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Old 08-05-2008, 12:35 AM
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I personally don't think that with two people who work full time it would be a good idea to get a dog at this time. Even if you adopted an adult dog, they will still need a lot of time to adjust and get used to their new owners..and if its going to be home alone all day and let out by another person...that's not really fair to the dog! I would wait until you had more time (less work hours) before getting a dog and definitely don't get a puppy! You wouldn't have time to properly train, and socialize a puppy.
Do you really think the shelter dog would be better off euthanised than living with a working family and suffering through a daily dog walker? Or even staying home alone with no walker? How would anyone in this country afford pets if they didn't work?
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:41 AM
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For encouragement, my sister and her husband recently adopted an adult dog from boxer rescue. We picked her bc she was so calm and steady (which is a bit rare in a young boxer) and she has been nothing but a pleasure. She is totally housebroken and stays home alone all day without causing any trouble. She's happy when they're home and enjoys a couple of walks a day and being the center of their attention hours every day and sharing the bed at night. Roxie would have been hard pressed to find a better family even if she does have to snooze alone on the couch all day

My best advice is to adopt an adult dog, ideally one with low energy requirements (unless you are a runner or something). Select a dog trainer before you select the dog and then have them go with you to make final selections on your new dog. A dog trainer has the experience to steer you toward a dog that will fit into your lifestyle. Picking on your own is very difficult and the wrong selection can be really hard on you and the dog.

Good Luck!
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:00 PM
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I also agree that going to a shelter would be your best bet!! You also don't have to deal with the "not-so-wonderful" puppy stages. I have a six-month-old who is very trying right now.

**goes to clean up the rest of the roll of paper towels that the little stinker shredded...**
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:55 PM
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Great suggestions, Dana. There are a LOT of dogs that would go crazy if they're left alone for 8 hours a day, but there are also a lot of dogs that are so laid back and easygoing that they don't mind being left alone for that amount of time. Just be sure and spend a lot of time with your dog when you get home from work, and, as long as the dog fits your lifestyle, you should be fine!
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Old 08-06-2008, 08:04 AM
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Yup just walk the dog and play to get out some of that energy before you leave and to give them a good start for the day. Than the same as soon as you come home. That is something we are going to start doing because come September I will be working. But we have two dogs so they will help keep each other company. But my puppy has had time to grow and learn so he is good with holding his potty because he is developed more and he knows whats his toys and whats not.
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Old 08-22-2008, 12:30 PM
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We have a puppy too his name is Master. When it's day time, he's with is parents Boh and Red. All of us are out working. It is just ok if you leave your pets alone in the house as long as they have foods to eat and water to drink the whole day you're not with them. Hope this helps.

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Old 08-22-2008, 10:44 PM
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make sure all electrical cords are out of the way or treated with bitter apple gel, and that a safe room is provided. curtain draw cords are up out of the way as well. I once left a puppy asleep on the bed while i zipped to the grocery store for just 10 minutes. she was asleep in the sunshine and i thought she would be ok until i got back. She had her head firmly wedged inside a thermos. IF i had been even a few more minutes she would have sufficated. Why she put her head in an empty thermos is beyond me, it had had nothing but water in it and was on the back enclosed porch unused for years. So look for the unexpected in providing your safe zone if your not crating when leaving a puppy unattended.
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:51 PM
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I work full time and have a puppy. It can be done (though it can also be expensive!). I have a dog walker that comes every two hours while I'm at work (in addition to potty time, he is fed and watered and gets playtime and/or a walk each visit), and I spend time with him in the mornings and evenings. When he's older, I plan to send him to doggie daycare a couple of days a week (with the dog walker coming on the alternate days).

He's in puppy classes, we practice his obedience work every night (and my dog walker is great helping to reinforce good behaviors), and he meets a ton of people and dogs every day. Maybe it's not a lot of peoples' notion of an ideal situation, but it works for us.
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:46 AM
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It can work with you both working full time if you work opposite hours--for instance I work 8am-5pm and my husband generally works around 4am-12pm--so the 7:30-12pm time is the only time that no one is home and they are crated consistently at this time
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