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Old 04-11-2008, 04:47 PM   #1
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My fiance and I would like to purchase a dog when we return from our honeymoon in July. I think this is a good time for us because we are both teachers and will have a lot of time to spend with the puppy for the rest of the summer. The problem is we will both have to teach and coach in the fall which sometimes will require us to be away from home for 10-14 hrs. The leading breeds we had in mind were the Boxer, Lab, and my fiance would love to have a Bassett, but I not all about that.

What are some things we should be sure to do so we can assure the puppy will have a happy time and not be destructive when we are gone?

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Old 04-11-2008, 04:57 PM   #2
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The dog I would recommend is the Sony AIBO or any dog that takes batteries.

Seriously 10-14 hours a day is way too long to leave a dog on its own. Dogs are pack animals and its just not fair for a pack animal to be in solitary confinement for the majority of the day. This could lead to behavioural problems. I'm sure that other members who do work may offer some advice as the above is my opinion.

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Old 04-11-2008, 05:11 PM   #3
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Hi MattBritt and

I suspect that if you get a puppy, things will be fabulous for the summer and then all heck will break loose in the fall. Assuming you get a young puppy, it will be about 5 months old when it would be alone all day. The change will not be easy on it, and you are right to expect possible destructiveness which could result from anxiety at being alone.

10-14 hrs is too long to leave a puppy that age alone. The rule of thumb for housetraining is the age in months plus one is on average the number of hours they can hold it. I wouldn't recommend crating a dog that long either, not even an adult dog.

If you could find someone who could come to your home during the day and play with the dog and walk it that would go a long way in having the pup be happy. There may be some adult dogs out there who are content to snooze all day long and greet their owners at the end of the workday. But you may be better off honestly with a cat instead of a dog.

Best I can do and good luck!

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Hello and Welcome to the Dog Forum.org. Of the ones you mentioned I would go for the Bassett. It will not require the exercise as much as the other two. The only thing is that breed is in the Hound Breed and they can carry the Hound odor that cannot be removed.!.. I wish you the best, and try to pick a breed without taking a ton of daily running or brisk walking, all deserves a dog, many work and have pets, so go for it....
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Thanks to those of you who have responded. I will take the advice. If there are any teachers on the forum that could enlighten me on how they handle being away from home I would appreciate it

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I agree with the others 10 - 14 hrs idstoo long to leave any dog even an adult or a Basset hound.

As Skunkstripe says if you are away for such a length of time you would be better getting a cat.

Unless you can arrange for someone to walk the dog for you during your absence and for this person to spend a decent amount of time with the dog,.
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I'm totally against leaving a dog for such a long time its cruel to expect a dog to hold its bladder for up to 14 hours a day not to say how lonely it will be, this is just my opinion but you are asking for behavioural problems if you go ahead.

If you could get a dog sitter then that would be an option, or could you take the dog to work.

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How can you even be thinking of having a dog to leave it alone for soooooooooo long.. Wait until you can have some time with it.. whats the point of a dog who will never see you. Thats not being a dog lover sorry.

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10 to 14 HOURS!!!! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!

that is way to long!
i own a pet shop in australia and have just recently launched a new side to our business, puppy day care!

it is where the pups get to come to our shop and socialise with other pups and have fun all day. (they do sleep)

You should think of something the same or similar in your local area!


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Why do you want a dog, you will never see it, when you get home you'll be to tired to give it the attraction it should have. A dog is a pack animal and would be very lonely on it's own.

How would you like to be at home day after day, on your own with no one to talk to or play with. A dog can't sit and watch the TV or listen to the radio or take it self for a walk.

I think it would be very selfish of you to have a dog.

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