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Old 05-23-2008, 06:32 AM   #1
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Hi, I am considering getting a Lhasa Apso puppy in the summer. My partner and I both work full time (both at the same place). However our hours can be worked between 7am and 7pm. We live a five minute bike ride from work. What would people advise about getting a dog?
I am willing to pop home in my lunch break, and we could juggle our hours so that they overlapped as little as possible.
What do people currently do with thier dogs while at work?
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:03 AM   #2
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Hi Lv and welcome to the forum.

I have a dog and I work full time and I can tell you how it works for me.

I have a cocker spaniel that lives with me part of the time and with my family the rest (long story but she was my dog and when I moved out of home they didn't want me to take her away - they all love her too much). I also didn't keep her 100% of the time because she has never been used to being left, my dad works from home and is always with her.

I got a collie because I missed her when she wasn't with me. I work 9-5 in an office and my boyfriend works irregular hours. There were inevitably going to be times when she gets left for a few hours, so after long talks we decided we could not get a puppy.

The reason for this is that a puppy just can't be left on its own that much, they can chew things up, swallow things and as they haven't been trained etc you'll find it impossible to effectively housetrain and instil discipline if you're not there for hours at a time. They can also get themselves into trouble, much like a young child and you need to be there to keep an eye on them.

I got a grown dog from a kennels, she was used to being shut in a small kennel for most of the day previously so it actually worked out quite well - she doesn't get stressed when left and will just have a sleep.

An older dog can also hold their bowels/bladders for much longer than a puppy, so if you can get back every few hours to let them out it should be ok. If they're already trained you don't have that to worry about.

I'm lucky at the moment, I've moved offices and I can now take Simba in to work with me, she's actually under my desk right now!

A lot of shelters will help you find a dog that can fit into your lifestyle, I know that when I looked they said that they did have some dogs that they would home to working people as they were confident the dogs would just relax. Greyhounds are meant to be great if you work as they are happy to be left with a comfy sofa to sleep on.

As for a Lhasa Apso, unfortunately you may find this wouldn't work. They're not good at being left alone (like a lot of the smaller 'lap' type dogs). You'd probably find you have problems with SA and yapping.
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Hi lv565 and welcome to the forum.
Lots of people work and lots of people own dogs, so yes it is possible.
If you and your partner are willing to coordinate your hours and your breaks so that the pup doesn't have to go more than a 2-3 hr stretch without someone popping in it should work out. My opinion is that someone needs to let it out and also plat with it, train it to "sit" and "stay" etc in little sessions during the day. When it gets to be about 4 months old then you can extend it to 4 and 5 hrs.
That is just my opinion though others may differ.
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It is difficult when you are both working, but not impossible.

When I used to work what I did was I arranged to have two weeks off when the puppy arrived and my hubby then had two weeks off so there was someone with the puppy for the first four weeks.

Then you would either need to get someone to come in and let the the puppy out to toilet for you when you are both at work or take it in turns to nip home. Puppies have very small bladders and need to toilet at regular intervals.

I would also suggest that you get a crate for the puppy to keep it away from electric cables etc.

Do keep us posted as to how you get on.
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The first weeks/months of having a puppy at home is extremly important to have some one at home for long periods of time not just for the training aspect but company for the pup Then gradually the time away from the pup can be slowly increased and as the pup gets to know your routine he/she will adopt to these changes making sure when you do go out there is always fresh water and toys and a raw hide bone to chew on and plenty of reassurance given to the pup that when you are leaving home for a short period of time, you are coming back I personaly don't believe in crateing a dog ever. Nipper sleeps in the kitchen at night and also knows that is where she goes when I go out. I would the living room is not a safe place for a unattended pup to be in as electric wires which could easily kill a pup and furniture which could easily be ruined . So a safe room to keep a pup in is important

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Hi
I personally wouldn't work and jut have one dog. When I did, I had two dogs. I took 2 weeks off when I got them as puppies and then engaged a dog walker. She would go in twice a day mid morning and mid afternoon. I would go home for lunch. It worked very well and was worth the money.

The worst thing that can happen when you leave a dog is that they suffer from separation anxiety. I would also recommend a DAP diffuser - your vet will sell these or any petstore. Leave radio on; plenty of toys; room for them to charge around in (I personally wouldn't leave in a crate) and don't make your dog too needy.

I can't think of anything else at the moment, you've been given some good ideas - let us know how you get on.

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I'm getting a puppy in a few weeks. Both my wife and I work but we have two older kids and another dog. My plan is to set up an x pen in the dining room with the pups crate in it and the usual stuff (toys, chews, water). It will be summer vacation for the kids soon and I can have them take the pup out at regular intervals during the day while I'm at work. My hope is by the time summer is over the pup will be house trained and can go for a few hours before needing to be let out. With my other dog at home he shouldnt get lonely but we will keep him in the x pen untill he can go 4-5 hours without needing to be let out. Training will be puppy class and some basic obed. classes. Of course we will train during the day on and off as we do with our current dog.
I'll be happy when he can sleep through the night

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I'm getting a puppy in a few weeks. Both my wife and I work but we have two older kids and another dog. My plan is to set up an x pen in the dining room with the pups crate in it and the usual stuff (toys, chews, water). It will be summer vacation for the kids soon and I can have them take the pup out at regular intervals during the day while I'm at work. My hope is by the time summer is over the pup will be house trained and can go for a few hours before needing to be let out. With my other dog at home he shouldnt get lonely but we will keep him in the x pen untill he can go 4-5 hours without needing to be let out. Training will be puppy class and some basic obed. classes. Of course we will train during the day on and off as we do with our current dog.
I'll be happy when he can sleep through the night
Aussies Rocks You mention you will be happy when he can sleep through the night are you on about the older dog you already have or when you get your new pup? If you are on about your new pup
then there is a easy answer : ) If you can when you go to collect your pup and the mother is there take with you a old 'T' shirt and rub it over the mother bring it home with the pup wrpped in it and lay the 'T' shirt in the pups bed and if you have a smallish ticking watch put this under the main bedding both these item will make the pup think it's still next to it's mother and wont pine for it's mother if you can't rub a old 'T' shirt on the mother then rub it over your body a repeat the other other steps I out lined in my post. I would suggest leave the
'T' shirt and watch in situ for at least a month. I did this with Nipper not on the first night ( as I should have done!) she did cry for her mother but the second night I did do it and it worked, about a month or so after ( Nipper was in a routine by then) I removed the 'T' shirt and watch and Nipper has not made any noise what so ever. since I removed them. Good luck

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Good thought and it could be worth a try. He will be crated in our bedroom at night and my current dog will have her bed next to the crate so I'm hoping for an easy time of it.
Thanks for the suggestion.

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Good thought and it could be worth a try. He will be crated in our bedroom at night and my current dog will have her bed next to the crate so I'm hoping for an easy time of it.
Thanks for the suggestion.
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