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puppy questions

February 25th, 2005, 12:45 AM
i have recently been offered a puppy, that will be about 8 weeks old when i bring it home. i have always had older dogs (the youngest being 4 years) and i am reluctant to accept this offer.

my concern is basically that i work 8 hour days, 5 days a week. can an 8 week old puppy be left that long? what age can they start doing that? is it better to get them used to that when they are younger??? obviously i would be home all day long if i could, but that's not really an option.

any help in this general area would be greatly appreciated. i need to know
1) if i could create a suitable life for this particular dog
and if not...
2) what age/type of dog i should be looking at instead. :confused:

February 25th, 2005, 12:48 AM
What kind of dog is it? I'm assuming it's 8 weeks, but you also said 8 months.... :confused:

February 25th, 2005, 12:51 AM
oops! yeah, 8 weeks!

it's a female australian shepherd.

February 25th, 2005, 07:14 AM
In my opinion, it is not a good idea to get any young pup and leave it alone for 8+ hours a day. How will the pup get trained, be socialised etc.. with no stimulation during the day? Australian Shepherds are working dogs and I would tend to think that as a young pup, being left alone all that time, it will inevitably get into a ton of trouble due to boredom. Just my thoughts..

February 25th, 2005, 09:22 AM
You cannot leave a young puppy alone for 8 hours a day, period. Thier bladders are not delevoped enough to withstand not being able to relieve themselves every 2 hours (at least!).
The general rulel of thumb, according to different website is:
Hours a puppy can "hold it" = their age in months + 1
For example, a 4 month old puppy should be able to "hold it" for 5 hours.

If you do not provide ample oportunities for the puppy to go pee/poop, you could create bladder/bowel issues/infections/disorders as they grow. Not to mention, if you're not careful, you may inadvertently teach your little pup that it's ok to mess in it's kennel. If you train a puppy to do that, it can be very hard to untrain them. Dogs don't like sleeping in thier own mess, but will do so if forced to. If forced to long enough, they get used to it. Not fun by any definition of the word.

If you're unable to go home to let the puppy out every 2 hours (at least) and spend time with it to feed it lunch (young puppies need to eat at least 3 times per day with water - which means breakfast, lunch, dinner with water only restricted before bedtime to prevent all night peeing) then you should think about an older dog. One that's housetrained already and can be left in a kennel for a maximum of 8 hours. No dog should be left alone, without potty breaks, for longer than 8 hours, no matter the age.

I hope this helps.

February 25th, 2005, 10:34 AM
I'm with BMDLuver and Trinitie on this one. This sounds like a bad idea to me. I love aussies (I have a couple in my close environment) but they need a good start in life. They are brilliant working dogs but are prone to temperament issues if not handled and worked properly. Plus, obviously, 8 weeks is way too young to be left along 8 hours.

I think you should consider adopting an adult rescue (could be a young adult, though... there are plenty of 9 months to 1 year and a half doggies looking for homes)


March 4th, 2005, 11:12 AM
Aussie's are a very busy dog, bred for working and will want to work.... I've had 2 aussie's sweet, smart dogs but again busy. Need room to run and play and needs to be with people they love to learn.

March 4th, 2005, 07:18 PM
Can you arrange to come home on your lunch break? You could also look into doggy daycare. There are also (in some areas) pet sitter services that will come to your home once or twice a day (depending on what you pay for) to walk your dog. That might be another option.

There are ways around these things, but, I agree with all the other posts in regards to leaving a pup that age alone in a crate for that long. 4 hours during the daytime MAX.

Don't get discouraged! Find a way to cover all the bases, it is only for a few months till the pup is older and can stay longer periods alone.