I have the option of taking ownership of two very sweet JRT's I've been tossing the idea around for quite some time and I can't come up with a healthy solution. I work from 6:30 am to about 5 or 5:30 in the evening. I have my weekends and federal holidays off. My apartment is large enough for the two of them; that im not worried about. But my biggest fear is not seeing them for exstended periods durring the week. Will they get bored or will they keep eachother company? Any feed back would be wonderfull
JRTs are VERY high energy and while yes, having each other around may help them to stay occupied, being locked up in an apartment all day will most likely get old fast. The best thing you could do is see if you can try them in your house for some time and see how they do. It's prbably not best, though. The other option is to crate them and have someone come by throughout the day or for an hour or two so they can be let out to play and potty and all.
In my situation its a little hard. Im in the military and stationed in Germany. (location and job not a factor) its hard to get someone over to the house on a regular basis. One benifit is I have a friend who lives close by but he is not home every day he works 3 days on, 2 off, 2 on, and then 3 off. He has agreed to stop by the apartment. But he's not really a dog lover so I cant really rely to much on him to care for them.
My biggest concern would be to make sure they were let out to potty and play. My roomate's JRT can spend 8 hours alone, and be reliable about not pottying, but 9 hours has pushed the limit, and she may find boredom destruction.
I work long hours, all of my immuture dogs are crated. My puppies have a pupopy room and are paper trained so I'm not worried about them.
Terriers can be quite naughty when left alone. Any young dog is probably going to be bad and have problems left alone. However as someone who has always had school or work, my various dogs have done fine and housebroken without problem.
working and owning dogs is nothing new. millions of people do it. i think it is a great thing that there will be two of them so it provides them with company and entertainment during the day so they wont get bored. plus they are terriers. independent type dogs , not dogs who need the constant human companionship. if you are worried about them having access to going to the bathroom, if they are small jrt's, you can try and train them to use a litterbox made for dogs.
I don't want to make you upset, but I was just wondering. Are you living in housing or outside the base? I am German and I know that Landlords can be really upset when you leave dogs alone in the apartment, because of barking or destroying the apartment. Sometimes they even limit how many dogs (or size) you can have. Please don't get me wrong, I wish you the best, but just be careful so you don't lose your apartment or have bunch of crap going on. Since your are in the Military you already have a tough life.
Working and having dogs isn't a problem at all. As scout suggested, if no one can let the dogs out to go potty, litterbox training could be an option. 11 hours is too long for no potty break. How old are the 2 dogs you were thinking of adopting?
I have a 4-month-old, male, Parson (Jack) Russell Terrier named Jackson and a 21-month-old, female, Golden Retriever named Kelsey. I don't leave them in the house while I'm gone but they are out in the backyard(with a dog house) together. JRT's are indepenent and highly active so I think you should get the two JRT's so they have company. Kelsey and Jackson don't get into trouble in the backyard because they have eachother to play with. Before I got Jackson, Kelsey was very lonly when I was gone but since I got him she seems much happier. Also, when Jackson was a lot smaller/younger I would crate him while I was gone, he did fine. I also had a playpen with a dog bed, food/water bowls, & toy on one side and a potty pad on the other side. He did good with that for a while but since it was mesh siding(dumb me...LOL...I obviously wasn't thinking strait) he chewed right through it.
I think the best option for you is get a METAL playpen with high sides(because JRT's are great jumpers) and put it in your kitchen or something. Then stick either a doggie litter box or a couple potty pads on one side, then a few toys and maybe a bed. A good toy that works for me is a kong because they can chew it all they want and you can also put peanut butter on the inside(you could also put the kong with peanut butter in the freezer until it's frozen then give it to them before you go to work). It takes them longer to get it out since it's frozen.
I think you'll do just fine! They are great dogs! You can e-mail me if you have any more questions or concerns. firstname.lastname@example.org
No no no don't do it My main man Chops is in the yard with all the room in the world to run around. Leaving him alone for five hours a day is too much as it is, and we exercise for half an hour in the morning and an hour at night plus play!!!! Come on JR's are nuts about running around and their owners. Keeping any dog let alone a JR inside is not nice for them. How about a big field and a rabbit. How about a stuffed dog I'm sure it wouldn't mind being stuffed in a crate all day. No. So why then would you lock up greased lightning all day. Do they have animal rights organisations in your country. In mine I would be arrested.