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Old 08-09-2007, 03:08 AM   #1
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I am in need of some feedback!

I am a school teacher, getting ready to go back to work next Monday and am considering adopting an 8 week old puppy this weekend. Oh, boy... not the best timing, but this is a great opportunity. I have always wanted a dauschund since a little girl and I personally know the breeders, who are going to fix the parents, so this will be their last litter.

What I am having the greatest difficulty in this decision is not regarding vet bills but with my concerns I will not be able to take the dog out while I'm at work. I live alone and would not be able to let the puppy out for 8 hours (or more) at a time! It breaks my heart that this isn't the best way to raise a puppy. Once home, I would be there to care for it (I do have a fenced in yard at least!). I have gone through raising a puppy before, but never all by myself.

I really need some input as I don't want to make a mistake! Once I choose to get a dog, it's for life-- I don't adopt a puppy to give it to a pound. I do have a large dog; he is another presence in the house, but, unfortunately, cannot let the puppy out!

Please, please, I'd love to hear what you all think!! I want to do the right thing.

Thank you so much!!!

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Old 08-09-2007, 03:15 AM   #2
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I just wanted to add to this: my 4 year old Gordon Setter will be home all day as well. While he cannot take him out, perhaps he can help keep the puppy company? I feel so bad, as I know a puppy's bladder/bowel isn't ready to wait so long!!!!

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See if you can find someone to come over and take him out during the day. Like a friend or something
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you can use a pee pads or paper training or put him in a pen or somewhere he can go bathroom and you can easyly clean or something. Family or friends or a sitter be good? I am sure I'll think of other suggestions

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Have you got a dog walking service close? They could come in maybe half way through the day for half an hour to let poochies out.
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well our family goes out alot and now we have a puppy i dont to go out i just want to stay home and look after him

but then i thought we should him an outside kennel........so we did
put his/her bed,a bundle of toys,water and food bowl in the kennel

and there you have one happy dog with the things she/he needs and hopefully wont get bored

owww yeah and he/she can wee anywhere lol

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Hello and welcome to the forum. Great to have you with us.

It is hard to advise someone to leave a puppy those long hours. Socialization & training are very important to a growing pup. It can be done, it's not an ideal situation — granted. As long as you adult dog is there keeping pup company, I see that situation as being better than simply leaving puppy alone to fend for himself. However, you shouldn't ever trust an adult dog with a puppy in the early days.

As long as you make up for lost time during your time home with puppy, I think you can train & socialize a pup & work at the same time.

Good luck! We'd love to see pics of your existing dog & your new baby. I hope you'll post some.
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Hi paphlovian and welcome to the forum.
It is exciting that you might be getting a puppy. At the same tme you are right to be concerned about not being home while you are at work. You might find some help in this thread from someone who was in a similar situation.
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=10481
Good luck and please keep us posted!
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I have a 3 month old pup who is in the house all day while I'm at work. Luckily I can come home at lunch time to let him out and give him a bit of attention. It's not the ideal situation but I've found he's got used to it very quickly and everyone who see's him calls him a happy little dog.

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