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BuckeyeFan87
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re: Getting a dog when you will not be home much?


If you're not going to be home, the trick is two dogs. That way they can at least entertain each other.

And, as long as you exercise your dog and it isn't a husky/lab, you don't have to crate them. My 1.5 year corgi and 9 month Wheaten Terrier both have free range while I'm at work and they do just fine.






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Rickety Cricket
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My dog is at home from around 8:30-6 during the day. I wake up and walk her a mile or so and bring her to the dog park after work. I'll go home at lunch every now and then and let her out.





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TigahRag
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Boats n Hose
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How will it go to the bathroom?

Keep it outside where it belongs






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bsramzy
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I have two that are crate trained. Basically they sleep all day and when i get home around 6 I walk them and play with them for a couple hours.

They are both around 60 lbs, but get plenty of exercise which is the key.






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AlexLSU
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I've been leaving my dog home alone for extended periods of time since he was about 1 year (he's 3 now). I work 8-4 typically, but I usually come home for lunch to let him out. He has full access to the entire place, but he pretty much sleeps all day.





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BuckeyeFan87
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He has full access to the entire place, but he pretty much sleeps all day.

This is what I find as well. Seems like my corgi doesn't move from the time I leave till I get home some days....

laying in the exact same spot of my bed he isn't supposed to be on.






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RonFNSwanson
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Train it to use the bathroom at 7:30 and 5 and you will be fine





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TigerinATL
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Haven't read the thread so SIAP, but unless you are able to go home every day for lunch no later than noon, you should get an adult dog from a shelter that's already house broken. Puppies can only hold it so long and if they learn that it's ok to use the bathroom inside because you aren't home to let them out, it will be hard to break them of that habit later.


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BeaverPRO
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Run them in the morning to let out the energy spent sleeping from the night before, they will be more than happy to sleep the rest on the day until you get home. It will take a little more preparation on your part to get up earlier to get them the exercise they need. Trust me it's worth it.





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FISH N TIGER
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re: Getting a dog when you will not be home much?


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I plan on doing a rescue


If you go this route, then i would say yes please get a dog.It will have a much better life with you even if it's locked up most the day then in a kennel where it will be put to death.Just be sure you have the right set up for your dog and go for it.There are millions of people that are in the same position as you and their dogs do just fine.






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TheDoc
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If you don't have time for a dog please don't get one.






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shaqazoolu
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I had one with a 8-5 job before. I used to let him out in the mornings and leave him out all day. My back yard wasn't fenced in though so I buried a stake in the middle and put him on like a 40' cable so he could go pretty much anywhere he wanted in the yard. Then when I got home in the afternoon I would walk him and goof off with him outside for an hour or so before taking him inside for the night.

The only time I ever kept him in a cage was when he was a puppy and too small to be running around on his own either inside or out.






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KG6
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A dog locked in a kennel all day is a really sad thing. why bother getting one?


I work and this is the only way we can keep our puppy right now. She would tear up the house or dig out of the back yard if we did anything different. Our vet actually suggested that we crate the dog, so I don't really see anything really harmful with it as long as you are responsible and take it out and keep it active when you are home.






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LikeABaussCat
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A friend of mine works 8-5 M-F and has his dog kennel trained. He basically sleeps all day.






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tigers102886
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My dog is a little over 10 months old and I keep her in the crate while I am at work. As soon as I get home, we go straight to the park for a walk/run and some frisbee time after that. She is free to roam at night, but she gets in the kennel anyway, since that is her "den." As she gets closer to a year-old, I'll gradually start to give her periods of freedom in the house until I get to the point where I can leave her out for a full day. The crate training also helps in getting her on a regular bathroom routine.





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NYCAuburn
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bigger dog means bigger bladder, in my opinion. Little dogs need to go outside a lot





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Mung
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if you can't be around daily to feed and walk the dog, every few hours, or at least let it stay outside, you really should not get one. Poor dog stuck inside in a crate all day seems terrible for the psyche.





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SUB
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This is a dumb thread. Lots of people that have dogs also have full time jobs. They are fine by themselves during the day if you do it right. I leave mine outside in a dog pen and she loves it out there.





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tigers102886
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re: Getting a dog when you will not be home much?


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This is a dumb thread. Lots of people that have dogs also have full time jobs. They are fine by themselves during the day if you do it right.


I agree with this statement. My dog doesn't seem to hate me for putting her in a crate or not allowing her on furniture. As long as she gets a walk in everyday, she is perfectly content. As long as you crate train the right way, I see nothing wrong with it and it has made training so much easier.






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