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Old 07-22-2007, 11:32 PM   #1
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As some of you might know from my recent posts, I've just brought home a 9 week old puppy... Knuckles.

I'm still finding my feet as I've never owned a puppy before.

My partner went back out to work a couple of days ago (he works out of town 7 days) and I've been having to leave Knuckles at home on his own when I go to work. I've got him in the garage with his water, a bed and some of his toys.

I just need to know that he will be ok with this, emotionally. I feel awful about leaving him there alone all day.

Will he get used to it? Is he ok?
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He will be fine. He may cry/whine at first but he will eventually get over it.

My only suggestion is getting something like an x-pen or crate so he doesn't have free-roam of the garage. Just incase there's anything he can get into.

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Thank you!!!!

I've made sure there is nothing he can get into. We've just moved into our house so there isn't much in our garage at all. The floor is clear and there are no chemicals or cleaning products lying around.

I've just been worried about him being upset all day.
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What about the heat? What kind of ventilation do you have and how warm does it get inside during the hotter hours of the day?
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It's quite cool here at the moment. We're in our winter. It doesn't get very cold... but it would not be hot at all!
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It's quite cool here at the moment. We're in our winter. It doesn't get very cold... but it would not be hot at all!
Then he should be just fine!
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I reckon he will be ok of you spend heaps of time with him when you return home

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You'll find he'll cry a bit when you first leave him. Make sure there is plenty to distract him. Plenty of toys (treat balls are great). As he is only 9 weeks old, he'll sleep alot at the moment so it's probably the best time to get him used to being by himself.
They main thing to remember is not to make a big fuss when you leave or when you get back. When you let him out after you return, just let him be for a few mins before covering him in attention, or you'll end up with a big sook who whines and frets whenever you leave.

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Sorry but Im gonna be devils advocate on this one.


How long are you at work for??? Is there anyone that can come in and check on him?


I personally wouldnt leave a 9wk pup on their own for anymore than 3-4 hrs.

Many people I know took time off work to be with their new pup to settle it in.

Did you get him used to the fact that he was going to be left??

Like going out for half an hour and then increasing the time just so he knows you will be comming back.

I have know 9wk pups to become very distressed if left for any long length of time.

IMHO I dont believe that the responsibility of taking on a dog should be given to people that work 8hrs a day. Its just not fair on the pup.


But thats just my take on it.

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Hi LiZzy,
It is great that you are putting so much thought into this and asking so many questions!
My opinion is, it can be done, but it takes a lot of extra effort on your part. This is a critical time for training a puppy-if you are not there to teach him, he will not learn anything. And of course he will be lonely. It's not easy going from being one of several littermates to being all by himself in a strange place. Plus they can't "hold it" for very long (at Knuckles' age about 3 hrs) so he is now being trained to pee and poo in the garage whether you want that or not.
I understand that you have to work, but if you can get someone to come in and walk him or play with him at lunchtime I think you and he will be happier in the long run.
Best of luck to you and Knuckles.
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