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Marty McFrat
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Getting a dog when you will not be home much?


So, I was thinking of getting a dog, but the only problem is I will be working 8-4 Monday-Thursday and usually until around 2 on Fridays. I know many here have dogs but how did you give the dog the attention it needed if you're at work? How will it go to the bathroom? I will have one roommate who is in school and could be in and out each day of the week to help me out?

I don't want to get a dog and not be able to take care of it properly.


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PhiTiger1764
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People I know leave their dogs in their cage all day.. They go home at lunch to let it out for a little while.


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BelleTigre11
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Do you have a backyard for it to be instead of inside? How do you think it will use the bathroom when you're not home?





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lsuwontonwrap
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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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polarbehr
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I go home every day at lunch to let him out





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WG_Dawg
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My gf used to have this issue when she first had her dog. I will first say her dog had a lot of obedience training and is very well behaved and smart.

With that said, I think that she would keep it crated during the day to get it on a bathroom schedule. It would learn to only go to the bathroom in the morning before she left, and in the evening when she got home. Eventually after a routine was formed, she let it free in the house and didn't have problems. I think this is right, not sure.






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Fat and Happy
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I have a doggie door. My two dogs come in and go out when they please. I keep all the doors shut in the house so they can only go in the kitchen and living room area. Has worked great for 3 years now





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TH03
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Mine sleeps all day. Comes out at lunch and after work. I leave her out all night after I let her play for awhile. She either sleeps or explores the house all night.





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DumpsterFire
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If you have a fenced yard, then I think you would be fine, but I don't think that an inside dog would work very well.







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genro
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Depends greatly on the dog. Some require lots of attention and will go nuts without you. Others are perfectly fine on their own. Many will just sleep all day if you're not there, and as long as you give them attention at night, it'll be fine.

But they need to be let out to walk and go to the bathroom every 6 hours or so. Bare minimum 2-3 times a day. I have an inside dog, and I come home during my lunch break to walk him.

ETA: If he's not already housebroken, you're really gonna wanna do that before you leave him alone. Like get him when you have time off so you can train him.



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BelleTigre11
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Do not get a dog unless you have a yard for it to hang out all day. If you have an inside dog, they have potty mats you can train it to use (works better with small dogs).

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

And I really doubt your roommate will appreciate this. I had a roommate who worked and I took care of the dog more than her. When someone's home, the thing will cry to get out of its cage. really sad



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I Love Bama
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If you don't have time for a dog please don't get one.





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Marty McFrat
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Do you have a backyard for it to be instead of inside? How do you think it will use the bathroom when you're not home?


I have a backyard. If it's a puppy I don't want it in the backyard all damn day, what if it found a small way out? I want it to be more of an inside dog though. I don't like the idea of it being outside from 8am-5pm all day long without my supervision.






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


If I was immature I would've just bought one without thinking this out like I am doing right now.







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BelleTigre11
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I have a backyard. If it's a puppy I don't want it in the backyard all damn day, what if it found a small way out? I want it to be more of an inside dog though. I don't like the idea of it being outside from 8am-5pm all day long without my supervision


You should feel worse about it being stuck in a cage all day. Dog proof your backyard and it shouldn't be a problem.

Wait til it's not a pup to leave it outside during the day.



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



Exactly. I do not want this for my dog, which is why it sucks because I want one.






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Kay
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Get a bulldog and it will sleep all day, even if you came gone for lunch it wouldn't want to get up, haha.

Most dogs if kennel trained at first can be left to roam all day and will not go to the bathroom.






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jojothetireguy
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We leave ours in from about 7:15 to 5:15 and he does just fine. The first few months were tough but after that he was able to hold it until we got home





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BelleTigre11
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We leave ours in from about 7:15 to 5:15 and he does just fine. The first few months were tough but after that he was able to hold it until we got home


This is so sad. Why would you do that? How about you not use the bathroom for 10 hours






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heartbreakTiger
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the dog should be fine if your roommate lets it out to use the bathroom. HB does fine with me gone during the day, I just walk him before and let him use the bathroom and then he either sleeps or plays with his toys till i get home. When i first got him id crate him but now he is fine with being left out.





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