kitchen with plenty of toys, water, bedding etc.

    We've been looking at patterdales's on epupz - they look ideal. You get on well with them?

    Cloudeye;2703094

    I have an oldish Westie and she does fine if left during working hours - … I have an oldish Westie and she does fine if left during working hours - Westies sleep for about 75% of the day anyway, so she just snoozes until I get in. I make sure she gets walks etc but even when I'm in she will usally just curl up and snooze if I'm working on something. If you get a puppy you do need to train properly though, cos as other posters have stated, a bored dog will chew stuff.



    lol i got a young westie she exactly the same during day but she comes to life at night lol

    JezzaP;2702966

    get a rescue dog.... they can be brilliant and often if they have come … get a rescue dog.... they can be brilliant and often if they have come from an home already are housetrained and will be no trouble.



    churchy2704;2703080

    Agree. I got two rescue dogs and never had a problem with them wrecking … Agree. I got two rescue dogs and never had a problem with them wrecking things or even peeing in the house. Also have another dog so whenever we're out at least they got company with each other. Go look in your local Rescue Centre. Whilst there are some really sad cases there, not all the dogs are past it. You'll be surprised how many youngish dogs there are that just need someone to take them home and love 'em! Good luck!:thumbsup:



    So its ok to leave a rescue dog all day then? Im surprised any rescue centres would allow a dog to go to a home where no-one is in all day. Cruel and unfair to the dog.

    think they mean as there are alot of older dogs needing homes..so places like that are good to look. If you get me.

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    LJM;2703996

    So its ok to leave a rescue dog all day then? Im surprised any rescue … So its ok to leave a rescue dog all day then? Im surprised any rescue centres would allow a dog to go to a home where no-one is in all day. Cruel and unfair to the dog.



    If the other option is put it to sleep as so many dogs are then yeah I think it's fair.

    Hi,

    It's hard work having a dog whether you work or not, walks morning and evening no matter what the weather.

    What I found as a godsend was a doggy door. If i'm late for lunch, out late, etc, he can come and go as he pleases x

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    fwibble;2702967

    get a cat



    So the dog has something to eat!!! :w00t:

    crel2000;2703369

    this is what we are thinking, taking two weeks off to settle the pup and … this is what we are thinking, taking two weeks off to settle the pup and get him used to the environment. He would be walked in the morning, most lunchtimes and every evening. While we are working i'd put it in a very large kitchen with plenty of toys, water, bedding etc.We've been looking at patterdales's on epupz - they look ideal. You get on well with them?




    I've got a Patterdale (my avator), he's a stubborn little git, fights every dog he sees (have to muzzle him if off the lead) hates being left alone. I had to go through 2 training schools to get him to do basic command but I love him to bits. I would not get another Patterdale as he's such hard work. On the plus side, he doesn't malt!

    Do your research on the breed you are interested in... do they have a tendacy to bark, need lots of exercise, eye problems, etc.
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