I am planning on getting a Golden Retriever in June, but I'm afraid I might cause the pup to feel rejected. You see, My husband leaves in the morning at 5:30 to go to work. I leave at about 6:30, and my son at 6:45. Then my daughter leaves the house at about 7:05. I occasionally come home at 2:00, but rarely. So the average business day the first person home will be my daughter, at 2:30. I don't want the pup to feel rejected, and I just want the best thing for the dog. Any comments on if I should get the pup? Thanks, Stephanie R. P.S. Thank you for all of the comments, except I forgot to mention one other thing. The puppy won't be alone for a couple months, everyone in my family is home except for my husband over the summer.
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Hi Stephanie, It's so great that you asked this question before getting the puppy and feeling overwhelmed. It seems that the latest person to leave and the earliest to arrive back is your daughter. The puppy would have to be left alone for about 7 1/2 hours based on your schedules. This would probably be okay for an adult dog but is hard for a puppy who has to go out to relieve much more frequently. Is there someone who could let the puppy out a few times when you all are gone? Maybe consider getting a mature dog. There is a webpage with great info on exactly what you are asking -- *. This whole site is specifically for Goldens! Hope you find more relevant information here.
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Hi VJ, if your out there I'd like to respond to your response... (Your mailbox is full.) I am going to get the puppy in June, and my family will be home for about three weeks, then we are going on a vacation for ten days. My husband's parents are going to stay home with the puppy over that time period. Then we will come back for about three weeks, well that is if we get the puppy. Do think by then the puppy will be old enough? Thanks, Stephanie R.
VJ has made some good points. I would want to be able to take the pup out hourly if not every two to three hours. But it is a major thing to ensure he gets where he is supposed to do his business, otherwise you will spend alot of time cleaning up after him, trying to break his bad habits of pottying in the wrong spots. Being alone 7 hours is way too long. Perhaps an adult already potty trained would be better.
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I agree with the previous posts, that is too long for the pup to be alone. If possible have someone come by every 2-3 hours for potty and play time. If that is not possible, an older dog would be better for you.
I would definatly try to get someone to come in at least once while everyone is at work. Otherwise I would have the puppy in an x-pen in your kitchen. Give them food, water, wee wee pad/potty paper and some toys. When everyone gets home, lots of play and outside time. it is the best of both worlds. I am actually really surpirsed how many people say not to get a puppy. I guess they think alot of people are stay at home doggie moms. When I got my first puppy we didn't have doggie daycare, and people didn't come to your house and walk your dog. The puppy stayed in its own area and learned. If you don't have time to train and carefore a happy, playful puppy, don't get one. It is like haveing a second full time job, and a 2yr old all wraped up in one.
I totally agree with you. I don't see what the problem would be in getting a puppy. Sure it may take longer to house break, but that is just as far as bladder control would be concerned, especially with an intelligent breed as goldens. When not alone he will do his business outside I am sure, but so long as he is alone it may be tough and the puppy will know this, and as soon as he can control the bladder he won't go inside. My first Labrador was home for the most part about 7 hrs, and yes he had to go, and did so in my room. Once he got control, gone were the days of cleaning. Now I have a second puppy, home for about 3 weeks now. He stays in my room while I am at work, which for the most part is 7-8hrs. While I don't leave him with the older dog alone unsupervised, he now has the ability to go in and out of my room to go to the yard, and now he is doing just fine. Congratulations on your future puppy, and good luck.